A wise man once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Then lots of other people repeated his words and turned a powerful message into a tired cliche. However, if you stop and really consider these words, they still ring true. I often get frustrated by other people’s inaction and hypocrisy. I become judgmental and grouchy, muttering and grumbling under my breath when I see friends or family eating feedlot meat and conventional produce. I know I sound like a snob and I am one. I admit it. I also know that all the judging and grumbling in the world isn’t going to change anything. Everyone has values and most people live them out in their daily lives. Over and over again I have to remind myself that the things I value most are not universal. While I view our daily food choices as the most impactful choices we make when it comes to ethical and sustainable living, others might not agree and it’s not my job to shame them or guilt them into submission. All I can do is live my values and set an example that I hope inspires others. So, what inspires you to change? I find that reading powerful books or moving documentaries (the kind that make me uncomfortable and sad) often impact my choices the most. But, I know that for some, this kind of exposure leaves them feeling discouraged. For some, positive solutions or satire are the most inspiring and for others scientific facts compel them to change. One of my goals with this blog is to help people eat better, not only for themselves, but for the planet. I’ve been reluctant to write too much about the ethical and environmental problems with our current food system for fear of alienating readers and driving people away. But I’d like to change that and start bringing you some weekly food for thought (sorry, I couldn’t resist). So, I’d like to hear from you, my readers, about what inspires you to change? How can I help you learn about the issues facing our food system and instill in you a desire to shop, cook and eat more mindfully? Comment below and let me know…
This salad is crisp and fresh and perfect as a side for picnics and barbecues. The apple adds a sweet crunch and the lemon, turmeric and ginger dressing is zippy and bright. It’s also super easy to throw together and really colorful. Enjoy!
Kohlrabi, Cabbage and Apple Slaw
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 kohlrabi, julienned
2 cups shaved purple cabbage
1 granny smith or golden delicious apple, quartered and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons minced cilantro
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, turmeric, mustard, honey and ginger in a blender and blend on high until emulsified and creamy. Combine the kohlrabi, cabbage, apple, cilantro and sesame seeds in a bowl and toss to combine. Dress just before serving.