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Should We Eat Burnt Food?

Have you ever burned something and told people to eat it anyway because it “added flavor?”

Or maybe, more realistically, the food is burnt but you didn’t feel like cooking some different. Or maybe you don’t even have enough ingredients for a second dish.

Whatever the case, the burnt food is on the menu tonight! Or today. Or for lunch. You get what I’m saying 🙂

But, should we be eating it? I’ve heard all sorts of theories that burnt food can actually cause cancer. Scary, right?! This was actually geared toward smoked and grilled food. Char-grilled, to be exact. But I do have to say that I really enjoy the taste of food that was cooked over charcoal. It’s just really flavorful to me.

But let’s take it down a notch.

What about burnt soup? Should we eat burnt soup?

What is for certain is that making an entire pot of food would be a lot of waste to go down the proverbial drain. A waste of time and money spent.

Powering through the taste and eating it anyway is the most logical choice honestly. Eat it!

Someone said that adding raw onion to a soup will “absorb” the burnt flavor. But I can’t testify to that. Adding more seasoning is also something that I don’t think makes it better.

Some foods are more forgiving, though.

And also, there are levels to burnt-ness.

Sometimes the food is so burnt that it’s hard and crunchy and will break your teeth. That stuff, not even a pet will eat. So, throw it away.

More crunchy than you’d like it to be also does not mean something is burnt.

True burnt food as a truly burnt flavor. You know what it tastes like!

To answer the title question: Should We Eat Burnt Food? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have enough energy to make something else?
  • Do I have enough ingredients to make something else?
  • Will eating this harm my teeth?
  • Is the flavor overpoweringly burnt?
  • Will this even matter tomorrow?

Sometimes there are bigger things in life than burnt food. Go ahead and eat it and then move on with you life.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Burnt dessert’s dont have the same grace. But, you know, if you have a burnt dinner, something tasty and sweet will make it extra okay 🙂

Light and Fluffy Jalapeño Sauce (YUM!)

What do you do when you have 6 jalapeños and you want to use them all at once?

You make Jalapeño Sauce!

Yeah, I sure did!

It was ready in about 15 minutes.

And, more importantly:

It was delicious!

It’s full of flavor, not too spicy AT ALL.. and, dare I say, this sauce is light and fluffy?

It sure is! That’s thanks to the immersion blender used to bring it all together.

Seriously, this sauce is the bomb. I couldn’t get enough, and even the children loved it – including Legendary Khalifah who doesn’t like spicy foods.

In addition to all of the taste benefits, it’s also easy to put together because of the simple ingredients. It’s about 6 ingredients!

I don’t have many pictures but I can tell you how I made it!

The official ingredients are:

  • 6 jalapeños, chopped round – seeds and all
  • 1/2 of an onion
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt (use less if your using regular white salt.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar

– First, you want to chop the jalapeños and onion and then boil them together in a pot for about 10 minutes (until they get soft) then drain them.

– Next you’ll combine the olive oil, garlic, sugar, and salt.

– Then add the jalapeños and onions.

– You’ll want to use a container that is tall enough to keep the sauce organized as you immersion blend it.

– If you don’t have an immersion blender, I’m 100% sure that any blender will work.

– Next, Blend! Get it nice and smooth and creamy! The color will lighten up into a beautiful green.

– Lastly, you have my permission to eat this light and fluffy sauce with everything on your dinner plate.

Or breakfast plate.

Or lunch plate.

And did I mention that it’s also good with snack crackers?

I ate some with a cabbage fritter and it was delicious.

Seriously, stop reading this and go make this sauce! Everyone will thank you! 🙂

The (Amazing!) Planetary Health Diet

Around Easy Light Sources, we say this a lot : The Earth has everything we need to be healthy and healed.

As human beings, we talk about ourselves a lot… And a majority of us see things from our perspective pretty much exclusively.

However, from the Earth’s perspective, the same quote applies to the health of Planet Earth.

Planet Earth has everything that it/she needs to be healthy and healed. But the practices and industries that human beings have created make it harder for the Earth to heal itself.

Things like factory farming and cutting down trees are violent energies that a lot of people have become desensitized to.

But those are the things that are destroying the Planet.

We all have a choice: help to heal the World OR stay on the same track that you’ve been on, eating the same unhealthy things that you’ve been eating forever and continuing to be addicted to it.

Whatever attachments people have to meat, sugar, and dairy – it doesn’t matter. The Earth is having a harder time to sustain itself as the violence to the Earth, ocean, and the atmosphere continues.

The word violence here is very appropriate. Anyone who thinks it’s too drastic to say that only perpetuates that desensitization is embedded in Earth culture.

Not meaning to get too fussy but it’s important to highlight the importance of giving caring energy to the Earth.

If you care at all about:

  1. The Health of Future Generations – (Not just the Earth that our children will inherit but the dietary habits as well. Childhood addiction to sugar is how you start your child down a path that is hard to break. And yes, meaty products are “tasty” but they’re also addicting. Teach babies that strawberries (and other fruits) taste good and they’ll be on a healthier path for life. Learn how to cook and season vegetables and it won’t be hard to eat them.)
  2. The Oceans – ( they are getting to hot and acidic and nautical habitats are dying. And over harvesting creating dead zones all over the natural world under the sea.)
  3. The Trees (Amazon Rainforests continue to be cut down for mass farming. And seriously, IS THERE ANY RAINFOREST LEFT AT THIS POINT?? Somebody go and take a picture because I need to see something.)
  4. The Planetary Water Supply (Harvesting animals uses sooo much fresh water. After all this time (70+ years), the Earth is having a hard time maintaining the balance. Especially with trees being torn down. Trees help to maintain balance on the surface of the Earth and below. Is the meat and dairy industry so dumb that they don’t understand the importance of trees, or do they just not care? The answer: they don’t care.)
  5. The Animals – (Everyone agrees that murder, rape, manipulation, and separating a mom and baby are terrible acts for someone to go through. But that happens to thousands of animals every day. Why is it okay to rape animals? That’s not fair. It happens all the time. Desensitization.)

Okay, this is Easy Light Sources so let’s lighten it up!

The good news? It’s EASY to help the environment!!!

You probably think I’m going to say GO VEGAN because of the mass amount of vegan propaganda but I’m not going there. I don’t even call myself a vegan.

Want to help Planet Earth? Stop eating so many animals and animal products. Stop consuming so much sugar, too! THAT’S IT.

In the case of sugar, make a choice to eat smaller amounts of it. Sugar is in almost everything and in high amounts. It takes effort to be healthy. But laziness has never been very rewarding anyway.

For meat, eat less of it. Make a conscious effort to take a day or a few days and just not eat animals. It’s really not that hard, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE VEGETARIAN MEAT AND CHEESE SUBSTITUTES OUT THERE.

Technically, cheese is already vegetarian but you know what I mean. Mother cows are raped for that extra sharp cheddar cheese, too.

It all comes down to better choices. Let’s do it for the Planet!

Here’s an article on why sugar is bad.

And here’s a video about the Planetary Health Diet! https://youtu.be/G0JMZWgmA_o