can’t be so

Tuesday November 15, 2005

It’s what’s for dinner.

A family tradition.

It’s what I choose as my special birthday meal.

I can always count on it as the perfect leftover.

Spaghettie meat pie is what we call it…and I decided to make it for myself this past Saturday.

This past year I have joined two local co-ops and have chose organic over conventional. When buying meat, which is seldom, I look for organic. My Co-op in Ames, Iowa is not as abundant as my old St. Paul, MN Co-op…so at times I have to shop at the local Hy-Vee (a Midwest grocery store…or maybe it just Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa…hmmm? I need to travel more).

On Saturday I couldn’t find any organic beef and couldn’t bring myself to get the conventional beef. I prefer my cows to actually graze in pastures and feed on grass as opposed to stuck in a cage and force fed corn mush with a side of antibiotics.

Stearing away from the beef packages wrapped in cellophane I decide to try something new. I head back to the Natural Market corner where all that weird “natural” food is located…like soy products and expensive organic stuff…please note the intended sarcasm. And then I see it—Gimmi Lean meatless fat free cholesterol free meat. I think to myself, “It can’t be so bad. It says to just fry it up in a skillet and is great in tacos, marinara sauce, omelets, and lasagna, or just sausage patties.”

I’ll give anything a try.

As hard as I try it doesn’t taste like my favorite meat pie.

My fake meat just wasn’t that good for dinner.


  1. Jayleigh says:

    Awwwww. I hate it when that happens! Wasting money and time on something that just doesn’t taste right.


  2. Kendra says:

    I’ve tried the Gimme Lean before…you have to season the hell out of it to get any real flavor. Sorry your meat pie was ruined!

  3. Anne Arkham says:

    I am wildly allergic to fake meat. I have to stick with the real stuff, though I do always try to buy organic.

  4. Heidi says:

    Fake meat!! Ha! I could have told you that! (Believe me, I know. Fake meat doesn’t taste good in chili, either).

  5. Cheryl says:

    Aw that’s too bad. I hope you can find some organic stuff. As for Hy-Vee I can attest that they do not appear to be in Illinois…

  6. mariel says:

    I agree with you.. one thing is organic products (which I try as well to use… even if I do not think they can ever be 100% organic, but at least must be better than over-produced food), another weird fake substitutes!!!!

  7. Meg D. says:

    Go organic or go home! It’s nature baby.

  8. Marissa says:

    Oh no! Fake meat is NEVER as good!

  9. David says:

    stop fake meat in its tracks (that it did not make since it ahs no hooves)

  10. Amanda says:

    i definitely give you a lot of props for cooking in the first place!

  11. David says:

    time to blog, dear friend – and then to drop in on Jayleigh – for moral support

  12. Veronika says:

    Fake meat just doesn’t taste right. As for Hy-Vee, they’re in Kansas City and St Louis, but awfully expensive!
    P.S. I found you through Jayleigh


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