To MSG or Not MSG? That is the question.
Jan. 30, 2009 9:39 am
Updated: Feb. 3, 2009 7:15 pm
Yesterday on the recipe exchange someone pointed out they do not use MSG or anything with the word "Seasoning" in it. This led me to wonder, with all the tricks of avoiding certain items, such as MSG, processed foods, butter, or even salt, how much are actually avoided?
Personally, I come from a family who used crystalline MSG like it was salt. If I cook traditional dishes served to me while I was a child and notice it doesn't even taste the same, the main culprit is MSG.
I try to avoid MSG and salt to the best of my knowledge while cooking. I keep processed food to a minimum. Eating out at a restaurant/fast food restaurant and bringing food home from a "restaurant/fast food restaurant" is seldom to not even done. (Last time we did anything like this we were on the road driving from Texas to West Virginia during the holidays. My husband and I felt so gross because we could feel the junk food sweating out of us.) We have a garden during the warmer months and a green house during the winter months.
Breakfast usually consist of some type of carbs (ie pancakes, bagel, toast) and 2 fruits.
Lunch usually consist of carbs/meat/1 type of vegetable or 1 type of fruit or if I'm really good both.
Dinner usually consists of carbs/meat/2 vegetables and no dessert. :(
Yes I do know that dairy products are not listed above. I am not a big dairy person but will use milk, cheese (I LOVE CHEESE), sour cream, cream cheese, half and half, heavy whipping cream, and yogurt if I need to. Our main source of calcium are calcium chews and vitamins.
Snacks during the day does not include chips, cookies, and junk food but yogurt, fruits, veggies, or what ever I made special for the week. Last week was a fondant cake. This week was Scotcharoos.
Getting back to the topic of avoiding foods, how do others do it? What do you substitute butter with? Do you just make recipes without the salt/or decreased salt like I do? Do you buy Certified Organic everything like my sister does? Do you try to make homemade everything, ie tortillas, stock, etc, and hope for the best?