Ramping It Up

I’m on a Meat Break right now which is sort of like Spring Break, but without the keg stands, bikini contests, or college kids getting crazy on the beach. Also MTV doesn’t record any of it and no one comes home with a “social disease.” Hmmm, now that I think of it, Meat Break is nothing like Spring Break.

Woooo! Meat Break 2012!

I’m a big believer in limiting meat consumption for both environmental and health reasons. I normally eat a good number of vegetarian or fish meals, but due to various circumstances, including celebrating Passover, I have been a giant meat-eating machine for the last couple of weeks. I’m feeling both gross and guilty so I’m going to get back some equilibrium by mostly refraining from meat for the next week or two.

Good thing I love fish and veggies!

Slicing lemon for the fish

I got the most gorgeous ramps (wild leeks) at the farmer’s market last week. After a bit of googling, I decided to roast the stalks, then chop the leaves finely and saute them with mushrooms. Ramps have a very distinct garlic/onion flavor to them and roasting brings out their natural sweetness. Yum!

I had planned to buy some Arctic Char, but when I got to my favorite fish place they had John Dory. The John Dory was probably a bit mild for the ramps, but it’s my favorite fish so whatev. 

Preparing the ramps was more of a technique than a recipe so I won’t bore you by sharing it. If you’ve roasted and sautéed veggies before you already now what to do. In addition to roasting, you can pretty much use ramps in any recipe that you use leeks in, just be prepared for the (awesome) garlicky flavor! 

Delicious! Definitely not missing the meat.

Dudes, Meat Break 2012 is gonna be mad sick!

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4 comments on “Ramping It Up

  1. Yum, that looks delicious! I do not think I have ever had ramps, but they sound like something I would like,

    I have kind of been eating alot of meat lately, too. I think a week of vegetarian/fish meals would be good for me!

    • Alli says:

      I believe you can only get ramps at the farmer’s markey because they grow wild. They’re awesome. I’m so glad that I love I love veggies so much, it makes meal planning easier. A couple of months ago I made a Mushroom “Faux-lognese” sauce and it was crazy good and meat free. One of these days I’ll get around to posting the recipe here.

  2. Ooooooh, ramps sound YUMMY. But I have leeks, so that will have to do!

    I naturally don’t have an appetite for much meat & kind of go in and out of seasons like you described. Living smack dab in the middle of the country, it’s nearly impossible to get fresh ocean-caught fish unless you dine out…so we eat a lot of high quality frozen fish. I’ve never had John Dory – I’ll have to try it sometime!

    • Alli says:

      I definitely love meat, but a little bit of quality meat really is enough to satisfy me. I could never eat meat in the quantaties that some people do, I would literally be sick.

      If you ever see John Dory definitely give it a try. It’s got a mild flavor and really firm texture almost like chicken (it doesn’t taste like chicken, it just has a similar texture ;))

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