Never tried Ethiopian? Chow down at Addis Red Sea Restaurant.
Getting more specific than “eat healthier”
More often than not, somewhere on each of our lists of resolutions, is something about food. Maybe it’s eating better, maybe it’s cooking more, maybe it’s finally sticking to a diet. Been there, done that—we meant to do that and then stopped trying around February. So to shake things up, we came up with five food resolutions we could actually stick to and hope you’ll try too.
DO IT YOURSELF
Brew beer. Can veggies. Make cheese. In addition to being able to brag about making your own delicious beer/pickles/cheese/etc., you can use these foodie hobbies as great excuses for getting people together. You can have a canning party, or get a whole group of friends into home brewing and have a tasting party with your own beers and ciders. It’s easy to find all you need to start your homemade goodness on the interwebs, from where to buy cheesemaking supplies to scoping out brewing kits from Cambridge’s Modern Homebrew Emporium. BAM!
[2304 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. beerbrew.com]
While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a favorite comfort food, this could be a fantastic year of firsts. Never tried Ethiopian? Chow down on some yegeb alcha at Addis Red Sea Restaurant. Repulsed by childhood stereotypes of brussels sprouts? Try sautéing them up with some bacon and paprika. (Seriously. So good.) Not sure what you want for dinner? Find the weirdest looking produce in the store and google a recipe. What’s that thing our parents always said? “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.”
[544 Tremont St., Boston. addisredsea.com]
GROW YOUR OWN
Gardens aren’t just for suburbanites any more. Turns out, herbs and vegetables grow just as nicely in a windowsill or on a fire escape as they do in a backyard. All you need are some containers, potting soil, and seeds or starter plants and presto! Fresh basil, tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, carrots, and chives. For those of you with an even greener thumb, you can also find community gardens with plots for rent smattered around Boston. The Boston Natural Areas Network even has a handy, searchable list to help you find the garden closest to you.
In a world of labels, agribusiness, movements, and diets, food has become an incredibly complicated—and increasingly debated—topic. So spend some time unraveling the humans’ twisted food web. Read a book by Michael Pollan. Find out what “organic” really means. Read the ingredients on your favorite snack food label, then look up what they are (and how to pronounce them). It might just change the way you think about what you eat. To be fair, it might also shock you out of eating at all for a few hours, so time your investigations carefully.
Volunteer at a local food organization. This could mean helping pack food for distribution at the Greater Boston Food Bank, getting down and dirty helping out on a farm for The Food Project, or staffing the Egleston Farmers Market in Jamaica Plain. This is kind of a two-for-one resolution, really. You can feel all warm and fuzzy because volunteering is good for the soul, plus you get to learn more about the food system and where what we eat comes from.
[Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston. @Gr8BosFoodBank. gbfb.org]
[The Food Project. @TheFoodProject. thefoodproject.org]
[Egleston Farmers Market, 45 Brookside Ave., Jamaica Plain. @EglestonFarmMkt. eglestonfarmersmarket.org]