Anwar Abdul-Qawi: Halal Meat Lasagna

Personal Reflection:

I have learned that the whole food thing is a large business. Things are being made differently than before, but because it is more convenient for the people growing it, if it takes a short period for a crop, to be grown for money, of course these companies will do it. Things are being done for money, and people are not being cared about.  Whether it’s the life of a cow, to the growing of a see. Farming is slowly turning more into a process, than an actual experience. For examples instead of caring for cows in a grass environment, certain places mainly feed them corn, in pens to quickly fatten them. Then they are killed in a factory with other animals, by machinery. These places do not tend to be the cleanest so the chances of disease or sickness are high. The country has becoming blinded by money, to actually see what it is doing to itself.

Since I eat kosher the majority of the food I buy comes from cleaned slaughterhouses that treat their animals correctly. The place is highly religious so the workers there would not do anything that was break the work halal. 

  A big problem with the system is how different people are being feed. How is it that a poor person can’t afford to buy veggies, but has enough to buy a burger? It is just that the system isn't pushing anyone into any better directions. This meaning that, this poor man, or family, isn't really being helped if they are being feed burgers for dinner because it is cheaper. They only thing it is solving is the hunger state for the time being, but aside from that it brings a lot of cons. Along with that, I have learned how big companies make farmers their workers, and enable them to live, or go against them. For example, the company Monsanto makes genetic seeds, that are expensive, and forces the farmer to buy more and more, when they run out, which causes him to be trapped in debt.

I can start eating thinking about my environment; I know that there are many animals, and environments that are being affected by the food that we eat. For example, the Humboldt penguin is going extinct because a lack of fish. This is due to people over fishing, or taking more than what is needed, or for example the refraining from eating things that contain palm oil. The reason why is because this palm oil is from a rainforest in Borneo which is being destroyed and turned into a plantation of more oil. When you think about the food that could change the future, you find it a bit easier to change.

I may not be able to enjoy most of my snacks that I tend to buy. Sadly palm oil is found in a majority of foods. But if I refrain from eating palm oil, I would be helping the forest/ animals of Borneo from extinction.

Yes I currently am, it is a challenge, fighting your desires, but if it for a greater good, then why not? And I see know point of going into zoology, if I am currently destroying a place where 1000 of animals still haven’t been discovered. 

Halal Meat Lasagna:



Halal beef

Vegetarian meat

Mozzarella cheese

Mexican cheese

Pasta shells

Tomato sauce

Onion powder

Garlic powder

Parmesan cheese 


Step 1: Boil water in pot, and oil so pasta won't stick. 

Step 2: Cook pasta until they are tender, or ready. 

Step 3: Get a frying pan; cook the ground beef, and vegetarian meat in pan until it is because ready, and tender. 

Step 4: Mix pasta and meat in a new baking pan, season the food with garlic, and onion powder. 

Step 5: Mix with a tomato sauce. 

Step 6: Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, Mexican cheese, and mozzarella cheese on it, and then bake it. 

Step 7: Bake until cheese turns brown.

Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 297 g Calories 377 Calories from Fat 126 Total Fat 14g 22% Saturated Fat 7g 33% Trans Fat Cholesterol 45mg 15% Sodium 832mg 35% Total Carbohydrate 38g 13% Dietary Fiber 4g 14% Sugars 6g 14% Protein 25g


This is a food that is made, and eaten on special, or important events. I am not sure where the meat is from, but as for the vegetarian meat, it is from the Morning Star Company in the United States. It is basically the largest producer of vegetarian products in the U.S. This meal is considered fairly healthy, because it really isn't that fatty of a food, at times it can be made with veggies, but main it is cheese that is being consumed. 

When I want to find really good ingredients, I shop at Fresh Grocers, which at times can be a little pricey, but in the end it is worth it. I feel as though eating this would be than a burger from McDonalds, because it isn't greasy like a burger. It is balanced out, it isn't all super meaty, cheese, and other things are there to insure that one doesn't eat too much of one thing.

 Also the meat one half being kosher, comes from a Muslim slaughter house, where the meat, and animals are handled with respect, because they take that seriously, the other side is eating from Morning Star's healthy mock meat. It is really good, and doesn't really have all that fat, that normal meat may have. I know the food may still not be the healthiest thing out there, but I feel as though, if I get my clean kosher meat, and mix it with fake healthy veggie meat, where could it go wrong.

 Food Rule Slide:

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