Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What is the American Paradox? Find Out This and More

I first read Omnivore's Dilemma when it first came out in 2006 and it and Fast Food Nation are two of the big reasons I have changed what I buy when I am shopping for food.  I hope you will make the time to watch this. Michael Pollan explains the American paradox, cultural eating vs nutrient eating, basic food rules and more.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

What is Healthy Anyways?

The more I learn and talk to people the more I realize that we all have different ideas of what healthy eating is. For me healthy eating means eating primarily organic whole foods, lots of veggies and sustainably raised, pastured meats, and sustainably caught fish. I am trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into our diet, but I don't see myself becoming a vegetarian or vegan. I have friends that are both and they are happy and living well. I seem to need more protein..

I also don't really deprive myself of anything either, so when I want dessert I eat it. The same with french fries. The key for me is moderation. Most of the time I eat really well and I enjoy what I'm eating.

What is healthy eating for you? What makes you feel great? Or not so much? And what is your favorite indulgence?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Recipe of The Week: Stir Fry Rice

This is one of my go to meals when we need something quick during the week. Usually I will make the rice ahead of time, when we are having rice with another meal and just double up the amount I need. If you are making the rice that day, then start the rice first.

2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup brown rice
2 eggs scrambled
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ Red or Green Pepper, sliced
1/2 bunch of broccoli
Mushrooms, sliced
½ onion sliced
Snap peas
Approx. ¼ cup of Tamari
Ground Pepper
Several Dashes of Tabasco (optional)

  • Bring 2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil
  • Add 1 cup of rice, cook until vegetable broth is absorbed 
  • In very large sauté pan, add oil - heat
  • Add pepper, onion, and mushrooms, sauté until soft (4-5 min)
  • Add broccoli, snap peas, sauté for about two minutes
  • Remove veggies from pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Add eggs and scramble
  • When eggs are cooked, add veggies back to the pan, stir
  • Add rice, fold in
  • Add Tamari, stir until folded in well and rice is heated through
  • Add Tabasco if desire
Folding is different that stirring. Folding more like picking up a spoonful and moving it over to another location; you don't want to stir too much because it will change the rice to a gluey mess.

Substitutions for Veggies:
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Snow Peas
  • Hot Peppers

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