I like food. I like eating, and I like feeding other people (I get this from my mama). There is something about giving someone a meal that equates to loving him in my mind, and when you know the meal is tasty and healthy, it's like you've given a special someone an enormous hug. The kind with a few pats on the back.
If you've been reading for a little while, you probably already know that I like organic food. I read a book and never looked back. We eat a lot of produce, beans (mostly dried), quinoa, rice, and oatmeal with a little meat and fish tossed in. We also cheat every now and then. I love Chic-Fil-A too much to say good-bye forever, and I haven't kicked my Diet Dr. Pepper habit yet. But I intend to...
We also avoid processed food. That means that we don't have cereal, chips, cookies, and other junk in the house unless I made them myself. We cheat a little here too; I don't make tortilla chips every time we have chips and salsa, and we love Triscuits and a little sharp cheddar for a snack, but overall, I try to keep our diet full of whole foods. I switched from nondairy creamer (what is that anyway??) and sweet & low (cancer in a pink envelope) to whole milk and real sugar in my coffee, and I know I am healthier for it.
Ultimately, I want to help Cara establish good eating habits early, and I want to be around for a good long while to watch her grow up. I firmly believe that running in the opposite direction of the "meat and potatoes" American diet is one way I can treat my body as a temple and hopefully, see Cara as an old lady.
So here are a few of my favorite food-related things:
1) Quinoa: We can't get enough of this stuff lately. I've posted other quinoa recipes here and here, but this is one of our staples. I swear we eat this at least once a week in some way.
Heat a generous amount of olive oil over medium high heat and add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until translucent and add one big can of diced tomatoes (or a good handful of fresh tomatoes in the summer!) and a sprinkle of red pepper flake, stir, and cook together for a few minutes. Add a generous handful of chopped basil and serve over quinoa.
I add chickpeas, chicken, or whatever veggies are in the fridge to this recipe, and it's always comforting and delicious, especially for lunch the next day.
2) Raspberry Green Tea: I realized recently that I was edging up on five or six cups of coffee every day, and that is a little extreme. For me, I think having something warm to drink at work in the morning is more of a habit than an addiction (although I acknowledge the ridiculous headache I get if I skip coffee entirely), so I decided to try to switch to green tea. My friend gave me a box of raspberry green tea, and I am now a convert. With a teaspoon or so of honey, it is just heavenly. That's not to say that I am giving up my coffe entirely...just at work.
3) My favorite places to look for new recipes are Dinner: A Love Story and The New York Times Recipes for Health. I have loved almost everything I have tried from these two sources, and both generally stick to whole foods as ingredients. I really like that the Recipes for Health are organized by ingredient--makes menu planning and grocery shopping so much easier!
What are your favorite food things?