Monday, March 08, 2010

Food rampage

That's it! Food is getting my attention now. I'm working on eating healthy foods and in a way that is better for the environment. Starting with breakfast, I used to just eat cereal and run out the door to go get a latte and I would be hungry again within an hour of getting to work. Now that I'm getting up earlier with baby, the excuses are over. No more lattes and no more cereal, I'm feeding myself a full meal everyday. I could use some new ideas for breakfast though if you have any. Today was oatmeal and a berry smoothie with coffee made with a coffee press and warm frothy milk. Good and filling. I didn't need to eat again until 11am when I had a slice of cheese and some Triscuts before swimming.

We're eating as much organic fruits and vegetables as we can, including frozen for things that are out of season. Even Liam is getting in on the act, helping himself to some organic peas. mmmmm! Yes it is more expensive and yes I know this stuff is a marketed product targeted at people like me who are willing to buy it. But it's better for the environment and we can afford organic so we're going to vote with our dollars.

We watched the documentary Food, Inc last night and it solidified what I was already starting to feel about meat and processed food that is offered in grocery stores. This is not a political blog so I won't get into the politics of food processing in the US, but see Food Inc if you are interested in how things get to your grocery store. Tonight I made quinoa for the first time and planned to serve it with grilled shrimp but when I went to the store the only thing they had was farmed shrimp from Thailand which didn't sound good at all. But I found some frozen clam chowder from a restaurant on the Oregon coast which is as good as local can get. We made the quinoa as a pilaf, if you haven't had it before, you make it just like rice. Quinoa contains a balanced set of amino acids which makes it a complete protein source. We'll have the leftovers with teriyaki chicken tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.

It looks like this food rampage will take some effort, if you have any great tips or recipes to help me, I would appreciate it. I don't have a ton of time to research stuff but I'm really enjoying cooking and I do feel better now with the big breakfast in the morning.

6 comments:

SSB said...

My tip is to get a crockpot. Then checkout this website for recipes

www.crockpot365.blogspot.com

UG said...

I'm with you 100%. I've been a vegetarian for 16 years and am now leaning towards vegan. I get a local farm CSA pick-up twice a month and am working on eliminating dairy. The stuff that goes into our food is horrifying. Know the source, regardless of what you decide to eat.

Jen

Chantel said...

It's hard to be a locavore sometimes! Hey have you heard of ooooby? (Out Of Our Own Back Yards) It's like a social networking group for growers and gardeners. Met a person in my neighbourhood on the weekend and swapped some seedlings and shared seeds ready for growing winter crop. Great way to meet the neighbours (although it took a me a few years) and great for food sharing too...

Check out ooooby.ning.com, and sign up, sign your friends up, you never know who you will meet, and things you could eat!

cherelli said...

nice work on the healthy eating! I love making quinoa salad about once a week, it's really quite filling and stays refrigerated well for a few days. One cup cooked quinoa, 3/4c grated carrot, one finely diced red pepper, 1 cup corn kernels, 1 cup chickpeas, 1tbsp lemon juice, 1/4c olive oil (good monounsaturated fat), 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tbsp tahini (add while quinoa still warm) and any other spices you want to add. I also like substituting black beans for the chickpeas and using lime juice; really you can mix and match whatever you want in.

Robyn said...

Way to go! I am trying to do more of this as well and actually hope to teach a freshman seminar course next fall on a similar topic, using the Food Inc documentary and accompanying book as part of the context! (remember, it's a liberal arts college so I don't have to teach physics all the time :) I just ordered the movie- can't wait to see it!

SSB said...

Oh, and I don't know how you are cooking the quinoa, but the easiest way is in a rice cooker. 2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa and turn on. 15-20 minutes later it's done. I start mine when i go out for a run and add a little extra water, which just steams off. I've left quinoa in it up to 4 hours and it's just fine when I need it. I also add some chicken or veggie bullion to mine for flavor from time tot time.

And for the crockpot I usually make enough for twice what I want, and put 1/2 in the freezer(before it's cooked) When I want to use it i take it out of the freezer the day before and let it thaw slightly in the fridge, then the next morning just dump it in the crockpot and turn it on.