keen whale

I’m not sure if I actually invented this salad, but it’s a fantastic way to enjoy kale and quinoa- two things that you should integrate into your diet if you haven’t already! Nutrients galore. I can’t decide if the kale or the quinoa should take the title, so we’ll combine and call it…

Quinoale (pronounced “keen-whale”) Summer Salad

  • Two or three leaves of kale, slightly steamed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
  • One medium apple, sliced and chopped
  • Cranberries
  • Feta
  • Lemon juice
  • Sea salt

I’ve definitely made and enjoyed this with raw kale, but a little steam will soften it up and still leave some crunch.  This was way overdone-  I ended up with pretty much fully cooked kale (which is also fine!).

Remember you can always cook your quinoa with vegetable broth or water+bouillon for some extra flavor.  Watch this adorable video if you need quinoa cooking instructions.

I used my apple corer/slicer (top 5 favorite kitchen tools for sure), then chopped each slice into smaller pieces.

Cranberries and feta to your liking…

Toss with a little lemon and sea salt, chill, and then lunch! Or dinner.  You can easily fatten this up if you feel like it’s lacking flavor with some olive oil or a salad dressing that you feel fits.

I also wanted to share a photo of my first real successful batch of almond butter.  I’d never really gotten the texture down in my previous attempts.  Peanuts butterize like nobody’s business- maybe they have more natural oil? Not sure, but my almond butters thus far have been pretty dry and chalky.  I added a bit of safflower oil to keep this batch moving, and I think that’s the trick.  As long as your food processor can take it, you just have to keep the nuts spinning until they turn smooth and liquidy.  The added oil isn’t what makes it smooth, but just keeps everything lubricated so that the nuts have a chance to get ground down to this state:

This batch also had some coconut and a touch of agave.  It’s delightful.

I’m going to have a great week full of delicious, clean food.  Join me?

just real quick: subway sucks

I’ve decided that I need to post more often, especially after my week-long spring break hiatus.  I can’t always spend tons of time planning and editing posts with links and photos.  I mean, uuhh…this is totally effortless for me and takes no time at all.  Right, that’s what I meant. Anyway, sometimes I just want you to know something real quick- so here goes.

I’m sure I would be incorrectly assuming your ignorance if I tried to act like this is BIG NEWS, but Subway isn’t as healthy as they’d like you to believe.  Ok, maybe that’s a big “duh.”  Sure, it’s better than McDonald’s.  But I’d venture to say that it, too, ought to fall in the fast food, or worse, category.  Evidence:

Meat: I remember finding out that the big round rump of meat that deli turkey is sliced off of wasn’t an actual turkey, and being pretty devastated. I don’t know what part of the turkey I thought that was…but anyway, in case you were confused, deli meat, unless it’s a “whole cut,” comes from different parts of the animal mushed together with salt and solutions and nitrites and all kinds of other fun stuff to create that big blob, then sliced up for your sandwich.  This is gross.  I don’t understand how I ate it for years.  There are obviously varying degrees of quality and additives and freshness and grossness, and this article does a pretty objective job of laying them out.  I have my own biased, complicated relationship with meat, and I won’t go into that here.  But I don’t see a lot of redeeming qualities in deli meat, I have to be honest.

Bread: This is a perfect example of terrible, misleading food marketing that I see every day and drives me up the wall.  Subway’s “9 grain wheat” bread would probably strike you as the healthiest and most whole-food option on the menu, and you’d probably be right, except considering the ingredients, this is sadly not saying very much at all.  As David Zinczenko, author of “Eat This, Not That” points out in this article, of the 9 grains touted in this bread, 8 of them are listed in the “contains 2% or less” section of the ingredients! The 9th, wheat, comes to us in the form of enriched flour, which means all of the nutrients and fiber were processed out of it and then put back in in forms that are unfamiliar to our bodies and therefore less effective at nourishing us.  The fourth highest ingredient after flour, water, and yeast? High fructose corn syrup.  While not totally uncommon in bread, HFCS is indeed completely unnecessary and avoidable.  Gross, all around. Interesting also to note is that Zinczenko gave Subway an “A” rating in “Eat This, Not That,” published 2 years before his article tearing them a new one.

Peruse Subway’s ingredients page on their website for more evidence if you’re not convinced.  I found some awesome lingo like “mechanically separated turkey”- if you don’t know what mechanical separation entails, watch this video now.  There’s also eggs in the tuna and high fructose corn syrup in the meatballs.  Sure, none of this will kill you if you eat it now and then.  But what irks me is how Subway pretends to be some sort of elusive “healthy-yet-fast food,” and while it’s probably “better” for you than a Big Mac by heart attack or obesity standards, it’s really just processed, commercialized crap.  Sorry, but your best bet for a healthy sandwich is to make it yourself out of ingredients you can control.

Ok, that wasn’t as brief as I intended, plus I started writing a few days ago, abandoned, and then revisited.  Oh well.  There’s just too much to say! Most importantly, this:

WATCH JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION TOMORROW, TUESDAY 4/12 ON ABC AT 8/7c! It’s clearly a hyper-sensationalized, reality show version of an important movement, but an important movement nonetheless.  And this time, he’s taking on Los Angeles! A beast of an adversary…Go Jamie!