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Food for Thought Fridays: not all beige is bad

Happy Friday!
You always hear about adding color to you diet and how colorful food are always much better for you than bland, beige foods.

I don’t think all beige is bad and sometimes it just happens.

This past week it just happened that one of my meals lacked color. I could’ve added some bright greens with zucchini and broccoli, but those were being saved for another meal, so beige it was!

Potato pancakes (aka flat hash browns) and Quinoa

Shredded potatoes
No onions, that’s gross.
Cornstarch, Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Bread Crumbs.
Mix it up and fry. I used peanut oil (it just smells awesome!)

I got the recipe backbone from the Veganomicon, but when it wasn’t quite sticking together well enough, I threw an egg in there (note: I didn’t have matzo meal, so it might work better for you if you have some).

Still really good though, especially with a bit of locally made BBQ sauce

I didn’t have too much time to get a lot of articles for today. I did read a lot of them, but many are just repetitive of the same information.

The Eating Rules Philosophy Summed up in Two Venn Diagrams
This pretty much sums up the best & simplest good eating philosophy ever.

Need Inspiration? Watch this Trailer – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
I’ll probably have to watch this when it makes its way to Netflix. I love documentaries and personal stories (the accent helps too!). I don’t know what I think about the 60 day juice diet that the narrator takes on, whether it is the healthiest way to go or not, but I don’t doubt the ability to get all your calories, but I think I would miss chewing.

Is ‘Eat Real Food’ Unthinkable?

This was my favorite article this week. I just started following Mark Bittman on Twitter this past week and have not regretted it. There are three different happenings that he talks about that have occured recently.

New USDA food guidelines: I don’t really care so much about these. I know that they play a bigger role in school nutrition, but the public doesn’t pay attention to these. Michael Pollan’s “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” would’ve summed up what actually needed to be said. (I got to see him speak a year ago! Still pumped about that!)

Vegan Oprah: First, Oprah would do anything for more publicity (really, you’re taking your whole audience to Australia?). Second, as a person that flirts with vegetarianism and veganism on about a 90% basis, I hate strongly dislike the use of faux meats as substitutes. Yes, I eat tofu, but that’s the only ingredient – soy beans.

Wal-mart & the White House: do I need to say anything? Maybe. This is making me almost not like you, Michelle Obama! The idea of walking into a Wal-mart makes me uneasy and dirty feeling. I don’t want the know the lengths that they will go to in order to make ‘healthy’ food less expensive.

The end! It’s Friday! This weekend I am tasked with creating a menu of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for Thursday through Saturday night. It will have to have a veg option for me and also all has to be gluten-free for Megan. I’ll post my menu up here once I finish it 🙂

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  1. February 11, 2011 at 14:41

    Ha! I created a completely white meal the other day… fettuccine alfredo with scallops and roasted cauliflower. It may have been short on color but it was long on flavor!

    • shortystylee
      February 11, 2011 at 22:13

      I love roasted cauliflower! It’s so hard to find not wrapped in plastic at the grocery stores though 😦 I might have to wait until it’s back at the farmers market again. Don’t know why broccoli is sold unwrapped but not cauliflower, not even at the co-op.

      • February 12, 2011 at 00:18

        Right!?! What’s up with that? I finally decided to just punt and buy it plastic and all. I know… I’m a total eco-sinner, but my boyfriend who is “vegetable challenged” loves roasted cauliflower. I just LOVE being able to blame all of my eco sins on my boyfriend!

      • shortystylee
        February 12, 2011 at 07:53

        I blame a lot of mine on my husband! I could go much more plastic-free if it wasn’t for him, haha.
        Back in the fall I would get one or two heads at the farmers market and we’d use them up in a week… maybe I’m just rationalizing the fact that I’m trying not to buy it at the store by saying that I’m on a cauliflower holiday to make up for eating so much this past fall 🙂

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