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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Food Revolution

Between Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, there's been a lot of talk about changing the way we eat. And more importantly changing the way we feed our kids, and it's about time.

When I was a kid, my school lunches weren't horrible, but they weren't perpendicularly healthy either: triple decker pb & j, chicken patties and ketchup considered as vegetable (seriously). It's not like I wouldn't have chosen fries over broccoli, as a matter of fact I did. Just about every high school lunch that I purchased was fries, yogurt and chocolate milk - real healthy huh; but in my defense the broccoli was so overcooked that it didn't look remotely appetizing, who really wants to eat a yellowish-green veggie.

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I'm also going to confess that the little people in my life prefer junk to the good stuff, but I'm trying to be a better example to them along with the other adults in their life. First steps: signing the Food Revolution petition and committing to move more.

Food Revolution

Between Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, there's been a lot of talk about changing the way we eat. And more importantly changing the way we feed our kids, and it's about time.

When I was a kid, my school lunches weren't horrible, but they weren't perpendicularly healthy either: triple decker pb & j, chicken patties and ketchup considered as vegetable (seriously). It's not like I wouldn't have chosen fries over broccoli, as a matter of fact I did. Just about every high school lunch that I purchased was fries, yogurt and chocolate milk - real healthy huh; but in my defense the broccoli was so overcooked that it didn't look remotely appetizing, who really wants to eat a yellowish-green veggie.



I'm also going to confess that the little people in my life prefer junk to the good stuff, but I'm trying to be a better example to them along with the other adults in their life. First steps: signing the Food Revolution petition and committing to move more.

Friday, March 19, 2010

clearing out the pantry

So here's the thing, in addition to not really feeling like cooking lately because I'm super tired most of the time - i also haven't been to the grocery store in weeks. seriously. (I'll be rectifying that this weekend, i have menus planned for every meal for the next two weeks.)
however, I've still managed to get by and I'm cleaning out the pantry and freezer of things i forgot i had that were save/cooked just in the nick of time. for example:

steak fried rice "Puerto Rican style":
1 cup cooked white rice (left over from Chinese takeout)
2 eggs
1/2 left over grilled steak, diced
2 to 3 TBSP Sofrito
1 to 2 TBSP butter
garlic powder
ground cumin
salt and pepper

melt 1 TBSP butter in large non-stick skillet, scramble eggs and add to skillet.
when eggs are nearly cooked add last TBSP of butter, teak and rice and mix well together.
season to taste with garlic, cumin and salt and pepper and add Sofritio.
cook until steak is warmed thoroughly and serve, makes 2 very generous servings.

i know it sounds like a hot mess, but it was tasty.

and ok, in the interest of full honesty, one week i brought more take-out than i wanted too, but otherwise I've been creative in the kitchen.

clearing out the pantry

So here's the thing, in addition to not really feeling like cooking lately because I'm super tired most of the time - i also haven't been to the grocery store in weeks. seriously. (I'll be rectifying that this weekend, i have menus planned for every meal for the next two weeks.)
however, I've still managed to get by and I'm cleaning out the pantry and freezer of things i forgot i had that were save/cooked just in the nick of time. for example:

steak fried rice "Puerto Rican style":
1 cup cooked white rice (left over from Chinese takeout)
2 eggs
1/2 left over grilled steak, diced
2 to 3 TBSP Sofrito
1 to 2 TBSP butter
garlic powder
ground cumin
salt and pepper

melt 1 TBSP butter in large non-stick skillet, scramble eggs and add to skillet.
when eggs are nearly cooked add last TBSP of butter, teak and rice and mix well together.
season to taste with garlic, cumin and salt and pepper and add Sofritio.
cook until steak is warmed thoroughly and serve, makes 2 very generous servings.

i know it sounds like a hot mess, but it was tasty.

and ok, in the interest of full honesty, one week i brought more take-out than i wanted too, but otherwise I've been creative in the kitchen.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Getting Centered


There's just something about cooking in my bare feet that helps me get centered. Lately, I feel like I'm just going, going, going - no time for real relaxation or play. And all of this going has me unfocused and growing grouchy.

The last thing I felt like doing when I got home today was cooking but I had taken steaks out the other day and today was the last day to cook them before having to throw them out, and in this economy I'm trying not to be wasteful. So on with the apron, off with the shoes, and pump up the jazz. And apparently this was just what I needed.

One hour alone in my little kitchen with nothing to think about except, not cutting myself with my beyond sharp Japanese butcher knife while I cut up sweet potatoes for oven fries; and all of my (as my buddy Nadine says) first world problems just melted away. I can't explain it, so I'm not going to try, but I highly suggest cooking when you have days made of suck.

And since this actually a food/cooking blog:

Steak: season with cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Grill or sear & broil until meat reaches desired doneness (I like med-well).

Sweet Potato oven fries: cut potatoes in quarters (for steak fries) or eights (for regular fries) drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Cook at 375 F until outside of fry is crispy and inside is tender (about 45 minutes to a hour).

Getting Centered


There's just something about cooking in my bare feet that helps me get centered. Lately, I feel like I'm just going, going, going - no time for real relaxation or play. And all of this going has me unfocused and growing grouchy.

The last thing I felt like doing when I got home today was cooking but I had taken steaks out the other day and today was the last day to cook them before having to throw them out, and in this economy I'm trying not to be wasteful. So on with the apron, off with the shoes, and pump up the jazz. And apparently this was just what I needed.

One hour alone in my little kitchen with nothing to think about except, not cutting myself with my beyond sharp Japanese butcher knife while I cut up sweet potatoes for oven fries; and all of my (as my buddy Nadine says) first world problems just melted away. I can't explain it, so I'm not going to try, but I highly suggest cooking when you have days made of suck.

And since this actually a food/cooking blog:

Steak: season with cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Grill or sear & broil until meat reaches desired doneness (I like med-well).

Sweet Potato oven fries: cut potatoes in quarters (for steak fries) or eights (for regular fries) drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Cook at 375 F until outside of fry is crispy and inside is tender (about 45 minutes to a hour).
 

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