Here's my (new & improved) philosophy on packaged foods-
Don't Eat It If:
1. It has an insane amount of ingredients (I like to shoot for a max of 5)
2. You can't pronounce or don't recognize some of the ingredients - the last time I checked ethoxylated diglycerides don't grow on trees- don't freaking eat it.
3. It contains high fructose corn syrup, even if the commercials promise it's ok... it's not.
4. It contains isolated soy protein - this causes a whole mess of problems with digestion, hormonal imbalances & reproduction, not a good scene.
Ideally I'd like to not eat any packaged foods or at least consume them rarely. If you want to be a superstar you should concentrate on eating only whole foods. It seems like these buzz words are everywhere and they may even bring other ones to mind - like organic, locally grown, all natural, pesticide free... but the definition of a whole food is way simpler than that. A whole food is exactly that - the food as a whole. It's the difference between an orange and orange juice, a baked potato and french fries, an apple and apple sauce. It's best to eat something in it's natural state, or the way it was "born" for lack of a better word.
Here's a quick dinner I whipped up last night (after making vegan Bailey's in preparation for my cousin's St. Patty's day Bachelorette party!!) Since I haven't gone food shopping all week I needed to wing it, so next time hopefully no canned products :)
Spinach & Artichoke Quinoa
- 1 C uncooked quinoa
- 2 C vegetable broth
- 1 TBSP safflower oil (for sautéing)
- 2 minced/pressed garlic cloves
- 1/2 C sun dried tomatoes
- 1 can artichoke hearts (I used a can since I have never prepared artichoke hearts before and I don't know how to!)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Start prepping your quinoa - bring broth to a boil, add quinoa - lower to a simmer and cover for about 15 minutes
- While your quinoa is cooking pour safflower oil in a large pan over medium/high heat
- Add garlic cloves and cook them for about 2-3 minutes, being careful not to burn
- Add artichoke hearts make sure you drain them well if using canned!
- Break up artichokes with a wooden spoon and let them brown up with the garlic for about 5-8 minutes
- Chop up your sun dried tomatoes and add them to the pan for another 5 minutes
- When your quinoa is done add it to the pan as well
- Turn off the heat or down very low
- Add raw baby spinach and cover for 2-3 minutes to wilt it down a little without completely shriveling it up
- Mix together and voila!
The flavors together tasted yummy and there was no faux cheese or meat in sight - score!
Happy St. Patty's Day Friends!!!
Peas & Love