March 30, 2010

A Daily Fresh Creation

In the spirit of the Food Revolution, I'm aiming to create at least one fresh dish each day. Today it is a hearty grains salad. This was made from the hearty grains mix I bought at Trader Joe's. I cooked it according to the package, substituting EVOO for butter, and then added chopped green and red pepper (sweet), slivered almonds, dried cranberries, and a zucchini that I chopped, brushed with EVOO and broiled. The dressing is EVOO, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Jamie Oliver appeared today on the Rachel Ray show, and demonstrated the "evolution" of a salad. You can start with just a couple ingredients, and then by adding layer upon layer, you end up with several different possibilities for a healthy salad. The tomato salad Rachel showed us went from just tomatoes and basil to a protein-rich pasta dish with white beans and tuna. Here are recipes for his evolution potato salad and his evolution cucumber salad.

Food Revolution - Pass it on!

I've been a long time gone, but I'm back and ready to move into my next foray into the food world. I just signed Jamie Oliver's petition to promote the American Food Revolution, and you should too! Jamie just won the 2010 TED prize for his mission to create "a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity."
I plan to learn recipes from his new book, Food Revolution, and teach them to friends and possibly start up a cooking group in my community to spread the word about how easy, fun, affordable (compared to eating out) and healthy it is to cook at home. Please take a moment to sign the petition and to read more about Jamie's wish.