Take the sardine, for example. My mom used to eat them out of the can, the mustard kind. I was disgusted, as any adolescent girl probably would be. Until recently, the gross mustard image was all I knew of sardines, and for that reason I had pretty much condemned them to my list of fish that I don't eat. But let's re-examine the sardine. Actually several types of fish related to the herring, sardines are a whopping good dose of all things healthy. These little soft-boned fishies contain Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, tons of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and more. Not only that, but Pacific Wild-caught sardines are about the most ecologically friendly fish you can buy and eat. At the bottom of the oceanic food chain, sardines feed on plankton and have been found to be lacking in high levels of heavy metals.
And boy are they delicious!
|Mixed greens w/ tarragon, clementines, sardines and toasted pumpkin seeds|
Breakfast continues to be something I look forward to. The offerings were:
|Tofu scramble w/ beet greens and turmeric|
|Vegetable-miso soup with chickpeas|
|My smoothie creation: Kiwi + pineapple + mango|
|Red lentil and turnip soup with parsley|
|Spicy Black Bean Salad- Try this with mangoes and/or avocado for a savory treat|
|Raw kale salad with pomegranate and toasted walnuts|
Dinners have been the height of delectable. I've learned to cook en papillote, as the French say, or in parchment paper as we Americans say. It's a great way to preserve nutrients and cook food fast! Plus, it's fun to open up your dinner like a present.
|Rainbow trout cooked en papillote with fennel, apple and broccoli slaw|
|Grilled salmon and bok choy with avocado salsa|
|Roasted winter vegetables with cannellini beans|
|Pistachio-stuffed dates with toasted coconut|
It's quite remarkable the difference food can make in your life- whether it's good food or bad food. I feel fortunate to be able to try new things and make wise choices about what I'm consuming. I also feel fortunate to have some new kitchen toys that I'm bursting to write about! After the cleanse...and after I write AT LEAST ONE poem for a poetry gig next weekend...Here's to feeding my inspiration.