Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Eat Food, Not Too Much, and Mostly Plants


I love synchronicity. It's like a direct message from the Gods alerting you to something you need to take note of.

Yesterday I mentioned Michael Pollan in my post, and this morning I just happened to hear him interviewed (for the first time) on local KGNU.

It seems Michael Pollan is in my periphery and with that in mind here are three things he said that caused me to sit up and take note:

  1. "Most of what we're eating today is not food."
  2. "Eat food, not too much, and mostly plants."
  3. "If you invest $60 in growing your own veggie garden, in the first year you'll reap $200 worth of produce."
I'll mention again Michael's two bestselling books: The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. If you care about what you're putting in your mouth, both these books are well worth reading.

I wish I could follow the above with a paragraph about my beautiful veggie patch, but alas, I don't have a garden. However, if you have a garden, consider designating space to growing vegetables and herbs and save on your produce bill this growing season.

However, I do eat food, not too much, and I definitely err on the side of more plants and less animal protein in my cooking -- it's healthier and it's the most economical way to eat.

And with that in mind, the meal idea I'm sharing today is an example of this formula.

Noodles with Mahi Mahi, Ginger, Cilantro & Cucumber
1) Mix juice of 4 limes with 1/4 cup of Braggs Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce or Tamari. Add a couple teaspoons of honey to taste and a big chunk of chopped & peeled raw ginger and the same of garlic. Stir well, or until honey dissolves.
2) Wash and coarsely chop 1/2 a small bunch of fresh cilantro, one cucumber, 2-3 spring onions. Toss together.
3) Oven-bake with a little oil and lemon juice and S&P, your choice of deep-sea fish, i.e. Mahi Mahi, Tuna or Salmon. One 6 oz fillet will serve two for this dish.
4) Boil your choice of noodles, i.e Sobo, Chinese rice, or whole wheat.

To Serve: Toss noodles in a bowl with the cilantro, spring onions & cucumbers, spoon portions into serving bowls and top with coarsely chopped fish. Lastly, pour honey, lime, soy and ginger & garlic mix over fish and noodles.

1 comment:

Yogeshwari said...

hi louise - great posts...
just back from utah. It is so lush here by comparison.
I am planting a veggie garden this weekend. Posted the sod on Craig's list so someone can come and replant it in their yard. Green all around. You are welcome to plant a few things or come record what you like of the process grass to food garden. So consider this and follow my garden as it grows this summer and use the fresh produce in your gorgeous recipes dear foodie.
I will probably keep buying big bags of walnuts at costco however... they are yummy and it is not just about the money. can't wait to see the pilot. Congrats!