Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Choices

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I haven't had a very good year so far. Not to complain, but I have to quit writing food porn, much as I have enjoyed doing it. Problem is, I've gotten too fat on my own infidelicacies, and am paying a physical price. Diabetes, namely, accompanied with a tendency to fall and injure myself, due to the arthritic condition of my ankles...psoriatic arthritis. Auto immune diseases tend to proliferate like destructive teenagers at a party in your house when you're away for the weekend, and some of these diseases include Crohn's and Celiac. My twins, neither of whom are fat, are suffering with many IB problems as a result of my rich PA Dutch and Southern cooking, and so is the youngest. Only my husband is a slim and happy camper. Sigh. It is so not fair.

So I am dropping certain kinds of meat and processed flour and sugar from my diet. And most dairy. Anyone who wants to offer up recipes for me in my quest for healthy life style changes is welcome to email me at scherzophrenic AT yahoo DOT com and I will post them here with much gratitude to you.

In the meantime, I have become a great fan of tabbouleh, a damn-near perfect meal. It is a food which, after eating it I feel sated and happy. Yes, that is the word I am looking for. Happy food.
It is the easiest thing in the world to make, and not at all expensive. If you are aiming for a gluten-free food, you can substitute the cracked wheat for quinoa, kashi or even brown rice.

Avoid the boxed products you find in the rice section of your store, as it contains a pitiful amount of ?!? DRIED - are they kidding?!? parsley, seasoning and grains. Instead, head over to the gluten-free section of the store, or the organics section and pick up a bag of Red Mill bulghur or quinoa and gather your main ingredients in the produce section:

Ingredients:
1 cup grain + 1 cup boiling water
2 cups fresh chopped parsely
1/2 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 cloves chopped garlic
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 finely diced red onion
1 can rinsed chick peas
2 large, diced tomatoes, or 1 pint halved grape tomatoes
1 large cucumber, diced
1 heaping teaspoon cumin
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
cracked pepper

Dressing
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pour boiling water over the bulghur and cover with plastic wrap for about an hour. The grain will soak up the liquid and plump and soften.
After an hour, mix the vegetables garlic and herbs into the grains. Mix well and season with the salt, pepper and cumin.
Mix the lemon zest, juice and oil and pour over the salad, mixing it well with salad tongs.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Toss before serving. Tastes even better the next day.

Oh yes. The youngest child has developed a food tic: She hates pie. All pie. It's un-American and I was lamenting the fact that I hadn't raised her properly.
So last night we had empanadas. I have a delightful recipe for that, too.
She really loved the empanadas. When I explained that empanadas are Mexican and south American pies, she shrugged and said, "At least they aren't apple or cherry."
The GALL! Traitor.

2 comments:

  1. OMG your back! Ive missed you! Sorry to hear about all thats been going on. I totally agree with you tho about Tabbouli. Its absolutely one of my most fav things and when I make it I eat it alllllllll week. YUM!

    If you head over to my pages you will see I finally moved. I just landed this month. It just dragged on and on and on but now Im finally in Oregon. Hugs

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  2. I have seen your pages! I really need to get myself a camera to take some good pictures of the things I make instead of just looking for the tasty approximations...and how I do search for near likenesses! I really admire anyone whose pictures are delicious enough to eat with my eyes...and of course, yours would fall into that category.

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