Saturday, January 9, 2010

Facelift and Feeback

A while back, I read this article about Whole Foods promising to return to its roots of good, nutritious food in the year 2010. In recent years, foodies, gourmets, and health nuts alike have been able to shop the store for quality products as well as specialty items that the store carries. As a loyal customer (both because of their plethora of gluten free products and quality, healthful foods) I am excited to see how the stores transform throughout the year and refocus on food health.

Which leads me to my own feeling of needing a bit of change. I think that I am on the cusp of a food rut, and can only imagine that y'all are sick of seeing the same things throughout the week. Part of that is due to time (especially now that I'm working full time) and also because of favorite ingredients.

I am thinking about mixing things up a bit by trying one new healthy recipe each week using a lesser-used or new ingredient. What do you think? What's your favorite recipe that is (or could be) gluten, fish, and seafood free?

I really would love to get your feedback in general about the blog and am inviting you to comment, make suggestions, share recipes, and more! Whether you share your ideas privately or in the comments section is up to you!

In the spirit of mixing things up a bit, yesterday's dinner, while random, was a collection of foods with 2 new items. Craving veggies, I steamed some carrots to have alongside roasted kale chips, a black bean taco, and some egg drop soup.

Kale Chips
1/2 bunch kale, washed and dried, stemmed and cut in 2 - 3 inch pieces
salt, pepper, garlic to taste
canola oil non-stick spray

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place kale on the baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cook for 15 - 20 minutes until crisp.

Vegetarian Egg Drop Soup
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1/4c corn
~ 1 T liquid egg whites
1 T GF soy sauce
garlic powder, red chile flakes

Combine broth, corn, soy sauce, and spices in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, slowly drizzle in egg whites, stir, and reduce to a simmer for another 2 minutes. You may also want to add more pepper or salt, depending on taste.

Off to be productive on a sunny yet cold Saturday. It feels nice to have a day claimed for me to get some errands and cleaning done! I had an apple plus an egg white sandwich for breakfast and am now off to be productive.

Have a good day!

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