Hello Everyone and bon appetit! I want to start by saying that I am going to take my time going through this book!! I did Eat for Health in 30 days--and that was about 130 recipes. Wooohoo!! That had to be a record. DPYC has about 50 recipes, and I will be doing them sort of randomly--not exactly in the order in the book. In between books, we cooked lots of our favorite recipes from Eat for Health. After cooking like a lunatic for 30 days, the easier/ faster recipes were top on our list --like Vegetable Burritos and Yummy Banana Bars. They are easy to make and oooooh soooo good. We also ate the California Creamed Kale, and AJ's Hail to the Kale Salad almost daily!! (Chef AJ graciously gave us her delicious Hail to the Kale Salad recipe and it is posted on this blog.) And then over the weekend we went to one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants. I ordered my favorite dish as is--just to see how it tasted to me now, and it tasted really very salty. Next time I will be more careful and ask for sauces on the side as we do love the food there and want to be able to continue dining out! It kind of makes me sad to know how much salt I was happily and unknowingly eating before--and how unnecessary it is. It seriously took me only a few weeks to not even notice the low sodium anymore. If you are curious about the dangers of salt and why I keep bringing up salt, go to Dr. Fuhrman's website and please read: http://drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?sid=16&qindex=1
Here is another article that just came out today (as I was typing this!) on Dr. Fuhrman's blog...
Summary: On Wednesday, January 20th, about a week after NYC Mayor Bloomberg proposed his controversial salt reduction initiative, evidence was presented in the New England Journal of Medicine that salt reduction truly can save lives.
So to begin--here is what I made yesterday!
Split Pea and Tofu Dog Soup
What is up with cooking peas, beans and lentils in the state of Colorado!!?? I soaked the crap out of the split peas PLUS I cooked them for an hour longer than the recipe said--and they were still not done. I know it takes longer because of the altitude, but that was ridiculous. I do have a pressure cooker--I will definitely use that next time. Anyway, my tofu dogs got waaaay over cooked, so Haze and I fished them out and started over. I cut up 2 new tofu dogs, and sauteed them in a tiny bit of olive oil and then sprinkled them on top. Beside the fact that the split peas were still slightly undercooked--we gave the recipe an A-
Healthy Potato Fries
The Fries were a nice treat with the soup! We added a big sprinkle of Mrs. Dash to them, and they were very tasty!! We gave them an A. I served this meal with the steamed kale version of AJ's Hail to the Kale Salad--and it was all just a perfect combo. (You seriously have to try this kale recipe!! Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet!!)
For dessert I made Eat for Health's Yummy Banana Bars, and added pureed raspberries to the center (per Haze's request). They were awesome!! Will show you a pic of those too. All for now and have a happy day!!