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Brown and White Food: Not For Me

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September 28, 2014 / Organic / By
Anna

No brown and white meals for my family.

Living by this maxim is one way to make sure you are getting a balanced diet. I have used it to guide me for years and I now have three tall and healthy children. They did not always appreciate what I cooked for them when they were little, but they are all good cooks now and eat most foods. One still has a residual suspicion of some fruits. It is a textural thing.

I was brought up in New Zealand. It is probably fair to say that NZ has no traditional foods, apart from Pavlova which the Australians also claim. Both NZ and Australia, being countries peopled largely by immigrants draw on a wide variety of food traditions. Having done a lot of traveling, I have noticed that countries with strong food traditions usually provide balanced meals as part of normal home cooking.

In fact, the people with the worst diet in the world currently, the Marshall Islanders, have a diet that has come about as a result of being moved from their traditional hunter/gatherer areas due to nuclear testing in the 1950s, and then being introduced to imported packaged food. This has turned out to be cheaper and more readily available than fresh food.

American supermarkets offer an excessive array of unhealty foods, too. Their packaged food, saturated in corn syrup and salt, is cheaper and eventually more pleasing than fresh food. Sugar is an additive sunstance and we are now beginning to realise, an unhealthy one. Packaged food is also fast to prepare. This is what I call brown and white food, and it is the choice of some of the unhealthiest people in the world.

In the United Arab Emirates, where I live part of the year, most of the food is imported from far away. A lot of it has been grown hydroponically and has little flavor. But, there are also the foods that have fewer food miles as they come from nearby countries. Some of these foods have abundant flavor such as the pomegranates, figs and mangos.

I am a strong advocate of fresh, colorful food. There is no need to make eating well a burden, as there are short cuts that can make preparation fast, too.

The recipe below requires little effort especially if you can buy the pomegranate seeds already separated from the peel. It is more an assembly job than real cooking, but, thanks to the pomegranates, you end up with a delicious, healthy salad that adds color and taste sensations to a meal. It can be eaten with cold meats or a frittata. Or, Italian style, it can be eaten on its own at the end of a meal.

Ruby Salad

½ a pack of fresh baby spinach leaves

2-3 curly kale leaves (depending on size)

Small bunch of mint leaves

100 grams of pomegranate seeds

50 grams of pine nuts

Arrange the spinach leaves on the plate, sprinkle with sliced kale and chopped mint leaves. Save a few mint leaves to decorate the salad. Sprinkle liberally with pomegranate seeds and add the pine nuts. The in nuts can be toasted if you prefer.

 

Salad dressing:

3 -5 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil

1 tspn. mustard (Maille fruits of the forest for preference)

1 tbsp. fig balsamic or ordinary balsamic

Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients into a screw top jar and shake. Adjust as needed according to taste. I like a sharp dressing to go with the sweet seeds. Liberally douse with salad dressing about 5 minutes before eating.

Enjoy!

 

 


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