Eat Food

I caught Michael Pollan on Oprah last night. I have to admit, I've only skimmed his books, but I agree with so much of what he says! He mentioned a few of the rules from his new book Food Rules, and they make a lot of sense:

1: Eat food .

2: Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

7: Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.

13: Eat only foods that will eventually rot.

39: Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.

I especially enjoyed #39. That's a great philosophy about working for your junk food!

Oprah also announced that Amazon is now offering Food Inc. for only $9.99. Go Amazon!

Watching it was a reminder and a motivator to re-commit to organic dairy, ethically- and naturally-raised meat, and local, organic produce. (Well, as local and organic as I can get. I can't resist grapefruit in the winter!)

I've had a real lack of veggies in my diet lately. I'm thinking of having a voluntary vegan week to kind of cleanse and focus on getting a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins. I'll let you know how it goes! Any good vegan recipes I should try? I made the Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms With Swiss Chard that I linked to a while ago. They were really good and can be made vegan. Maybe I'll start with making those again.

P.S. I stumbled upon this cool Food Rules feature on the New York Times. Michael Pollan asked reader to submit their own rules, and then they put them together in a cool slide show.


  1. This is a favorite -- Pete gets it often when he comes home!

    West African Peanut stew

    2 c. chopped onions
    2 T. veg oil
    ½ t. cayenne pepper
    1 t. minced garlic (I always use more)
    2 c. chopped cabbage (I buy a bag of shredded cabbage)
    3 c. cubed sweet potatoes
    3 c. tomato juice
    1 c. apple or apricot juice
    1 t. salt
    1 t. peeled, grated ginger root
    2 c. chopped tomatoes (I use canned)
    2 c. sliced zucchini
    ½ c. peanut butter

    Saute onions in oil.
    Stir in cayenne and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes more.
    Add cabbage and sweet potatoes and sauté, covered, for a few minutes.
    Add juices, salt, ginger and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 30 min. until sweet potatoes are tender.
    Add zucchini and simmer for another 5 minutes.
    Stir in peanut butter.
    Keep war until ready to serve. (Add additional juice if stew is too thick).

  2. This is so funny! I have a similar recipe I posted a while ago: http://livelykatie.blogspot.com/2008/12/snow-day-african-peanut-stew.html. Now I'll have to make the stew!

  3. If I didn't eat anything my great grandmother didn't recognize as food, I wouldn't eat sushi, sashimi or nigiri! Just because SHE wasn't worldly about food doesn't mean I need to suffer!

    Same goes for monolingual 3rd graders. Jeez!

  4. I just stumbled across a blog by Aaron Zeichner's mom -- Andrea, called Andrea's Easy Vegan Cooking! cookeasyvegan.blogspot.com