Just a quick post to say, do not miss this article. The skinny is that a herd of cattle have mysteriously died while grazing on a GM bermuda grass pasture. Conclusions are not formal yet, as investigations are currently being carried out. This will be an interesting story to follow. The grass was apparently synthesizing large portions of cyanide. VERY ODD. You can bet I’ll be reading up on this in the weeks to come. I’ll try to link to follow-up stories, too.
Eat Real Food, people!
Ok, after being on vacation for a while, I was surprised to only find one more informative article on this issue. This article reports that “Other farms quickly began testing their fields and while no other cattle deaths have been reported at least several farmers found toxic cyanide in their Tifton 85 grass.”
Our first CSA harvest included a batch of pea shoots. I’d never had them before so I had to look up a few recipes to get in the swing of things with these pretty little pea vines. They are just young pea vines that are harvested for the green vine itself, before the peas set on. They have a lovely sweet pea flavor with the benefits of greens!
What’s so great about pea shoots? Well…
Pea Shoots are a nutritious leaf with high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A. A 50g bag of these tasty greens offers more than half of the RDA for vitamin C, a quarter of the RDA for vitamin A and significant amounts of folic acid. Source
After reading a number of recipes for these little lovelies, I went with the idea of a pesto, but made my own sort, since we don’t eat parmesan.
Pea Shoot and Walnut Pesto
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup walnuts
- about 3 lightly packed cups of pea shoots
- big sprig of parsley
- juice of a lemon (and might as well throw the zest in there too)
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all in a food processor and pulse until smooth. EAT.
I made up this pesto and then thinned it with my favorite apple cider vinegar and a bit of stevia for a lovely pea shoot and walnut pesto vinaigrette for our salad today. MMM mmm, pick up some of these natural treats and make something exciting with them.
Last spring, I wrote an post entitled: You Aren’t Throwing Those Out, Are You? at my old blogdom. I’m reprinting it here:
Beet Greens! That’s what I’m asking about. Don’t throw out those beautiful greens at the top of your beets. Look at this beautiful dish:
These are so easy to put together. Grab your cast iron skillet and get going.
Sauteed Beet Greens with Onions
1 T Olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, or whatever your favorite is. More »
This week, news revealed that “Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday became the first major media company to ban ads for junk food on its television channels, radio stations and websites, hoping to stop kids from eating badly by taking the temptation away.” Apparently, it’s thought that if television commercials hawk Disney’s Apple Slices instead of HoHos and DingDongs, then children will be healthier. The first lady is excited about it. Other companies have plans to stop targeting ads to kids. So, this will solve our problem as a nation of kids eating unhealthy food. Hmmm.
What do you think?
Here are some tips that I’ve used to keep our people healthier:
- Shop the outsides of the grocery aisles. This is where the REAL food is located.
- Join a CSA. You’ll have so many veggies that your kids will think veggies are the food of choice. Hee hee.
- OR, be like Angie and grow a garden!
- Don’t shop WITH your kids whenever possible… at least not until their little minds are properly equipped to deal with the onslaught of the grocery temptations. Mine now realize why the foods are placed in tempting places. PBS Kids has a fun approach to teaching this.
- To help with the last one, shop online for groceries. In many places this is now an option! I find that I buy less junk that way because I have my list and search based on that, instead of gawking at the eye-popping displays.
- Train kids to read labels and educate THEM on healthy choices.
- Set the example that you want your kids to follow.
- Limit screen time. If ads really do harm our kids food choice abilities, then perhaps the screen time should be curtailed.
- Take matters into your own hands. Don’t wait for Disney to tell your kids what to eat.
Sorry, couldn’t resist that last one. I’m sure there are others and that this isn’t news to most of us. These sorts of “news items” just make me think that “huh, maybe people don’t know this stuff?” How do you keep your cavekids out of the reach of media ad influence?
Just a quick note to say that Pad Thai is super yum with the zucchini noodles toodles, and chicken, yum. Truly, this new thing with these “veggie noodles” really is makin’ my day!
Lunch last week:
I’m just sayin’…