Friday, March 26, 2010

Who’s responsible for the public’s diet?

In this post, I try a recipe, make up my own, and touch on a potentially controversial issue, but first, some artsy fartsy springy pictures:

Dogwood

Dogwood

Plum tree

Plum

Plum tree

Forsythia

Forsythia

Last night for dinner, I tried a recipe from Jessica at How Sweet Eats (she has SOOOO many recipes that I’ve bookmarked to try…her baked goods always make me drool a little). Here’s my version of her Happy Chicken:

Happy Chicken

I mixed 2 eggs and some milk along with dried parsley and garlic powder in a big ziploc bag and let it sit ~30 minutes before dredging it in a mixture of plain breadcrumbs, Panko, Mrs. Dash tomato & basil seasoning, and salt & pepper.

Happy Chicken

(I added some onions on top!)

Happy Chicken

Alongside it, I made a sauteed spinach thingy. I used:

  • EVOO
  • 3/4 a giant bag of spinach
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms (I got one pint and used half for the chicken, half for the spinach)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbls garlic (I like garlic…a lot.)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • pine nuts
  • parmesan cheese

Sautee the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in the olive oil on medium-ish heat. Add the spinach and keep stirring until wilted. Add the wine and continue to cook ~5-10 minutes, then stir in the pine nuts and turn the heat to low until you’re ready to serve (I worked on this while my chicken was in the oven). Top with shredded parmesan cheese when you plate it.

Malbec

Yeah, I might’ve had a glass or two of this as well. I had to make sure it was good enough to cook with!

Mushrooms and onions

(On today’s agenda: scrub the stovetop)

Spinach

Sauteed spinach

Happy chicken and sauteed spinach

This meal definitely got RAVE reviews from both my mom and me. Thanks for the great recipe, Jessica!!

Who’s responsible for our healthy choices?

I saw a post on Perez Hilton the other day (because my primary news sources are him, Twitter, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”) about Pepsi making their products healthier by cutting salt, sugar, and fat from their recipes.

PepsiCo Inc. announced today that they have ten year plan to make all of their products more healthy for the everyday consumer.

Sodium found in key products from the company, like Frito chips, will be decreased by one-fourth per serving in the next five years. Other goals include cutting the average added sugar per serving in products by 25 percent and saturated fat per serving by 15 percent. Plus, also look for more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy in all of their other products.

What’s your opinion on companies changing their recipes to try to improve the health of the public? Are the companies’ formulas to blame for our poor health, or is responsibility in the hands of the consumer?