I like making dinner.
But I usually don’t have a lot of time.
And when I do have a lot of time, I’d rather be doing something other than making food.
Like eating food. I surely do like eating food.
Here’s a sweet and somewhat healthy dinner recipe.
Take a bag of frozen vegetables. It doesn’t matter what kind, but it should be a kind you like to eat, otherwise you aren’t going to like it.
Put the frozen veggies in a pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the veggies.
So far, this should have taken you about a minute.
Take some raw almonds, like maybe a handful, and throw them into the pot too.
Start the water heating up on the stove.
Meanwhile, get out a bowl. It should be a big enough bowl to contain the vegetables you are now cooking, with some room left over to mix it around a little. We’ll get to the mixing in a minute.
Score some quality olive oil from the cupboard. I should have mentioned, if you don’t have these things I am mentioning, get to the freakin’ grocery store and get them first.
Also score some garlic salt and black pepper. Some Italian seasoning won’t hurt either. You can even get some red pepper out if you want a little “heat.”
Set these things on the counter.
We are about three minutes in at this point.
Pour a glass of wine or beer and drink it until the water boils. It should only be a couple more minutes, so drink fast.
As soon as the water boils (and we are talking a decent boil here, not just a few bubbles), pour the vegetables into a collander and drain off the water.
Do not let the water boil for more than 30 seconds, because the vegetables will get soggy fast.
Then dump the steamy unsoggy vegetables into the bowl from earlier.
Pour a goodly amount of olive oil over the vegetables. Don’t be stingy, olive oil is good for you.
Dust the vegetables with the aforementioned garlic salt and spices of choice.
Mix it up a little to spread out the oil and seasoning.
At this point, depending on how well you did, you should have about 7 or 8 minutes to eat the tasty healthy spiced vegetables.
15 minutes tops. 20 if you like to chew your food at a leisurely pace.
You can use garlic powder if you are a low salt kind of person.
You should also know that frozen vegetables are healthier than fresh store bought vegetables.
Yes, this is true. Frozen vegetables are flash frozen soon after harvest, capturing all their nutrients, to be released during the creation of Joe’s Fast 15 Minute Healthy Dinner.
Store bought fresh vegetables have been traveling in trucks for a while. Who the hell knows where they have been? Then they sit on the store shelves getting wrinkly.
And all the time these fresh vegetables were unfrozen, they were slowly decaying, and losing nutritional value. I know they have done studies on this. Go look them up. I am not your teacher.
Why is it that people who buy shares in a company’s stocks (business savvy, fiscally conservative) are viewed differently than people who buy shares in a community supported agriculture farm (granola hippie liberals)?
It’s really the same underlying principle. You are buying a share in the risk/benefit of the entity in question. When you buy a share of company or a share of a farm, you are doing so on the belief that the investment will be profitable, although you are taking some risk that it won’t be.
The material difference between a company stock and a farm share is only the nature of the return. Rather than a cash dividend (company), the farm’s payoff is a weekly box of locally grown, often organic fresh produce. The risk comes from nature, if it is a bad growing season, the return is reduced. If it is an awesome season, you won’t have enough space for all the produce.
I buy and sell stock on eTrade sometimes. I also own a half share in my local CSA farm, and there has not yet been a growing season when I did not have more food than I knew what to do with. Is a CSA farm share more risky than a company stock? It is hard to say because the yield is in food, not cash.
Let’s do a simple calculation. I paid $285 for a half share in my CSA farm this year. Let’s just round that up to $300 for simplicity. The season runs from early June to early October. Let’s say 16 weeks. Doing a little simple math, that means I am getting a box full of fresh veggies for $18.75 a week. Could I get that kind of a deal at the grocery store? No. And I definitely could not get that kind of return at the Madison WI Farmers Market.
If you aren’t convinced, I will do a more in depth analysis where I go and buy $18.75 worth of similar veggies at the local grocery store (less fresh, mind you) and then weigh and photograph the return on the investment. But I think you get the point.
The FDA is investigating whether “inhalable caffeine” is safe.
Stop reading this now and just think about that for 30 seconds.
What do you draw from that?
When I used to work in R&D at a vitamin company, they would market all kinds of useless products under the moniker dietary supplement.
But now we are no longer talking about useless products, but rather dangerous ones.
So it begs the question, are the laws surrounding dietary supplements too soft?
This example of inhalable caffeine would seem to support that notion.
Although nutritional supplements are not allowed to make any direct health claims, they also are not regulated for what they contain (think Chinese imports).
No regulation means a prime market for charlatans and criminals.
That means, for now, it is up to consumers to do their homework.
Read labels and don’t buy any suspect nutritional supplements.
For more information, visit the VITAMIN FUN HOUSE, where you can ask questions and get well-researched answers about supplements.
THE VITAMIN FUN HOUSE.
Hi. It’s Joe.
I’d like to be able to say I am eating more salads.
Actually, I think I can say it. I am eating my third salad in two days right now.
It’s got spinach, mushrooms, green pepper, roma tomato, grass fed beef, chicken, and some Neuman’s Own Italian dressing (one of the few dressings that has no added sugar, although it does have a lot of highly processed oil in it).
It’s almost totally Paleo, except for the dressing. No cheese, even. I guess the chicken is not strictly Paleo, as I am sure it was raised in an industrial facility. But the 100% grass fed beef was raised on a farm in Montana. Bison would be better, but this will do.
Hi. It’s Joe.
This week, I violated the Paleo Diet plan a few times. Remember, my goal was to try to adhere to it as best as possible. I arbitrarily settled on 80% compliance as the baseline lowest I would go.
I ate some cheese this week. I also ate some sweets at work. I have a co-worker who makes the best baked goods I have ever tasted. This week was National Chocolate Cake Week (or so she claims), and she rose to the challenge. So did I, by eating some.
I also ate some birthday cake and chocolate ice cream at the end of my work day yesterday. Not a huge amount. I also had a couple of beers at a work celebration yesterday. It was on the company, so who am I to decline free beer?
But for most of the week, I think I was pretty compliant. I ate Paleo chili, homemade beef and veggie stir fry, some HuHot Mongolian Grill, eggs, and tofu. I did eat a veggie wrap at Barriques, and so the tortilla itself was not compliant, but the innards were.
As I was writing this, just minutes ago, Fed Ex delivered me a shipment of 100% grass fed Black Angus beef from Montana. There are now 12 1-pound bricks of frozen Paleo friendly beef in my freezer. It’s stir fry beef, so I plan to incorporate them into meals the next couple of weeks. No, they were not cheap, but they were not as expensive as I thought either, and shipping was free, and I got some free grass fed Black Angus meatballs as part of the deal.
I used to be an affiliate of the grass fed beef company in Montana, but they dropped me for some reason. That’s too bad, because I would totally endorse their product.
I also got some dry ice in the package they sent it in. Hours of fun. I wish it was Halloween, so I could make a bubbling cauldron of (no sugar added) fruit punch.
P.S. I fully admit to putting “Organic Food Companies” in the title of this post as an attractant for web traffic.
This is the time of year that I remind everyone about Echinacea (and my 8 years in R&D at a vitamin company, that gives me a modicum of credence to make such reminders).
Echinacea gets a bad rap sometimes as being ineffective at fighting colds.
But this is because vitamin companies are charlatans who use media hype to sell you inferior products. Remember, I worked at one for 8 years, before firing them for charlatanry.
The science is clear. It is the ROOT of Echinacea that is effective against colds and flu, not the flowers or leafy parts.
Most commercial Echinacea products contain the flowers and leafy parts, with little if any root. It is also really important to get Echinacea purpurea root, which has the highest concentration of effective biochemicals.
Such products are hard to find, but do your homework and find one, because the good stuff works against colds and flu.
Get well soon!