بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Upon a time a time ago, when I lived in the land of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's I often used to stop by the salad bar after work for some quick fixin's for dinner. One of my favorite things they offered was Clam Chowder (both New England and Manhattan versions) and all the yummy prepared salads they offer. It’s been well documented (also here) that Whole Foods is expensive so I'm actually glad I no longer live in the land of $40 ostrich eggs, $8 hemp milk and $10 pomegranate juice. Don't get me wrong Whole Foods is great place for finding organic food and interesting healthy interesting ingredients - and no shock it's considered THE healthiest place to shop in 38 states (US) and also Canada and the UK. But moving to Algeria, I realized how much of "health food snob" I was and it how ridiculous paying $20 at the salad was! Yup, NAMASTE!
Moving to Algeria has also opened my eyes to all sorts of things. Like the fact, you don't need to pay gazillion dollars for quality organic food; and the fact that I don't need to attach myself to the lastest "health food fad" just in the hopes of finding health, body and emotional bliss. And finally the healthest of foods is one we grow and make ourselves.
I think globally, we have a problem with eating. The more developed countries we have developed “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.” While in the more poor countries, we are seeing how the obesity rates are
Consider what your hertiage is; what your grandparents, great-grandparents ate. Did they have a diet of cooked meat stews, fermeneted vegetables and dairy. Or did they have a diet of corn, beans, fish and tubers like jicama? Or prehaps rice, millet, fish and beans. Going back to our old way of eating whole foods, putting together with ingredients which grew instead of being manufactured or altered to a point where the original plant/animal is not recognizable any more. I am thinking of course, about products like surimi, American "cheese" slices, high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, hydrogenated soybean oil, that pseudo popcorn butter, pink slime in our burgers, artificial colors, carcinogenic compound energy drinks that taste like a mixture of Mountain Dew and acid. And let's not forget that strawberry flavoring (like the kind you get in fast food milkshakes) is a mix of about 50 separate chemicals and none of them have berry in the name. They include:
Let's just get away from all this junk including food faddism and get back to our traditional ways.
Getting back to Whole Foods, one of my favorite things at their salad bar was their Mediterrean style tuna salad. Missing it for years one day I decided to re-create it at home. And I'm happy to say it turned out delicious.
Cuting out most of the mayonnaisse and subbing it for yogurt, this tuna salad is not only lighter and refreshing but has less calories. Also it's packed full of protein that'll keep you energized better throughout your day. Nice on a sourdough bagutte, inside a pita bread pocket, on toast or just mounded on a bed of mesclun greens.
We usually go picnicing all year round - weather premitting but there is a specialness about picnics in the summer. Here is an easy salad for summer. You can serve like a dip with bread or spread onto beautifully baked Matlou or buns. Above you can see some buns I made using my All purpose yeast dough.
CLICK HERE for the recipe.
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