Saturday, March 26, 2011

Food for thought

I'm excited about the prospects of all things food today, so I thought I'd share this post-


Sustainable Eating
Just happened upon this article that I had saved up awhile ago and really thought was interesting, so I thought I'd share it heer. Mainly it's a spiel I'm sure many of you have heard- eat real food. And even better, prepare it/buy it yourself! Apparently Bittman calls the three best basic recipes- a stirfry (yeahh), a chopped salad (gotta get myself into salads more), and a rice and lentil dish (I must be thinking in the right direction...).
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/weekinreview/02bittman.html?hpw


CSAs
Along those lines, this year my sister and I have decided to take part in a CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture). Besides knowing that this is slightly crunchy and veggie based, here's the definition:
Community Supported Agriculture is a system in which consumers receive food directly from the farmers who produce it. But unlike a farmers' market system, supporters of community agriculture actually share in part of the farmers' risk. That is, they pay in advance for a portion of the farmer's total crop. Crops that do well will be abundant in the share, crops that do less well will be less abundant. For their part, the farmers have a stable income that doesn't depend on sunny weather on farmer's market days.(http://www.prairielandcsa.org/whatisacsa.html).


So, after some exhaustive Pittsburgh CSA research, I finally decided upon Dillner Family farms (it's the perfect price and perfect amount for two). For a sum, my sis and I will get weekly deliveries of fresh veggies for 22 weeks starting in June. They drop off in neighborhood locations and I love the concept. I was just perusing the 2010 harvest list and some of the yummy things we can expect are... green beans, peppers, pumpkins, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, spinach, sweet corn, winter squash, watermelon, zucchini and the list goes on! I've heard good things about CSA's (several med students have done it before) and the only complaint is that you sometimes get way too much of one veggie- aka cauliflower. In anycase, I look forward to increasing my veggie intake and eating more in tune with local harvests.
I believe this is what a typical csa box looks like (from bonfirehealth.com).


Cold Oatmeal Craze....
One last thing- I am obsessed with oatmeal lately after reading this blog post. Last night I prepared a cold oatmeal (1/2 cup quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup soymilk, 1tbsp honey, 1tbsp maple syrup + 1/2 banana this morningg) and it was an interesting experience...a bit soggy for my taste but I'm going to try it with rolled oats next time.

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