Macrobiotics are all about eating as much whole, fresh food as possible, limiting (or better yet, eliminating) processed, packaged foods, foods with processed or bleached ingredients, like white flour and white sugar, and foods made with chemicals or dyes. A good rule of thumb when reading ingredients is that if you can't pronounce the name of an ingredient, don't eat it. Even if you can pronounce the word (you cunning lingust, you...), if it's a chemical, a dye, or some form of something that was once natural, like high fructose corn syrup made from corn, don't eat it. Or severely limit your intake to once a month. Cut out foods like sugary soda, white bread, and please, no "gummy" foods like fruit chews or sticky granola bars--not only bad for your you at the cellular level, but their murder on your teeth. Got to keep those fangs sharp now! So throughout the coming monthd, I will provide you with tasty recipes to kick off your Year of Pop Culture...ah, HEALTHY Pop Culture, that is.
Kicking off the fun: A DECONSTRUCTED SAMOSA! Samosas are these delicious potato-and-pea filled wrapped dumpling fried up with aromatic spices like tumeric, cumin, ancho chili powder, paprika, and black pepper. Ready? Here we go!
What you'll need:
-2 strips of veggie bacon, fried with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and fresh ground black pepper--about four minutes total
-1 medium baked potato--you can wrap a baking potato in plastic wrap and microwave for eight minutes or bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes
-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-hot madras curry
-ancho chili powder
-fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup of fresh baby green peas
-1/8 of a cup of reduced fat shredded cheddar
Place the cooked baked potato on a plate and cut 6 ways, opening the potatoe, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, ancho chili powder, curry, tumeric, cumin, and fresh ground black pepper. Mash spices in cooked potato with olive oil. Break up cooked veggie bacon (should be stiff--don't let that get to you; it still renders a pleasing taste and crunch) and sprinkle over potato (you can mix it in to the potato mixture if you want), top with peas and sprinkle with cheese. Eh viola! Your DECONSTRUCTED SAMOSA, minus the fried outer pastry...yeah, I know. That's the good part. But this is really tasty, too--and, unlike the original, full of fiber, protein, potassium, healthy fats, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and, most importantly: FLAVOR! The secret to immortality? It's not sucking innocent blood. It's macrobiotics, and of course, exercising 60 minutes a day for 5-7 days a week. If you do both, chances are good you'll get your 7.5 hours of sleep, resisting depression, and things like the flu.
Wash it down with a cup of freshly brewed green tea with local honey and help improve your allergies come spring.
Missing something? Don't worry! There's more to come in the next segment of POP CULTURE COOKING 2013!!!
Until next time....