When I wrote my meal plan for this week it consisted entirely of other bloggers recipes. Since I actually have a little bit of extra time for once, I decided to go back through some of my starred items in my reader to find a little inspiration from all the talented blogs I read.
Last night I was inspired by Jenna at “Eat Live Run”. I often drool at her baked goods but even more so find myself filing away her vegetarian treats. Meatless Monday became Mediterranean Monday (meatless too) after finding two of Jenna’s delicious recipes: Tofu Greek Salad and Babaganoush Soup . Both were incredibly flavorful, healthy, and filling.
I almost forgot to chop the eggplant because I was so distracted with taking a picture.
I made a few small changes to the soup recipe - left out the tahini and added a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to the top. It was wonderfully simple.
I left the olives and artichoke hearts out of the salad, used a little less feta and used thai basil since I received it in my glorious CSA this week. Again, delicious and I can’t wait to eat leftovers for lunch.
I was going to write an article about a recent study that came out with blazing news headlines proclaiming (in summary) that in order to be healthy by following the government dietary guidelines one has to spend more money. Or – as the media liked to make it sound – if you are poor you are pretty much out of luck if you want to eat healthy. I was going to write that yes – there are food desserts (areas of urban cities where the only “grocery stores” are convenience stores with no healthy, fresh food options), and yes – if you go to the grocery store you may be shocked at how many liters of soda you can get for under $3. I was also going to throw out some naturally healthy and inexpensive food items: beans, lentils, seasonal vegetables, water. I was even going to mention that the real problem lies with how we subsidize our food – and for what food items (hint: not fruits and vegetables). However, I stumbled upon this article written by David Katz “ Why Nutritious Doesn’t Equal Costly ” and it turns out he has already very eloquently stated many of these things I was going to write. Check it out.
I also wrote a guest post for the wonderful Rebecca at “Chow and Chatter” on how you can utilize the internet and social networking to make healthy changes. So check that out too!