The other night my brother came over to watch a movie at my place (and grab a free meal.) Before he came over, he called to see if I had any "food". Meaning, "Do you have anything besides vegetables?" My brother is used to my considerably wholesome eating habits. In his opinion, if it's not slaughtered or bleeding at some point it's not really "food". Can someone please explain to me this idea guys have, that it has to include half a chicken or a big mac to qualify as a meal? Maybe it’s my brother’s recent pursuit of a wolfman’s physique, like that of Twilight’s Taylor Lautner. But lately he's become surprisingly diligent about working out and lifting weights. And in turn is eating like an animal.
To be sure he wouldn't die of hunger at my house, he brought a raw steak for me to fry up for him. Yuck. First steak I can remember cooking in I don't know how long. Oh, the things I do for my brother...
So he ate his steak and potatoes and whatever he could manage to devour from my plate. Like I said, ravenous. Granted I'm not pumping iron 5 days a week, or any day for that matter. I've never been much of a meat eater either. In my opinion Michael Pollan puts it best in regards to a relationship with food: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." This may sound bland to some, but plants can be far from bland. Here is one recipe from the woman of 101 cookbooks, a genius for making any vegetable pure divinity - as God intended.
This is a green stir-fry I altered slightly (due to my forgetfullness at the grocery store & not my creativity):
Green Packed Stir-fry
From Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking
Sesame seed oil
1/2 lb asparagus, sliced in small diagonally pieces
5 green onions, chopped
4 handfuls of spinach
1 tb of minced ginger
3 minced cloves of garlic
1/2 peeled and cubed buttercup (kombucha) squash
zest and juice of one lime
1 handful of cashews, roughly chopped
1 bunch of basil, slivered
1 bunch of mint, slivered
1 tbs of Hoisin sauce
In a separate pot steam your squash. Do this first. It will be done by the time you've completed the rest of the dish. You can also steam it in a rice cooker - which thanks to my genious of a roomate I have access to. I highly suggest investing in one.
Have all your ingredients prepared and ready to hit the stove. Heat up a large pan or work until hot and then toss a splash of sesame seed oil. Next toss in ginger, garlic, green onions, asparagus and a few pinches of cayenne pepper. Toss continually for about 2 minutes. Then add the cashews and spinach. Toss again until the spinach wilts. Then add the Hoisin sauce, lime juice and zest. Mix for another minute and remove from heat. Lastly add the mint and basil, then season with salt to your liking. Generously serve over the steamed squash.
Brown rice also make a great pairing for this dish, as I served up mine. It would also go well with tofu and fish.
And even with steak - if you must.