It’s been weeks since I last curated a bunch of tasty links from the interwebs. Sorry, Pops! (As I’ve mentioned before, my dad is probably my most faithful Forky Friday reader; when I fail to write a post, he communicates his disappointment via my mother—a champion at making me feel guilty and lazy.) Learning to balance my blogging along with full-time mommy duties has forced me to juggle like crazy, but things are finally starting to click now that the kids are back in school. Lesson number one: my productivity goes waaaay up when I stay off of Facebook and Gawker.
Without further ado, let the link love begin!
Kale, I Hardly Knew You!
Yup. I’m one of those hipsters that kowtowed to kale as the all-time Queen Bee vegetable.
My recipe index is filled with ideas that involve stir-frying it with bacon, braising it with carrots, and baking the frilly leaves into chips.
So naturally, my stomach dropped when I spotted this article in The Smithsonian that “exposed” kale and a bunch of other popular foodstuffs as genetically modified. The horror!
But after skimming the contents, I’m not all that concerned. Selective breeding’s been used for centuries in growing crops and raising animals, and this form of genetic modification doesn’t skeeve me out. I’ll still eat the stuff. (Heck, I’m pretty sure there were some arranged marriages somewhere in my ancestry, so I may be a genetically modified organism myself.)
Eggs: To Chill or Not to Chill?
Have you ever wondered why eggs in the U.S. are always refrigerated, but when you travel to other countries, the oeufs abroad are stored at room temperature?
NPR has an informative article about the history of egg preservation in the U.S., and why you should keep your eggs in the fridge if that’s how you bought ’em.
Paleo On The Telly (Down Undah)
Remember when Chef Pete Evans came to visit me in my home kitchen to film a cooking segment?
Just when you thought Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 was over, I’ve got one more tasty installment to pull you back in! And what better way to keep you motivated to pack your own meals than to show you some of my favorite sweet and savory snacks packed in super cute LunchBots containers?
Disclaimer: Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are the best items to round out your packed lunches. No one’ll argue about that point—not the omnivores, vegans, or Paleo Patrol. But let’s get real: sometimes, you just crave something crunchy, salty, and/or sweet. I totally get it.
Big-O, my 9 year-old, is a big fan of crispy and salty foods. Similar to my hubby, he’s never met a chip-like food he didn’t like. Thankfully, that can mean roasted seaweed snacks (I like SeaSnax and GimMe brands)…
…homemade vegetable chips (like my homemade kale or mushroom chips)…
It’s Labor Day, and that means that most kiddos (in the U.S., anyway) will be back in school for sure this week. WAHOO! Thank goodness for all those selfless and patient individuals awesome enough to be teachers. (Hi, Ms. Lin—I know you’re reading this!)
As you pack away your summertime apparel (goodbye, linen pants and white shoes!), let me share with you my last installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. This lovely packed LunchBots bento is crammed with some of our family’s favorite finger foods: Lazy Devils (recipe in my cookbook and app) and Simple Crab Salad-stuffed tomatoes!
Again, don’t feel compelled to replicate this lunchbox exactly—the fun is in modifying any and all components to fit your own tastes. (In other words: yes, I know you’re a special snowflake.)
For example, the Lazy Devils are also super-customizable. Feel free to top your halved Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs with whatever you have on hand. In Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, I offer tons of ideas on how to spice up your hard cooked eggs. See?
And if you happen to be allergic to shellfish, please don’t eat the crab salad stuffed tomatoes with a side of EpiPen. Instead, mix up a batch of Spicy Salmon Salad or Madras Chicken salad (the recipe for the latter’s available in my cookbook and iPad app), and spoon them into the edible tomato cups.
Pro tip: use smaller tomatoes than I did. I used plus-size heirloom tomatoes to pretty ’em up for photos, but the only way the lid’s going to fit is by smashing the stuffing (literally!) out of them.
Ready to check out how to assemble this portable feast?
I bet the last thing you wanna do on this glorious Friday (before a three-day weekend, no less!) is think about packing a lunch, but I’m hoping I can nudge you in the right direction with the sixth installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. Who can resist a beautiful and satisfying salad tucked into a lovely LunchBots container? Not me!
Besides, even if your wee ones gag at the thought of tucking into a salad, there’s nothing that says these boxes have to be for kids. Last time I checked, adults need lunches, too.
If you’ve got a peach, some thinly sliced prosciutto…
…fresh salad greens…
…and a handful of pistachios…
…you’re in business: make my Watercress with Seared Prosciutto + Peaches! You’ll love the balance of savory and sweet—and the fact that prepping this salad takes almost no time at all.
Remember: If peaches aren’t your cup of tea, you can always use apples, nectarines, or pears instead. Not a fan of watercress? No problem—substitute your favorite leafy greens. Just promise me you’ll make your lunch, okay?
Here are a few tips to ensure that your salad tastes great when you crack open your LunchBots at mealtime:
Out of packed lunch ideas? Fear not, Nomsters: I’ll save the day with Part 5 of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014, my collaboration with the super-stainless-steel-container-makers at LunchBots!
Today’s packed lunch shines the spotlight on one of my favorite finger foods: Egg Foo Young patties! These portable protein- and veggie-packed savory pancakes are totally customizable with whatever you have sitting in your fridge. (Except for maybe that mushy pile of melting vegetables that you forgot about in the back of your crisper.)
My original recipe for Egg Foo Young is up on this blog, but readers of my cookbook know that I’ve since published a streamlined version in Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans. (If you don’t have my cookbook—shame, shame! Lucky for you, I don’t hold a grudge. You can find adaptations of my Egg Foo Young recipe here and here.)
I’m not pulling your leg when I say that Egg Foo Young’s a crowd pleaser and so dang easy to make. Seriously: I even made a batch for Chef Pete Evans when we cooked together back in March—on camera!—because I knew there was no chance I’d goof.
For today’s lunch, I’ve paired these tasty patties with a warm thermal LunchBots container filled with Garbage Soup because they’re a match made in lunch heaven.
Ready to make this lunch? Then read up on my pro tips to ensure perfect Egg Foo Young patties!