On Sunday, my Real Food Challenge will come to an end. One thing I have become increasingly aware of as I’ve stayed away from packaged and processed foods is what a product of this consumer culture I am.
In many cultures, simply finding food to eat is a struggle. Putting a meal on the table takes work — from planting to tending to reaping and dealing with weather, animals and economic poverty. The concept of “favorite foods” is foreign — most people in the world eat anything that is available.
Here in America, we are bombarded with choices and variety of foods. Eating is not such much a necessity of life as it is a cultural and social experience. There are things we eat just because it is right in front of us and looks good. Because food is so accessible to us, we don’t need to put thought into what we eat. But we should.
When I was young, my dad would take me and my sisters out to Friendly’s. My sisters would order big sundaes with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce. I always ordered French Fries. Always French Fries. For me, salty and greasy trumped cold and sweet.
Now, French Fries hold little appeal to me. It is probably because I’ve discovered how much more delicious and flavorful real food is. It may be slightly due to watching videos like this:
Why are we filling ourselves with food that isn’t real and that only does us harm? There are much better choices out there.
Here’s a fry recipe to prove it. Full of flavor, crispness and color. And about a day’s worth of vegetable servings if you eat the whole pan.
If you do, beware — your vitamin levels might soar and you skin might turn orange. But on the other hand, there will be no clogged arteries or elevated cholesterol. It’s a swap I’m willing to make!
Honey Soy Glazed Veggie Fries
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 lb fresh string beans
- 1/2 lb fresh asparagus stalks, bottoms trimmed,
- 3 T. Honey
- 1/4 c. soy sauce
- 1/2 t. ground ginger
- 1/4 t. pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Cut sweet potatoes into “fry” like sticks or wedges. Trim off ends of string beans and “woody” bottoms of asparagus stalks.
- In a small bowl or jar whisk together honey, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper. If needed, add a little water to thin it out (you want to be a dressing like consistency).
- In a large bowl, pour glaze over vegetables and toss until fully coated.
- Arrange on a large baking dish. Bake for thirty-five minutes or until vegetables are tender. I stuck this under the broiler for five minutes to crisp the vegetables up a bit so they can be “finger food”.
- Serve with ketchup and honey mustard for dipping.
*Note: if you refrigerate these for later use, the fries will soften and probably not be dippable. Just reheat under the broiler to recrisp.
Making healthy choices never tasted so good.
I’m lovin’ it.