Ohio State University put up a nice article about fresh ideas for your diet. Whether you are trying ot lose weight or just want to put a new spin on dinner, here are some great ideas.
And now is a really good time to put your focus on improving your healthy diet. Diabetes is at an all time high in the U.S. with 25 million people suffering from diabetes.
A few of the posts here on the All About Food Preservation site have highlighted things like pickling for variation on eating raw veggies or adding new, healthful foods like yellow squash to your diet.
Spice up your salads by adding a handful of arugula which has a nice, peppery flavor. The spiciness of arugula is interesting because when arugula is cooked (like spinach), the spiciness almost disappears. If you want to get really adventurous with your salads, try adding flowers such as nasturium leaves and flowers, pansy blossoms or even rose petals. I wouldn’t advise eating the rose leaves but the petals are quite delicious.
Try some new proteins, instead of chicken, try a duck breast. I think you will be very surprised and the depth of flavor and unctiousness of duck. Also, if your grocery carries it, try rabbit or even goose.
Just an article or two back, we did a post on adding yellow squash to your diet. Since it is now autumn, this is the perfect time to explore the world of squash. Squash has a nice, rich creamy texture. And besides using it as a side dish, think about squash soup.
Start with a good chicken or beef stock and add leeks or shallots. Slice yellow squash into the broth and cook it until it is soft. Using an immersion blender or your countertop blender, blend everything together to create a uniform texture. Add a little heavy cream or half and half to bring it all together. It is wonderful comfort food, filling and gives you a nice warm up when the weather is cold and nasty.
Many groceries carry some alternative meats in the frozen section. You may find emu, ostrich, buffaloe, elk and even venison. Although these meats sound rather exotic, they are all produced domestically and are generally no pricier than a nice beef steak. So instead of beef, try some elk that is an excellent red meat that has less cholesterol than beef and puts a new flavor profile in your diet.
And speaking of meats, try a flavor change-up by adding sauces or jellies to your meat. Great combinations are the classic applesauce with pork, but also try frying apples and onions and serve over pork. Try plum jam or even better, fresh plums or a plum sauce on lamb. Try a chutney of diced peaches, shallot, yellow pear tomatoes and tomatillo on pork. Dice everything together, heat through and serve. For beef, use prunes, apples and onions.
None of these ideas are difficult. It just takes a little change of actvity to put some new, fresh flavors onto your table.
Make a plan to try something new every day for a week. It will be fun and you may discover your next new favorite food.