This year about half of the plants in my garden came from the nursery dumpster. I regularly get up early in the morning or stop by just after they closed to see what was in store for me. I ended up with some plants that I am less familiar with, including kohlrabi. I had bought Kohlrabi at the farmers market before, but it never came with the greens on it. The greens are totally edible and when prepared well they are delicious!
Here’s how to cook the greens:
1. pull the greens off of the bulb
2. remove the stems by cutting or ripping the green part away from the woody stems
3. Cook the greens for 2-3 mins in boiling water to soften them.
3. Remove the greens from water, drain well, place in pan for sautéing, add oil of your choice–I used Toasted Sesame Oil here.
4. Add spice and seasonings of your choice. I added some pine nuts. Salt also goes a long way!
5. Serve warm or add to a cold salad.
I recently posed this same question on my facebook page, and the response was that a lot of the things that we think of as healthy foods are technically processed. This includes: tea, coffee, whole wheat products, pasta, wine, beer, chocolate, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and almost all of the meat that Americans eat, and farm raised fish among other things. So to go completely unprocessed you would be very very limited and it would really be extremely difficult to be well nourished (correct me if I am wrong on that please).
We wanted to go on an “unprocessed” diet for 6 weeks, following the 6 weeks @ 1200 cals which was full of packaged and very processed foods, but I am not willing to give up things like coffee, dairy, alcohol, etc, so we had to come up with our own definition of what it means to have an unprocessed diet. By unprocessed I mean something close to what others have called Real food, or Whole food, or Slow food. Real food is defined by the RealFoodChallenge as ” food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system–from seed to plate–that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability.” Whole food, a bit more vague is defined as “foods that are unprocessed or unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains; fruits and vegetables; unprocessed meat, poultry, and fish; and non-homogenized milk.” And Slow Food tends to be defined in even more vague terms is said to be “an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”
On the blog Civil Eats Andrew Wilder defines unprocessed food as says, “any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.” Since I dont want to give up everything and I am willing and actually eager to start making more things from scratch at home, I think that this definition is the best way for me to look at this unprocessed diet.
So let the unprocessed eating begin, here are some pics of our first trip to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market:
Week 6, Day 4/Day 40
I decided to just do the last “weigh in” today, since I have to leave for Florida really early tomorrow morning and wont have time to blog about it. So the numbers are in and, drum roll. . .. I lost
11 lbs total, 1.5% body fat, and 6.36% weight loss.
So its true this whole 1200 calorie thing works, you feel terrible and your life totally sucks but it works. I will be posting the best menu plans later.
But lets not forget the more important thing–I total won the competition with my partner!!! I WIN!!!!!! YES!
Week 6, Day 1/Day 36
8AM early rise, but quickly out of the house without breakfast or coffee…off to a rough start.
9:30AM stopped into Coffee Bean for a medium black coffee and a banana 110 cals
11AM ravenously hungry, had to stop into Whole Foods to grab something. I got about a half cup of food from the salad bar including curried tofu–have no idea how many calories but it felt like about 300 cals.
1:30PM Lunch Date in Santa Monica/Brentwood at Greens Up! the salads here are HUGE–I got the SPA salad and I could only eat about half of it–I think I had about 350 calories, mostly spinach.
3pm Snack–I had four rice cakes, I just couldnt stop eating them @ 140 cals and a Trader Joe’s Orange Creamsicle @ 60 cals for a 200 calorie snack.
6pm I decided to skip the gym today, for dinner I made a Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt meal–Baked Ziti with mozzarella cheese it was really good @ 320 cals
Today’s total: 1280 cals
Week 5, Day 7/Day 35
I woke up this morning at 8AM because my mom called. So I made coffee and talked her for two hours. I had to get off the phone because my partner wanted to go for a ride on her new bike. So I quickly changed and we got on the bikes and headed to the LA River trail.
Midway to the trail I realized that I hadnt eaten breakfast, but luckily last nights dinner seemed to get me through, glad I ate all that injera! When I got home I was all distracted and ended up not eating until 2pm–I heating up some Hoppin John and a chicken breast for a lunch of about 400 calories. Then I realized its good that I havent eaten much today because we are going to the Wrap Party for Showtime’s Dexter where there is an open bar, dinner and appetizers.
The rest of the afternoon I was at a neighborhood cleanup organized by a local Rabbi.
Its so hard to figure out what I ate at these things, or at least what is in what I ate, but here is the list with my caloric estimate:
1 vodka tonic @ 150
2 mini kobe beef slider @ 200 x2=400
2 mozzarella tomato zucchini wrap @ 70 x2=140
1 crab cake with sauce @ 250
2 vodka cranberries @ 150 each=300
1 Stella beer=150
Then the actual dinner was:
2 slices of beef steak =150
1/4 c salad=70
1/4 c roasted corn=90
1/4 c cooked spinach=90
and a whole wheat roll=110
So total for the event was about 1900 calories, eek! So the day’s total was about 2300 calories, which is bad, but look how happy I am 🙂