This is Part 23 of the “31 Days of Healthy Living” series.
I don’t know about you, but I get a little nauseous whenever I think of diet books.
But when a family friend recently told me about this increasingly popular book “Eat To Live” (and then let me borrow it,) I decided to read it with an open (albeit critical) mind.
First, I really like the principles behind Fuhrman’s diet plan. It’s closely tied to Michael Pollan’s idea of eating lots (and I do mean LOTS and LOTS) of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of worrying about the nitty gritty details of portion sizes, calorie counting or what have you.
Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables. That’s the book in a nutshell.
Along with fruit, they’re the main part of the diet plan, with the scientific backup of having the power to decrease cancer risks, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc. When nutrient dense foods increase, our health and mood improve, and it leaves less room for other junky stuff.
The principles make sense and they are strongly backed up by science, which is important for any reliable diet plan.
That being said, I don’t think the book would be a good choice for obsessive or restrictive type personalities. Nor do I think the diet plan is necessarily realistic for everyone. And while I liked the points that he made throughout the book, I don’t like the idea of following a diet plan, per say. It just takes the fun out of food!
But the points he makes are good ones, and I think most of us could benefit from the guidelines that he so strongly encourages.
And. Well. I wasn’t planning on having tonight’s dinner meet so many of the “Fuhrman” standards, but it just so happened that it did.
Red bell peppers.
“Diet plan” or not, there’s nothing nauseous about that. 😉
Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir Fry—slightly modified from the original Veganomicon recipe
Don’t let the length of this recipe scare you! The quinoa can be made ahead of time and there really isn’t much chopping work involved.
I like to serve this with a dish of sauteed greens on the side, like swiss chard with grated carrots and raisins. It makes for a very satisfying dinner or lunch the following day. Enjoy! 😀
1 cup quinoa, well rinsed and drained
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
4 ounces cashews, raw and unsalted
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 scallions, sliced thinly
1 hot red chile, sliced into very thin rounds
1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup frozen, cooked edamame (or peas)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, rolled and sliced in thin shreds
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
10 ounces fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized chunks
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable stock
PREPARE THE QUINOA FIRST:
- Combine the quinoa, juice, water, and soy sauce in a medium-sized pot.
- Cover, place over high heat,and bring to a boil.
- Stir a few times, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 12 to 14 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa appears plumped and slightly translucent.
- Uncover, fluff, and let cool.
- For best results,place the quinoa in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. If you’re in a hurry, chill the covered quinoa for at least an hour.
PREPARE THE STIR-FRY
- Use the largest nonstick skillet you have (at least 11 inches in diameter) or a wok. Have ALL of your ingredients chopped and easily within reach.
- Place the cashews in the dry pan and heat over low heat, stirring them, until lightly toasted, about 4 minutes.
- Remove the cashews from the pan, raise the heat to medium, and add the peanut oil, scallions, and garlic. When the garlic starts to sizzle, add the sliced chile pepper and ginger. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add the red bell pepper and edamame. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes, until the bell pepper is softened and edamame is bright green.
- Add the basil and mint, and stir for another minute before adding the pineapple and quinoa.
- In a measuring cup, combine the soy sauce and vegetable stock. Pour over the quinoa mixture. Stir to incorporate completely and coat the quinoa. Continue to stir-fry for 10 to 14 minutes, until the quinoa is very hot (it helps to use two spoons/ spatulas to scoop the quinoa around).
QUESTION: Have you read Eat To Live (or another popular “diet” book)? Thoughts?