Lots of Instagram-crazy folks joke that if you didn't Instagram it, you didn't eat it. I'm not quite that die hard, but lately my Instagram photos have been pretty food-focused! Here are my food shots from the past month - it's fun to look back and see what I've made/eaten.
Top Left: I decided to make this for brunch one recent Saturday morning. I popped over to Essex St. Market for some fresh baked seven-grain from Pain D'Avignon, topped with organic ricotta, organic sautéed kale, and an organic fried egg (recipe here).
Top Right: My other culinary experiment that day was baking this super delicious, nutritious, grain-free bread using a recipe from Elana's Pantry. It's made of coconut flour & almond flour (flour meaning just finely ground coconuts and almonds) and ground flaxseeds.
Bottom Left: I'm definitely a crunchy/salty fiend! These baby kale chips were incredibly easy to make, saved me some wilty kale, and stave off those junk cravings. Here's how to make them.
Bottom Right: Although I've recently been considering cutting way back on dairy to see how it makes me feel, I do love Greek yogurt. Chobani recently opened a SoHo retail shop that whips up delicious creations a la Pinkberry. In the past few weeks, I've had plain yogurt with dark chocolate crumbles, toasted pistachios, mandarin orange slices, and mint. Yum. Even better, the store has made some great choices to further sustainability - all of its creations are served in infinitely recyclable glass. If you take your yogurt to go & later bring back the glass bowl, you get 25 cents back!
Top Left: One of Mongolia's staple foods is mutton. Mutton?!? Yes, mutton. I'll admit we got pretty tired of it after 2 weeks, but these mutton dumplings and pretty red cabbage salad were tasty.
Top Right: The food in the Seoul airport was delicious - not a McDonald's in sight (at least in my terminal)! On my flight back from Mongolia, I got this tasty, spicy veggie bibimbap. Side note - it's also the cleanest, sparkliest airport I've ever been to.
Bottom Left: Have you guys ever had dragon fruit (pitaya)? Isn't it pretty? I'm lucky enough to be able to find it in Chinatown, though it's native to East/Southeast Asia. There are two kinds - one that's pink on the outside with white flesh, and one that's pink on outside with hot pink flesh. Unbeknownst to me, I picked the kind with hot pink flesh. It was mildly sweet and reminded me of a kiwi - but the juices were definitely a hazard for clothing if you're not careful!
Bottom Right: Chia pudding I made using homemade almond milk. This was delicious, but a more exciting meal than I'd have preferred. In recent years, I've developed an allergy to apples and occasionally other things that it's hard to pinpoint. With apples, my mouth gets really itchy and swells, and I've occasionally had the same reaction with almonds. I don't know if my allergy's getting worse or what, or if the almond enzymes were just extra-concentrated in the milk I made, but after a few bites of this, my voice started getting hoarse! I popped some Benedryl and all was fine, but I've learned that what makes me 'sometimes' allergic to almonds is when they're raw. Roasted almonds don't give me any trouble. Bummer!
There you have it - some of what I've made & eaten in the past month. As you can tell, I'm not big on overly complicated recipes & prep, but I've found that doesn't limit me from making something tasty & nourishing. All of the above recipes are very easy - let me know if you try one and what you think!