Archive | December 2014

Factory Farms and Chicken Abuse

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has written a shocking article about how Perdue, a company which puts a “humanely raised” label on its chicken products, really raises its chickens.

Spoiler alert: it’s not humane, and it’s not pretty.  See this link for details.  It just goes to show that when it comes to buying humanely raised meats, it’s always best to do your research first.

Ground Beef Tostadas

(from pages 51 and 53 of The Mexican Cook Book by George and Inger Wallace.  Published by Nitty Gritty Productions, Concord, CA, 1971)

Some weeks ago, I got a package of corn tortillas at work and didn’t know what to do with them.  Lucky for me my parents had this cookbook!  I found this 43-year-old recipe for delicious, albeit messy, tostadas.

For tostadas
8 tortillas                                                          1 large sliced avocado
Vegetable oil for frying                                     1/2 c shredded cheese
2 c refried beans                                             1 pt sour cream
2 c ground beef filling (see below)                   Sliced black olives
2 c shredded lettuce                                        Pickled or canned chiles
2 sliced tomatoes

For ground beef filling
1 T vegetable oil                                   2 oz black olives, chopped
1/2 onion, minced                                 1 envelope taco seasoning
1 clove of garlic, minced                       Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb ground beef

Brown beef in the vegetable oil.  Remove from skillet and add onions and garlic.  Saute onions and garlic until tender.  Add meat back to skillet and mix in other ground beef filling ingredients.  Set aside.

Fry tortillas on both sides in hot vegetable oil until crisp.  Drain on paper towels.  Spread the tortillas with refried beans and then meat filling.  Add lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices.  Sprinkle with cheese, and then top with sour cream, olives, and chiles.

Shocking News About Ramen Noodles

I bet at least one of my readers has lived on ramen noodles all through college.  Some of you probably still eat them regularly, as they’re cheap, easy, and filling.  I know I like to cook ramen noodles when I have colds, since they’re hot and the spicy ones clear my sinuses.  But according to researchers at Baylor University, they’re really unhealthy.  The more ramen noodles you eat, the more likely you are to get metabolic syndrome.

The National Institutes of Health define metabolic syndrome as “the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk factors are traits, conditions, or habits that increase your chance of developing a disease.”

Ramen noodles are not only high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium, but they also contain Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a toxic preservative.  Plus the noodle containers are made with bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical which has been linked to cancer and hormone disruptions.

Check out the Food Revolution Network to learn more: http://foodrevolution.org/blog/ramen-noodles/