The big new today is the Government health agencies (USDA and HHS) have issued new Dietary Guidelines for 2010.
That’s great, but how are we doing on the old ones? I like their thinking – if we couldn’t meet the old ones then, lets make some even more restrictive ones and see how that works!!--NOT
Seriously, we all probably need to make some improvements in our eating – and get out and get moving.
The new guideline emphasize eating more plant-based foods and cutting down on some of the fat and sugar in our diets. That is good advice, but lets be reasonable - don’t forget to enjoy what you are eating.
We believe at First Kitchen we do practice a balance of incorporating healthy eating with enjoying food- that includes sharing the fun with family and friends.
Here’s a recipe that would make the writers of the new guidelines proud. And it tastes really good! So get out and pick some of the those herbs your planted and get cooking!
Garbanzo, Feta, and Tomato Salad
Makes 3 cups
1 15- ounce can garbanzo beans, drained (about 1½ cups)
¾ cup diced fresh tomatoes (or grape or cherry tomatoes, halved)
¼ cup finely chopped green onions
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley (and/or basil, oregano, thyme)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, place garbanzo beans, feta, tomatoes, green onions and herbs; pour oil and vinegar mixture over salad, tossing gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve.