Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Meals

I personally don't understand why parents reward/bribe their children with Happy Meals or candy. What about a trip to the park or something other than food? What really sucks is that nuggets are served to school kids in combination with the other delightfully sickening items such as, pizza, hot dogs, waffles, spaghetti, french toast sticks and fried chicken! Ever think about the behavioral challenges when students are stuffed full of processed garbage?

In the February 2010 issue of Men's Health, David Zinczenko writes:

"You’d think that a breaded lump of chicken would be pretty simple. Mostly, it would contain bread and chicken. But the McNugget and its peers at other fast-food restaurants are much more complicated creatures than that.

The “meat” in the McNugget alone contains seven ingredients, some of which are made up of yet more ingredients. (Nope, it’s not just chicken. It’s also such nonchicken-related stuff as water, wheat starch, dextrose, safflower oil, and sodium phosphates.) The “meat” also contains something called “autolyzed yeast extract.” Then add another 20 ingredients that make up the breading, and you have the industrial chemical—I mean, fast-food meal—called the McNugget. Still, McDonald’s is practically all-natural compared to Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets, with 30 ingredients, and Burger King Chicken Fries, with a whopping 35 ingredients."

That's all for now. I was hesitant to post this because I know a bunch of people who let their kids eat this "stuff". Don't take it personally- it's my opinion and I'm not judging. Sheesh.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pizza Flavored Hummus

Such a lame picture, I know.

This creation might make me famous. Oh wait, Tribe already has this product. I saw Tribe Pizza Flavored hummus in the store today for $3.99 and I told Maximus, "dude, I can totally make this." He replied with, "Yeah!" We came home from the store, he went down for a nap and I got to work.

It turned out SO GOOD. It literally tastes like pizza. It's a better craving "fix" than pizza- it's creamy and it won't make you feel like crap after devouring a load of it.

  • can of Chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon
  • roasted red peppers (half jar)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • a glug of Muir Glenn pizza sauce (haha, this is where I cheated)
  • oregano
  • basil
  • paprika
  • a squirt of tomato paste to bind it a bit
Blitz it all up and let it chill. Try it.