Breakfast: We’ve been in a polenta state of mind the last few days and I thought it would be good for breakfast. This Breakfast Polenta was made with pears instead of apples and I stirred in some cinnamon in my bowl. Gary warmed up some of the Rustic Bread Rolls he had made and froze last week. English Breakfast was our tea this morning with soy milk. We enjoyed our breakfast reading about food. I am finally reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell‘s book Whole, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. I have 3 or 4 copies here at home since it first came out in 2013. I am reading it because I will be speaking with the co-author Howard Jacobson on this Tuesday’s IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD show. Gary was devouring Tal Ronnen‘s newest cookbook, Crossroads.
Lunch: Eating by your desk is not something I recommend, but I do it from time to time. I was hungry and busy and grabbed the bowl of leftover Collard Greens and Red Onions from the night before, along with a piece of Gary’s Country Fried Tempeh and a Sweet Potato Pancake.
Dinner: You may remember back in September, I wrote about the VegNews Comfort Food Shindig we attended. In our gift bags we each received a box of Upton Natural’s Bar-B-Cue Jackfruit and Chile Lime Carnitas Jackfruit. We put the box of Bar-B-Cue Jackfruit on the kitchen counter about a week ago thinking we’d make it in something. We were hoping to pick up some corn tortillas and avocado and make tacos. We got the avocados, but because we are picky about our corn tortillas we never got them. Have you ever read the list of ingredients on corn tortillas? It’s scary. We like our tortillas to be made with organic corn, water and salt. That’s it. No cellulose. No GMO corn. Let me give you a few examples.
Mission White Corn Tortillas contain Corn masa flour, water, cellulose gum, propionic acid (to preserve freshness), benzoic acid (to preserve freshness), phosphoric acid (preservative), guar gum, amylase.
La Banderita Corn Tortillas contain whole grain corn, Water, Contains 2% of Less of Each of the Following: Gum Blend, Preservatives (Propionic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Methyl- and Propyl Parabens), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Hydroxide, Calcium Carbonate), Lime.
Guerrero Corn Tortillas have ground corn treated with lime, Water, Cellulose Gum, Propionic Acid (to Preserve Freshness), Benzoic Acid (to Preserve Freshness), Phosphoric Acid (Preservative), Dextrose, Guar Gum, Amylase. Gluten free.
***IF THE PRODUCT CONTAINS CORN AND IT IS NOT LABELED NON-GMO OR ORGANIC IT PROBABLY CONTAINS GMO CORN***
Trader Joe’s corn tortillas contain stoneground corn, water, traces of lime. Trader Joes says their products are sourced from Non-GMO ingredients.
Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic Corn Tortillas contain organic whole corn, water, trace of lime.
Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas are made with Organic Sprouted Corn, Filtered Water, Sea Salt, Lime.
Can you guess which brand is our favorite? Food For Life Organic Sprouted Corn Tortillas are the best! But not every store has them.
For dinner Gary got creative and cut the firm Polenta cake into layers and filled them with the sautéed Bar-B-Que Jackfruit and thinly sliced avocado. He then baked the savory “cake” in a hot oven until the Polenta was crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. We served it by slicing the crispy Polenta stack the same way you would a cake. It was delicious!
Gary crumbled the remaining Country Fried Tempeh and Baked Sweet Potato Pancakes and tossed them in with String Beans, Carrots, and Onions. He also made Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
Take a look at what Jackfruit looks like!
Here’s my first plate. Yes, I had seconds, as usual.
Daily Green Juice: When I speak about juicing, a popular question is what time of the day do I juice. The answer is, “there is no time!” Its always a good time for a green juice. I have one in the morning or mid day or late at night. But I always have one every day.