2013: Quinoa and Kale (Food Pop)

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2013 The Year Of Quinoa and Kale

I know, I’m not in the majority, (I generally never am) but if I hear the words “quinoa” and “kale” way into 2014 I’m going to be sick. I heard way too much of it in 2013. Believe me, I’m not saying I ate a lot of it. I tried kale a few times and I dutifully ate it, albeit begrudgingly, but that was quite enough, thank you very much. Every person I know was talking about the different ways they used kale and the more they talked about it, the less interested I got. What was this, the flavor of the month club? Apparently.

Actually, if it had only lasted a month I would have been quite happy but the kale craze continued (sigh and it’s still going.)  Tied with Kale was Quinoa, something that took months for me to pronounce much less spell and eat. I made it once (it turned out like a cross between cement and glue) but bought it prepared other times. It’s a  grain, YAY. Since then I’ve heard quinoa salads with kale countless times. More than enough for me.

We eat fresh fruit and vegetables and red meat once in a while. Not often but sometimes we get a craving for a delicious juicy hamburger and instead of denying that hamburger we will go out and eat one. We will thoroughly enjoy it and some of those fries (extra crispy, please) and we will be completely satisfied and happy. We eat red meat about once a month or so, not usually more than that.

Now, coming from two different sets of European parents, (don’t ask) both my husband and I will not, cannot give up our sweet tooth (teeth?) I wouldn’t give up my sweet tooth voluntarily unless I had a severe case of Diabetes which I always pray I don’t get. With a Viennese father and a German mother (who has pre-Diabetes) I’m walking a very thin line. It’s worth it. The need for dessert is not just a desire, it is a full-fledged NECESSITY.

Why can’t 2014 be the year of the jelly doughnut?  I miss the good old days. How about a really delicious European pastry (such a lack of patisseries everywhere) just serving café and kuchen? (cake) in the afternoon like they do all over Europe. Maybe everyone is just too much in a rush here. My parents being European always had friends over for coffee and cake. Shouldn’t everyone? Can you honestly replace cake and coffee with a tall glass of green juice? I once added a shot of wheat grass to my apple-carrot juice and it took every ounce of self-control not to vomit all over Mrs. Greens. A true story.

The day is long, the nights are spent with family, a time to eat together and talk. What’s wrong with a warm baguette, some flavored olive oil, a block of cheese and some sweet purple grapes, my favorite dinner? Add a salad or some homemade vegetable soup, that’s plenty. But, please don’t add kale chips or quinoa that’s just so last year, at least for me.

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12 thoughts on “2013: Quinoa and Kale (Food Pop)

  1. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies
    Hands-on time
    5 mins
    Cook time – 1 hour

    A healthier version of the classic no-bake cookies, using quinoa instead of oats. Vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugar.
    Author: Erica
    Yields: 20-25 small cookies
    Ingredients

    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    3 cups cooked quinoa (from about 1 cup uncooked quinoa)
    mini chocolate chips for decorating (optional)

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  2. I had fun reading this food rant. Good job with it. I know what you mean about food fashions. Are we supposed to be eating pomegranites or blueberries with our organic steel-cut oats this week?

    I like collards. But this is an old “like” from decades ago and not as a fashion statement. And they were easy to grow. No bugs ate them. No one stole them out of my garden either.

    I’m not sure I understand quinoa though. Uck. 😉

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  3. Get ready Laurie, I keep seeing ads and articles touting collard greens as “the new kale.” Honestly, I’m with you on this one. We eat healthy but there’s a limit to what I can tolerate–everything in balance as the Greeks used to say. If I want a cookie or a brownie with my tea on a rainy, damp, spirit drenching day I’m going to have it!!!

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