Canola oil has been touted for years as a healthy alternative to vegetable and peanut oils. But wait, not so fast. Canola oil is extracted from rapeseeds that have been altered through breeding to remove a substance called erucic acid, which was found to be harmful to rats. Most of today’s canola oil is produced from genetically modified rapeseeds owned by the mega-chemical company Monsanto. It is also heavily processed using chemicals. Watch the 5-minute video below to see how canola oil is made.
Obviously everyone has to make their own minds up, but IMO grapeseed oil is a better choice if you’re looking for a neutral-flavored cooking oil. First, I steer clear of genetically modified foods, mainly as a boycott of Monsanto products but also because with so many non-GMO alternatives readily available, why would I not choose the real deal instead? Second, as a healthy choice I avoid processed foods and this is one of the most highly processed ingredients you can buy.
I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Serves: 2-4 people
Hands-on time: 20 min
Total time: 20 min
I grabbed this recipe out of one of those BH&G special issues that you find at the supermarket checkout stand. It’s pretty true to the original but we are using leftover chicken instead of making it from scratch. Since the chicken is a leftover from the fridge it helps to take it out and leave it on the counter for about an hour before serving so it isn’t so cold. Sometimes I’ll even zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds before putting it on the salad. Continue reading “Weeknight Chicken + Avocado Lettuce Wraps”
Serves: 4 hungry people
Hands-on time: 10-20 min
Total time: 20 min to 1 hr (depending on how you cook the potatoes)
Naturally vegan and gluten free, you won’t miss the meat in these protein-packed Black Bean Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes bursting with southwest flavors.
Serves: 3-4 people
Hands-on time: 15-20 min
Total time: 30 min
This recipe for “dirty” quinoa is adapted from the dirty rice I used to make all the time when I was single and cooking was a low priority. I also used to chop up hotdogs and throw them in to make a meal, but um I don’t do that anymore. Now it’s just clean, whole, unprocessed food for me. I sure wish they made a natural hotdog flavor I could add to a dish to get my hotdog fix. Anyway, enough about hot dogs, let’s make some dirty quinoa!
Dessert! Who doesn’t crave something sweet after a meal? If you said “me” you’re lying (or deluded). Even if you truly don’t crave sweets, you’re missing out on one of the best things life has to offer.
The best, healthiest dessert is a simple pile of whole fruit, whatever’s in season. In the middle of the winter, pears are perfect because they are still widely available and didn’t have to fly from Peru to North America (very bad for the environment).
- Cut a ripe pear into eight wedges
- Cut out the seeds and stem.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon, then sprinkle with some more cinnamon.
The. Best. Ever.