Eating Smart for Body & Mind: Beets w/ Mint Pesto & Gwyneth
Buckle your seat belts, this is going to be a long one.
Let me start this post by talking about Gwyneth Paltrow.
I find it odd that people have such strong feelings towards her (read the reviews of her cookbooks). You either love her or hate her.
She is very easy to make fun of.
Why is that?
Is it because she is from a privileged Hollywood family? or because she is married to the lead singer from Cold Play and lives in London, L.A. and NYC.
Is it because she is 6 feet tall and wears a size 4 jeans? or that she speaks Spanish like she was born in Madrid.
Or is it because she is righteous about what she believes in.
A good, healthy lifestyle.
Her website GOOP is super popular (I have no interest in her favorite restaurant in Brooklyn, I have my own).
It could be jealousy, but I doubt that.
After reading her new cookbook "It's All Good", you find out, it's really NOT all that good.
She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, migraine headaches, she has thyroid problems, had terrible postpartum depression, is anemic...........the list goes on.
She is a big hot mess, like the rest of us.
She saw some alternative doctors, who put her on cleanses and eliminated foods from her diet, instead of medication, which I am a big believer in (unless you have a bacterial infection).
She eliminated wheat (gluten), white sugar, nightshades (eggplants, potatoes) and anything from the cow (meat, cheese, milk, etc).
Blah, blah, blah. Seems everyone is getting on that train.
She claims that healthy eating has changed her life totally. Not a bad thing.
She says she feels like a new woman.
Could all this healthy eating have some truth to it?
I think it might be a combination of positive thinking and eating good things on her part. Why make fun of that?
When I looked thru this newest cookbook, I laughed. Who needs to know how to bake a sweet potato or boil and egg? Not me.
Most of these recipes I already make in my head (so where's my damn cookbook?).
If you've noticed, I try and eat local, that includes eating fish in season, also which is sustainable; meats in moderation (and only from a reputable butcher who I PERSONALLY KNOW); organic chicken and eggs only; and produce from my garden or from someone who grows it within 50 miles from my house.
I make my own chicken stock (but not all the time), don't buy processed foods, and do my part to support local food co-ops and farms. I'm not perfect (like Gwynnie), but I really try.
I try not to preach (but it sometimes spits out), this is a lifestyle choice. I do it because I feel good and I want my husband and my family to be healthy. Nothing more than that. Plus I like good food (in case you haven't noticed).
We all can take in the knowledge, it's what we do with the information afterward that matters.
There's no proof that organic is better, but I personally like knowing that my hands picked my beets, and that they were treated with nothing but love and care and maybe a slug or two.
So good for me, and good for you, Gwyneth.
You still annoy me, but I am enjoying your book anyway.
Here is a simple recipe from the book, which I could have easily written, but I didn't.
Beets w/ Mint Pesto (adapted from It's All Good):
4 local beets, any color, leaves trimmed
olive oil and kosher salt
Mint Scallion Pesto:
big handful of mint leaves
1/4 cup whole almonds
1 garlic clove
pinch of sea salt
bunch of scallions
1/4 cup of olive oil
Drizzle olive oil and kosher salt over the trimmed beets. Cover in a foil packet.
Roast in a 400F for about an hour. Wait until beets are cool enough to handle, then slip off skins and cut into dice or wedges.
Whiz the mint leaves with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor. Add the olive oil a bit at a time.
Spoon the pesto over the beets and serve.
I know I can be long winded sometimes, so thank you for listening!