1. Grapeseed Oil
I adore grapeseed oil and only discovered such love recently. I began using it when I realized that roasting was my favorite method of preparing vegetables. Having used olive oil for most of my cooking, I realized grapeseed to be better because it has a higher smoke point- meaning it stands up better to very high heat, whereas olive does not.
Grapeseed oil is fantastic, nutritionally speaking, and it lends the gentlest sweetness to roasted vegetables- broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, you name it. Most nights I brush it onto a sheet pan full of broccoli florets, heavily shower them with salt, and roast them at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until their tips begin to caramelize.
I have not found a food that I don’t believe ketchup could befriend. It’s the perfect marriage of flavors- salty, sweet and sour, all at once. I’d even go so far as to say that if your children aren’t in love with the vegetables you’re pushing, a small dipping bowl of ketchup could change their minds. It’s great to find an organic brand you like, so that you can be sure you’re squeezing pure ingredients on your burger and fries, but I do believe nothing is quite as perfect as Heinz.
It’s the buttery texture. It’s the slippery, satiny, and satisfying fattiness of a few slices on my salad, my sandwich- that I love.
Avocado is fantastic for its nutritional benefits, but I’m sure I’d eat it regardless. Yes, it’s as calorie dense as all the best fats are, but it is undoubtedly worth every one.
4. Canned Solid White Tuna Fish.
Flaked and mixed with sour cream, glommed on darkly toasted pumpernickel, smeared with sweet pickle relish and maybe a melting slice of provolone, I’ll always love the nostalgia of a tuna sandwich.
This grain falls somewhere between couscous and quinoa. The small beads puff with hot water but they retain that chewy heft that all the best whole grains hold. One of my favorite activities is choosing a new whole grain to experiment with in the bulk bins of Whole Foods. Amaranth, farro, quinoa, millet…oh the spices, the sauces, I’d like to smother them with.
Pick a new grain each Sunday while you’re food shopping and I assure you your dinners will never grow stale.