I made the statement on Twitter the other day that I was thinking about buying Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, It's All Good. A few of my friends, including my Twitter-based life guru Noel Kirkpatrick, told me that I should buy the book and then blog about it. So here we are.
Full disclosure: I like Gwyneth Paltrow. I think she's a swell actress. I like that she doesn't try to be someone she's not. I think she appears to be rather funny and that her sense of humor doesn't always translate into print. Also, I have her first cookbook, My Father's Daughter, and have made several recipes from that book which have been quite tasty (namely the vegetarian chili).
Further full disclosure: I am a busy person who is trying to write and raise children and keep my house just this side of "disaster." I don't have much time for fussy recipes, even if they promise to make my hair shine like buffed ebony (is that a thing?). Also, I worship at the church of America's Test Kitchen. My spirit animal is Chris Kimball. Pretty much everything I make comes out of an ATK book, because why bother with the pretenders if you can go right to perfection? So I do judge other cookbooks pretty harshly.
One more bit of disclosure: I've been doing the Weight Watchers thing for the past nine months or so, and it has worked well for me. And actually, the Weight Watchers principles work well with what Goop is preaching, i.e. whole grains, more veggies, lean proteins. I've been looking to incorporate more of those things into my diet, so making a few recipes with kale and beet greens probably won't kill me.
That said, since I'll be following the "Detox Week" meal plans laid out in the back of Gwyneth's book, I'll be figuring out the Points Plus Values for each of the menu items and supplementing them with other foods if I need to eat more to reach my PPV target for the day. Sorry. Weight Watchers jargon. Jennifer Hudson gets it. I'm not going to just drop everything I've learned over the past year (and 40 pounds). I'm gonna keep dancing with the one who brung me, is what I'm saying. We're just going to spice up our relationship a little bit. If it means having an egg with my veggie juice in the morning, so be it. I like eggs. I don't like being hungry.
The Kids: I still have the kids' usual foods around the house. They tend to eat fairly healthy anyway. My Goop dinners will be their dinners, and they're free to try any of the other foods that sound interesting. Maybe when I get to "Family Plan Week," I'll force everyone to go Full Goop.
- As I said, I'm a busy lady, and a lazy one. Ergo, I will not drive all over town looking for these ingredients. I have to be able to find them at my usual grocery store, which tends to be Mariano's. Oftentimes, I'll supplement with some stuff from Trader Joe's. But I WILL NOT GO TO WHOLE FOODS. I've stayed away from that place because trying to go there with two small children is like trying to stuff a hungry lion into a shoebox.
- Also, some more things about Whole Foods: Not everyone lives near one and not everyone has the money to shop there. If we, as a society, are to start eating better, more of these foods need to be readily available at our local grocery stores.
- I've bought enough groceries to get me through Thursday morning on the "Detox Week." After that, I'm going to evaluate my fridge and pantry and decide if I want to keep following the plan to the letter or if I have so much leftover produce that I should just create magic from my pantry. Or a combination of the two.
- I promise to take pictures of things. Horrible pictures, because that's how my camera and I roll.
Today is Sunday and it's prep day for Week 1 of my version of Julie and Julia, which would of course be called "Julie and Gwyneth." That worked out nicely for me. Thanks for my name, parents.
We went grocery shopping this morning and I found everything I needed at Mariano's except for these items:
- Fresh tarragon, which is kind of a random thing not to be able to find. I have dried, though.
- Raw cacao powder. I didn't look very hard for this, I must say. I'll just use regular cocoa powder. I'm no princess.
- Hemp seeds
- Hot pimenton. Also did not look very hard for this one.
- Bonito flakes
- Dried wakame mushrooms. I did get dried shitakes, though, which is a big deal for me, as I generally don't eat 'shrooms. It's time to grow up, I'm thinking.
- Miso paste. I actually did find miso paste, but I had such sticker shock at the price I put it back on the shelf. Is that shit made of soy beans or gold? I may go back for the miso paste after my smelling salts kick in.
Now I've got veggie stock bubbling on the stove and, I have to say, it was super easy to make and it smells delicious. It's full of all kinds of stuff you normally have around the house (Seriously! And I never have anything around the house) -- onions and carrots and celery and herbs. I could see this becoming a staple in my repertoire, replacing my go-to low sodium chicken broth for cooking things like quinoa and lentils. +1 for Goop!
- Breakfast: The Best Green Juice
- Snack: Handful of soaked raw almonds
- Lunch: Beet Greens Soup
- Afternoon drink: Beet, Carrot, Apple, and Ginger Juice (with vodka, maybe? I might need it)
- Dinner: BBQ Chicken, Spanish-syle with roasted cauliflower
How does that sound to you? It makes me feel...hungry.
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