Saturday, December 28, 2013

Healthy Fast Food

Every once in awhile I get a craving for fast food.  We live near a Veggie Grill and we'll stop in several times a year, but it is nice to make it at home knowing that it's really not that bad for you.  We don't eat this type of food every month but as the year-end draws near, I feel that I have to get in my fix for all that is bad and start the new year fresh and healthy.  Seriously though--there's not a lot to give up January 1.  Sure maybe I indulge in sweets sometimes, or don't exercise enough, but in terms of our diet we eat a really healthy and balanced diet.

I made peppered seitan from scratch the other night and it is perfect shaved and served with BBQ sauce on a sandwich.  Really tender and full of protein.  Most people think that seitan is just like eating bread (full of carbs) because it is made with gluten, but all the starch has been removed during the rinsing and kneading process and you are left with pure protein. 

For the BBQ sauce, I whipped up a quick batch using six ingredients.  BBQ sauce is a condiment that you never should buy.  If you have organic ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses and brown sugar in your pantry then you can make BBQ sauce from scratch.  I added a little soy sauce and sriracha for heat.  And what is a BBQ sandwich without coleslaw.  I made mine with shaved green cabbage, shaved Brussels sprouts, green onion, apple cider vinegar, and a little Earth Balance Organic Mindful Mayo.  Super healthy and adds a nice crunch!

Finally, for the fries I love Cascadian Farms Shoe String French Fries made with organic potatoes, canola oil, apple juice concentrate and citric acid.  No artificial flavors or partially-hydrogenated oils.  Just pop them in the oven for 15 minutes and sprinkle with a little sea salt.  

Tonight's dinner was quick, delicious and healthy in terms of fast food and perfect for a once in awhile treat!

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