I did something I rarely do yesterday – listened to terrestrial radio, and I was immediately reminded why I can’t stand it when assaulted with an obnoxious ad for Carl’s Jr. new “adult” grilled cheese sandwich, aka the grilled cheese bacon burger series. It started with a guy trying to order a grilled cheese sandwich from a kids menu and blasts in with with it’s new grilled cheese bacon burgers, the grilled cheese sandwiches for “men”. I’ve always felt that there was a lot of diet and junk food pressure on women, but Carl’s Jr. is telling guys they’re not “men” unless they can consume a weeks worth of fat and sodium in one sitting and not think anything of it. Really, Travel Channel’s Man V. Food where Adam Richman gorges on enough food to feed a family for a week for local “challenges” in front to cheering kids isn’t much different, he’s depicted as the ultimate tough guy of food consumption, and usually excessive amounts of fatty meats and typical diner double-fried, butter-bathed junk food. I some how doubt he’ll be tackling a salad challenge anytime soon while boosting the importance of eating veggies. Come to think of it, that’s not a bad idea – Adam Richman tackles the farmer’s market challenge, can he eat 4 bushels of raw broccoli? Yeah, right.
But, it seems commercial and peer pressure on men to consume crap is getting worse, maybe as bad as pressure on starlets aspiring to de-thin Victoria Bechham and eat nothing but a few melon slices for the week. I feel bad for guys feeling this pressure and what it will do to their health down the road. I really appreciated this post from Gena on Brendan Brazier, for an amazing insight from a vegan powerhouse on being an athlete while sticking to a plant-based diet. His views are very different from a typical western diet.
Anyway, tonight’s vegetable theme is cauliflower because I impulsed bought a beautiful, organic head of it at Whole Foods over the weekend and have been racking my brain and scavenging the net for new raw recipes to try. But, I’ve been finding many side dish recipes and I was thinking a creamy, heavier main dish somehow incorporating hemp seeds and got experimenting with another revision of Creamy Cauliflower.
I used a cup of hemp seeds instead of cashews this time and it came out equally great, but a better protein and nutrient source.