I can’t remember the last time I baked with vegetable oil or white flour or white sugar. Why? Because the main reason I bake is so that my family has slightly less of a chemical concoction for dessert than the typical store bought items.
You see, we are a dessert family. Without fail we have dessert every night after dinner. That’s what was done in my home growing up,* and I think it is actually part of my DNA . I CANNOT go to sleep without eating dessert.
Sometimes it’s Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. Sometimes it’s ice-cream. Sometimes it’s 16 Handles. Sometimes it’s Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies or Milanos or Newman-O’s.
Even the ‘healthier’ desserts out there are filled with crap. Milanos? Hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed, soy lecithin and vegetable oils. Newman O’s? A little better – only soy lecithin. Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups? Even better – the soy lecithin is organic – but organic or not, still not good. (Click here to find out why soy lecithin isn’t good.)
So what is my point here?
Hail to Trader Joe’s!
Because of that store I have been able to create healthy, incredibly delicious hot side dishes which I then reheat the next day for lunch.
But the best part is that they are SO EASY to make!
What makes them so easy, you ask?
I’m having deja vu. There are so many debated issues when it comes to nutrition and it can be so exhausting! Just recently I discussed the varying opinions on soy because I wanted my questions answered once and for all. Well, now I feel the same way about fats and oils. What is the deal? Are saturated fats bad or not? What about canola oil? Vegetable oils?
Once again I wanted to clear up my confusion and set out to do my due diligence. I have to say that there is enough material on the topic to write a book!
As you can imagine, there are many varying opinions, so I can’t present you with definitive right or wrong conclusions.
That said, just like in my soy findings, there are certain themes that are repeatedly confirmed, and THESE are what I am going to talk about in today’s post.