If you have a vivid imagination like we do, you may see symbols everywhere. People would find odd connections and coincidences under their noses every day if they stopped to look and let their imagination wander. Just take the foods we eat every day for example.
Have you ever seen one of those Web articles devoted to images appearing in someone’s burnt toast? We’re betting you have. But could these odd sightings prove to be actually, er, insightful? We’re certainly not saying seeing Leonardo DiCaprio’s face on a cinnamon bun will mean you’ll be “flying” with Jack Dawson in the near future. However, we are suggesting that you stop for a moment as you go grocery shopping in the produce section and look at the foods with childlike wonder. Perhaps 16th century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo was onto something when he painted his famous portraits of human faces made up of fruits and vegetables.
An Organ-ic Puzzle
Although there isn’t any scientific proof that foods and their health benefits correspond directly to the body parts that they look like, we sure love pointing out how much a walnut looks like a brain. Like a child with a keen eye for “I Spy,” here’s a list of nourishing foods that will have you singing a different tune—or at least substituting different lyrics—to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
Blogger Krista Rollins of Joyful Healthy Eats loves making healthy recipes with a colorful palette of ingredients. The Wisconsin native now-Texan is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys cooking for her family.
Krista keeps fit by doing Jillian Michaels workouts, chasing her 2-year-old, Cason, and eating mindfully—“with the occasional ‘cheat day.’”
When asked if she were to see any celebrity face on a food who would it be and on what, Krista answered it would most likely be Bobby Flay on a dried chipotle pepper. “Not because he is all wrinkly but because that is what I think of when I think of Bobby Flay,” Krista says.
Try out Krista’s recipes, which incorporate some of the foods we’ve mentioned in this story. We promise these dishes will be a feast for the eyes and not at all resemble their body counterparts. Hallelujah! Appetites intact!
strawberry avocado spinach salad with honey mustard vinaigrette
Not only does this vibrant salad contain avocados—the crunchy apples, strawberries, almonds and spinach are your body’s superheroes when it comes to fighting inflammation. Serves 4-6
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette:
2tablespoons mustard, gluten free (no sugar or wine added)
2tablespoons raw honey
4tablespoons white vinegar
6tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
10ounces baby spinach
2cups of strawberries, hulled and quartered (about a 16-ounce container)
1cup Granny Smith apples, diced (about 1 large apple)
1cup plain sliced almonds
¾cup sliced almonds
Whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add spinach to large salad bowl. Top with strawberries, diced apple, diced avocado and sliced almonds. Toss to mix everything together, and serve with honey mustard vinaigrette.
orange carrot ginger soup
Krista made this soup when she was so sick that she was practically tearing through tissue boxes. Full of vitamins and other nutrients, this meal is her best home remedy for the common cold and flu. Serves 8
2tablespoons olive oil
1large onion, diced
2garlic cloves, minced
3tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1russet potato, peeled and diced
2pounds carrots, peeled and diced
6cups low-sodium chicken broth
1tablespoon orange zest
Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and diced onion. Sauté until onions are slightly caramelized, approximately 10 minutes. Add minced garlic cloves and minced fresh ginger, and sauté for 30 seconds. Add diced russet potato, diced carrots, low-sodium chicken broth, orange zest, salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Use a submersion blender to purée soup until it is a smooth consistency. (If you do not have a submersion blender, slowly ladle soup into a blender and blend soup in shifts.) Serve with crunchy bread!
cranberry orange muffins
Cranberry and citrus muffins are great for breakfast, a hearty snack or sweet dessert. The coconut oil also makes these muffins super moist. Makes 12 muffins
1teaspoon baking powder
½teaspoon baking soda
¾cup orange juice
¼cup melted coconut oil
1teaspoon grated orange zest
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in cranberries. In a small bowl, beat egg, orange juice, melted coconut oil and grated orange zest. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients; stir to combine until it is just moistened. Grease muffin tin and spoon mixture into tin until three quarters full. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove, and serve!
grilled sweet potatoes with chipotle honey lime butter
Krista says her son, Cason, loves sweet potatoes. “It was one of the first vegetables we gave him,” she blogs. This recipe is perfect when you want to roll out the grill. Go ahead and slather these with the accompanying chipotle honey lime butter for a savory treat. Serves 4-6
Chipotle Honey Lime Butter:
1stick unsalted butter, softened
1small chipotle pepper from La Costeña brand of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, minced
Zest from 1 lime
Juice from ½ lime
Add chipotle peppers, lime zest, lime juice, honey and salt to one stick of unsalted butter. Mix together until all ingredients are combined. Place ball of butter on a square of plastic wrap. Roll the plastic wrap completely around the butter and form into a cylinder shape. Place in refrigerator.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes:
3large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
3tablespoons olive oil
Chipotle honey lime butter
2tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into quarter-inch slices. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Generously season sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt. Place sweet potatoes on oiled grill. (Krista uses olive oil.) Grill on each side for 4 to 8 minutes, depending on thickness. Generously brush top of sweet potatoes with chipotle honey lime butter while still on grill. Remove from grill and finish off with freshly chopped cilantro.
For more recipes and tips, visit Krista at joyfulhealthyeats.com.