Piggin' Out

2.23.2011

Lately, I've found myself eating like a pig.  A guinea pig.  Having to shop for Molly has influenced my own diet.  Guinea pigs are strict herbivores which means they only eat vegetables and fruit - no grains, no nuts, no seeds, and definitely no meat!  Fruit is mainly used as a treat and shouldn't make up a large part of their diet because they're prone to diabetes and obesity.  Can you imagine a fat diabetic guinea pig?  So sad.  Like humans, their little bodies don't make vitamin C either.  Instead, they need veggies in their diet to satisfy their vitamin C needs because, guess what... they're also susceptible to scurvy!  The pellet food sold for guineas in pet stores usually has vitamin C in it.  The problem, however, is that vitamin C loses its potency in a very short amount of time.  All this means Molly needs things like kale, red peppers, and mustard greens, to supplement her pellet diet. 

As a responsible guinea pig mom, I find myself spending a lot more time in the produce section of the grocery store and a lot less time in the Lean Cuisine/Smart Ones aisle.  While there, I pick up a few things for myself that catch my eye.  It's been a long time since my fridge has had this much produce in it!  At the moment, I have kale, spinach, parsley, red peppers, grapes, strawberries, oranges, and bananas in my kitchen.  I know that doesn't sound like much for a lot of you, but I live alone and rarely have time to actually cook during the week.  Plus, despite their name, guinea pigs can be picky eaters.  Molly doesn't seem to like red peppers, but I have two big ones sitting in my fridge (minus the few slivers I tried to feed her).  I can't let them go to waste, can I?  So I need to get creative with these leftover veggies and I need your help, dear friends.  Any good recipes out there for things like kale or mustard greens?  I've made kale chips once but I'd like to try something new.  Got any ideas?

1 Comments:

  1. I love making stuffed peppers using red peppers. I stuff em with gimme lean "sausage", rice, shallot and any other veggies I have in my fridge (dice and sauté before stuffing). Mix the stuffing ingredients with a little tomato paste or even pasta sauce, and cook in the oven until the pepper is tender. Top with mozzarella cheese, or mix some in the stuffing, or both! As for greens, there are tons of "rubbed" or "massaged" kale salad recipes out there. It is a great way to eat kale raw!

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