A few months ago, Real Simple magazine published a list of the ten ingredients that are best for us, or at least very, very good for us. I posted it on my refrigerator in an attempt to remind myself daily what I should be buying and eating, and for the most part, it’s worked. Besides, the editors listed chocolate and green tea (both of which I love) as runners-up, and I love a good excuse as much as the next person.
The top ten (in no particular order):
4. Black beans
5. Sweet potatoes
7. Ground flax
(Can anyone tell me which issue this was in?)
The trouble is, I have a hard time escaping the tooth sweater problem that spinach poses—you know, that fuzzy mineral feeling you get on your teeth after eating raw spinach? I hate that. But avocado helps, I think.
Here’s a spinach salad with a tasty Asian-inspired vinaigrette that I consider very virtuous, meaning it has at least 3 of my ingredient Pac-10. If you really want to kiss up to the food gods, serve it with pieces of seared salmon. Someday, I’ll have a conference of champions at my dinner table, with all 10 ingredients playing.