During this quarter, I definitely felt more comfortable with my artwork. I really enjoyed doing some of the artwork that was required of me this quarter. One of my favorite pieces of art work was the assignment where we were told to edit a photo and show the before and after. I enjoyed this because it gave us a chance to do a different kind of art which I enjoyed. When I was doing my college, I wanted to pinpoint something that I saw a lot in modern magazines. And while flipping through some pages I realized that most of the ads pinpointed one demographic; Americans. This was perfect for me because not only do I love the United States of America, but i felt like it would make for a cool collage. I cut out all of the things That I saw that seemed like it was being pointed towards that demographic, and I came out with this collage.While drawing the fabric, I just really wanted to get the shading right. I think I did a really good job with that. As far as the editing of the photo, I think I had the most fun, I got to edit a photo of Kanye West and make his image seem much more dark yet stand out. I was really happy with how i toned down all of the background and pinpointed him as the main attraction. I then highlighted all of the bright colors and brought all of the attention to that. My final piece of art was a portrait of a poem. And the poem was about happiness, so I envisioned a town full of happy people. I think that it came out looking exactly how I wanted it to. At the end of the quarter I am very happy with all of my final products and I am excited to learn more and more about Art and how to make the best product that I can
My website shows the long term affect of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Even though the ideas were initially great ideas, Bill Clinton (president that signed the treaty) wasn't ready for the disadvantages that this system has created. It's much more than trading when it's dealing with people's lives.
You can’t always limit what you can do, because then, you’re not creating. There have been plenty of times where I gave up on something, because I always compared my art to others, and it never worked out in the end. Art is something to be enjoyed, no matter what the medium. And if you’re not being you, what’s the point in making something for people to enjoy?
The secret to art isn’t skill, it’s loving what you do, and taking risks with yourself.
- 4 Cans of Goya Chickpeas 15.5 Ounces Each
- 4 Lemon Squeezed
- 4 Pieces of Garlic (Less Than Half A Clove)
- Tahini (Sesame) Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Sour Cream
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- Grab the food processor or blender from the kitchen.
- Get our 4 cans of chick peas reserved with the juice that was already inside the can. Open them and put them in the food processor.
- Combine the 4 cans of chick peas, 4 lemons already squeezed, 1 tablespoon of sour cream and 4 pieces of garlic inside of the blender. Blend unto it’s like a paste.
- Add a half a cup of sesame paste. Blend unto smooth.
- Garnish with olive oil and sprinkle a little Sumak over the top (optional)
- Now you can eat it. Refrigerate left over.
This dish is probably the healthiest dish of them all. Seriously it is. This dish is made up a least 90% of whole foods. The chickpeas were canned however they are still very healthy. The lemons are just squeezed and garlic is also a healthy ingredient. Tahini paste is also a type of whole food. Tahini paste is made from ground sesame seeds and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. The last thing that may be unhealthy to us is sour cream, however we are just using a little bit.
In each Goya chickpea can there’s only 90 calories. The sugar is less than 1 gram and the fat is at least 1 gram. Since chickpeas are really healthy, our bodies will be able to process them really fast and it won’t hurt us at all. If we were to just eat hummus every day I think nothing won’t happen to us. Hummus is really nutritious and healthy for our bodies, so eating too much of it won’t necessarily make us obese.
Our main ingredient is our Goya product which are the chickpeas and they come from here. The food company that makes Goya products are right in New Jersey which is right next to Philly so it’s not being made a billion miles away. It’s being made here right where we live which is good. Our tahini paste probably comes from the Middle East so that’s far away from us. But tahini paste is also healthy because it’s being made from healthy ingredients. Everything besides the sour cream is organically grown because all these are all different types of vegetables/plants.
This meal is very very cheap, the chickpeas are only about a dollar a can and the tahini paste is also very cheap as well. All the other ingredients are at least 3$ so all together you can spend at least 10$ for the whole dish. Although, the ingredients are a lot the dish is really healthy instead of buying fast food which is cheap and dangerous for our bodies.
If we were to grow the chickpeas ourselves, it would of been much healthier for us since we’re getting this ingredient from a can. Also, the chickpeas will probably taste really different from the can because the garden would be organic, but I think it would have a weirder taste than the can because we wouldn’t know what to do next with it. The tahini paste also can be homemade, but the process is really difficult and it’s also healthy in the jar as well.
Lastly, this is a very healthy dish to eat at any time. You can eat it at breakfast or have it as a side at a dinner and everyone will enjoy it. You can honestly never go wrong with hummus at all. It’s so delicious.
The changes I could make to my food choices is making sure I don’t eat late. And not just eat and go to sleep right after. I mostly eat foods that are cooked in my house anyways and probably telling my mom to not always make fried foods all the time. I think I honestly need to eat more vegetables because I suck at doing that. My mom always has some type of vegetables on the table and I barely touch it. I think if I motivate myself to eat healthier that I would be able to make these changes. My food choices aren’t that hard, but the hardest one is being able to stay awake a little bit after I eat because I can eat once I get home and take like a 3 hour nap and I know that isn’t healthy for me at all. So all I need to do is make sure I watch what I eat.
Food Rules Slide
Whole grain all flour tortilla wraps
skinless chicken breast
whole green pepper
3 blend mexican cheese
Take your onion, green peppers and mushrooms and dice them up into tiny pieces
In George Foreman Grill or in pan cook chicken breast until it’s safe to eat.
Once cooked cut up chicken breast into small pieces.
Grab a pan and cover pan with a light blanket of olive oil.
Turn pan on to medium low heat and throw the tortilla wrap into pan.
Take your 3 blend mexican cheese and sprinkle it until tortilla is completely covered.
Take your diced cooked chicken breast pieces and put them on the layer of cheese spreading them out evenly.
Take your diced vegetables and repeat step 7.
Put another layer of cheese on the chicken and vegetables.
Take another tortilla and put it on top.
Once first layer of cheese has melted carefully flip the quesadilla so that the other side can do the same.
Once both sides of cheese has melted turn off stove cut up into favored amount of slices and enjoy.
Not only is this meal extremely tasty it is also very healthy. With the only ingredient that I think is processed is the 3 blend cheese, every other ingredient on here is completely natural. This is an easy to make meal with all natural ingredients and while none of these ingredients are organic they are still better than eating processed foods.
Now while meat is somewhat of a no-no from what I learned was poultry is the healthiest choice of meat to choose from. Chicken is an excellent source of protein and isn’t a red meat so the risk of cancer and obesity goes down my a significant margin. And since it’s not processed that adds more points to the healthy factor. Let’s look at the tortilla bread next. The tortilla bread I am using is all flour and whole wheat making it completely natural. Also thanks to it being whole wheat it’s way healthier than buying white tortilla bread which is sometimes processed to make it look white. To add a bit more health benefits to the dish I decided to add all natural vegetables . Green bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C, onions help regulate blood sugar to a safe level and mushrooms help combat chronic diseases. The 3 blend Mexican cheese is with pasteurized milk which makes it the only thing on this list thats processed. The only health benefit the cheese has is being low in cholesterol and sugars.
I’ve learned a lot about food this unit, especially about the western diet and how it affects humans. I always knew the western diet was little worse than everyone else’s diet, but didn’t know it was worse than what I thought it to be. I had no idea some of the top leading deaths in America were diet related and it shows how bad the American diet really is. Another thing I noticed was that there are more obese people in the south than any other part of the country. This is due to the amount of meat they eat which I learned is in correlation with cancer.
Some food changes I could make would be not eating as much processed foods. Eating foods that take forever to decay can’t be good if its sitting in your stomach. Cutting back on the processed foods would probably make me healthier overall; however, I think it would be insanely hard to do this since most of the foods we eat are processed. Also whole foods tend to be much more expensive than processed foods since processed foods can be made in a factory. Once I start living on my own and buy my own food I would consider not buying as much processed foods.
Serving Size: 4
9-inch refrigerated pie crust
tablespoon of olive oil
1 red bell pepper
¾ of a cup of half and half
2 cups of swiss cheese
Heat oven at 375.
Put peppers and onion in olive oil for 5 minutes or until some what soft.
Whisk together your eggs and half and half and after mixed put in peppers, onions and cheese.
Pour the mixture in to the crust and then place in oven for 35 minutes.
Most of the ingredients used in my dish are not processed. The eggs, peppers, and onions are not processed while the half and half, cheese, and pie crust is processed. The pie crust has no sugars and 649 calories, the eggs have 200 calories and no sugars, the cheese has no sugars but is 500 calories, the half and half has 100 calories and 1g of sugar, while the peppers and onions have no sugars and each have 24 and 44 calories. So although this may seem like a lot of calories keep in mind that this is a serving size for four and that there are a lot of things in the meal that are needed. This includes some dairy and vegetables are necessary to maintaining a healthy diet. However the negative side of the vegetables that I used is that they were not organically grown so this can include pesticides, fossil fuel, and fertilizer. Where if they were grown organically some of the negative side affects of eating vegetable that is not grown organically. The pepper industry is at an all time high crop value at 627.5 million. However as the crop is starting to grow in demand in places like California the need for employees increases as well. So as this continues it causes a lot of issues with undocumented immigrants working for below minimum wage to increase the profit of the pepper sellers. Another social repercussion with the quiche is the half and half at dairy farms the cows are kept in very horrible conditions. It has been shown that they are put in very cramped areas that are many times very dirty and they are not allowed outside. They produce 10 times more milk a day then cows from a decade ago according to the ASPCA. So although quiche may be a better option then some there are some repercussions when eating it.
BAKED BEEF RIBS
(For Beef Ribs)
- 2 lbs country-style boneless (or bone in if you prefer) beef ribs
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup good barbecue sauce
- 1/3 cup plum jam (amount to taste)
- Place ribs, onion and garlic in crock pot.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until pork is cooked through and tender (your time may vary with your appliance).
- Drain ribs and onion from crock pot.
- Discard any juices from crock pot and return meat and onions to crock pot.
- Stir together barbecue sauce and jam until blended.
- Pour over ribs, stirring lightly to coat.
- Cook on high for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened and ribs are glazed.
BAKED PORK RIBS
- 2 lbs country-style boneless beef
- 3 tablespoons of dry rib rub
- 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of pepper
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of organio
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Mix together above ingredients in bowl until in paste form
2. Apply paste form to ribs (go through thoroughly).
3. Apply Olive Oil To Ribs
4. Begin to bake ribs at 350 to 400 degrees.
5. Repeated apply oil to ribs while cooking in order to keep them moist.
6. Let cook for an hour.
7. Apply BBQ (If preferred) in the last 10 mins.
8. Take out, let rest & enjoy with BBQ sauce.
1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (6 cloves)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1. In a very large pot heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 1 minute, but not until it's browned.
2. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for 2 minutes.
3. . Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted.
4. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving bowl and top with the butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt.
Overall, this meal wouldn't be considered the most healthy thing in the world at first glance since ribs aren't particularly healthy. However, it's in the way that they are cooked. By making them in a crock pot and baking them I am taking away some of the unhealthier parts such as the grease and fat that stays on the food from grilling. Also, depending on the rub you use for pork (or beef if you want) it's completely up to you since every ingredient in the rub is completely interchangeable (other than the worcestershire sauce,) it can be sized up to fit any person's diet. While meat isn't always the greatest thing for your body it is an important part of your diet (if you choose to eat meat). Also the main thing people miss with ribs since it's typically a summer grilling food is that you need to eat veggies with it which is what I always do to balance out the meal! You always need to have some green on your plate. So overall i think I would consider this a whole meal or close to it seeing as how you have all of the biggest parts of the food pyramid and what's needed. Meat is good for the body and knowing how to balance it out with veggies makes your diet that much better. Overall, there aren't many if at all preservatives in the rubs (which again, YOU can change to your thing!) so it stays typically healthy.
Looking back on this unit I feel as If I've learned a lot more about myself more than I have about the american diet. While yes, I did learn a lot about the diet and how "food deserts" exist and make it difficult for people to get food. However I've been interested more in the solutions that people have been posting such as the ted talk was giving different solution instead of just listing the problems that we sort of know (or should know) to be true due to the horrible american diet. I would say that my role in the food system would be to just try and make more food instead of buying a bunch of fast foodish stuff. If many people can start to try and give up on fast food or at least ween themselves off it due to the fact it's not healthy companies will begin to go with what the "craze" is and make there food that way. If the "craze" is eating healthy then companies will adapt.
I think that overall the biggest problems with the U.S food system is that it's set up to make us fat. Cheaper foods that take more processing and time to develop cost less money while whole foods you just grow/organic foods cost way more. People aren't willing to pay that extra 20 dollars for organic because they may need it for a bill or something and that's the biggest problem. We are set up for failure. As stated before, I can cook a lot more than I do. That works out well since I've been learning how to cook for college so trying out new recipes at this time to see what's health and good works out perfectly. In all honesty making huge diet changes I'm not particularly fond of but If it helps me in the long run and I see evidence how it will help me I'm willing to try it at least for a month or two.
-salt and pepper
-different types of seasoning
-green and red peppers
1. Rinse the fish off with the lemon juice
2. Season it in separate plate
3. pour oil in the aluminum foil pan and place the fish on it
4. Then out the fish in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes
5. lightly broccoli in a pot for about 5-10 minutes
7. When cooked sprinkle some salt and pepper with a touch of butter on top
I'm not sure where salmon originally comes from, but I know that salmon comes from the latin word salmonand lives in freshwater. The cost of salmon usually ranges from 4-8 dollars a pound depending on where it is bought. Broccoli was introduced from the Italian more than 200 years ago and from then on has been of large production because of it's essential nutrients of fiber, vitamins, carbs, protein and fat. Fresh broccoli usually cost around $1.80- to $2 per pound. Those of which are the essential part of the dish. All the other things such as the seasons, lemon juice and olive oil are pretty cheap as well in any local grocery store, especially walmart.
Regardless of the ingredients baking foods are but more healthier than frying because in frying foods in all forms frying lead to no water-soluble vitamin loss, and very few heat-sensitive vitamins are lost. It can also lead to a high absorption of added fat and the formation of acrylamide. While baking requires little added fat. Salmon is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. By using healthy oils like olive oil can boost your intake of healthy fats and vitamin E. The estimated time for this dish is about 25 minutes so it's not long of a wait. Broccoli is a good source of carbs and fiber, with 13 grams of carbs and 6 grams of fiber per serving. It helps you feel full faster, which might help you manage your weight. It also helps with prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and diverticular disease. Cooked broccoli is a good source of a number of essential vitamins and minerals that help keep you healthy, including vitamin C, folate and potassium.
Two ingredients that I would compare in my dish would be the salmon and the broccoli. Farming process vs planting or gaining these ingredients re my own would be very hard considering the type of environment that i live in. I live in an urban area so there isn't much of an healthy environment to plant broccoli or an access to a healthy freshwater ocean or lake to fish for salmon. Therefore, the only way to have these things would be to buy them at a local general store.
I rarely had any issues with his unit because this unit was more so as a refresher for me. I learned a lot about the food industries in the 8th grade. Most of the things I already was aware of, but the biggest problem I've seen and that seemed to be new to me was when we watch the video on to talk of the man who was dedicated his life to educating people about the truth behind these things (TED Talk) he said that the labeling in this industry is massively incorrect. He used an example of how companies say that its milk is low in fat when is filled with tons of sugar. Which is something that is very true, but I never really paid attention, something I felt intrigued by. Another thing that caught my attention in this unit was that the maps that we looked over and how the rate in the US of people gain pounds increased over time. I always had a sense that was happening, but I wasn't really aware of how fast and rapid it was going along with how much is spread among the states. An interesting fact brought up in the TED talk video was that the school foods were just about similarly unhealthy like fast food. There aren’t fresh because of the budget cuts which makes them desperate in using the food that they can get, which are the unhealthy foods. I want to and will encourage my little sister and help her to stop eating those foods by packing her lunch before going to school or at night. Inform my mom on this information so that when she buys groceries she can be more mindful of these things. We are huge role in the food industry because we are not only victims of unhealthy foods, but also the consumers and the more we buy the stronger this cycle will become.