The power of the (cauli)flower

Breakfast_text
wp-1473074297458.jpgI’m still on my fresh fruit breakfasts, though probably not for much longer as the weather is beginning to show signs of cooling. Sad face. But for the moment, I’ve got a second round of raspberries ripening in my garden.

  • 1/2 charentais melon (a/b 2 c.)
  • 1/2 c. raspberries

Checklist items: berries, 2 other fruits (3 out of 18 servings)


lunch_textI love bean salads! It occurred to me that I haven’t had dill in a long time, even though it’s an herb that I absolutely adore, so I’m rectifying that right now! Lunch is a 3-bean salad with lemon-dill dressing. dill-1347095_640

  • 1/2 c. garbanzos
  • 1/2 c. kidney
  • 1/2 c. string beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 c. chopped spinach or mustard greens
  • 1/2 c. cannellini
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 T vinegar of choice
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 T mustard
  • 2 T chopped fresh dill
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Add the garbanzo, kidney, & string beans to a salad bowl along with the greens.
  2. Put the cannellini into a blender, along with the garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, dill, and s & p, and blend until creamy. Add aquafaba if necessary to thin the dressing to your desired texture.
  3. Mix the dressing into the beans and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. If you can prepare it the day before you plan to eat it, the flavors will marry even better.

Checklist items: 3 beans, 2 greens, 1 other vegetables, spices (7 out of 18 servings)

*the string beans technically count as other vegetables rather than beans


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Post-lunch sort of dessert today. Date & nut milk.

Checklist items: 1 other fruit, flaxseed, nuts, spices (4 out of 18 servings)


dinner_textWith vegetables, color usually goes hand-in-hand with nutrient density, but cauliflower is a glowing exception. Even white cauliflower is a powerhouse, easily holding its own among its green brothers & sisters in the cruciferous family. Cruciferous veg are especially protective against prostate and colorectal cancers (but help fight other cancers, too) and cardiovascular disease, as well as helping to regulate blood cholesterol levels, increasing overall immune function, and helping to protect your eyesight and your brain (see here and here for more information).

purple_cauliflower-1218701_640Plus, cauliflower is a hearty, filling, warming veg for those cold, rainy nights, like I’m having here tonight. Dinner is a cauliflower alfredo with whole grain pasta. If you want to get funky, use a purple or orange cauliflower. My recipe is based on the one from Oh She Glows, with some changes.

  • 2 c. cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 2 lg garlic cloves, 1 minced
  • 1/4 c. aquafaba or plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 c. parsley
  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp each garlic & onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. string beans, chopped (fresh from the garden, if you’ve got ’em!)
  • 1 1/2 c. whole grain pasta, cooked (I used wheat)
  1. Boil the cauliflower until just tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, water-saute the beans and the minced garlic until the garlic is cooked. The beans can stay nice & crunchy to add some texture to the dish.
  3. When draining the cauliflower, reserve some of the cooking liquid in case you need it to make your alfredo sauce a little less thick.
  4. Place cooked cauliflower, 1 garlic clove, aquafaba or milk, parsley, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, and spices into a blender & blend until smooth & creamy. If you need to, you can add some of the reserved cooking water. The mustard is important for the nutritional benefits of cauliflower. If you don’t have mustard powder, no problem! Just plan a little ahead and chop the cauliflower at least 40 minutes prior to cooking it. To find out why, see this video.
  5. Mix everything together in a large serving bowl.

Checklist items: cruciferous, 1 other vegetables, spices, 3 whole grains (6 out of 18 servings)


Taking account of the day:

20 servings in total.

We got at least the minimum recommended servings of everything today, plus 2 extra servings of spices. That’s never a bad thing!

26 things I always have in my pantry

These are the items that are essential to my vegan life.

1. Beans, beans, beans: I always have at least 4 kinds of beans – 2 canned, and 2 dried. For canned beans, I prefer garbanzos (chickpeas) and cannellini. For dried, at the moment I’ve got loads of black beans, plus kidney beans, coco beans, and adzuki beans. I’ve also got some borlotti beans & yin yang (a.k.a. orca) beans from my garden. I use more black turtle beans than anything else, so I maintain a sizable supply of those in particular. I’m growing my own, so that will help, but I don’t have enough space in my garden for a year’s worth.beans-1001032_640

2. Buckwheat: I really wasn’t kidding in my review of buckwheat when I said it’s my new favorite thing. I now add toasted buckwheat to every salad.

3. Whole grain rice: I like to keep a variety – black & red are my favorites.

4. Potatoes: I check my potato supply every week and make sure I have enough for at least 2 spontaneous meals. I usually have both sweet and white potatoes on hand.

5. Cashews (raw): These little guys form the foundation of the most wonderful vegan cream, sour cream, cheese and cheese-based sauces and spreads.

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6. Corn: This might sound ridiculous, but, as of this writing, I have 23 cans of corn in my pantry. What? It was on sale. Plus, my partner and I both love corn, and we add it to every salad we make, so we go through a lot.

7. Corn tortillas: I use these for lunch all the time – just toss on some lettuce, beans, a veg, salsa or other dressing, and bam – hearty, healthy 5-minute lunch.

8. Cornmeal: One of my favorite breakfasts is cornmeal mush with maple syrup & berries. And who doesn’t love chili with cornbread??

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9. Flaxseed: Aside from the fact that one of the Daily Dozen checklist items is 1 T ground flaxseed, they also make the best egg replacers for burgers, patties, brownies, etc.

10. Ketchup: Because black bean burgers & oil-free baked fries!

11. Lentils & split peas: I typically keep black (beluga), red, & puy lentils, though I don’t use them as often as beans. And I love split pea soup with smoky tempeh, so the split peas are also a must-have for me.

12. Lettuce: Okay, I don’t keep lettuce in my pantry, but I always make sure I have some. In the summer it’s easy – I keep it in my garden. The rest of the year, I buy a large head of lettuce every week, and it’s never lost.

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13. Maple syrup: This is my favorite sweetener, and I use it in dressings, desserts, and, of course, on pancakes & waffles!

14. Miso paste: Because you never know when you’re going to want to have a miso soup lunch.miso-934742_640

15. Mustard: For dressings, burgers, and much much more!

16. Nutritional yeast: Simply a must-have for, like, everything.

17. Oatmeal: Another one of my favorite breakfasts, but also an essential ingredient in the best veggie burgers ever.

18. Olive marinara: Oddly specific, perhaps, but there’s a reason. It’s amazing. And I make a vegan pizza every Saturday night using this brilliant marinara.

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19. Pasta: I try to keep at least 3 full bags/boxes of whole grain pasta. I prefer whole wheat because it’s the cheapest and cooks very well, but sometimes I’ll be in the mood for something different (see my review of corn pasta).

20. Pesto: You can’t ask for a better quick & easy pasta dinner! There’s a vegan pesto available at a shop near me, but I prefer to make my own using the basil & nasturtiums from my garden. I always have a batch in the freezer.

21. Spices: I have a crazy spice collection. They don’t all fit in my spice cupboard. But the ones I use the most are black & szechuan peppers, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, & cinnamom.

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22. Sriracha (a.k.a. Rooster sauce): I used to keep this around for deviled eggs before I was vegan. Now I use it in soups, sauces, and stir-fries.

23. Sun-dried tomatoes: I also put these on my vegan pizza, but they’re also a great addition to salad dressings, sandwiches, spreads, dips, etc.

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24. Tahini: Essential for both my favorite salad dressing, and my favorite hummus.

25. Tamari/soy sauce: I use this stuff a lot – in stir-fries, in my favorite salad dressing, pretty much anytime I eat garbanzo beans, with avocado, the list goes on…

26. Veggie stock/bouillon: I don’t keep this in my pantry, either, because I don’t buy it, I make it. I save the leftovers from herbs & vegetables in the freezer. When I have enough, I make a stock and freeze it.

 

Black raspberries & black rice: loading up on antioxidants

Breakfast_textFun fact: black raspberries have higher antioxidant levels than blackberries or red raspberries. And black raspberries are just coming into season!blackberries-1541314_640 Just in time, because I ate the last of the blueberries from my little blueberry bush 3 days ago.

  • 1/4 santa claus melon
  • 1/2 c. black raspberries

The melon I have today is huge, so 1/4 of it is easily 2 servings. Perhaps 3, but I was too excited to eat it to measure, so I’ll say 2 just to be on the safe side. Eating an extra serving of fruit later in the day is certainly not going to hurt!

Checklist items: berries, 2 other fruits (3 out of 18 servings)


lunch_textWhat do you do when you’re hungry from running (or some other form of exercise) but also too hot to really want to eat? Hummus & veggies, of course! Click this link for the perfect oil-free hummus. With lunch, I’m also going to have a little homemade date & nut milk.

  • heaping 1/3 c. hummus
  • 1/4 c. broccoli
  • 1/4 c. cauliflower
  • 1/4 c. red bell pepper
  • 1/2 c. pickles or pickled beets

And a heads-up: for the milk, you’ll need to boil water and pour it over 1/4 c. dates and 1/4 c. nuts 1 hour in advance. Follow the link above for recipe & instructions.

Checklist items: 1.5 beans, 1 other fruit, 1 cruciferous, 1.5 other vegetables, flaxseed, nuts, spices (8 out of 18 servings)


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I’ve been dying to share this recipe because it’s so simple and yet so tasty! It’s a healthier and, in my opinion, much more interesting version of a French classic: petits pois a la francaise. I serve it with black rice, also called forbidden rice. The one I use is a Thai jasmine black rice and has an amazingly floral fragrance that adds depth to the petits pois. Black rice is loaded with antioxidants! According to Wikipedia, it has one of the highest levels of anthocyanin antioxidants found in any food.

  • wp-1471341773962.jpg1 1/2 c. cooked black rice
  • 1/4 c. onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh peas
  • 2 c. lettuce, shredded
  • 2 c. vegetable stock or bouillon
  • salt, to taste (if using commercial bouillon, you may not need to add any)
  1. cook black rice separately, just as you would any rice
  2. saute onions in 2 T veggie stock until soft
  3. add lettuce and the rest of the stock, and cook until wilted
  4. once the lettuce is wilted, add the peas and let simmer until everything is cooked and the liquid is slightly reduced
  5. Serve over the black rice with plenty of cooking liquid

Checklist items: 1.5 beans, .5 other vegetables, 2 greens, 3 whole grains (7 out of 18 servings)


Taking account of the day:

18 servings in total.

We got at least the minimum recommended servings of everything today.

Review: buckwheat

Why buckwheat?

I decided to give it a try after seeing it used in a recipe as a sort of salad garnish, like croutons, only not.

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When I finally found it (my region is not known for variety in its cuisine) I saw that I had 2 options – toasted or untoasted. Since the untoasted bag was about half the price of the toasted, I went for that one.

Nutrition info

Reading the label: per 100 g, dry.

corn vs wheat

In my review of corn pasta, I used cronometer to figure out the amount of dietary fiber, since it wasn’t listed on the package. In order to check to see how accurate cronometer may or may not be on that score, I entered buckwheat into cronometer, too. It says that 100 g of dry buckwheat contains 10.3 g fiber. So, obviously, it can vary and the numbers to the left are specific to the brand that I purchased.

Performance

wp-1469095778939The first thing I wanted to do with it was to try it like I’d seen in the recipe – sprinkled on salad. So, I toasted them in a pan on the stove over low-med heat for about 20 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to make sure they’d toast evenly.

It smelled so good – like fresh-baked bread!! And they added the most wonderful crunch to the salad. I know umami is meant to apply to flavor, but if it can be applied to texture, then it perfectly describes what toasted buckwheat adds to a salad!

Next, I wanted to try it as a cooked grain, like rice, so I added 1 part buckwheat to 2 parts boiling water, turned the heat to low and let it cook for 30 minutes. I didn’t add any flavoring because I wanted to understand the taste of the buckwheat by itself before using it in other ways. It has a clean taste, a good foundation for any flavors you want to add to it. I think if I’d toasted the buckwheat before putting it in the water, it would perhaps have a slightly nutty flavor, but I’ll have to try it before I say for sure.

But what struck me, again, was the texture! Even cooked like rice, I still really love the texture of buckwheat!

When it was done, I added some cooked mushrooms and a little dressing, and ate some of it hot. Nice. Then I set it aside to taste it cold – I maybe liked it even better cold! I think this will be a really nice grain for tabbouleh-style cold salads.

If you haven’t tried buckwheat yet, I recommend you hop to it! It’s my new favorite thing.

Are you a fan of buckwheat? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Review: corn pasta

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Variety! And because corn pasta is a nutritious whole-grain alternative to regular pasta, (suitable for people with Celiac’s). Usually, I go for whole wheat pasta because it’s the cheapest alternative where I live, but last weekend, I sprang for the corn stuff. Here’s how it turned out…

Nutrition info

Reading the labels: corn vs whole wheat, per 100 g, dry.

corn vs wheat

Did you notice that little asterisk * next to dietary fiber? That’s because I’m a little unsure about this one. Since the information for dietary fiber isn’t listed on the package, I entered it into cronometer. According to cronometer, corn pasta has a slight edge over whole wheat. However, my corn pasta is a mix of 80% corn and 20% rice – rice pasta being much lower in fiber content – so in my case, they’re probably about even. Of course, that’s all a big guess.

Performance

I thought that this bright yellow corn pasta would be pretty on the plate. In the end, the color cooked out of it, and it looked like a regular white pasta – that’s good news if you’re trying to get a skeptic to eat it – you can serve it to them and they’ll be none the wiser until you tell them, especially since it also tastes quite ‘normal’. It didn’t stand out as having a particularly corn flavor, and I found it to be roundly fulfilling, if slightly lighter than whole wheat pasta.

A note about cooking corn pasta

While it performed well in the pasta bowl, I was underwhelmed with the cooking process. With ‘regular’ pasta and whole wheat pasta alike, you have to stir it in the beginning to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, but, once it gets rolling, you can leave it alone until it’s time to drain. Not so with corn pasta – the more it cooked, the more it wanted to stick to the bottom, so you have to stir it consistently during cooking.

It also created loads of foam. I suppose that’s neither here nor there, but it’s just one more reason why you have to keep stirring it while it’s cooking.

Overall, I like it but I won’t go out of my way to get it over the cheaper and easier-to-find (in my area, anyway) whole wheat pasta. For people who have to avoid wheat, it’s a perfectly reasonable substitution other than the hassle of constant stirring.

Have you had corn pasta? If so, what did you think?

Saturn Peaches, Beet Greens & Corn Pasta

Breakfast_textI don’t usually buy Saturn peaches because they’re more expensive than “normal” peaches, but they were on sale this week, making them the cheapest option! Yay! I ate all of them for breakfast this morning.peaches-1446378_640

I’m counting 1 Saturn peach as half of a serving of fruit because they’re pretty small.

Checklist items: berries, 3 other fruits (4 out of 18 servings)


lunch_textI’ve got to take advantage of all the beet greens in my garden! I can’t seem to eat them fast enough, so some are going into the freezer, but I want to eat as many as I can while they’re fresh out of the garden. Today, I’m going for a beans & greens salad.

  • wp-1468826940639.jpg1/2 c. cannellini
  • 1/2 c. garbanzos
  • 1/2 c. peas
  • 1/2 c. yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 c. cucumber, diced
  • 1 c. raw beet greens, chiffonaded (my favorite way to cut greens, partly because it’s so easy!)
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 2 basil leaves, also chiffonaded
  • My Basic Dressing

Throw everything together in a bowl. I refrigerated it for 1 hour to let the flavors really blend together, but you could eat it right away.

Checklist items: 3 beans, 1 greens, 2 other vegetables, nuts, spices (8 out of 18 servings)


dinner_textI’m trying a new kind of pasta today. It’s made from corn & rice and it’s bright yellow, so I think it’ll make a pretty plate. (Read my review of the corn pasta here.)

 

Follow the instructions in the link above with 3 simple changes: add flaxseed to the alfredo along with a little extra water, use corn pasta in place of whole wheat pasta, and beet greens in place of peas.

Checklist items: 2 cruciferous, 1 greens, flaxseed, spices, 3 whole grains (8 out of 18 servings)


Taking account of the day:

We got at least the minimum recommended servings of everything.

In addition, we had 1 extra serving each of cruciferous and spices.

Gooseberries, Corn Tortillas & Peanut Butter

Breakfast_textSo, I had kind of a strange breakfast this morning. It was pouring rain and I wanted something rich and filling. One of the yummiest flavor combinations is peanut butter & banana!

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  • 2 T peanut butter
  • 1 T ground flaxseed
  • corn tortilla

Ok, so I know it’s odd to use a corn tortilla, but it’s the only kind of ‘bread’ that I have on-hand. And it made a pretty neat little roll-up! I spread the peanut butter on the tortilla, sprinkled the flaxseed on the peanut butter, then placed the whole banana on it and just rolled it up! It took less than 2 minutes to put together. At first, I thought I would easily eat 2 of these, but after one I felt totally satiated.

Checklist items: 1 other fruit, flaxseed, 1 nuts, 1 whole grains (4 out of 18 servings)


snack_textGooseberries are new to me. I tried them for the first time just yesterday! It’s early in the season, so they’re still a little bit sour, but I don’t mind that. I went out after the rain stopped and picked some right off the bush in my garden. If you’ve never picked fresh gooseberries – beware!! These suckers are thorny, and it might be a better idea to buy themwp-1468403922890.jpg if you don’t like the sight of blood. Lol.

  • 1/2 c. gooseberries
  • 2 peaches

Checklist items: berries, 2 other fruits (3 out of 18 servings)


lunch_textWrap number 2 for today. For 2 simple reasons – it’s super fast & easy to throw them together, and you can use anything you’ve got lying around. Oh, and I LOVE corn tortillas!!!

Instructions:

  1. put lettuce down first
  2. then beans
  3. before pouring on the dressing, I wrap it half-way so that I can put on enough without it spilling all over the counter

Checklist items: 1 beans, 1 greens, 1 whole grains (3 out of 18 servings)


 

dinner_textMy partner loves when I make coconut curry. I don’t do it often because of the saturated fat in coconut cream, but today seems like a good day for this little treat.

 

  • wp-1468413512588.jpg1/2 c. red rice (cooked)
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 c. peas
  • 1/2 c. cauliflower
  • 1 c. spinach (raw)
  • 1/2 c. carrots
  • 1/2 c. yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 onion, diced (optional)
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced (optional)
  • 1 T. fresh ginger
  • curry powder
  • garam masala
  • coconut cream*
  • vegetable stock/bouillon or water

This can be a one-pot meal if you start out with already-cooked rice. In that case, just add the rice after you’ve turned off the heat so that it doesn’t over-cook. If the rice is cooking at the same time as everything else, then mix just before serving.

*If you prefer to stick with a fat-free meal, just substitute tomato paste for the coconut cream and make a nice red curry instead.

Checklist items: 2 beans, cruciferous, 1 greens, 2 other vegetables, spices, 1 whole grains (8 out of 18 servings)


Taking account of the day:

18 servings in total.

We got at least the minimum the recommended servings of everything, plus a little extra veg if you included the onion & garlic in the curry.

Charentais Melon, Cauliflower, & Kamikaze Lettuce

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It’s been hot the last few days, so I’m more excited about eating melons than anything else. The Charentais melon is a common & inexpensive variety wp-1468243086441.jpghere in France. It’s a kind of cantaloupe, but I find it to be lighter and more refreshing than the cantaloupe that I was used to in the U.S. I like it much better, actually.

  • 1/2 c. cherries
  • 2 c. cut-up Charentais melon
  • 1/4 c. dates

Checklist items: berries, 3 other fruits (4 out of 18 servings)


lunch_textYou already know I love my salads. Especially with red-leafed lettuce. I’ve been waiting on a Red Kamikaze Batavia in my garden. It’s not quite ready – the red has just started to develop, but I’m impatient, so I’m taking some today anyway. wp-1468244033377.jpg

  • 2 c. Kamikaze batavia lettuce
  • 1/2 c. chickpeas
  • 1/4 c. tomato
  • 1/4 c. red bell pepper
  • 1/4 c. corn
  • 1 T ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Chef AJ’s House Dressing

Checklist items: 1 beans, 2 greens, 1 1/2 other vegetables, flaxseed, nuts (6 1/2 out of 18 servings)


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I have a weird relationship with cauliflower. I love the way it tastes even though I’m not a huge fan of the way it smells. However you feel about it, it makes a great alfredo – a dish that I loved as a kid.

  • wp-1468240819121.jpg1 heaping c. cauliflower florets
  • 2 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 sm. clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. peas
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked whole grain pasta

Instructions:

  1. Boil the cauliflower florets until tender, about 5 minutes & then drain
  2. Saute garlic
  3. Add cooked cauliflower & garlic with milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic & onion powders, and salt & pepper to a blender and blend until smooth
  4. Add cooked pasta, alfredo sauce, & peas to a pot and heat through

Checklist items: 2 beans, 1 cruciferous, 1 other vegetables, spices, 3 whole grains (8 out of 18 servings)


Taking account of the day:

18.5 servings in total.

We got at least the minimum recommended servings of everything.

In addition, we had 1/2 an extra serving of other vegetables or whole grains depending on how you want to count the corn.

Adzuki, Mint & Broccoli

Breakfast_textA friend of mine from Shanghai recently told me how to make a couple of different bean porridges, and I’m giving the first one a shot today! It’s simple, but must be made ahead! I recommend making large batches.

  • wp-1467207822899.jpg1/4 c. barley
  • 1/2 c. adzuki beans
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1-2 T maple syrup
  • 1 T ground flaxseed

Instructions:

  1. soak beans & barley together for 4-5 hours
  2. boil together for 2-3 hours (depending on how mushy you want it)
  3. at the end, mix in raisins, walnuts, and maple syrup & flaxseed

Checklist items: 2 beans, 1 other fruits, flaxseed, nuts, 1 whole grains (6 out of 18 servings)


lunch_textOne of my favorite summer dishes, and practically the only thing I ate while I was doing my Master’s thesis: Lebanese tabbouleh! The abundance of fresh herbs make this dish wonderful.

  • wp-1467207406055.jpg1/2 c. cooked bulgur (prepare as instructed on package)
  • 1 1/2 T aquafaba (the liquid in your can or jar of garbanzos)
  • 1 c.fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 3 bunches)
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 1 1/2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Get ready!

  1. to get 1/2 c. cooked bulgur, you should use a/b 1/4 c. raw
  2. finely chop the herbs & tomato
  3. peel, core & finely dice the cucumber
  4. mix all the ingredients together and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour to develop flavor
  5. YUM!!

Checklist items: 2 other vegetables, spices, 1 whole grains (4 out of 18 servings)


snack_textGotta get them berries in sometime! It may as well be now. I’m going out to the garden to grab some raspberries.

 

  • 1/2 c. raspberries
  • 2 c. papaya

Checklist items: berries, 2 other fruits (3 out of 18 servings)


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Have you noticed yet that I have a page dedicated to recipes? You’ll find my favorite Hummus recipe there, as well as the recipe for Nasturtium Pesto.

This is a 3-dish meal!

  1. mix the pasta & pesto, serve
  2. mix the greens & dressing, serve
  3. dip the broccoli in the hummus

Checklist items: 1 beans, cruciferous, 2 greens, 2 whole grains (6 out of 18 servings)


Taking account of the day:

19 servings in total.

We got at least the minimum recommended servings of everything.

In addition, we had 1 extra serving of whole grains.