Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Bowl & Ginger Dressing

One of my favorite easy meals is a giant bowl of brown rice (or other whole grain) topped with fresh veggies, tofu or tempeh, nuts, herbs, and some sort of tasty dressing. This is a formula that is hard to screw up, and can be easily adjusted to what you have sitting in your pantry/fridge at the time. Brown rice can be replaced with quinoa, bulgar, kasha, or even whole-wheat couscous. You can throw really any veggies in here - this is a great way to use leftover grilled or roasted veggies from the night before. Then, I like to add in some raw, easy veggies like crated carrot, green onion, bean sprouts, grated zuchinni, spinach, or kale. I am big on texture so I always add a little crunch in the form of nuts or seeds. Tonight I used almonds because I had them, but you can use anything from walnuts and pecans to sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Then - throw on a handful of whatever fresh herbs you have - parsley, basil, cilantro, mint - and top it all off with a dressing that works for what you have created. It can be as simple as lemon juice and olive oil, vinaigarette, soy sauce - whatever sounds good.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Perfect gift.

Simplicity can be beautiful, but my table loves color! Beautiful place mats made with love by my friend, Luisa.