Sunday, May 24, 2015

Grains, Veg and Beans Bowl

We all need a little jolt of extra nutrition and nourishment, especially when we have fun, indulgent holidays. Here's a really simple, yummy way to throw together something healthy and easy yet layered and full of fresh flavor. 

Take any cooked grain- quinoa, leftover brown rice, barley, grits, millet, farro- anything works. Then grab some greens, a few good handfuls of Kale or Mustard Greens, Chard, or Collards. Sautée the greens for 3-5 minutes in a pan containing one and a half cup or so of water with a chopped garlic clove, 3 tablespoons olive oil, juice from a half of a lemon and salt & pepper. I put a little diced chili pepper, some fresh basil & mint, and scallions because it's what I had on hand. Of course that's all optional. Pick a protein next: my favorite are beans, but you can do shredded chicken, beef, tofu, egg- it's all so good. For this particular bowl I made a basic sauce from soy sauce, chili sesame oil, rice vinegar and ginger and I lightly tossed the whole bowl with the lovely sauce. You can put whatever you like on top: a vinaigrette, hot sauce, pesto, use what you like best along with your own imagination. Enjoy! Cheers to your health! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Farmer's Market Bounty!

It's always exciting to realize it is the first Farmer's Market of the warm season...! 
Here's what we picked up for a nice day of grilling outdoors: