What I Eat - Day Fifty-Nine
Breakfast - Coconut Yogurt with Berries and Hemp Hearts
Every once in a while, as a treat, I buy a container of So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk. This time, I bought the strawberry flavour. Can anyone out there remember if they used to call it yogurt? It's funny, when I was buying it at the grocery store a woman made fun of the product, saying something along the lines that the word 'cultured' on the label was designed to make it seem fancier to shoppers. I don't think she realized that the word cultured meant that it was teeming with bacteria. I topped all the 'culture' with organic raspberries (thawed from frozen), and hemp hearts.
Lunch - Burrito
I put black beans, (previously) steamed zucchini, Daiya 'mozzarella style shreds', and homegrown sprouts inside of a brown rice tortilla that had been warmed in a frying pan. Delicious and easy! I do not want to mislead anyone, the tortillas DO NOT hold together as well as wheat tortillas, but they allow you to have 3/4 of a regular burrito-eating experience, which is good enough for me!
Sprouts are a great thing to grow at home! They are inexpensive and ridiculously nutrient-rich, along with adding loads of flavour to your dishes. I've shown above how I grow sprouts. I purchased a screen cut in the shape of the top of a mason jar (designed especially for growing sprouts). I soak the seeds, and them leave them in the jar turned upside down, rinsing them twice daily while the sprouts are growing. The advantage of my setup is that the sprouts don't come into contact with any plastic. The disadvantage is that the metal rim of the jar lid seems to rust a bit, and I can't grow a large quantity. You can also purchase a sprouting set that comes with multiple trays. These allow you to grow sprouts on different schedules, so that some are always available, and nothing rusts. The disadvantage of the trays is that I've only ever seen them made out of plastic, which means they will leach some contaminants into the sprouts (even if they are BPA free).
I've pictured sprouting seeds you can purchase below. However, please keep in mind you can sprout your own beans or seeds. For example, mung beans are a cheap food to sprout, and they have a lot of flavour!
Dinner - Lentils and Vegetables with Indian Seasoning
-one cauliflower, rinsed and chopped
-one red onion, minced
-a piece of ginger at least as big as your thumb, peeled and minced
-1/3 cup raisins (ideally, golden)
-1 tsp. ground cumin
Fry onion and ginger at a medium-high heat until they start to brown. Add cauliflower and turn heat down to medium-low, cook until soft (you can cover the pan). Add the cumin and raisins, cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.
-1 1/2 cups green lentils
-3 1/2 cups water
-2 tbsp. lemon juice
Check lentils for grains or stones, and rinse. Combine water and lentils and bring to a boil. Simmer until water is absorbed and lentils are soft. Add lemon juice.
Curried Sweet Potatoes
Steam two peeled and sliced sweet potatoes. Once soft, mash with one teaspoon of curry powder.
3/22/2014 07:53:23 am
Evie and I LOVE sprouting. We grew pea sprouts at home for the first time (I later learned they're not officially called sprouts... since they're sprouted in dirt they are technically 'micro greens'). They were delicious and tasted exactly like lovely, sweet peas. I'm hooked! I even had a dream I started a business where I grew sprouts of every kind, taught people how to grow their own sprouts, and had a sideline cafe that served all sorts of yummy salads and dishes made with sprouts. LOL!
Dr. Dielle Raymond, ND
3/25/2014 01:48:51 am
That's great, Sarah! They're so easy to grow, yet so expensive at the grocery store. Have you found a good source for the materials to grow more pea sprouts?
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What I Eat
I want to give you an idea of how to eat healthfully on a restricted diet, without a lot of work, by showing you how I eat! I eat strictly gluten-free. You'll find A LOT of veggies in this blog! I eat both fish and meat a few times a week (local and/or humane, whenever possible), and dairy when I'm visiting family and friends, or eating out. I hope you find this blog inspiring and interesting!