Friday, February 26, 2010

Om Bite Size, Perfect Snacks

•fresh mozzerela, early girl tomato, fresh basil, tiny drizzle of olive oil
•baby bella stuffed, broiled mushroom on a bed of pink lentils
•eel sushi. This pic is from the exceptional sushi bar, Hayama on Sawtelle, but is also the easiest sushi to duplicate at home, and at a fraction of the cost.

Om Winter Raw Greens Mix

Seasonal greens, fresh dill, mint, flat leaf parsley, shaved walnuts, kidney beans, shredded red cabbage, shaved purple, orange, and gold carrots, marinated mushrooms and chopped purple onion, ....
A splash of olive oil, sea salt, and a generous splash of 30yr Sherry Vinegar.

delicious as a salad, or mix with warm brown rice or other grain for a complete meal. Top with grilled fish for a wilted green salad, and sophisticated presentation. Winter Raw Green mix is also a great bread or toast topping, add a little babaganoush or hummus and yumm!... 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Loft Living Often Includes Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast Bread Pudding with Berries
breakfast in bed is easy with a fruitilicious bread pudding stashed in the fridge, waiting to be warmed up while the coffee is brewing....

Om Granola
crazy easy to make! 
Om Granola uses all your favorite granola ingredients, 
but without the high fructose corn syrup, sugar, preservatives and trans fats that makes most commercial granola no better than a commercial, mass produced cookie

Enlightened Cole Slaw with Holy Basil

Miso Glazed Dofu, Pink Lentils,

Miso, cranberry, dried cherry glazed doufu, steamed kale, and cumin spiced pink lentils.

Marinate and broil extra tofu for a fab  addition to soup or salad, or the star in an excellent sandwich tomorrow or the following day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Grilled Aubergine with Purple Onion

Eggplant and purple (red) onion may be grilled, broiled or oven roasted at 400 degrees, remove any charred skin, rough chop, add sea salt and coarse pepper. 
Serve with a squeeze of Lemon, Meyers if possible
No need to add olive oil, who needs the extra calories? 

Ready to eat as shown or mix in tahini, garlic, olive oil and  lemon juice for a fresh and fab babaganoush. 
Grill several eggplant, and other veggies, store in refrigerator for fast, and easy dinners for days.  Brown rice is great made ahead, and the perfect accompaniment to grilled or roasted veggies

Originating in India, eggplant is a berry from the nightshade family, and has been on the menu longer than history has been written. Eggplant comes in a magical array of sizes and shapes, and colors from lavenders, purples and blues, to ivory, ecru and gold. And eggplant contains an equally powerful assortment of vitamins, nutrients including copper, potassium, manganese, and thiamine (vitamin B1). Eggplant is also a good source of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin.

Eggplant is high in fiber and its low soluble carbohydrate content make them a super food for diabetics. 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cali Buddha Winter Dinner

Crimini mushrooms tossed in rosemary, thyme, garlic and a splash of olive oil...broil 5-7 minutes.
Broiled, herbed mushrooms have a special connection with brown rice, and you need little else for a delicious dinner.  A few shavings of Parmesan may be added, and a tiny splash of Balsamic vinigar for something extra special.
Short grain brown rice simply steamed. Bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil, add a dash of sea salt and 2 cups brown rice, return to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low simmer, cook 40 minutes, and no matter how tempted you may be, DO NOT remove the lid before 40 minutes, after 40min. remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes...and it will be perfection

Baby Bamboo...asparagus is at its best simply steamed, and this can be done in the microwave in 40 seconds, the microwave works remarkebly well for vegetables and even fish, but make sure you use absolutely no plastic, ever, in the microwave, only glass. A squeeze of meyer lemon makes it complete

Purple carrots poached in fresh ginger spiked orange juice. May be poached on the stove top or the microwave. Don't over cook, they should have a nice crunch, and yes, orange or gold carrots work equally well, as do beets. 

Angou Pear, walnut, winter lettuce such as Mizuna, dried cherry, red wine vinegar macerated red onion, and Roquefort cheese combine for a heavenly salad that loves to be with brown rice

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gold Beet Salad

Winter greens, beet greens, roasted gold beets,walnuts, kidney beans,
parmesan cheese (goat cheese would be fab as well), and a simple, garlicy, Balsamic vinaigrette.

Costco has the best price on authentic Parmesan