We made a lot of different things this time, some to demonstrate take-out solutions.
The Upton's Naturals barbecued jackfruit is not available locally, you can get it on-line at Thrive or at Amazon.
Savory (sabroso in Spanish) it a spice that is great in dishes with legumes (lentils, beans, etc.) it adds flavor and aids digestion (reduces gas).
Tarragon (Estragon in Spanish) is another spice that works well in our Locro de Lentejas.
Steamed, or boiled kale with sweet potatoes and balsamic
This is easy to make and the balsamic acts as a preservative, so you can put it in a plastic bag and take it anywhere, all you need is a plastic fork.
strip the kale, and boil in boiling water for 6-7 minutes until soft, or steam for 12-15 minutes.
Separately boil the sweet potatoes and cut in cubes to mix with the kale.
We added in some roasted pepper today. (Unfortunately, our kale was a bit under-cooked.)
Drizzle with balsamic.
Stuffed Collard Greens (Burrito style) is another easy take out dish. You could call it collard green burritos.
boiled basmati rice
(option) barbecued jackfruit
(option) mushrooms, can be fresh or roasted
put hummus in the center section of the leaf
add a thin layer of rice
some green beans
some pieces of barbecued jackfruit
dress with kimchi
roll it up, and serve.
If you are going to a picknick, or anywhere where you want to make sure
you have your own food, you can package these rolls in a sheet of paper
towel towel and saran wrap.
Locro de Lentejas (Lentil soup from Ecuador)
1 lb whole lentils
lb young potatoes (the kind with the thin skin, either yukon gold or
redskin), quartered or smaller, depending on the size and personal
one small green cabbage, quartered and sliced in 1/4" strips
1 white onion cut up in small pieces,
2-3 large red onions, sliced thin
4 green chilis, sliced thin, with seeds
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced thin (without seeds)
10 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped fine.
1 or 2 king mushroom cut in strips
1 teaspoon of savory
1 teaspoon of tarragon
5 bay leaves
2 pints of low sodium vegetable stock
3 pints of water
1 Green Cabbage
1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped (leaves only)
Braggs Liquid Aminos, to taste.
Alternatively, dissolve one heaping tablespoon of miso paste in water and add at the end.
fry the onions with the chilis and jalapenos and the king mushroom
over a medium flame for about 4/5 minutes, stirring constantly, until they got soft and start to
brown. Add a splash of veggie broth as needed, so it does not stick to
Add garlic, the vegetable stock and the water and herbs, the lentils and, after 15-20 minutes, the
potatoes. Let cook for another 10-15
minutes, and add the cabbage, cut in strips. Let it cook for another 5-10 mins.
At the end, add some miso, dissolved in water and some chopped cilantro and/ or Braggs Liquid Amino's to taste.
- Some people would peel the potatoes, but if you buy thin-skinned
potatoes, you can easily cook them in the skin, even cut-up: you lose
less nutrition that way.)
- Never boil the miso!
We kept it simple with the salad:
A head of green lettuce,
a red pepper
some chopped onion
some milled flax seed and some chia seeds
3/2/1 dressing: 3 measures of balsamic, 2 measures of Dijon Mustard, and 1 measure of maple syrup
1 can of black-eyed peas