Friday, October 7, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 7: Greens and Grains

Sometimes when I'm just cooking for me and/or I've feel like I need to get back to square one I steam some greens and cook up some grains. I feel like cooking a simple meal with very nutrient dense ingredients centers me. Its also good for the digestion to eat liquid meals or meals that are very easily digested.

Greens and Grains

2 baby bok choy
4 kale stalks, leaves removed
4 tbsp coconut meat
1 lemon
2 tbsp soy sauce
splash sesame oil
1 cup dry quinoa
1/2 tsp dulse flakes

1. Cook quinoa according to the package. Add dulse flakes once cooked and removed from heat.
2. In a large pan or wok, add the bok choy and kale with 1/4 cup water, cover and cook until bright green. About 2-3 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients, stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
4. Serve on top of quinoa. Add more Sriracha if you want.

Dulse is a sea vegetable (seaweed). It is a good source of calcium, zinc, manganese, potassium, iron, and magnesium. It is also high in iodine which I talked about before. We need it for our thyroid. It has a strong flavour, so add it in moderation so that it doesn't change the taste of what you're cooking. I bought mine at Famous Foods on Kingsway. I hardly use it because I forget its in my cupboard. But now that I know its there I'm going to start using it again. 

There's quinoa under there, I swear
I'm a  bowl gurl. I have 14 bowls in my kitchen. With many more in my future. I don't like eating off plates but sometimes I need to for the pictures sake. 

You can add or use any other greens you like. If I had broccoli I would've thrown it in too, but I didn't. And in case you're thinking that I'm starving myself over here, withering away cuz I'm only eating greens and grains, you couldn't be farther from the truth. I did make some veggie dumplings I picked up from T&T but I didnt' take a pic. I ate this dish first then made the dumplings. 

Tonight I think I'm feeling some Indian food......Channa Masala it is. I always have chickpeas in the house. YUM. Tonight will also be my last run before D Day. The Victoria half marathon is Sunday October 9th at 730am!!! Say wha? So early. How the heck am I gonna get up and eat before running 21km. I can only get up so early. That's intense. We shall see how that all works out. Lol

Thankfully, this weekend is a long one. Yah! Love them. I love being vegan when its holiday time. Everyone runs from party to party and offices get bombarded with baked goods making everyone gain their 5-10 winter pounds, while I stay the same. (I hope!!). People always try to peer pressure you into eating "just one" cookie or whatever, and now instead of just saying no I can say no because they're not vegan! Woot woot!

I'm not sure what I'm going to make for Thanksgiving. I was thinking I'd just pick up a Tofurkey and make the sides vegan, which is SO easy, but I'm thinking maybe the Veggie Walnut Loaf or some seitan or tempeh. We shall see.

Happy Friday folks! Have a great time making food babies and sleeping it off in your food coma's. I'll just be running 21km's then napping. Lol





  1. Hi! Where do you find young coconut meat in Vancouver? I live downtown.


  2. Hi Christie!!! I've actually never used fresh coconut meat before. But I have bought coconut meat from "The Gathering Place". You can buy their products online or at Famous Foods, Drive organics, and Nestors among other places.

    Sometimes I see them at No Frills on Denman but that's all i've seen. Another place I would check is Orangic Lives. They're on Quebec St.