Three recipes, quick n' dirty
This could also be called "Carrot Cake" Salad! When you need something sweet but still quite nourishing.
5 (or so) medium carrots, grated (I do it fast in a food processor with the grater attachment)
3/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened, of course)
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
a grate or a pinch of nutmeg (if desired)
Toss everything together in a medium-large bowl. If you allow it to sit overnight, the raisins will get pleasantly plumper.
Makes 2 or more servings. GF, SF, NF, R
I rarely know what to do with adzuki beans. They're not the prettiest blended into a hummus. This, however, is a quick and tasty way to add some protein to a plate of colourful veggies (prepared however you fancy).
a splash of olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 1/2 cups cooked adzuki beans (or one can from Eden Foods, drained and rinsed)
a splash of maple syrup
a splash of tamari soy sauce
1 rounded tsp unpasteurized miso paste (I use a mellow one) mixed into a splash of water
Heat the oil in a small-medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Mix in the beans, syrup and tamari, and cook until the beans are heated through. Turn off the heat and stir in the miso mixture. Serve hot.
Makes 2 servings. GF, NF
At the end of a full day of classes, I bike or take the streetcar home - a 30-60 minute endevour. When I get in the door I want to relax. I may even have a headache, but I'm not yet ready to pass out for the evening. This tea is delighful.
1 tsp. crushed peppermint leaves
1/2 tsp. lavender flowers
1 1/2 cups just boiled water
Place the herbs in a tea strainer (whatever kind of device you have) in your favourite mug, and pour in the hot hot water. Allow to steep for at least 7 minutes (I just wait till it's cool enough to drink, and I never take the herbs out). Take a moment to sit and breathe and enjoy.
Makes one serving.