Monday, March 21, 2011

bacony juices

Years ago Matt and I were watching Nigella Lawson on the Food Network and she was having a "goddess" day. Everything she was cooking was for her body, to enrich it and yada yada. For the most part everything she cooked looked healthy, until she fried up some bacon for a salad and drizzled the lettuce with the "bacony juices", um, that's just bacon fat right?

This is my favourite meal for when I need something to feel like I'm taking really good care of myself.

Brown Rice Bowl with Citrus Vinaigrette   
inspired by a recipe by Heidi Swanson 

zest and juice of a lemon
zest and juice of a orange
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sugar

2 cups short grain brown rice

Add ons
a couple pieces of nori sheet, chopped into small pieces
1/2 pack pressed or extra firm tofu
4 green onions, chopped
1 avocado, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 bunch dandelion greens
toasted sesame seeds

• Cook rice according to directions.
• Toast chopped nori in a non-stick frypan till a little bit crispy.
• Place tofu between 2 plates with something heavy on it (telephone book if you still have those kicking around or something equally heavy) and let sit for 10 minutes to drain some of the water out. (If you're using pressed tofu you can skip this step) Slice the tofu into strips and pan fry in a non stick pan, a few minutes per side until golden.
• Steam the dandelion greens and chop them up
• Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

• Put a good scoop of rice into the bottom of a bowl, top with green onion, nori, tofu, tomato, dandelion greens, sesame seeds and add a few tbsp of dressing. 

You can add or substitute anything into this. Spinach, sauteed mushrooms, egg, grilled chicken, cilantro, cooked salmon, bok choy.

Hannah had a modified version without tomato, green onion and sesame seeds. She loved it!

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