Friday, June 08, 2007

Super Slaw, Yummy Raw, Roasted Cabbage, and Muffins

This Chickpea Slaw is fantastic.

Put into a large bowl 1½ cups broccoli slaw (or cabbage), ½ cup grated carrots, some sundried tomatoes, chopped fresh tomato, 1 can chickpeas, one diced avocado, and some chopped fresh chives. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil and some salt and pepper and mix altogether. It’s definitely the avocado that makes this slaw so good.

I’m always up for a new way to enjoy broccoli, so I had to give Kati’s raw broccoli a try.

I let it marinate for about three hours and had it for dinner after yoga class. Give it a try – it’s great! I ate it plain, but thought about adding it to a salad.

Raw Banana Ice Cream Treat – not too pretty, but delicious and satisfying.

One frozen banana, ¼ cup oats, a few chopped dates, raw pistachios (my new favorite snack), and raw chocolate nibs. I’ve discovered I don’t need to cook oats anymore. I just let them soak a few seconds in rice milk or the juice of my chopped fruits, and I can get my “cereal before bed” fix. It’s like the opposite of the beer commercial – “Less taste, more filling.”

I found a recipe on the net for Roasted Cabbage.

Apparently it was in Martha’s Everyday Food magazine. I roasted some mushrooms with it. It would probably look better with green cabbage, but I love purple and always buy it instead. Before roasting it’s tossed with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and after roasting, with some balsamic vinegar. I ate it, but I’m not sure how much I liked it. It was in the oven almost an hour and really not worth that much time. Maybe some of you could give it a better flavor and enjoy it.

I also made some Banana and Dried Plum Muffins.

That’s right – I like prunes! When is the last time you had prunes? Do you like them too? I made this batch low fat and low sugar, but I also used gluten free flour mix, and I wasn’t thrilled with the texture. I’ll try it again with whole wheat pastry flour and if it turns out better, I’ll post the recipe.

My second yoga class was better. I didn’t fidget, but I still have trouble letting go at the end of class. See, I never sit at home, unless it’s here at the computer. I always figure there’s something I should be up and doing. That’s why I never watch shows on tv or go to movies. I think it’s great when other people enjoy them. It just seems like a waste of time for me, unless it’s informational like news, health, food, travel. Anyway, when I got bored with relaxing at the end of class, I started to think about what to have for dinner when I got home. I thought of broccoli. A big hunk of broccoli. A hunka chunka broccoli. “A hunka chunka broccoli” played over and over in my head. I have never said that before in my life! My head must be a real mess. (Amey, I think I need help!) I appreciate all of you sharing your yoga experiences and giving me encouragement.


KleoPatra said...

i'm so happy about the yoga class being better this time. i'm very much like you insofar as sitting around. i don't watch TV and rarely a movie also. i have been trying to do a little more of that of late though. It's not a bad thing to slow down and kind of just "be."

i have to sit on my arse for hours at a time for work at the noozpaper when i'm in the office but get up often to stretch...

I think that's why i've not tried yoga yet, for the same reasons you are having trouble relaxing!! It's hard to just "be" - i'm glad you are doing better at it. You are inspiring me, Diann!!

That chickpea slaw is incredibly beautiful with all the colours. It screams HEALTHY!!

And roasted cabbage, huh? i love the purple kind as well... It looks so good with the roasted mushrooms, too. Sorry it wasn't so good to eat. Maybe you can jazz it up more next time, if there is a next time!

Hey, nothin' wrong with prunes. Don'tcha just love how the manufacturers are callin' 'em "dried plums" now. HA! I am not afraid to "admit" that i do love prunes, plums, dried, dehydrated, rehydrated, etc. Your muffins look terrific. you can't go wrong with bananas in bready stuff, fo sho!

springsandwells said...

Your "hunka chunka broccoli" has me laughing out loud! ha ha.

Don't worry about the mind wandering off & doing its thing. It is the nature of the mind to wander.

But, when you notice that it has wandered, see if you can rein it back in. The easiest thing is to to think about the breath. Even if it means counting while you breath. It's a classic technique to quiet the mind: count 1-2-3 (etc) as you inhale, and then again as you exhale. It's not that counting is particularly meaningful or enlightening, but it gives the mind a job to do - and then you are more likely to notice when your mind has wandered. I use this method a lot when my mind is racing.

In the meantime, just keep enjoying your "hunka chunka broccoli" song!

Anonymous said...

the food looks incredible yummy! i like prunes, don't absolutely love them dry but like them.

im happy that this class was better for you!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Ooo that raw broccoli recipe caught my eye too! More motivation to try it..

Kati said...

"hunka chunka broccoli" - hehe, you are so funny Diann. That must be a new mantra I haven't heard of. ;)

I'm glad you tried out my broccoli - I have to admit, though, I still prefer it steamed, but it's good to have some variety from time to time.

The avocado in the coleslaw sounds really yummy - I will give it a try!

laura jesser said...

I'm glad that your second class went better - and it'll become easier with time, I'm sure. Hey, there are worse things to be thinking about than broccoli! That chickpea slaw looks incredibly good...