My favorite foods…

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People are often surprised at some of my favorite foods, mostly because they are rather plain and simple. In fact, I was at a cooking demo and the chef giving the demo said that people always assume that he eats complicated and elaborate foods at home. He said, “No, I just steam some veggies throw it over a grain and make a sauce and call it a meal!”

I am exactly the same… I enjoy cooking, not particularly for myself to enjoy, but to watch others enjoy it. In fact, if I did not have anyone to cook for I don’t think I would cook! It is not that I don’t like the taste of complex dishes, but I am usually to impatient (I want food and I want it now!) ;-). Plus, it just doesn’t seem like it is worth the effort just for myself.

I eat a lot of vegetables. Maybe even too much (if there is such a thing). I recently got a carotenoid test done, where they measure the carotenoids (which mainly come from vegetables) in your skin. Carotenoids are antioxidants found abundantly in vegetables and to a lesser degree in fruit. 50,000 was considered “healthy” and 70,000 was considered “above average.” I was 85,000. Thankfully there doesn’t seem to be any side-effects of having abnormally high carotenoids (although your skin might be slightly orange)! ;-) I actually commented to my mom that I was surprised my score was not 100,000. I mean come on, who eat cauliflower for breakfast! ;-) Mostly because I can’t imagine anyone eating anymore vegetables than I do!

I understand not everyone like vegetables as much as I do, but I haven’t always like vegetables either. Taste buds change and adjust to the food you eat.  Another words, the more you eat it, the more you like it! I don’t eat all of these veggies because I think I “should.” I eat them because I generally like the taste of them (not to mention they make you feel really good)!

So I thought I would show some of the foods I enjoy that are relatively quick and easy. Please note, these are just the dishes I deemed worthy for pictures. My food is often just bits and pieces of leftovers thrown together on some lettuce! It does not have to be a perfect “recipe” every time!

Another thing to keep in mind… sauces make the salad! If your salad is simple with just a few ingredients, the dressing is where most of the flavor will come from! For dressings, think: fat, sweet, sour, pungent, salty (optional)

For instance:

Fat: Pistachio

Sweet: orange juice

Sour: mild vinegar

pungent: dijon mustard

salt: light miso ( optional) or my favorite coconut aminos, which is a low sodium soy sauce substitute

Blend all ingredients with enough water to make a smooth sauce!

My favorite food? Yup, you guessed it! Salad, salad, salad! I love salad (shall I say that again? ok… salad).  ;-) I have even been known to have salad for breakfast! Such as cauliflower “cereal!”

cauliflower mixed with soy yogurt, cinnamon and sometimes a touch of stevia.

 

My salads are never boring and are almost never the same. The only thing I don’t like about salad? Making them…

I love carrots…

shredded cabbage and sprouts!

asian carrot/beat

raw pizza salad

heirloom tomato salad

spaghetti salad (zucchini noodles) with beet balls

sweet potato noodles

Salads don’t just have to be veggies either! Such as berry good wild rice salad!

marinated baby cucumber/zucchini salad with raspberry chutney

one of my absolute favorite things are salad bars!

Other things I love:

How about some more veggies to go with your veggies salad! ;-)

kale chips!

eggplant chips

so excited for chestnut season!

roasted eggplant dip

berry crisp

 

One of my all time favs… creamy mashed potatoes cauliflower!

Recipe: Serves 1

1 head cauliflower

2 -3 T soy yogurt (or sub with 1 T cashew butter is also really good)

pinch of nutmeg and black pepper

2 cloves roasted garlic

1/2- 1 T white miso (optional, I don’t use it, but when serving to other I include it)

Steam the cauliflower until very soft. Put all ingredients in a food processer and puree until smooth!

 

What are your favorite veggie dishes?

 

9 Comments

  1. I do the same thing…cauliflower porridge! Tell me the pizza salad recipe! I love the meat ball thing….my mom made it once…what is your recipe?? mmm! Berry crisp, berry salad!, roasted eggplant ( need the recipe for that) !!!Yumm!

    I really need to make those kale chips!!!!!

    • Yes, the kale chips are a fav. The problem is… I can never make enough! No matter how much I make, I eat them all! The pizza salad is: dehidrated zucchini, red pepper and tomato, then food processed with one stalk fresh celery, fresh sage, thyme, chives and parsley (sometimes I put raw parsnips in there too)!

  2. Vicky, you’re my veggie-eating idol! :) I love all the photos of the awesome veg dishes; can’t wait to see more recipes.

  3. Looks amazing! I wish u had links to all of them for the recipes!

    What is the recipe for the beet balls? What are the other “meat” balls u use in the sweet potato noodle recipe? Also, are the sweet potato noodles raw, or do u steam them (and if so, do u steam them before or after spiralizing them)?

    What was the orange sauce used in the sweet potato noodle salad?

    thanks!

    • I am working on a recipe book and it will include all of these recipes. The “beat”balls are a tempeh and raw shredded beet mixture. I like to lightly steam the sweet potato noodles, but you can leave them raw if you like. The orange sauce was a “cheesie” sauce made out of cashews, corn, red pepper and nutritional yeast!

  4. Any chance you could post your recipe for the raw pizza salad? My 13-yo would go nuts…

    • Sure, it takes a bit of time, but it is worth the effort! I use a dehydrator, but you could probably use a low temp oven with the door ajar. First I dehydrate zucchini rounds, red pepper strips and tomato slices (for about 4 hours or until soft and shriveled) then, I food process them with one stalk fresh celery, fresh sage, thyme, chives and parsley (a small amount of raw parsnips taste really good in there too)! That is it!

  5. Heyhey!
    made your Quinoa-Kale Salad today – delicious!! :-)
    I didn’t know they could test carotenoid levels in your skin. Where did you get the test done? Am thinking of having it done too…
    Thanks!

    • Hi Barbara!

      Glad you made it and liked it! ;-) I got the carotenoid test done at a health retreat in the US. I am not sure where you would get it done in London… let me know if you find a place (it is also known as a skin antioxidant test)!

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