January 12, 2009
I’ve been away at Kripalu for the weekend. For the first time probably ever, in all the 20 some-odd years that I’ve been going up there for R&R or a workshop, the food was fabulous! Great variety and flavors, desserts that were gluten free, macro bar, everything organic. And now, I’m home, I want someone to cook for me! I am not really in the mood to cook, but I will.
Here is the fast and easy dinner (30 minutes) I prepared for my family tonight with whatever was in the ‘fridge:
Polenta with seaweed, sauerkraut and pesto, tempeh and veggies, and steamed kale
Start with the tempeh, since it takes longest to cook.
Slice one package of tempeh into triangles- cut the triangles, then stand them on the side and carefully cut in half, to make thin triangles. Place in oiled pressure cooker, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons or so of wheat free, low sodium tamari soy sauce, add 1-inch filtered water, bring up to pressure and cook 15 minutes, bring down pressure, layer 1/2 inch slices of celery and butter cup squash (any veggies will do) and cook 5 more minutes, or until squash is cooked.
For the polenta: 3 cups boiling water, add in 1 tablespoon crushed dried wakame, pinch of sea salt, 1 cup polenta (corn meal, corn flour). Turn the flame down, add the polenta slowly to the water stirring all the while, and be very careful because it becomes thick and bubbles and can pop up. You can stir in a tablespoon of olive oil at this point or skip it. I skipped it tonight. Stir on low to medium heat until it thickens. When it pulls away from the sides it is about done. You can serve it from the pot or press it into an oiled pie plate and then slice. To serve, cut a wedge and then place a dollop of pesto on the top, and then a tangle of yummy raw, fermented sauerkraut.
I have a favorite brand of organic Argentinian polenta flour called de la Estancia. It cooks in a minute, it is not pre-cooked- it is higher is protein and lower in starch than most corn because if where it is grown and it can be milled to a very fine consistency.
The steamed kale is easy and fast, too. Wash the leaves in a bowl of water, then strip off the greens from the stem, tear or cut into smaller pieces and place into pan with about 1 inch boiling water. Cover for a few minutes and check to see if done. You are looking for the bright, vibrant green. Taste- is it too chewy? let cook a minute more. You do not want to leave the room when cooking greens. Stay present to the amazing process of transformation!
I know this blog took longer to write than it did for me to cook dinner. What was I whining about again?
November 8, 2008
IMAGINE THIS: You get up for breakfast and in your kitchen cabinet is your very own special cereal blend. Yes, you no longer have to add in your flax seeds or remove the raisins. It’s all there there the way you want it. Josh just sent me the best breakfast cereal link: (me) and goji an innovative site where you can design your cereal mix by simply following the prompts to choose a base, add seeds and nuts and more by dragging and dropping your choice into the bowl, and it is mixed and priced as you choose your ingredients, packaged, you can even name your mix and it’s sent to you.
As you add your choices the “nutritional counter” adds the goodness all up for you. Some, but not all, ingredients are organic and one of the cereal bases is gluten free as are the organic cornflakes that you can choose as an add-on; I have already sent them a recommendation to go all the way… I love that it was invented by 3 entrepreneurial guys - two of them didn’t feel nourished by the cafeteria food at college, the third brought muesli expertise. The site is clean and easy and if for any reason you don’t like the combination you’ve created you can sent it back and make another combo which will be sent to you free! Can send this as a great gift, too. Let me know how it works for you.
October 24, 2008
Watch for this seal on your personal care products! According to Nutrition Business Journal, the organic beauty and personal care industry has been at 15% for the past 15 years. At the end of 2007, US sales of organic personal care products approached $9 billion, 15% of the personal care market.
As more and more products claim to be ‘organic’, the potential for consumer confusion also rises. This is compounded by the existence of disparate regulatory seals in the marketplace.
OASIS is an industry consensus standard, the result of a deeply committed group of people – suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, etc. – working to set standards and clarity in the dynamic and fast-growing field of organic beauty and personal care products. Its members range from large, global brands and private label manufactures to smaller, specialty brands and raw ingredient suppliers.
The standards are high and will get higher over time! At present there are 2 standards; one is called organic and is anything with 85% until January 2010, when it moves to 90%, then 95% in 2012. The second standard is made with organic and will have to have at least 70% with special criteria for the other 30%.
OASIS is a nonprofit mutual benefit organization, aka, a Trade Association. The by-laws require that the members participate, vote and direct the goals of the group. This means that you can become a member, participate in the member forum,have your voice be heard and your vote counted! You can be a member from$100, there are also levels of membership for companies scaled to the size of the company.