Monday, March 21, 2011

Sprout Quest, Mexi Salad, Pro Japanese Sesame Ginger Salmon

Japanese Sesame Ginger Salmon and Vegetables!
So pro! Proud of this one for sure. Still enjoying delicious Japanese cuisine even on my 'clean cycle' (most of it tends to have higher sugar/sodium content-soy sauce, mirin etc). Went to the super cheap 'farmers' market across from Genki Ramen for a look when I was there and ended up buying Bok Choy and Gai Lan Broccoli, so that's how this meal got it's legs.  #1 I was also making Kombucha today, and juiced a bunch of ginger since I just ran out of ginger juice (now have a refilled bottle in my fridge, so convenient!). This meal was an epic combo of Sesame and Ginger (hint of Lemon) with crunchy vegetables and tender Salmon and Mushrooms.  So much flavor.
-Sesame Ginger Salmon Sauté (browned both sides in Sesame Oil, Almonds, Lemon Ginger Sauce)
   -Sesame Oil, Lemon, Ginger Juice, Sake (Tahini added when used on top, but not when cooking)
-Steamed Bok Choy and Gai Lan Broccoli
-Brown Rice
-Toasted Sesame Seeds to top
     Almost worth doing a write up, but basically I'll just say: Brown Salmon in Sesame Oil/Garlic/Almonds medium/high heat, then add Ginger Sauce and Mushrooms to simmer covered (just turn off the heat) for a few more minutes/until the rest of the food is ready. Cook brown rice in rice maker, steam broccoli and bok choy-10min medium heat (choy on upper layer since it cooks faster), mix some Tahini into additional Ginger Sauce and drizzle on top of everything with Toasted Sesame Seeds! Total cooking time: <20min if you work efficiently (my life).
I meant to top with Green Onion as well but forgot. Could go well, maybe not depending on your taste.
Mexi Veggie Patty Salad
 There is no Mexican food that is a light and healthy eat. Well I just proved that wrong. All of these vegetables needed to go, so I came up with this healthy Latin American influenced salad. #2 Was going to open a can of black beans for protein, but didn't have to since I just toasted another Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Patty (which i've now decided is worth buying again) in a nonstick pan, and threw together a bunch of appropriate vegetables/dressing/fruit (plantains are sort of a vegetable?).  I love the saltiness of olives, combined well with sweet plantains (raw, just super ripe) and avocado. Enough Salsa to feed a small village as well. I actually also had tomato in there but added it after the photo. 
-Spring Mix, Olives, Red Onion, Plantain, Tomato, Avocado
-Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Patty
-Salsa, Lemon, Olive Oil, Granulated Garlic, Pepper
Sprouts Quest Begin
After learning about sprouted grains by investing in Lydia's Raw Cereals, I am now on a quest to find and or make the best sprouted grain cereal. #3 Benefits: conveniency of no prep night before/morning of, higher protein, raw, and often wheat/gluten free. I've already tested the two best (nutritionally, and my-allergy friendly) Lydia's, Vanilla Crunch (5g protein, sweetened) and Sprouted Cinnamon (11g protein, unsweetened), but now moving on to new brands. Today is Date Spice Buckwheat Granola from Kala Foods, local from Oakland, and so far they are winning! There's dates and spices which combine into delicious crunchy clusters of sweet and spicy chewy (mostly cinnamon?) goodness! And it falls right in between nutritionally with 7g of protein and sweetened. My favorite part of granola is the clusters, and this cereal is absolutely chock full of 'em. Well done.
-70g Kaia Date Spice Buckwheat Granola (not really granola b/c no oats/not cooked!)
-Blueberries and Strawberries

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