Today, we had an almost entirely plant, bean, seed, and nut day! There was nary a grain in sight!!
Breakfast was a fruit salad, lunch a green wrap, and dinner a crisp green salad and hot-and-sour soup. Oh, and we had a pre-prandial snack of hummus, grape tomatoes, and celery.
The evening salad wasn’t a dinner salad…or what James likes to call an “Elbow Salad,” likely because he tucks it under one arm like a football and stabs away at it for about an hour (which is how long it takes to eat a giant “Elbow Salad”):
Rather, tonight’s salad is a simple crisp, green salad with a super succulent dressing–an adaptation of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Green Goddess Dressing.
Here’s my version, which I’m calling Yellow Goddess Dressing (for reasons that will soon become clear), and apologies to Isa and her Green Goddess Dressing:
Yellow Goddess Dressing
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 2/3 cup fresh chives
- 2/3 cup fresh parsley
- 6 TBS tahini
- 4 TBS nutritional yeast
- 2 TBS miso
- 2/3 cup vegetable broth
- 4 TBS fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
Blend all the ingredients in the bullet and let sit for an hour or two.
I doubled the quantities, so this recipe should last for a few salads, and you want to dress your salad very lightly in this dressing: a little goes a LONG way. It is freakin’ delicious though.
I also scored an amazing deal on dried shitake mushrooms yesterday…twelve bucks for a pound of dried shitake mushrooms…A POUND, I TELL YOU!!!!
In light of this great bargain, the other part of our dinner was Hot and Sour Soup with shitake and cremini mushrooms (OMG–SOOOOO good even without the bean sprouts!):
And here’s the reason for my re-naming the salad dressing: I’ve been reading so much about the beneficial effects of turmeric (both internally and topically) that I made a turmeric face mask (created from adaptations of various recipes).
My recipe is as follows….
Turmeric-Castor Oil-Coconut Oil Face Mask
1 TBS dried turmeric
1 TBS castor oil
2 TBS coconut oil
Mix ingredients in a small container and microwave for 30 seconds and stir until everything is blended. Place in freezer until solid.
Apply to your face for an hour or two and then rinse off with warm water. It’s supposed to help cure sun damage and (apparently) signs of aging (though I’m not really buying that one).
And once you’ve applied it, you’ll look like you have jaundice. This picture doesn’t even come close to reflecting how brightly yellow my face was all afternoon. And I lathered it all over the skin on my seriously sun-damaged arms as well.
And this stuff doesn’t wash off easily: I seriously look like Donald Trump.
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