Cookbook author Mindy Toomay's blog about eating for health, cooking with spirit, and celebrating life in northern California. Here she dishes up food rants and raves, recipes, and plenty of kitchen wisdom.

By your own efforts, waken yourself, watch yourself, and live joyfully.
-- The Dhammapada

Why not make a daily pleasure out of a daily necessity?
-- Peter Mayle


Your daily dose of flax...

Even in winter, I occasionally crave a big salad. Today's lunch consisted of a nice bed of mixed seasonal greens (including some snips of fresh herbs), topped with a good number of steamed baby green beans. Next came some thin slices of carrot, then some sauteed tofu: chunks in a pan with a bit of olive oil, a half cup of water, a drizzle of soy sauce, garlic powder, and paprika; cooked until the liquid evaporated.

And finally, my favorite salad dressing, and one of the easiest and most nutritious you will ever find. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine 1/3 cup flax oil, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup Bragg's liquid aminos (or about 3 tablespoons of tamari soy sauce). Grind in some black pepper and add some minced garlic or garlic powder. Shake vigorously until well-combined and keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

I will say more about flax in a future post. Suffice it to say for now that it's a great source of omega-3s and other essential fatty acids and will help keep your digestion, your hormones, etc. in good shape.

Now i'm off to Mendocino on the far north coast of California for a few days. There will be wine and food notes to share when I return. Meanwhile, blessings and bon appetit!


At 9:30 AM, Blogger KaiVegan said...

Thanks for the greens/salad inspiration!

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Mindy T. said...

You're very welcome, veggie mom. I have a great recipe for vegan sloppy joe's (made with tempeh instead of ground meat) your kid/s might enjoy. You can find it in 15-Minute Vegetarian, but if you don't have the budget for the book, let me know and I'll email you the recipe. Or maybe even post it here... Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment!


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