Thursday, December 30, 2010

Soothing Vegan Winter Dish.

I won't say no to the spiciest of foods and as much as I agree with tempeh and bean-based meals, they don't always agree with me.

So after a particularly exciting meal, I find myself hankering for food that's less aggravating. A cool, coconut milk-based soup. A nourishing smoothie. Oatmeal or high-fiber toast. It's all about balance.

African Peanut Stew, Mi Lah Vegetarian

While this sounds like a heavy dish, it's actually quite a light and filling choice. Mi Lah's portion sizes can be hit or miss, but lately the African Peanut Stew has been a perfectly sized bowl of fork-tender sweet potatoes, carrots, and collards in a delicate tomato curry sauce. The occasional toothsome chickpea or crunch of peanut provides some bite to this liquid lunch. Add a scoop or two of the side of brown rice that accompanies the bowl to soak up the leftover broth.

You'll feel like a new person.

Homemade Almond Butter & Banana Bagel, One Shot Coffee

Almond Butter is a choice healing food for me. Especially if it's homemade. What's more relaxing than the 10 minutes of food processing time that it takes to whip up a properly smooth, buttery batch? Wood spooning the creamy nectar into a jar, labeling it safely, the satisfaction of licking the remnants before cleaning out the mixing bowl? It's a slow, sensual dance...

The Almond Butter Banana Bagel at One Shot is one way to experience this on a go.  Sip a steaming mug of green tea and let that almond butter re-wire your system.

bHarmony Buddha Bowl

We don't want to look like Buddha, but it's more than okay to eat like dude. Go light on the buckwheat soba noodles and fill your Buddha Bowl with steamed broccoli, sauteed vegetables, pan-seared tofu crusted with a milder spice blend, and drizzle with sesame oil. The noodles resting at the bottom are an extra dose of clean protein, and they'll have soaked up the flavor of the vegetables.

This is a filling, nutrient-rich dinner that will convince your body to forgive you after the hell you put it through the other night.

What are your soothing vegan winter dishes?


Natalie said...

those all sound wonderful... I was just at Mi Lah yesterday with my sister and now I'm kicking myself for not getting the African soup!

I tend toward heartier, slow-cooked meals, involving stewed tomatoes, pillow-soft potatoes, and plenty of umami. There is an amazing tomato-chickpea-polenta recipe from Vegetarian Times that comes together easily and always delivers comfort.

And of course, I can't understate the value of a moderately sized piece of high quality dark chocolate and a glass (or two) of good red wine.

kellywhitephillips said...

slow-cooking always does the trick.

also - edamame hummus. or any kind of hummus and toasted pita. simple but always calming.

and obviously - avocado toast.