Saturday, December 19, 2015

Macrobiotic Kitchen: Vegan Kielbasa, Pressed Salad and Roasted Potatoes.

Photo copyright Gabriele Kushi 
This is one of my favorite pressed salads done in 30 minutes: Pickled Chinese Cabbage with Black Sea Salt. Meanwhile I roasted Sweet Potatoes with Carrots and Onions with olive oil and white sea salt in a 340 F oven for about 25 minutes and then sauteed a Vegan Kielbasa (high plant protein) till browned. This is an easy tasty meal.

Pickled Chinese cabbage

2 cups of Chinese cabbage
1/2-teaspoon sea salt – I like this black sea salt
1 tablespoon Tamari- I like this
Dash of Umeboshi Vinegar

Preparation: Wash, dry and slice cabbage in 1/2 inch pieces. Mix with sea salt and press by hand. Then add into a pickle press or press with a rock from 30 minutes to one hour.  Keep in a cool place. Pickles last for up to one week.

For further ideas on how to pickle food click to see this video 

Animal production has a big impact on Climate change.

Plant proteins have different combinations of amino acids as animal proteins, which, when combined (i.e. grains, beans, vegetables), complement each other and are considered 'complete' proteins. These complementary plant proteins do not necessarily have to be combined at the same meal because the body stores amino acids and then draws upon these reserves/pools to make the protein complete. In excess, plant or animal proteins can make the body over-acidic so they also need to be eaten in balance with alkaline-producing foods. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower

We already had a few autumn type days and I needed more warmth in my cooking. Baking fills this need wonderfully and I love the smell and taste of potatoes. Save this recipe for the colder days that will come soon.

Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower
Serves ~3 side dishes

2 cups cubed red potatoes
1 small head cauliflower
Seasonings to taste: sea salt, black pepper, garlic, and rosemary.
Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350° F. Wash, towel dry and then cut vegetables into small pieces. Arrange on an oiled backing platter and add seasonings to taste and then drizzle all with olive oil. Mix and cover with foil. Bake covered at 350° F. for 20 minutes and for 15 minutes uncovered until it is nicely roasted. Serve hot and reseason if needed. Taste delicious with an omelet and a green dish.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer soup with Quinoa and Corn on the Cob

Summer soup with Quinoa and Corn on the Cob
@ Gabriele Kushi with
4 servings

¼ cup yellow quinoa
4 ears sweet corn
4-5 cups filtered or spring water
Pinch sea salt
1 medium yellow onion, diced (optional)
1 small yellow summer squash, diced
1 tsp. grapeseed oil
4-6 tsp. of sweet rice miso, diluted with warm broth
Drizzle of lemon juice
Wakame flakes

Preparation: Wash quinoa thoroughly between your hands till water is clear, then drain water. (Optional: soak quinoa for a couple of hours, then rinse and drain water.) Remove kernels from the corn and set aside. Dice the onion and summer squash and sauté onions in oil (or water) until translucent. Add corn, quinoa, and diced yellow squash and about 3-4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, add a pinch of sea salt, and then simmer for about 20 minutes or till all is soft. Add the diluted miso to the soup and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool a bit, add lemon juice to taste, and blend in a food processor till smooth. Add more water if needed. Serve either cool or room temperature. Garnish with crushed wakame flakes.

Sunday, May 31, 2015