This week, and last week I've been pretty much living off of salads, which is fine by me as I LOVE salad! I get really creative and put all kinds of things in my salads. I also get creative with the dressings that I make. My mom makes a mean vinaigrette and I love when she makes extra for me. This week I got a little crazy (and lazy) and was dressing my salad with a mixture of Salsa and Dijon mustard- my two favorite condiments in the world. And can I just say that they have been the yummiest salads? Don't knock that combo until you've tried it. So good!
Anyway, this brings me to tonight's dinner. Originally, I was planning on grabbing a vegan pizza and making a side salad. (Hey don't judge me, it's Friday!) But when I got to the store I saw some gorgeous baby bok choy staring at me so I snatched those up instead. I was feeling like something 'cooked' so this was the perfect start.
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Meanwhile, I washed the Bok Choy and separated the stems from the leafy greens - you don't have to do this, but I prefer it this way. I heated up a saute pan on medium heat and added olive oil (1 tbs) and garlic (finely chopped, or microplaned <-- if that's not a word, it is now!). After about a minute I added the stems to the pan and a splash of Tamari. I steamed it for a few minutes with the lid on until the stems became a bit soft. Then I added the greens and another tiny splash of Tamari, stirred it and replaced the lid. After a minute or two the greens were done. I took it off the heat, added the juice of half a lemon and a sprinkling of Gomasio (toasted sesame seeds and sea salt). Perfect... and time to plate!
I always like to have something raw at every meal and even though I was craving a cooked dinner, this meal was no different. So, in the fridge I went pulling out some baby spinach and broccoli sprouts. I layered my plate with spinach, sprouts, bok choy, sweet potatoes, and red peppers. I topped it off with some of the juice from the bok choy and (as always) some hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. And, if I do say so myself, this was the BEST dinner I've had in a week (or two)! Ha. Even though it was still just another SALAD! Ha.
Anyway, if you're wondering where the pictures are, well, they're on the camera. My camera broke about a month ago so I've been using my old one, which now belongs to my mom, who's kindly letting me borrow it. However, all the hardware is at her house so I have no means of uploading any pictures to my laptop. *sigh* I did take pictures and will add them to this post as soon as I get my hands on the proper cables. For now, you will have to take my word that the meal looked as delicious as it sounds (at least I hope it sounds delicious, cause it totally was!).
***Update - Feb. 19, 2012***I finally got the cables to the camera! Woohoo! Here's a picture of the yummy dinner I had. And yes, if you're wondering, I do like to glob on nutritional yeast whenever I get the chance!
Ps: I'm so sorry it's been so long between posts! I'm constantly hoping that I'll miraculously have enough time in the day to accomplish all the things that I want to. Of course, that never happens! It turns out that when you live on your own you actually have more responsibilities (duh) and more things to do (not less). I think I've been living in la-la land for too long. I'll get it together soon (I hope).