We started the day with a pineapple coconut smoothie. Scott had noticed some coconut pineapple juice in the market the other day. Even though it may have been organic, it was still processed juice, and about $5 for a quart. We always have coconut milk, all we needed was a ripe pineapple. I chopped half a pineapple, two oranges, and a cucumber, added a handful of soaked and dried cashews, and a couple cups of coconut milk. It made for a really creamy, refreshing breakfast.
While going through the kitchen counter clutter I came upon some treasures, one being a bag of bean and grain soup mix from Bob's Red Mill. I got started with my weekend of cooking for our meals this week. I chopped an onion, some celery, and some carrots. Simmered them in vegetable broth with dried thyme, rosemary, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. I added about a pint of my canned tomatoes and the soup mix and simmered for about an hour and a half. When they were almost done I added a couple tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of raw agave.
|Bean & Grain Stew|
While the beans were cooking I through some little squash I had from the garden that didn't quite make it to regulation size in the oven to roast. I thought I'd make a cake or soup with them. There's a couple yellow acorn squash, a couple small pumpkins, and a little sweet meat squash.
I thought I'd fit in a millet loaf. It's pretty easy and very good the next day in a sandwich with dijon mustard. This is an easy recipe from the Forks Over Knives Cookbook by Del Sroufe.
Start by cooking 3/4 cup millet in 2 1/2 cups water until all the liquid is absorbed. I cooked mine in vegetable broth for a little added flavor.
While the millet is cooking sauté a medium onion and four cloves of garlic in a little water or vegetable broth until tender adding a liquid 1 tablespoon at a time to keep from sticking to the pan.
|Baked at 350º for 30 Minutes|
Now with a few items cooked, I can relax a bit today. I did re-hydrate some dried figs. I'm thinking about maybe a fig crisp of some sort. We'll see what happens to them.