More Than Dinner

June 28, 2011 0 Comments

As you know, last week I participated in Emilie’s Clean Food Challenge. One night I made a delicious dinner from Kris Carr’s book Crazy Sexy Diet. Not only did it make for an amazing meal, but it helped open my mind to new ways of viewing food.

It’s a simple recipe and I highly recommend giving it a try. It’s one of those wonderful recipes that you can change and adapt to your liking.

Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowls (adapted)

1 Head Broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces

2 Carrots, grated

1 Clove Garlic, chopped

3 Handfuls Greens, chopped (I use baby Kale and Chard)

1 Handful Pitted Kalamata Olives, chopped

2 Green Onions, sliced

1 Avocado, cut in bite size pieces

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, for sautéing

2 Cups Brown Rice

Cook the rice using your preferred method. I like to use a rice cooker because it is so hands-off. Chop the broccoli and grate the carrot. Heat the olive oil in a big pan. Sauté the broccoli and carrots for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently to coat with Olive Oil. Add the chopped garlic, and keep stirring. After about another minute add the greens and sauté for only about another minute. You want everything to remain crisp and full of nutrients. You should just start smelling the veggies as you finish up. Pour all sauteed veggies into a bowl, add the olives, green onions, and avocado and stir it all together. Serve over rice and Enjoy!

Despite the simplicity of the recipe, it really threw me for a loop. See, whenever I think of a stir fry, which this recipe basically is, I think Asian cuisine. Soy sauce. Ginger. Spicy. Instead this recipe has Mediterranean flavors. What? That doesn’t seem right.

But it was. Oh. So. Right. And delicious.

It made me think about the way I look at food, and flavors, and so many other things.

How many times do we do this throughout the day, pigeonholing things into neat little categories? Like you should eat ‘breakfast foods’ in the morning. I’ve been salivating at the thought of this for breakfast (courtesy the amazing blog The Spiced Plate).

Don’t get me wrong. I love to have things organized and in their place. But, what would happen if we blurred the boundaries a bit?

It is easy and safe to do things the way you always do them, the way things have been done for years. There are plenty of formulas to follow. But sometimes those formulas just don’t work. What do you do then?

Over the weekend I watched in admiration as my husband mowed the grass. In a circle.

Erik Mows

Erik mowing the lawn in a circle

Most people go back and forth in straight lines. My husband discovered the ease of circling the big tree in the center of our front yard. Not only is it easier, but it creates a more interesting experience for him too.

I love seeing the concentric circles creating a sort of embrace around the tree.

Lawn Circles

Circles embracing the tree

It’s good to try new things, even those that seem ‘wrong’ or ‘weird’ at first glance. Sometimes it takes a little push, from yourself, from others. In trying new things we open our mind to new possibilities. We all need to find the strength to look at things with fresh eyes and to believe in the new uncharted paths we create.

Have you tried something new recently? What’s something new that you can try today?

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