Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Naamster

Jethro has been with us a month now and it has been great fun getting to know our newest family member. Having two kids is a lot of work and being a mom is more than a full-time job. I've written a zillion blog posts in my head but actually getting to the computer is another story. When life is busy it is easy to sacrifice healthy eating and opt for quick instant meals but I always feel so guilty serving up frozen food and so continuing to cook healthy is a priority. I have one friend who requested my recipes and that's all the incentive I need to post some of our favorite meals. We menu plan every week and buy groceries on a cash system to stay within our budget, so sticking to the plan is important for our wallet. I call this dish the Naamster, because it is roughly based on my favorite meal from the famous vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver, The Naam

Brown rice - 1 cup
Broccoli - 1 head
Red and yellow pepper - 1 of each
Onion - 1
Beet - 1 large
Carrots - 2
Hemp seeds - 1/2 cup
Hemp oil - 2 Tbl.
Jar of peanut sauce
Soya Sauce - optional
Tortilla shells - approx. 10
This recipe is relatively quick to make. While the rice is cooking, steam the broccoli and onion in a pan or steamer. When the broccoli and onion are almost soft, add the peppers. Don't over cook the veggies. They should be easy to bite through but not soggy. While your stove top is going, grate or use a food processor to cut up the carrots and beets. When the rice and all the veggies are ready mix them together in a bowl. Add the peanut sauce, hemp seeds and hemp oil. Put the mix in tortilla shells and grill. We use our counter top griddler. The soya sauce is yummy to dip the tortillas in but isn't necessary if you want to go low sodium. You could also make the peanut sauce yourself but store bought is the easy way to go. 

This recipe is a must-try! Hope you enjoy it!