When Dawndra took a bite of this dish she said with a smile, “This gives me that steak feeling”. She’s been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years so I knew something had gone right. But first, I should backtrack….
Last night while my my Good Man and I enjoyed some amazing wine and the quiet/clean of our home I flipped through a book I’d picked up from Whole Foods a while back. It’s called Eatright America by Joel Fuhrman, MD. In short, Dr. Fuhrman scores food via an “aggregate nutrient density index” where the health of a food is equal to the nutrients it delivers per calorie. For example collard greens and kale score 1000 on the “ANDI” meaning they are the most healthful foods on the planet. Coca cola scores a .07. You get the point. I found the book very compelling, but won’t bore you with any more details you can easily just find for yourself here.
Naturally I had Bill pick up some collard greens this morning since I couldn’t stop thinking about infusing my body with grains and greens and energy. I had half a can of coconut milk in the fridge (come on, it was only in there for like 24 hours), a lemon and lots of quinoa. All I did was give the greens a chop, combine them with the coconut milk in a pan and cover it. Tossed in the quinoa (frozen!) then squirted the whole thing with lemon at the finish line 10 minutes later.
The flavor combo was really, really good. And satisfying. For real I felt healthier half an hour after I ate this. Although I know I’m susceptible to all kinds of power of suggestion stuff, this was for real like the healthiest meal. Ever. I seriously want some more. Now. I’m texting Bill (he’s downstairs with the kids as I type) that he needs to take the boys to the store to get me some more collard greens. Here is the recipe if you want specifics. Wait wait! What to drink with this? Ooooh, a nice sparkly rose. That’s it.