15 May
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Eat Like You’re on Retreat

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: I love the food at Spirit Rock and IMS (Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.). And I do what I can to eat food like that, as much as possible, wherever I am, especially at home. Which means lots of fresh foods, mostly from plants, cooked simply, but with lots of color, texture and taste!

In honor of which I offer this recipe from the Tassajara Cookbook by Karla Oliveira (from which I’m pretty sure Spirit Rock and IMS take at least some of their inspiration.)

Green Rice Salad
1 cup cooked long-grain brown rice
1 cup cooked long-grain white rice
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh herbs, minced (parsley, cilantro, oregano, tarragon, or thyme)
1/2 cup grated white cheddar or asiago cheese
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup pine nutes

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons minced parsley
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients together. Toss with the warm rice and then let cool. Toss with onions, herbs, cheese, peas, and nuts. (Makes 1 1/2 quarts)



(image by Miara Kalman from Food Rules, by Michael Pollan)

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