Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ACT day fifteen! sweet orange miso dressing!

i sure am glad monday’s over! it fo ‘sho got a little banoodles (banana pants + noodles) - work was crazy busy (didn’t get a chance to eat my lunch until almost 3!), i’m pet sitting (which adds up to about 2+ hours a day), and well – it was just monday! do you all feel like mondays tend to be a little more hectic? i must admit i did get a bit stressed out, but i made some time to relax (and dan was the sweetest with helping out!) and it ended up be’n an a-okay (and very productive) day.

monday morning started off with a green juice consisting of: ½ a csa zucchini, 2 small carrots, ½ a cucumber, a green apple, and swiss chard. my smoothie was the same as sunday’s: spinach, a banana, a small cucumber, raw buckwheat groats, plain hemp milk, almonds, cacao nibs, and a little stevia (when you’ve got a good thing going – why change it?!) i went ahead and made enough for 2 smoothies – one for breakie and one to enjoy after lunch. lunch was a scruuuuumptious salad! the dressing you see in that little container on the side is an orange-miso dressing (recipe below) – it’s my new favorite! i topped some csa spring mix with a little grated carrot, red cabbage, raw pumpkin seeds, a few raisins, and raw pecans. totally made it again for my lunch again today – it was that gloriously good!

big ‘ol salads were for dinner last night as well. we have so much delicious lettuce from the csa (it will be too warm for local lettuces soon, so we’re taking advantage of ‘em while we still can!) – hooray for summer salads! these where topped with some baked tempeh (marinated & also baked in homemade veggie broth, liquid braggs, crushed garlic cloves, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, and onion powder), avocado, csa tomatoes (they’re so delicious! even dan, who’s not the biggest tomato fan, adores these little guys!), red onion, and cucumber. for the dressing: a little freshly chopped parsley, olive oil, a little red onion, local garlic, sea salt, and balsamic vinegar! oh-so awesome! i believe dan said “that’s one damn fine salad we put together!” superw00t! snacks for monday were a handful of gluten-free pretzels and a cinnamon roll lara bar. it was such a nutso day i got a bit stressed and didn’t make the best snack (better options for me would have been some fresh veggies, fruit, and a small handful of nuts.) – but i’ve got a watermelon in the fridge & some blueberries so i’ll be having that today for snacks. mmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmmmmm! oh yeah, and the dressing recipe, as promised…. yay!

sweet orange-miso dressing

1 small seedless orange, peeled
½ tsp yellow miso (unpasteurized if you’ve got it!)
1 tsp brown rice vinegar
2 tbsp minced red onion
2 tsp raw agave nectar
¼ cup water

what you’ll need:
- food processor or blender

what’cha gotta do:
blend everything together! how easy is that?! adjust to taste, and enjoy! (makes about ¾ cup of dressing)

csa: zucchini, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots
local: garlic
pantry: pumpkin seeds, tempeh


East Village Vegan said...

Smoothies and Salads, what a great combination! Thanks for the recipe too:)

Kiersten said...

The dressing sounds yummy. I love orange flavored sauces/dressings. They're very summery!

Good luck with pet sitting, I hope things calm down a little bit for you!

Jes said...

You know what I'm making next? That awesome dressing! I'm getting into fruity salad dressings these days!

sarahrahh said...

agreed that dressing sounds great. thanks for the recipe :)

Jeni Treehugger said...

Oooh yeah - both those Salads look good and I love the sound of that dressing. I must add Brown Rice Vinegar to my Asian store shopping list. I managed to get some Miso from there the other week but it's a red kind and the only one the store had. I was super excited anyway.
I've been drinking a Smoothie for breakfast for the past week now and I'm LOVING them. Though yours really take the "Best sounding Smoothie" award.

eatingbirdfood said...

Yum! I really want to try making one of the smoothie recipes you have on here. They always look so tempting. Plus, the Orange miso dressing looks awesome.

Pet sitting can be good money, but also a little stressful. I actually did it last weekend. :) Hope the rest of the week goes well.

Sophia.Pflieger said...

All your raw foods make me want to try and eat more raw foods. Good for you.

chow said...

The salad looks so good! I love miso, thanks for the recipe! :-)

sweetkaroline said...

sweet orange miso sounds fantastic and the perfect light summer flavor for this heat wave that just blew in!

thanks for the recipe jessy!

Virginia said...

i feel healthier just reading your ACT posts!! =)

Bianca said...

I just printed your recipe for Orange-Miso Dressing. I'm so using that for my next raw day. Yummy!!! Glad stressful Monday is over. Mine are always crazy too (that's deadline day at the newspaper I write for...ick!)