Posts tagged ‘carbs’

January 7, 2014

Lentil and Brown Rice Bowl

A perfect little bowl of comfort for those winter weeks where getting out of bed is a feat. This is going to be my lunch for the week and it was perfect to relax to this weekend while Sex and the City was playing in the background. A little alone time can be really refreshing. This is one of those bowls that is easy to make a big batch of for lunches throughout the week and  is a perfect balance of carbs, protein, healthy fats (we are going to top with some avocado) and greens. This dish reminds me of a macrobiotic bowl and has many of the components of one.


1 cup cooked brown rice, cooked in broth if you want more flavor (I used veggie)

1/2 cup cooked red organic lentils, cooked in broth if you want more flavor

1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped

1/2 cup tofu, firm, chopped into cubes

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 avocado, sliced

1/2 cup baby spinach leaves

Freshly cracked black pepper if desired and/or soy sauce, liquid aminos, or tamari


Saute your tofu cut into cubes and mushrooms in a pan on medium heat. Season with red pepper flakes if desired and garlic. Cook until garlic is transculent and mushrooms are browned, and tofu is crisped on sides. Mix mixture with brown rice and lentils. Top with freshly cracked black pepper, soy sauce and baby spinach leaves. Top with avocado for some great heart healthy fats!




P.S. This lunch or dinner reheats excellently and has even more flavor the longer it sits in the fridge so I have been making a huge batch and then taking a cup or two cups to work each day and topping it with fresh greens and avocado.


March 11, 2013

Grocery List

I don’t always go out and buy this every week, but here is a list of what I keep on hand most of the time. The veggies and fruits change depending on the season. As most of you know I can’t really do gluten so I have to keep my pantry stocked with gluten free grains.


  • Quinoa
  • Gluten free orzo
  • Gluten free penne, ribbed
  • Gluten free elbow mac, ribbed
  • Trader Joe’s grain mix
  • Plain steel cut oatmeal


  • Sriracha
  • Tamari, low sodium (this is the gluten free version of soy sauce)
  • Plain and flavored hummus, usually Sabra
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Grey Poupon
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Pam
  • Earth balance buttery spread
  • Black bean hummus
  • Coconut Oil


  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Prunes
  • Dried figs
  • Pears
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple rings, canned

Veggies and Herbs

  • Spinach
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Watercress
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Frozen cauliflower
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Red and yellow bell peppers
  • Butter lettuce
  • Thyme
  • Kale
  • Black beans
  • Cannelini beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Ginger
  • Kidney beans
  • Celery


  • Eggs, free range and organic if possible
  • Roasted chicken slices, free range and organic if possible
  • Tofu blocks, extra firm and firm
  • Sliced organic free ranged turkey slices
  • Salmon, usually fresh caught and I get the sealed freezer ones
  • Tilapia
  • Halibut
  • Tuna packets, not added sodium, usually herb and garlic single packets
  • Smoked salmon
  • Chicken breasts, Perdue, free range and organic


  • Fork split english muffins, gluten free
  • Flat out spinach light tortilla wraps


  • Laughing Cow light cheese wedges
  • Low moisture low fat mozzarella sticks
  • Sargento light cheddar slices
  • Sargento light pepper jack slices
  • Coconut light milk
  • Light Vanilla soy milk
  • Unsweetened almond milk

Teas and Coffees and Drinks

  • White tea
  • Coconut water
  • Peppermint tea
  • White pomegranate tea
  • Green tea
  • Chai Homemade Spice Mix

Seeds and Nuts

  • Plain almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds

This is a working progress and I might have missed a bunch of things, but I will keep you updated as it goes along.



What are your favorite things to keep on hand?