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Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Moong Dal Crockpot

One of the things I really liked about this dish was the way in which the moong dal completely break down in the cooking process, making a thick dal with firm chunks of veggies in it. Delicious.

2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp finely  minced garlic
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
2 cups moong dal (split mung beans)

3 cups frozen green peas
2 cups finely diced carrots
2 cups finely diced asian sweet potato

4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tsp cumin
black pepper
3 tsp raw cacao

combine the following:

4 cups tomato sauce
4 cups water
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup almond butter

3 cups (steamed) chopped broccoli -- to be added after cooking is complete

1. layer the ingredients in the order listed
2. sprinkle the seasonings on, then pour on the liquid mixture of tomato sauce, water, coconut butter, and almond butter
3. cook for 6 hours in the crockpot
4. when done, add the broccoli, stir, and let sit for  a little while.
5. serve!

The moong dal will completely break down, but all the veggies will be more or less intact. This makes for a thick and rich stew, and it's pretty fantastic.

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