a simple meal

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I wanted to share a simple meal we had this week. Though this general type of meal is pretty typical for us, I particularly enjoyed this one. We prepared extra of everything, which means dinner is ready to heat for another night this week.


Black eyed peas cook relatively quickly (about 1 hour or less) and don’t need to be soaked ahead of time. I think they would make a great burrito filling substitute, for the usual pintos or black beans.


We recently discovered that baking yams with the lid ON the bake dish results in a perfectly moist, amazingly soft yam every time. It also makes cleanup super easy, as the sugars remain liquid and don’t cook to the pan.


This time of year (every time of year?) I can’t seem to get enough kale. I prefer to eat kale raw and usually massage it in olive oil (wash and chop your kale, drizzle with oil and then (with very clean hands) “massage”  (squeeze) the greens). The color will deepen quite a bit, and it’s a great way to soften tougher greens and infuse them with quality raw oils. I then added a full bunch of cilantro, and drizzled homemade vinaigrette on mine as well (chopped garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and tamari).


We covered a couple sprouted corn tortillas with some beans and yam, and topped them with avocado and a generous sprinkling of dulse. I felt like the combination of foods, flavors, textures and colors created the perfect balance. My body felt so content and nourished by this meal.

I’m curious, what are some of your favorite meals to cook at home? Anything stand out lately?

11 Responses

  1. jodi

    Hi Abby : )

    This meal looks sooo good! We love making a simple meal of quinoa topped with lightly sauteed & seasoned tofu, steamed broccoli, grated carrot and/or beet, sliced avocado with a squeeze of lime or lemon over the top. (Of course I put Bragg’s or tamari on, too!) Like you said, it’s the kind of meal that is completely satisfying – and feels nourishing.

    We also roasted some brussels sprouts alongside sweet potatoes recently and loved every bite!

    • abby

      Hi Jodi! That sounds about like a meal we would love. Maybe with tempeh (big fans here). And it’s amazing how a simple lime squeeze can take a meal to the next level.

  2. birchbarksoap

    Yum, yum, yum! I love that yam tip – we usually tend to roast them, which I’m kind of tired of at the moment – so this is perfect. 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  3. len

    I’d like to see more posts about food on your blog! 🙂 And please share the name of the company that makes the sprouted corn tortillas {I’ve only found Ezekiel’s sprouted whole grain and have been looking for corn}. Thank you 🙂

    • abby

      Hi Len, Sorry I overlooked this! The sprouted corn tortillas are actually Ezekiel’s. If your local market carries some of their products, you might request they order in the corn tortillas. They are the best corn tortillas ever. I will try to do more food posts. Thank you 🙂

  4. Mary

    We love Ezekiel’s Flax Seed bread grilled with gruyere and apple slices. Fresh green salad and that’s dinner for a busy school night!

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