A few 4Leaf Tips for Day One of our new 4Leaf FaceBook Page
The “More Super” lunch or dinner. For the last few years, I have had a g0-to lunch and/or dinner that I dubbed my Sailors Super Lunch. The original version that is now posted on our 4Leaf Recipes page, this hearty meal featured one-half of a Joseph’s brand whole wheat pita, stuffed with spinach, olive and avocado.
The bread, along with the hummus, and all the other ingredients ended up with the percent of calories from whole plants at about 80%. Lately, when I am not too hungry, I started having this go-to favorite without the bread and hummus and end up with a near 100% score. For example…
On Monday and Tuesday this week, I made up the above variation of this meal. After placing my already cooked rice and bean mixture on the plate, I added a few mushrooms, broccoli, celery and edamame beans to the plate. Then I spray the entire plate with Bragg’s Liquid Amino and sprinkle with Basil leaves before warming in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I buy the edamame frozen at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and keep an un-frozen bag open and ready now at all times in the fridge. I then slice a little avocado and add some tomato and/or raw carrots on top.
The only thing that is not a whole plant in this meal is the Bragg’s and the basil flakes. Therefore I consider it close to 100% whole plants—still in Nature’s package. With a bowl of fruit in the morning and this great meal for lunch, you’ll be giving yourself some “wiggle room” before going out to dinner—well on your way to a 4Leaf day.
4Leaf for the road. My favorite meal for a day on the water or on the train is my Joseph’s pita stuffed with whatever veggies I have in the fridge. To make sure I get plenty of calories while sailing or traveling, I usually cut the whole pita in half and use both halves.
I begin by warming the bread for about ten seconds in the microwave to soften it up. Then I put a little smear of hummus on each half pita. Next I fill it up with re-heated beans, rice, spinach, broccoli, or edamame. I usually add a little avocado and a few olives to the mix, wrap it in a plastic bag, and it’s ready to go. This simple handy meal-to-go has never failed me, and I love it every time.
The first 4Leaf Potluck Dinner Club. Jason and Lisa have formed a potluck dinner club and will host the first event later this month. Their goal is for people to get together and share their 4Leaf lifestyle, challenges, recipes, questions, etc. The idea is that they will decide on a location and the “host house” will provide the salad, utensils, plates, bowls, etc… The “guests” will each bring a 3 or 4 leaf dish to sample, including copies of the recipe to share. For the first dinner, they’re planning to have 2 entrees, 2 appetizers and a dessert.
And the dessert could just simply be vegan. They are promoting a 4Leaf lifestyle so there is room for dessert! They are thinking about meeting once a month on Saturday night? They also encourage their guests to bring two things: cookbooks for people to share and BYOB! Maybe you can make this great idea work for you.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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