I chose this recipe for Pan-Fried Mung Beans with Tempeh to round out our Super Natural Every Day week as a bit of an experiment. On paper, this is a health food recipe through and through. I mean mung beans, tempeh, and broccoli are the stuff 1970s-era hippie health jokes were made of. I was dying to see if this could actually be tasty in the deft hand of Heidi Swanson. And sure enough, it is.
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A bowl of cold soba noodles are perfect hot weather eating, as we established yesterday. Mild and nutty, hearty and cooling all at once, we could really eat the noodles all summer long with no complaints. Heidi Swanson's version of soba from Super Natural Every Day dresses quick-cooked and quick-chilled buckwheat noodles with a nutty dressing of black sesame, sunflower seeds, and pine nuts sweetened with sugar and spiced with cayenne.
Something magical happens when you put dry kale in the oven. As the moisture leaves the tough raw kale, the leaves are transformed into dark green potato chip-crisp bites. Health food aficionados call them kale chips and virtuously sub them in for starchier snacks. Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day, takes kale chips a step further by using them as a base for a grain salad.
Potato salad isn't generally a very salad-y salad. It never contains more than a couple vegetables and as far as healthy points go, it comes in at pretty much nil once you get all the creaminess involved. But potato salad is a summer staple. Where would barbecues and picnics be without some sort of chilled, dressed spud salad? Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day, has brilliantly solved the salad-y potato salad equation with this Mostly Not Potato Salad.