Plant-Based Food
Plant-Based Food

What Do I Eat For Lunch?

I try to stick to a diet of whole grains, beans & legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. No animal products (no meat, dairy or eggs). No processed food. No refined sugars. I try to minimize oil and salt — these two ingredients are hard to avoid in food at Google, restaurants or friends' places. But what I really really like is plain and simple meals.

My Dream Lunch

Plain and simple food with very few condiments and garnishings is my dream lunch. I relish the original flavors of individual ingredients. I strive to buy fresh produce from Farmers Market. I don't have any recipes. I'm more of an 'assembler' who puts together a bunch of healthy things into a plate. Pictures of colorful food plates are in the next section (scroll below).

Boiled grains: I pick a whole grain at random (millet, amaranth, wheat berry, buckwheat, quinoa or wild rice, for example) and boil it. I sprinkle ½ tbsp hemp seeds and sesame seeds while boiling. Sometimes, I soak the grain overnight, not always.

Boiled beans / lentils: I pick something at random, soak it for about 12 hours before boiling it. Examples: lentils, adzuki, cannellini, garbanzo, kidney beans, mung beans, pinto beans, split pea, and so on. To these beans, I add turmeric, black pepper powder, ground cloves (very little), nigela sativa (very little), cumin seeds and sesame seeds.

Steamed greens: I pick one of the following at random: kale, chard or collards. Steam them.

Steamed veggies: For every meal, I steam one potato (preferably purple potatoes), a quarter red onion and a little bit of ginger (roughly ¼ tbsp). The rest of the veggies are picked at random: about 3-4 varieties per meal. Any of cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, beans, squash, eggplant, bell peppers, and so on. All steamed.

Raw veggies: Cucumber and tomatoes, chopped fine. I don't eat anything else raw.

Seasoning with lemon and herbs: I always squeeze a lemon, somewhat generously, on everything. I seem to like lemon quite a bit.

As far as herbs go, I haven't figured out what I like. I can enjoy my food without any herbs. I've tried basil, cilantro, mint, parsley, dill but I don't seem to like any of these. I haven't figured out how to add herbs properly. I also don't know what herbs go with what combinations of beans and vegetables.

Fruits: Whatever I have at home: I have a preference for sweet, juicy fruits like melons. I eat few sour fruits like oranges. I'd say the breakdown per week is: 10% sour, 90% sweet.

No soups, no smoothies, no salt, no sugar, no oils, no processed food.

Utensils: NorPro 4 Quart Stainless Steel Steamer.

Photo Album

15 Jun 2017
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