Table for one

So I’m going to go out on a (controversial?) limb here – cooking for one is waaaay harder than cooking for six. Not because it’s technically harder – but the mental discipline needed to get in the kitchen when it’s only you is huge… Do you realize how close I was to posting a picture of a bowl of dried Cheerios sprinkled with nooch? I mean when you’re cooking for the tribe the mental game is easy – the ravenous wee barbarians are going to eat no matter what, so it’s far better to provide them with a meal rather than have them eat you (are there any statistics on how many exhausted parents – who just wanted the night off – are lost this way each year?) …

But I digress. As I was saying cooking for one is terrifying. But fortunately my craving for salad was greater than the desire to sit on the couch and mindlessly channel surf, so no cereal with odd toppings for me tonight. Instead I pulled together my version of that delicious Indonesian salad Gado Gado.

First I shredded white and purple cabbage, then finely sliced some red, yellow and orange bell peppers and cut green beans and half an English cucumber into batons.

For the dressing I steamed some diced fresh ginger and garlic, and then placed them in a food processor with peanut butter (100% nuts), the juice of one small lemon, 1 tablespoon of sweet chili sauce, one tablespoon of soy sauce, one tablespoon of seasoned rice wine vinegar and about 8 oz of coconut milk.

Then it was simply a case of steaming the cabbage for a couple of minutes, plating the veggies and topping them with peanuts and fresh coriander.

It was very yum. Much better that nutritional yeast flavored cereal… But the only thing is I’ve made so much that there’s enough to easily last me into the next millennium. 

Sigh. See I told you… cooking for one IS really hard.

#vegan #wholefood #mindfuleating #salad

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