Sometimes you need a break from eating out and all that goes with it. Sometimes it feels really good to eat clean, fresh food with very little salt and fat. Enter Angelica Kitchen. A friend of mine took me here while she was visiting (and I was on my detox) and I was pleasantly surprised. Angelicas has shades of smelly vegan food, but also does sauces and vegetables really well. Their premise is vegan macrobiotic (no refined anything, period) and most of the meals consist of large portions of rice or buckwheat noodles, a piece of fish and some steamed vegetables. It’s usually accompanied by your choice of side sauce, something usually sesame based. It’s a bit expensive and a little far on the east side of town, so I set out to re-create an Angelica meal at home.
Luckily, Martha Stewart had posted the recipe for Angelica’s Soba Sensation Sauce! I thought it seemed a little ginger heavy and I wanted mine a bit thicker, so I made a few modifications. I also replaced sugar with agave syrup because I’m now obsessed with it. Serve this sauce with simple broiled salmon, soba noodles (just follow the package instructions…or cook in boiling water for 7 minutes) and vegetables.
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I am starting a new feature on this blog and for lack of a better term, I’m calling it shopping lists. I’m a huge fan of lists and my shopping lists can get quite long and quite annotated. I often cross things off as I put them in my basket to avoid forgetting something
With most new posts, I’ll post a printable shopping list! That means, you’ll be able to read my blog, salivate over the pictures, print out the list and buy everything you need to make it yourself! Now, isn’t that clever? I’m going to organize it into three categories: 1. produce 2. Dry Goods 3. Things you may already have. Now I added #3 for your convince and to perhaps lighten your load. It really depends on how well-stocked your pantry is, but I’m pretty confident you’ve got some dijon mustard lying around.
So here’s the first one!!!!
Download a shopping list for this meal here: Healthy Dinner Shopping List
Angelica Kitchen Soba Sensation Sauce
makes about 3 cups
Adapted from The Angelica Home Kitchen book and modified by me
You will need:
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/3 cup rice vinegar (not sweetened)
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/3 cup agave syrup
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 1/3 cups tahini
pinch of cayenne pepper
1. Combine all ingredients with 1/2 cup hot water in a food procesor or a good blender until smooth. Add more water if you don’t want it as thick.
Steamed Kabocha Squash, Beets and Spinach
You will need:
1 small Kabocha (or acorn) squash
3 yellow beets
1 lb bag of spinach
1. Most people will tell you to steam the whole squash first, then let it cool, then cut it up and then steam it again. I think that’s silly and takes too long. If you have a good knife and a good vegetable peeler it’s not so bad. Just pick a smaller squash, cut in half, remove seeds and then peel the skin off each half. Then cut into small 1/2 inch cubes.
2. Peel the beets and leave whole. Place in boiling water and cook for 25-30 minutes, until soft. Then remove and cut into small pieces. If you have a steamer basket that fits over another pot, put the cubed squash in this while cooking the beets. Otherwise, steam the squash separately for about 8 minutes.
3. In a small pot of boiling water, blanch the spinach for about 2 minutes, just so it turns darker. Set aside and sprinkle with warm water so it doesn’t dry out.