The simplest, plant based one dish meals using your Om Prep kit
•Mega mixed salads: start with your favorite greens and 4 or more prepped veggies, add herbs, slow cooked beans, nuts and/or seeds and a splash of Om vinaigrette or a squeeze of lemon and toss well. Whole grains also work great in a salad and are delish cold, unlike stripped grains such as white rice
• Wraps : spread a little avocado, olive oil, hummus or sauce on selected wrap, layer with a variety of veggies, beans and herbs. A wrap can be made with a multigrain tortilla, lavash, collard green leaf, softened rice paper, nori (seaweed). Almost any mix of chopped veggies, a few beans or lentils and fresh herbs is fab.
pictured: Roma tomato, Haas avocado, green tomato, white bean hummus purple potato and baby spinach on whole grain lavash
Not all wraps need be savory, try sweet potato with chopped dates, cinnamon, cardamom and nuts with lavash or multigrain tortilla, or chopped fruit in a rice paper wrap.
• The Bowl:
start with any cooked or sprouted whole grain, add slow cooked beans or legumes and top with raw and/or cooked veggies and herbs of your choice
Add an Om fresh sauce such as Thai Peanut, Hummus, or Pico de Gallo, Mango Chutney, Raita, Pesto, Asian Scallion or a just simple squeeze of citrus and a little salt and pepper. Soy sauce is fine, but please remember it is liquid salt and Om’s recommendation is to minimize use of soy sauces and switch to the lower sodium, natural nama shoyu with naturally occurring healthy enzymes. Bottled sauces and dressings of all kinds are notoriously high in sodium, sugars, fat and preservatives, and should be avoided
Vinegars come in an amazing variety of flavors and strengths and can take a dish from okay to sublime in a single splash. Pictured above are from Pasadena’s, Beyond the Olive, and include Raspberry Basil, Chocolate Balsamic, Peach, Champagne Mimosa ….for more please visit their website Beyond the Olive.com
Spices and fresh herbs are an important component of Om cooking and can not only instantly change a dish from blah to wow, but have amazing health benefits as well. Fresh herbs should be used liberally, spices should be used in smaller amounts as they can be very potent. Experiment with different mixes and keep notes of your favorites, extra herbs and spices are always available for your kit…
Break the rules! If you have a recipe that calls for brown rice, try it with quinoa, spelt or any whole grain.
A recipe that calls for spinach would also work with most any other green as well. Red beans can take the place of kidney beans, black beans in place of white beans and edamame is an easy lima bean sub. Om cooking is about using what’s fresh and at hand, and feeling free to make your own adjustments to a recipe, or even make up your own recipe!