Cilantro and Veggie Dish
this quick to prepare dish you get a great combination of protein, greens, and
roots. Just add a whole grain and a little pickle for a complete meal.
also includes cilantro, a food you dont often see in macrobiotic recipes.
In macrobiotics we categorize foods in different ways, one of which is recommendations
for frequency of use. Some are recommended for daily use (like kale or carrots)
while cilantro is considered an occasional food, to be eaten
less often, perhaps one a week or less. But this does not mean to avoid it, and
cilantro has an outstanding benefit: it draws heavy metals, including mercury,
from body tissues, after which they are excreted in the urine. This is a great
reason to incorporate it into your diet!
time: 10 minutes
time: 7 minutes
time: 30 minutes
Large skillet with cover, or
large saucepan with cover
1 package extra firm tofu
1 bunch cilantro
3 heads baby bok
choy or 1/2 medium head nappa cabbage
1 large carrot
2 Tablespoons ume vinegar
Wash cilantro well and cut into 1 inch size pieces.
of baby bok choy or Chinese cabbage, and wash well. If using baby bock choy cut
stalks into one inch size pieces and set aside. Cut leaves into one
inch size pieces and put with cut cilantro. If using Chinese cabbage
cut into one inch size pieces and put with cut cilantro.
lower white, and more solid middle part, into 1/2 size pieces and put aside with
baby bock choy stems. Cut upper hollow leaves of scallions into 2
inch pieces and put aside with cilantro and bok choy leaves.
into very fine matchsticks as follows: Cut 2 inch sections. Cut each section in
half lengthwise. Put cut flat side of one section down on the cutting
board. Cut lengthwise in very thin strips. Cut the thin strips lengthwise
again into thin matchstick pieces.
Place pan on medium-high to high
flame and crumble tofu into the pan by squeezing the block in your hand.
Sprinkle ume vinegar over tofu and slowly stir for 4 minutes. Water will come
out of tofu and evaporate.
Place the cut baby bok choy stalks and lower
parts of scallions on top of tofu, cover, and simmer covered for 1
Place the rest of the vegetables in the pot on top of those
already there, cover, and cook for another 2 minutes.
from heat, move ingredients from pot to a platter and serve immediately.