good mood food

Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cranberries

Posted in Uncategorized by michellerise on the July 24th, 2009

This is based on an Ayurvedic recipe that is wholesome and as you’ll see from the combinations, really unusual. The sweetness from the cranberries sets the whole dish off, offsetting the raw vegetables in a surprisingly refreshing way. A nutritious and satisfying meal.3 cups water,1/2 teaspoon salt,3/4 cup wild rice,1/2 cups dried cranberries,1 tbs oil,1 cup French or green beans cut in 2-inch lengths,1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes,1/2 cup chopped cucumbers,1/4 cup finely chopped coriander,1/4 cup oil,1/4 lemon juice,1/2 clove chopped garlic (optional) salt & pepper.Bring the Water and salt to a boil. Stir in the wild rice. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the Cranberries, re-cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Allow to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, heat the oil in the a large skillet. Add the oil (and optional garlic)  and cook until the beans are crisp tender. Allow to cool to room temperature. Gently toss the wild rice, beans, tomato, cucumber, coriander and lemon juice and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper                 .100_0988.JPG

raw hummous

Posted in Uncategorized by michellerise on the July 13th, 2009

  100_0869.JPG   Making hummous yourself gaurantees a fresh, vibrant taste, as well as being made with uncooked oils. The raw chickpeas are the key ingredient to making this dip full of lively enzymes and a zing to your system. Here is my version with sun dried tomatoes – an optional ingredient, but I think it gives it a nice round flavour and a bit of interest.ingredients:1 bag sprouted/raw chickpeas (available in health food stores)I clove of garlic, crushed, juice of 1 lemon, juice of 1/2 orange, 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste), 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil, 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (preferably coldpressed), a few pieces of marinated sundried tomatoes to taste, salt and pepper, to taste. Put the ingredients one by one in a food processor and process until a a smooth consistency, adding additional oil if necessary, or adding another clove of garlic if you prefer a more garlicky taste. Optional garnish: raw sprouts ( as shown in the  photo)                    100_0861.JPG100_0872.JPG100_08751.JPG100_0878.JPG

A year of good

Posted in Uncategorized by michellerise on the July 10th, 2009

I’m so happy to be able to start this blog about healthy eating. So much joy in life I have is from shopping for food, looking at recipes, thinking about if I can make the recipes, preparing it, and sharing it. There are so many ways to looking at food, so much debate about what is good for us and not, and the social attachments to it,making it a fascinating if somewhat perplexing subject. I love how different people approach have their own personal tastes and sometimes quite rigid views that affect their daily habits, and that is what makes us all so individual. My approach to eating is that for my mental and physical health, I go for food that will raise my energy and mood levels but of course taste and look great too. I have been known to have a very healthy way of eating, but to be honest that has been part of a lifestyle of managing Bipolar Disorder. I take this as a good thing, because had this not been so, I would not have been so dedicated to eating well and come to a world of amazing ingredients and alternative ways to eating. I hope that you enjoy looking through my daily experiments and find inspiration to take your mood (and your body) to new places.Love and good health, Michelle rise 

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Posted in Uncategorized by michellerise on the July 10th, 2009

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