Elegant Soba Noodles with Carrots

Soba noodles from Japan were boiled for eight minutes, then drained in a colander and rinsed with cold water. I then mixed them with a sauce that I made with sesame paste, dark sesame oil, a few drops of apple cider vinegar, shoyu (soy) sauce, and a little brown rice syrup. The soba noodles in sesame sauce are garnished with carrots that were cut thinly on the diagonal, then chopped finely and sautéed in sesame oil until crispy. Soba are whole-grain buckwheat noodles that are often part of the timeless macrobiotic way of eating and living, which originated in Japan. “Macrobiotic”, constructed from ancient Greek words meaning “great” (makros) and “life” (bios), means just that: GREAT LIFE.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Carrots, Celery and Onions

These simple vegetables accompany brown rice for a sumptuous, health-promoting luncheon dish.The best oils to use for cooking in a macrobiotic regimen are safflower, refined (not  toasted) sesame (by Spectrum) and sunflower oils. Organic, short-grain brown rice is easy to store as a dietary staple. It may be time to concentrate your survival food-storage efforts on things like this that do not require refrigeration. You can use a small barbecue grill to boil rice and sauté vegetables, so keeping a high supply of charcoal briquets is a good idea.©M-J de Mesterton

M-J’s Low-Carb Almond Cookies

M-J’s Almond Cookies are low in carbohydrates, and high in protein.  Mix together in a large bowl:

Ground Almonds, 2 cups

1 tablespoon of flour

Almond or Peanut Butter, three tablespoons

Egg Whites, 2

Pomegranate Juice or water, 1/4 cup

Ground Flax-Seed, 1/4 cup

One tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil

Splenda or stevia,  to-taste (if you are on the macrobiotic diet, you may wish to use brown rice syrup or barley malt)

Aluminum-Free Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon

Ginger, 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon

Shape dough into balls and flatten them on an un-greased cookie sheet, and bake in moderately hot oven. Watch cookies carefully; they will brown quickly on the bottom, so it may be necessary to move them to a higher oven rack during the last few minutes of baking.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

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