Abundant Michael: Food

Receipe: Savory Quinoa

Savory Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa grain (from MOM bulk section, Giant organic section or Whole Foods)
  • 3 cups water
  • large dash of olive oil
  • large dash of Braggs (or other soy sauce)
  • handful of nuts (peanuts, cashews or any other you have on hand)
  • Cut up a few pieces of seaweed or add salt and some greens
  • cut up a carrot
  • Chop an inch off the end of a bunch of celery
  • handful of onion pieces or garlic

Bring to boil then simmer for 15 minutes until quinoa expands and soaks up all the water. You can substitute any left over veggies for the vegetables above.

Can either serve as a main dish, a side or add water to make quinoa soup.

Foraging Food

I came across foraging at Rainbow Gathering this summer - eating a wild food salad. Interesting article from the Gaian-Mind festival folks on foraging and other eco activities.

"For 99% of human history we've been foragers. Our nomadic ancestors gathered and hunted for food. Gardening, farming, and animal raising are recent developments in human history going back only about 10,000 out of 3 million years of our evolution as hominids.

The goal of The Gaian Mind is for our eco-arts and education collective to nurture a culture of ecological awareness and provide the means to connect urban youth and families with bioregional natural living systems.

-We hope to build and test replicable modules of alternative sustainable natural living systems that can be applied/adapted to any community throughout the world. Malcolm X advised that the only way for communities to experience liberation would be to create better working systems that make oppressive systems obsolete. We combine this axiom with the wisdom of indigenous cultures and the science of ecology which tell us that the answers to the world's problems are to be found in the ground beneath our feet. The path towards global peace, harmony, and liberation we believe starts by developing permanent local subsistence strategies that rely on the abundance of nature, not the scarcity of the industrial economy, for survival. Our purpose is to reunite people with each other and the land to restore resilient systems of human ecology.

-In this life-time we're committed to growing bioregionally sustainable communites that can survive with or without the global industrial economy.

Wednesday Gathering in Rockville - Dessert on me celebration 1/27/10

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we celebrate Leonard birthday Sandbox style by doing dessert on me. After dinner Leonard will lay on a table and be covered with dessert topings, fruit, cream and chocolate then who ever wants to can eat dessert off him. A sensuous and yummy experience. (The shower is available after for clean up)

If you want to celebrate your birthday or some other special event this way just let me know and we can arrange it! You chose how much clothing to wear (swim suit or birthday suit are suggested attire and what kind of desserts you want putting on you).

The dessert begins after dinner at 8pm.  I invite you to join us, though as always what ever choice you make you will be honored in.

Dr Oz raw food challenge

The raw food diet is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit and seaweed. It is believed that heating food above 116F destroys foods’ natural enzymes that aid in the digestion and absorption of food. Even if you don't want to eat 100% raw increasing the percentage of raw food does help.


Health benefits of a raw food diet include:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Better digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced risk of heart disease

While maintaining a raw food diet for a prolonged period of time is difficult for most, this food challenge is a fantastic reboot for your body. Tips to make it easier at


Spouted Lentil Salad

This tasty and health raw lentil spouted salad is easy to make using a Easyspout container.

  • Soak a cup of raw, organic, whole lentils in warm water for 8-12 hours (overnight) in the easyspouter.
  • Drain water and prop the draining inner contain inside the water proof out container by rotating it.
  • Leave on counter for 16-36 hours - the lentils will spout little roots!
  • Optional - store in fridge for several days until needed
  • Add chopped chives or green onions, lemon juice and olive oil
  • Voula - a delicious and healthy salad!


  • For healthy eatting make sure your seeds are organic otherwise you will be just concentrating pesticides in your spouts. Seeds for planting in the garden are not good - they are often coated in pesticides to protected them in the soil from bugs.
  • If the seeds or nuts are not raw (ie alive) they won't grow (many nutes are roasted or boiled)
  • Your local organic market (eg MOM or Coop) has bulk seeds and nuts or you can buy online.

The EasySpouter costs about $12 each and lasts for years - can spout any seeds or nuts. The thing I really like about this model is that unlike other spouting methods it does not require daily rinsing! You just "set and forget" it until the spouts are ready to eat.

Easy Spouter

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