The last time I went on a tangent about our culinary delights, it was full of caramel, cream, butter, and chocolate. Although those treats weren't typical of a month outside of December, when we recently changed our diet to fully participate in a medically influenced "lifestyle change," I couldn't help but long for those indulgences. While eating dinner tonight it occurred to me that the "good stuff" might be just as beautiful as creamy caramel layer between chocolate sandwich cookies, so in no particular order, here are a few highlights from this past week:
Dreamy heaps of hummus punctured by a rainbow's worth of fresh, crunchy veggies, cut like matchsticks and piled in encouragingly high mounds on a platter. Tofu marinated and caramelized alongside broccoli, snow peas, and mushrooms, flecked by the curls of quinoa set loose from the pile on the plate. Crispy brown rice married with peanut butter and brown rice syrup, pressed tightly into nostalgic squares that chew and crunch, and can still be called treats. A soup pot full of bok choy, broccoli, leeks, and whole grains, waiting to be bowled up and topped with snowy white nubs of goat cheese. Navel oranges cut into round slices that open and bend to reveal perfect triangular citrus.