Rollover Menus are meant to connect you to the ingredients and rhythm of the seasons. Every recipe is born from a few building block ingredients and these roll over into new forms throughout the menu, and throughout the week.
These menus reflect the way I eat at home, the way I save time in the kitchen, and the way I stay satisfied all week long. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen every day, I make big batches of whole-food building blocks that I roll into my meals over several days. Knowing that I have a foundation awaiting me in the fridge and pantry, I can intuitively build my meals for the week. Instead of “meal prepping” which focuses on the the same meal for many meals, rollovers allow me more flexibility and spontaneity, satisfying any possible craving I have.
Each seasonal Rollover Menu follows a formula that gives you the freedom to create a few different recipes from the same shopping list. The building blocks of the RM Formula are: a grain, a legume, a pickle, a topping, a sauce / dressing, a prepped veg, and a leafy green. From these humble beginnings I’ve created recipes that utilize all of these building blocks so that your life in the kitchen is super simple and super satisfying. You can keep the building blocks as they are, pair them up, OR you can make the recipes that I’ve devised with the building blocks for even more fun, and no chance of getting bored!
For the Winter Rollover Menu, I paired Japanese flavours with the produce we enjoy during this season, and focused the techniques around macrobiotic cooking. Root veggies, hardy greens, mushrooms, winter squash, and ginger are enlivening and nourishing during the long, cold, winter months. Gentle and soothing herbs, spices, and sea vegetables are such a beautiful addition to these calming and grounding foods.
The Winter Rollover Menu uses the cooked veggies to make soup, whips the beans up into a dip, uses compatible flavours for a sweet treat, and this is just the beginning! Put it all together and what you have is a menu meant to make your weeknight life easy, your lunches enviable, and leave you feel so satiated and nourished. Invest a little time upfront and get ready for tasty meals ahead that are soothing, warming, and oh so beautiful.
See below for the links to the recipes and the full grocery list!
Winter Rollover Shopping List
- 5 medium carrots
- 2 medium parsnips
- 1 medium kabocha squash, or other winter squash
- 8.5 oz / 240g kale, preferably lacinato / dino
- 1 small daikon radish
- 1 medium nappa cabbage
- 2.5 oz / 70g fresh shiitake mushrooms
- 2 apple
- 4 spring onions
- 1 small hand / 20 g fresh ginger
- 3 clove garlic
- 2 yellow onion
- 1 lemon
- 4 cups / 200g puffed brown rice crisps
- 3 ½ cups / 665g adzuki beans
- 2 ½ cups / 540g millet
- 1 ¼ cup / 285ml tahini
- 1 cup + 3 Tbsp. / 300ml apple cider vinegar
- ⅔ cup / 160ml brown rice syrup
- 5 Tbsp. miso
- ¼ cup / 60ml cold-pressed sesame oil
- 3 ½ Tbsp. tamari
- 3 Tbsp. expeller-pressed coconut oil
- 1 2" piece kombu
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. ghee
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. / 215g sesame seeds
- ¾ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
- 6 sheets / 20g nori sheets
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- ½ Tbsp. + ¼ tsp. crushed chili flakes
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. fine grain sea salt
- ½ Tbsp. coconut sugar
- 2 tsp. ground ginger powder
- 2 whole star anise
- flaky sea salt, like Maldon