Want to live longer? There's no tastier way to try than by eating your way through Dan Buettner's new cookbook, The BlueZones Kitchen. He's gathered tasty, nutritious recipes from Blue Zones-spots around the world that boast the highest percentage of centenarians. This grain bowl and these oatmeal breakfast cookies are eaten by the Seventh-day Adventists of Loma Linda, Calif. (the only Blue Zone in the United States). Their plant-based diet is not only delicious but good for you-and your longevity.-Alison Ashton
Asian-Influenced Heavenly Grain Bowl
In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 1-2 Tbsp sriracha and 1 tsp sesame oil. In a medium bowl, combine 1 (15.5-oz) can chickpeas or black beans, rinsed and drained; 1 Roma tomato, chopped; and 1/2 onion, finely chopped. Divide 3 cups cooked barley, quinoa or brown rice (or a combo) evenly among 4 bowls. Top evenly with chickpea mixture, 2 cups chopped spinach or shredded lettuce and 1 avocado, diced. Garnish with chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, lime wedges and, if desired, cilantro. Dollop evenly with dressing. Serves 4.
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, mash 3 large ripe bananas. Add 1 3/4 cups quick oats, mixing well to combine. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup applesauce. Drop 1-Tbsp portions onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. Shape into balls or flatten into disks, as desired. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. If desired, roll cookies in honey and then in crushed nuts. Makes 2 dozen.