Before I re-invented myself as the height of sophistication, I was a sweet sincere hippie looking for peace and often confused by the cruelty of the world. Actually, I was as messed up as the next person if I were being honest with myself, but I desperately wanted to be simple and pure. It just wasn't in the cards. Now, so much of the latest data about health stresses the need for whole grains. When friends are over or if I'm feeling needy, I would never serve this kind of thing but if it's just a night home alone, watching Tivo'd Judge Judy reruns, I try and eat whole grains, lots of vegetables and minimal meat. I tell myself this helps balance out the more indulgent things I eat but it's based on emotions, not science. My long-winded point is that good brown rice (like Massa's), nopales, beans and some good sausages make a fine weeknight meal.