Now comes the day when work grossly interfered with my ability to take pleasing photographs. (Ugh!) I feel like my camera and I aren’t working together right now. We need to get reacquainted.
Before work this morning I settled down to a hot cup of gotu kola-alfalfa-tulsi tea alongside a bowl of Ani Phyo’s Super Chia Seed Cereal from her Raw Food Essentials book. It’s chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, goji berries and dried mango rehydrated with nutmilk (in this case, vanilla Brazil nut milk!). I took some liberties with the ingredients and it was a bit sweeter than I like in a cereal, but tasty and filling nonetheless! I think I might try adding some spices to it tomorrow to contrast all the dried fruit I added.
My ladyfriend has rediscovered her love of home state sports teams recently. I don’t really hate most sports, but it’s not anything I seek out either. Since I’m often…persuaded…to listen to or watch games with her, and she requested “healthy game snacks,” I put my thinking cap on. ”Snacks” in our house usually amounts to naughty treats like potato chips and/or a container-ful of olives. Basically, bring-on-the-salt time. We’re trying to cut down on that these days.
Instead, I opted for fresh veggies with an herby little dressing, plus a heap of roasted chickpeas on the side. I wouldn’t call my concoction Ranch dressing, because the ingredients are somewhat dissimilar and I never really liked Ranch in my pregan days, but I definitely used that as an inspiration. Into the Vita-Mix went: fresh dill, fresh parsley, fresh basil, dried oregano, the juice of one lemon, agave nectar, a clove of garlic, soaked cashews, olive oil, half an avocado, apple cider vinegar, salt, flower pepper, and a bit of water to thin it out. Out came a delightfully pale green sauce flecked with pepper and bursting with fresh herb goodness that went perfectly with red peppers, carrots, and pear tomatoes. Yum! Lucky for both of us, I overproduced as usual, and for a few days will have a tasty salad dressing if I thin it out further, or a thick dipping sauce for any manner of treats: veggies, chips, roasted sweet potatoes….yuca! maybe.
Excitement for this week includes trying some Ani Phyo-inspired savory raw breakfast crepes! Can you say jalapeno cheeze sauce?! And sauteed radishes (have you tried them yet?)!