Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 6: Inspiration

Maybe it's the effects of a week on raw, or maybe it's my recent re-discovery of OK Go but I'm feeling pretty rockin'.  Add a Green Energy Kick Smoothie to the equation and life is sweet:
The Hulk

1 handful of parsley
3 kiwis, chopped
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Start with the parsley and give it a whirl in the blender with a bit of water, then add the kiwi and ginger and spin it right 'round again.  Now add a little water at a time until you achieve a smoothie consistency just right for you.  Bottoms up!

Combined with my morning granola feast, this smoothie snack took me through the day until about 5pm.

I then packed up a Broccoli Salad with Raisins to take to school (this makes two portions, or one damn good dinner):

1 large crown of broccoli
(cut into bite sized pieces)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
3 carrots, coarsely grated
1 red onion, finely diced
1 tomato, chopped
5 sun-dried tomatoes
(cut into small pieces)
1 apple, cubed
1/4 raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp lemon juice

Coat the broccoli with salt & olive oil, to soften it, then add the other fruits and veggies, sprinkle the raisins and sunflower seeds o'er top, dress it up with a little lemon juice and shake it all about.

So filling!
Dinner was indirectly inspired by my friend Jeff, who had a craving for Indian food but wanted to eat out at a restaurant.  I tried this home-made meal in lieu.  NOTE: the wild rice needs to be soaked for three days, so this is not one of those impromptu meals.  But hey, why not try this anyway with some cooked wild rice and see how you like it?

Wild Rice Banana Curry + Cashew Dressing

1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup raisins
1 mandarin orange, in segments
1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup wild rice
(if soaked: soak for 3 days, rinse every morning and evening)

Another easy one meal - rice on the bottom, everything else on the top.  Or, if it's a party, put all the different ingredients into bowls and have your guests create their own masterpieces - you'll have to provide more ingredients of course.  The piece de resistance is the cashew curry dressing:

1/2 cup cashew nuts
1/2 cup water
1/4 yellow bell pepper
1 inch of a leek
curry, tumeric, tamari & lemon juice, as you like

It was gooood!
Blend the nuts into a flour-like consistency using a blender.  Add the pepper and the leek, half the water and blend until thoroughly mixed.  Now add a little water at a time until the dressing reaches a creamy consistency.  Season with the spices, tamari and lemon juice.  

I didn't have exactly everything on hand needed to make this dish, so I improvised.  I'm not going to tell you with what though - just be creative and go for it!

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