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Sunday, December 26, 2010

i'll vegetablow your mind

this miracle started to unfold just a few days ago. the story began with a phone call from my unpredictable husband while i was grocery shopping. he called and said "i need you to buy veggie burgers," which was followed by my immediate response of "WHAT?" this is quite the unusual request coming from the guy who says the way to woo him would be to cook him chicken twice everyday. he continued to press for it, so i agreed happily that i would make him homemade veggie burgers, that infact contain real vegetables and no fillers. still a little weirded out by this odd request, i finished my shopping and went back to my parent's house where were staying for the weekend.

later in the evening when we started our trek back to our apartment, he grabbed this pile of my brother's "men's fitness magazines," (which coincidentally my sister and i were laughing earlier how ridiculous those magazines are, filled with "power foods" and "flat abs in days" articles that are clearly written by people who don't truly understand how the body works.) and said "oh i'm gonna take these with me. i read an article about a vegan body builder in here....and i want to try to go vegetarian for a few weeks to see how i feel." my jaw dropped to the floor. but i tried to act cool on the outside and said through my shock "oh that's great. i would love to help you with that." but on the inside i was jumping for joy thanking god for answering my prayers!! chaz and i have a lot of the same convictions on food, but clearly differ on a lot of issues. i've told him too many times to count the importance of vegetables and that he doesn't need meat everyday to live, nor to accomplish his goals in weight lifting. so god used the language that would resonate with chaz the greatest to start his high raw journey....a "ridiculous" men's fitness magazine.

so without further ado, let me vegetablow your mind! the next few posts will be dedicated to mouth watering, satisfying, high raw dishes to help those meat eaters in your life  add "vegetable enthusiast" to their resume.

our vegetable baby...all cleaned up and ready for company

 chaz's first day of transformation started off with a game night with our friends. i made these dips that go great with any raw veggies you have in the fridge for dipping.
                                                       SPICEY BLACK BEAN DIP
 this dip is thick and creamy, with just enough spicy kick to keep you coming back for more. it's not raw, but still a great accompniment to any raw dish you may be creating. our guests loved it...and my husband begged me to make it again the next day:)

1 can of organic black beans
1/4 c greek yogurt
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
2-3 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ceyenne pepper
a handful fresh cilantro

*heat olive oil in skillet on medium high heat. add onions and let them cook for about five minutes. add in garlic and cook for about two minutes. next add your can of drained and rinsed black beans. stir in all of your spices and let it simmer on low heat for like ten minutes. you may want to add a little bit of water to the pan for even cooking. next let this cool for a few minutes. add the bean mixture along with yogurt and cilantro to your food processor. run until you achieve a thick consistency, scraping down the bowl as needed. while running, stream in enough olive oil to keep the mixture moving.

                                                             GARLIC HUMMUS
 i love making really strong garlic hummus! it's a flavor explosion that most packaged hummus eaters are surprised by.  i kept this one a little bit milder since we were having guests over.

1 can organic chick peas
1/4 c greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 of a small onion
3-6 cloves garlic, depending on how daring you are
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 bunch fresh basil
one dash of black pepper

*drain and rinse the can of chick peas. roughly chop the garlic and onion. add everything to your  processor and run until you receive a thick consistency, scraping down the bowl as needed. drizzle in olive oil while running to keep mixture moving.

                                                            CLEAN SOAPY BABY
woops....how'd that get in there? well anyways, you just need a bath of warm water, a smooth chubby baby and bath toys to create this scrumptious raw dish!

you can make your platter look as inviting as possible by adding a few touches of raw herbs or other leafy greens.

a few sprigs of rosemary
half a cucumber, sliced
5 carrots, sliced into sticks
1 red bell pepper, sliced into sticks
a handful of radishes, chopped in half
a handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped in half

*chop everything to the size of your liking. use any vegetables that you have available. arrange them nicely on a platter....serve right away or do all your prep work up to a day in advance by covering this with saran wrap and storing in the fridge.

                       the perfect center piece to keep us moving during our competitive game night!

so whether you choose to use these dips for dipping veggies, or as a condiment in a romaine wrap or even on top of cooked brown rice....remember to keep praying for your loved ones and keep eating your veggies!

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