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Meatless

I’m back!!! Again! As they say, just do it! So here I am…doing it…trying to share/write again.

So I just had to share about one of the biggest changes I’ve made in a long time.
I haven’t had any meat since the beginning of the year. Crazy to think about but I’ve managed to do it so far.
My husband and I started this meatless, dairy-free journey with just an interest in kick-starting our wanting to getting healthier in 2014. We thought we’d just go ahead and go for it…at least up through mid-February. I’m really loving the results of my changes so far so I’m seriously looking beyond mid-February and thinking I’d like to see if I could eat like this for as long as possible. I guess I’ve just got to take it one day at a time, as i’ve been trying to do, and just see how it goes!

Right now, the blender is one of my best friends. I love smoothies! It’s so easy to make and they can be packed with so much good stuff.
Here’s one of my staple recipes for a yummy smoothie…

1 cup almond milk
1 whole banana (I sometimes use 1/2 a banana when I want to cut the sugar content down a bit)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
4 oz of spinach and/or kale
2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Sometimes, I also add 1/2 cup of carrots to this recipe. I told you my smoothies are nutrient-rich! =)
If you want to make it sweeter you can. It’s up to you. For me, as long as the fruits are ripe, it’s usually sweet enough for me.
But in case you need additional sweetness, you can always add chopped dates, honey, raw agave, or maple syrup.

Anyway, this meatless life has not been an easy task. I can’t live on smoothies alone so I’ve also been scouring the internet in search of recipes to help me get creative with my fruits and vegetables. I’m looking for the yummy stuff. So if you’ve got any suggestions, please send it my way!

Well, I’m looking forward to sharing more with you about my life and loves this 2014!

For now, I leave you with this interesting, fun, and smart video that’s been circulating the net. You may have already seen this but I thought I would share here since it somewhat relates (or at least I think it does). Also, since I’m a homeschooler, I love seeing children share what they’ve learned.

Until next time…

Learning to love vegetables…

I think i’ve shared this before but one of my hopes for this year is to eat more healthy. My diet’s not terrible but it’s not great either.  I just know I can do better and one of the ways I’ve decided to improve is by eating more vegetables.   In my quest to do that, I’ve decided to try at least one new vegetable recipe a week hoping to learn to love vegetables while doing something I already love…taking pictures.

The first recipe I decided to try is Baba Ghanoush.   I decided on this recipe since i love dips (one of my favorites being hummus) and this recipe only called for 5 ingredients! I just love easy recipes! The star of this recipe is the eggplant.  Did you know…

::  Eggplant is a fruit;  actually, it’s botanically classified as a berry.
::  It’s native to India and
::  85% of all eggplants are produced in 5 countries (China, India, Turkey, Indonesia and Iraq)

So eggplant isn’t really a vegetable? Well, it’s botanically a fruit but culinary wise, it’s considered a vegetable since it isn’t sweet.  Anyway, I’m glad I can consider it a vegetable considering my title post. lol! Well, enough culinary knowledge…time to share some photos with you! =)

So I got all of my 5 ingredients together…

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turned my oven to broil and broiled the eggplant while turning it every 5 minutes for a total of 20 minutes.

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I let it cool for just a few minutes then peeled the skin back.  This was so easy to do since broiling made the flesh of the eggplant pull away from the skin.  I then just basically scooped the inside of the eggplant onto my cutting board.

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I decided to chop the eggplant as well as the other ingredients rather than put everything into the food processor. Of course, the food processor would have made everything super quick.  Chopping is just the more traditional version.

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I then combined all the ingredients into a bowl.

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And voila!…

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It was all done and ready for me to eat!

Honestly, this was so easy to make.  I really loved the overall flavors but thought I could have used less garlic.    The next time, rather than 2 cloves I’ll probably be using only 1. Of course, I should have known, the first clove I chopped looked larger than normal and could have really counted for two.  Anyway, lesson relearned… You can always add more of something but you can’t take anything away.

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If you’d like to try this recipe here it is…

Baba Ghanoush (from 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes Cookbook by Carol Gelles)

1 medium eggplant (1 pound)

1/4 cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (basically 1 lemon)

3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced*

*The actual recipe calls for 2 cloves but I modified this so you can add accordingly.

1.  Place whole eggplant on a grill or under a broiler. Cook, turning about every 5 minutes, until charred all over (about 20 minutes).

2. Cut the eggplant in half, scoop out the flesh, and discard the skin. Let cool.

3. Place the eggplant, parsley, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic in a food processor container fitted with a steel blade. Process until the parsley is finely chopped. Let stand at least one hour for the flavors to meld.

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With my first attempt being a bit more garlicky than  I’d like as a dip, I’m thinking it would be perfect in a Greek style hamburger. Hmmm…a burger with lettuce, tomatoes, few slices of thin red onions, this baba ghanoush spread on the bottom (or top) layer of the bun, and some feta? I’ll have to eventually try my crazy idea sometime. But that will have to be for another future post! =)

I hope you enjoyed this post! I’m really excited to share more of my journey into the world of vegetables through photos and recipes with you!

Until next time…