Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Healthy New Year

I invited people who attend raw food potluck events and those curious about raw food to come to my home January 1. About 10 people showed up and we feasted on some of the dishes I prepared as well as those people brought.

I made two kinds of salad, a chef salad with basil dressing and kale salad with sesame seed dressing. For the main course there were collard wraps filled with spinach cashew mayonaise surrounding carrots, cabbage, and pea sprouts. I also made marinated vegetables in a rich chili sauce. The veggies included eggplant, zucchini, carrot, celery, mushrooms, onion, and lentil sprouts. The sauce came from sun dried tomatoes plus garlic, onion, chili peppers, and seasonings.

For the occasion I made several kinds of flax crackers including an invention of yams, apple, coconut in orange juice with chia seeds. Sweet and yummy! I had also dehydrated banana bread, a simple recipe with 5 ingredients: banana, coconut, chia seeds, walnuts, and raisins. To one batch I added cinnamon. So delicious!

I also made several desserts. I made two versions of my carrot cake, one with pineapple and one without. Both were frosted with cashew/lemon icing. People also enjoyed a raspberry chocolate parfait with layers of chocolate (avocado plus cacao and agave) and frozen whipped raspberries. I sprinkled some cookie crumbs between layers.

The conversation was equally as tasty as the food. What a treat to meet these people and have a long leisurely talk about our experiences in seeking and enhancing our health.

May 2010 be a healthy year for you.

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