Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pistachios and Walnuts

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Here is a perfect plant-based dinner idea... that I kind of stole from my sister-in-law.
She's awesome - hence, she makes awesome food. Not too long ago she made something along these lines for
us and I seriously daydreamed about the meal for days... and then I finally just broke down and went out
and bought everything to make my dreams come true! Y'all this is good.

And if you don't have all the ingredients... just work-it in this direction and wing-it!
That's what I did - and voila - plant lovers' paradise on a plate. Dramatic truth.
Sweet Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower
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Saute 1 small onion, 2 tsp. minced garlic, 8 chopped brussels sprouts,
and half a head of chopped cauliflower in a couple drizzles of extra virgin olive oil.

Don't wilt them to death. Just toast them up. When finished (10 minutes tops!), add juice of
half a lemon, 1/2 C. cranberries, 1/2 C. chopped walnuts, and a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup.

I ate the cold leftovers of this for lunch with fresh strawberries. Um yea. Top 10 best lunches.
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Pistachio Rice
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4 C. prepared rice (about 2 C. dry) - CHOP AND ADD: 1 C. pistachios, 1 red pepper, 1/2 onion,
1/2 C. cilantro, a handful of chives, 1 tsp. minced jalapeno, 1 large avocado.
Stir gently. Add sea salt to taste. Lime juice is yummy. If you want.

Scooped this all up with some sweet potato chips. Not needed, but good!
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So, no joke, as Isaiah (2) ate this meal, he kept telling me he was eating CANDY!
Brainwashing complete. Mission accomplished. Truth is - we don't dis veggies around here.
You won't hear a, "Uuuugh carrots!" or "Green beans are GROSS," in these parts.

We basically just over-embellish the idea that vegetables are straight from God...
because, well, they are. And we want to give glory to that... with thanks and praise
for the goodness that they provide.

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Just some food for thought. Literally.

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    1. i fully support that action! lol. hope you love these dishes as much as i do!!! XO

  2. Yum! Do you ever get hungry after a meal like this because it doesn't have a strong protein? Would you add egg, chicken, shrimp? Maybe I crave protein because I have been pregnant or nursing for five years STRAIGHT!! :)

    1. Hi Leslie, the short answer is "no!" believe it or not! I actually feel waaaaay better when I avoid animal products all together. The days I eat a pure veg diet are the days I am the fullest and most content - seriously! they are SOOOOO filling!!! And protein can be found in a lot of plant-based products - which is awesome! The nuts in both of these dishes are loaded - with ENOUGH to carry me through! We are on a "low" protein diet according to the US GOV standards yadda yadda... but I don't believe them for one bit. Check out China Study!!! It'll change your life!

  3. I love that your kiddos eat and enjoy veggies! I wish mine wouldn't be snobby with healthy food. I usually have to grate it and mixit in with other ingredients! concealment at its best!

    1. i think that's typical, Leah! and it's not ALWAYS peaceful peas over here... trust me. occasionally there is a rebellion. but yea - changing out diet so much when they were tiny MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE! today i was SHOCKED at the grocery store when Isaiah called out, "I SEE A HOT DOG!" i'm not sure he's ever had one. if has... it's been over a year and a half. lol.


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