BREAKFAST-"Purple Monster" ( 1 Cup of Almond Milk, 1 Cup Frozen Organic Blueberries, 1.5 Frozen Local Bananas, 1/2 Local Mangoes, 1 scoop "Amazing Meal", Stevia)LUNCH-"Chickpea Gado Gado" with "Thai Peanut Dressing" recipe follows
*CHICKPEA GADO GADO* VEGAN serves 2
Cooked Quinoa 1.5 Cups
Organic Canned Chickpeas 1 Cup
Chopped Cilantro ( Coriander ) 1/2 Cup
1 Carrot thinly sliced ( I made ribbons with a veggie peeler )
Chopped Garlic or Onion Chives 2 Tbs
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp
Crushed Peanuts 2 Tbs
*THAI PEANUT DRESSING* VEGAN
1 Can Organic Coconut Milk ( I used Full FAT )
4 Heaping Tbs of Organic Peanut Butter
2 Tbs Organic Ketchup
1.5" inches of Fresh peeled Ginger Root
3 cloves of Garlic
2 Tbs Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1 Thai or other hot chili pepper
1 tsp dark Sesame Oil
1 heaping Tb of local Honey
1/4 cup Soy Sauce ( or Nama Shoyu )
***Throw all ingredients in a blender until well combined ( should make about 3 cups ) You can use this on salads, on rice, stir fries or as a marinade. For a dipping sauce, add more Peanut Butter for a thinker consistency. Taste great hot or cold!
DINNER-Lettuce Wraps ( *Cashew Herb "Cheese" Pate* recipe below, Tomatoes from my Garden, Kalamata Olives, Romaine Lettuce ) "Mary's Gone Cracker's" no gluten Crackers, 1 glass "Man Vintners" 2008 Chenin Blanc from South Africa.
*CASHEW HERB "CHEESE" PATE* VEGAN
1 Cup Raw Cashews soaked over night, rinsed and drained
1 Tb White Miso
2 cloves of Garlic
juice of 1 Lemon
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 chopped Chives
*** Blend all ingredients in high speed blender until smooth. Add Chives and blend until incorporatedDESSERT-"Purely Decadent" non-dairy ice cream
***I haven't tried many wines from South Africa and when I came across "Man Vintners" at Napili Market for $7.99 I figured I'd give it go. The label promised "Aromas of Tropical Fruits and Melon, with crisp bold citrus and tropical fruit flavors" I would say they were dead on. This is a nice dry white that would goes perfect with raw veggies/salads. I'm not complaining.
SIDE NOTE: If you are searching for a great bargain wine try looking into New World vineyards. These countries are now trying to break into the US market and complete with California, France and Italian imports. If you want to find a great bargain wine look at countries like Spain ( not technically "New World" but still....), Argentina, Chile and South Africa! You'd be surprised how good an under $10 bottle can taste. Australia and New Zealand did this years ago and now you are paying top USD for Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc! So get a jump on it my fellow "Recessionistas" for these New World wines might not be so affordable once they are well know for being serious wine regions ( Argentina is pretty much there! ) Enjoy!
AUGUST CHALLENGE: Day 3 no dairy- easy peasy!