Hi folks! I believe that I forgot to place a deadline for signing up for the Coconut Concentrate giveaway. Since I think I got everyone that I think WAS interested in receiving a bottle of this great product, the random.org site picked a winner for me this morning. Erica from Discovering Raw is our winner. I hope you enjoy the bottle of Coconut Concentrate!
This past weekend I was challenged to really stay on course with eating healthy. Followign a vegan lifestyle CAN be pretty rough if there is not advance preparation. By preparation, I mean mental preparation. Do I indulge in carbs the whole day because there are no choices or do I hold out and try to sneak in a grocery store run in order to preapre something in a hurry?
During this past weekend I knew that we were going to a softball game / cookout so knowing what was available last year I decided to prepare a quick meal. I was able to find a Whole Foods to buy a few items, items that would not require for me to cook. I decided to buy the following:
Do you know that these items cost 6 bucks? I survived on this hummus for breakfast on two days which I also ate with these amazing rice cakes.
I placed all the fresh veggies and blackbeans in a bowl and tossed with a little salt and lime juice. I was working with minimal ingredients BUT you know, this made for a filling meal. The cookout consisted of hot dogs and hamburgers and chips and all but this bean salad heald me over in addition to the veggies and potatoe salad that someone had brought to the picnic. You can survive, but it means setting one’s mind on doing what you gotta do in order to not gorge on carbs. So easy to do too!
Before I left on our trip I worked on a quick recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes. It was the day before we left and I did not want to cook anything heavy or have any leftovers, so I decided to make Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time.
As a starter, I made a raw soup that had kale, avocado, coconut water,tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, and a few more items. I then quickly sauteed some white mushrooms with EVOO and balsamic vinegar and stuffed them with hummus.
I then started the green tomato frying. I try not to fry often but when I do it is something good you know? Well, when is something fried NOT good. I really did not have green tomatoes but I used 6 small tomatillos for this recipe.
I used coconut oil to fry the tomatillos and added a little more salt to the recipe since these seemed to be a little more tart. The recipe is gluten-free and uses tapioca flour instead of regular flour.
Fried Green Tomatillos
inspired by Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon ground flax seed
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon arrowroot
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
6 medium tomatillos, husks removed and washed
Heat 1/2 cup coconut oil in a frying pan under medium heat.
Combine the water and ground flax seeds in a bowl whip with a fork until well combined. Pour into a pie dish and allow to sit for a few minutes in order for it to thicken.
In another pie plate, combine the rest of the ingredients (except for the tomatoes). Cut tomatoes into slices about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Dip a tomato slice in the flax-water,on each side, and place slice into cornmeal mixture. Press lightly to assure that bottom of slice is covered with cornmeal and turn to coat other side.
When all tomato slices are coated, place them in the coconut oil and fry for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately!