Friday, August 23, 2013

Mexican Inspired Salad

I love the flavors of Mexican food!  This simple salad is inspired by the flavors & spices from Mexican rice, pico de gallo, & guacamole. (See my versions of Mexican "rice" here and here).
You should feel free to switch anything out for what you have around the kitchen.  I am not crazy about heat in my food, but if you love it, go ahead and add some minced up jalapeno!

Romaine lettuce (or mixed greens, or baby kale)
Handful Cherry tomatoes
1 Green pepper
1 Avocado
2 scallions(or red onion)
Parsley, about half a handful
Cilantro, about half a handful
1 clove garlic(zested or minced)
1 lime (or half depending on how juicy it is)
Cumin (to taste)
Sea or Pink Himalayan Salt (to taste)

Step #1: Chop up veggies, herbs, & cube avocado. Add everything to a large bowl. Zest in garlic, add cumin & salt to taste, &  squeeze in lime juice.
Step # 2: Mix well and enjoy!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Almond Coconut Treat

I decided to continue no sugar (with the exception of raw young coconut water) and a very green centric diet for the month of August after completing the month of July. 
I found that I was fine without any fruit and was satisfied with coconut puddings for dessert.
Then we went to a wedding this past weekend (no coconut pudding access).  Seeing all the brownies, cookies, & ice cream made me want a little bit of an almond based cookie or raw treat.  Determined not to break the Extreme Green Cleanse I am doing, I experimented with this simple almond coconut treat earlier and it was a success.
These measurements are approximate, you can experiment, you won't go wrong!

Approx. 2 teaspoons Raw Almond Butter
Approx. 2 teaspoons Unsweetened shredded coconut
Cinnamon (to taste)
1/4 of a vanilla bean (open & scrap beans)
Stevia (optional, I didn't use it)

Step #1: Place almond butter into a bowl and add shredded coconut as needed to thicken. Add cinnamon & vanilla and stir.
Step #2: Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to form mixture & place in mini cupcake liner.  Place treats in freezer for at least 20 mins before enjoying. They are bite sized, but filling. I made 3 total, but only ate 2 of them.