Thursday, July 22, 2010

Health for Life Cooking in August

Southwest Humus Wrap - This wrap comes from Rip Essylstyn ( tri-athlete, fire fighter, author of the Engine 2 Diet, and now educator of a "plant strong" diet. Who would ever think you could put humus, a Mediterranean bean spread, into a black bean Mexican style wrap! He did it and it's delicious!! I've added some avocado and salsa, and I'm using basic home made humus instead of roasted red pepper humus.

Basic Low Fat Humus - For those of you who love humus but have never made it, I highly recommend saving your $$ and making it at home. It's so quick and easy and you control what goes in it! All you need is a food processor, garbanzo beans, tahini (sesame seed paste) lemon juice, garlic and a little salt and then add what ever herbs and seasonings you want. That's it! It's so easy! For some reason I get a lot of compliments on this humus, but honestly, it's just your basic recipe found all over the Internet. I've decided that the secret is using home cooked garbanzo beans.

Mexico Chop w/ Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing and Crispy Tortilla Strips - This recipe originates from Real Food Daily, a great restaurant in southern California that I love to visit when I'm in the area. I've changed the dressing ingredients to eliminate the oil and up the flavor just a tad. Top it off with Crispy Tortilla Strips that I've seasoned and baked in the oven and you have a complete meal. This salad is cool, crisp, and perfect for a hot summer day!

Key Lime Pie - I've heard that Key Limes are in season in July but have yet to run on to any, so this pie will most likely be made with regular limes which work just fine! This pie may look a little odd (many vegan foods do!) but the tarty sweet taste with the ultra creamy texture will knock your socks off!! It's the perfect way to top off a mildly spicy Mexican meal. And NO, there are no green leafys used in this recipe!....but that's not such a bad idea!

And there you have it! Health for Life Cooking in August! Class dates are Wednesday August 4th, Tuesday August 10th, & Tuesday August 17th.
Hope to see you in class!

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