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4th of July weekend Part 2

9 Jul

I apologize for taking so long to post this-it’s been non stop with family in town over the 4th and then non stop prep for a month long road trip, complete with my car breaking down in the middle of the insanity. Back to info on the food from the busy holiday weekend.

Saturday was crazy and we were going all day…synagogue in the morning plus food shopping for the BBQ we were hosting the next day plus a BBQ that night. I’m glad that our guests who are in their 60’s, were able to keep up-and be the life of the party 🙂 We brought the coleslaw and a pesto dip with gluten free crackers and there were also sliced cucumbers there. The pesto dip ended up being a bit thick but still tasted great. ( I mixed this pesto with some of the cashew cheese from this recipe ) Two days later I thinned it out a bit with a touch of water and put it on yellow zucchini noodles and the moisture from the noodles helped thin it out to the perfect consistency.

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Up until this point it was crazy busy but I found as long as I made sure to bring something I could eat, I did fine. I also relied heavily on left overs. I added some leftover cole slaw to a salad made of dinosaur kale and fresh from the garden cherry tomatoes and diced cucumber and that was a quick and easy meal when a smoothie or juice just wouldn’t do. I tossed the kale in a quick dressing of A couple of tablespoons of ACV, some stone ground mustard & some honey…I didn’t really measure but it hot the spot.

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After the 2 BBQ’s that we went to, we prepared to host one at our house on Sunday, July 7th. We had dear friends in town, it was a holiday weekend plus it was my birthday-what a great excuse to have a BBQ 🙂 plus we’re leaving in Sept for 2 years so we had to do this while we could. I was super surprised that we had over 50 people come! What a blessing! We got to celebrate with people from all of the different communities of our life. And Hot Lips was a fabulous Grill Master! He took care of the drum sticks, chicken tenders & all beef, nitrate free hot dogs. I made a BBQ shredded beef roast in the crock pot that also went over well. I didn’t get to make everything I wanted to because I just ran out of time. However, I did make my raw, vegan, deviled egg salad But called it a “garden dip” and Baba Ghanoush and served them in a 2 dip serving tray with sliced cucumbers and gluten free crackers. I also made the kale salad with the creamy curry dressing but my only salad ingredients were kale (massaged in lemon juice) and tomatoes from my garden. We cut up a cantaloupe and put that out along with Deborah’s cole slaw. Thankfully, our guests all brought sides so there was plenty of food. Also I couldn’t have gotten the food done that I did if it wasn’t for Deborah’s help plus some of my guests who stepped in and helped to take care if things in the kitchen. I’m so thankful door the dear friends & Mishpocha (family) I have been blessed with!

I also made my own birthday cake and Holy Freaking Moly was it AMAZING! (If I don’t say so myself;) I made a raw, vegan Chocolate Hazelnut “cheese” cake.Totally out of this world! It calls for hazelnut butter but instead of regular, I used a healthier version of Nutella which is a chocolate hazelnut butter. It was a hit with all who stayed late enough to try it. I liked it so well, I made some in little 4oz jelly jars to satisfy my chocolate cravings while on our road trip (which has worked quite well, I should add) And so has everyone else who has tried it;) Here is a picture of me with my super delicious birthday cake:

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I’m so glad I got to have cake on my birthday 🙂 I keep thinking I miss certain foods but then I find recipes for things I can eat that satisfy those cravings plus don’t poison my body. Also when I try some of those foods I think I miss, I don’t enjoy them. To me, this has been an interesting learning experience. As a matter of fact, we are traveling and I have brought a whole host of foods with me which has been a really good thing. We found ourselves at a Culvers last night and Hot Lips ordered their fried cheese curds which used to be a favorite of mine….I was having a difficult time with self control and popped one into my mouth…and proceeded to spit it out into a napkin. It did not taste good to me at all! As a matter of fact, it tasted pretty gross! I’m actually thankful for that. I’m still amazed at how drastically my taste buds have changed.

One of the benefits of my 60 day juice fast that I didn’t even realize has been a complete change in my food cravings…even when I want something salty and crunchy or chocolatey and sweet, I’m not turning to Ben & Jerry’s fish food ice cream or Trader Joe’s white cheddar popcorn. My frozen banana chocolate “ice cream” (or chocolate hazelnut “cheese” cake) and dehydrator crackers satisfy me-although I have found a new crunchy & salty snack that I am absolutely enjoying while on the road. They are called Plentils by the Enjoy Life food company and they are corn free, soy free and gluten free and they are super delicious…I may be a bit addicted 😉 It could be way worse!