Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feast on Gratitude

Food fuels much more than the body.  A good (or bad) meal can bring strangers together and friends closer.  It is no wonder than many religious traditions celebrate breaking bread as a community.  It is truly with intention that a meal unites bridging the gaps of time, language, and age.

My allergies to dairy and gluten can present a challenge at restaurants or with friends and family; however, I have been blessed with beautiful meals that have indeed been shared with love.  As I write this, I feast on gratitude for those that have put a dash of love on my plate.

Here are some delicious recipes I have enjoyed with friends and think you will too!

Tahini Sauce 
1/4 C lemon juice
1/2 C canola oil (I usually use olive)
1/4 C tamari or Bragg's (I use the coconut aminos)
1/3 C tahini
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 C water

Combine in blender and blend until smooth.  Tastes delicious with blanched kale.

Honey-Balsamic Bean Salad - This salad has a zippy flavor that can be a lil addictive.  ;)  Would also be good with cherry tomatoes and a bit more romaine than the recipe calls for.

Spinach Quinoa Socca Cakes - Full of flavor, these cakes are good any time of day.  The "batter" can be made and stored in the fridge for a quick healthy dinner or breakfast.

Wild Stuffed Roasted Squash - The stuffing is good in and out of the squash.  I recommend adding oil and spice to the squash prior to stuffing.