Transformational Vegan Meals

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

December 31st, 2010 • Nutrition for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

Since going on my hard-core healthy diet, I’ve discovered that it’s fun, interesting, and tasty to morph meals from one incarnation to another. I’ll start off with raw juiced vegetables, for example, and drink it in one meal. Then I’ll heat it up and add beans, turning it into soup for another meal. Then I’ll add rice and make it into comfort food for the third meal.

Along the way, I’ll change spices too, so that the meals are always different and intriguing. I say intriguing in part because I don’t have a clue how it’s going to turn out until I taste it!

Last night, I thought I’d come to the end of the road with what along the way had morphed into a bean and rice dish with greens and a peanut sauce. But then as I looked at the pan full of food in the fridge, seemingly on its last leg, I had an idea: I threw it in the blender, added some spices and fresh basil, and made a pate out of it!

True, it would have been more fun to spread it on some bread and add a slice or two of cheese, some avocado, and whatnot, but fuck it. I just ate it straight out of the bowl (after dipping one of my kelp “crackers” into it).

And I’m about to be able to report on my own creation of hot chocolate. I took a smoothie I’d made – with the usual suspects of dates, coconut, almonds, water, raw cacao powder, an apple, and some greens, methinks – and I added coconut cream, then added water and more raw cacao powder. It’s heating up right now.

But before I added water and caco and put the concoction on the fire, I just mixed up the coconut cream with the smoothie ingredients and (wincing, not sure it would be one of those “too much” situations) tasted it cold. OMG! OMG! OMG! I have found my substitute junk food!

I soooo love coconut cream. It’s my saving grace. I made the most amazing veggies I’ve ever made in my life this afternoon for lunch, using peanut butter and coconut cream, heated in boiling water, to create a sauce. I’ll share the recipe soon, maybe next post!

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