Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snappy Guac with Red Chips!

Welcome to Kid Friendly Veggies! 

Here, you will find DELICIOUS veggie dishes that will get your kids (or stubborn husbands, or teenage boys, picky eaters, etc) to...EAT MORE VEGGIES!!

Veggies are so important to our diet, delivering vitamins and minerals, and filling you up with little sodium, calories, or fat. They can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. The CDC recommends getting between 3-5 servings each day. Sadly, the typical American diet is far from this goal.

Why? Because frankly, we don't know how to cook them to make them taste good! We typically steam them, and add butter and salt.....BORING!!! They get mushy, over-cooked, and just...blah.

Here, you'll find recipes that are exciting and tasty! I manipulate the textures and flavors with fresh herbs, spices, and other healthy alternatives!

So I thought I'd start out with a warm and cozy meal that will be the hit of the party!
such a creamy sauce!
such a creamy sauce!
It's a favorite of mine. Somewhat “party” inspired.
so bright and fresh!
so bright and fresh!
I made Snappy Guac and Chips! Sugar Snap Peas, tossed in an Avocado Dressing, over a bed of Roasted Broccoli and crunchy Red Skinned Potato Chips! So delicious and a festival of flavors and textures! Cooking for my fam definitely brings out joy in me:)
Snap Peas and Guacamole Sauce - Superb!
Snap Peas and Guacamole Sauce – Superb!
And it’s gluten free, vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly!
what a plate!
what a plate!
Broccoli is such a superstar - delivering fiber, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, C, K, B6 and Magnesium! 
such crunchy chips!
such crunchy chips!
Here’s what you need:
7 organic red skinned potatoes, sliced thin on a mandolin
1 stalk of broccoli, broken into florets, and roasted
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
Avocado Dressing:
1 avocado, mashed
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp salt
1 garlic glove, grated
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Carefully slice your red potatoes on the mandolin. Place them in a single layer on 2 olive-oil-lined baking sheets. (You’ll have to do 2 batches). Spray them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. You’ll need to watch them carefully towards the end — when they begin to get brown spots on them, take them out – they’re finished!
Meanwhile, roast your broccoli. Place the florets on an olive-oil-sprayed baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Also, prep your veggies. After you chop your red onion, soak it in ice water for 10 minutes – this gets rid of that bitter onion-y bite. Drain, and squeeze dry in a paper towel.
gorgeous roasted broccoli!
gorgeous roasted broccoli!
Finally, make the dressing. Combine the dressing ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mash the avocado with the back of a fork until creamy and smooth. Add enough lime juice so that it is “liquidy.” Toss your snap peas, cilantro and red onion with the dressing.
mmm mmm mmm!
mmm mmm mmm!
To serve, make a bed of the chips. On top of that, make a cushion of broccoli, and top with the snappy guacamole! Garnish with green onions and cilantro, and enjoy!
amazing textures!
amazing textures!
This meal was SO GOOD! The textures of the meal took it over the top! The chips were phenomenal – they were incredibly crunchy! My parents loved them too — there was not a single one left! And combined with the tender-crisp broccoli, and crunchy snap peas slathered in the creamy dressing – it was amazing!
Gluten Free, Vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly!
Gluten Free, Vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly!
And the flavor was out of control! The dressing was just like guacamole – with the bright lime juice, fresh cilantro, and subtle hint of garlic. It. was. so. good!
Is your holiday shopping finished?
Until Next Time!
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