Playing with My Food

I am using vegetables in a ways I never imagined before. Similar to flipping a pizza to make the cheese the crust, here are a few veggie variations that bring meals together in a new way.
Try this: 

  • Noodle replacement: Frozen French Cut Green Beans (canned are too soft) or julienned Broccoli stems 
  • Tomato Free Marinara: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Beets, make a great Nomato sauce in this recipe.  Combine with seasonings and ground turkey or beef to make Chili 
  • Zucchini chips (freshly cut) are great for scooping black-eyed hummus (see below) instead of chips.  
  • Romaine lettuce takes the place of bread for sliced meats and even hot hamburgers in a Leafwich.

If you're type O, Black-eyed peas are one of the few legumes on the diet.  Pinto beans are allowed and also work well for hummus.  I have always loved Garbanzo bean Hummus, but I think this is tastier.  It also warms up nicely and can be enjoyed with eggs!

Here's my Black-Eyed Hummus Recipe:
2-4 cloves garlic
1 can or bag of frozen black eyed peas (cooked and cooled)
1/4 cup of extra virgin Olive Oil
2T lemon juice
Salt and Onion Powder to taste
(optionally you can add the skinned and chunked stem of a broccoli cluster for a little more of your daily veggies)
Get the food processor out!  Start with the garlic, rinse the beans and dump them in, as they get all sticky and start clumping together, drizzle with the oil until things get moving.  I freeze half and have a party with sliced fresh zucchini and just a few Rice crackers.