Monday, April 15, 2013

Five Ingredients for a Flavorful Fruit Filled Dessert or Dip!

My last week was ambitious. After sliding into Atlanta late Wednesday afternoon from a fabulous trip to San Francisco, Thursday morning found us in the kitchen prepping for a class on Thursday night and a brunch for 45 on Friday morning. (Two classes on Saturday, too.) Thursday night’s Mindful Eating class with Facilitator Angela Buttimer was wonderful. We shared our hints and tips for being present while enjoying food, whether alone or with friends and family. Oh – and by the way – standing up or eating in the car doesn’t count as mindful eating…even if we are appreciating the aromas and tastes:)

Late night Thursday led to early morning Friday. We were was lucky enough to host the "Pets For Life" initiative for the United States Humane Society’s Atlanta chapter, at the beautiful Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont. We were serving a vegan brunch – and wanted to make the food as delicious and flavorful as if we were serving a full assortment of meats and cheeses. One of the dishes we served was Kitchari (031113) – from the March 11, 2013 Meatless Monday post. (If you haven’t made this dish yet, give it a try!)  In India, it is traditional to eat rice and lentils or other beans for breakfast. It's a super change from the same old bacon and eggs or biscuit. Plus the recipe makes a lot. Just like day old soup – it keeps getting better.

Now, back to this week's blog post. So here is our take on a fruit dip. A little different than what you usually find, not as sweet, and the limes and coconut make it creamy and interesting! Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit. Whether you are having a brunch – like the one where we served the Pets for Life folks, or you are looking for an easy fruit filled dessert, check this recipe out.

Cashew Coconut Lime Dip
1 Cup Cashew Butter
2 Limes, Zested and Juiced
½ Cup Coconut Milk – whisked together with ½ Cup Hot Water
1 TB Agave Syrup (optional)

Put all the ingredients for the dip into the food processor. Puree until smooth, adding a little more hot water as necessary to thin the sauce to dipping consistency. Serve with your choice of fresh fruit or berries.

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