Friday, March 12, 2010

Potluck for a Rainy Day

Today it has rained pretty hard to the point that we heard thunder and saw lightning. We pray to the good Madame that spring is in the home stretch. However, we are here in the WNC area and the weather is pretty unpredictable. Anyways, we had a small community potluck with a couple of extra friends invited. Everything went well. And the food? Magnafique! I had prepared three dishes; pinto beans surprise (I needed to give it some kind of name), creamy garlic tahini, and creamy spinaci e aglio (Italian for spinach and garlic). Ok. Here are some of the ingredients.
Garlic Tahini:
1/2 jar of organic tahini
2 tbsp of agave syrup
5 raw garlic cloves
1 tbsp of fresh ginger
1 tbsp of toasted sesame oil
4 tbsp of organic wheat free tamari
2 tbsp of lemon juice
3/4 cup of water
*Blend ingredients except water and then slowly mix the water in until creamy and smooth.

Spinaci e Aglio:
2 packs of 10 oz. frozen spinach
5 garlic cloves minced
6 oz of coconut milk
1/4 cup of spelt flour
1/8 cup of nutritional yeast
2 tbsp lemon juice
tsp of brown mustard seeds
tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of garlic powder
2 tbsp of shou tamari
1 tbsp of olive oil
pinch of black pepper (careful, it's all recalled!)
*Heat oil ad mustard seeds and cumin seeds until it starts a poppin'. Next add minced garlic for 30 seconds. Then add spinach and cover until spinach is completely defrosted. Now add flour and nutritional yeast then stir in coconut milk and water until creamy. Last add shoyu tamari. If need be add water to desired consistency. Finished
Ife ate the garlic tahini on toast. The garlic tahini is a great dish to serve to your family and friends around this time of year. Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and nature's most powerful anti-biotic. Enjoy

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