Dehydrated, Fresh, & Roasted Veggies

How’s Thursday going?  (Publishing early in case you’re wondering.) I am doing fabulously because I am the proud owner of some new bedroom furniture!  As I mentioned in this post, I was going to be getting a furniture delivery and I got my dresser!

And a new desk.  This is where the blogging action happens.

I had previously purchased the chair from West Elm from about a year ago, but the pillow is new and pulls together the color scheme with with new duvet cover I got.  

Keeps the cool wintery motif going and I love it!  Sadly my nightstand is on backorder so it will be a few weeks til that makes an appearance but I am grooving with my new room decor!!!  Skylar apparently loves the room, too!  She was so excited she took her pants off.  And put them back on inside out.

I’m happy you were digging the 5 Minute Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  They are a snap to make and have no yucky ingredients in them so hopefully you’ll give them a whirl! 

I wanted to thank everyone who writes me, either in the comments section or contacts me via email and tells me they’ve made a recipe of mine.  So far, everyone who’s tried a recipe of mine (today Abby just made one and a couple days ago Bekah did) has given me 100% positive feedback and success stories.  Yay!!!  It warms my heart and makes me feel like my work on the blog is productive when I know I am helping people create yummy food.  So thank you for making the recipes, and then getting back to me to tell me that you did.  Love it!

So moving onto today’s eats…
First I made another batch of Kale Chips.  Check the recipe here or here if you want to make a double-batch.

Coating close-up pre Magic Box

…And after they came outta the Magic Box

Super Thin-n-Crispy

Almost a little too crispy.  I dehydrated them a little longer than I should have.  I forgot that the 95F, and 0 % humidity day was also at play.  Nature’s Way of speeding the dehydrating process along.  Note to self, get kale chips outta the box sooner when it’s uber-dry and hot out.

But no worries, guess who begs me for kale chips?  This little girl.  Her palate isn’t quite sophisticated enough to know the difference if something’s a little over-dehydrated.  Nice.

Some of you have asked what a vegetarian toddler eats?  Well here’s what mine ate for dinner: Cheese mini pizzas from TJ’s, carrots, orange bell peppers, half a tomato, raisins, & kale chips.

And here’s what her vegan mother ate.  My Fresh Veggies Plates included

Medley of greens, asparagus, B.S., orange peppers, and dressed with agave, OJ, and black pepper.

Also worked on a massaged kale salad topped with brock, cauli, tomatoes, cukes, and Homemade Slaw Dressing

And there was a little Brock Salad improvised with the addition of tomatoes, cauli, & orange peppers, dressed with Homemade Slaw Dressing

The homemade slaw dressing not to be confused with this dressing that I finally picked up at WF.  Thanks for the hot tip Miss GC!  I scored two bottles.  I’m sure that’s nothing compared to your stash, though.

Managed to not only score some of that Annie’s LowFat Honey Viniagrette, but also one of the elusive PB & J LaraBars.  I definitely enjoyed it!  It kinda reminds me in a way of the Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I made, but with a PB vibe going on, too.  Skylar loves her Larabar action, too. 

So for the roasted veggie vibe, I decided to get in on the Curly Fry Action.
I spiralized a sweet potato, added some EVOO, S & P, and a scant Tbsp of ginger (dried powder) which I find is an awesome compliment to sweet potatoes.

Roasted the curly fries in a 400F oven for about a half hour.  I have to say, that taking into consideration the cleaning of the spiralizer and struggling a bit with it to really hack through the rigidity of a raw sweet potato, although the curly fries were really tasty…

….they were not any better, and definitely not any easier, than just slicing sweet potatoes into fry shapes, coating with EVOO, S & P, and a dash of ginger, and roasting…

….and making sweet potato fries this way.  Now we’re talking!  Less work, just as tasty, works for me!

Crunchy on the outside, soft & tender on the inside.  Good stuff.

So obviously after all these veggies, it was time to feast on a few Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for dessertAhhh.

Yoga Today is Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with my left leg up, then I allowed my left leg to fall over, and I looked underneath my left shoulder.  This really opens up the left-side of my body, stretches my lats, my shoulders, helps work on hip opening, and helps ground, lengthen and increase the flexibility of the right hamstrings.  Alison, this one’s for you mama.

Tip of the Day: My Chia Seed GiveAway!!!!!  This contest has been smokin’ on fire, hope everyone who wants in has entered.  If you’re not already entered, go get your pretty self entered for a 3 Pound Bag of Chia Seeds!!!!! 

What’s your fave winter fruit?  I try to eat locally & seasonally as much as possible, but I still enjoy fruit every day and at this time of year, it’s feeling kinda blah to me.  In my grocery there are tons of apples, a few beat up pears, pineapples, pomegranates (but they are too much work, sorry), and citrus fruits haven’t come in yet.  Kind of in no-man’s fruit land at the moment.  What are you eating in the fruit department these days?  Or better, what fall veggies are you loving?  Let me guess…squash anyone?

Stay Tuned For a 5 Minute Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Dessert…

0 comments on “Dehydrated, Fresh, & Roasted Veggies”

  1. aw fun blogging meet up :)

    you and katie are all over the balls of heaven as of late. Oh, that's totally what she said.

    I have mixed feelings about workout buddies. Last year at school I took yoga classes daily and loved the connection and unity within the class — but then I would tend to compare myself with them and feel inadequate if I couldn't perfect a pose. I suppose if I got over that mental hurdle though I would love going to classes!


    ..thanks for the insight — I'm feeling very reflective right now :)

    Love you babesie!

  2. I love doing yoga classes with others :) Or even introducing others to yoga. I find it motivating, and fun, and you can see how others benefit and be surrounded by tons of positive energy. I love it!
    If I am running, or doing strength or stretching, i definatly prefer doing that a lone.. haha, im not sure why..

    Peppermint would be an insanely awesome addition to those fudgy balls. hot dang.

  3. Oh gosh. I just got a comment on my blog from someone “alerting” me that you were stealing my recipes and that “don’t worry, I’ve stood up for you.” I PROMPTLY told the commenter I didn’t need to be stood up for (and I deleted her comment), and then I came over here and lo and behold, there her comment is. I am so embarrassed. Averie, we already talked about the fact that many different people can come up with the same recipe when the recipe is as basic as three ingredients, so you know where I stand on that. Did the above commenter not notice how AMAZINGLY sweet you were in linking to the charity drive?!?! Does she not know how much I appreciate all the links you gave me that are sending people to my blog to find out more about helping others in need?! Does she have nothing better to do than antagonize a super-sweet blogger who is SO not doing anything wrong?

  4. I walk with friends fairly often and really enjoy that. Sometimes though I feel like I need to be alone with my thoughts. I think it just depends on my mood :-)

  5. Those balls look so perfect and smooth. (Don't make me say it!)

    Thanks for the MamaBar linkage and for linking back to your Make Your Own Larabar posts because I missed them the first time around! I'm just about out of MamaBars and am ready to make another batch. Looking to my raw recipe goddess for inspiration as usual!

    Until recently I have been a solitary runner and have only discovered the joy of running with other this summer. I definitely enjoy both. I like having a running buddy and I like running alone too. Balance is key, much like that yoga pose!!

  6. I love weekend yoga! I went to a class in my city, Philly, this weekend as well, and it just left me feeling great the rest of the weekend. I also love the side crane pose! It makes me feel like I'm break dancing or something.

  7. Girl catch ups are imperative I think on a regular basis. We certainly need em. We just need to get you over here so we can have a proper bloggy one! :)
    As for working out, I like to mix it up a bit. I like working out sometimes on my own, sometimes with a friend then even if I am lucky, sometimes with a group. Keeps things interesting.

    On another note, I am thinking of buying a Blendtec. Can you give me any reasons why it is better than the Vita Mix or what to look for (as I think there are a few different models?)

    Thanks so much babe!

  8. Oh my gosh you ladies look hot! I love your outfit by the way – olive greens are one of my faves :)

    I've always wanted to try to make my own Larabars. I think I may have to set aside and afternoon (perhaps invite a good friend over) and just get to grinding a bunch of nuts and dates and whatever else needs we desire!

    I hope you had a wonderful Monday sexy mama!

  9. You inspired me to make my own Lara bars!Yum! Thank you;o)


  10. lovely creations :) i'm loving all these balls… lol.

    i often tend to do individual sports as part of a team (weird?). but now i like both aspects of training, so continue to do it…

  11. this is a bit delayed, but…

    WOW, these balls are amazing! and so incredibly simple. thanks for sharing! :)

  12. I made those balls today! My mom and sister were both pleasantly surprised at the tastiness, haha. (They're traditional sugar-eggs-butter-flour types.)
    I used soaked oats instead of cashews since I had a cup leftover, and it worked out just fine, albeit a little oatey (like oatmeal balls).
    Oh and I have NEVER bought raw medjool dates until today, despite them always being in abundance in Singaporean supermarkets. They're sooo much sweeter than I expected!
    And I really love your blog :) Skylar is adorable
    Am I your youngest reader? I'm sixteen.

  13. So I just made these balls with carob instead of cocoa and a mixture of walnuts,almonds and cashews. I added half of a scraped vanilla bean and rolled 'em in coconut! Thanks Averie!

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