So today, we are going to visit the Vegetarian Resource Group, a dietetic practice group. As part of the day, Phyllis asked us to bring a vegan snack that we could share with the group. At first I was like, “Can I just bring almonds?”. I have never actively tried to make a vegan dish and was a little apprehensive. I was worried that I was going to have to buy a lot of specialty ingredients. But then I decided to use this as an opportunity to try something new. I did some searching and found 2 recipes. First, I needed to go to the store, a challenge in and of itself.
Yeah, just like that. But wouldn’t you know, that after I braved the storm for my vegan ingredients, the rain completely stopped. C’est la vie! On to the actual cooking.
Both of my recipes I found through Pinterest (big surprise). The first was something light and refreshing, because the temperature has been lingering in the 90 degree area. It is a simple slice of cucumber with a swirl of hummus and then a dash of chia seeds on top. I was unable to find chia seeds so instead I bought a spicy hummus to give it that extra somethin-somethin! Hits the spot with a nice crunch and enough flavor.
The second recipe was a little more of an experiment. It was a method of drying out strawberries that made them chewy, almost like candy. For these, I cut up the strawberries into halves or quarters, sprinkled some salt and pepper over them and then popped them in the oven at 210 degrees for 3 hours! Definitely a lengthy process, but while they are drying, it smells wonderful. Its not even like strawberries, almost like a buttery cookie. Don’t know what’s up with that, but if your trying to sell a house and don’t have cookies, throw some strawberries in the oven…
The final product was…yummy! They weren’t completely dry so they had a squishy texture and the flavor was amplified a lot. Make them next time you watch a long movie and you’ll have a post film snack.
I would say worth the experiment and the drive. I never would have attempted the strawberries without this little push. I’ll give an update if there are any strong reactions (positive or negative) when I bring these into what feels a bit like an intern panel! (We all get to sample each others).