A Vegan Experiment

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.Weather collage

The store is only 1 mile from my house, so I ventured out! There was definitely some flash flooding.  On the way home, my tires kicked up a wave of water on both sides of the car the entire way home.  Water Wave Car

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. 

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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.IMG_1159[1]

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).

Do you have any favorite vegan snacks?

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