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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Have had far too much coffee to start that detox today.

And the coffee will remain in my system for a while, so I think I should wait a few more days. Also, I'm having dinner at Dianne's tonight with some friends and I don't think I can detox just yet. I am, however, trying to be a touch healthier. I pulled out my old copy of Vegan Vittles, which is a surprisingly good cookbook, considering there is no meat or cheese or even butter in any of the recipes. So, they have this recipe for dip, Glorious Green Olive Dip, to be exact. Although you may find this shocking (I know this avid meat and cheese eater did), the dip is pretty glorious, on everything from chips to celery.

I did not exactly have those ingredients, so I improvised and I really, really like my new dip. Yo.

My New Spicy I-Can't-Believe-It's-Vegan Dip

In a food processor, combine the following:
  • 1 box soft silken tofu. You can find this in the Asian section of most grocery stores. You don't even have to go to the Fancy Mart, but you can if you like, because the service is better. But I digress. Do not look for silken tofu in the refrigerated section, because it is not there.
  • 1 garlic clove.
  • 1 Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce and a spoonful of the sauce, more if you like it hot. These peppers can be found in a can in the Mexican section of the grocery store.
  • a few heaping spoonfuls of Nutritional Yeast. It sounds gross. It looks gross. It does not taste gross. I promise! Sprinkle it on popcorn with a little salt. And it is very, very healthy. And not gross. My favorite Fancy Mart, Rosewood Market, carries it in bulk.
  • 5 or 6 green olives and a splash of olive juice from the jar.
  • a handful of fresh basil.
  • a dash or two of salt.
  • some lime juice. I would recommend a lot of lime juice. I like lime juice. I used about a third of that plastic squeezy lime.
Purée everything until it looks creamy. Now add a splash or three of olive oil and blend for a few more seconds. I liked the dip with celery, but it was even better with red pepper. Tortilla chips would not be a bad vehicle for this dip. It also made an excellent sandwich spread. And was healthy. Woohoooo!

I will be detoxified in no time. Or not.

Namasté, y'all!

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