Back to the grind today and it was painful getting out of bed this morning. But thankfully an easy day compared to last week. I banged out a quick 3-mile run when I got home intending to step up my pace more. And I figured I was since the run was more challenging and tiring. But RunKeeper reported my average pace for the run. Huh? Maybe I got a little too relaxed yesterday or a little tired from not getting as much sleep as I should of last night. Oh well, another attempt later this week.
After my smoothie breakfast and leftovers for lunch, I decided to get a little creative with black beans for dinner and broke out Ani’s Raw Food Essentials to create a creamy hemp sauce from her basic cheeze recipe on page 102.
I like that she does not give specific recipe ingredients, just “2 cups of your favorite nut or seed” for creative freedom with flavored variations in the following pages. Naturally I used hemp seeds for the base and seasoned with chipotle and turmeric for a spicy cheddar flavor.
Blending that amount of hemp seeds into a cream took a little finesse pulling the daring move of running the Vita-Mix on low with the top off while scrapping the sides to blend and get air bubbles out for a minute or so until I could crank the speed up. But I managed to get a creamy texture after only a couple of minutes.
And a gummed up Vita-Mix container once I scooped the “cheeze” out. So gummed up that I had to run it with the container full of water to clean, the sauce was so think. But very tasty.
I sauteed the black beans in a little coconut oil.
Then added some of the cheeze sauce to create a vegan taco filling.
I scooped the scrambled egg-like mixture onto more collard leaves to use as taco shells.
Then added carrot slices and chopped cilantro for partially raw vegan tacos.
The result was good, but not great. It wasn’t a bad idea for vegan taco “meat”, but it needed a little more spice kick and I wasn’t digging the bean texture in the cheeze. I’ll try it again, but probably soak the beans longer and throw them into a food processor with the sauce for a smoother texture with the black bean flavor distributed better.