As with most of our family gatherings, there was way too much food.
The hor’derves alone could have been the meal. And you can imagine the sugar-induced craziness that ensued when my young nieces and nephew discovered those huge, chocolate See’s eggs in the middle. Chocolate mustaches and sticky fingers was a fashion statement for anyone under 6.
When it came time for the indoor egg hunt, there were some grumpy participants.
And an eager race to see who could overflow their basket first with the occasional break to snack on the contents.
Then it was time to devour the loot promptly after with shrieking protests as my sisters tried to limit the candy intake.
Then my favorite part, bringing out the good food. This time I only contributed my signature dish to the event, a monster salad big enough to serve a cruise ship. It was packed with sprouted lentils, a new addiction of mine. But not everyone appreciated them because they were a little hard to eat being so too long. For me, twirling them in the fork like spaghetti worked fine. But I’ve mastered the art of eating messy salads over the last few years and forget not everyone appreciates them as much as I do. :-)
The dressing I made to go with it was a bigger hit, the Tahini Lemon Dressing from Jennifer Cornbleet’s Raw Food Made Easy. It was so thick, it had to be served with a spoon, but it was popular for dipping asparagus and corn into as well as dabbing onto the salad.
My sister is rapidly becoming a foodie and had two amazing vegan salads she made to make sure I’d have enough to eat. She got the recipe for this gorgeous quinoa salad from Beth’s Journey.
And also created a beautiful pasta salad with tomatoes, basil and olives. I’m so proud. :-)
So the only vegan in the house was not hurting for food options.
And had a wonderful plate loaded with veggies. After hours of chatting, snapping pictures, and feeling dizzy watching kids cranked up on sugar and the following crash, we were spent. It was another wonderful holiday with family and I feel so blessed to be able to spend it with such a wonderful group. So wonderful that I’m now feeling a little sad another weekend is over and I’m facing another busy week. Oh well, I will need motivation Monday again tomorrow for sure. :-)