Ick, how did Monday get here so fast? Thankfully it flew by at work, but only because it was insanely busy. Miko seemed to be as thrilled as I was to climb out of bed this morning.
I did get a 9-mile run in Saturday which the weather was just gorgeous for. Too bad getting stung by a wasp on my ankle at mile 3 slowed me down a bit, those hurt! So I was perfectly happy to park my rear in a movie theater with hubby for nearly 3 hours after to watch The Hunger Games. It was a great movie, paced well with action while not over doing the dark aspects of the story, I might read the books sometime.
And Easter Sunday was a whirlwind for me of chores to prepare for the week, preparing recipes for a family gathering, working out, and getting in a little internet reading time. Somehow I had non-stop energy for it all after Saturday’s long run and it was much appreciated. My Easter kitchen adventures started with chopping a huge spinach salad to take.
And my Avocado Ginger Dressing to go with it.
Then I juiced about 3 lbs. of carrots to make Ani’s raw carrot cake from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen.
Which made plenty of carrot juice pulp for the cake!
And plenty of carrot juice for hubby and I to enjoy, I’m gonna have a nice summer glow now!
Originally the recipe calls for blended cashews to be used for the icing, but I swapped for sunflower seeds instead since my nephew is allergic to cashews.
While that changed the texture of the icing, it still came out sweet, thick, and very rich on the finished cake.
And I managed to overflow my little kitchen compost bin with all the veggie chopping having to make two trips to the big bin in the backyard.
There were plenty of vegan options at our family gathering for me with my salad, asparagus, and a gorgeous vegan Artichoke Pasta Salad my sister made.
So I had a very colorful and vibrant dinner plate.
The avocado dressing was a hit with family because it’s very thick, tangy, and creamy. And it made a nice veggie appetizer dip too.
The carrot cake came out pretty good even though it looked a little funny from being formed in a cake pan.
It had a very most and hearty texture, nothing like a cheap, dry sheet cake. And it wasn’t overly sweet which I liked as I try to cut down my sweet cravings.
It had a nice, natural flavor while being very filling.