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guacamole & lettuce wraps

Our Sunday night feast was lettuce wraps!  This is such an easy dinner to put together, which is perfect after a weekend full of skiing.  Adding guacamole to the mix gives the meal some fat and protein, which will ultimately make it a more satisfying dinner along with all of the fiber from the veggies!

I have been reading about and researching many aspects of eating raw for the past few months, so this is a perfect raw meal!  I am not planning on only eating raw, but adding some raw meals or snacks to your day can only be a benefit.  You’ll be seeing lots of new meals and tips on here, including raw and cooked meals!

On to dinner!

I started out by slicing up some yams for a side dish.  Yes, they are cooked, so my meal was not 100% raw. 🙂

The yams were coated with a drizzle of olive oil, cinnamon and paprika and cooked for 35 minutes at 400°F.

After 35 minutes, they came out hot and crispy!

While the yams were cooking, I started working on my guacamole and lettuce wraps, which were inspired by Gena at ChoosingRaw.  For the guacamole I started with an avocado, a red pepper, cilantro, grape tomatoes and lemon.

Mash up the avocado with the juice of 1 lemon, keeping texture to the avocado.

Then, chop of your veggies and add them to the mix.

I sliced up the rest of the red pepper, along with some cucumber and carrots.  Then, it was all wrapped up in a romaine lettuce ‘wrap’.

These were a little messy at first, but worked out just fine.  I prefer lettuce as a ‘wrap’ sometimes when I want something a little lighter than bread.  It is a nice change.   This would be a great meal to serve to guests because preparations are minimal and they can each assemble their own wraps!  You could add a different source of protein if you want, such as hummus or cheese instead of the guacamole.  Or offer all three options!

Gena’s Guacamole

from ChoosingRaw.com

Serves 1 or 2

  • 1 avocado, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 red pepper, finely diced
  • Handful cherry tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, packed and chopped
  • 1/2 packet stevia, or a few drops (you could also use agave or honey)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Mash up the avocado with the lemon or lime until it is mixed up, but still has texture.  Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix.  Serve on lettuce wraps, or with chips!

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snowshoeing

It was another great weekend up in New Hampshire!  We spent both days skiing, and even did a little showshoeing on Saturday afternoon!

Our snowshoeing adventure was my first time, and it was tons of fun!  We walked along the river and enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the workout, and the dogsled tours we saw going on!

Here are some photos of our afternoon:

It was such a beautiful tour and a great workout, especially up those hills.  I will definitely be snowshoeing more often for the rest of the winter!