Aren’t resolutions funny? We make all these life altering promises to ourselves on December 31 and allow ourselves one last hurrah on New Year’s to indulge. A few hours later, we go into strict military mode as if our bodies will forget that we were just doing all sorts of destructive things to it. No carbs, no fats, no gluten, no anything. To be honest, I’m falling for it as well this year. Rabin & I are going vegan for a month in January. We did the Vegetarian thing this year, and we planned to try the Vegan month sometime in 2015 but then I came across Veganuary, a international movement that encourages people to go vegan for the month. And don’t ask me how to pronounce it. I have no idea. Since a challenge is always made easier with support (local or international), we decided that there’s no time like the present!
So we’ve spent the better part of this week eating endless omelets. Why, you ask? I was running late one day and asked a friend to pick up some eggs so that I could finish my Christmas baking. I said I’d only need about 6 eggs, and I was presented with a tray of…wait for it…24. So eggs-iting. I’m about halfway through the tray though and will likely be giving away the rest if we do have leftovers (so place your egg orders now!). We’ve invited family over for New Year’s Dinner before we decided to do Veganuary so I’ll be modifying the menu slightly although we’ll still have some meat for my siblings. Who will call me all sorts of names if I mess with their meat. I’ll do a roundup on Friday with the dishes I served.
Today I’m sharing a Broccoli & White Bean dip with you in case you’d like to start your ‘eating healthier’ resolution a bit early. This works for any meal or snack and can even be served as the dip at your New Year’s Eve party. It’s flavourful enough that you can eat it alone or on plain crostini or crackers, but it’s also mellow enough to serve with heavily seasoned flatbread crisps or pita chips.
This is also vegan. I feel way ahead of the game. As for my other Resolutions, I used my slow cooker to make Baked Potatoes (more on that in an upcoming post), and I still have time for my smoothies and caviar, okay? …and NO! I’m not going to put it together and make a smoothie…unless someone double dog dares me…and after I’ve had a few shots.
Broccoli & White Bean Dip
2 cups Broccoli, steamed
1 ½ White Beans, cooked
2 tbsp Walnut Oil (Olive oil will work just fine)
2 tsp freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
¾ – 1 tsp Salt
½ -1 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 tbsp Water
½ tsp dried Rosemary
Poppy seeds for garnish (optional)
Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix, pausing to scrape down sides. Blend until thoroughly combined. Add additional salt / pepper to taste if desired.
So on that note, I’ll see you all in 2015. Hope this year will be wonderful for all of you. I’m looking forward to marking my first year as a blogger, strengthening my relationships, renewing and revising the list of things I want for myself, and putting myself out there more, which I’m told is a flaw of mine. Hope all of your resolutions stick for longer than a month or two, and would love to hear about some of them in the comments below.
Also, can the New Years sales start so that I can update my wardrobe for the new and improved Indi please? Thanks!