sustenance

There is nothing better after a long winter than the warmth of sunshine and burst of color as the world blooms back to life and energy! Finally it is not painful to be outside, and commuting from place to place is the best part of the day (on your bike, hopefully) šŸ˜‰

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All that biking, yoga-ing, and millions of other activities require a steady input of energy to be fully preset for, and the options for nourishment are vast and boundless in the garden.

Asparagus, avocado, spinach totally capture the fresh flavors of spring: crisp, creamy, delicious, and bursting with flavor. This dip is not only all of these things blended in total harmony, but basically the easiest recipe to throw together-I make it about 1x a week, in a super large batch, and freeze 1/2 pints for easy access anytime. It’s a quick, simple, and versatile nutritional powerhouse that packs a ridiculous amount of greens into a perfect substitute for guacamole to indulge on freely.

My absolute favorite vessels for this glorious dip are cucumbers and carrots-especially pickled ginger carrots, click on the link for more info: http://spiritcreekfarm.com/Products.html

SO GOOD, and good for you! All veggies, crackers, kale chips, etc are equally delicious, of course.

Other ways to incorporate this are endless-I make nori salad rolls just about every day (mix spinach, sprouts, cilantro, peppers, green onion, veggies and wrap in dried seaweed: voila, sushi rolls without rice). Great to incorporate with salmon or your protein of choice, but super satisfying as is, with layers of rich flavor.

Asparagus-Avo-Spinach Dip

1/2 c chopped asparagus Ā (optional to steam)
5-10 cups raw spinach
1 large organic avocado
1/2 organic green onion, chopped
1/4 c raw or roasted garlic cloves (I usually use even more-about 3/4c, but I’m a garlic lover)
1 – 2 lemons (fresh squeezed)
Splash shoyu, tamari or bragg’s aminos

Optional:
Cayenne
Cilantro
Ginger
Spicy sauce (mine is an addictive blend of sambal, garlic chile sauce, and dangerously spicy chile oil)
Chopped peppers

Puree all ingredients, add chopped peppers and spicy sauce to taste. Eat and repeat~

Outside of my own kitchen, one of my favorite places to stop and soak up the remaining sun and enjoy some delicious eats after a long bike ride is Masu in NE Mpls. The awesome sushi maestros (chef does not seem appropriate) are kind enough to honor my request of a veggie and herb filled rice-less roll in creative ways, my favorite being what can only be described as a beautiful plate of cucumber lollipops.

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rice free veggie roll creations from Masu-and my own little bite of heaven with a dab of avocado dip šŸ˜‰

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