so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
Goal Setting: Spinach Wraps It seems that every few days we discover a new taste treat. These spinach wraps are no exception, although they are a kind of reinvention. We've made spinach wraps and various pates before, but we've never made pate with pumpkin seeds and spicy-sweet garam masala, rolled up in a spinach leaf. They taste completely different from other veggie wraps!
The day we first made these, we had some leftover sliced cabbage and lettuce that we added to the wrap. This created a delicious taste and a wonderful dense texture—something to really sink the teeth into, yet, easy to chew! Here's how to make these yummy wraps.
Spinach Wraps with Pumpkin Seed Pate
Ingredients: serves 2-41 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked in 2-3 cups pure water
12 medium large spinach leaves
1 cup lettuce and cabbage, finely sliced
3-4 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sweet olive oil
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan salt
Fresh squeezed lime juice
Directions:Soak pumpkin seeds for 6 hours (or overnight) in pure water.
Drain. Rinse with pure water and drain.
Put in food processor with green onions, garam masala, oil, salt, and process to desired texture.
Transfer to a serving bowl.
Wash spinach leaves and pat dry, removing any wilted parts, or tough stems.
Place in bowl.
Slice cabbage and lettuce as thinly as possible. Put into serving bowl.
Rinse lime, and slice in half. Put in bowl.
Assembly:Place all bowls on table and assemble wrap: put a layer of pate on the spinach leaf, then add the lettuce and cabbage. Drizzle with a little dressing made from Spectrum walnut oil, apple cider and balsamic vinegars, and agave. (Or have a small bowl of dressing for dipping.) Squeeze fresh lime juice on top before rolling—it makes the flavors sing! Roll up as tightly as possible, and enjoy this fun and playful meal!
A Little Story: Goal Setting
Rex recently said while we were drinking our morning smoothies: A goal should be an intention and not a limitation! I loved this so much—it was definitely food for thought.
Our change to reaching a 100% raw food diet didn't happen all at once. We progressed through a variety of stages that took place over many years that started with a goal—the desire to evolve spiritually, and to eat and live as naturally as possible.
Like so many of us, Rex and I were raised with a typical American diet that shifted after we left home. Vegetarian eating came soon after we met, and then vegan and organic foods. And ten years ago the raw food lifestyle came rolling in.
We've recently read about other raw foodists who talk about this same process. They say it can be helpful to go through the dietary stages that we did before trying to become 100% raw, because when we slip, we usually go back to the eating pattern that had been predominant before we started eating more raw foods. To avoid a yo-yo effect, and tremendous strain on the body from switching back and forth, it may be easier to evolve at a slower pace, adding in more raw foods as every part of our being—emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical—becomes accustomed and comfortable to eating this way.
Raw food hasn't been the "end" for us either—because even within this spectrum of our diet we're still experiencing an evolving pattern that shifts every few months to a year. Right now this shift is manifesting with eating lighter foods, with less grazing throughout the day, having a big lunch about 1:30, and then a small dinner. The trend is to have less salt, less nuts and oils, less sweets (agave, etc.), and to increase water, juices and blended meals, and to make our own fermented foods. Over this summer we hope to begin another juice feast, or a modified one, and this will undoubtedly speed up our process of change once again.
As Rex and I continue to make new goals, and revise the ones that are in place, we try to maintain a compassionate and flexible attitude about our transformation, and remember to drink in all the goodness that is around and within us, the nectar that makes life a joy to experience. In this way we continue to evolve and grow, and live a life brimming with love!