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Veggie Le Crunch

Veggie Le Crunch
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WebMD Recipe from Foodily.com

There is nothing French about this recipe at all. But if you say anything with a French accent when you are not French, it makes you smile. Try it, veggie le crunch. It’s funny.

There have been all sorts of on-the-go-ness going on lately. It’s always something. Keeping busy is really a skill I could put on my resume, I am excellent at it. Needless to say, I am tired of protein bars, trail mix, and pears. They are foods intended to be had in small doses, and my body has been starving for vegetables. I do believe our bodies tell us what they need, and contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as craving lettuce. I needed these wraps badly, and the "large batch" I intended to snack on through the week was gone by the end of the day. You can call it lack of self control, but I think it was more of a survival reflex.

I suggest using farmers market and or organic vegetables here. When you are eating them raw like this, the genuine flavor of the vegetables is important.

Ingredients
  • 6-7 
    radishes, depending on size
  • 1 1/4 cups
    black beans, cooked and drained
  • cucumber
  • 1 cup
    pineapple, diced
  • 1 handful
    fresh basil
  • 1 head
    lettuce, (any soft green will do)
  • avocado
  • 1/4 cup
    buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon
    honey, (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon
    unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  •  splash
    cholua/ tapatio hot sauce
  •  
    salt/ pepper
  •  
    juice of 1 lime
Instructions
  1. In a small blender or in a bowl, mix the avocado, buttermilk, vinegar, lime, honey, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to combine. The blender will make it smooth, but a bowl and whisk will still get you a dressing consistency.
  2. Use a mandolin to slice the radishes thin. Cut in fourths. Peel and halve the cucumber, scoop out the seeds and dice into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine the radish, cucumber, black beans, diced pineapple, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add desired amount of fresh basil (chopped or slivered).
  3. Here is where you make a decision for yourself. My husband prefers to put the veggie mix in the lettuce leaf and dribble dressing on top. I prefer to mix my dressing with the veggies and put them in the leaf, already dressed. Six of one, half dozen of another. Except my way is probably better :)
Nutritional Information

Makes: 2 servings
  • Calories482
  • Carbohydrates92.3 g
    • Dietary fiber25.6 g
  • Cholesterol1 mg
  • Fat16.9 g
    • Saturated fat2.8 g
  • Sodium70 mg
  • Protein27.1 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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