Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Raw Avocado Miso Dip and Fresh Vegetable Crudites

A 'Raw' food basically means that no ingredients were cooked over 118 degrees, therefore, preserving all the enzymes of the food. Enzymes are destroyed in temperatures over 118 degrees. A fresh vegetable crudite tray is a rare sight these days as precut prefab vegetable trays have taken over the appetizer table. With a delicious dip, it is amazing how many fresh vegetables people will devour. The avocado gives creaminess, while miso brings substantial flavor to every crudite dipped. It is highly recommended to cut your vegetables fresh for optimum flavor and freshness.

Avocado Miso Dip:
1 avocado
3/4c water
1 clove garlic
2T parsley
2t miso
juice of fresh lemon
1t agave nectar

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Serve with the following fresh vegetables:
2 sticks celery cut into sticks
1 cup broccoli florets lightly steamed or braised
3 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
1 cucumber, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup snap peas, with ends cut off
1/2 red pepper, cut into slices

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