June 19, 2009

Giveaway Winner, Ballin' Raw Hybrid & Operation Beautiful

Ooh, dinner, she was a good Radventure. She was raw and she was not raw. She was made from many recipes but from none at all. She was Italian and she was Mexican. She was a riddle. (She was female?)

She was spaghetti and (non)meatballs.

She was guacamole and salsa.

She was this:

Confused yet? I don't blame you. It's really not that complicated, though. The non-meatballs were inspired by Caitlin's Flax-Encrusted Sweet Potato Balls, which I doubled and made using a Japanese sweet potato and pinto beans, though I didn't double the salsa because...I forgot. It's cool, woulda been mighty spicy considering the salsa I used.

Obviously, the "spaghetti" was just julienned zucchini, but the sauce was a hybrid that I concocted from Gena's raw marinara and guacamole recipes:
  • big handful grape tomatoes
  • 1 large piece of sundried tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • generous shakes of dried cilantro (fresh would have been nicer)
  • juice of one lime
  • pinch salt
I blended all of the above together.

Meanwhile, I mashed one avocado and about 6 diced grape tomatoes together in a large bowl (left it slightly chunky) and then stirred in the blender mixture to make a lovely guacanara sauce to compliment my balls.


Speaking of Caitlin, I hope you've seen her post about "Operation Beautiful" by now. She sends a powerful message about ending the Fat Talk, and now she has started a movement of random acts of kindness to bring mindfulness to the gajillions of women out there who look in the mirror and hate what they see. Also see Angela's post on this subject - it's really powerful. By participating in Operation Beautiful, Caitlin asks us to post positive messages on the mirrors of public bathrooms (not forgetting your own mirrors, though!).

Girls are bombarded by negative body messages at a younger and younger age - they're asking their moms to buy lowfat foods at the grocery store, they're putting themselves on a diet before they even grow boobies - it's heartbreaking. I love the idea of leaving notes for ourselves and for strangers, because it's not something you'd expect to see, and yet not so bizarre that you wouldn't take 0.25 seconds to read it and let it register.

So I'm starting with myself.

Because if I don't believe it, I can't expect anyone else to. I've found that when I make a conscious effort to look in the mirror and see what I like about myself, the more naturally it comes the next time. I forgave myself long ago (but not THAT long ago - nobody's perfect) for not being born Heidi Klum. Now I can see a reflection that makes me jazzed I was born me.

I can't lie, I totally have Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" in my head right now! Such a quality tune. For the purposes of Operation Beautiful, though, let's change that to "Fan in the Mirror." The reflection should be your biggest fan, not your mortal enemy.

Go spread the love!

::Moonwalks into the sunset::

Congratulations to twochicky, the winner of the Soap & Chocolate giveaway! The (randomly selected) winning addition to the "You might be a health blogger" list:

...if your toddler’s favorite foods are couscous, Kefir and pistachios

Email me at diana at soapandchocolate dot com so I can send you some goodies!


Brandi said...

congrats to the winner!

i love your operation beautiful note - it's a good one.

those "meatballs" sound awesome!

Melissa (fitnessnyc) said...

those look great! you are so so beautiful! love the wavy hair!

Jenny said...

those are some powerful words, girl.. all about perspective and positive thinking - right?!

congrats to the luck winner!

happy friday =)

K from ksgoodeats said...

That dinner looks mighty fine! Is that a Czech Republic jacket you're wearing? I own the twin ;) Seriously red and all!

Great note!

Gena (Choosing Raw) said...

AMAZING recipe idea! I can't wait to try this. I am so glad you've enjoyed some of my ideas :)

Erica said...

I love this hybrid recipes- fun combo of flavors. I can never have enough avocado :).

I think Operation Beautiful is genius! I'm going to get on doing mine today

Anonymous said...

this is my kind of meal -- lots of pieces from lots of different things ... and delicious!

yayyyy for your mirror message. i love it!

Anonymous said...

Hi I just found your blog and wanted to say hello. The non meatballs look amazing.

Anne said...

I got goosebumps when I read your note on Caitlin's blog. Love the message, thank you. :-)

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

I love your Operation Beautiful pic. You look so cute. :)

Anonymous said...

hi diana!
i just wanted to let you know I talked about your recipe for guacanara in my latest blog and i linked back to you! I just wanted to let you know!