I think comfort food is comforting not only because it reminds of a better place but because it’s warm, smooth textures provide a feeling of relaxation and calmness. This is necessary in the cold months when days are dragging and all you want to do is snuggle by the fire…or the television set. Thankfully, and maybe over optimistically, winter is coming to an end and I for one cannot wait to get out there and be active again. As my activity level raises so do my taste buds. And as spring arises, so does my craving for nutritiously crunchy food that allows you to have the energy to get up and go.
What better way to create a crunch but with naturally crunchy vegetables? Not only are they high in vitamins to give you a (well needed) boost of energy but their individualized flavors are intense enough to wake any taste bud. Plus, I cut the slices into thick piece for that extra crunch chewiness but you can slice them into any way you’d like. Also, I am sure you can use any mayonnaise in this recipe and it will be great but I decided to use Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise from Trader Joes because frankly, it’s all Ilya ever eats. At first I was scared of the stuff but after I started working with it, I found the taste to be even more flavorful then regular mayonnaise. Plus, their producers Follow Your Heart http://www.followyourheart.com/ claim that studies have shown that Grapeseed Oil has
“extraordinary qualities with respect to its effect on cholesterol. Clinical tests have shown subjects experienced a lowering of LDL (the so called ‘bad’ cholesterol), and an increase in HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol)”. Now who can argue with that? Whatever variation of ingredients you choose for this recipe, I promise you can’t go wrong.
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 large granny smith apple
- 3 carrots
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons of Trader Joes Grape Seed Oil Vegenaise or any kind of mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
1. Cut the apples, celery and carrots into small matchsticks. Place in bowl.
2. Add sesame seeds.
3. Add mayonnaise or mayonnaise substitute.
4. Add ground black pepper for taste.
5. Mix thoroughly.