I have a feeling that I have not been sick in over 3 years because I base my meals on whole foods rather than vegan junk foods. As I stated in Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living's Day 1 entitled " Victory," I eat on a daily basis my greens raw (collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, beet greens, and Swiss Chards) whether for lunch or incorporated into my dinners. I also saute my greens; however, on the average I eat my greens raw for the antioxidants and disease fighting properties that these beautiful bounties from Mother Earth provides through its phytonutrients produced by the sun.
In Day 1 of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days, I also mention how throughout history, beets have been the backbone behind many living in Eastern Europe who have lived to be 100 years old-this including my great-grandmother from San Francisco who also ate beets practically daily and lived to be 100. I also eat my beets raw for the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties beets provide (reference WH Foods.com).
In tribute to the antioxidant packed vegetables provided by Mother Nature in its pure form without cooking, I share my recipe for a "Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Relish." My intentions was first to make one of my favorite beet soups, but when I started to combine the beets in my food processor, I said to myself ..."Sister V....get creative and make a signature raw vegan beet sloppy joe from a beet relish that can be versatile and made into other meals." Well, here's my end result. I call it a "beet relish" because it looks like a relish, but the spiciness, sweetness, and earthiness makes it a meal in of itself rather than just a relish.
Sister Vegetarian's All In One: Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Relish and Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Sloppy JoesIngredients:
2 large beets, de-stemmed, washed, and cut in chunks with the skin left on for added nutrients
1 large tomato
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp Five Spice Chinese Powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground chipotle
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tsp raw apples cider vinegar
Place everything in a food processor. Process until it's combined-not smooth-but looks like a relish (a fine chunkiness)
Serving Suggestions: Use as a filling for the Spicy Raw Vegan Sloppy Joe below, in raw greens salads, in soups, as a spread on bread or appetizers for parties, and more! Be creative and enjoy this delicious bounty from Mother Earth!
Spicy Raw Vegan Beet Sloppy Joe
Spicy Raw Vegan Relish (recipe above)
2 hard rolls or 2 soft rolls
-Cut a round hard roll in half
- Add olive olive, sprinkled ground garlic, and sprinkled sage on each side of the roll
- Place in a broiler and broil until golden
- remove from the broiler and cool until ok to touch
- Add the beet relish on each side of the roll along with raw collard green leaves that have been washed and chopped.
- Put both side of the sandwich roll together to form a sandwich and enjoy!
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"