Looking for a vegan appetizer or supersalad? This one is perfect. Just one look at this incredible creation and you will understand why you it tastes amazing even without the traditional cheese that we usually find in a Caprese salad. This is my vegan version of a tomato and Mozzarella Caprese salad appetizer. I substituted avocado for the sliced mozzarella.
I served this salad appetizer at a party a few weeks ago. Believe me when I tell you that here was not a morsel left. Believe me when I tell you that nobody missed the cheese.
It's amazing how many people prefer not to eat cheese these days. Some people are now following a vegan diet, some are just not eating dairy for allergy reasons, and others feel that cheese is too fattening. Whatever the reason, a dairy free appetizer is a good choice to serve at parties.
Our Jersey tomatoes are just starting to come into season and my patio is full of fresh herbs in pots. I love the contrast of the rich red Jersey tomato against the lovely green avocado, fresh basil and thick juicy cucumber. I had a few sprigs of fresh rosemary from my garden so I placed a few sprigs of that on it as well. Doused with some olive oil, a little sea salt and lemon juice, this tasted sensational.
I'm including more healthy fats like avocado into my daily diet. The fats keep me full longer and I don't seem to be craving as many snacks. In fact, I read on Dr. Mercola that it is beneficial to do a mini fast each day to help cleanse your system. I was reluctant at first, but I find with the extra fat I am able to do it easily.
I finish my last meal by 7:00 pm and then I don't eat again until around 11:00 am. This gives me my 16 hours. I do drink my weight loss apple cider vinegar cocktail around 9:00 AM. ( and then I exercise) . I'm amazed that I am not hungry, my blood sugar stays stabilized, and I am truly hungry around 11:00.
I usually eat a large green salad with some tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers etc. and some protein and some avocado or salad dressing. If I get hungry before dinner ( 5:30 or 6:00 ish?) I snack on some nuts.
For dinner I eat another large salad from organic lettuce with a olive oil based dressing, some blue cheese, some vegetable fritters cooked in coconut oil, and maybe a homemade vegetable soup.
The key is to eat enough healthy fats to stabilize the blood sugar and satiate. I do eat dairy because I'm a vegetarian and I'm trying to eat lower carbs so I have been cutting out beans and grains.
Even I can't believe that I'm not hungry and craving. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks and have lost 6 pounds - my cravings are mostly gone.
If I skimp on my meal ( avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts) I do feel hungrier.
This appetizer fits into my eating plan perfectly. I really do try to focus on including lots of fresh herbs from my garden like different varieties of basil, rosemary, thyme etc. which are packed with antioxidants.
2 avocados, sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 cup fresh basil , chopped
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Arrange tomatoes, avocado, and cucumber on a plate by placing the tomato first, a piece of cucumber behind it and a piece of avocado on top of the tomato. Sprinkle with basil and sprigs of rosemary. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil on top of salad toppings and then add the salt and pepper.
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