Hello! I am back from an “interesting” weekend spent mostly in DC. It ended with eating raw mango tarts, so it can’t have been that bad =].
On Friday evening I took the train down and headed to my friend’s place. We went to sleep at 9 in eager anticipation of our 5:30 wakeup. Here was the fun surprise: my friend’s neighbors decided to throw a party that night! They kept us awake on and off until 3 am, drunkenly singing along to Hall and Oates (hey, they definitely could have picked worse music).
The next thing I knew, I somehow got up for my 5:30 alarm and I was running the race! It went really well at first, but unfortunately, at around the 14-mile mark my IT band flared up for the first time in over 2 months, and I ended up struggling across the finish line. I will say this: though I was disappointed that my ITB issues prevented me from running a competitive time, considering that 3 months ago I could barely run at all, to cross a marathon finish line in 4:22 makes me feel grateful and blessed. I will never take for granted that I have two working legs and that I am in a position in life to sign up for a marathon and complete it.
The nice thing is, the ITB only hurts when I’m actually running. After getting some food and water, and finding one of my best friends from Baltimore who came down to watch, we headed to the Navy Yard for the Shamrock Beer Bash. It was 60 and sunny and the perfect way to spend my afternoon. Did I feel the effects yesterday of marathon + beer + tacos + Thai delivery food after I got back to Baltimore that night? Definitely. But hey, it was already planned to be a recovery day…
Speaking of recovery, I thought I’d share a little something healthy today – tropical raw mango tarts. These raw tarts are very satisfying and filling, but won’t leave you feeling heavy. They use frozen mango and pineapple (except for the optional kiwi topping), so they can be enjoyed any time of year! I find that I really need this tropical inspiration right now because we got more snow last night… and spring supposedly starts in 3 days!
- heaping ¼ c. pitted dried prunes
- heaping ¼ c. raw walnuts (I used a mixture of black walnuts and regular)
- generous pinch sea salt
- 2 tb. raw or dry-roasted macadamia nuts
- 2 tb. unsweetened, full-fat flaked coconut
- ½ tb. flaxseed meal
- ½ c. large frozen mango chunks, thawed & drained (measure before thawing)
- ½ c. large frozen pineapple chunks, thawed & drained (measure before thawing)
- pinch sea salt (if macadamia nuts are unsalted)
- 1 kiwi, sliced into semicircle shapes
- Freshly grated lemon or lime zest
- Dark chocolate shavings
- Prepare a 5-inch foil tart pan, or a reusable pan with a liner.
- Add the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until the mixture appears crumbly, but sticks together easily.
- Press the crust into the prepared pan in an even layer, coming up about 1 and ½ inches around the sides. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before filling.
- Add the macadamia nuts and coconut to a blender or food processor and process them until as smooth as possible (for large food processors, you may not be able to get them very smooth because the volume will be too small, unless you scale this recipe to make more than one tart).
- Add the flaxseed meal, mango, pineapple, and sea salt (if using), and process until completely smooth.
- Let the mixture sit for at least 5 minutes, then scoop it into the prepared crust, and return the entire tart to the freezer.
- In about an hour the tart should be firm enough to serve, and the crust should easily pop out of the tart pan. Top with any garnishes that you're using, slice, and serve. Store leftovers in the freezer.
I had no problem eating the extra filling with a spoon, but I actually saved most of it for topping my morning oatmeal =]
P.S. Yes, you CAN eat the outside of kiwis! I spent so much of my life scooping out kiwis with a spoon but I recently learned that the skin is completely edible and you can eat them like an apple! Be sure to thoroughly wash the kiwi first, and if it isn’t organic, you should also scrape off the fuzzy part.
Shared on Healthy Vegan Fridays.