It really isn’t hard to eat all from Hawaii, especially after the year or so of eating only from the farm on most Mondays.  I’m really enjoying some new discoveries, such as the taste of Moloakai sea salt and sweet, nutty flavor of macadamia nut oil.

Here’s how we fared Monday eating all local.

Breakfast –

apple banana with 1 teaspoon mac nut butter (this was just me, at 6:30 a.m. in preparation for going on a run in an hour)

fruit smoothie (papaya, orange, jamaican and regular lilikoi, bananas, ginger, turmeric, coconut cream); leftover purple sweet potato patties.

Combination purple sweet potatoes, taro, herbs, veggies

Combination purple sweet potatoes, taro, herbs, veggies

treat – frozen cacao bars  (approximate ingredients – 2-3 T mac nut butter, 1/3 cup or so of fine coconut shreds, 1/4 c. ground cacao nib powder, 2 t of cane syrup) – mash it all together with a spoon, form into small logs and freeze – these are delectable!

Lunch-

chicken/taro salad – leftover chicken and cooked taro with salad of lettuce, cucumber, scallion, tomato; thin mayonnaise dressing (in Vitamix, place 1 fresh egg,  2 T lemon juice, scallion, salt, then whir it on “4” for a few seconds, then start drizzling in 1/4 c. mac nut oil.  To make thick mayonnaise, would need one cup of oil, but too expensive using macadamia nut oil and besides we don’t have enough!)

opened four beautiful coconuts (from our friend who works at the fruit stand near Akaka Falls) this morning,  made coconut milk and am also drying some so we will have more shredded coconut and coconut flour.  And freezing some for ice cream later.  I also got to snack on coconut chunks and drink coconut water yum yum.

Opened coconut to pour water out first

Opened coconut to pour water out first

Two coconuts had soft "spoon meat," so used those for a quick coconut milk; the other two had hard meat...

Two coconuts had soft “spoon meat” (on left), so blended those with the coconut water for a quick coconut milk to use in smoothies and soups. The other two had hard meat (on right).

Scooping out the “spoon meat” and placing in Vitamix

So I scooped those out to cut up and dry for flakes.  These cocos were exceptionally easy to get the meat out of - just scooped out with thin spoon!

Scooping out the hard meat to cut up and dry for flakes. These cocos were exceptionally easy to get the meat out of – just scooped out with thin spoon!

Dinner –

taro-watercress-leek soup using chicken stock from last night’s chicken bones, which I placed in the slow cooker first thing this morning with three leek tops;  then on stove, sauteed the leek bottoms in a little ghee; added 4 cups of the broth plus big bunch of chopped up watercress, basil, salt, and around 1 1/2 cups of pre-cooked taro chunks; boiled for one-half hour; blended.  This was a really delicious, savory and healthy soup!

steamed purple sweet potatoes, bok choy and cassava greens, dressed with hot pepper-mac oil (I was going to make some roasted grated ginger to go on the greens – will have to remember for next time).

Dessert –

Banana-lilikoi ice cream – took 5-6 frozen coconut milk cubes, plus 5 frozen apple bananas, and 5-6 frozen cubes of Jamaican and regular lilikoi, and a “glug” of cane syrup – whir in Vitamix, pressing down with plunger – it’s really thick but the Vitamix handles it.  DELICIOUS.

We really didn’t rough it at ALL today!  Feeling extremely well fed and enjoying this diet, but it definitely takes some planning and some kitchen time.

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