When Russell told us this morning that we’d be cracking open our first coconuts, I was ecstatic! I LOVE coconuts, and since I don’t have a cleaver at home, I had never had the chance to open my own. Russell made it look like a cinch to accomplish.
We each got our own BOX of coconuts to hack.
I pondered my aim…
…hoisted my cleaver to the sky…
Voilà—an open coconut. (It’s really not as easy as it looks, though!)
We drained the water out of each, but sadly, didn’t get to drink any! I was in anguish standing right next to the 10-gallon bucket where we all combined our luscious, milky coconut water!
Nevertheless, I was one happy coconut killer.
We scraped the meat out of each, which was a real pain in the cocobutt.
After cleaning it, we set some aside for later this week, and with the rest, we made ICE CREAM! We got to be as creative as we wanted with our flavors, and I’m really excited about mine. You’ll see the finished product tomorrow, so until then, you’ll just have to guess at my flavor combo!
Random but awesome: here’s Russell with the most hilarious-looking carrot ever.
Next, we made that old favorite: kale chips! We tossed them in a fantastic Southwestern coating and off they went to the dehydrator. I’ll show you the completed chips tomorrow.
You’d think that would be enough kale for the day, but oh, no. We spent the afternoon making a massaged kale salad.
MORE leafy greens?! NOOO! I can handle kale in chip form, but as a salad? Bah! I was so wary of it that I had a classmate taste mine for seasoning, because I couldn’t bring myself to try it!
No one can believe I’m a somewhat-raw almost-vegan who does not like salad or leafy greens.
I know, I know, it’s a shame! The salad looks beautiful, after all, especially with its avocado, tomato, and hempseed additions. I will say that the chipotle-tahini dressing was outrageously tasty. I would’ve been content to thin it out a bit and eat it as a soup!
Before you start to get all in a tizzy about me wasting such a lovely, healthy salad, know that a) I only made a tiny batch, knowing how awful I’d feel if I threw much away, and b) I DID eat some!
Oh yes, that’s right! I have witnesses! I probably ate ten, maybe even fifteen bites! By the end, I was digging for avocado, but there was kale in every mouthful. No, it didn’t convert me to a greens-lover, but I ATE SOME! Can you believe it?