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Salsa Finta & Almond Polpetta

by Callie England on April 7, 2011

Happy Birthday… TO ME.

And a happy one it is.

See, for the past few years, my birthday has always been somewhat depressing. Why? Because I sat at a desk for 8 hours thinking about how different my life had become from what I had originally planned and/or wanted. So it wasn’t my birthday, per se, that was depressing. But rather, the fact that I had let another year go by without changing a damn thing. That, drove me insane.

I’m strong, I’m independent, and yet, I just couldn’t break free from the fear that was keeping me at a less-than-fulfilling job. Me, the person who somewhat despises contentment, was living a somewhat ‘content’ life. Ultimately, I had let the fear of failure keep me stagnant for 5 years. Moreover, I also let my loyal nature get the best of me. A word to the wise: Always take care of yourself, because more than likely when it comes down to it, so will everyone else.

So this year when I woke up, it was totally different! For the first time in forever, I was so friggin’ happy and almost beside myself that I was going to spend the day working on my own business and not someone else’s. Yes, rolling out 100+ Rawxies this morning was hard work, but the representation of the actual act, made it all worth it!

I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to have been gifted this opportunity. Moreover, gifted such great family and friends who continually encourage, congratulate and support me – Thank you.

Now, for those of you who think a ‘raw’ birthday cake would be the feature for today’s post… Well, you’re wrong. Let’s just say, Mamma has no time for desserts when she’s got Rawxies coming out the whazoo :)

Instead, I decided to Make a dish from Russell James’s Blog – Salsa Finta & Almond Polpetta. Which, I’ve actually made before and loved. Besides working, I’m also trying to pack and clean before leaving town – So, this seemed like a good quick dish to whip up.

As a side note: because my D is currently full, I decided to just make the almond polpetta sans dehydration. Leave out the ‘salsa finta’ in the recipe and just pulse all ingredients in food processor until a crumbly mixture is achieved. You could also mix this in with the sauce to achieve a ‘meat-like’ texture.

I used a ring mold to make it fancy ;) Totally optional.

And that’s it! Please visit Russell’s site for the full recipe. (See link above)

If you missed Rawxy’s First giveaway, buzz on over and enter to win a ‘Foxy Raw’ t-shirt and a few packs of Rawxies – the foxy raw cookie :)

Have a great weekend!

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  • kate@ahealthypassion

    Congratulations on finally finding happiness and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

    • Callie England

      Thank you, Kate!

  • Amber @Almost Vegan

    Glad to hear your b-day’s been the best one in a long time. :)

  • Evan Thomas

    Happy birthday!

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Evan!!

  • Sofie

    Haaaappy birthday! I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to follow your journey in this new chapter of your life…i would love to do something similar of my own someday. Its so encouraging to see you starting a new venture. Your positive attitude is infectious. Have a great day & I am soo looking forward to trying your “Rawxies.” :)

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Sofie – that’s such a great compliment, I love being infectious :) I too, am looking forward to you trying my rawxies!!!

      • sofie

        I got my Rawxies in the mail the other day, what a great treat! I tried my best to make them last but they were devoured in less than 24hrs, whoops! ;) Very delish!

  • Heather (All Sizzle No Steak)

    Happy Birthday Girl! It sounds like you are having the time of your life. Can’t wait to try your rawkies… and I love how they are heart shaped! I hope you can ship to Canada!

  • Nadia

    Happy birthday, Callie! :)
    Now that you are working for yourself, I can wish to go where there is no path and leave one behind! :)

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Nadia – I love that! :)

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Happy Birthday!!!! It’s great to hear it was a good one – how lucky you are to be doing what you love!

    I should send you some of your own granola bars. They turned out as perfect deliciousness – even done in a low-temp oven (don’t have a dehydrator). :)

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Laura! Yes, could you do that please – In fact, I think for now on, I’ll just send you the recipe, and you can send me the food back :) Brilliant.

  • Jess@HealthyExposures

    Happy Birthday!!! So glad to hear it was a wonderful one for you. And psyched that you’re so busy with the Rawxies already!!

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  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    Happy Birthday! I have a feeling this year is going to be a fantastic one for you!

  • Lauren

    Glad yo had such a nice birthday! This looks amazing! Gott win your contest, I love that shirt!!!

  • Anastasia

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope it’s a wonderful day!

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Anastasia!

  • Danielle

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY CALLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =) Hope it was wonderful! That recipe looks amazing…and I’m guessing I would love it b/c it contains my favorite veggie ever…ZUCCHINI!

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Danielle! Oh- you would, it’s awesome :)

  • Michelle {lively kitchen}

    Happy Birthday to you! What an uplifting post – you’re awesome!!

    • Callie England

      Thanks, Michelle!!

  • Flo (Coconut Chronicles)

    Ahh I’m drooling! And your photography is AMAZING!!

  • Rawkinmom

    Happy birthday!!! That is the best feeling-working for yourself and not having to answer to someone else!!!! Good luck!!

  • megan @ the oatmeal diaries

    What an awesome blog you have! So glad I discovered it! Gorgeous photos :)

  • nelly

    OMG! happy belated birthday my friend…i’m sorry i missed this post…so sorry!

    your bday falls a day before mine…and how fitting…now i understand why i relate to you so easily…you’re an april baby!!! and april babies rawk! haha!!!!

    i hope you enjoyed the rest of your day…and congrats on the realization that investing in your own dreams is much more worth it than you could have ever imagined. i wish you all the success in the world…and i have a feeling rawxy will blow up…and blow up big…blowing up in a good way, that is!!!


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