Saturday, February 26, 2011

Is it break yet?

Needless to say, school has been serious lately. I have successfully ran around this week like a chicken with my head cut off, but I did get everything done. Boo-yah! Now I am just 3 tests and one practicum proposal away from spring break. Instead of taking a trip for break, I will be getting my shop on at the mall. Spring clothes, shoes, and bags are out in full force and they are calling my name! I. Can. Not. Wait. But my credit card can. ;)

This week has been good, food-wise. More delicious dishes have come out of the kitchen (well, blender and food processor). Wait that was a lie, the tabouli looked good in the cookbook picture, but was down right bad. The marinated bok-choy, cucumber dill salad and cauliflower couscous was money in the bank though, so check out those recipes below. 

As for how I feel this week, I have been tired, cranky, and sluggish. I would like to attribute this to less sleep and more stress with school, but it has been concluded that this is probably due to less greens and more sweet treats. More raw fudge, more raw bars and more cheese (not really a sweet treat, but a staple lately for sure). So, the plan this week is to get as much green leafies and other yummy veggies in me as possible and see if my energy takes a turn for the best. 

One revelation this week, I need to make a hell of a lot more food. Adam has successfully eaten a LOT of my food (probably because it is soooo damn tasty), which means we run out of food QUICK. Surprisingly, he hasn't been complaining about the lack of meat too much, which is sweet, but I still try to have some frozen animals (chicken or flank steak) in the freezer and beans in the pantry for his cravings. Nonetheless, a bigger grocery cart at whole foods WILL happen this week. It does make me a bit warm and fuzzy inside that he has jumped on the raw food wagon. Keep in mind, I didn't force this, I have always said that I can cook crap for him. :) 

Since my grocery cart is usually overflowing every week, one would think our bill has gone up drastically, right? That is actually a BIG, FAT WRONG. Our bill has stayed the same, even despite the $30 I spend weekly on kombuchas, and the $30 I may have spent on cheese last week (shh-don't tell Adam). So, it seems like the approximately $200 that is spent weekly on groceries includes a lot more veggies and a lot less meat and yogurt. I know our grocery bill sounds high, but we rarely eat out so it includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, wine for the whole week (sometimes longer). Plus, I am kind of a food-snob and I try to get organic in anything with a thin skin, or local produce, which does cost more. 

What has my detailed analysis of this diet told me? 

  1. It costs the same to go "raw." 
  2. Most of the dishes have been scrumptious and have left me feeling satisfied but not near the point of food coma. 
  3. I feel lighter and more energetic, all raw food days considered. 
  4. I spend less time in the kitchen. 
In a nutshell, this "diet" is working well. :) 

Now, for the recipes. 
Tabouli (try only if you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE parsley)
  • 6 bunches fresh parsley (and yes you will get weird looks at the grocery store)
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
To make the salad chop the parsley and put in a large mixing bowl. Add the other ingredients and toss together. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour over salad and mix well. Serve. 

Cucumber Dill Salad 
Note: I first tried this salad in the library when I was studying and I definitely said "damn, that's good" out loud and got a few looks from a neighboring study table. :) 
  • 5 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 bunches chopped dill, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 5 cloves of garlic peeled
Add all salad ingredients in a bowl and mix well. For dressing, combine all ingredients in a food processor, process and pour over salad. Toss. 

Marinated Bok-Choy 
  • 5 heads baby bok choy (or if you are trying to save some cash like me, I used 2 heads of regular bok choy)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Nama Shoyu
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
Starting at the bottom of the bok choy, cut the stalks into 1/2" pieces, leaving the leaves whole. In a blender combine the olive oil, nama shoyu, and garlic and blend well. Add to bok choy and mix. 
***I found some sliced portobello shrooms at the grocery and added those to the olive oil mixture to marinate. Then, I poured that over the bok choy when I was packing my lunch in the morning. Yummy. 

Cauliflower Cous-Cous
  • 2 heads of cauliflower, finely ground in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bunch each of: mint, cilantro and parsley, stems removed
  • One 13 oz jar of pitted greek olives (oops, I got not pitted olives, and Adam had now problem reminding me ;) )
Hmm, this one is NOT rocket science. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Adam has been dipping his pita chips in it for a snack, and considering he has probably eaten half of it by now, I would guess it turned out okay.  

So, as much as I absolutely love not studying, it is time to devote this saturday night to learning about glucose. Woo-whooooo! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I feel like I should be a member of the Circus...

because all I have been doing is juggling my health, school (and all the work that goes with it), food, and keeping a smile on my face (which is last priority). And, SURPRISE! It hasn't been working. So, after (unnecessarily) stressing myself out and succumbing to my comfort food of pizza last night, I have decided to try a new approach. Health, getting enough rest, and eating well are top priorities. Without those, nothing else can happen. Next, is exercise so I can turn that frown upside down! If all those things have been satisfied, then school work will get done, and probably more effectively at that. 

Alright, now that everything is figured out, back to the pizza cheat. It was delicious going down. So cheesy, warm and bready! But, after I felt like someone had punched me in my stomach and my whole stomach was cramping up! Yuck, I went to bed right after. I feel good now, but THAT will NOT be happening again. 

Now, let's backtrack to Saturday. Bassnectar was WAY beyond amazing and totally exceeded my expectations. I knew he would be good, but wowzers! It was great to be around friends, good music, and have spectacular, jaw-dropping people to watch! It made me very excited for the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March (which is SOLD-OUT by the way)! 

Sunday was major grocery shopping and cooking. After getting back from Whole Foods and unpacking all the food, Ashley said I should take a few pictures of the fridge. So here you go.. 
Lots of cauliflower (for our cauliflower couscous-stay tuned) and a drawer full of fruit! Ignore the soy milk and juice-that's Adam's. 

Many, many greens (kale, beet greens, parsley, cilantro, spinach) for smoothies! 

And a shit-ton of kombuchas! Again, ignore the tequila that is Adam's. 

So, what did Ashley and I make for our meals? Creamy Asian Salad and Dressing, Simple Pasta Marinara, Raw Caprese Salad, Raw Lasagna (a different one) and Coconut Fudge (for our sweet treat). All the recipes are below, including some smoothies I have been making the last two days. 

Creamy Asian Salad and Dressing (from the Raw Food Detox Diet book)
For the Salad:
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 2 cups shredded green or purple cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms (shittake or button)
  • 1/2 cup watercress, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped 

For the dressing:
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp sweet white miso
  • 6 whole pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp nama shoyu soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

For the salad: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside. 
For the dressing: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. One hour before serving, pour half the dressing over the salad and mix. (Side note: the dressing is the BOMB). 

Simple Pasta Marinara (from the Raw Food Detox Diet book)

  • 5 vine-ripe tomatoes 
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano (optional)
  • 1 or 2 dates
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 shallots 
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large zucchini or spaghetti squash (we used spaghetti), cut into thirds. 

Place all ingredients except zucchini/squash into a blender and blend until creamy. Then using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini or the squash into noodle-like strips. Pour the tomato sauce over the squash. 

Raw Caprese Salad (from the Raw Food Detox Diet Book)

  • 10 thin slices of Alta Dena raw cheddar-style goat cheese
  • 2 Holland or plum tomatoes, sliced 1/4" thick
  • 10 leaves of fresh basil
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger, diced (optional)

Layer cheese slice, tomato slice, and basil leaf until each plate has 5 of each. Whisk balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and ginger together and spoon on top of the salad. 

Raw Lasagna 

  • 5 mushrooms of your choice, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 zucchini, peeled
  • 1/2 package spinach
  • 6 tbsp marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 or 2 avocados, sliced

Marinate mushrooms in olive oil and tamari for 10 minutes. Thinly slice the zucchini making noodle-like strips. Put the spinach and a little water in a food processor and process until it becomes a sauce, set aside. Cover the bottom of a rectangular baking dish with 2 tbsp marinara and put 1/3 of zucchini on top of sauce. Add 2 tbsp of marinara and half the mushrooms. Add 1/3 of zucchini, 1/2 the avocado slices and half the spinach sauce. Add the last 1/3 of zucchini, 2 tbsp marinara. Add the rest of the spinach sauce and avocado. Top with mushrooms. (THIS RECIPE WAS YUMMY!)

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 5-6 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt, garlic and cayenne pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to food processor and blend. Keeps 3 days in fridge. 

Last but DEFINITELY not least...
Coconut Fuge (from RAWvolution book)

  • 3 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup carob or coco powder
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 5/8 cup agave nectar

Grind walnuts in food processor until they have a buttery consistency. In a large mixing bowl combine carob (or coco) powder and coconut and mix. Add walnuts and agave nectar and mix well. Press mixture into glass baking dish and freeze for about 10 minutes. Cut and serve (makes 9 bars). 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I LOVE Saturdays (especially sunny ones)!

Well, the last few days have been going well. I am slightly concerned that my schoolwork is quickly turning into an adam-pharmacy-school-no-time level of schoolwork. However, I am trying to remain positive that it will not get to that point. Only time will tell. But, let's just all have a moment of silence and pray that I can finish: a 10 page paper, a presentation, a lab report, a research article response assignment, study for a test, a 2 page paper and get my thesis/practicum idea nailed down so I can start writing a monster proposal that is due the first week of march all by Wednesday. Hmm, it looks worse when it's written down. I am going to ignore that to-do list until sunday though, because...

Adam, Ashley and I are about to embark on a road trip to Asheville to see the one, the only...BASSNECTAR! The long-haired legend himself will be spinning this evening! I have my outfit (including a back-up outfit) picked out and I am in the dancing mood! 

Play before work right? Or is it the other way around... 

There is a small food-related issue with this road trip. What am I going to eat for dinner, breakfast and snacks? The plan is Zucchini Pasta with Marinated Mushrooms (recipe below), some leftover Indian Cauliflower Mash, Nuts, and a Kombucha. It's time for another prayer. Please pray that I don't get HANGRY (hungry and angry) for Adam's and Ashley's sake! Poor Adam is VERY aware of how unpleasant I am when I am hangry, and I want to continue to be buddies with Ashley...

At least I can be thankful that I don't have to deal with Cliff and his stupid purple rubber toy. Below is him with his mouth open and meowing (constantly, loud, and a bit whiny) next to his toy because he wants to play fetch. He doesn't stop meowing until you throw the toy. And, to top it off he is the fastest fetcher ever and comes back in 10 seconds (I mayyyy have timed him), so you can throw the toy again. 

Alright I need to go paint my face so I am ready to go dance my butt off. Have a fabulous Saturday everyone! 

Zucchini Pasta with Marinated Mushrooms (1 serving)
  • 1 zucchini, peeled
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sunflower sprouts

  • 1 tbsp Nama Shoyu
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 springs of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Make the marinate and let the sliced mushrooms marinate for 15 minutes-3 hours. Once finished place on paper towels to soak up extra liquid. Make thick strips of zucchini using a veggie peeler. Place zucchini on a plate and put mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and sprouts on top. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Next Up...

Next up for a raw diet is our little watermelon on stilts, Lilly. That is her tum tum pudge hanging over our entertainment stand. Good thing Adam runs her around with the laser pointer nightly. 
Meanwhile, Cliff was on security duty, which means he was watching birds. I just enjoyed his curly, monkey-like tail. The second someone used a leaf blower outside he ran to his scare-dy spot in the bathroom. What a man! 

Onto the reason for the blog-the raw food. I woke up slightly later than usual at 5:30 a.m. and got an itch to blend and process. So, I made a pineapple upside-down cake smoothie for breakfast (which is quite a mind-trip because it turns out green but tastes like pineapple cake) and I made an Indian Cauliflower Mash and some salads. All the recipes are below. Unfortunately, for our poor neighbors, I was blending super early this morning, but no one banged on our walls (or so I think-the blender was loud), so I think I am in the clear. 

I think I am past the detox crap, so no more weird side effects to report. 

One little comment before I type up the recipes. Adam taped a show called Wild Pacific on HD Theater and it is a bit insane. I am watching it now and I just saw fruit flies do a mating dance. In case you are wondering they stick there tongues out and dance to impress the females. Sounds just like humans, right? Hah! The next segment is about this looney-toon caterpillar that is CARNIVOROUS. Yes, you read right. He has a vice-like hold and leaps up and attacks flies! It's pretty badass, I must admit. The show is actually pretty okay because it gives some appreciation for nature! Even though, I am glad there is not carnivorous caterpillars in NC. 

Recipe Time! 
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Smoothie (from the Green Smoothie Revolution Book)
  • 1/2 a pineapple
  • 1 mango
  • 2 bananas
  • small piece of ginger
  • some cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cup swiss chard
  • 1 cup water
Blend and drink it down. Like I said, it is green, which is a bit odd. 

Indian Cauliflower Mash
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp curry
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • cilantro or parsley to garnish
Process the cauliflower into small bits in a food processor. Remove and place in bowl. Add walnuts to food processor and process into bits. Add to bowl with cauliflower. Add salt, curry, and paprika and mix. Garnish with herbs. I haven't tried this yet, but Adam said it was A-OK. 

Italian Salad (how fitting!)
  • 1 bunch of arugula
  • 1 nectarine, cubed
  • 10 slices of a red onion
  • 5 kalamata olives
  • olive oil and lemon juice for drizzling
Add all to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. My guinea pig, Adam, said it was a good lunch today. I am planning on trying it when I am done typing. 

Easy Lunch
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup (or more) of sunflower sprouts
  • lemon juice and salt
Slice avocado and top with sprouts. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle some salt before eating. 

Oh Shit! I just looked up on the TV and the millepedes came on! This sucker is a food long and sickety-sick! Time for my nightly glass of wine... 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is..

Love is...playing fetch with Cliff for an hour, while I do homework.
Love is...Lilly licking off my wet feet when I get out of the shower.
Love is...Adam eating raw food (with meat supplementation) to make packing lunches easier on me.

The cats must have known it was valentine's day weekend on saturday, because for the first time ever (in 2+ years) there was a cuddle session on the same tier in their massive cat tower. Get ready to feel all warm inside, these two are too cute!

Alright, enough of the mushy gushy crap, I think all the sunshine today has got to my head! To be honest, I am not a fan of valentine's day. Shouldn't you show the people you love appreciation that they are in your life (and love you back) everyday, not just February 14th? Plus, I am not one for flowers, jewelry, or boxed chocolates. Surprisingly, Adam doesn't like the fact that I am not into flowers or jewelry. I think the sunshine may have gotten to his head..

No new recipes today, but that Raw-zania was THE BOMB. Oh my newest obsession is the brownies that Ashley made this weekend. Yes, raw, homemade brownies. With frosting, I should add! And, that frosting is better than anything store bought. Believe me, I know since I used to stock the tubs of frosting in the fridge in my dorm room to eat plain and out of the tub! I don't have that recipe since it was found on the world wide web. :(

What I DO have are some cat pictures from when I was cooking yesterday.
When I was using the food processor Cliff got a bit spooked.
After I took the picture, he then ran around in sprints around the apartment. What a character! 

After I finished cooking I had set my cookbooks next to the table and went to do dishes. When I got back, Lilly was smothering poor Ani (on the Ani's Raw Food Kitchen book) and giving me a serious stink eye. 
I am beginning to think this diet is not going over well with the cats. And Adam doesn't look like a happy camper either...

Well, whatever you are eating on this day of love, enjoy it!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Monster of a Post

Well the reviews for Butternut Squash in good 'ol Chapel Hill are in...


Dinner was fabulous!! It may have been because I was STARVING, but nonetheless the food was yummy. Adam and I shared a mix tapas plate for an appie (appetizer). It had guacamole, salsa, hummus, grapes, carrots, celery, cranberry jam and the grand finale was FLASH-FRIED GOAT CHEESE BALLS. Needless to say I kept asking Adam how the goat balls were during our meal. Yes, I'm mature. ;) For the main course I got a vegan club and cole slaw and my fave Pharmie-in-training got Thai Green Curry. The only regret I have is not reading up on the place enough to know they only have a $3.50 corking fee if you bring your own bottle of wine! Much to my dismay, I forgot all about ordering dessert (probably because I was salivating for the wine at the Pharmal). 

Alright onto the food! The fridge has been restocked for the week and there are many delicious items on the menu. Here is what I made today: 

Italian Rawzania (from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen)
4 servings

  • 3 zucchini squash, peeled into thick "noodles"

  • 1/2 batch Sun-dried Tomato Marinara (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup shredded raw cheese (look for unpasteurized milk)
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup oregano, fresh or dried leaves
  • 1/4 cup thyme, fresh or dried leaves
First, peel the zucchini into noodles. In a 8"x9" baking pan start by layering half of the squash on the bottom. Top with half of the cheese, half the tomato, half the onion, half the marinara, half the olives, half the sun-dried tomatoes, oregano and thyme. Layer the rest of the squash and layer the remaining cheese, tomato, onion, marinara, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano and thyme. Keeps for one day in the fridge. According to Ani, it tastes better the 2nd day once the flavors marinate together, but I wouldn't know since Adam inhaled most of it, and I had to fight for my little quarter. So, the obvious verdict is...this recipe is a winner. 

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara 
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp pitted dates
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
Combine all the ingredients except the sun-dried tomatoes in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and blend until mixed well. Keeps for two days in the fridge, but it's so good, I doubt it will last that long. 

Spanish Scramble (Ani's Raw Food Kitchen)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 batch of the love-the-chicks pate
  • 1 cup spinach leaves or other soft greens
  • pinch of black pepper
Place cilantro, tomatoes, scallions, and pate into a bowl and mix. To serve, scoop the mixture on top of a bed of spinach leaves. Top with black pepper. 

Love-the-Chicks Pate (from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen)
  • 2 cups almonds, dry
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, dry
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 cup water
Add all the ingredients except the water in a food processor and process into a powder. Add the water and process until mixed well.  

Last recipe-I know this was a monster of a post, but Sunday is my Cooking Day! 
Berry Blue Smoothie (from Green Smoothie Revolution)
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1/2 bunch kale 
Blend. This would have been better if I would have practiced PATIENCE (argh) and actually blended the kale completely. It wasn't that enjoyable since I had kale particles all up in my smoothie. 

Thanks for reading all the way to the end! Have a good sunday night! 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hey Stranger!

Since I haven't posted for the past 2 days, I feel like my little blog has become a stranger. Either way, I am back and in full force! I had a (small) slip-up with that stupid valentine's day candy on thursday night. Just to clarify, it was not used as a reward for eating raw for 4 days, it was used as a reward for finishing my metabolism test with my sanity. Or, maybe I didn't actually get through it thinking clearly and sane, since I came home and woofed down a big peanut butter cup. Hmm.. 

Thursday night I had some help in the kitchen (thanks Ashley!) and whipped up a yummy mushroom risotto! As always, the recipe is below. Friday was quite a whirlwind. Not only did I have an appointment with (one of) my favorite trainers, I got to play with the new TRX bands at the gym. Holy crappola, those things are AWESOME! They made me feel like the biggest badass in town! Perhaps I was too pumped from my appointment because I then doubled up on exercise classes in the evening. Cycling for 60 minutes and Cycling and Sculpting for 60 minutes at the one and only SYNCStudio! I am made it through though!!! Success! 

It's that time for the weird side effect report: a runny nose all day on friday (so runny that I used a whole box of kleenex!) and lots of sneezing. In case you are wondering, I still yell toxins! whenever it happens. 

Positive side effect report: I have not taken a nap due to fatigue since monday!! I was napping 1-2 hours daily (eek!) so this is beyond exciting! Secondly, I am spending a lot less time cooking in the kitchen. Now, all I have to do is cut stuff up instead of cutting food up and then having to cook it all! Between less napping and less cooking time, I am overwhelmed with free time, which is actually perfect since school has gone from acceptable to full out insane. 

Tonight, Adam and I are going to Butternut Squash in Chapel Hill on Franklin Street, so I will let you know how their food is! It is also the evening of the Pharmal, so I better start picking out my outfit now...

Mushroom Risotto with White Truffle-Infused Olive Oil

  • 1 3/4 pounds of acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
Marinated Mushrooms:

  • 2 cups mushrooms, any type, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp Nama Shoyu

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup white truffle-infused olive oil 
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • OR, if you are a student (or cheap) like me, skip the olive oil and just top with scallions. 
To make the risotto, but the cubed squash into the food processor and process into risotto size pieces. Put in a large mixing bowl. For the mushrooms, mix the sliced shrooms with nama shoyu in a bowl and marinate for 5 minutes. To make the cream, add all ingredients into the food processor and process into a creamy texture. Add the mushrooms and cream mixtures to the risotto and top with scallions. Keeps for 3 days in fridge. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feelin' Good, Feelin' Great, How Are You?

I hope I am not jumping the gun here, but I felt pretty damn awesome today. I made it through my workout this morning (Rock the Band with Miss LA) without too much trouble, which was a major score! I survived this stupid busy, on-the-go day without a nap! Double score! 

No weirdo detox side effects except one mount everest pimple on my chin. Pretty sweet. 

The climax of the day was definitely coming home to a package on the front porch from my parents (who are well aware of the raw food diet commitment I have made). It was for valentine's day. It was from a bomb-diggity candy store in Savannah called River Street Sweets. It was a 20 oz (that's over a pound people) of a candy assortment for chocoholics. Bear claws, peanut butter cups (super-sized), chocolate covered pretzels galore. WTF. I love you, mom and dad but SHIT, talk about temptation! 

Am I supposed to reward myself for eating raw for 3+ days with a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate treat? Should I just smell them? Should I have Adam hide them in the house so I can't possibly eat them without him knowing? 

I am thinking that I will hold off on eating one. ONLY because when I cheat it usually turns into a (major) problem. That and I don't feel I deserve being rewarded for eating fruits and vegetables for a few days. I may feel differently after a glass of wine or maybe after I kick this nutrient metabolism's tests rear end, but until then I will just drool over the damn candies. 

On a raw note, I did do some major "cooking" today, which, contrary to popular belief took less time then actually cooking normal food. I made a peach smoothie, zucchini hummus, tagliatinni with pesto sauce, and a kale slaw (all the recipes are below). 

Peach Smoothie (from Green Smoothie Revolution)

  • 3 peaches
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1 head of butter lettuce
  • 2 cups of water
Blend and enjoy! I enjoyed this smoothie, but it was odd having the taste of lettuce in your mouth early in the morning. 

Zucchini Hummus (from RAWvolution)
  • 2 zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup raw tahini
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
Blend all ingredients in a blender and eat with raw veggies. 

Tagliatinni with Pesto (from Raw Food)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tbsp pesto (see recipe below)
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 5 kalamata olives
Peel the zucchini and carrot into thick pasta strips. Toss the pasta with pesto and add the tomatoes and olives. 

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 sprig of basil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • lemon juice to taste
Mix all in a mini food processor until well blended. Lasts for 1 week in the fridge. 

***Although as an italian, I feel slightly embarrassed to saw how fabulous this "pasta" was, but it was very easy to make and was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was soooo yummy I even took a picture of it! 

Cabbage Kale Slaw in Simple Greek Dressing (from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen)
  • 1/2 head of kale, any kind
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
Thinly slice kale and cabbage and place in bowl. Add the vinegar, oil, salt, and thyme to the bowl and mix well (or keep the salad and dressing separate and store for 5 days in the fridge). 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The 3rd Day is a Charm

Ahhh! Day 3! Honestly I am in disbelief that I survived this far. I tend to give into food cravings quick (like within minutes).  :)  I can't say I wouldn't kill for a piece of bread, but overall I am surviving. I even passed on the Peanut M and M's jar in class today. And that NEVER happens, I repeat, NEVER. 

So, onto a detox side effects report. I continue to feel like a big pile of poop in the morning but the nausea, upset stomach (no diarrhea-this is not a pepto-bismol commercial) subsides by the afternoon. And after that, it is smooth sailing! Except for the tingly, feels-like-I-have-to-sneeze constantly nose and the occasional runny nose I have been A-OK. 

Maybe I am getting ahead of myself here, but I think this may be do-able long term. I will be happy when I just start to feel super miraculous like the many raw foodies say they do, but until then I will continue to sneeze and blow my nose and testify that I am ridding my body of built-up toxins to anyone who will listen (which is mostly Adam or the cats). 

No new recipes to post since I have been eating leftovers, but I am cooking tomorrow evening so stay tuned for more reviews. 

Oh, one funny thing (or I thought it was funny) that happened this morning when I was cursing at the blender. Adam yelled from in bed (it was 5am, but he gave me permission the night before that I could blend that early) that maybe the diet will teach me patience. Needless to say I do not have any patience considering I am a bull-headed Sicilian/German gal, but maybe he is right. Feeling great and more patience? I will take whatever the raw diet has to offer! 

Lastly, I am looking to take my carnivore boyfriend to a nice vegan restaurant for valentine's day (what a nice girlfriend I am, I know). If you have any suggestions pass them my way.  :)  To be fair, I am going to his Pharmal (pharmacy formal) this weekend, which means getting all spiffy and socializing, so the compromise is a vegan v-day dinner. 

Now it is time to stop procrastinating studying nutrient metabolism...

Monday, February 7, 2011

This morning started like every other morning at 5am for Plyometrics class at SYNCStudio with (gasp!) Beth. She delivered a good workout alright. So good I wanted to barf or my head wanted to explode, either could have happened at any time. I think this is pretty normal during the detox period, so life will go on. After my morning coffee and smoothie (same one as yesterday) didn't help, I took a few Advils (which is not so raw) and took a nap with my feline friend, Cliff. 

I woke up feeling slightly refreshed and plugged through some homework even though I would rather be doing what Lilly was doing at the time...

or maybe a "please pet my belly" pose like Cliff... 
Okay, just to get it straight, I would never actually do Cliff's belly pose, but it did make me smile. 

Although my lunch (a thai coleslaw) was ah-mazing, I went to class this afternoon as a big, grumpy sourpuss since my head was still feeling foggy and ready to explode. I got a burst of energy and went to Whole Foods after class and boy am I glad! I found...wait for it...wait for it...RAW BROWNIES and RAW CHEESE! 


So, needless to say I had a delicious almond, dried fruit, and cheese plate with a brownie for dessert. My frown has officially been turned upside down. 

Now it is study time (yay!).

Here is the thai coleslaw recipe: 
Thai Coleslaw Salad
  • 3 cups finely shredded Napa Cabbage
  • 1 cup peeled and shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 bunch each of basil, mint, cilantro and chives (stems removed and leaves chopped)
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted peanuts 
Combine all ingredients in a big-ass mixing bowl and toss to mix thoroughly. 

Thai Coleslaw Dressing
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Nama Shoyu
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1" piece of ginger, peeled 
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
Combine all dressing ingredients in a mini food processor and pour over the salad. Note: this dressing is so delicious Adam could have slathered it all over his body and I would have licked it off. That maybe TMI, sorry mom and dad, but the dressing was fabulous! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The End of Day One

Now is the time that I normally get bored and turn to our pantry, so I thought it would be a perfect time to write up a post! It seems like it's working...

I survived the first day! 

The morning started with me wrestling with our stupid blender in an attempt to make a smoothie for breakfast. I did get everything blended, eventually. The cats were not thrilled with a new, loud, and terrifying noise so early in the morning (and neither was Adam). But, I did enjoy my dandelion green, endive, apple, pear, banana, and cranberry smoothie. Even while Adam was eating leftover pizza and ice cream for breakfast (right in front of my face!). 

After breakfast I continued to terrorize the house making some meals for the next few days. I think the blender, mini food processor, vegetable peeler and knives got more use this morning then they have in the past year. The poor oven and pyrex pans feel neglected, I'm sure. It was super easy to do dishes though! It is less frustrating to rinse a cutting board than scraping off burnt food crusties from baking sheets! 

The rest of the day was filled with my normal sunday routine. Laundry, homework, and exercising (a killer 60 minutes of cycling at SYNCStudio). I got back home around 5pm and it hit me that I made it a whole day eating ONLY raw food. Go me! 

One thing I know is that I want to publicize are the yummy recipes I enjoyed today so, here they are! 

World's Safest Liver Cleanser Smoothie (from Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko) 

  • 4 cups dandelion greens
  • 1 head endive
  • 2 small apples
  • 1 banana
  • 2 pears
  • 1 cup cranberries
Chop and blend. Serves 2. Super easy and delish! 

Butternut Squash Soup (from Raw The Uncook Book)
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 mango, cubed 
  • 2 tsp curry 
  • 4 cups OJ
  • 1/2 cup honey (or dates)
Blend all ingredients until creamy. Garnish with plantains, bananas, mangos, mint, or jalapenos. Serves 4. 
This recipe was acceptable, but I don't know if I will make it again. If I do, I am definitely garnishing with bananas instead of gross plantains. 

Sun Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Catsup (from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen)
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, ground
  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds, ground
  • 1/2 cup water 
Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the water last. Mix well and form 4 patties. 

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 tbsp pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Keeps in fridge for 4 days. 

The burgers were quite yummy, but the catsup was TO-DIE-FOR. I have already reserved a spot in the fridge for it so I have it on hand at all times. 

Mystic Mango Synergy Kombucha
Raw Crunch Gogi Berry Bar 
Small Glass of Red Wine 

And now it is time for some reading and bed since I have to get up bright and early at 5am tomorrow! 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Beginning

I feel rushed. Even though I had plenty of time to buy some raw food cookbooks, look them over, pick out recipes, and grocery shop for my week of raw eating, I still feel overwhelmed. See, the initial plan was to start my new raw life on Monday, not Sunday. However, the other half in this raw food diet adventure has convinced me to start on Sunday. So, tomorrow it is. As I write this, it is 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, and I can't help thinking about what food I want to eat before the clock strikes midnight. I had my pizza (a weakness that is built into my sicilian genes), ice cream, and cookie dough (raw cookie dough at that!). Twice. 

I think I am ready. I know this diet switch will be more mentally difficult than anything. Cravings, temptations, and my regular food eating boyfriend/roommate will be the hardest part. But, I am determined to see what food not cooked above 118 degrees will do to my body. 

Why even put myself through this you ask? Because I am tired. I take a nap every day. Keep in mind I am not even 25 yet! Because I know how good I feel when I eat one meal that is raw. Lastly, because I am curious. 

Cross your fingers that this goes well (but how could it not?). Stay tuned for my likely cranky, withdrawl-symptom ridden post tomorrow.