I whipped up with this yummy dip last night just based on what we had in the fridge, it’s lightly creamy and perfect for Spring! Britney spread some in her veggie burger pita pocket and I tossed mine with steamed broccoli. I imagine you could go all sorts of directions with it- it’s great on it’s own but it would be equally as tasty over zucchini pasta or spaghetti squash, spread on a sandwich or used as a dip for veggies.
fresh corn from 2 cobs
2 Tbsp raw tahini
juice of one lemon
handful of cilantro
half a zucchini
2 cloves garlic
pinch of cayenne and sea salt (optional)
Blend until creamy.
This does not resemble the original grape nuts in the slightest but it does take care of my cereal craving! If it bothers you to call it cereal, think of it like a really chunky, delicious smoothie.
1/2 cup water
4 dates, pitted
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 bunch grapes
Remove grapes from stem and chop. Place in a bowl. Blend bananas, dates and water to make “milk” and pour over grape “cereal”.
I’m over two weeks into this majorly fruity lifestyle now so I thought it was time for an update. I can honestly say…I’m loving it more all the time. I’ve fallen into eating this way so easily and I’m starting to have a hard time imagining giving it up. Here is a list of the ups, downs and oddities I’ve noticed lately:
1. I have NO chocolate cravings. In fact, chocolate sounds quite disgusting. It’s true.
2. I’m not thinking about salt and cheese all the time like I was during the first week. Things like celery and lettuce are starting to taste divinely savory.
3. Toxic treats that I could once get away with are not treating my so nicely. My one “slip-up” was half a glass of wine one night and I spent the next day feeling so “off” that it doesn’t even seem tempting anymore.
4. My moods feel so steady and dependable- I don’t worry about feeling like I can’t handle a rough work day or too many social situations (major introvert here) or needing to eat junk food to get through them.
5. My energy for working out is plentiful. Caffeine is the furthest thing from my mind.
6. I don’t feel bloated but I do feel “puffy” if that makes sense. I see it in my face and my clothes are a little tight. I hear this is normal at first. It reminds me of when I initially got into clean eating and detox, I spent a good deal of time feeling really puffy but it eventually went away. I kinda feel like I’ve started all over again but it’s way more fun this time.
7. I have to use the bathroom WAY more than usual. It makes road trips interesting.
8. I’m feeling like I can just get on with my life instead of worrying about food all the time. This is HUGE. Huge.
I’m feeling so good that there is absolutely no sadness whatsoever about not making a traditional (or what I would have considered traditional) Christmas feast. I do have some fun treats planned though, I will share here soon!
Filed under 80/10/10, fruit
Warning: This will look like a LOT of food. The recommended calorie minimum for women on this lifestyle is 2500- I’ve been using a handy little thing called CRON-O-Meter to keep track of the 80/10/10 ratios and calorie minimums. I’ll update shortly about how I’ve felt my first week!
24 oz. carrot/celery/apple juice
Banana Cereal! Britney laughed so hard it this. Basically it’s “banana milk” (blended bananas) over chopped bananas. I also discovered the deliciousness that is raw, ripe plantain- I didn’t even know they could be eaten raw! This all started as 6 bananas and 1 plantain.
2.5 pounds of grapes.
For dinner I made Megan Elizabeth’s Mango Mayonnaise Wraps…
…and 3 perfectly delicious dried figs.
For the past three years I’ve created an all raw vegan “Living Thanksgiving”. This year I’m changing things up a little, I think I maxed out my nut-and-oil-free-but-still-satisfying-and-holiday-themed-raw-vegan recipe creativity. I’m including cooked foods this year and shifting “Living Thanksgiving” to mean you can still feel alive and upbeat after the holiday feast rather than heavy and in need of a nap. I’ll also be taking a lot of recipe inspiration from other bloggers this year, I dedicated an entire Pinterest board to potential holiday recipes! Here is my contribution to the many wonderful holiday recipes that are circulating, Shepherds Pie is traditionally not a vegetarian dish and usually made with white potatoes so this is a stretch. It turned out to be a perfectly filling but not too heavy, comforting holiday dish.
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup brussel sprouts, shredded
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup leeks, sliced
1 cup green beans, chopped
small handful sage, chopped
small handful thyme, stemmed
2 sweet potatoes, baked and peeled
2-4 Tbsp coconut oil
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Coat all veggies besides sweet potatoes in coconut oil and herbs in a baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Mash sweet potatoes and add a bit of coconut oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Remove veggies from oven and top with sweet potato mash. Return to oven and broil until sweet potatoes start to brown.
For some raw vegan holiday inspiration check out last years Living Thanksgiving:
Herbed Cauliflower “Couscous”
Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl – Kabocha Style
Raw Creamed Corn with Oregano
Avocado Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
Jicima “Potato” Salad with Dilly Dijon
Spiked Vanilla Chai
What are you having for Thanksgiving this year?
“What I Ate Wednesday” is on hiatus this week because, well, I left my camera at home today…I did decide though that today was “Goat Cheese Appreciation Day” after last months vegan experiment! Today I want to share a couple of recent discoveries that I think some of you might also appreciate!
Hilary’s Eat Well has produced the cleanest veggie burger I have ever found (they did name it The World’s Best Veggie Burger and I can’t disagree). They are vegan, well-combined, free of nuts and soy and the main ingredients are sweet potatoes and quinoa!
I am absolutely in love with every product from Coconut Secret, most recently their raw vegan coconut ice cream. It’s such a treat to be able to go to the store and get a nut-free frozen raw dessert! If you haven’t tried them, I’m also a big fan of their coconut bars.
Have you discovered anything fun and new lately?
Any day that I can spend poking around in the kitchen for hours and not feel like I’m “wasting time” is a good day. Today was a good day. My dad is here from Colorado, my ladyfriend is up from Seattle, and my roommate was in the kitchen until I kicked her out 😉
I started my day with Cinnamon Ginger Green Juice and my favorite herbal chai.
The day’s menu didn’t go exactly as planned. Our Herbed Cauliflower Couscous passed its “couscous” stage in the food processor and had to be made into a raw mashed “potato” dish instead (it was alright). I also threw in a not-so-living Sprouted Grain Stuffing which was a hit with everyone and really worked wonderfully with the other dishes.
Dorian enjoyed another day atop the open oven while the pesto stuffed mushrooms (thanks, roommate!) were dehydrating. He was also appreciative of his organic turkey dinner (the only turkey served here today!).
Appetizers were placed out mid-day: fruit with raw chocolate fondue (a simple mix of agave and cacao powder) and veggies with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette. I thought I’d share the recipe since it turned out so well (though it may be better for dressing a salad than dipping veggies).
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coconut aminos
1 clove garlic, minced
big pinch dried oregano
pinch of salt and pepper
2-3 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia
Mix together gently.
After noshing on veggies and a glass of red wine we sat down to holiday movies (Living Thanksgiving tradition!) and dinner. Today I felt so thankful for my wonderful girlfriend who willingly took TWO emergency trips to the grocery store for me, my dad for fixing things in the apartment I didn’t even know were broken, and my roommate for cooking (un-cooking? rawking?) half the food today until I made her hand the kitchen over to me.
We unanimously agreed that this was the most successful Living Thanksgiving yet. While we spent the last two with aching stomachs and a lump of nuts that took forever to make it through our digestive systems, this year we still managed to eat a lot and not suffer from the usual post Thanksgiving dinner coma.
I hope everyone else had a lovely T-Day as well with desserts as delicious as ours. And since it’s now its officially OK to play Holiday music (and apparently sing it too as at the moment I’m falalala-ing with the roomie while trying to type) I’m off to enjoy Lady Gagas newly released wonderfulness.