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February 1, 2010


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Thank you so much.


January 30, 2010

Raw Zuchini Crust Pizza Experiment

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Warning: THIS TASTES MUCH BETTER THAN IT LOOKS! Zucchini contains so much water and needs to be dehydrated in order to form a stable pizza crust. Although it looks dry, it's actually quite moist in the center and packed full of flavor.

Someone posted a photo of Cherie Soria's raw pizza, using a zucchini crust. It looked really interesting, but I couldn't find the recipe anywhere, and decided to experiment with my own version.  It came out really tasty!!!

Note: If you want to use the "cheese" then you will need to prepare it a couple of days in advance. Shari's veggie mac cheese  is so awesome, I usually have some leftover in the fridge, and use it in many recipes.  I am sure you could do a version without it, but the cheese made the filling more creamy.

This recipe yields 4 mini pizzas  ...YOU MIGHT WANT TO DOUBLE  or  TRIPLE THIS RECIPE.

January 29, 2010

Roasted Fennel - Super Quick and Easy

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This is a great meal when you don't have a lot of time to prepare. Also, I am trying to incorporate the jasmine rice and nama shoyu into my meals for my program this week. It's challenging and I'm finding it hard to eat raw all the time with the rice requirement. For lunch I simply cut up some raw celery and carrots and serve with rice and raw sesame seeds, but when dinner rolls around, I tend to lean towards cooked, but crunchy veggies. 

I had some fennel that I needed to use and this is what I came up with. It was really easy and surprisingly delicious. We were both totally satisfied and full.

January 28, 2010

Raw Corn Chips/Taco Shells

I have been craving raw taco shells or corn chips since I got my dehydrator and finally made them last night. They are just about ready...

January 26, 2010

Vegan Cream of Vegetable Soup

This is one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" recipes...creamy and satisfying! Cashew cream is amazing and does such wonders to soups.

Make your own soup. Be creative. My recipe is just a starting point or inspiration. Use your own variety of veggies and seasonings, then add cashew cream, run it all through the blender and yummmmmmmm - enjoy!

Less of Me!!!

Update: Today I am minus 15 pounds!!! I have a feeling the program that Dr. Elgarten has me on this week will produce even more weight loss. The only problem is that I have to eat a lot of jasmine rice, nama shoyu and veggies. It makes it more challenging to eat raw meals, for sure, but I will do my best.

I have been chopping up celery, raw pecans and raw sesame seeds, and adding them to the rice/shoyu mixture, and it is pretty tasty. Also, this week, minimal onions and garlic, and no fruits, juices or sweets. Whatever the doc is doing, is helping.

Grains are a problem in relation to mold and I have to get the Jasmine rice here, where it is periodically tested for mold, and if moldy, they simply don't sell it. (For example, this week rice is unavailable, so thank goodness I have some stashed in the freezer).

Apparently, the Oshawa nama shoyu's microbial activity is good for the bile ducts and upper track where some major issues have arisen in my body. The combo of rice and shoyu helps deliver the microbes to the right place. (Layman's terms)

Regardless, I am sleeping 7-8 hours a night for the most part, losing weight, and managed to go out this weekend and have a good time! This is all good!

Raw Double Fudge Brownie Cake

Inspired by The Voracious Vegan

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W and I attended a Native American Indian Pipe Ceremony on Saturday and had a fabulous time. It was a spiritual prayer circle or sorts, and the ceremony was very moving. It was a time for being present, with like-minded people, and putting our intention out to the Universe.

Afterward, we had a potluck dinner. I brought my Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apples and this Double Fudge Brownie Cake that I had never made before. It was pretty delicious and there were about 6-8 SAD eaters there and mostly everyone asked for a second portion. Folks were amazed at how yummy and rich a raw dessert could be. No surprise to us raw folk!!! I had some leftover Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bar that I crumbled on the top of the frosted cake. I tweaked the original recipe a bit and made a cake instead of brownie squares. Either way...the cake was a hit!

January 25, 2010

Raw Mango Tart with Banana Crème Topping


This scrumptious pie was so different than any raw dessert I made and it looks so pretty. We brought it to a gathering where there were other raw foodies, and it went over very well!

It freezes well (without berries on top), but be sure it's totally defrosted before serving. It tastes MUCH better.

January 24, 2010

A Love Affair With Food

I titled one of my previous posts "I am having a rawnchy love affair with chocolate," but what I should have said, is I "am having a love affair with food!" Seriously. This is a huge transformation for me. I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food and struggled with cravings, never really feeling satisfied. My weight problem is not from eating too much, but from a combination of health issues and eating the wrong things. When I did let myself binge, I'd BINGE, fall into a spiral, and then make things worse by rationalizing, "Oh hell, I already screwed up, why stop here." Instead of having a few spoonfuls of ice cream, I'd eat the whole pint. I couldn't have it hanging around in my freezer, haunting me.

Since I have started this program, I have more energy, less mood swings, and  I feel elated. Here I am, home bound for the most part, still in quite a bit of pain...and I feel elated, excited and passionate about food.

We attended two social gatherings this weekend, and several people commented not only that they could see how passionate I am about food, but when they ate what I prepared, they could actually FEEL the love in the food. The funny thing is, I just commented to W last week that I feel so much love and enthusiasm in preparing these new foods and experience a lot of satisfaction watching others enjoy what I have prepared. I entertained a lot when I was younger, but I don't ever recall feeling this much exuberance about food. I am eating so much less, and feeling so much more satiated. The food is vibrant and alive...and sharing this with loved ones has given me a whole different way of looking at food preparation.  Eating raw is simple, and in this simplicity I am loving the colors, textures and flavor combinations of these beautiful living foods. It's amazing. I feel like a different person. Has anyone else had this experience? I would love to hear about it!

January 22, 2010

Raw Macadamia Nut Cheese and Bruschetta  We have moved.

(Cheese before and after)                                   
W and I have a party to go to this weekend, and several of the folks attending are raw foodies. YAY!

The Veggie Mac Cheese was such a hit, that I decided to make another batch to go with the Almond Bread. I followed the original recipe, but adjusted the seasoning, adding more basil, and using some chopped chives, scallions, parsley and red onion. It is seasoned with miso and a touch of Ume de Plumb vinegar. SPECIAL! All of this cheesy, rich goodness from luscious macadamia nuts. Don't ya just love it?

W's suggestion was to create a bruschetta-like appetizer, spreading the cheese onto bite sized pieces of  Herb Almond Bread, and topping with chopped fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and vinegar. I'll try to take some pics of the finished product.

For dessert, I made a mango and banana cream pie - but you have to wait until I decorate it for the pics.



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