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There’s a Smoothie for Everything…Post-Raw Diet Day 2

Either everything is perfect, or nothing is right when it comes to me and food.  Either I absolutely love what I’m eating (see: bloomed wild rice, raw oatmeal, raw chili), or it becomes my nemesis (see: raw collard wraps).  Either everything is timed just right, or everything is off–things get soggy, things get cold…timing is an art.  So what does all this mean to me on Day 2 of my Post-Raw diet?  There are miscellaneous odds and ends in my refrigerator.  It’s true, and I knew it was happening every time I ate a 1/4 of this, and 1/2 of that, but there was no stopping it!  So here I am today with 1/2 a red pepper, an enormous carrot, a huge cucumber, some chunks of pineapple and something else that lives in a leaf.  About the thing that lives in the leaf…I got it at the farmer’s market at the beginning of my 2 week journey, and was afraid to deal with it then, and am afraid to deal with it now! Then, just because it was so foreign, and now, well how many vegetables do you know of that survive over 2 weeks!

I presume that happens to a lot of Raw newbies.  We just get all caught up in the vegetables and fruits of it all, we forget to make sense!  Easily talked into anything without a pulse, we forget to ask–“how do you prepare this??”  And I know vegetables!  But this thing that lives in a leaf, inside my fridge, is completely foreign, and whatever angst I have leftover from not using my dehydrator also lives inside that leaf.  I digress.  So what to do with the veggies I didn’t eat, the things I didn’t try, and meals I simply ran out of time for (I have zucchini too that I was looking forward to another rendition of zucchini primavera!).  There’s two solutions, really.  One, I’m brought back to my new, old dilemma: Maybe Raw is still speaking to me.  Maybe I shouldn’t end it so soon.  After all, all I would need to get is a couple tomatoes, a few bananas, some avocado, and I’d be in business!  Miscellaneous, no more.

I need to think about some more, but for now (!), I’ll go with the alternative solution: The lessons keep on coming as I have learned there is officially a smoothie for everything.  Don’t take my word for it!  Go ahead, try and type any combination of any few things into google.  Someone, somewhere will have a recipe for you.

Here’s my delicious one for tonight, leaving only a lonely 1/4 red pepper, a big carrot, some parsley and a nagging feeling like Raw might be for me:

Jinji’s Miscellaneous Smoothie

  • A huge cucumber
  • Some chunks of pineapple
  • One orange, juiced
  • A few stalks of celery
  • A half an apple
  • Some sprouted almonds
  • 1 cup of water

Blend it all together, and be amazed!

 

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One More Day…Raw Diet Day 13

I have one more day left, and to be frank, I’m glad.  But in an all-around glad sort of way that I ventured into these unchartered raw waters, glad for all the new things I’ve learned, and most glad to be able to broaden my diet moving forward.  I do miss hot, cooked grains and delicious roasted veggies.  I miss cooked fish, and sauteed wild mushrooms.

I also miss chips.  Which reminds me of a major “miss” of mine over the past 2 weeks: I didn’t dehydrate.  Oh, I have a dehydrator!  I actually inherited it specifically for this diet.  I thought I would make Raw bread–but, instead I found Manna bread at Whole Foods.  I thought I’d make chips, but then I discovered “Brad’s Kale Chips” at my local health food store.  I thought I would make flax seed crackers to have with my hummus–but I bought those too.  Also, the dehydrator is big.  It’s a machine that needs to be plugged in, and it has dials and moving parts.  You’d definitely need to read the instructions to operate it.  Am I proud of it, not really.  But would I do it any differently?  Nope.  No need to reinvent the wheel, plus I’ve been so busy soaking, sprouting, peeling and blending, I cannot imagine where dehydrating would have even fit into the equation!  BUT.  All that said, I am still a lover of all things food, and all things that makes food delicious, so I will make the following promise:

After this Raw Diet concludes, tomorrow, and I reclaim my vege/pesque/veganish life back, I will break out the dehydrator.  I will focus on it, and I will make delicious things with it.  That counts, right?  I mean, I plan on bringing many of my Raw lessons with me into my regular diet, and I think this is a great way to keep the spirit alive, and keep my commitment to Raw up my diet real.

So, I say, we are really fortunate to live in a place where Raw foods are so abundant and plentiful, that you don’t have to limit shopping trips to just the produce section.  There are aisles!  There are aisles with lovely prepared and packaged raw foods in them.  I’d have been remiss not to support those artisans and their products.  After all, even though they have broken into the mainstream, they still are swimming upstream, and against the current of other packaged food titans and heavyweights.  But with support, they’ll do well!  Just look at Salmon.

Kevin’s Sunday Shake Up:

  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • A mango
  • Some pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • A bunch of spinach
  • 1.5 cups water
  • A few shakes of cinnamon
  • A shake of sea salt
  • A small handful of almonds

Garnish with pomegranate seeds and ENJOY!

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Food can be Forgiving too…Raw Diet Day 12

As much I’ve talked about myself and likes and dislikes for different foods…the battles that have ensued, instigated by myself against the raw food world as a whole…and lest we forget the many times I’ve blamed my food for each of my many surprises…I experienced what I’ll call a humbling moment with a jar of wild rice tonight that has made me rethink a few things.  Maybe it wasn’t the food all this time, maybe it’s been me.  I’ll explain.

All my life I have had a severe aversion to wild rice.  I don’t like the way it tastes, I don’t like the way it looks, and I don’t like the way it feels.  I ignore it and eat brown rice instead.  I look right past it, and go for the farro and the quinoa every time.  But, in the spirit of the raw diet experiment, and after reading a super good recipe including it, I decided to buy some wild rice today.  Still didn’t like the way it looked, but I was really craving some carbs, and again, why not?  Afterall, I was just gnawing on a corn cob last night (again), surely I can give wild rice a try.

So the directions in the recipe said I needed to bloom the seed.  Seed?  Therein, issue number one diverted.  The reason I have never liked the way wild rice looked, is because I was comparing it to other rices.  Wild rice is not rice.  Imagine that–it’s a grass seed.  Looks pretty good for a seed, I thought.  Bloom.  Okay, sounds less scary than sprout, and I know I can do that, so I continued.  I put raw wild “rice” in a jar filled with lots of water expecting to go through the usual–stare at it for 3 days, rinse it twice a day, and at the end hope for something that’s at least as pliable as a raw piece of spaghetti, but love it because I put effort into it.  I put it aside.  Tonight, when I went to rinse it, I discovered the miracle of wild “rice”.  It had bloomed itself!  It was finished.  The first actually finished grain/seed I’ve had this whole time.  The “rice” had opened up, and was soft, chewy and oh so flavorful!  The possibilities, I thought!

Point is, I’m sure I’ll come up with something delicious to do with my bloomed wild “rice”, and when I do, I will share it with all of you.  As I am approaching Day 14, it won’t be long.  In the meantime, I can’t help but give pause.  After speaking so poorly about the “rice” for so long, to everyone I can think of, passing it up time and time again…today, it has given me such a delightful gift.  I am humbled!

All this time the problem was…it’s been cooked!  Becoming more and more of a Raw believer, literally–day, by day.

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