Friday, March 13, 2009

A Little Bit Raw-er

Since I am currently on Spring Break with, supposedly, more time on my hands, I decided to delve a little bit into the idea of raw foods.  I'm not a complete enthusiast, but I do feel as if eating more foods in their natural state can be better and perhaps healthier. Knowing my own limitations, I realized that I wouldn't be able to go completely raw this week, nor would I want to. Even for the meals that haven't been totally raw, I have incorporated more simple and healthier foods.  Here are examples of two of the dinners that I had this week.

The first is spicy peanut broccoli salad of sorts. I don't think my peanut butter is raw, but I tried, ok? I took a huge knife to a small head of broccoli and went crazy on it, then I tossed the bits with my usual spicy peanut sauce that I like with red cabbage.

Here, is my attempt at raw pasta. I was surprised at how easy it was to get the zucchini noodles with a regular vegetable peeler. A little more time consuming, maybe, but not overly so.  The sauce is my improvised swiss chard/dark green leafy veggie mix pesto.  I'm out of walnuts, so I used raw cashews instead, and I couldn't tell much of a difference. I also subbed a lot of the oil with water, and it didn't seem to effect the texture too much (and cut down on the fat). I must not have made enough noodles, because I was hungry again two hours later. Unfortunately, I caved in to my whole grain craving and had second helpings using whole wheat pasta.  I must love my grains too much to give them up...

Today started off well with a breakfast of steel cut oats soaked in almond milk overnight with raisins. A little bit boring, so no picture was taken. Lunch consisted of more pesto and tomato on toast (yes, not raw, I know).  Tonight for dinner, I plan on making a raw curried soup, so I'll see how that goes.


Mihl said...

Your raw pasta looks extremely yummy!

Jeni Treehugger said...

They both look wonderful and just oozing with goodness. It's always easier to incorporate raw foods in the Summer time - something I am going to make a conscious effort to do this year.

Anonymous said...

Raw-er? More raw? Less cooked? My editorial palsy has set in again. Sorry!

I'll obey your command little lady (!) and will send forthwith an update on my movements &c. There's not a whole lot to report, but that's also no excuse not to be in contact; not every missive needs to be a masterpiece.

I hope you're well - after all this good food, how can you not be?!

Viele Liebe Grüße...
Rudolf von Nottlesburg

Zoey said...

That broccoli salad looks delicious!