Friday, December 31, 2010

30 Days that Changed My Life Forever!!!!

As 2010 comes to an end I am grateful for all the changes that came with it...Thankful for my health and my family's health.  Thankful for all the challenges because without them we cannot grow to be the people that we are meant to be.  I am most thankful for my husband for so many reasons.  Sounds corny right???  Well, without him, I would not have known Karen "Guraw" Cooper.  Knowing this woman has changed my life.  Funny thing is, we have never met face to face.  I have gained more knowledge from her in the few months that I've known about her.  She helped me change my life.  I wish I could put into words how she has affected just about every aspect of my life.  The 30 day "Raw Food Challenge" was a godsend.  I embraced the challenge with an open mind.  Ended the challenge with a new way of life.  I have often admired vegetarians and vegans for their discipline.  Doing this challenge made me realize that it's more about education than discipline.  Once you are educated the choice to be healthy comes easy.

So, as I end 2010 I am resolving to take the knowledge that I have gained and continue to gain and educate all around me that want to listen.   I am no longer a victim of what I thought I had to control over and I want everyone to know that their health is their responsibility.  Time to start taking control of your health!

I couldn't end 2010 without another great Kale recipe could I?  This "Hawaiian Kale" is delicious!  My husband came up with the dressing for this deliciousness.

Dressing ingredients: Pineapple puree, agave, nama shoyu, fresh ginger, sea salt, pepper.
After massaging the kale with olive oil, pour the dressing over the kale and massage it in, top with fresh pineapples and enjoy.
Happy Healthy New Year!!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Kale Salad

One of the foods that I have in my fridge all the time is "Kale Salad".   It has become a staple since I have begun this raw/vegan lifestyle.  I eat is just about everyday.  For the past couple months I have made the kale salad the same way each week. My standard kale salad dressing consists of olive oil, garlic, lemon, agave and sea salt.   Adding different toppings to it but basically the same flavor.  This past Friday while doing errands with my husband he mentioned that I should do something different with the Kale.  Not that the way that I am doing it is bad, but that I should mix it up a bit.  So, I said OK.  Any suggestions???  We brainstormed a bit and came up with Sesame Kale Salad.
 
Turned out pretty good.  Ingredients are olive oil, toasted sesame oil, agave, juice of a orange, nama shoyu, and chili paste.  Gave the kale an asian flavor.  Very good decision.

Also made sushi for the first time, using quinoa instead of rice.  Not too bad for my first attempt at sushi!
Next up...Tex Mex Kale!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lettuce Wraps

My goal is to find raw recipes and make them simple.  I have been told that when searching for raw recipes online they appear too difficult and have way too many ingredients.  I totally agree.  So, when I find a recipe I try to simplify it.  This recipe is a Thai style Lettuce wrap!  I made these last night and they were delicious.  My husband really enjoyed them too.  He said that I made them too hot, as I always tend to do.  This recipe should not be too hot.  I usually add more red pepper flakes than the recipe calls for.  All the equipment you need for this is a food processor!

Ingredients:

The "Meat"
1 1/2 cup Walnuts
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup scallions
1/2 cup Cilantro

The Sauce
1/4 cup Agave
1/8 cup Nama Shoyu
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes

The Topping
1/4 cup Agave
1/8 cup Sesame Oil
1/8 cup Nama Shoyu
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Put sauce ingredients in food processor, pulse 3-4 times.
Put walnuts in and pulse 5-6 times.
Add veggies and pulse until mixtures looks like ground meat.

Place ingredients in lettuce leaf and top with more shredded carrots and bean sprouts(optional) and pour a little of the topping on them and...Enjoy!!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Inspired to Blog

Happy Sunday to you!  I have been asked by several people, "Why don't you blog anymore".  I thought that after the challenge no one would be interested in what I had to say.  I really wasn't sure if anyone was really reading my blogs.  I am happy to say that my Raw Food journey has inspired some of my friends and family to evaluate their eating habits.  So, it's all good!  I am still eating raw.  Still feeling great!!!  No regrets.  I have incorporated some cooked food into my diet.  I am very very picky about the cooked foods that I eat.  If nothing else the Raw Food Challenge taught me to be aware of the foods and drinks that I put into my body.  I am 100% off meat, dairy and sugar.  Still having my one cup of coffee per day.  I drink maybe one glass of wine per week, if that.  Not really having the cravings that I used to have.


Falafels, Quinoa, Quinoa Pasta and Ezekiel Sprouted Bread are now staples in my house.  Those are the main things that I have incorporated into my mostly raw diet.


What have I been up to since I last blogged??  Well, I went to NYC for Thanksgiving.
First stop when we arrived in this gorgeous city was "Virgil's Barbecue".  My husbands absolute favorite place to eat in NYC.  I ate there last year when we were there.  He ordered his favorite...wings and hush puppies.  Now, here is where the actual "challenge" begins.  What will I eat??? I was hungry too, we had been on the road for about 6 hours, granted I packed some fruit and nuts but I needed a meal.  Lucky for me they actual had a "big"salad on the menu and that is what I order.  Mustard vinaigrette dressing on the side of course.  At that moment in my life that was the best salad I had ever had...I was hungry and it satisfied...


I packed a cooler full of raw foods for me to eat during my stay in NYC.  Made a large Kale salad for Thanksgiving dinner and it was the most colorful dish on the table...
And was enjoyed by all.  One thing that I must say is that you must be prepared with the foods that you can eat so as not to be frustrated or tempted to eat what you normally would not eat.   My Thanksgiving dinner was kale salad, vegan mashed potatoes and butternut squash gravy...


Not sure if I mentioned this before but I wanted to go to a raw food restaurant while in NYC.  Researched online and found one that I wanted to visit called "Raw Soul".  And it did not disappoint.
My husband and cousin went with me and we ordered 3 entree's and 3 desserts.  I also ordered something to go.  I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and so did my family.  We had raw pizza, raw lasagna and raw quiche.  I think the quiche was the least favorite of all three...
                                                                              pizza
                                                                         quiche
                                                                             lasagna
I had never had raw "dessert" before so I was interested in trying that too.  We had cheesecake, pecan pie and cinnamon rolls...
                                                                     cheesecake
                                                                        pecan pie
                                                                  cinnamon rolls

All were delicious.  We were very satisfied after leaving that restaurant.  I met one of the owners and purchased a book...
This book is full of recipes and information.  I was sad to learn that they are closing this restaurant in December.  They are moving to New Mexico...the mecca of spirituality.  Maybe one day I can have some Raw Soul in New Mexico.  It was a satisfying raw experience for me.

Since that trip I had not eaten out at a restaurant until this weekend.  Friday I attended a dental seminar.  Before lunch I spoke with someone and explained that I did not eat meat.  I asked for a "big" salad for myself and another co-worker who was doing the 7-day Raw Food Challenge.  They brought us a couple of vegetarian dishes...cooked mushroom stacks with lentils and green beams.  I tasted the veggies on the plate and decided to just eat 2 side salads.  My taste buds have definitely changed.  The veggies on the plate tasted very bland and too soft.  That dish they they served us inspired me to make something for myself.  A raw mushroom stack with marinated veggies...
And it was delicious...Had another restaurant outing to attend today.  PfChangs was the restaurant for this gathering of Birthday Club ladies.  I went online and looked at their menu.  Decided that I would order Shanghai cucumber(raw) and  Sichuan style asparagus.  Also looked at the sodium content of these items...743mg and 730mg respectively...WOW!  Drinking lots of water as I type this...

I think that if dining with friends at a restaurant that cannot accommodate your eating lifestyle it's best to eat before you go and order a salad at the restaurant.  Usually the reason for dining with friends is to socialize anyway...This is just how I will deal when these times arise.

Still no regrets.  I'm just trying to come up with recipes that are simple and don't require too many ingredients.  I think that another reason people decide to go back to their old eating habits is because many of the recipes require way too many ingredients.   I'm trying to keep it simple and I will share what I come up with...Stay Tuned!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Still Raw

Still going strong 7 days after the challenge.  Eating mostly raw and loving it.  Feeling fabulous too.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite things thus far...I must admit that I never thought that I would drink a green smoothie.  It just never appealed to me.  Little did I know that this green drink would become one of my favorites...

I found the recipe for this delicious smoothie on this website http://www.DianaStobo.com.  This is a very informative website for anyone thinking about become raw.  The smoothie is called Popeye's Passion.  The ingredients are Organic Apple Cider(on the website they suggest that you use Unpasterized Apple Cider), spinach and banana...

Blend until smooth.  It is delicious!!!!  I have been drinking this smoothie for the past week.  Making one for hubby too!!! Note: I put my bananas in the freezer for my smoothies.

I am still eating kale salad just about everyday.  I have perfected the dressing for this salad.  It's funny how the things that I began eating with the challenge are tasting better to me now.  I guess I am getting better at preparing raw things through trial and error.  The dressing ingredients are: 1 1/2 cups of olive oil, juice of 5 lemons, 1/3 cup Agave, 3 teaspoons of sea salt, 6 pieces of fresh garlic.  Shake well.   This makes enough dressing for about 3 bunches of kale.  I usually make one bunch at a time and keep the leftover dressing for future use.  This dressing probably tastes good on regular lettuce salad.



One thing that I found out from searching websites and recipes that I need to share is when you put the dressing on the kale, the kale needs to be massaged with your hands for the oils to penetrate the kale leaves.  The massaging make a huge difference in the taste of the kale.

Basil Pesto...delicious!!!

My good friend Tatiana gave me this recipe...Fresh basil, olive oil, lemons, garlic and sea salt.  I spread this deliciousness on a new bread that I am eating...

This is a Sprouted 100% whole grain bread...not too bad especially when it's toasted and I put that delicious basil pesto on it with marinated tomatoes...A delicious meal or snack any day of the week!!!

The tomatoes are marinated with olive oil, sea salt and basil...




Falafel Chips...great for dipping hummus!!!


Falafel patties...delicious!!!!


So, all in all I am still on the Raw Path.  Still exploring and seeing what is out there for me to try.  Loving life and thankful that I have made this life style change...No looking back!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Day after the Challenge

Well, I thought I was finished blogging but I guess I'm not.  This is my first day after the Raw food Challenge and I was pretty excited about trying some of the Vegan recipes that I found online.  I was in the kitchen for about 2 hours creating.  I thought that since I was creating I would create enough for the entire week.  The first thing I created was Mediterranean Garbanzo Salad...

I followed the recipe that I posted yesterday except I added spinach to it and I did not add olives.  It was very good.  Hubby suggested that it marinate for a few hours but said it had good flavor.   I cooked the garbanzo beans myself instead of using canned.

The next thing I created was the Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms...


I didn't stray away from this recipe.  I used all the ingredients that it called for.  It was also delicious.  My daughter said that this may be her favorite thing I've created thus far.  I had never eaten quinoa before today.  They will now be a staple in my cupboard.

Next was the Raw Vegetable "Pasta" with Tomatoes and Herbs...


This was a simple and delicious dish.  I did everything this recipe called for also.  Put this atop my spinach salad for dinner. Will definitely make again!!!

And the last dish I created was Butternut Squash with Garbanzo Beans...

Very good and simple dish.  I tossed the squash in olive oil and salt and pepper then roasted in the oven for about 25 minutes.  Tossed with garbanzo beans and fresh basil.  Delish!!! Basil may be my favorite herb!!!

And of all the items I created this was my dinner...

Pretty good day I must say.  Loving the way I feel!!!  And to steal from my husband..."These Are Great Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day 30: The End

The day is finally here.  Wow, this has been an interesting and life changing challenge.  I've learned so much and I want to learn more.  I feel great mentally and physically.  The energy that I have is amazing.  The physical changes of this challenge are just what I needed.  I feel that I must clarify that I did not do this challenge to loose weight.  I did this challenge to become a healthier person.  The weight loss is a huge bonus.  I have always admired Vegans and Vegetarians.  Now I am one of them.  This decision is not going to be easy all the time.  There will be some that question why I am this way.  That's perfectly ok.  I am ready to answer all the questions.  Yesterday, when me and the hubby where talking he asked me a couple questions like: Are you going to eat dairy?  What about fish?  I answered, " no dairy and no fish".  I can't imagine going back to my old way of eating.  I feel too good for that and I know that the feeling will only get better.  This is a lifestyle change for me.  Don't get me wrong, if I have the taste for a piece of fish I will have it.  And remember those potato chips that I absolutely love...

If I have a deep craving for them I will have a few, just not the entire bag.  As for coffee, I will continue to have my one cup in the morning. I enjoy that cup of coffee in the morning.  I will not deprive myself of things that I enjoy.  Like I said before, there is not one thing that I can think of that is worth losing the way that I feel at the end of these 30 days.

I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging about this challenge and may continue to blog about my new life as a Vegan.  I am sure that will be an Adventure too!!!!  Thanks to my family and friends for their support  during this challenge and for their continued support of my decision.   Thanks to everyone that took the time to read and also comment.  I got a feeling my blogging days are not over...

What did I have as my last meals of this 30 day Raw Food Challenge...


For lunch I had kale salad with mango salsa and for dinner I had avocados stuffed with mango salsa.  What will be for dinner tomorrow.  Well, it a toss between two things...

Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms

Ingredients

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
1 small pear, peeled, cored and cut into chunks 
1 garlic clove, halved 
2 pounds portobello mushrooms, stemmed and gills scraped out 
1 cup red or white quinoa 
3 cups tightly packed spinach, chopped 
4 green onions, thinly sliced 
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted 
1/8 teaspoon sea salt 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 475°F. 

Put vinegar, mustard, pear and garlic in a blender with 1/3 cup water and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Cut mushrooms into chunks and combine in a large mixing bowl with 1/4 cup of the pear balsamic dressing. Spread mushrooms in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast mushrooms until tender, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. 

While mushrooms roast, prepare quinoa. In a medium pot, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Stir in quinoa, cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and set aside, covered, 10 minutes more. Uncover and fluff quinoa with a fork. 

Combine mushrooms, quinoa, spinach, green onions, almonds, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup more pear balsamic dressing in a large, wide serving bowl. Stir to mix well. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.
And Mediterranean Garbanzo Salad

Ingredients

5 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 
1 small zucchini or yellow squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 
1/2 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 
4 pitted black olives, such as Kalamata, halved 
2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley 
1 tablespoon prepared balsamic vinaigrette or Italian dressing 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
Ground black pepper to taste 
2 or 3 lettuce leaves, torn into large bite-size pieces

Method

Toss together all ingredients, except lettuce, in a large bowl. Arrange lettuce on a dinner plate and top with bean mixture.
30 days done!!!!!



Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 29: Raw Food Challenge

One day to go.  Went to the mall to get my reward because there is no doubt that I will finish this challenge...

Anyone that knows me knows that the purse is not in that bag.  I changed bags in the car.  My husband was with me,  he drove while I switched bad, He knew I couldn't wait.  It was the last one in the store...One of my Facebook friends said that she would eat cardboard for a new Coach bag...girl, I know the feeling!  I love my new bag and I love the new me...on the road to Fabulousness!!!



Today the husband and I ventured out and had lunch at a restaurant next to Roots Market in Clarksville...

I was just a little nervous but was ready for the challenge.  Not sure what raw items I would find on the menu but to my surprise there where exactly 3 items for me to choose from, well actually 2 because one of the items was "Almost Raw".  I ordered the Raw California Roll...

I actually had 2 orders of these rolls, they were very tasty and I welcomed the chance to eat something other than what I created.  There were 5 rolls on the plate but I kept forgetting to take the picture,  I just immediately started eating them.  I shared one with the hubby.  He liked!  As mush as I love wasabi, I could not get it this go around because unbeknownst to me wasabi is not raw.

Hubby ordered black bean and corn quesadillas...

He said that they were just OK, had some kinda funky cheese-like stuff on them.  Doubt that he will get that again.  I think that we will go there again.  It was a nice place and it's close to my grocery store.

I guess one of my next adventures will be to find great restaurants that serve Raw Cuisine...I'm up for that challenge too.

Recipe of the day:

Spicy Thai Kelp Noodles
One bag of Kelp noodles(rinse and cut into bite size pieces)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbs nama shoyu
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup green onions
2 tbs agave
sea salt to taste
Mix all ingredients and let marinate for at least an hour...Enjoy

This is one of my favorite things to eat.  I make this at least twice a week.  My daughter likes this dish too.

29 days down 1 to go!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 28: Raw Food Challenge

I was talking to my husband last night about something, not sure what, when I realized that I have not eaten butter in 28 days.  That's a big one for me because I love butter.  The woman who introduced me to TV cooking shows also shared my love of butter...Julia Childs.  I loved her and I loved butter!!!   And I swear that this is a huge deal for me.  I was even using spray butter on my oatmeal.  Wow!!!!

28 days done!  I had to think a little about what recipe to share tonight.  And I thought about something that has been a staple in my refrigerator since the day I tasted it...Kale Salad.  I would have never thought that this salad would be so good and so satisfying and packed full of nutrients.  When the bowl gets empty I automatically make another bowl of it.  Everyone that has tasted it loves it.  The only thing is when I am creating in the kitchen I do not measure things so I will do my best with this one.  I promise you that if you try it you will love it!!!



Kale Salad recipe:
one bunch of kale(stem and tough ribs removed cut into bite size pieces)
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup shredded carrots
sea salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl mix all dressing ingredients together, add kale and toss to mix.  Let sit for at least an hour before serving...Enjoy!
Feel free to add other ingredients, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, onions, etc...You can't go wrong!!!

I got a new name today...VeRAWnica.  haha too funny!  Also received a call today from the Coach Store stating that my reward for finishing this challenge was down to 2.  So, I guess I better go pick it up tomorrow!!!!!!! 28 days done 2 to go!!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 27: Raw Food Challenge

Was it me, or did this feel like the longest day ever???  Oh well, 3 days to go with this challenge.  Funny thing happened today, my boss asked me why I was doing this.  I told him that I feel great and I am trying to be healthy.  His answer was why would you want to do that??  I know that he was kidding(sorta) but I am sure that there are many people who feel this way and that is totally OK.  This is  definitely not for everyone but it is for me.

Got a new food processor today...


And already this machine has had a workout.  Made mango salsa, cashew spread and almond butter sauce.  Whew!!! I'm tired just typing it!  Also made guacamole tonight.  Like I said previously my hubby loves the cashew spread.  Tonight he said that that was his favorite raw food item so far.  Love him for his tremendous support!!!!!  My daughter said tonight that I get more excited about them liking my raw food than myself.  Funny how that happens.

Made broccoli slaw tonight at husbands request...

Well, I was trying to put a picture of the broccoli slaw on here but technical difficulty will not allow me to so I will move forward with a recipe.  The sauce for the broccoli slaw:

Spicy Almond Butter Sauce
1/2 cup almond butter 
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 
2 teaspoons Agave 
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
1 teaspoon chopped red pepper(more or less depending on how spicy you like)
1/3 cup water (add more if too thick)
1 tablespoon Nama Shoyu
Put all ingredients in your brand new food processor and puree
This sauce is delicious on Kelp noodles and broccoli.  I like to add more red peppers because I like things extra spicy....Enjoy!!!!


27 days down 3, yes 3 to go!!!!!!!!


OK, here's the picture of the broccoli slaw!!!!







Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 26: Raw Food Challenge

4 days left in this challenge...The recipe that I will share today is one that I found on this raw food website...http://www.reallyrawfood.com/recipes/.  I made this recipe a few days ago.  Put it inside the Nori wraps.   When my husband tasted it he said it was delicious.  He actually put it on crackers.   Finished what was left in the bowl.  "I'll make you another batch of that delicious cashew spread today".  My husband went to the store and bought me a food processor,  because I think that this is one of the creations that lead to the death of my blender.  Open the box and pull out the food processor and it is broken...


So, the dip will have to wait until tomorrow...mango salsa tacos and kale salad for hubby's dinner!!!  FYI, he's dropped a pant size!!!!

Also, cracked open the young coconut!!!  Hubby drank the water and I ate the inside.

Now, with the recipe below, I did not add the dill weed.  But I pretty much followed everything else.  I called it Cashew Spread, because I don't know who "Matt" is.  Enjoy!!!!!

P.S.  Hubby said, "This dip tastes like something."  I said, "Chicken Salad"?  He said, "Yes, that's it!" hahahaah!!!!!


Matt’s Dip 
1 1/2 C raw cashews (get Really Raw ones from Nature’s First Law)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dill weed
1 basil leaf (I use more)
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
4 tsp. lemon juice
And here’s where I do something different. The original recipe doesn’t call for water but I put water in the blender just over the nuts. Another thing I do that’s different is I use dill that I’ve frozen in ice cubes. That’s how I keep my basil, too.  Blend it up. Can store up to 2 weeks in fridge. Feel free to vary any of the ingredients.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day 25: Raw Food Challenge

Wow! is all I can say, can't believe that I am almost near the end (smile).  Big smiles because as I have said before, this is exactly what I needed in my life.  Not be beat a dead horse but....I FEEL FABULOUS!!!!!  No looking back for me!!!! Never thought I would be here because I have always admired people who were vegetarians or vegans and now I'm one of them...

I feel that I have said just about all I need to say about this challenge...why, when. how, etc.  So, I think that I will dedicate these last five days to my favorite recipes...Starting with tonight's dinner...

This was mango salsa that was given to me by a co-worker today. It was delicious.  The ingredients are...mangoes, tomatoes, , red onions, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, sea salt and jalapeno.  It was a very light and fulfilling dinner!!!

If anyone reading this and would like a specific recipe just comment and I'll post it for you!

Oh, lookie what came in the mail today...

Just what I needed for my "end of the challenge" treat!!!!!  25 days down 5, yes 5 to go!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 24: Raw Food Challenge

What a day this has been.  The end of day 24!!!  Started my day with my blender going kaput!  Put all the ingredients in it for my Sunday morning smoothie, pressed the "On" button...nothing.  Switched to another outlet, tried again...nothing.  Darn blender decided to die on me.  So the smoothie will be my Monday smoothie...hanging out in the freezer until the new blender arrives!


Probably was the beating that I put on it yesterday trying to make that darn raw hummus, and it wasn't even that tasty.  RIP dear blender you have served me well, especially over this past month.  Thanks to my wonderful husband I have a brand spanking new blender...


So, for breakfast I ate a banana...

Chopped, sliced and marinated a good part of the morning.  A few of the things that I worked on...

Marinated onions, ingredients...lemons, agave, sea salt, red pepper flakes.  Will put some of these atop some Kale salad. (thanks to the Guraw {www.guraw.com} for the idea)  Kale salad is very nutritious.  I try to keep a bowl in my fridge all the time.  I like to add different things to it to keep from getting bored with it.  Don't eat it everyday but just about...

Broccoli salad, marinate ingredients...almond butter, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, pepper, agave, nama shoyu, red pepper.  Once tossed in the marinade I placed them on bean sprouts...Very good.

Ok, this looks kinda weird.  It's tomato soup...Looks weird but it was pretty good.  My daughter even enjoyed a bowl.  Ingredients are...peeled and diced tomatoes, some of the cashew spread that I made a couple of days ago to make the soup creamy, jalapeno, sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Not sure if I will make it again, just can't see myself craving this. Although is was good.  Having some tomorrow for lunch.

So, those are the things that I created today.  Spent a little time in the kitchen, including the clean up.  I am pretty messy when I am creating.  I am sure that my husband would agree.  Dinner was a little broccoli and my favorite kelp salad...eaten with chopsticks of course...smiles!

Took a 30 minute walk with the hubby!!! Great day...24 days down 6 to go!!!!!

P.S.  Hubby tried the raw hummus, said it tastes weird...I agree!