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!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 23: Raw Food Challenge

One week left...7 days to go.  Why did I decide to do this challenge????  The main reason is for my health and well being.  I needed to find the woman that I felt I had lost somewhere along this road we call life.  I hadn't felt like myself in quite sometime. I needed to take control again and this is how I felt I could do it.  I am proud to say that this challenge has done exactly what I needed it to do.  What am I going to do after this challenge is done.  Well, I have decided that I will no longer be eating meat and no longer will I eat dairy...that is my decision.  I actually stopped thinking of this as a challenge about a week ago.  I can't image why I would go back to my old eating and drinking habits.

I understand that I may not be able to go to the same restaurants that I used to go and I definitely won't be able to order the same things.  This will take some getting used to.  There will also be some people in my life that will not be supportive of my lifestyle change. 

The book, "The China Study", suggests that for whatever reasons, many people find it threatening when you are a vegetarian or vegan.  Perhaps it is because, deep down, they know that their diet isn't very healthy and find it threatening that someone else is able to give up unhealthy eating habits when they cannot.

I remember speaking earlier of this book, "The China Study".  I finished that book this morning.  It has helped me a lot in my decision.  The book taught me that genes do not determine disease on their own.  Genes function only by being activated, or expresses, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed.

In the long term plant-based diets are cheaper than animal based diets.  I'm still in the beginning stages therefore I'm spending a little more because I am still trying things out.  It's worth it to me.

Ok, now the hummus...


This is what my chickpeas looked like after soaking for 24 hours.  They did plump up a bit.  They were ready for me to make hummus out of them. So thats what I did!


The end result was just OK to me.  It actually tastes raw, is the best way to explain it.  I'm going to eat and enjoy it but I won't be making it again.  I put all the ingredients in the blender...first mistake.  Definitely need a food processor for this.   Bottom line, I love my hummus from Trader Joe's...

and that is where I will get it.  This delicious hummus will waiting for me at the end of this challenge.
23 days done 7, yes I said 7 to go!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 22: Raw Food Challenge

Wow, guess I fell asleep last night and forgot to blog...oops!  It was Thursday, last work day of the week for me.  I was tired and probably couldn't have gotten my thoughts together anyway.  Had a pretty regular food day yesterday.  I did take a picture of my lunch but I took so many  pictures today that I don't want to inundate this blog post with pictures,  especially with food that I've already posted.

So, today is Friday and I have completed 22 days of this challenge.  Began my morning with my normal Friday smoothie, chocolate almond milk, bananas and strawberries.  It was extra thick and delicious this morning. (smiles)

Later in the afternoon I went to Roots Market and did a little shopping.  There were some things that I wanted to try this weekend.  I purchased a young coconut there...

Not sure what I am going to do with this but I understand that there are many nutrients inside.  Going to wait on my hubby to get home and let him cut into this piece of fruit/nut...is coconut a fruit or a nut??????

Next thing I purchased was a jar of Tahini and dry chickpeas for the raw hummus that I plan on making.
After looking at the recipe, I realize that the chickpeas need to soak for 24 hours...
So, that is what I am doing.  Maybe there will be a raw hummus picture tomorrow??!!  Speaking of soaking,  I am also soaking raw cashews for cashew spread...
Thank goodness they only needed to soak for a couple of hours.  The finished product was better than I expected.  Actually rolled some of it in Nori sheets...

So, I have had a pretty eventful day. Experimenting in the kitchen all afternoon.  I am enjoying looking on the internet for recipes to try.   I am amazed at all the raw food recipes that I am finding.

Dinner was one of my favorites, Kelp noodle salad with a couple of my cashew spread rolls...
Very yummy and very satisfying!!!

Day 22 down 8 days to go...hopefully tomorrow there will be a hummus photo!!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 20: Raw Food Challenge

Over this Hump day!  Day 20 done!!!  Today's breakfast was a smoothie.  Much better than yesterday's smoothie.  Mango, strawberries. banana and almond milk.  Nothing different there.  I kinda feel that I need to switch up on my breakfast.  Not yet bored with the smoothie but I feel that when it is cold outside I'm not sure if I will want and ice cold smoothie...we will see!

Lunch was pretty good but not as good as my co-workers eating kale salad and loving it!!!!


They, like me, thought that kale salad would be tough, bitter and hard to chew.  But once they tasted it they loved it.  Tonight I made a bowl for the friend on the right to give to her vegetarian beau.  I didn't have kale for lunch today. Had spinach salad...


Drank plenty of water with lemons today.  Didn't have the desire to snack on my almonds today.  Just wasn't hungry.  Amazed at how satisfying this food is.  Couldn't wait to get home to eat the mushrooms and tomatoes that had been marinating since last night in the olive oil and fresh basil...

On the plate is guacamole stuffed tomatoes, carrots, and the veggies that were marinating.  All delicious!!!

So, as I end my 20th day, I am wondering if by tomorrow if this will be a habit.   I kinda feel like this is the lifestyle that I have chosen.  I don't want to go back to the way that I was feeling before this challenge began.  I think that the only way to do that is to keep this going.  I will integrate some things back into my diet.  I will be very careful about what those things are.  There is no food that is worth losing this feeling.  20 days down, 10 days to go!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 19: Raw Food Challenge

Day 19 done!!!  Wow, I remember when I started this challenge.  On day one I couldn't wait until day ten.  Day ten I was looking forward to day twenty, and tomorrow is day twenty!!!  Some people say that 21 days of doing the same thing makes it a habit.  Wonder how true that is?  I guess I will find out soon...

Breakfast smoothie...mango, banana, almonds and almond milk.  It was just ok to me.  Mangos and almonds just didn't do it for me.  Won't do that again.

Lunch was delicious and I was so hungry that I dug into it without taking a picture.  This is the best I could do once I remembered...There was kale salad, marinated carrots and avocado salad...yummy!!!



The best part of my lunch was that I took some kale salad and marinated carrots to work for some of my co-workers to sample and they loved it!  Taking more tomorrow!!!   I love that my friends and co-workers are supporting me and embracing change.  They call me Raw Hide at work...too funny!

Dinner was a Big Salad...that's all!  Still not sure were this journey is taking me or what I will do at the end of it.  I think I'll be glad when it's done because the word "Challenge" won't be attached to all of my days now.  Maybe I'll just live a Raw day!  Day 19 done, 11 days to go!!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 18: Raw Food Challenge

Happy Happy Monday!!!!  Started the day with a 2 mile walk/run(need some new walking/running shoes). Had a blueberry, banana and almond milk smoothie.  Loving this fall weather.  Mondays are not the same as they used to be, pretty much every day is not the same.

Lunch was a bowl of kale salad...that's all.  As I have said previously kale salad is very filling.  Snacked on raw almonds.  After work made a stop at Trader Joe's...surprised???  Had to pick up some veggies and things.  Came home and chopped, diced, marinated, smashed...etc.


Dinner...marinated carrots, lettuce tacos, marinated mushrooms with tomatoes.  Drank lemon water today!  I am looking for a recipe for raw hummus.  That is the one thing that I truly miss.  There are a few other recipes that I will be working on over the weekend.

Got my lunch packed for tomorrow...Day 18 done, 12 days to go!!!

P.S.  Me, a vegan????? hmmmmm!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 17: Raw Food Challenge

What a relaxing and beautiful Sunday this has been.  Totally rested and ready for my work week.  Walked 2 miles this morning!  Weather was lovely!

I feel that I need to clarify a few things...First is that I am not doing this to loose weight.  I am doing this to be healthy...inner and outer body health are important to me.  I have had people say to me that if you work out you can eat whatever you want.  That statement confuses me.  Why?  Well, I feel that if you work out to look healthy on the outside, why would you put unhealthy things in your body?  Working out may keep your weight down but it doesn't stop the unhealthy affects of the bad food that you put inside your  body.  That's just how I feel.  There are a few circumstances that have me feeling this way.   I have had people in my family who are small in size, very little fat on their bodies, exercise regularly that have developed diseases that possibly could have been prevented if they had a healthier diet.  There are diseases that are common in my family that I am trying to avoid.  Being small and working out I feel is not enough and it has been proven to me that it is not enough.   I must be aware of what I am putting in my body and I am choosing to be inside-out  healthy.(smile)

Another question I am asked is..."What about protein, you need meat for protein".  My brother, who is a nurse asked me this question just a few weeks ago.  Here's the answer:  Vegetables have protein!!!
Here is a list of a few of them: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams and Zucchini.

Fruits with protein:  Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Oranges, Papaya, Peach, Pears, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon.  Not to mention nuts.

Ok, now to what I've eaten today...First I will say that I did not have coffee.  Didn't have the taste for it this morning...peculiar???

I had a carrot and apple salad for breakfast.  Marinated in olive oil, red peppers, lemon juice, garlic, agave and a little sea salt.  It was delicious.  Also had some for lunch and snacked on raw almonds.

Dinner had been marinating since last night and I couldn't wait to taste it.

Red Kale salad.  It was worth the wait.  I used the same marinate as with the other kale salad.  This kale tasted slightly different but equally as delicious.  Drank plenty of lemon water today.  I must say that today my sinuses feel better  also...Day17 done 13 days to go!!!



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 16: Raw Food Challenge

Day 16 done!!! The mold outside on the leave have my sinuses going crazy today.  Aside from that today was a great day!!!  Actually skipped breakfast today.  When I have sinus drainage I really don't have an appetite.  Ate some of my spicy thai kelp noodles around noon time!  Went to the mall this morning to visit my end of the challenge reward and she is marvelous!!!!  Actually went to get a case for my iPhone...not sure if I mentioned before but I got the iPhone 4, kinda as a halfway mark reward!  Love it!!!

Made some fresh salsa today.  First time ever making salsa and I must say that it was very good.  Not quite as spicy as I like but it was good.

Wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with this salsa.  Thought about maybe putting some on top of my kale salad until my good friend Diane asked if I was going to use it like I do the guacamole on the lettuce tacos...bammm!  That's what I did and it was perfect!!!  Thanks Di for the recommendation!
Also finished the remainder of the kelp salad and made another Kale salad using a different type of Kale.  Can't wait to taste tomorrow.

Went to visit Diane today as her niece got dressed for homecoming and she made me a raw food tray!  So sweet of her!!!


All in all day 16 was a piece of cake, or should I say a piece of cupcake...

My daughter made these today, and I actually helped.  They smelled great!  It's ok to enjoy the smell of things and not partake of them.  Day 16 done 14 days to go...