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Last night I made a Colorful Marinated Salad and a Butternut Squash that was great. I didn’t boil the Butternut Squash enough, so I think it was a little harder than expected. 

Colorful Marinated Salad

Colorful Marinated Salad

Colorful Marinated Salad:

Ingredients:

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Small Red Onion

1 Avocado

1 Small Bunch Broccoli

2 Carrots

1/2 Lemon Juice

Directions:

Chop up all the vegetables and mix with Vinegar & Oil Dressing. Cut one lemon in half and squeeze into vegetable mix. 

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash:

Ingredients:

1 Butternut Squash

1Cup Bread Crumbs

Directions:

Peel and de-seed squash. Chop into smaller pieces and boil in water until tender. Mash the butternut squash and layer into pan with bread crumbs, making sure to top with the bread crumbs. Put in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

I ran over to the Farmers Market this morning to get all the veggies and I need to keep me through the week. I also got a bunch of Beets to add to my Juicing.

Since Thursday, I’ve been walking in the mornings which is great, but I feel hungry more throughout the day. And today after my lunch of left over Colorful Marinated Salad and TWO pieces of Cheese and Onion Pizza (ugh!!!) I ate a Special K Protein Bar Double Chocolate. It says the calories from it are only 180, but all the non-natural things in the bar are what worry me.:(

Special K Protein Bar

Special K Protein Bar

Coating(sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa precessed with alkali, whey, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, sorbitan monostearate, salt, polysorbate 60, artificial flavors), soy protein isolate….etc. These are just the first couple of ingredients. The bar sounds boxed and chemically processed, not natural at all!. Not to mention made with animal products.

I was going to have a Yogurt; because it turns out I’m not eating enough beans to get my protein and alkaline balance. Unfortunately, Mike threw out the containers because he thought they were expired. I asked him, next time look at the expiration date before you throw it away.

So I drank my second Carrot Juice…., which I love, because it tastes like I’m drinking something with sugar. It kinda kills the mid afternoon sugar urge. For dinner, I ate the remaining Colorful Marinated Salad and I’ve been snacking on the Roasted Pepper Triscuts. But I think I’m done with them, so I’m just drinking water. I hope I’m able to keep out of the Chocolate, because last night I ate two pieces of Dark Chocolate. 

Tonight we’re watching the “Hope For Haiti Now” fundraiser…. it’s really spectacular. But still waiting to get through to make my donation.!!! 

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My friend and her daughter got here after 1am. It was a long drive for them and a long wait for us. Staying up that late is exhausting. So needless to say, I didn’t want to wake up Saturday morning.

But we did get up are 8am.. and I got out my Almond Butter and warmed up some Whole Wheat Bread and put it out on the table, while Mike made his famous scrambled eggs.  I made the Almond Butter the night before and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it… and when I did it was delicious. I can’t believe it was so good on the bread like that.

 

Almond Butter

Almond Butter on Bread

Almond Butter:

2Cups Almonds

1Tbls Honey

1/2Bottle of Water

Directions:

Soak Almonds overnight in water. Put Almonds into food processor, add honey and water as mixture blends together into a chunky paste.

Once we cleaned up from breakfast, we jotted down to D.C. to do a little sight seeing with my girlfriend and her daughter.

At the WhiteHouse

WhiteHouse with Liz & Alexis
Secret Service Leaving Secret Service Cars Leaving WH

We actually had a chance to see the President leave from the Whitehouse.. or at least that’s what we thought was going on out there with all the secret service guys.

Then, we headed over to New York Avenue to do a little wholesale shopping with the store owners there. It’s a great place to buy stuff at bulk/discount prices.

It was getting later in the day and  that time, we were all hungry. We made it back to the house around 3pm and we unloaded all our bags and I started warming food up and putting finishing touches on some things. I asked Liz to set the table and then we all sat down to Mike’s Roasted Eggplant & Potato and my Stuffed Avocado dish, Almond Cheese, and for dessert we had my famously new recipe for Strawberry Pie.

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado:

Ingredients:

2Ripe Avocadoes

1/4Cup Green Onions

2Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

2Tbsp. Olive Oil

1/4Cup Carrot

1/4Cup Celery

1/4Cup Beet

Directions:

 Mince Green Onion, shred Carrot and beet and finely dice celery. Peel avocados, cut in half and remove pit. For each serving, place 2 halves of avocado on a bed of mixed greens and stuff with vegetables. Combine lemon juice and oil and drizzle over stuffed vegetables.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese:

Ingredients:

1Cup Distilled Water

1/2Cup Red Bell Pepper

1/4Cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1/2Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2Tsp. Sea Salt

2Tsp. Onion Flakes

4Tbps. Agar Agar Flakes or Arrow Root Powder

1Cup Almonds

1Tbsp Tahini or 2Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

2Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1Tsp. Paprika

1Tbsp. Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Place water and almonds into blender and process until a creamy milk consistancy is reached. Pour into saucepan, Mix in agar agar(or arrow root powder) and bring to a boil. Immediately, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until agar agar (or arrow root powder) is completely dissolved. Place mixture in blender, and add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Scrape sides until all ingredients are  mixed well. Pour into container and refrigerate until set. This cheese can be sliced in the size you prefer.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie:

Ingredients:

Pie Shell:

1Cup Raw Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1Cup Soft, Pitted Dates

1/2Tsp. Vanilla

Soak almonds in distilled water for 12 hours. Grind the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the dates and vanilla and blend well. Press thinly into a pie plate (from center to the outside rim) to form the shell.

Binder:

7 or 8 Large Ripe Strawberries

5 Soft Dates, Pitted

2Bananas, ripe

1Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

Blend all binder ingredients in food processor or blender until well mixed.

Fruit Filling:

Cut 2 pints of fresh strawberries into quarters, and fold into binder and fill shell. Decorate with approximately 1/2 pint of quartered strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. Chill before serving.

And that was it for both lunch and dinner. I did however make Almond Milk with the left over Almonds Soaked in water. The ingredients are easy, but the process is a bit time consuming.

Almond Milk:

Ingredints:

1Cup Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1/2Bottle Water

2Tbls. Vanilla

4 Pitted Dates

Directions:

Drain almonds from water and peel skin off of the nuts. Place the nuts into food processor and blend pouring in the Vanilla and Dates and water to keep substance smooth. Strain ingredients through a cheeseclothe until liquid milk comes through. Keep refrigerated.

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I broke from the norm of eating ONLY RAW FOODS today. Mike made Turkey Cutlets with Potatoes & Onions for lunch. I hadn’t eaten cutlets since before I made my change to Eating Raw Foods and it was good to eat this fresh, healthy meal. The meal I thought wasw healthy, because of the vegetables in the Cutlets and the Salad, and the turkey meat is high in Protein and a much better meat for me.

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets w/Garlic

Ingredients:

4Onions

6Potatoes

1Pkg Ground Turkey

4Tbls Olive Oil

Tumeric

Paprika

Sea Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Boil Potatoes in water and peel skin. While Potatoes are boiling, peel & chop Onions and then combine package of ground Turkey Meat with Potatoes and Onions. Begin hand mixing the ingredients and add seasonings. Mold the ingredients in to flat, round patties and place into grill with Olive Oil and add Garlic Cloves and grill for 15 minutes or until meat is cooked.

I actually got the opportunity to participate in this lunch creation by molding the ingredients in to patties.  It’s a good thing I got my Pilates workout this morning (Wednesday).

Olive Oil

Olive Oil I Use

Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar I Use

While the Turkey Cutlets were grilling, I decided to make a Garden Salad  with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing to go along with the Cutlets. This Golden Balsamic Vinegar I’m using tastes so good paired with the Olive Oil, I don’t need any kind of seasoning in the Dressing. And I had a bag of Baby Green Lettuce that needed to be used… so there you go!

Ingredients:

1Bag of Baby Greens

Garden Green Salad

Wednesday Green Salad

1Red Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Avocado

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

3Green Onions

1/2Can of Chick Peas

4Mushrooms

Directions:

Clean and Chop up all the Vegetables and add to washed lettuce and serve. Add Oil & Vinegar to taste.

Yesterday and today (Wednesday), I did pretty well with not eating sweets or junk… and it really feels good to eat fresh and raw. But I can’t say that was true for dinner time.

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

I got my Garden Green Salad out for dinner and warmed up the Grilled Onions, Peppers & Zucchini  I made Sunday and ate that for dinner. I added the Chick Peas to the Salad, because I realized I had the open can in the refrigerator. A great meal, filling and I didn’t crave anything for a while. It may have been because I had some Hummus and Sangek Bread afterwards.

But as the night progressed… while we were watching Wednesday Night Comedy on ABC, I wanted a Chocolate Dove Bar. That’s 260 calories of useless sugar and chemicals! I don’t know why I can’t keep my hands off this stuff? It’s not helpfull that Mike goes out and buys it either.!

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I forgot we ate Mexican Food on Saturday night! We went to Tyson’s Mall and ate at a place where I had not been in a long time. We went to LaSardie Mexican Restaurant and before anything, I ordered a Margarita. Yum Yum Yum !

After the Margarita I ordered a Guacamole side made fresh at tableside. It’s so yummy, with the Avocado, Tomato, Onion and Cilantro. We ate that with Tortilla Chips for a Starter. For the main course, Mike wanted Fajitas with Shrimp and I ordered a side of Roasted/Grilled Garden Vegetables.  I made sure to sneak a couple shrimp from Mike to make two Tortilla Wraps with my Vegetables.

After dinner, we walked around the mall a little when the food was started to talk back to me. We ended up taking in a movie; this one was the new release of “Leap Year”.  During the entire movie, I was unfortunately very uncomfortable and even through the evening. I didn’t eat much, but whatever it was, it was talking back to me something fierce.!

This time at the movies, no White Cherry Slush drink or Popcorn…. which is good because the last time we went to the movies that’s exactly what I had. It sure does seem like we see a lot of movies… I guess I’m grateful I get that!

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Boy, when I woke up it hurt to take my first step out of bed. My calves got such a workout yesterday; I didn’t realize it until I was walking away from the bed. I wanted to hit Pilates again this morning, but thought better of that idea. 🙂

So instead, I did something better (as I type facetiously).  I got a Starbucks Tall Pumpkin Spiced Iced Latte with Soy Milk instead. There’s 5 or 600 calories of sugar and fat I can’t get back!

Garden Green Salad

Garden Green Salad

For lunch I made a Garden Green Salad with a bunch of great Vegetables in it. Today, I added Raisins and an Oil & White Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.

Garden Green Salad:

Ingredients:

1-Bag of Spring Salad

4 Mushrooms

4 Green Onions

1 Avocado

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Tomato

1/4Cup Raisins

Directions: Wash the Spinach and Baby Greens from the Salad Mix Bag. Wash and chop up the Vegetables. Add the Raisins and Dressing and serve.  

Oil & Vinegar Dressing:

Ingredients:

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. White Balsamic Vinegar

I’ve got to say, my experimenting is getting better and better. I had just a little bit the Whole Grain Rigatoni left, so I heated it up and had that as well.

Assorted Danish Cake

What's Left of Assorted Danish Cake

And I hate to say this, or even document it, but I had yet some more morsels of the Danish Assorted Cake Mike bought at Costco. This is what was left of the Assorted Danish Cake after I got my hands on it. Both Mike and I had a part to play in polishing off the tin of Danish. It’s ruining everything I’ve done so far by going to the Pilates classes this week.! But I’m happy to write, Mike ate the last of the Danish, so thankfully there are no more temptations.!!!

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I took my Carrot Juice with me, while I did my running around this afternoon, which means I didn’t grab lunch before I left. But good thing happened along the way, one of the magazines I picked up to read at one of my appointments had some really good recipes.  

They both looked really good, and were in my requirements of eating only Raw Foods. Plus, I wanted to eat light, because the scale is not my friend these days.!!!! So I decided to make them after I got home. There was the Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad for which I had all the ingredients. And the Whole Grain Rigatoni recipe I had to do some modifications with. The Rigatoni called for Cheese(no cheese please), I didn’t have Crushed Red Pepper or Cauliflower and I didn’t use Rigatoni Pasta. So in place of those two ingredients, I used Cheyenne Pepper, Paprika and Asparagus. And amazingly, they were both easy and fast to prepare. I got home around 3p.m. and the food was ready by 3:30ish.

New Recipes

Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad

Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad:

2Tbls. Red Wine Vinegar

21/2Tbls. Orange Juice

1 Orange, Zested

1/2Cup Raisins

4 Apples (2-3 different kinds)

2 Pears

2/3Cup Walnuts, toasted & chopped

2Tbls. Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk together vinegar, orange juice, zest and raisins. Core and cube apples and pears. Add fruit and walnuts to a bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss well to combine. Season with salt to taste and refrigerate for one hour before serving.

New Recipes

Whole Grain Riganoti

Whole Grain Rigatoni:

4Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Medium Yellow or Red Onion, thinly sliced

6 Mint Leaves

1/2tsp. Paprika/Cheyenne Pepper

10 Sticks of Asparagus

1lb. Rigatoni Pasta

1/4Cup Parsley

Directions:

Bring 6y quarts of water to boil in a large pot and add 2 tbsp. salt. In medium saucepan, heat oil; add onion, mint and Paprika/Cheyenne Pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 to 6 minutes. Meanwhile, chop Asparagus into 1/4-inch pieces and throw all the pieces into the saucepan with the onions. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring regularly for 12 to 15 minutes, until Asparagus is softened. Cook Pasta according to package instructions until al dente and drain in colander. Reserve some of the water and add to the Asparagus, Oil & Onion mix. Toss hot pasta and Parsley with the rest of the mix already in the pan and serve immediately.

For dinner, I had another new recipe. I made Fresh Vegetable Salad mix with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

New Recipes

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad:

1 Orange Bell Pepper

5 Sticks of Asparagus

1 Avocado

1 Tomato

4 Small Pickle Cucumbers

1/2 Cup Chick Peas

Oil & Vinegar Dressing:

2Tbls. Olive Oil

2Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Sea Salt

Coriander

Paprika

Cheyenne Pepper

Dried Onion Flakes

Directions:

Chop up Pepper, Avocado, Asparagus, Tomato, and Cucumbers into 1/4-inch cubes or bite sized pieces. Add Oil, Vinegar, Chick Peas, and Seasonings and toss to coat the vegetables.  

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I woke up this morning with my entire right leg in pain… it wasn’t muscular but rather a pinched nerve causing the problem. So, in an effort to not make it worse, I laid on the heating pad today.

I missed Pilates Class… because I didn’t know if I could do it this morning.

Instead, I had a breakfast of Whole Wheat Toast, Butter and Avocado Slices. I toasted two slices of Bread and made the sandwiches. Then I had some Carrot Juice, which was very refreshing. 

Mike brought home some Pizza from Tally Ho Restaurant and I ate two Slices of Onion and Cheese Pizza. Not my best meal plan for one day!!

I’ve been working on the computer all day and have my bottle of water… and now I’m getting ready to go downstairs and make some dinner. What that will be, I don’t know!

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