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Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike's Minestrone Soup

The forecast for Saturday was so gorgeous; we decided to do some replanting of the plants that were killed in the winter freeze. Calm, 75, and Sunny, that was the beautiful day we were working with. I dressed in my sweat suit and by the afternoon I was getting hot as I repotted plants and did some heavy lifting of those big pots, moving them back in the house from gardening central.

We stopped for lunch which was Mike’s Minestrone Soup. 

Then we went back out to finish up the work. Mike went to the store to buys some more little plants for his project, and while he was out he stopped at the local bike shop where he saw a deal on two used bikes. Well, he had before 5pm to make his decision. So he came home and told me about it.

As I was wrapping up the gardening, Mike had made me an Orange, Pineapple Smoothie. After I had a chance to relax a bit, we headed down to the bike shop to take a look at these bikes. I thought this would be great to get some biking into my exercise mix. But when we got there, the bike was not what I was looking for. I wanted a Beach Cruiser bike to take leisurely bike rides through the neighborhood. So Mike bought his bike and we went looking elsewhere for a beach cruiser for me. After checking out a couple more bike shops, we hit Sears where we found a beach cruiser for me. We’re picking it up wednesday! !!!

Brochette

BrochetteFresh Vegetable Salad

We continued with a lite dinner of Brochette and my Fresh Vegetable Salad. Mike made the Brochette with Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, and Seasonings. 

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I just made another smoothie with my VitaMix and it was so great… Now I actually have a reason to eat more fruits. I’ve been neglecting my fruit intake, but not anymore!!!!

I made something that wasn’t in the handbook/cookbook. 

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

 Banana Orange and Plum Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1Orange

2Plums

1Cup Ice

Directions:

Throw all the fruits into the VitaMix and then add Ice. Turn mixer on Variable 1 and increase spead to 10 quickly and mix for 45 seconds or until you get desired consistancy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Vegetable Salad

Today's Vegetable Salad

Out running around this morning…Mike and I happened upon a great Mediterranean Restaurant in Downtown D.C. off L street and 20th. We walked in and the place wasn’t much to look at, but when you neared the back of the restaurant you saw all the food laid out. It looked great, the food was presented in buffet style with so many colors, salads, rices, and dips, it was great.

I actually put together a green salad with some Red Bell Peppers, Olives, Red Onions, and an Oil based dressing. Then I picked up a Rice dish, Eggplant dish, and a Mushroom, Green Bean Salad. Yah know, Mike told me before we went in, I think you’re going to like this place. It has all the foods you eat.! Well he was right. 🙂

Then tonight, it was great… Mike and I unloaded the car of drying cleaning and some shopping items. And immediately took to the kitchen to make our respective meals for dinner. He made his Gormazabzi (Meat, Bean, Onion Dish) with Rice and I made this great looking Vegetable Salad. I chopped up Asparagus, Broccoli, Red and Orange Bell Peppers, Sweet Peas, Carrots. I put together an Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing with seasonings like Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Celery Salt, Thyme.

Vegetable Salad:
Asparagus
Carrot
Sweet Peas
Red & Orange Bell Peppers
Broccoli

Dressing:
Olive Oil
White Wine Vinegar
Pinch of:
Cayenne Pepper
Paprika
Celery Salt
Thyme

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