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While I was running around, I took my juice and drank it all while I was out. And by the time I got home(12.30pm) I was starving. So I had visions on eating my Vegetable Salad from last night, but Mike made something too.

Vegetable Salad Lunch

Vegetable Salad Lunch

He noticed a couple of Yellow Squash had been sitting in the Vegetable Tray for a while(I had every intention of making something with them today or tomorrow.!)

Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant

So he roasted them up outside in his Coleman Grill with Olive Oil. And while he was at it, he did the same with a couple of Eggplant we transported from Maryland to Florida.

Roasted Yellow Squash

Roasted Yellow Squash

So I had a couple of pieces of each on a Whole Grain Wheat slice along with my Vegetable Salad. I went into the refrigerator and realized we didn’t have any Hummus, so I put a Roasted Raspberry Chipotle on the bread with the roasted veggies…Yum! Yum! Yum!

Then I took my Banana Orange Plum Smoothie from last night and have been drinking on that ever since.

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

I will soon have to get up to get my Carrot Celery Apple Spinach Juice to drink before dinner.

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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 went to my Pilates Class this morning at 8am and was a little disappointed in the class itself. I was expecting to get my cardio going and work my body… but what we did was deep stretching.

The class this morning started at 7am and ran until 9am. It started with a warm up and a run for 45 minutes and back to the studio.  I elected not to do the run and got to the class at 8am hoping for a workout.  Well, I should have gone on the run to get my cardio. I found out some of the other women walked for 45 minutes, which I could have done too!!!

Regardless, it was good to stretch out some of my achy zones anyway.

I really didn’t feel like doing anything spectacular for lunch… so I just had the left over Garden Salad I made earlier this week and some Pizza from Yesterday.

I had some last minute groceries to grab for some company coming into to town tonight. A girlfriend and her daughter are coming for a visit this weekend and I’m pre making some dishes. This particular friend of mine got me started on the Raw Foods Diet, so I’m prying open my cookbook to make some meals.

On the menu….

Almond Butter

Better Than Tuna

Avocado Slices

Strawberry Pie

Date-Pecan Wedges

Very excited to create all of these items while they are here.

Mike chimed in as well, and made a Roasted Eggplant with Potatoes (a dish my girlfriend loves.) I went ahead and had that for dinner tonight!

Roasted Eggplent

Roasted Eggplant with Noodles

Roasted Eggplant:

Ingredients:

2 Eggplants

6Small Yellow Potatoes

1/2Cup Olive Oil

Directions:

Peel and Slice Eggplants and Potatoes. Add Olive Oil into Grill Pan and individually add Eggplant and Potatoes to roast separately then combine into pan and serve with Whole Wheat Bread or Whole Wheat Noodles. Add Red Sauce to make Eggplant Parmesan. 

 

Last night, Mike wanted some Sweet Potato and Regular Potato Fries. So for dinner last night, I chopped up Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, and Onions to put out on the Grill with Olive Oil. I had some of that along with my Garden Salad.

Sweet Potato & Potato Fries

Sweet Potato & Potato Fries

Sweet Potato & Regular Potato Fries:

4 Sweet Potatoes

3 Potatoes

1 Onion

1/2Cup Olive Oil

2Tbls. Parsley

1Tbls. Cumin

1Tbls. Crushed Red Peppers

Sea Salt

Directions:

Peel and Chop up all the Potatoes and Onions. Add Olive Oil to Grill Pan along with Potatoes and Seasonings and Grill for 15 minutes.

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