Learning to eat …

November 30, 2008

Pâté or simple spread, it’s still yummy… (walnut, flax, sunflower, onion, celery, and peppers)

Filed under: Recipe, Supper — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:09 pm

I decided I was in the mood for something a bit different for supper Sunday night. Shawn was making a curried rice dish, but I didn’t plan ahead enough to make any raw food curry recipes (soon, though). So, I looked through one of my cookbooks and became seduced by the pâté and mock tuna pate recipes. Of course I didn’t have all of the ingredients to any one recipe, but that has never stopped me before.

I ended up making a nutty onion spread/pâté that was really yummy. I used:

  • 2 cups walnuts (about)
  • 3 T. flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 small stalks of celery, including leaves
  • 1 small hottish red pepper
  • 2 slices dehydrated green pepper
  • 3/4 cup water

I combined it gradually and blended and blended in my Blendtec. This recipe would work well in a food processor I think.

I spread it on large lettuce leaves and rolled them like a burrito and ate it, yum! I also ate it spread on celery sticks, and with flax crackers.

So a hearty helping of this spread along with a nice mixed green salad made a great supper tonight. And there is plenty left for lunch!

September 26, 2008

Mom, does this have greens in it?

Filed under: Breakfast, Challenges — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:50 am
Megan in the way to school: “Mom, does this have greens in it? Because it doesn’t taste like it does. And it tastes like raspberries and banana, but I don’t feel the seeds. Usually I have to put the straw back farther in my mouth when I try to drink a raspberry green smoothie, or even a regular raspberry smoothie.”
 
Me smiling: Yes, it has greens in it, but not enough to cover the red of the raspberries or take over the flavor. (What I didn’t tell her: Kale and beet greens to be exact, and the beet greens had some red in the stems which I’m sure helped a great deal. And there was also my now usual 3 T. of chia seed meal as well. Score!) The raspberries were frozen maybe they blend better that way, plus I blended it longer than usual because I added that second banana after tasting it.
 
Megan has become so picky (age 11) that being able to get her to drink 12 oz of green smoothie on the way to school is a huge accomplishment. I was smiling for awhile!
 
I hope I can repeat it for her and her sister this weekend!

September 21, 2008

Soup, soup, and more soup!

Filed under: Lunch, Recipe, Supper — Tags: , , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:46 pm


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Originally uploaded by Tami of BrooksGroth

Lots of pics of the many soups (and ingredients) on my flicker site … eventually I’ll try to organize them with more labels, but if you have any questions about any of them, please ask.

I was addicted to tomato soup the last few weeks! it started with a simple beet, carrot, tomato and beet (w/ ground pepper) recipe and gradually turned into a variety of my own creations based on mood and ingredients in my kitchen. 🙂

When I want a sweeter soup, I use some dates and less spices. If I want it more salty, I add some celery. If I want a more complex flavor (and color!) I’m sure to add beets. And to make it thick without avocado or nuts, I use flax seeds. I get wonderfully rich thick soups without using anything but the flax and veggies. I’ve also added some spinach when I think I need more greens, and it still tastes like yummy fresh (RAW!) tomato soup.

And it’s so fun to watch how the colors change as I blend the soups. Sometimes I think it will be one color, and then more blending turns it more orange ,or red, or green. I’ve had lots of tomato soup that is not even close to being red. 🙂 But it’s always yummy.

Oh, and it’s hot too … as in steaming hot, but not too hot to eat. I always use hot water and at least two blending cycles (usually “whole juice” and then “soup” on the blendtec).

Here’s one basic recipe:
–2 tomatoes
–1 large or 2 small carrots
–1 beet
–2 or 3 T. flax seeds
–Ground black pepper to taste

Then, eat it as a thick yummy soup without texture or add chopped veggies for texture. In this photo, I cut up an avocado and poured the soup on top of it.

If this is all I eat for supper, then I eat the entire recipe. If I share with my husband or kids, then I have a salad or something else too. But one recipe of this is very filling and certainly helps gets those veggies in.

Enjoy —

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