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December 14, 2008

Broccoli Cashew Soup (FAST and Super Simple Raw Blended Soup)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:53 pm

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This was my WONDERFUL and wonderfully simple supper tonight, and I just had to share it right away.

I had some broccoli to use up, and I knew I wanted soup, and I didn’t want to have to guy buy anything in order to complete my soup. I also didn’t want to have to soak almonds before-hand (plus I think too many almonds disagree with me). So, I thought I would see how cashews worked since I had them right there on the counter leftover from the stash purchased for holiday meals the last few weeks.

First the results — well, it was one of the most beautiful soups I’ve ever made (if you like green, that is!). And it was SO nice and thick! And yummy, yummy, yummy!

I was going to add a green salad to this meal, but felt totally satisfied with this ONE bowl of soup!

The recipe to recreate follows!

Broccoli Cashew Soup

  • raw cashews, scant cup
  • water, enough to blend or to desired texture (I used about 1/2 cup)
  • broccoli , mall bunch or half of large bunch (use stalk and all, but reserve a handful of florets for pulsing in at the end for texture)
  • cumin, large pinch or to taste
  • sea salt, large pinch or to taste
  • black pepper, fresh ground on top

Add all ingredients except the broccoli florets to pulse through at the end for texture to a blender or food processor (I used my Blendtec Blender). Blend until smooth. If you make this thick as I did, you may need to pulse it a bit and stir it around to get it to really start blending. Or, you can blend a little at a time until you have a liquid consistency to start with. Alternatively if you have some cashew milk or cream on hand you could simply use that as the liquid and add broccoli and the spices to it.

You could also steam the broccoli a little bit first to make it easier to blend. The steaming intensifies the broccoli flavor so please be aware of that; however, some people find broccoli easier to digest if it is steamed or lightly cooked in water.

If you make this, please let me know how you like it.

~ Tami

P.S. I’m going into withdrawal because I’ve been out of  celery for a few days! I’m going to change that tomorrow now that I have the fridge cleaned out a bit. I think celery is my favorite vegetable these days! So, I’m going to tell you about it soon … even if I have to write about it while on vacation (I’ll be gone most of the rest of the month). But my trip is good news for readers — because now I’ll have real-life experience to write about traveling while eating healthy raw food! 🙂

Want to know more about why I eat this way? Go to: The Truth About Your Food, and be sure to see the NEW videos, Dr. T in 3, I recommend starting with my favorite: Gluten Sensitivity.

September 15, 2008

Back to basics… smoothies, salads, and soups … and dealing with hunger

Filed under: Breakfast, Challenges, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:56 pm

It has been a busy week complete with LOTS of challenges (thought I might be getting addicted to raw cacoa). After a nice weekend away where I managed to stay, mostly, but not all, on a raw vegan diet (had some dairy), I came back and decided it was time to get back to basics. Besides dehydrating in order to save vegetables for winter, I’m going to stick to eating fresh and simple as much as possible. I’m also going to be enjoying the standbys of my early adaption of this healing diet.

Today’s Breakfast was over a quart of green smoothie: bananas (frozen), raspberries (frozen), and lots of kale.

Today’s lunch was salads — two of them since I originally planned to go home, but then decided to order the “free lunch” with co-workers. I enjoyed my summer squash salad (zucchini, summer squash, greens, olives, and some cheeses), but it wasn’t very large and I was still hungry. I went out and got a hummus “salad” (I begged them to turn a wrap into a salad at a place that usually doesn’t do salads).

I was still STARVING by late afternoon. This is very unusual as I’ve rarely been hungry since going on a raw food diet. It makes me wonder if I accidentally got some gluten as doing so seems to mess up my (and, as observed, my daughter’s) appetite control/feelings. I don’t know when/how though, but that is the way it is with a small exposure. My other thought is that it could just be a reaction to something else (the dairy? withdrawal from the chocolate?) I also had a couple of cups of coffee and a cup of hot chocolate within the last few days. This is very unusual for me. I didn’t seem to notice any immediate symptoms after having the coffee which I used to in the past, so I thought maybe now I could handle an occasional cup of coffee. However, it’s still not a healthy choice really for me.

Supper was soup (or hot blended salad?) — I’ve decided to add greens to one of my new favorite soups, and it’s just as good. My favorite includes a beet as well as carrots and tomatoes, but I’m out of beets right now, so it was just carrots, tomatoes, garlic, a little parsley, some basil, and a handful of spinach, and some black pepper along with Agar agar, flax seeds, and chia seeds to add Omega 3s and thicken the soup. the soup was VERY thick this time and yummy too. The color wasn’t quite as nice as previous soups, I’ve made, but it was still warming and yummy. Then I did eat some gluten free/dairy free french bread that my daughter didn’t finish. It was really good with the soup. I’m trying to decide if I need to stop eating anything like that at all for awhile or not. If I’m feeling generally well and energetic then I start to think it’s OK, but really I haven’t managed to stay feeling that way for more than a couple of days (although still generally WAY less tired than before the dietary changes), and I wonder if it’s part of why my energy levels keep fluctuating. I’m going to have to simply experiment with it I guess. I am really looking forward to the Body Enlightenment program by the Raw Divas to help with this, and plan to do the 7 day detox soon as well. I also need to spend some time in the online forums to ask others these questions and get more feedback. 🙂

Tonight I feel starved again wile my tummy at the same time feels bloated (screams gluten to me … which just now makes me wonder if one of the salads I ate for lunch was contaminated?). I think the first thing I’ll do is decide to only eat food from home for the next week so I know I have total control over it (Gluten, etc.). And as I said, I’ll try to stick to basics as much as I can …

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