Learning to eat …

September 21, 2008

Soup, soup, and more soup!

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


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 —

September 4, 2008

Today I tried Sashimi…

Filed under: Dining out, Lunch — Tags: , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 1:41 pm

There is a new restaurant downstairs from where I work, Yoko’s, and I decided today was the day to try it.  (read about it here http://eatinglacrosse.com/x/2008/2/7/yokos-sushi-and-teriyaki-grill.html and here http://www.rivervalleynewspapers.com/articles/2007/04/01/business/02biz01.txt and most recently this article talks about the new restaurant opening at the location near my workplace http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2008/03/22/news/z05sushi22.txt)

I had read about sashimi being good on a raw food diet, assuming one is not also committed to being totally vegan (at this point I’m not), so that’s what I ordered (it was salmon that I ordered (sake?)). I also ordered an avacado salad that was an avacado sliced VERY thin with a homemade ginger and seseme dressing and served over wonderful mixed greens. It was a small salad and the lunch in general was quite small in terms of the amount of food, but it was surprisingly satisfying. Shawn has been wanting to go there to try the sushi so I think we’ll be making a trip there together soon.

I did ask the manager about gluten while I was there, and was sad that I had to explain to her what it was (I need my allergy cards for dining out!), but she seemed responsive and explained what I could and couldn’t have. For example both of their soy sauces do have wheat in them. I asked about any other spices and she assured me that they did not have any wheat or even any other fillers in them, and I hope she’s correct because I really enjoyed my meal.

This is really pushing the edge for me, and that’s good. I haven’t had good sushi experiences in the past, and I haven’t been successful at finding sea vegetables that I actually enjoy eating at home either. I know it will take time to find what flavors I enjoy, so I just need to try a bit at a time. I did learn that I do NOT enjoy the Wasabi at all.

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