Learning to eat …

December 3, 2008

Busy days require simple meals (green smoothies, salads and blended soups)

Filed under: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:18 pm

I just want to quickly check in —

 I’m sure I’m not the only one with a hectic and busy December schedule! We have Holiday celebrations starting this weekend, so I’m trying to eat simple and find time for at least 20 minutes of exercise each day so I can start the new year off feeling great (and no regrets!).

My meals can pretty much be described by the title: smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and blended soups (warm, savory green smoothies really) for supper.

Monday —

  • I started by trying to make a warm green smoothie that resembled a chai latte or something, but it just didn’t work warm. So, there is evidence that sometimes even those of us that have been drinking green smoothies for awhile goof on a recipe. Luckily enough of it was drinkable that I still got some breakfast in because I did not have time to make anything else. It included grapes, kale, figs, and some spices.
  • For lunch on Monday I quickly did some raw chilli because I was craving it and last time when I had some extra I had dehydrated it. So I quickly blended it with warm water and put it in a coffee mug to drink.
  • A bit later I had the rest of my left over citrus salad (from Thanksgiving!) — it’s great because it’s yummy without any dressing at all — mixed greens, thinly sliced cucumbers, colored pepper (I used orange this time), thinly sliced orange segments, thinly sliced celery and pomegranate seeds (yum! — flavor and texture), and then the dressing is simply a mix of pomegranate juice, orange juice, and lime juice (all freshly squeezed/pressed using my favorite kitchen gadget — my pampered chef hand citrus juicer). This time I put the dressing on a couple of hours before eating it and I LOVED that the cucumbers soaked up all that yummy citrus juice and became just a little like refrigerator pickles! If you don’t want that to happen, then put the dressing on right before eating it. 🙂
  • I think I may have had a couple of dates in the afternoon, and I know I ate an apple. I remember it being a day that I seemed always hungry, and wondering why (I’m thinking it’s related to my menstrual cycles but more on that in another post someday).
  • For supper I had a yummy lemon soup that sadly didn’t agree with me. I’ve made it before and it was fine, so I don’t know if it was the addition of onions (didn’t use last time), or if the soaked almonds were no longer good (they had been soaking in the fridge for a few days). The recipe includes soaked almonds and water (I’m thinking you could just use almond or other nut milk as well), a zucchini or two depending on the size, juice of a lemon, a little salt, and a garlic clove. This time I added a bit of onion and ate it poured over finally chopped onion for texture. I also ate too much and should have saved half of it! That was WAY too many nuts for me any way I figure it, but I don’t remember raw soaked almonds disagreeing with me like that before (versus other nuts). So, I had embarrassing gas for the first time in a long time (hardly have it at all the way I’ve been eating in general), and some intestinal discomfort — nothing like before I started healing but still no fun! Luckily we had major errand/shopping to do so I wasn’t able to just sit there and instead was walking around much of the evening.

Tuesday —  after the episode Monday night I decided to keep it simple —

  • For breakfast , I truly kept it simply by throwing 3 bananas in the blender with a bit of water and a mix of kale and chard. Yum … sometimes simple, really is wonderful.
  • Before I left for work I threw mixed greens in a bowl and also toted along an avocado, lime, and orange pepper. I chopped the veggies (there is nothing easier to “chop” than an avocado!), and squeezed the lime juice all over it. Then I sprinkled just a little bit of sea salt that I keep at my desk along with tossing some crumbs from basic salted flax crackers that I make onto the salad. YUM! This was one of my salads that I can’t believe how good it is even though it’s so simple!
  • Supper was a simple soup of one large cucumber, a handful of parsly, a handful of cilantro, a small handful of baby spinach, a few mixed greens, a juiced lime, a bit of water, a 1/2 T. of coconut oil, and a little sea salt and pepper blended up until just a bit steamy and then poured over finely chopped red bell pepper. Yum!!! Again I made just a bit too much though — you would think that those things in salad form wouldn’t be quite so filing so I’m going to try to not add as much water next time.
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    Today (Wednesday) I had a wonderful raspberry-banana smoothie because we had raspberries that needed to be eaten before they went bad. I wish I would have had time for photos — the smoothies was not green at all — nearly pink even. And there were 6 or 7 large chard leaves in there! Of course it was the rainbow chard complete with pink stems — so keep that in mind when you don’t want your smoothie too green. If you don’t like the raspberry seeds, try blending the berries with a bit of water for awhile first before making the rest of the smoothie.  Lunch today was a salad similar to yesterday’s but with tomato instead of orange pepper. I think I like the pepper better this time of year (not prime tomato time).

    And even with less sleep than I should be getting I feel really, really good! 🙂

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October 5, 2008

Kale and nuts and pears, oh my

Filed under: Recipe, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:13 pm

OK, so the sing-song title is a bit much, but this unique salad was really yummy and a nice change of pace. I was inspired by a recipe our CSA shared in their newsletter, so I created a pear and kale salad of my own.

  • 1 bunch kale
  • enough lemon juice and olive oil to coat the kale
  • sprinkle of course salt and pepper
  • one pear sliced thin
  • chopped walnuts, 1/4 to 1/2 cup

Coat the kale with lemon juice and olive oil and let it set for about 10 minutes, or while cutting the pear and nuts. Mix all ingredients together. Best if flavors have a bit of time to mix together so make it early if possible. I do like it fresh and not refrigerated though so I just make it before making soup or any other parts of the meal.

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Supper tonight was this wonderful salad, some additional green salad, and some “cheese” soup (cauliflower with sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, onion, parsley, and a few otehr greens along with some nutritional yeast). I was hungry … but I ate too much. I was more than full afterwards … I need to learn to make and eat less soup when I try to do soup and salad. Lunch was a yummy tomato/pepper soup (a red pepper, a few sun dried tomatos, onion, flax seeds, and carrots). Breakfast though was a gluten free blueberry muffin mostly because it was there along with some tea. So, I’m glad I ended the day well. I had two green smoothies yesterday though. 😉

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 —

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 …

August 18, 2008

Lunch: Creamy Corn Chowder

Filed under: Lunch, Recipe — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 3:33 pm
I was going to do salad for lunch or maybe salad and a smoothie, but then I got home and simply felt like soup and we had this wonderful fresh sweet corn from our CSA yet in the fridge (already cut off the cob because I was going to make dehydrated corn crackers). I had made a Creamy corn soup sometime last week when we first got the soup, but I wasn’t sure where that recipe was so I glanced few a few other soup recipes in the cookbook at the top of the pile and came up with the following:
 
  • 2 cups of fresh raw corn
  • 2 cups of Almond milk
  • 2 cloves of ginger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • Sea Salt to taste
Then I blended it through my Soup cycle on the blender, tasted it, and yum. I used a bit more corn on top, the rest of the avocado in chunks also on top, and a bit of pepper. Yum!
 
It should be titled Corn Chowder for Two or something with all of those 2s in there … but I ate it all myself. I should have had salad or more veggies though or simply not so much soup because I was “move away from the table” full for over an hour. This is certainly a richer meal than I generally eat (all the almonds and lack of greens!). It was pure comfort food though and satisfied my cravings.
 
It was also the first time I made almond milk from scratch because I didn’t have any Almond or Hemp milk which I had been purchasing previously so I was going to think of a way to make it without the milk, but then I decided I would just quickly use the almonds that I had had soaking for 12 hours (water changed at least 3 times) to make some almond milk quickly since I had been meaning to try that. I have about a cup of the milk left to do something else with, and I was able to realize just how easy it is. I do need to get a nut milk bag or other extra fine strainer if I want to use it as a drink, but it was pretty smooth just straining through the mesh strainer I already have (not much was actually left in the strainer though which I was disappointed in because I was hoping to have some pulp to use for something).
 
I certainly shouldn’t be hungry until supper time!

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