Monday, March 8, 2010

Raw30: Day 8

Today was a day of plenty. I started the morning with a nice cantaloupe... and somehow, I ended up eating the majority of it. You'd think a cantaloupe wouldn't go to one person, that there would be much clamouring to share it. Well, the Baby Beast did clamour, but his "bites" are smaller than the nail on my pinkie.

I made Wrap Salads again, and actually used tahini and dulse flakes. I can definitely say it now: I'm not a fan of tahini. I don't like how dusty and bitter it tastes. When it's part of a dish, I don't mind it. But as a main ingredient, I just can't stand it.

And then, because I wasn't nearly exploding enough from the Wrap Salads, I made Stuffed Portobella Mushroom Caps. YUM.

That's Bragg's Liquid Aminos it's sitting in. Mmmm, saltiness.

I've been dying to make the Blueberry Pie* in Alissa's book for about a month now... so when I saw it was coming up this week, I was definitely excited to try it out.

I won't lie; I love desserts. I mean, who doesn't? They're usually the best part of a meal. So the bigtime joy of raw desserts is that I can make them an ENTIRE meal without feeling guilty. Raw almonds, dates, blueberries, bananas, and a little bit of raw honey? I mean, c'mon, what's unhealthy about that?

So, I made the pies, let them get nice and jellied in the fridge, and dug in with both hope and trepidation. Well, I can say now, the recipe is delicious! I ate 1/4 of one by myself in a sitting. And I'm planning on having more!

The whole blueberries are a wonderful addition. I'm pretty excited
to have two of these to eat!

I also made Almost Tuna... and while it tasted fine, it didn't taste like tuna. I am having a lot of trouble not having any meat this month. I was eating a mostly vegetarian diet until I got pregnant, and then I went from a little fish occasionally, some cheese now-and-then, to red steak, rare. And I've continued wanting a lot of animal protein while breastfeeding... so I am going though 30 days of healthy, healthy food and planning on adding a little bit of cooked things (and some meat) back into my diet once it's over.

Will I someday go to a 100% raw diet again? More than likely. But while I'm breastfeeding and assessing each cow we pass on the road for palatability, I think it's a good idea to eat at least some meat now and again.


Blueberry Pie (i couldn't NOT share this one)

2 cups almonds
1/2 - 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked (in water, for at least an hour)

5 cups fresh blueberries
2 bananas
1 1/2 Tablespoons honey

For crust:
1. In a food processor, grind the almonds until fine.
2. Add the dates and blend until smooth.
3. Remove from processor and pat down into a pie plate.

For filling:
1. In a food processor, combine 4 cups of blueberries, 2 bananas, and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of honey. Blend until smooth.
2. Remove from food processor and add in 1 cup of whole blueberries**.
3. Pour into crust.
4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (this pie will solidify after a few hours in the fridge).

** I actually added about 1 1/2 cups, because blueberries are fantastic and I like the whole blueberries in the pie. They add a nice "crunch" in all the pie-filling gooey-ness.


  1. p.s we call cantaloupe 'rockmelon'. And try as I might, I just cannot LOVE tahini either.