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Since September kicks off the start of Fall, and is my birthday month, and is also my favorite month, I want to make it a good one. I was inspired by Lara’s new month resolutions and I made some of my own. Heather’s new plan post was also inspiring.
- Get creative. I want to bring style and flair back into my kitchen by making new recipes each week.
- I want to call my family and friends more often. Like Lara, the longer I go without calling someone, the more likely I am to put it off. Every time I chat with my long-distance friends I feel so happy – so I want to do it more often. The same goes for family, especially family besides my parents (who I do actually chat with often).
- Enjoy California. I don’t know how long I’ll be here, and I want to take advantage of every moment.
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When Bobby and I went over to our cousins’ new place on Saturday, I brought a raw salad:
- base: red leaf lettuce
- toppings: raw corn, red bell pepper, small pieces of grapefruit, yellow heirloom tomato, shredded carrot
- dressing: liquid gold elixir (olive oil, bragg’s liquid aminos, lemon juice, rice vinegar, garlic, stevia)
There was some leftover dressing that I brought (I didn’t put the dressing on until it was time to eat so it wouldn’t get soggy) and I left it for them. I think they really liked it; Bobby said it was especially good. They also served delicious salmon with olive oil and dill which I had a lot of (must make this) and roasted asparagus. It was a great night. Their new place is beautiful.
I have to add red pepper to the list of veggies that go in my favorite salad.
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I made Bobby a treat for lunch today. It’s based on some Cuban sandwich that he used to have in Miami a lot.
- 1 sesame seed bagel, buttered
- marinated beef (thin thin slices) from Han Kook
- heirloom tomato slices
- crunchy pita chips and a crumbled veggie cracker
I made myself a huge juice, which I think tasted just as good. Or better!
- 1 large cucumber
- celery (a little more than pictured)
- 1/2 granny smith apple
- 1/2 lemon
- large knob of ginger
This was my biggest juice yet – it almost overflowed towards the end.
Tonight we’re going over to our cousins’ new place for dinner. They just bought a new place and they’re cooking (salmon). We’re bringing a big raw salad. I think I’ll make one of my favorite raw salads with liquid gold elixir.
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Instead of going to the mall yesterday, I spent an hour or so reading in Borders. I read Natalia Rose’s newer book called Detox For Women – it’s another raw food book, but it’s focused on detoxing and going raw specifically regarding women and women’s health. I will probably buy it; just a few pages in I was nodding in agreement as she began to elaborate on symptoms and conditions that some women experience.
One of the things I took away from reading yesterday was a new exercise – rebounding. Rebounding is jumping on one of those mini-trampolines. It has a slew of benefits, including (but not limited to):
- It’s good for your lymphatic system. The lymph system carries nutrients to cells and carts waste away… and, unlike the heart pumping blood throughout the body, the lymph system is completely dependent on movement and exercise.
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Today I made this massaged kale salad…
I added celery, which I sliced with my mandolin. It was a really good addition. I topped it with salsa and I actually added some stevia when I was massaging it.
I have a brand new dressing recipe that I’ll post either tomorrow or Monday. I made a fantastic wonderful dinner tonight (raw salad, raw dressing, teryaki tofu, kimchi, basmati rice for Bobby).
I find that when I shop at Whole Foods I start to limit the amount of produce that I buy. It’s so expensive that I try not to get a lot. Today I went to Han Kook (Korean grocery) instead.
What do you think? Do you scrimp to buy organic? Does it really matter? Would you rather have an abundance of fresh non-organic produce and variety OR pick a few choice items that are organic?
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Do you like chunky peanut butter or smooth and creamy? Every time I get chunky, I end up with this…
I don’t know how it happens, but I unconsciously avoid the chunks and am left with a jar of peanut bits and a little bit of creamy peanut butter. Just one of my quirks, I suppose. I don’t know what to do with the bits besides eat them plain; I’m not complaining though. But I really should only buy creamy.
When I’m not desiccating (= removing moisture from) nut butters, I like to make raw salads.
- kale (1/2 bunch or so, maybe a little more) – massaged with 1/2 avocado and my own version of liquid gold elixir (olive oil, rice vinegar, bragg’s liquid aminos)
- 1 tomato, chopped
- white onion, chopped
- 1/2 ear of raw corn
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This summer and this year have flown by. It seems like yesterday I was starting a blog, graduating college, and moving out West. That was all over 1.5 years ago. I want to share some of my favorites from Cornell and Ithaca (my college years). Ithaca is a wonderful place to find vegetarian/vegan/healthy food… at any time of day or night. This is a hummus plate from Aladdin’s.
My favorite meal to order there was this Fruit & Nut Plate. It’s yogurt, granola, nuts, fruit, and honey. The fruit varies every time you go.
This falafel salad was always a winner as well. Bobby even ordered it several times.
And the desserts can’t be beat (chocolate mousse cake)…
Here are some word origins:
- school. the oldest meaning I can find is “to hold, hold in one’s power, to have”. the word scheme shares this root. that root comes from Proto-Indo-European.
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For dinner tonight I had…
Chipless nachos. This was a bed of massaged kale, topped with:
- 1 sauteed chicken thigh (sustainably raised – from whole foods)
- tomatoes, onions, raw corn
- parmesan & cheddar – Sophia, you’re right – more cheese is always better
- massage dressing – olive oil, bragg’s liquid aminos, rice vinegar, brown rice syrup
I went back to make another bowl. Bobby had real nachos; he’s not a kale fan.
I, on the other hand, cannot get enough kale.
Especially with peanut butter. I have made major progress in reducing my peanut butter stash in the last few days, with the help of my new friend, Kale. The word kale comes from the Middle English word cawul, a Scottish variant of cole (cabbage – like cole-slaw). Apparently it can be used in slang to mean “money” as well.
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I went to the bookstore yesterday and started reading Natalia Rose’s Raw Food Detox Diet. I have to thank a few people for intro-ing this to me – Cindi, Sarah, Kimberly, Lara, Erin, and Danielle (and I’m sure there are more). Natalia talks a lot about food combining, which has to do with combining foods in specific ways so that they are easier to digest.
When I got back home, I had to eat lunch. I tried to follow Natalia’s advice and this is what I made:
- 6 stalks of chopped organic celery
- 1 organic zucchini (small), chopped
- an ear of local corn cut off the cob
- the bigger 1/2 of a huge avocado, chopped (what. what?? and yes, dad, I know that if it’s bigger it’s not a half.)
- raw dressing (recipe below)
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I think borrowing is one of the best concepts ever. I love getting books from the library, borrowing movies from friends, and most recently – borrowing an awesome cookbook from our cousins:
It’s in English and Chinese (I don’t speak any Chinese at all, but I would love to learn. I have the Rosetta Stone for it).
Speaking of new things, it was time to retire these Vera Bradley gems (they served me well). You can’t see it in the picture, but one of the straps is being held on with a safety pin. The straps are so worn that I don’t think I can even try to sell this. Anyone want a free used Vera bag? If you live around here (Sunnyvale, CA) you can pick it up. The wallet is in better condition, but it needs to retire too.
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