Saturday, May 22, 2010

Raw Recipe: Broccoli and Mushrooms

I made this delicious recipe from Lisa's Raw on $10 a Day blog. I tweaked it a little and it is Oh So Good!

In a large pyrex dish place:

6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
13 oz. broccoli
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

In a small bowl combine:

3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. agave
3 Tbsp. Bragg's or Nama Shoyu
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Pour sauce over broccoli and mushrooms and stir well. I place it in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for about an hour or so to warm it up. If you make this during the summer you could just let it marinate on the counter for a couple of hours and it will soften up a bit as well.

This tastes just like beef and broccoli to me. Yum!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sorry for the Lack of Posting : (

I am always excited to share all of my new and exciting recipes but I am boxed in right now with my menu. My doctor has me on a 1300 calorie diet which has really limited my creativity in the kitchen. Here is my menu as of late:

7:30           Green Smoothie
9:30           Pure Bar
12:00         Green Smoothie
2:00           Carrots and Raw Hummus
4:00           Chocolate Raw Protein Smoothie
6:00           Salad w/ lots of veggies and my Tahini Dressing

Yep, pretty boring. The doctor wanted me to get more protein in because of all the weight lifting I am doing. I am to drink 3 protein drinks a day. To do this, I added the Raw protein to make a chocolate shake and I add hemp protein to my green smoothies. I am keeping track of my protein intake and I am getting around 70-80 grams a day. This is a far cry from the 130 I used to eat when I was non-vegan and I was averaging about 25 grams on my Raw diet before I added the extra smoothies.

When I go back to see the doctor next Tuesday I'll be able to tell if all of this extra protein was worth it. She will be taking my body fat and cell hydration levels again. She will also check if my basal metabolic rate is up because of the extra protein. I hope it's been worth it. I also hope she lets me add more calories in so I can have some variety.

The good news is I don't have to put a lot of thought into my meals at this point. The bad news is my creativity in the kitchen is yearning to get out again and it can't : ( My beloved kale chips, oh how I miss you, sniff, sniff.......


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Brad's Raw Chips: A Review

I was so excited when my friend Kathy gave Brad's Raw Chips my info so I could try their product. They contacted me and offered me two bags of their fabulous Raw Chips. Well, I got them in the mail Friday and one whole bag was gone by Saturday! What a  great product!

I often make Raw chips and crackers at home but the type I make usually have a higher fat contact. My favorite thing about Brad's Raw Chips is that they are lower in fat and higher in fiber than a lot of the chips or crackers I've tried. They also have a decent amount of protein which is an added bonus!

The first bag I popped open was the Red Bell Pepper flavor. These were great on their own and with Raw hummus. They were not spicy at all so for those of you that are looking for a low fat, high fiber,  nutritious snack, this is it!

(Note the empty bag. I didn't even get a picture of the bag before I ate them all : )

 Love it!

The second bag was the Hot Kale flavor. These puppies are spicy! I easily rectified this by eating them with a little fresh guacamole. Who needs conventional tortilla chips and guacamole when you have these nutritionally dense little gems?! Not me! These are great for when you need a crunchy, spicy snack.

 Spicy, yum!

Thanks to Brad for letting me try these fantastic chips! I love trying new products, especially when they taste as good as these do : )

Go check out Brad's site. You can tell he really loves what he's doing and it shows in the quality of the product he has created. Now go get some!