when trying out a new recipe you always take a risk. it could be amazing or it could be a total flop. the last couple weeks i have made so many new things. i have had many successes and some real disappointments.
first, i'd like to introduce you to the most delicious RAW vegan nori rolls. these babies are SO GOOD! i made a nut/veggie pate and added avocado, cucumber and baby greens. roll em up and dip them in some nama shoyu and BAM! you've got one hell of a meal :D
ginger garden pate
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove
2 celery stalks 1 T grated ginger
1.5 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T lemon juice
1 t sea salt
process almonds and sunflower seeds into a powder and set aside in a medium bowl. next process ginger and garlic, then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until veggies are chopped into small pieces. add veggie mixture to your powder and mix by hand.
add sliced avocado, cucumbers, baby greens or whatever you think sounds yummy and roll up in a piece of raw seaweed. i quickly ran out of seaweed because everyone (children included) loved these so much.
so, there you have one of my successes...now on to a complete failure!
i give you the RAW carrot pulp cookie. wah wah wah! these were so gross that i actually threw them out. i will typically eat something even if i don't like it just because i don't like wasting, but i just couldn't force these down. i also made this raw miso soup that made me gag hahaha! would you like that recipe? yeah, i didn't think so!
why all the raw recipes you may be wondering? well, i am eating 100% raw all month. i've been incorporating raw foods into my diet for the last 4 years but have never gone all the way. i plan on giving a full report at the end of the month. today is day 7 and it's getting easier and i'm not having as many cravings as i was last week. the hardest part so far is dinner time. i'm still cooking for everyone else so it's been challenging. the other night i made this yummy (looking and smelling) penne pasta with chicken and sun dried tomatoes tossed in a garlic olive oil...yeah, that was a tough night but i'm very determined.
overall it's been fun so far and if i had loads of money to spend on fancy ingredients you can bet i'd be indulging! but since that is not the case i'm trying to keep things as simple as possible. i have read so many testimonials over the years about people's physical and mental transformations by going raw and i guess i feel that i have to try it for myself. the last several months brought bouts of depression, confusion and just an overall lost feeling. i know that other factors were at play but i also know that by altering my diet i can greatly improve my mental state. and as a matter of fact, i can't tell you how much better i feel already! maybe it's the power of suggestion? i don't know? but i am very grateful to be feeling good again.