I am a recently changed raw-foodist. I eat no cooked or processed foods, no dairy and no meat. We are trained to think that a "normal" diet must include a microwave and a stove. I am enjoying un-cooking now more than I ever did cooking before, and that was a lot. I no longer take medications or supplements for my diabetes, allergies or asthma. My carpel tunnel does not wake me up at night going to sleep and make me have to put on wrist braces. My flexibility has increased, I have lost weight, and my energy level has gone through the roof! Check out www.rawfor30days.com. It may change your life, it did mine. Although I finally found a DR that said I could beat this, I have had many tell me that diabetes was something that I would always have to deal with. Drug companies have lots of money to convince DR types of this. I am living proof that it simply is not true! Our diet is what fuels our body. Would you put watered-down sludge into your car tank? Why then put cooked down, processed, c
My favorite things to cook
Raw, local and organic!
Fiery Lava Soup with carrot juice, spinach, garlic, lemon juice, and jalapeno blended with chopped avocado, red pepper, scallions as garnish - WOW!
Also, smoothies - bananas, raw cacao powder (REAL chocolate), dates, bee pollen, black strap molasses, raw almond butter, and water. You won't be hungry for a while after this.
And salads... not your "ordinary" stuff. I will use 3-4 different types of greens (kale, lacinato kale, many chard varieties, spinach, lettuces- romaine, butter, and any other I can find locally), cabbage (green, red, any other I find), red (ripe) bell peppers, sprouts (have many times the nutrition of older/adult plants), celery, onions of any description, garlic, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, apples, raw nuts (almond, pine, brazil, sunflower, cashew to name a few), tomatoes (preferably heirloom), carrots, zuccini, oranges, and anything else I find in the frig. Simply a MUST to get enough leafy greens!
Juices- kelp, celery, appl
My favorite family cooking traditions
I used to enjoy red beans and rice, dirty rice, general tso's chicken, most mexican foods, homestyle cornbread and beans, and indian cuisine. Now I am tryng a whole new era of wonderful raw foods. I am finding that the things I enjoyed the most about the above foods were the fresh garnishes that I ate along with them.
My cooking triumphs
Raw pudding. Avocadoes and young thai coconuts added to macadamia nuts, dates and other fruits (lemons and cocao among others) can make the most incredible pudding combinations. I often add bee pollen (for the B vitamins and amino acids) and black strap molasses for the iron and other minerals.
In other non-sweet recipes I add dulce instead of salt to boost my iodine and iron supply (most women get a whole host of hormone imbalance because of their lack of this).
Dips - sunflower seeds soaked at least 24 hrs., lemon juice, garlic, liquid aminos, and red pepper is my favorite. Another is guacamole with avocado, tomato or tomatillo, garlic, onion, cilantro, lemon or lime juice, bit of jalapeno or hot red pepper to taste, and salt. Dip with raw carrot sticks, celery, jicama, and/or sweet potato. A meal!
My cooking tragedies
Forgetting and leaving a pot on the stove cooking... or baking in the oven and letting it burn... No longer a problem!