Saturday, June 19, 2010

Veggie Salad

I made a  simpler version of this salad a few weeks ago so that I could use my new peeler and I really like it,
but I found that it made me hungry after eating it. It was just too light. ( zucchini cut into ribbons, chopped black olives and sliced sun dried tomato's)
I doctored it to get the right balance.
 I wanted to make a larger amount to get me through the week. I added dehydrated marinated portobello mushrooms, and dehydrated red onions to give me more substance.
It keeps pretty good. I need to drain some of the juice off before I eat and I usually let it warm to room temperature or heat it in the dehydrator, but it's good cold.
After days of marinating I found the Zucchini softened and resembles pasta noodles.

Cold Zucchini Portobello Salad

4 Green Zucchini sliced into ribbons
2 Yellow squash sliced into ribbons
corn kernels from 3 ears of corn
red onion (dehydrated until softened) (one small onion)
1/2 cup diced black olives
fresh Basil julienned 
Place in large bowl

4 portobello mushrooms marinated in 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes and sun dried tomato oil  for 1/2 hour, then dehydrated  103 degrees until cooked (or flattened) about two hours alongside sliced red onion. Slice  mushrooms into bite sized ribbons.
 Add mushrooms and onions to the bowl of veggies and toss.

 packing dinners for the week

I ordered a book from the library and read it. It's The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. I started adding what I could this week.
When I first began to eat more raw foods I came across this book years ago. It seemed extreme to me then.Now having read the book (instead of skimming through it as I did before),I realized how ready I am ready for it. I went shopping and had the right foods and my plan laid out. I started on Monday.
I had specifically bought only organic items.

I did the Tracy Anderson video three times for about twenty minuets- with loads of breaks.
I love the results so far. I weigh 155. Down Four pounds.
My waist is now 33.5. One inch smaller.
I ordered a copy of the book last night as a present for losing four pounds. I love the results so far and the recipes are very easy to prepare, so I want a copy I can keep.
I have some organic carrots and green apples left from the week.
For this weekend I had to look for the most food for my buck and stopped in a tiny grocer in East La for the first time. I look the posters of fresh produce and the really fantastic prices whenever I drive to work and wonder what the produce really looked like.

 organic produce before juicing during the week

Everything looked as fresh as it does at the farmers market. The only missing were greens, so I had to get some spinach elsewhere. I need to give the kale a rest for a bit. I have had it for two weeks with out a break in smoothies, salads and juices.
Time to try out veggies I have never used before.
I spent around nine dollars and have enough to juice the weekend and get through work on Monday. I will consume between 1.5 and 2 liters of juice a day.
Nothing was marked organic in the store.
It will be interesting to see if this weekends produce food hinders weight loss.
I have been drinking a version of Green Lemonade from  the Raw Detox Book. I drink it all day long getting in about 2 liters by evening.
This week I had the same dinner, the zucchini salad I made on Sunday with some Yogi berry detox tea every night. I made enough for the week so that I could relax when I got home in the evening. I would have it cold or warm it for a few hours in the dehydrator.
  Having a great big bowl on hand allowed me to concentrate my energy on making fresh juice each night.

So far so good.


evergreen said...

It sounds like you are doing great! Thanks for sharing a very yummy looking pasta salad recipe:)

kevin georgina grayson simon said...

Evergreen, Thank you. You're bagel post at the happy raw kitchen blew my mind! What was the "bacon" on the blt?

evergreen said...

Awww, thanks:) The bacon is eggplant, the actual recipe was an experiment I wish I wrote down lol!

Here is a link my post about raw vegan bacon:
The one with the bagels was my basic recipe with some maple syrup in it:)

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