Raw Food Blahs Turn Into Two New Salad Recipes
Today I realized that all this time I’ve been documenting a diet based on a book loaded with recipes, but rarely use them. I’m following the food Phase Chart, but that’s about it. I like things to be as simple as possible. Even though I recently wrote about the importance of planning, I’ve never been good at sticking to a menu plan.
To me, the most important planning is having a stocked pantry. Even if you like to be spontaneous, it’s a good idea to choose a handful of recipes you may enjoy over the course of a week, and then have the ingredients on hand. Then you can either follow the recipe, or be creative, depending on your mood.
My day started off nicely, then started going downhill when I realized I’m running out of food. I’m getting really, really bored with my options!
Crackers with coconut oil (one of my new favorite superfoods)
Next, to get in another dose of superfoods (maca & E3):
A smoothie like yesterday, and it is the worst yet! I could barely get it down. YUCK. No sluggish effects today. Unless it’s my imagination, I feel a slight stimulant effect from the maca, similar to raw cacao but milder.
Then the boredom kicked in.
My variety is running thin, I’m running low on food, and I haven’t been motivated to prepare anything. I love having salad dressings on hand but do not feel inspired by any of the recipes in Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine, and I’m too lazy to prepare them anyway.
As a result of the blahs, I came up with two amazing salads that were quick and required no pre-prepared salad dressing!
The first was at lunch time. I had already started making my Italian salad dressing from Day 10 but realized I was out of lemons. With two stalks of celery cut up for the dressing, what to do now?
I had some kale left, so wilted about 5 large leaves of kale in a bowl with salt (massage salt into kale and rip to desired size). Then I added the chopped celery (it ends up being about 50/50 celery and kale. Next, sprinkle with garlic powder, pepper, drizzle olive oil over top, and toss with either walnuts or hemp seeds (or both). I opted for both. I was amazed at the delicious flavor of this creation! Officially the Kale, Walnut, and Celery salad. Simple and delicious – the best of both worlds.
More crackers and coconut oil as a snack. (I recently discovered it’s even better with salt!)
My second salad creation of the day is a Thai inspired slaw, called Hemp Curry Slaw.
First, I grabbed what few veggies I had left in the fridge. I started with 1 small head of napa cabbage, slicing thin, and tossing with salt in the bowl to soften it up a bit. Then I added purple cabbage and added a little more salt. Then chopped up red pepper, cucumber, and threw it on the top.
I purchased lemons this afternoon, so I was able to use some lemon juice to flavor this salad.
I squeezed about 1/2 lemon over the veggies. (Sorry no exact measurements! I’ll be making these into bonafide recipes eventually). Drizzled olive oil over the top, then garlic powder and curry. I tossed the salad thoroughly, adding more of whatever it needed to taste. Finally, mixed in about 3 Tbsp of hemp seeds. I just love them in salads! Delicious!
What a fanatastic day. I felt great, and my raw food boredom unexpectedly produced two new salad creations.
I’ve also been continuing to take my spirulina tabs morning and evening, even though I don’t always mention it in every post.
Are cravings getting the best of you? Find one food or beverage that works with your healthy lifestyle plan that you can rely on to get you through! For me, it’s the juice of one lemon in about 12oz water & stevia drops until it’s as sweet as lemonaide. So delicious and curbs the cravings!