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Good Eats!

Today has been an amazing day off so far! I woke up to fresh OJ that my boyfriend made for me… SO delicious! It’s what I most look forward to on my days off… if I had to choose between a dehydrator or a juicer I would def go with the juicer. As much as I love comfort foods, I love the way juices make me feel, even if I am drinking non-raw juices from Naked or Bolthouse Farms. I forgot to take a picture of the OJ because I had just woke up, but it’s thick and it has FROTH on top! I love froth! I work at a certain corporate coffee shop that taught me to make and LoVe excellent milk foam (now I would say “Bleh!” on the milk), so froth/foam on top of my orange juice makes it ten times better.

After the OJ, we watched an episode of Dexter (I’m obsessed) and then went to my boyfriend’s place (I don’t have a stove) to make vegan buckwheat pancakes with bananas and his grandma’s homemade blueberry jam. If you are just starting out into veganism, and have somehow stumbled across my blog, flaxseed powder/ground flaxseed are a super health egg replacement for your recipes.

My boyfriend slicing the nanners.

Sadly, did not capture a picture with the blueberry jam =(

 

I devoured all mine 😉

For dinner tonight, I’m thinking teriyaki salad and pumpkin ice cream for dessert 😉 More on that later!

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Discoveries and Failures

Hah, what an overly epic title. Only because it’s been so long since I’ve posted and I’ve documented quite a few of both discoveries and failures. Work and school has been taking up all of my time. Oh, and I’m trying to have a social life this year. =p

So the first real recipe I attempted in Gainesville were chocolate donut holes made with flax, cacao, and agave. I got the recipe somewhere online.

Cacao + Flax + Agave = xP

They came out okay, but I thought the texture was so unlike a real donut. They were very thick and packed, not light and fluffy. The taste was very flax-ey, not the best taste in the world. My boyfriend suggested making them with whole flax seeds instead, so I soaked the flax seeds. I didn’t let them dry long enough and they didn’t blend in the processor. So I changed direction and made flax sweet bread to put almond butter and bananas into for breakfast. Result (it was pretty good):

with cinnamon sprinkled on top =)

[Sadly, I later found out with another recipe that my cheap dehydrator that I got at Goodwill is flying to temperatures between 140 degrees and 180 degrees! Definitely cutting down on the dehydrated recipes. =( ]

Continuing on my donut hole journey, I attempted the coconut donut holes dusted with sifted cacao from Sarma Mengailis’s book. I didn’t put the whole recipe in there, just half of all the ingredients so my food processor decided to push it all up on the sides and stop blending it. So, brilliant me, I added a little water to get it to blend again and added too much water…..

almost like cake icing...

And it became paste instead of donut holes. Which I ate off a spoon and it was still freakin delicious.

And I miss pasta so much. I don’t have a spiralizer so I attempted zucchini pasta with a knife and a vegetable peeler.

delicious, but not quite as filling as SAD pasta

I can’t remember exactly, but I think the dressing was some combo of olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic sun-dried tomato pesto stuff.

I had smoothies every morning for breakfast for a while. I like the banana avocado combo. I also like banana apple and spinach. It’s the best applesauce I’ve ever tasted. And anything with cacao!! I’m sorry, but the raw foodists who renounce everything except pure fruits and vegetables (and only certain kinds!) … I can’t do that. I need to have some food connection to everyone else around me. If I couldn’t share food with my friends, a little part of me would die inside. Plus I love chocolate! If i didn’t have cacoa powder, I would snarf down Reese’s every time I saw it in the grocery store.

And speaking of chocolate…

8)

This has been my latest obsession. Sliced bananas and strawberries in a cashew milk/cacao/honey/agave mixture. SO GOODDD!!! I also just bought chia seeds and I make the same thing, but in a chia oatmeal version. Delicious!!

In other news, I’m going to my first Gator football game tomorrow! So excited! I will post pictures as soon as I can. Until then!

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End of the Summer

I am two weeks away from going back to school and 4 weeks away from a hectic lifestyle in which I work 30-35 hours a week and go to school full-time. Whilst dabbling in raw food this summer I have discovered a few things.

  • I don’t really like raw grains so I am going to cut them out.
  • I like strawberries! I never knew.
  • Simple is better. No complex stuff for me. I don’t have the time or the money.

I thought that switching over to raw, I would crave pasta. Turns out my cravings for sandwiches were a lot stronger, as well as my cravings for parfait/cereal… or something with a soft texture filled with something with a crunchy texture. Haha, dunno what it is about texture, but it’s almost more important to me than taste.

A couple months ago, I made flax seed oatmeal! I left the flaxseeds to soak for about 6 hours. I don’t remember, but I don’t think they were supposed to soak that long, haha. But they were soft and gooey and they were covered in some sort of slime (sounds appetizing, I know). I had no time, so I threw bananas and blueberries marinated in Bragg’s apple cider. I mashed the bananas in it and had a oatmeal-like substance. It was quite good and VERY filling.

Flaxseed, Banana, Blueberries, Yum!

I’m thinking I’m going to create menus each week with similar ingredients so that I don’t waste food and I don’t spend needless money. I am on a tight budget this year. So I guess if this blog ever gets discovered, it could be a headway for students trying to live raw. I’ll post my mistakes and things I find that work for me and my lifestyle.

Right now I am working on creating a steady, rotating grocery list. I found that snack-wise, I love pre-made granola bars. Granola bars are a student’s best friend. But I don’t know if any of the health food stores in Gainesville will sell a plethora of them. Guess I’ll just have to find out.

I also love to eat/want to eat more of: avocados, mandarin oranges, strawberries, apple slices dipped in raw almond butter, Larabars, and marinated-veggie-recipes.

It’s a work in progress!

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