Well, I did it! I made a raw dinner! I know my salads are usually raw, but this was a pasta-like dish using all raw ingredients. I realized how cheap and filling this meal can be. AND I saved electricity and time!
The ingredients were so simple.
- 1 zucchini
- A large handful of arugula and spinach
- A handful of cherry tomatoes
- 1 very small garlic clove
- Fresh basil leaves
- Oregano and black pepper
I also threw in one sliced cremini mushroom and about 6 green beans because I needed to use them up! I certainly like my hot foods, but there are definitely benefits to incorporating raw meals into my diet.
Rather than a tomato sauce, you could make an avocado-pesto sauce or a peanut sauce to make pad thai. If you don't own a spiralizer, then the easiest way to make zucchini noodles or ribbons is to use a vegetable peeler like I did.
I threw together another cost-effective meal the other night. You can call them Fajita Pitas! Don't you love the name? I had pita bread in my freezer, so why not make fajitas? :) I sauteed bell peppers, onion, zucchini, and corn with oregano and the smallest (and I mean smallest!) amount of oil and red wine vinegar. I filled the pitas with avocado, plenty of fresh cilantro, and the grilled veggies. I actually really enjoyed them!
When I'm not in the kitchen or at work, I'm often found reading, researching, or watching YouTube videos lately. I know...I should focus on school. I will! We have a three-day weekend, so I can enjoy a little "me time" first. :)
I have to share a few great finds lately. First, check out Eco-Vegan Gal on YouTube, Facebook, and/or on ecovegangal.com. Whitney Lauritsen has a passion for learning, as do I, about everything healthy and vegan. I've watched many of her videos and I feel she's giving out some solid information.
While on the topic of YouTube, there are so many great videos worth checking out. Just search "vegan" or "whole foods plant based" and you will find so many great videos.
I also discovered Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. I'm not very far into the book yet, but I love it! Kris Carr provides a fun and very informative perspective on nutrition despite her challenges with cancer. Here is a description of the book from Kris Carr's website:
"Crazy Sexy Diet comes on the heels of Kris Carr’s best-selling cancer survival guidebooks and her acclaimed TLC documentary. Infused with her signature sass, wit and advice-from-the-trenches style, Crazy Sexy Diet is a beautifully illustrated resource that puts you on the fast track to vibrant health, happiness and a great ass!
Along with help from her posse of experts, Kris Carr lays out the fundamentals of her Crazy Sexy Diet: a low-glycemic, vegetarian program that emphasizes balancing the pH of the body with lush whole and raw foods, nourishing organic green drinks, and scrumptious smoothies. Plus, she shares the steps of her own twenty-one-day cleanse, and simple but delectable sample recipes.
In ten chapters with titles such as, “pHabulous,” “Coffee, Cupcakes and Cocktails,” “Make Juice Not War,” and “God-Pod Glow,” Kris empowers readers to move from a state of constant bodily damage control to one of renewal and repair. In addition to debunking common diet myths and sharing vital tips on detoxifying our bodies and psyches—advice that draws both on her personal experience as a cancer survivor and that of experts—she provides helpful hints on natural personal care, how to stretch a dollar, navigate the grocery store, eating well on the run, and working through the inevitable pangs and cravings for your old not-so-healthy life. Crazy Sexy Diet is a must for anyone who seeks to be a confident and sexy wellness warrior."
I think an evening of reading Crazy Sexy Diet sounds like a good idea to me. I hope to get up early tomorrow, make a chickpea scramble, maybe head to the beach, and take care of a happy puppy in the afternoon. Then on to school work on Sunday! I'm glad I've had two productive weekends the last couple weeks cleaning my patios, selling books, giving away clothes, and focusing on maintaining a simple, happy, healthy, minimalist lifestyle.