Firstly, I would like to thank Denny for the SO sweet Valentine's Day e-card! I got it first thing on Valentine's Day, but forgot to post about it yesterday when I posted about my other V-day swag. My favorite line:
"Do you have a raisin?
No? How 'bout a date?"
Thank you Denny, you're the best!
How was everyone's Presidents' Day? I hope you all had the day off. It was a pretty nice day here. I went to see He's just not that into you with my mom this morning, and since my grad class was also cancelled tonight, I got another yoga day this week!
Most notably though, today was my second successful raw day (I had a raw flop a few weeks ago). Same as last time, everything is from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. Its the only raw book I have, and I like it.
For breakfast I made one of my favorites from my first raw day, the Coconut Cashew Pudding, which I had with an apple and 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds. I love this stuff, although I probably should have eaten a little more.
For a snack I made a batch of the Donut Holes. I skipped rolling them in coconut (there was already coconut in them, and I had coconut for breakfast), and they were yummy!
I used these dried green mangos, which I got while I was in Hawaii, instead of dried pineapple, because...well that is what I had. They weren't green at all, and they were awesome! I wish I had bought another bag.
A melon baller worked perfectly for making the little "holes". Does anyone actually use a melon baller for balling melon? I can't say I ever have, I always use it for stuff like this. Anyway, I had three during the movie, along with some dried pears. I also had the rest of this raw Kombucha tea that I bought a few days ago (which is organic and raw). Its weird, has an effervescence, but its pretty good once you get into it.
Guava Goddess Flavor..they really don't market this stuff towards men, huh?
Lunch was probably the highlight of today. I made the Stuffed Anaheim Chilies with Mole Sauce recipe. They are stuffed with Ani's Black Pepper Cheeze, which is utterly fantastic.
I wasn't thrilled with the Mole Sauce on its own, but it was good with the stuffed pepper. I think my favorite thing about this was the strong spiciness from the garlic. I can't believe I've never mentioned this before, but I adore garlic in any way shape or form, so this was totally perfect. What is also perfect, is that this pepper package is totally portable and will be my lunch for most of this week!
Snack time, banana ice cream! Pretty simple, just a blended frozen banana topped with 2 tbsp of the Artisana Raw Cacao Bliss, that I found in Hawaii.
Then I had some unplanned Donut Holes (they're so good!).
Dinner was the Marinated Portabello Steak and Brazil Nut-Broccoli Mash. This wasn't totally raw, because I didn't spring for the Nama Shoyu, and just used tamari sauce.
My grocery store always has the most beautiful portabellos
Excuse the bite I took out of it...oops.
Now, I have something important to tell you. If you have never had a raw marinated portabello mushroom, go out and have one right now. Seriously, I've been trying to make myself like mushrooms for about a year now, and I just...don't. Sometimes they're okay, but most of the time I just think they're icky. But this is delicious. I would seriously eat this often, happily. And I really have to convey the fact that I have HATED mushrooms for years. You may be asking why I even bothered trying this, but, again, trying to like them. I'm so happy I found a way that works! It is a tad salty from the tamari, but all in all, a glowing success. As for the broccoli mash, as much as I am a huge fan of cooked broccoli, its never been a raw veggie favorite of mine. So it was alright, but I'm not raving. It probably would have been better if I had made the Mushroom Gravy, but I opted out of it.
All in all, there is no doubting that raw food can be incredibly delicious.
I'm looking forward to this week, although I won't have a lot to post about. I made full servings of each recipe, and planned out my whole week, and it should be a pretty high raw week, as I go through all the leftovers. I'm not so much looking forward to it because it is raw, but because I have it all planned.
I have to get to bed, up at 5 again tomorrow! I'm getting used to getting up, but I've been falling asleep on the way home. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that I'll edit nutrition info tomorrow! I've started, but it takes so long for an entire day.
Enjoy the four day week everyone!