Raw Week, Days 5 and 6: Like Minds
Today I cheated a bit. I’m a member of a really awesome veg group that meets up twice a month at various restaurants for delicious vegan meals….I could have un-RSVP’d myself, but I really wanted to catch up with my veg buddies, and since raw week is more of an experiment than a die-hard cleanse, I allowed myself some wiggle room. Plus, sitting down with like minded people and sharing a meal is just plain good for the soul.
Here we are! This was a smaller lunch gathering- mostly people who work from home, like me. (At dinner meet-ups, there are usually 30-50 of us!)
I managed to persuade several group members to follow me to the T&T in Chinatown after the meal, in search of kimchi and burdock root. (I finally found burdock root after 6 months of searching!) I spent another $40 on groceries, bringing my weekly grocery bill up to $146.00.
Groceries: beansprouts, kimchi, thai chilis, burdock root, carrots, bok choi, scallions, wakame, asparagus, green tea, kombu
As I walked my groceries home, I beheld one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen:
VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE! 3 blocks from where I live! Praise Quinoa, this must be another Daiya miracle! I was briefly tempted to write today off entirely in terms of eating raw, since I had already broken the rules once… However, I felt pretty sleepy after all the sushi rice and veggie teriyaki, so I knew that I needed to get back on track…
With some RAW sushi! I was excited to use my new organic, raw nori sheets, and since I was finally in possession of burdock root, all the stars in my universe aligned to bring forth Ani Phyo’s “Ginger Almond Nori Rolls.” Highly recommended. I threw in an avocado to make them even more delicious! I also staged a repeat performance of her “Miso Mushroom Soup.” C’est magnifique!
After cheating a little bit yesterday, I felt the need to start my day on the raw straight and narrow. What better way that at Sejuiced in Kitsilano? I had a delicious smoothie and a raw apricot almond bar. Yum :)
For lunch I whipped up a Blended Garden Gazpacho:
1. juice a carrot and a small beet
2. In blender, add carrot/beet juice, 3 tomatoes, 3 stalks of celery, a bit of chopped oregano, 1/2 of an avocado, and a dash of salt to taste.
Day 6’s dinner was the highlight of my raw week. Through the magic of the internet, I went to a Raw Vegan Prepluck! What is a raw prepluck, you ask? It is best described by this formula: 10 strangers + raw food + 1 kitchen = delicious feast and 10 new friends! It was awesome. We all showed up at 4pm with ingredients and a recipe we wanted to share, took turns using the VitaMix and the food processor, et voila- a feast was ready at 7pm… here we are:
It was dark, so I couldn’t get the best photos…but you can see my Pad Thai from Day 1 in the bottom left corner… (Big hit!) The questionable-looking brown substance in the middle of the shot was actually one of the best soups I’ve ever had. The rolls in the bottom right corner were made out of a zucchini/flax mixture that was dehydrated into flexible sheets, and then rolled with a cashew cream, lettuce, and served with a sundried tomato sauce. Dear God, it was delicious! There was also some mind-blowing salads and a exquisite cranberry dessert, not to mention amazing, juicy, and local walnuts that we cracked ourselves. Oh! And a mad cacao-coconut shake that was deliciously reminiscent of a Wendy’s Frostie!
Some people were experienced raw food gurus, others were flirting raw newbies, like me. It was a wonderful mix! I learned a TON of info about raw foods, especially this:
- Always soak nuts 24 hours before using. Mother Nature has endowed nuts and seeds with enzyme inhibitors, so that when a bird eats it, the bird can then fly away, poop, and when hits the ground, the moisture from the soil breaks the enzyme inhibitor, similar to soaking it. It starts sprouting and germinating to create a new plant. So we should soak the seeds overnight and rinse them very well to wash away these inhibitors. (Makes sense why my tummy hurt after all of the nuts I ate on Day 3!)
I stuffed myself full of so much delicious food, but I still felt energetic and vibrant in the evening- It was probably close to midnight when I got home, but I had so much excess energy, I cleaned the kitchen! (A feat never witnessed at that hour).
I’m so glad I went to this! I was a bit apprehensive about meeting up with a whole bunch of stangers for dinner, but this I will tell you: Raw Foodists are anything but cold!
I asked a few of the Rawluck-ers to share their recipes with Home Veganomics, so stay tuned for some seriously delicious posts in the future!
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