‘Creamy’ Garlicky Dressing

So, I don’t share too many recipes since most of what I create in the kitchen are experiments with recipes found online.  On occasion though, I have moments of culinary genius ;)…

Thought I’d share this little recipe since I have been having it for about a week straight and it is sooo good… if you like garlic that is!  Even The Man has had THREE kale salads this week with this dressing!  Three salads!!… We have to avoid each others kisses in the morning though so don’t know how long we’ll keep this up …

If you’re familiar with Whole Foods organic salad bar – a staple is what they call ‘Garlicky Kale’ (Vegan and RAW) and it is the answer to anyone’s aversion to a kale salad.  Their garlicky dressing is delicious, though they use things I don’t have, so I sort of started with what I had – ummm … cold pressed olive oil… and garlic… not exactly filling out the collection of ingredients Whole Foods shared in their ingredient list.  I subbed some ingredients ( Soy sauce I had on hand instead of Nama Shoyu) and was generally just grabbing stuff I thought would work out nicely … On the first go of this dressing I didn’t have any lemon, so that’s been left out entirely, but perhaps if I have some in the kitchen next time I make a batch I’ll use it… certainly didn’t have any nutritional yeast but I am familiar with the texture and thought I should throw in something to create a bit of thickness in the dressing – in steps homemade almond flour.  

Disclaimer:  I enjoy a healthy amount of garlic – The Man is known to eat many cloves RAW when he gets the opportunity – so, please adjust for your own preferences – I think one clove instead of three would still make a fabulous, yet less pungent, morning after.

 

Garlicky Dressing

Thrown all into the Vitamix – blended on high.

– Three cloves garlic

– Three Tablespoons each of Cold pressed Olive Oil / Soy Sauce (or Nama Shoyu) / Almond Flour (feel free to sub that 🙂

– 3-5 Tablespoons of water

– One fingernail sized sliver of a Chili Pepper

 

Voila!  There you have it!  A simple recipe for the average person who doesn’t want to shell out money for  Braggs Liguid Aminos or nutritional yeast or whateverhaveyou…  I usually can dress two or three large salads with that amount and I just toss it on, give it a quick stir and devour it.

Slightly more potent than Whole Foods version and blender-licking GOOD!

 

Enjoy!

 

Monkeys in the House!

In conjunction with my -bendy body- challenge, I am going to join my sister in a “Banana Island”-esque challenge.

She is coming off of a TEN day juice fast after a recent vacation loading up -her body- in Puerto Rico with pleasures 😉 … She knew she would do it though and she ordered her juicer online to be delivered while she was away. She is eager to transition slowly back into better foods and wants to return to a high-RAW diet.

It was a slippery slope, it seems, for me. After our first thirty days RAW, I attempted THREE more times To maintain a 100% RAW diet…Failing each time after only a few days… Was it just ambition to complete the initial challenge that kept me going? …I began maintaining a ‘high-raw’ diet – about 90% – allowing one meal every other day to be non-raw. That one non-raw vegan meal morphed into a meal every other day and a snack in between. Then it really just fell apart and I’ve been struggling ever since.

I feel FAT. I look TIRED. My energy ZAPPED; I have resorted to coffee in the evenings. JOY is fleeting and giving way to IRRITATION.
^ 75% of that COULD also be attributed to my eight month olds fifth tooth coming in… But I digress

So! We will be making a change again!
I don’t know that either of us has a duration in mind just yet but we will try out best to MONO eat and be RAW once more in the next few days. We’ve bought one 40 pound case of bananas (100 count) already and I think I’ll order another today so we can ripen them in preparation.

Two weeks ? One month? Or longer

A Bend-y Body

Over the last eight-or-so-months, I’ve lost sixty-plus pounds – not to shabby, eh? I did, however, lose about 20 of that in about 20 minutes once my son was born 😉

I haven’t really achieved any fitness ideal though. I’m not terribly unhappy with my current shape or size but I was getting used to being so much more before baby number two. I’m able to squeeze in some moderate exercise ( I’ve accepted it will be a bit further into the future before I can resume my gym rat ways ) but I have this nagging urge to flex, bend and twist! Start fixing to do it and uggghhhh…. Stinging! Burning! Pulling!

Resting in a stretch with elbows under knees at our former – cramped – apartment in 2010. Apologies for the ancient looking photo 🙂

A dream of mine in recent years was to offer ‘flexibility training’ – for fitness, for athletes. I would often strike up a conversation with folks at the gym who were intrigued by my thorough stretching – I am no yogi – I just think most bendy people probably don’t practice at the gym. Most of my ‘flexibility training’ came from a young lifetime of soccer and from my various coaches. Through the years it became a daily practice; never did I exercise without stretching. My form may not be perfect as I have never formally trained in any respect; I choose to continue a stretch if it feels good and discontinue / alter a stretch if it doesn’t… Listening to my body… Learning what makes it happy… I have been quite flexible; all with practice of course. Initially, it was a regimen. But as each stretch became easier to hold for extended time I found myself adjusting slightly to the nearest muscle and would start there at my next practice. Over time I developed a way to pull each muscle and thoroughly enjoyed each practice, stretching usually for at least an hour, sometimes two, most nights (after The Boy was in bed).

Lying in a stretch – photo snapped by my husband in 2010.

Once The Baby formed his little body in mine, exhaustion forced my hand, and though I bought/borrowed many a pregnancy yoga DVD, I was too exhausted to care after working full time and generally single parenting The Boy since The Man was working 60 plus hours in a week. Eight months later now, I thought I’d at least be close to be former bendy body. But it seems I forgot what little time is available with newborns around 🙂

I have decided to make a commitment! (!!!)

Instead of just hoping I’ll “have time later”, I am going to make time! I am going to give myself thirty days to make some progress. I will commit to stretching every other day and will have my photographer (a.k.a. My Sissy) catalog where I am throughout.

I am fed up with finding the time to sneak to the gym but being to embarrassed about my straining to stretch in front of others.

I am tired of feeling locked into place.

So ready for the freeing of my limbs. Ready to feel each muscle gently lengthen again.

I’ve just got to persevere past that initial burn to unlock happiness!

Wish me luck!

The internet makes things so damn exciting!

I am habitually optimistic – could be the wine, but I like to believe wine brings out your true nature 😉 –

Usually its great! I mean, all the time I think its great, but sometimes it becomes clear that I have too little doubt… like the time I fought to let The Boy take a (familiar and parallel!!!) hiking trail and he wound up on a nearby street with a bus driver stopping to help him… I totally trusted that he would be fine… I did not think about the fact that he would run like a bat out of hell to ‘beat’ us to the end of the trail…

It beats The Man’s pessimism any day…. or at least balances it out

Soooo… I mentioned in the last post that I had finally opened an Etsy.com shop, which is something a couple years in the making… I have had SIX sales since!! I’m so stoked about it! It has been thrilling every time I get an “Etsy Order Confirmation” email… I knew all the relics I stockpiled would be someones treasure one day!

Since signing on to Etsy.com a couple years ago I have drooled over the section aptly named “Quit Your Day Job”. I would read endless accounts of people realizing they could make their hobbies their livelihood whilst sitting at my desk, eyes spread wide – a bit of crazed jealously and caffeine will do that to you… Whyyyy could this not be me???? Granted my SIX sales aren’t going to be paying the bills BUT they definitely could … one day? 🙂

I’ve just been ogling over the most recent shop featured for “Quit Your Day Job” and they’ve definitely found their niche (waterproof “shower art”). I’m always laughing in amusement and showing my husband the things people actually buy online half trying to convince him that we can do this…! So freaking exciting that I’m making it happen…

So NOT exciting is my infected, impacted wisdom tooth… I have avoided the dentist for SIX years… I have many a gone filling and all three of my wisdom teeth are impacted with the fourth growing under the gum 100% perpendicular to the other teeth (I’ve really been telling people that I am one of those evolved humans that grew with less (only three) wisdom teeth : / ) … The dentist made it known today he would not be dealing with that mess… The oral surgeon will be responsible for cleaning up my mouth now… If only this could be a lesson to The Boy that he needs to be brushing more carefully! Anyhow…. I tell you all that since it forces me to be on a smoothie diet – no chewing for while – sooo I’ve been perfecting some smoothie recipes! YAY!

Since going RAW – and now maintaining a 90% RAW diet – I have come to love the DATE! Never had I had one before going RAW even though I am a huge fan of dried fruit… My sister had been raving and they’re in like 99% of RAW dessert recipes so I bought a box… Now I depend on them…

———-BEST SMOOTHIE YOU WILL EVER HAVE IN YOUR LIFE ———-

So simple and yet I crave it every day. I can literally taste like a caramel whipped frappe… So sweet and creamy…Gah!

I usually soak about 10-12 dates overnight (just leave them covered with water in the blender until morning)

Then throw in about 4 bananas ( Super Ripe bananas – if they’re not covered in brown spots It will taste like banana and not dreamy caramel)

and Blend!

Whoa! Best thing I ever tried and its 100% good for you… I have one just about every day and make a super big portion for after a workout…

First Camping trip with an infant to come this week! More to come!

Day 18 said and done…

Day 18 Journal Entry :

I think I felt less fat when I grabbed my elbows whilst stretching… and see less fat when I look in the mirror… but it could all be imagined. Maybe, this is what ‘they’ call feeling “lighter” (?)

Here’s a classy bathroom pic for ya!

I have to have my (technologically-more-advanced) little sister figure how to put our Day Fifteen photo aside our Day1 pics. Hopefully there’ll be a difference…? We repeated our measurements and both have lost about an inch in our waists though no other measurements really budged. Perhaps we’re a little overzealous in our expectations? Is it too soon?

For this first 30 days RAW I had thought I was committed to not increasing my exercise as I wanted to see untainted results from going RAW alone. As of late, exercise included a hike or two (< one hour) a week , and maybe some walking with one or both kiddos – which means I'd literally have to walk circles around my eldest in order to get a workout at his pace — although I am hulking around a twenty-six-pound-five-month-old on my chest— any-who…. The point is, exercise has been little to none – haven’t been to the gym or exercised alone (aka vigorously) in 6+ weeks (not by choice). In the last few days however, I have craved it… my body asked and then begged for a long walk… something…I gave in last night and asked my husband, who would be home from work, if I could go today. Yes.

Its been quite the productive day since! Me typing up a post should be all the proof you need… Now, that could be attributed to my actually getting sleep last night. Either way, I feel great! I worried about energy and getting ‘the shakes’ especially since going RAW (although looking back – ‘the shakes’ I get were probably caused by low blood sugar which would be near impossible on a RAW fruit-based diet). I tend to push my limits at the gym. Especially when I feel the visit is well deserved. Sometimes my heart-rate climbs to 190. Sometimes I have to quit because I get shaky or I’ll see stars (which’ll happen when I’m plugged into a continuous playlist, get in a groove and just go, go, go…) But, none of that today!

I’m excited to try again! Really looking forward to gym-ing it up and only having to stop for a hungry baby…

Cant say I’m feeling more energized daily yet – again, could be attributed to chronic lack of sleep (co-sleeping/breastfeeding/random cleaning at 4am) – but I definitely felt the difference today while working out!

Kudos to you Carbs!

Sticker Shock…

My lovely family took a trip to Whole Foods two days ago… my husband was in a for a surprise

: /

I had completely run out of produce… no greens (and none left in the garden…), no fruit except two bananas, and no veggies… I was stuck eating dried fruit and raw nuts in the morning… with a banana smoothie -_-

So after debating whether to let me go sans children or not, we all decided to hop in daddy’s car and head over. Since I was on empty I was going to be grabbing a lot… like, more than I think he knows I eat…  Since my tummy was also on empty I was cranky and made some irrational (gourmet raw finds) purchases as well…

The bountiful fruit pedestal..

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and the packed fridge…

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I heard him clear his throat as the clerk spouted the total $…

Any guesses on how long all this will last? 🙂

I’m hoping to stretch it for three more days….

To be… oorrrr not to be in secret….

I’ve touched on the fact that I have a hard time dealing with the wave of emotions that overcome me when I envision becoming 100% RAW… for life…  I do almost certainly believe that it could be the most beneficial diet for health.  Restate that… Physical Health.

But what is physical health without mental well-being?  Can there even be physical health without mental well being?  Depression or anxiety can cause physical symptoms, right?  If I indulge in a cooked ingredient (or meal?), am I sabotaging my diet or could I possibly be promoting it?  I certainly applaud people who commit themselves seemingly on a whim to a RAW lifestyle 100%.  I wonder who those people were before RAW?  Is it possible for someone who loves so many different cuisines to be without them forever?  Or are these extremists from the start; people who’ve doused eggs/meat/birthday cake in ketchup all their lives? 

I’m new at this.  Perhaps still honey-mooning. But it isn’t all that bad.  That said, my sister and I are allowing wine (technically RAW?), coffee (we know… not RAW… but with raw honey and raw homemade almond milk 🙂 ) and we’ve decided not to stress about minuscule amounts of ingredients like Maple syrup / dried spices / etc…sooo… 99% RAW?  Its just awkward to say that though.  I’ve been in a handful of dining situations now with people who haven’t the slightest that I’m going RAW and I’ve often wondered how I’d describe exactly what it is we’re doing….

“I’ve gone RAW! …. dietary explanation as I sip my coffee….”

“But you know…”

-_- “I have children. Active children” 

“so you allow A, B, and C?” 

“well, yes….”

“You’re planning on doing this forever?”

“well, no….”

“So, really you’re on a diet.”

“No!”

Personally I am going to aim for a high raw diet for well into the future.  I am not going to attempt to become vegan either – sorry to all my vegans (!)- … Although, from what I’ve read it could be a slippery slope… Once you remove things from your regular diet, your body is bound to react when its reintroduced.  That scares me… 

Back to my fruit, raw brownies, and just-made sangria… Cheers!