Saturday, December 15, 2007

Will the insanity ever end?

I have been cooking every single day… Breakfast, lunch and dinner… I can’t believe it’s me. I didn’t even know that it’s possible to spend so much time thinking about food.

I read about it, I talk about it, I make it, I eat it. It has become the absolutely dominating part of life.

And I’m trying to figure out the best formula for “healthy”. Cause, amazingly enough, nobody seems to agree about anything. Not even the “health crusaders”. Some say that you should eat all raw, others that you need grains. Some offer a diet that is about 80 percent fruit, others say that you should go easy on fruit cause of sugar content. Analyzing all this information (and there is no way around that – I gotta eat something) sometimes leaves me frustrated and scared to put anything in my mouth.

There are, naturally, common threads. Eat your veggies. Lots of them. As much of it raw as possible. Avoid meat and dairy if you can, or go really easy on them if you can’t.

And so I’m making a lot of salads. And wraps. And soups. (Nobody actually recommends soups, but I figured that they are all veggies, homemade, and will do no harm. I can’t quit soup cold turkey. That’s just too much to ask.)

I have now become a queen of salad dressings and spreads. And the gadget that gets the most mileage in my kitchen? Magic Bullet blender. Yes, the one from infomercials. I bought it couple of years ago and I still think it’s one of the most useful things ever. Because whenever I don’t know what to do, I just put whatever I find into that little cup and shred it into oblivion – voila, a spread/sauce! (It’s also heaven-sent for mashing baby food). And I can make really tiny quantities of things in it.

Here’s an example of a recent all raw and fully healthy hummus-like spread I envented a few days ago:

1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Grind all these together in a coffee grinder or any other Magic Bullet type device that grinds dry items.
Then add:
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons or more finely chopped dill
Sea salt or salt substitute to taste
About 2 tablespoons of water (depending on how thick/thin you want the consistency to be)
Mix or blend everything.
Voila – a nice healthy spread. Goes well with veggies or on cracker. Or even on a sandwich instead of my old staples (ahm… mayo…)

I made it a few times already. But it never survives long enough to make it into my photo album. Somehow it just disappears, before I can say “cheese”. That’s how yummy it is :-)

Oh, and I’m officially a smoothie queen. Something about blending fruits and sipping them through a straw gets everyone excited. I guess it makes us feel like we are relaxing somewhere in a Caribbean. It’s so relaxing not to even have to chew your food. People are really lazy around here…

That’s about it for now. What else could I say. Christmas is coming, and I have a toddler. So I have to live up to Santa Claus expectations. I.e. – I’m busy, stressed and dream about those helping elves. Santa really got it easy – elves do all the work, reindeers do all the driving, and all he has to do is drop a toy to get his milk and cookies – now that’s a job I want!

Sorry Santa – no milk and cookies in this house. But you better work yourself down this chimney or else there’ll be no lettuce wrap for you. I can see you drooling already…

Posted by vasilisa @ 10:37 p.m.

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Hi V. Me again.. I feel like you.. it's some sort of hunter gatherer, cooker, cleaner deal...frankly it takes so much of my time It's a wonder I get anything else done. That's why I keep it really simple.. although I did get fancy tonight and made a few berry tarts! vist my blog and you will see them in all their glory.
Hope Santa gives you some raw a raw dining experience that you don't have to concoct!

Posted by Blogger debbiedoesraw @ 10:01 p.m. #

Hi :)
I hear ya! It can be confusing with all of the info out there. To that I say....listen to your body and let that be your true guide. Does it taste good? Do you feel good when you eat it? Do you feel good "after" you eat it?

Love the spread recipe you posted.

Happy Holidays!
Kristen's Raw

Posted by Blogger Kristen's Raw @ 2:40 p.m. #

Hi there
Thanks for your comment... this is about the rate my white count has been climbing 2000 or so per month. I am not giving up, just hit a speedbump.
Thanks for your kind words.. you need a new post girl!!!

Posted by Blogger debbiedoesraw @ 6:35 p.m. #

All the conflicting information out there really can be so confusing. It sounds like you're doing well, though! Hang in there. You'll find your groove.

Posted by Blogger Leslie @ 8:55 p.m. #
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I'm a 29 year old mom of two! A toddler (kiddo one) and a new baby (kiddo junior). I am also the most horrible (as in I barely ever do it) cook that I have met in my life. This blog is a diary of my attempts to feed my hungry growing family

PS: My name is not actually Vasilisa... But I find that honest reporting comes easier when there is a shred of anonymity. (Apparently, posting pics of my sons doesn't count...)

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