Monday, April 5, 2010

Living Food Journal

The shiny red VitaMixer 5200 came on day 6.

Smoothies for Littleman plus my two new cookbooks equals a strong desire to un-cook. So, I broke the cleanse on day 6 and I haven't looked back.

The VitaMixer is a blender on crack. It even has two containers- one for wet, one for dry (I can now grind my own flour!) The torrent of recipes in the past week has been educational, exciting, experimental and festive. We went to Whole Paycheck and loaded up the cart with bags from the bulk section. Shopping is weird now. Eating is weird. I am learning to do these things all over again, and this time I feel great about what I am fueling myself with.*

*What is a living diet? Eating things that are still alive. This means fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and spices that are either fresh or have been dehydrated and then re-hydrated or sprouted prior to "cooking." Nothing heated above 115 degrees, as heat kills the "alive" part of your food and leaves your body hungry for nutrients. It is not as weird as it sounds, and yes, you get plenty of protein. More so, in fact, than a carnivore.

Had a talk with sissy Em who says she is working toward a living diet. Says sissy Jenna is also walking down that road. Em asked for recipes to start with and Sissy Liza asked to be included. So today is a recipe day- one recipe to share. The email with lots of recipes is going out this weekend. Send me a note if you want to be included...

Fettuccini Alfredo (so rich and creamy you cannot believe it is living):
Serves 4
Time: 2 hours soaking, 40 minutes making, 1 hour warming

4 large (or 8 small) squash (green, yellow, both, whatever).
Peel the skin off, then use your peeler to make 'thick' peels of the squash meat. Finely slice the bits that you cannot peel.
Put the 'noodles' in a big bowl, sprinkle on some salt, mix, and let sit for 30 while you make the sauce.

2 cups raw cashews (first soak them in water for a couple of hours)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional: not technically raw, but it lends a cheesy flavor and is loaded with B-12 and protein)
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
2 TBS water
1/3 cup of oil (olive, grape seed, whatever cold-pressed stuff you have)
5 chives
small clove of garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
pepper, cayenne (to taste)

But everything in a blender and pureƩ.
Drain the squash (the salt pulls the water out). Add the sauce to the squash noodles and mix it up. Throw it all in a 9" glass pie round. Top with chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, whatever) and paprica.

Put the dish in your oven (if you do not have a dehydrator), on the LOWEST setting for one hour, to 'warm' it up.

Serve, eat and enjoy. You will want seconds.

So there it is. This Mama J is 99% raw. Daddy Greg has a soft spot for pizza but is learning his lesson, slowly, the hard way. Littleman hates sweet potato soup (it made him cry) but is otherwise a trooper on the living food front. He loves to make new and interesting smoothies for breakfast...

It's been fun, friends.

And just to prove that I am not completely fixated on food (ha ha) here is a little April Fools treat for you to pull on your kids. It's called "T-Rexing." All you need is saran wrap. I highly suggest you find a helper for this prank. Kid arms are surprisingly strong...


  1. Sounds delicious. I plan on trying it. Glad you're eating something again. Love you

  2. No more waffles with buttermilk syrup and whipped cream for me :) Someday, someday I might go all the way. but for now, I'm just experimenting with my sister's ideas. I'm glad you are eating again too. Is that yummy-lookin' wrap on your raw diet?

  3. (I mean the orion wrap and food wrap)

  4. Y. U. M. M. O.

    I need a spiralizer. I've already got one picked out - now I just need the money (working on it!) Here's a recipe that I made for lunch today that you might like....

    Sweetish collard wraps


    *Collard greens
    *Black beans (I had to use canned cause it's all I had, but normally I would say, "soak em!"
    *Zuccini, shredded
    *Pine nuts
    *craisins (I don't know if these are raw either, but if not you could just add more raisins - just don't go overboard)
    *honey (just a little)
    *nut "ranch"

    Nut ranch:

    Soak cashews for 2 hours then blend. Add some lemon (we use lime) juice, a dash of salt, onion and garlic powder to taste (we just omit the garlic because of little E and it's fine). Blend. Add a couple of green onions, fresh dill, and basil chopped up. Pulse blend just to mix. (don't greenify it!)

    Mix all ingredients together to form a slaw, except collard greens. Cut off the stem of the green and partially de-vein the remainder (so they'll roll up like a wrap. Place the slaw mixture on top of the leaf.

    Roll up and serve! It is soooooooooo good!

    As you can see, I didn't put amounts on anything. I just made the "slaw" until it tasted yummy on it's own, and then wrapped it up. You can use some of the extra nut "ranch" to dip it in if you want too. JAKE EVEN LIKED THESE. HALLELUJIA. I'm gonna try yours when I get a spiralizer!


  5. P.S. Your Vita-Mixer is sexy.

  6. I saw her eating cucumber with lemon tahini dressing and it threw me. I MAY venture into the living eating thing, but I'm not sure, yet...seems like an awful lot of prep....but it sure does sound good...