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On Being A Mama and The Power of Veggie Soup

11 Dec

As you have probably noticed, I’ve been on a writing break for over a month.  I have no better and simpler excuse than this: I have been focusing on being a Mama.  My son has needed me more these days and I have needed to be with him.

Homeschooling

We started Kindergarten homeschooling in the Fall.  I didn’t know homeschooling would be as much fun as it is and I didn’t know it would be so intense.  My son is truly engaged and I am relieved that my research on curriculum is paying off!  Every morning goes by so fast these days and the time shared with my son are too precious for me to miss or rush through.

Thought I’d share these drawings with you.

An Activity of What makes you: HAPPY (being with Mama and Daddy), SAD (being alone), SCARED (meeting a monster), SURPRISED (meeting a monster that sings "You ain't nothing but a hound dog!)"

My son intended to write "Paddington Bear, 1 Main Street"... but this is what he wrote instead.

Although my husband and I discuss the education aspect of homeschooling a lot, the food in schools is what really frightens me.  The conventional foods, the processed foods, the allergens abound, the unhealthy culture at school cafeterias.

Allergies

My family went on a few weeks holiday in the Fall to visit family.  That’s when I realized that this Mama In The Kitchen cannot really be on holiday.  My son has had an allergy for the past 2 months because I was not able to prepare his food diligently for 3 weeks.  I have been on a mission to clear his body of this powerful allergy.  We are drinking lots of raw green smoothies, eating raw salads and cooked veggie soups.

The Power of Cooked Veggie Soups

From a Mama’s point of view, there is no way I can compare the amount of cooked vegetables in soups my son will willingly eat versus raw ones without added oils or fruit sugars.  Cooked veggie soups win any day.  This is why I love making my son soups – but I make sure they are from foods that are as unprocessed as possible.  When my son doesn’t feel well, there is nothing more soothing to him than warm soup on a cold day (besides lots of freshly squeezed orange juice too).

Vegan Pottage with Whole Herbs

I vegan-ized a recipe from my son’s history book, which was taken from a 17th century English Housewife cookbook!

Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour or more.

1/2 – 1 head of chopped cauliflower

1 chopped large sweet onion

1 1/2 c oat groats

2 big handfuls of chopped endive

2 big handfuls of chopped lettuce

2 big handful of chopped spinach

8 cups of water

Add apple cider vinegar (1 tbspn) and  sea salt (2 – 3 tsp), to taste.

I don’t know what’s more satisfying: a healthy history cooking project for homeschool or watching my son finish a wonderful amount of veggies for lunch.

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Cauliflower Popcorn

20 Mar

Cauliflower Popcorn

Thank you Anniespickns for reminding me about Cauliflower Popcorn! I had heard about this first from Nomi Shannon, but her version was dehydrated. And frankly, the longer one eats a highly raw diet, the less one favors dehydrated foods. Besides, I had tried the dehydrated cauliflower popcorn and found it too chewy… the boys wouldn’t eat it but fresh raw cauliflower popcorn? I had to try it!

“Not bad!” my husband said to cauliflower popcorn, a healthy snack packed full of B vitamins and amino acids from nutritional yeast and anti-carcinogens from cauliflower.

Here it is, so easy and simple!

Mix all together in a bowl:

sea salt (my general ‘rule’ is 1 tsp per 1 pound of food)

1/2 – 1 tbspn cumin or coriander (this makes a great match with nutritional yeast! use cumin for a spicier flavor, coriander for a milder one)

1/4 cup nutritional yeast or more, to taste (not a raw food, but many raw vegans eat it for B vitamins)

a head of cauliflower, florets cut into small bites like popcorn

Serve immediately. Tastes great even a day after.

Resources:

Broccoli and Cauliflower reduce risk of developing hereditary cancer

Nutrients in cruciferous vegetables found to induce death of cancer cells

Super-Veggies: Cruciferous Vegetables: “A review of research published in the October 1996 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that 70% or more of the studies found a link between cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer.”

Enchilada

4 Jan

For Tortilla, puree together and place on TexFlex sheets and dehydrate until dry (flipping halfway through):

4 cups spinach

2 bananas

Enough water to make a soup like consistency

 

For Rice, process in food processor:

½ head of cauliflower

 

For Guacamole, process together:

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 garlic clove

1 jalapeno, seeded

Juice of 1 lime

2 avocados

Fold in:

1 tomato, diced

 

Top tortillas with some cauliflower rice, guacamole and:

Cilantro

Scallions

Nutritional Yeast, optional

 

Roll and serve.

Curry In A Hurry

30 Nov
People think going ‘raw’ is difficult because they often think that prep is going to take more time than cooked food. This is further from the truth. I can whip up a raw meal in 15 minutes and it can look and taste amazing.

If you are craving Indian spices, this is my Raw Curry in a Hurry!



Place all in a bowl and mix with curry sauce:
Cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
Mung bean sprouts
Pineapple, diced (optional)
Raisins (optional)

Puree together Coconut Curry Sauce:
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoon curry
2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup raisins
½ cup macadamia nut
1 coconut, meat and water about 1 ¼ cup
Enjoy!
Now wasn’t that so easy and quick?  By the way, my non-raw family ate it all up when I served it at a dinner and my husband thinks it is better than my cooked curry.  That makes me smile.