As Hurricane Isaac battered down on the south coast of the US last week, Lucia and I “cooked” up a storm in our Riviera Maya kitchen. So began our 30 days of Rawness. We embarked on a journey of only eating meals prepared with veggies fruits, seeds nuts and healthy oils. Our mission that we chose to accept was to search out easy to make, deliciously tasting, healthy, and easy to clean up platters of food. Simple right.
Aside from the countless trips to the various super markets and health stores and a couple of mishaps, it actually was pretty simple. What follows is a sample of some of the biggest winners and losers from last weeks.
1. Guiltless Chocolate Mouse
Ah simple, fast, delicious. As we devoured this dish made with cacao and avocado Lucia and I had to keep telling ourselves it’s actually healthy! For those that have a tiny little chocolate addiction this does the trick and tastes awesome or shall we say RAWESOME with fresh fruit.
Health: 8 (has some agave)
Clean up: 10
2. Choco banana ice cream
I consider myself to be an ice-cream junkie. While it is an instant happiness fix for me, my lactose intolerance makes Lucia well… a little less than tolerant at times! This little gem of a dish would make the whole week worthwhile. The recipe is very simple all you need is few frozen bananas, a touch of vanilla, a touch of cinnamon, a touch of cacao powder and a blender y voila!
3 Thai Coconut Soup
Fast easy tasty, filling and full of the latest super food coconut water. According to the volumes of intel on the internet, Coconut water is the cure for everything. What I can tell you is this little diddy is the cure when you are in a pinch and don’t know what to have. (Recipe from Joanne Gero www.vibealive.ca)
4. Cheesy Chaya Chips
What can I say … I married a “Papita” addict. Finding a delicious replacement for chips was answer to my wife’s prayers! We have be churning these little batches made from Chaya (kind of looks likes a maple leaf!) and a sauce made from Nutritional yeast and soaked cashews. Hallelujah! (Recipe, http://prideandvegudice.com/2011/06/12/cheesy-kale-chips/)
1. Flex Burgers
We must have had a hurricane going on in our head when we decided we thought it would be a great idea to try and make hamburgers out of various seed flours! Parents, no need to wash your kids mouth out with soap anymore when they miss-behave. Just feed them one of these babies!
Taste: 4 ( a generous 4)
2.Flex seed Bread
So much promise … so little payoff! We were not able to find a key ingredient and made a last minute substitution. Not good.
Un rateable as it fell apart!
Having stormed into our first week we found new healthy dishes that tasted great, were easy to prepare and cleanup. Next week we are taking it up a notch, Raw vegan Chicago style Pizza and Rawking out in a restaurant!