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Rawking Like a Hurricane

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.

The winners:

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.


Easy: 10

Taste: 10

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!

Easy:   10

Taste:  10

Health:  9

Cleanup: 10

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

Easy:   10

Taste:  10

Health:  10

Cleanup: 10

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,

Easy:   10

Taste:  10

Health:  10

Cleanup: 10

The Losers:

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!

Easy:   7

Taste:  4 ( a generous 4)

Health:  6

Cleanup: 6

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!

Until then,

Rawk On!



Rawking out for a Month!

Last week my wife Lucia made a decision.  WE were  going on a 30 Day Raw Food Challenge.  Now I have to tell you, having done a few shorter challenges personally and having previously owned vegetarian restaurant, I was fully aware what this would  entail.

You see, at the restaurant we used to do 10-day challenges where people would pay for their meals in advance. We would prepare them, or shall I say the kitchen staff of which neither Lucia nor myself had anything to do with prepared them, and they would then pick them up. Easy.

For those who are wondering what exactly does it mean by raw food, here goes….

Raw foodism is based on the belief that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked.  Although most food is eaten raw, heating food is acceptable as long as the temperature stays below 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.  In other words fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, natural oils, or as my friends commonly refer to, Rabbit food!

I have always loved eating fresh fruits and veggies. Growing up north of Toronto near the Holland Marsh, I used to look forward to summers full of Water melon, Peaches, Corn on the Cob and many other local farm grown delicacies.    We would buy them, clean them and eat them.  That simple.  Unfortunately this is not what our Raw Food challenge means.

The Raw food Challenge Lucia was referring to meant preparing all sorts of new meals using every kitchen appliance ever invented  all being used at the same time. All that prep and cleanup that goes into preparing food could rival that of  a Cross Fit training session!  My answer to this was simple…. NO WAY!


There was a way to do it.  It would have to be simple easy fast and Muy Rico!

After much discussion I caved in like an old Vegas hotel! But this time around I cut a deal.  After much thought, I decided it could actually be fun to find simple easy tasty meals we could make and still have the energy to enjoy them.  So what entails will be a review of the meals we prepare scoring them on how simple and tasteful they are.

So here’s to Rawking out for a month!

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