View Full Version : Meal Plan for Visiting SADDIES
07-19-2008, 08:41 AM
I've been doing the July raw challenge and it's been going fine for me. One thing that's helped is that I don't have to feed anyone besides myself.
But in August ... my Dad will visit for a long weekend and two weeks later Mom will do the same. Both are SAD eaters, and I don't mean vegetarian! I might get either of them to try a green smoothie once, but I fear that it wouldn't happen again.
So I'm wondering if you all could help me create a raw meal plan for 4 days. The idea is to select raw foods that a cooked foodie would enjoy. Then I could have a few cooked foods in my back pocket (er, refrigerator) to make things a bit more palatable for them.
Here's a format for one day. Feel free to fill out a whole day or just parts.
Please indicate with * if the food can be prepared ahead and frozen or dried.
Sorry if this sounds like some sort of school assignment. I'm thinking that it might be fun to collaborate on this, and quite a few of us could use these sample menus.
07-19-2008, 09:34 AM
Think of what happens when people go high raw like that overnight, detox, stomach upset while they cleanse, diarrhea, acne. Your goals are noble but the application would be tough for your folks. When I have to provide for SADers I get frozen things, or pizza so I don't have to cook.
07-19-2008, 10:34 AM
Well OK ... how 'bout a meal plan to accomodate both raw + SAD needs?
07-19-2008, 10:42 AM
I cook for SAD eaters often and what I have found to work nicely is to choose things that can make both parties happy. Here are some dinner examples as breakfast and lunch are do it yourself meals at my house :)
Tacos or Taco Salad - All you have to add for a sad eater is the meat or beans, cheese, shells or tortilla chips. And still make all your wonderful RAW options for them to choose if they desire, like spicy walnut meat, cashew sour cream, etc.
Sandwiches or burgers - You can make yourself wonderful lettuce roll-ups, with guacamole, tomato slices, sprouts, etc. And buy a couple of rolls and burgers that they can dress as they like with the toppings available.
For that matter you could make lettuce wraps and just include chicken or something for them to put in their wrap (these are a popular appetizer in a lot of restaurants).
One of the easiest for me is to make salad bar with all the wonderful toppings and just include a baked potato for anyone wanting one, and they can load it up with the salad bar options. For that matter you can serve salad bar with a different cooked option each night ... salad with broiled chicken, salad with grilled fish, salad with spaghetti (this is easy), you get the idea :)
Best of luck and I hope some of this might be useful to you. But I agree with the above poster unless they have expressed interest in going raw, don't expect them to eat raw for two reasons ... 1. it will tick them off :) 2. they will be experiencing detox and not feeling well during their visit. But if you want to introduce them to RAW the above mentioned plan would allow you to do that and likely keep everyone happy.
07-19-2008, 11:06 AM
I'm so glad you're thinking ahead. Orderingt hem pizza one night does sound like a good idea. Going to a restaurant where you can order a fantastic salad is an option as well.
Breakfast= oatmeal w/ berries/almonds/bananas etc
Morn Snack: whatever there favorite cracker is w/ almond butter, cinnamon and honey-or just pb heh
Lunch: Taco salad- traditional
PM Snack: watermelon slices
Dinner: spaghetti & caesar salad
Dessert warmed peach cobbler w/ walnut cruble
Breakfast:your favorite oatmeal like porridge or soaked oats w/ berries/bananas/nuts etc
Morn Snack: *ritz* crackers and almond butter w/ cinnamon and honey
Lunch: Taco salad -with walnut taco meat, guacamole, ripe tomatoes etc
PM Snack:watermelon slices
Dinner: zucchini marinara and caesar salad
Dessert peach cobbler w/ walnut crumble
My main advice is to stay full, really really full. Do not leave the house without some food in your bag. Don't feel self conscious about your choice to eat raw. When they see that you are enjoying your food and are not trying to push it on them, and experience the peace and oy you are feleing toward it--they might gravitate more towards wanting your side of the menu. Just enjoy your food so much that you don't even want their substandard food.
That will not be a weekend to try out new recipes for yourself. Find as many things that you absolutely love and make them for yourself .
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