View Full Version : Need help with number of servings
07-07-2005, 09:52 PM
I bought Alissa's book and plan to try a couple recipes for Sunday. However, there is no serving size given on any of the recipes. Are these recipes just for one person? I've made a couple already and I had left overs.
Specifically I am going to try the "Mock Turkey Loaf" and there will be five adults and two kids. Do I need to double the recipe? Probably, at least, huh?
I'm trying the pumpkin pie too but since it's a normal pie plate I guess that will serve everyone.
THANKS for the help!! :D
07-08-2005, 03:07 AM
As with anything, servings depend on who is eating them. When eating SAD I used to eat a whole bag of chips ~ about 5 servings (guessing).
Thing is with raw, people tend not to eat as much as they would with SAD for a few reasons. One, they are receiving more nutrients than they are use to. On SAD the body is craving nutrients which is why people tend to over eat. Secondly, raw foods tend to be more dense ~ even raw fruit. I've read where people say they eat 5 apples at a sitting. My max has been 2.
Personally, it would depend on whether you want left overs and what else you are serving with the loaf. If you want leftovers, double it, if not, one "should" accomodate.
Most of Alissas recipes are not for one person. Look at the ingredients. Can you eat one cup of this; two cups of that by yourself?
Yup! The pie will serve everyone.
I had a dinner party for 8 adults not too long ago and made the lasagne. Also had a large salad, dip, raw crackers and hmmm, something for desert I'm sure. LOTS left over.
07-08-2005, 08:06 AM
Thank you Revvell. That helps. I've only been eating raw two weeks but must say I do feel better. Just in general.
It was my mom's idea to try this menu for Sunday which made me happy since I could eat everything! I'm sure she is doing it for my dad's benefit. He is an overeater who just won't stop. He's an ex-heart patient who is now developing other problems. She keeps thinking she can coax him into eating right. Personally I think he'll have to make the choice, but you have to give her an A+ for trying all the things she has done.
Anyway, at least introducing everyone to raw can only be a good thing. Plus, once they see how good the recipes are maybe they will quit hassling me about my decision. :)
07-08-2005, 09:02 AM
Congrats to your mom! What a delight! Have you tested the turkey loaf yet? What will you be serving with it? If you've not tested it yet, I'd suggest maybe having an alternative available ~ only because if it comes out differently than expected, what's to eat? Just a thought.
Please, continue this thread and let us know how it comes out! *crossing fingers for your dad AND mom*
07-08-2005, 09:54 PM
Very good suggestion on the backup Revvell. I tried another recipe tonight for just me, the Pad Thai. It was good, but I'm waiting for the time I'm not comparing the "real" Pad Thai and other dishes to the raw version. However, it was tasty. I wasn't a big cook at all and I'm liking the fact I'm creating meals. :)
Yes, for Sunday, we'll see. It's the watermelon soup, the mock turkey loaf, cole slaw and veggies. And, my mom wants the pumpkin pie for dessert but I think she said cranberries are in it and we're wondering if we can find any. I guess she's just craving the pie. Anyway, she picked the recipes out of Alissa's book because they all appeared fairly easy.
Mmm, I'll have to find a good easy backup plan. Any suggestions? If it goes good, I can always eat my "back up plan" on Monday. :D
We'll see how it goes.............
07-08-2005, 11:10 PM
Well, sounds as though you've got quite a good meal planned. Back up. Is the turkey loaf the same as her meat loaf? That was soooo good didn't even get into the dehydrator. Just wrapped it in lettuce leaves. The lasagne is a favorite too. Seems like it's complicated yet, it's not. All made in the processor. Make the sauces first (make sure you soak what needs soaking before getting started) so you don't have to even wash the processor, then make the "cheeses". I don't usually do this yet, last batch I made I froze most of. Waaaaayyy too much food for lil ol' me. :)
07-11-2005, 11:06 PM
Well Revvell, I guess on a scale of 1-10 the overall meal was a 5. The food was good, but since the reason my mom does the Sunday meal is so that my grandparents (86 and 88) can come over, get out of the house and have a nice meal (like we remember at my grandmother's table) I think it wasn't a success to her.
Anyway, I prepared the soup (I think I put too much mint) and the pie (this was the BEST) ahead of time. But Sunday morning as mom was doing the turkey loaf with the brand new food processor I bought her, it started acting up...really no, it just stopped working. She said dad had given up and had gone outside. She was a little panicky but said she would do something. I called her back between church services and she was doing that laughing half-hysterical thing saying, "Oh, no, it's on the plate". "It's done."
So, basically the meal started out with half apologies saying we were trying something new and that it was healthy, etc. My grandmother gobbled every bit of it, which was good because she doesn't always eat well. And she said she liked everything and it was much better for her. My grandad really didn't eat anything much, and he doesn't say anything either. But, that's just how he is some days. My kids were not doing well and pretty much complained, complained, complained. My dad ate, but well, he and I eat almost anything (however tonight I made the Nori rolls and I didn't like the Nori).
BUT......everyone LOVED the dessert...the pumpkin pie!
My mom was glad it did turn out okay (saved by the dessert in her mind) but said in the future we should have a main dish (meaning cooked) and then have some of the raw salad recipes and definitely the raw desserts. So, I guess that IS progess, really. I mean, it was her idea to do this (after she ate the Date Nut Torte I did last week)
Anyhow, they may end up eating more raw dishes in the future so that would be good. For them...and also for me because I'll always be able to eat something she's "cooked".
However, when I saw my mom today she said she didn't feel good at all last night and said it was the raw food. She said she had a bad taste in her mouth and her stomach hurt. I just joked it off and said she was detoxing. But, really I don't know about that. Maybe coincidence? She said nobody detoxes after one meal. I just said well, your body is worse off than we thought...still making light of it. She's not overweight because she has always eaten small portions. She eats fairly well because she eats salads, fruit, etc. But she also likes quick, easy things to cook. Tonight she was eating a hot dog and pork and beans. I think that is her favorite. :) So, any thoughts about the feeling bad part? Just coincidence?
Today I had the angel hair pasta with marinara sauce. That was good too.
07-11-2005, 11:49 PM
Well, I'm thinking the "feeling bad" part was the food combining. Too much stuff. I'm curious how grandma felt since she ate it all.
You've definitely made progress though. That your grandmother enjoyed it and realized how good it is for her; mom is still willing to experiment with more even if it is desserts and salads. How about a raw salad dressing and some pates? I know there's a (or two, or three) thread here on both.
You know what's good about raw deserts? Can eat them anytime ~ even for breakfast! :) Pizza too!
Thank you for taking the time to share all that! To me, I'd raise it to about an 8. :)
07-12-2005, 08:50 AM
Yeah, maybe an 8 since they are going to continue with some things. :)
I read the info. about food combining, but since Alissa said for beginners not to get too bogged down with that I didn't study it. Maybe I'll reread it and see what went wrong on the "combining front".
Thanks for the encouragement!
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