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10-14-2005, 12:56 PM
i am in school full-time (plus) and working 30 hours a week. Trying hard to remain raw but feeling really low energy. My meals end up being broc and tahini dressing, green smoothies, simple carrot salad. But I feel depleated. I am contemplating eatting one healthy cooked meal a day to get me through the next two weeks. Need VERY simple fast recipes.
10-14-2005, 01:05 PM
Make a quick Guacamole out of ripe Avocado and organic raw salsa in the bottle. No need to put in a mixer or fp just put it in a bowl and use a spoon to mash and mix the Avocao and salsa together.
You can use this base as a hearty salad dressing. Mix pre packaged greens, carrots, apples, bell peppers.
Or you can use the Guacamole and dip with raw veges. I like dipping with carrots.
Quick Avocado Rolls
Get Whole Romaine or any kind of leafy green.
Place Nori on top
cut up cucumbers and Avocado
wrap and eat!
You can dip with braggs....
Those are two really easy things to prepare. Good luck!
10-14-2005, 01:13 PM
One quick question: Are you drinking enough water?
10-14-2005, 01:14 PM
What appliances to you have access to Maria?
Kale salad is a good ... take one big bunch of kale, remove stems and chop up remaining leaves, mix up 2 tbl olive oil, 2 tbl lemon juice, 1 tsp chili powder, a pinch of salt. Mix together and pour over kale. Massage /squeeze the dressing into the kale until it wilts. Add other stuff of choice. I add cut corn, chopped red/yellow pepper, green onion, tomato, sprouts. This makes quite a bit and is pretty filling.
I have a vege medley recipe that takes a few mins to make up, is good and is enough for two meals usually. It has various chopped veges, a sauce and you serve it over zucchini "noodles". You need a blender to make the sauce. Send me an email if you want the recipe as I'm at work and don't have it on this computer.
Todd's waldorf supreme doesn't require any special equipment. Chop up 2 tomatoes, 1 red or yellow pepper, 1/4-1/2 onion, 2 apples. Stir these together. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and a dash of salt. Then add a ripe avocado cut up and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir until all ingredients are coated really well. This makes quite a bit. It keeps for a day or so, but I generally eat it up right away.
There are a number of easy recipes in Alissa's book if you have a food processor. Again, it depends on your equipment, as there are many simple soup recipes if you have a blender.
10-14-2005, 01:21 PM
This is a good thread on water. It's just a hunch. Disregard if it doesn't apply.
10-14-2005, 02:29 PM
Order the eBooks from www.thegardendiet.com. They are only $20, you'll have them immediately and they eat quite simply utilizing only a blender and food processor. They also have a newsletter with lots of ideas for simple eating.
10-14-2005, 03:43 PM
some college students are notorious for living off of ramen noodles! ick! :p
so why not make any vegetable noodle (zucccini, carrot, apple, etc.) quickly in a spirooli/saladaco, or julienne into strips w/ a mandoline - and top with different easy quick sauce each time-
for sauce use anything you like:
chopped tomato, apple, olives, mushrooms, cucumber, peppers, cauliflower
avacado, olive/flax oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar
basil, spinach, cilantro, parsley
garlic, onion, raisins, sprouts
seeds/nuts whole or ground to powder or butter- pumpkin, sesame, flax, almond~
10-14-2005, 07:09 PM
This may seem like a silly, obvious question (please forgive me if it is), but are you eating fruit? You only mentioned veggies, and we need fruit, too! Bananas are inexpensive, and energizing. Oranges and apples travel well, so you can bring them with you to work, as are dates and dried figs.
As for easy recipes, order "Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 people" by Jennifer Cornbleet. It's great, the recipes are scaled for one, and quick and easy. On the main discussion board, I posted more about it on the thread called "Time for Book Reviews."
Good luck! =)
10-14-2005, 07:11 PM
By the way, Revvels advice is good! I like their e-book, too, and the recipes are easy.
10-14-2005, 09:56 PM
Hey thanks everyone!!
I know I can make it thru this transition as well. Its one thing for me to keep the faith while I had all the time in the world to make awesome meals, but now is the real challenge, when there is little or no time and I am tired, stressed and just wanting to eat. Funny how those knee-jerk reactions come back so fast!! All I wanted was to eat junk when I got stressed the other day. Have not craved junk food like that for months!
Timmyc- I do pretty good most of the time with regards to water. I really feel it in the morning if I have not had enough.
levvamssg- the kale salad sounds great! I have been craving dense, dark greens. If you can send me the veggie medley recipe that would be great!
yeahbethany- I do eat friut, just did not mention it. MostlY I struggle with what to eat for lunch dinner. Breakfast seems easy with fruit and nuts or a green smoothie. But later esp. dinner, by the time I get home my brain is dead and I have no energy to fix anything or even think of what to fix. So I eat REALLY simple. Yet then feel depleted, like I did not get enough. Part of the problem is getting to the store to buy food. I know it sounds silly to say I do not have time to stop and buy food, but when I went from working full-time with a normal 2-day weekend to now no days off and working close to full-time and taking more then full-time classes. The good news is that in 2 weeks the class room part of one of myu classes will be over and then its just clinicals. Then its just like two full-time(almost) jobs!!
Ok I digressed, thanks again to all of you for your input....anytime you want to come be my personal chef, or personal shopper just say the word!!!
Take care, in peace~
10-16-2005, 05:43 PM
Although I have been called the queen of the gourmet recipes on this board, I do have some quick and easy recipes that are super delicious.
1 cup nuts
1/2 cup dates
put in food processor, until blended, but chunky, these are the best candy/or pie crust/or dehydrated cookies, or granola in the world, if you like, you can add vanilla and spices, but it isn't necessary.
If using this as a pie crust, you can top with sliced bananas, strawberries, and any fruit of choice, dig in,
if using as granola, top bananas with it, or puree your bananas into a pudding and sprinkle on top, again use any fruits you like.
sun dried tomatoes on top of any greens, with a drizzle of braggs, or nama shoyu, add some long thin slices of cucumbers, or bean sprouts or carrot matchsticks, YES, excellent wrap or salad
Avocado with some onion and tomatoe, easy quack, top a portabello, then drizzle Braggs on top,
portobello, pour 1 T lemon juice on top, add 2 T almond butter, two slices of tomatoe, instant sandwich, yummmmmmyyyyy
black olives, tomatoes, dash of braggs, dash of lemon juice, chop up, put on greens, as either a dressing, or wrap up, yummmmmyyyy
carrots grated, dash with lemon juice, agave, and cinnamon
zucchini noodles, with braggs, and almond butter, with chopped tomatoes on top, large dash cayenne mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
zucchini noodles, with braggs, and chopped tomatoes, chopped olives, and avocado
sliced mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, onion, zucchini, carrots (julienne) marinate in olive oil and braggs, wrap in any green, or eat plain,mmmmmmmmmm
white mushroom, marinate in braggs, pop in mouth, mmmmmmmmm
the list goes on and on and on, just chop stuff up, wrap in a leaf, toss on a plate, eat, it can be that easy.
11-18-2005, 09:12 AM
RP you are awesome!!!
unfortunatly I just now saw your post... :( but better late then never. I was just thinking last night how I feel that I was/am a good cook when it comes to cooked food. Able to improvise, be creative. Now I feel completely inept, struggling to think outside the box. I told my sweetie that I have become too reliant on cookbooks. The best way I learned to improvise when eatting cooked was when I had ingreditants but no recipe. I have the basis of how to eat raw, what works together etc...but rarely venture away from recipes. Time for a change. Let the creative juices flow!!!
11-18-2005, 09:37 AM
Although I have been called the queen of the gourmet recipes on this board, I :D
I just couldn't let this pass -should we bow, or just smile at you as you reign! Go Girl with self proclamation and confidence. I do think there are some that share the light as well, unless you have deemed them in your court! It is what it is- isn't it!
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