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dinner juice tonight

Well work was crazy busy today and before I knew it, it was 5:30. I was feeling super hungry and actually it felt pretty bad. I finally had a juice around 5:30 and drinking it took a while for me to feel better. But by 6, I was feeling good again. I have to remember to STOP around 4 and have a juice while doing this fast. It's definitely MUCH easier to do this when you have an office job or better yet, not working at all. Just had a great big huge juice. It was about 30 ish ounces tonight. We were both pretty darn hungry! I made dinner for the kids and that doesn't bother me. Being at the cafe and making food for people doesn't bother me. But people talking about the food they are going to eat when they are off their fast - well that makes me hungry. For some reason, talking about food is worse than serving it. Anyway, here's the after dinner juice - or was it the dinner juice?
  • 1/2lb of lb local mesclun mix from our CSA,
  • 1 bunch of local chard from our CSA,
  • a bunch of local radish greens from our CSA,
  • 1 lbs of cherries,
  • 3 oranges
I actually liked this juice a lot. The first sips tasted sour or bitter but then I really really really liked it. Mostly because it wasn't super sweet. I'm absolutely LOVING all the fruit varieties we are having but I'm not used to this much fruit. This made almost a full Vitamix pitcher full and it was great to drink. I'm going to hang out with my kiddos. xoxo
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today's Q & A - HELP - raw friend coming over for dinner - what to make?

QUESTIONS: I'm planning a dinner for a friend of mine and she is not only sustainable but raw. So...I can make a cooked Wild Fish and organic veggies but: If I make guacamole, what can we use to dip? What would you recommend for a FAB dessert? Can I go to whole foods for the ingredients or wegmans? Can I use balsamic and olive oil on an organic salad? Could a cooked organic egg be a part of the menu? ANSWERS: Hey there! If your friend is a raw vegan, then no animal products should be in the meal. No on the eggs, but ask her, she might not be very strict. If you had a dehydrator, you could make lots of raw chips for that guacomole. Otherwise, use thinly sliced sweet potatoes, thinly sliced carrots, jicama, any root veggies really. FAB dessert is a chocolate mousse pie: http://vt-fiddle.com/blog/?p=371 but I'm not sure you'll be able to get the irish moss from wegmans or deans or whole foods. Here's a link for a super easy chocolate pudding that is hella good: http://vt-fiddle.com/blog/?p=105 (you can omit the maca if you can't find it) Also a link for an easy fudge cake to make: http://vt-fiddle.com/blog/?p=335 - You can get all the ingredients from any healthy food store. Now everyone is seeming to carry some raw cacao powder. Here's a great dressing recipe. Raw fooders tend not to use balsamic vinegars. They use lemons, lemon juice, or fermented apple cider vinegar if they use vinegars at all: Marinade/Dressing * 1/4 cup olive oil * 1/4 cup lemon juice * 1/4 cup Nama Shoyu (or your favorite miso) * 1/4 cup raw agave * 1 tsp garlic powder * 1 tsp Italian seasoning * 1/2 tsp cumin * pinch of Himalayan salt Blend until smooth. Store in fridge when not using. Have fun! All these recipes are super easy and require only blenders or food processors. take care and many blessings, Linda
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lunch yesterday

Pat came by when I was making a smoothie for the kids (afternoon snack and my lunch) She's really good with the camera and took some nice pictures. I'm putting lovely kale into the pitcher along with some bananas and frozen blueberries. our eco-friendly packaging! 8-) So green it's almost black! YUM! Love this kind of green smoothie. Here's the recipe: 3 very ripe bananas 10 oz frozen blueberries 1 1/2 cups fresh kale 2 Tbsp chia seeds 1 handful whole cashews 2 rounded tsp Spirulina 2 rounded tsp VitaMineral Green fresh water drizzle of agave (optional) Blend in the VitaMix until smooth. This very large recipe makes almost a full pitcher in the VitaMix and serves 4. My kids, husband and I had this in the afternoon. It was delicious!
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