So here we go….
I did all the shopping yesterday and was able to find everything at my usual supermarket except millet and brown rice paper. For those two items I had to go to Whole Foods but the rest of the items were easily accessible.
Tropical Green Smoothie
This was a typical smoothie – mango, pineapple, spinach, ginger, and hemp seeds. It really did not taste that amazing. This may have been because I forgot fresh ginger and had to use powdered. I looked up her list of acceptable sweeteners and added some raw honey – that helped. That being said it 9:30 am and I already ate a vegetable so mentally I feel pretty satisfied with myself. The recipe, even scaled down to one smoothie, did make a large smoothie but 2 hours later I was hungry again and her list of snacks for the week said “fruit’ so banana it was.
According to the book caffeine is inflammatory so I should not be having coffee. I did have an espresso this morning but I usually drink 5 cups of coffee a day so I am going to wean myself off and try my best here.
Slow Cooker Vegan Split Pea Soup
I make split pea soup quite often and I cook the split peas with marrow bones, celery, carrots, onions, spices, etc and this recipe had none of these delicious things. There was only split peas, thyme, sweet potatoes, and salt (of course). Total shocker – a pretty good tasting split pea soup. But then I went out and left it in the slow cooker too long and overdid it a bit but that was my fault – Overall I am pleased with this recipe.
But after two meals that did not involve chewing I got a bit antsy to use my teeth so after the soup I had an ounce of nuts as per her snack suggestions. And had more coffee…
Brown Rice Pasta with Creamy Carrot Marinara
I was a little wary of this one. I have not had good experience with gluten free pasta and after not loving the dried out aroma of the soup I burned I really wanted to like my dinner. The brown rice pasta though was just fine – not gross like the gluten free lentil/bean pasta that had turned me off so much. So, so far so good.
The recipe calls for making a sauce of soaked cashews, basil, and carrots and then tossing it with the pasta and kale.
I should have taken a better picture to do this dish justice but I was so hungry I could not wait. This was amazing – special diet or not everyone should make this. It was not very difficult and I got some carrot and kale in me.