Saturday, November 24, 2007

Easy Quinoa Salad and Raw Macaroon Truffles

My first raw creation! This is what happened to those quinoa seeds that I sprouted a few days ago, and what become my dinner last night.

Guess this is part of the "raw food adventure". Don't think that I would have ever posted a recipe for "Chicken whatever" before, nor would I have the same satisfaction in saying "I made this!". In fact, I don't think that I ever would have been daring enough to try my own creation on a SAD diet. I was never very good at it. Substitution was my enemy. If I didn't have all the ingredients, and didn't prepare the meal EXACTLY as the recipe stated, it would more than likely end up in the garbage. You are encouraged to try your own creations on a raw food diet, and that is something that excites me more than I ever thought it would. I hope I can make experimenting in the kitchen a "weekly event".

Easy Quinoa Salad
3 cups soaked Quinoa (1 cup pre-soaked)
1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
½ cucumber, diced
1 green onion
Juice of ½ lemon

(I think Cilantro would be good in here too if you like it, I'm not that big of a fan). Place all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Even my kids liked this one, they thought it was pretty interesting to see the "seeds with tails" in their salad!

I also made "Raw Macaroon Truffles" (I'm so proud, and of course, an original recipe also!) They will be for my dinner party tonight.

Raw Macaroon Truffles
1 cup dates pitted and soaked
1 jar (8 oz) Cacao Bliss (chocolate coconut butter)
½ cup carob powder
Cacao Nibs

After soaking dates, place in food processer until blended. Add jar of Cacao bliss and blend some more. Add Carob powder. Place in freezer until firm enough to form into balls. Roll in Cacao nibs.

Kids loved this one. I (sigh) stayed clear, as not to disrupt the detox. Proud of me T.Lily? Hopefully I can say the same thing after I attend the dinner party.

The one continuing theme that I seem to come across is not to be hard on yourself for going astray. If you happen to "slip" while on your raw-food adventure, it is just as easy to start off from where you left off. The guilt that you carry around could be more toxic to your body than those few bites of whatever you ate that was not allowed.

I know that I will do fine tonight. As it is my first "raw adventure outside", I am interested to see how I feel mentally when I am sitting at a table with people eating cooked food, other than my children. But life offers all kinds of new adventures for us to take, and this is just one more on my path!

Happy Saturday!


Anonymous said...

I can't wait to make the Quinoa recipe. I'm really new to raw foods, so will you tell me how long you are supposed to soak the quinoa? How long is considered presoaked? Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Extremely fresh tasting salad. I added the cilantro as I like it!!