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Raw Week! – swell

Raw Week!

Topped with cashew cheese, marinara, basil, mushrooms, bell peppers and tomatoes

Do you ever have those times where you can distinctly remember lying on the couch cracking up watching the Kids in the Hall, or sleeping in on your day off, and yet feel like you have had no free time outside of work?  I think I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with wanting to do so many projects I end up a bit hopeless and unproductive.  Especially with the blog.  I’m hoping to make that up starting today, because this week I’m eating all raw with a friend of mine, and there will be lovely pictures of lovely fruit and vegetable concoctions that I’m eating on a daily basis.

I started the week of raw with a 24-hour water fast to help clean out my system a little.  I’ve never done one before, and despite having to work with food (cookies at that!), I didn’t feel very hungry the whole day.  That is, until we started making dinner.  I tried a raw cracker we’d gotten at the co-op.  And then I “tried” just about everything we chopped as we got to work on a salad the size of a mixing bowl, and a raw pizza for two.

Back when I made a raw pizza for the first time, I made a couple extra crusts that I threw in the freezer for the future.  To be honest I’d kinda forgotten about them, but they sure came in handy when we wanted to make a special treat kinda dinner.  After loading up on produce at the co-op, we got to work making the Exquisite Marinara from Juliano’s book, I winged some cashew cheese, and we also whipped up half a batch of Juliano’s House Dressing.  We decided to top the pizza with fresh basil, crimini mushrooms, red bell peppers, and tomatoes, then dehydrated it while we cleaned and started on the salad.  So good!  My friend, who has eaten raw food before but never on a consistent basis, was so delighted with the marinara and the finished pizza, and kept raving about the House Dressing (olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, and salt).  After dinner we split a cherimoya for dessert – yum!

Jicama jicama jicama!

Jicama jicama jicama!

I didn’t used to like jicama.  Back in high school, I got a fruit salad during some sort of fair and I was excited about biting into what I thought was an apple.  But it wasn’t an apple, it was bland and crunchy in comparison, and I thought I’d never eat jicama again!  But then I was leafing through Alissa Cohen’s book and there was a recipe for jicama fries that I made, and a mango-jicama salad tester recipe for Terry’s upcoming Latina cookbook.

Now I love jicama!  Alissa’s recipe for fries was good, but didn’t satisfy the salty craving I associate with fries (because it doesn’t have any salt).  They don’t taste like “real” french fries either, but they don’t really have to since they’re so delicious on their own.  I’ve been working on my own version ever since, and this batch was almost right, except I was out of onion and garlic powder somehow, so they lacked a little savory depth.  I believe that having a lot of tasty snacks on hand is key to not losing your mind and going out for junk food while you’re trying to stick with raw, so I’m going to try this again later this week.

Spicy Jicama Fries: topped with a little almond parmesan and parsley

Spicy Jicama Fries: topped with a little almond parmesan and parsley

Another benefit to raw foods is that I usually make too much of something for one meal or one recipe… like marinara sauce and cashew cheese.  So I spiralized some zucchini and turned it into pasta for tonight’s dinner, along with a big salad.  Actually, the salad was bigger than shown in this picture (it wouldn’t all fit on my plate!).  I went to the farmer’s market today and picked up some local field greens – light and soft and lovely.

Zucchini Marinara and Yummy Salad

Zucchini Marinara and Yummy Salad

Now I’m thinking about dessert… Earlier today I ran into a friend near Minneapolis’ raw restaurant (how convenient!) and we had lunch together.  I tried the Rawmelette, which was fantastic, and it came with a side of fruit salad that was so simple and so delicious!  I think it had date syrup and cinnamon and raisins along with the fresh fruit, and I’m going to work on replicating that at home with some of the overflowing sweet produce I have.

I’m afraid to promise, but I’m hoping to blog daily about what I’m eating.  But as you can probably tell by the randomness and excitement this post contains, I’ve got a lot of energy!  So I think I can make it happen…

13 Responses to “Raw Week!”

  1. Melisser says:

    Ooh, I love Jicama, so Jicama fries sound AWESOME! That is one gorgeous pizza.

  2. Tara says:

    The jicama fries sound awesome! I commend you for going raw for a week–I did it about a year ago and need to do it again. Have fun eating all that luscious produce!

  3. Shelby says:

    Everything looks amazing! I love the jicama fries, spicy…just how I like them =)

  4. Macie says:

    Looks great! Good luck this week.

  5. Nicole says:

    Beautiful! I really want to try those jicama fries. I must find a recipe!

  6. Lauren says:

    Beautiful, lovely, yummy pictures!! :) I love jicama fries!

  7. kim says:

    All of that looks great! Beautiful food and photos. I will have to try making savory jicama “fries” – I love jicama in every way possible! It is really good sprinkled with a little lime juice, sea salt, and ground cardamom.

  8. vegancowgirl says:

    Loved to see the Kids in the Hall comment!!! A great bit of canuck t.v.

    I love jicama SO much – but it is impossible to find her in expat brussels.

    I am going to try a raw marinara this week. I got my partner to fall in love with raw zuch – salad -, so I think it is safe to move onto zuch as ‘pasta’!!!

  9. Kat says:

    Wow! I’m starting a raw week on Thursday–and your blog will definitely help me keep to it. I’ve done a juice fast before (for 3 days last summer), but thought I’d give raw a try this summer. Thanks for the inspiration–I’ll definitely be checking back for ideas.

  10. CurlyTop says:

    I love, LOVE jicima,but always forget about it! Thanks for the reminder!

    Have a wonderful monday!

    With Love,


  11. Courtney says:

    I am glad you gave jicima another chance–it is SO good! And that pizza is gorgeous!

    What kind of spiralizer do you have? I really want to get one–for zucchini pasta, in fact–and your “pasta” looks perfect! Is it a certain brand?

    Ecopolitan is delicious–we should go sometime!

    Good luck this week!


    • a-k says:

      I have a Benriner upright spiralizer. It’s the cheaper model, but it’s still pretty expensive for a piece of plastic and some metal blades! I’ve heard less wonderful things about cheaper models. Works really amazingly well though. I still get a rush watching endless noodles emerge as I turn the crank!

  12. Mandee says:

    Everything looks delicious, healthy and fresh! Good on your for doing a week raw, I need to aim for something similar!

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