Happy Meatless Monday and a cold, windy and rainy Monday for us. I did something new for me this morning, had raw spinach for breakfast in my smoothie and it wasn’t bad. In fact, I don’t think I tasted the spinach at all, the blueberries, banana and nut milk flavors overpowered it. It was also a good kick-off to an experiment this week, I’m trying for an all-raw week with smoothies for breakfast and new raw recipes for dinner. This will be a good way to ease into my 30-day experiment.
I got a chance to talk with family friends last night, one who’s daughter-in-law has also really started embracing raw after going to a similar food prep class and excited that she’s lost weight and gained more energy since practicing a more whole/living foods diet. I love hearing that inspiration and look forward to seeing my own improvements. Some that I’m noticing so far is I’m not craving the carbs and junkier foods that I used to. At Lucille’s BBQ, I was able to resist the large, sugar coated biscuits and cinnamon butter on the table without feeling deprived, but empowered. And at the end of the day, it’s nice feeling that I’ve eaten right if nothing else. I’m also noticing mental changes, feeling less moody and more tolerant and I’m seriously wondering if sugar and certain carbs were contributing to my mood swings. Something else I’ve been forced to think-out-of-the-box on is not tying food to experiences. Last night it didn’t bother me that I was at a BBQ joint and not partaking in consuming ribs, but instead focusing on the company I’m with and enjoying that. I really don’t care that I’m skipping Halloween candy and this will be the first Thanksgiving without traditional food fare. It forces me to focus on other pleasures like discovering my own strength and that there are more important things besides comfort food. Someone once told me they did a detox juice diet for a few weeks and ended up having a few emotional meltdowns because they weren’t able to use food as a comfort and were forced to comfort emotions. I’m not planning anything so extreme, but it’s interesting to think about the growth possibilities when food can’t be used as a crutch so-to-speak. Okay, too deep for a Monday :-)
Anyway, I love walnuts and live in a good area to love them because they’re growing everywhere. It’s common for me to get free bag-fulls from friends and family with trees and they’re simple to shell and seal-pack for storage. I’d love to have my own walnut tree and still may do, but they tend to get much larger than my yard can support. I’m excited that so many raw recipes allow me to enjoy one of my favorite whole foods so much. Tonight I’m trying Jennifer Cornbleet’s walnut meatballs with marinara and zucchini noodles and I used black walnuts because they have a stronger, bittier tastes compared to milder english walnuts. The finished product looked like this:
Not exactly a Martha Stewart quality image, but still looks like spaghetti and meatballs. However, I guess I did not pack the meatballs tight enough because the served product looked like this:
But it tasted great and I think I prefer the walnut pate spread over the zucchini noodles rather packed into neat little balls. I really liked this recipe, though I can’t say it tasted like spaghetti and meatballs. However, my husband was not a huge fan of this recipe, the fact that it was a salad pretending to be spaghetti bothered him and he questioned why so many raw recipes have to pretend to be something they’re not. Good question, but I thought it tasted a bit authentic with the marinara sauce and this is a unique way to serve veggies. I think because it wasn’t hot with tons of melted parmesan on it bugged him more. Forming meatballs out of the walnut pate does not seem necessary, simply blending it with the marinara sauce, then with the zucchini noodles should be great. I will try this recipe again, but probably with my own tweaks.