Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two Actually Raw Things From 'Practically Raw' (VEGAN MOFO: DAY 16)

Maybe you guys have noticed that I've been pretty much just eating the book Practically Raw since I got it, which was possibly under a month ago.  Well, OK, I haven't been eating the pages, even though I want to, I've just been preparing food from it a lot.  Thing is, Practically Raw isn't just accessible for a raw food book, it's accessible for ANY kind of cookbook.  It's possible that I'd rank it as the easiest cookbook to use that I own.  It's not all, "You have to dehydrate this" or "You have to buy that unusual ingredient."  Instead, it gives cooked options for almost everything and a plethora of choices when it comes to substitutions for ingredients.  When you add in the fact that everything from it tastes effing amazing, you've got one damn fine book.  Well done, Amber Shea Crawley.  You done good--mad props.

I don't have a dehydrator, so most of the time, I use the cooked options.  But these next two don't get dehydrated anyway, so they don't have a cooked option.  I mean, one's a smoothie, so if I cooked that, I think people might look at me funny.  But I was excited to finally make things that are actually raw from Practically Raw.

First thing is the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie.  I omitted the optional dates, but put a couple drops of stevia in there, which wasn't one of her listed substitutions, but what can I say, I'm incorrigible.  Speaking of being incorrigible, I also added some chia seeds into it (cuz why not?), and put a spoonful of the chocolate PB2 (cuz yum!).  Have you heard of PB2?  I hate to be one of those people raving about a "diet product," but this is different, because if, like me, you're obsessed with peanut butter but you resent its high fat content, you'll love this stuff.  It's powdered peanut butter--just add water.  It tastes just the same as normal peanut butter, but it has 85% less fat (as its packaging proudly proclaims) because it's slow-roasted and pressed to remove the oil.  And it freaking comes in chocolate.  If you can resist throwing some into this fruit/cocao smoothie, you're a stronger human than I. 

I also made the Famous Five-Minute Blondies, using cashews instead of macadamia nuts and a mix of walnuts and pecans instead of straight-up walnuts.  Ummmm, I can see why these are "famous."  It's as easy to make them as it is easy for Mitt Romney to make what you earn in a year in one day!  Plus, it takes supernatural strength to just eat one serving.
That little guy is one measly serving.  I follow the servings in books that have nutritional information so I can more-accurately dose my insulin to my meals (TYPE 1 DIABETES PRIDE). It may not look like it's the most delicious thing ever, but if you ate it, you'd be immediately trying to slap your hand away from getting another and probably failing to do so.  That's not so bad, though, because although it's high in fat from nuts, it only takes me about one unit of insulin to eat two of those squares, so it's kind of better to eat two, since injecting a half-unit is an annoying estimation of trying to get a syringe plunger between two tiny lines.
Lots of syringes only have lines for every TWO units, because people like me who still use syringes but micro-dose are less deserving of good things, I guess.


Also, you may be wondering what the heck the fruit in the picture of the blondies has to do with anything.  Nothing, OK!  I'm just trying to experiment with taking nicer pictures, shut up!



5 comments:

  1. I think the fruit in the picture jazzes up the blondie! :) And nut-fruit bars are never terribly photogenic (at least not in my mediocre photography experience) but I love them so much as snacks! It's been a while since I've smoothied it up, maybe I'll have that for breakfast. :)

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    1. I'm so glad that my little fruit trick worked! Hahahaha!

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  2. Those blondies do sound good, and look pretty with the fruit in the background! And lol at Mitt Romney. What a clown!

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    1. BTW, thanks to the higher wages in Australia, Mitt only earns my yearly salary in 1 day 9 hours 9 minutes and 40 seconds. Pfft.

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    2. Ha, well, if it takes THAT long, then I guess those blondies must be really difficult to make. Stupid similes!

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