Humps and Bumps, Obstacles and Hurdles

It is currently Day 5 of the “Raw Vegan Challenge” that I joined after reading a post over at Prolific Living. Every day has come with a new challenge, new symptom, and new inspiration. I have been researching online to try and find simple recipes that don’t require a juicer, dehydrator, or food processer. This girl has a blender. That’s it.  Of course all of the delectable, mouth-watering, items require some sort of mechanical device. I did however find two recipes that were VERY EASY and did not require more than my handy dandy blender. Oh how I love thee my little Oster.

 

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Raw Buckwheat Porridge

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Inspired by: Oh She Glows

Yield: Four 1-cup servings.

Porridge:

  • 2 cups raw Buckwheat Groats, soaked in water for minimum of 1 hour or overnight
  • 1.25-1.5 cups non-dairy Milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Agave (syrup if you are not concerned with the “raw” factor)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped fruit or dried fruit
  • Chopped nuts and or seeds (I used raw walnuts)
  • Raw Almond Butter
  • Toasted coconut

 

Directions:

1. In a bowl, pour 2 cups of raw buckwheat groats and 4 cups of water. Soak for at least 1 hour or overnight. After soaking, rinse well in a strainer several times.

2. Place buckwheat groats in food processor or blender, along with the almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla. Process until combined and slightly smooth. Now add in the agave  and cinnamon to taste (depending on how sweet you want it, you may want to add more)

3. Scoop into bowls or parfait glasses and add your desired toppings & mix-ins. Serve cold. If you heat this up in the microwave like I did on trial 1, it will harden the consistency and not be as good and possibly not “raw”. This will make several servings so save in a big bowl and store in fridge for future meals.

Enjoy.

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This recipe was very easy to prepare, just make sure you put your buckwheat groats in the refrigerator the night before. In the morning all you have to do is put everything in the blender and wah la!

I also had a hard time finding the buckwheat grouts since this was a new item to me. I was looking in the bins, in the spices, everywhere. Think oatmeal. You should be able to find them near the rolled oats or breakfast cereals. You can also order them online if you want “raw” from the link above in the recipe.

*** Do not microwave if you are looking for a smooth consistency. I microwaved mine the first day for 10 seconds and the buckwheat hardened up. I took a picture. I was still able to eat it but it was much better when I ate it cold.

I know this looks gross, but it's really good and I had to prove that I actually made it!

Now, I was craving some sweets so I was on the hunt for a “raw” desert of some sort. What better than some delicious raw chocolate chip cookies. Yes, they do exist!

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Raw, Vegan, No Bake Cookies (GF option if you use GF oats)

Adapted from: Shining From Within

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  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats *
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips, chopped (I used dark, but use whatever you have/like!)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until firm. Enjoy!

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Delicious!

I used raw maple syrup but next time I will use agave nectar. I am not a fan of the syrup bitter like taste. I also used vegan carob chips (yuck). I will use this recipe combined with a recipe found at Oh She Glows and make my own chocolate chips.

There you have it. Two simple recipes that actually taste good.

But…. That was the easy part of this challenge.  I have had many humps and bumps as I like to call them.

 

1.)    In one night, I went to the grocery store two separate times because I had forgot ingredients. I still walked away never locating the Nama Shoyu. Namu who? ( I now know what it is)

2.)    I attempted this recipe and failed miserably because I didn’t know how to get 2 cups of carrot pulp.

3.)    This same recipe called for a dehydrator. Silly me, I did not read the backside to the recipe. Those darn machines again.

4.)    I have been going to sleep around 10pm and up at 3am. Wide awake.

5.)    The detoxing has begun: headaches, sluggishness, and hunger cravings.

6.)    $$$- I wanted to eat anything but salad, so I went to the store and bought everything raw that wasn’t a salad.

 

After a mini-breakdown last night once I ruined my “Raw Carrot Falafel with Tahini Sauce”….. mmm it looked and sounded so good. I decided I needed to figure this out. Do I actually need a dehydrator to be raw? I googled: RAW RECIPES WITH NO DEHYDRATOR. I was finding a few but nothing was really standing out and trust me I was hungry. My dinner was now mini-carrots and a Pure Raw Bar. I caved and bought a food processor. Not a dehydrator but a food processor. The dreaded machines I wanted nothing to do with. But it was in the majority of the recipes AND I found a great deal on amazon. Who knows if the thing will even work but it’s in the mail and I am stoked!

 

I also found a local company online that will deliver raw meals to my doorstep. It’s 8 meals for $100. I spent that in the store in one shopping adventure. I love to cook, and I love to experiment but I am striking out and I don’t have time to be this creative. I caved again. I ordered the meals.

 

Am I crazy?

8 meals that I will use for dinners= $12.50 a meal

I will still make my own breakfast and lunch so I will still have time to be creative and experiment but it will allow me to not have to prepare every single meal. I will also be adapting these meals for the bf too. He will get something similar to what I am eating but his will be cooked by yours truly.

 Yes, there have been humps and bumps, hurdles and obstacles but I am feeling great today and that’s all that matters. I also have two great recipes to share. I am looking at this as a win-win. I promised I would be honest on my journey…… there you go!

I will be back with more. Stay tuned. I’m off to eat some plants!

 

One Love,

Meg

07/15/2011


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15 thoughts on “Humps and Bumps, Obstacles and Hurdles

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  2. Glad you liked the cookies!!! Yeah, vegan carob chips are naaaaaasty. I always just use dark chocolate instead (70% and up)

    • Julie @ Shiningfromwithin » No joke. Gross. They have a very awful flavor. :) But the recipe was super simple and super yummy even with the nasty chips. I will try dark chocolate chips, those sound much better. Thanks for stopping by. I have RSS your blog. I am excited for more.

  3. well i  think its amazing you’ve gone this far! :)

    its cool that you only have a blender. if you end up successfully figuring out recipes that can be created with what folks already have in their kitchens, then you will be an important leader in this movement!

    the meal deal sounds good too. it is a bit pricey, but you’re eating super well so maybe the cost benefit analysis swings in your favor.

    i like it! im excited to try some raw meals!!!

    • David W » It’s been tough. I have more funny stories to share with everyone on my next update. Yesterday, was an interesting day for me in this raw world. I almost wanted to give up. But I didn’t and I guess that’s the point. I did buy a cheap food processor because blenders really aren’t meant to be chopping up nuts and things but for now it works. The food service really isn’t that bad after you see how much you can spend at the grocery store. I am hoping it at least gives me ideas of raw foods that I can make. I already learned a new recipe just by going to the peoples co op. I bought a little side dish that seems super simple to make. I guess it’s all about getting your feet wet and trying new things. I am going to have to get you back on track when you get home form NYC, I am sure pizza has been your main source of nutrients. :)

  4. Hi Meg,

    Landed here via several sites. Congrats on your vegan challenge. I’m a semi-vegetarian, which sounds like a cop out but it’s where I am at the moment. If folks knew how the meat so nicely saran-wrapped on the supermarket shelf ends up on their plates, they’d probably eat very little of it. I try to only eat meat humanly raised meat and not much even of that. Am slowly migrating more towards no meat. Beans seem to be a terrific protein source.

    Thanks for these recipes!

    Giulietta “Julie” Nardone

    • Giulietta » Welcome! It sounds like you are on the perfect track. You already know what a lot of people are oblivious too. Changing your diet and lifestyle can come in my baby steps. It’s actually better for your body that way. I started just eating salads for lunch so my body was used to the plant base diet, then I was able to start this challenge without having to put my body into shock. Your body will let you know what it wants and what it craves. I hope to have many more recipes coming your way. Trial and error. :)

  5. Wow – good for you on the first 5 days!  I didn’t realize there would be symptoms and withdrawals…

    I like the sound of those recipes!  I am going to try it out!

    • Anonymous » Yes, I really did not know what to expect either but it’s pretty neat to see my body go through this detoxing process. I have so much energy, it is unbelievable. I could stay up all night and get up super early. I am not doing that, but I could. Let me know how the recipes turn out. I am experimenting with the cookie one. The first batch was too cashew butter tasting so I think more agave and better chocolate chips. :)

  6. Yes! We can do it. I am sorry to hear about your smoothie. Ugh. It can be so frustrating especially when your tummy is rumbling. I am felling much better today though and now with the weekend I will have more time to focus on juicing and simple recipes. At least I hope. It is a busy weekend for me. I can’t wait to see your post. Tonight I am going to a baseball game so I am going to have to eat before becasue lord knows they don’t have raw food at sporting events. Thanks for stopping by. DAY 5!!!! WHoooo!

  7. Meg, sweet darling, what a fantastic wrap-up of your first 5 days. I am delighted you are sticking with it and so proud of you. Thank you for sharing in such great detail. I am going to link it up to my post too. I have been much too busy to write but I did mess up my smoothie this morning and honestly, haven’t juiced yet. I will say that I have two portabello mushrooms waiting to be marinated. Thanks for the idea! And great job “outsourcing” some of your food preparation – not crazy. Hey, I might look into it too ;) ! Day 5 almost over :) !

    • Farnoosh- Yes! We can do it. I am sorry to hear about your smoothie. Ugh. It can
      be so frustrating especially when your tummy is rumbling. I am felling
      much better today though and now with the weekend I will have more time
      to focus on juicing and simple recipes. At least I hope. It is a busy
      weekend for me. I can’t wait to see your post. Tonight I am going to a
      baseball game so I am going to have to eat before becasue lord knows
      they don’t have raw food at sporting events. Thanks for stopping by. DAY
      5!!!! WHoooo!

      • Hey darling, I am headed to tango and MUST eat before I go. It’s at a coffee house with wine and desserts. I think Wine is ok right? I had some last night. ENJOY and do be good. I am marinating some stuff for tomorrow, including that portabello mushroom and some tomatoes. YUM!

        • Yes, wine is raw but not always vegan. It just depends on how picky you are I guess. I have been sticking to wine. Well, trying to to drink anything but wine if I am out. So far so good… it’s the weekend now. Should be easier for me. I just had my green juice. :)

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