My monthly "first Tuesday of the month" raw food cleanse couldn't have come at a better time. I'm sure my body is kinda pissed over all that crap I ate on Thanksgiving day (and the next day and the next day and the next). So raw food day was my chance to tell my tummy that I'm sorry for being such a processed food-loving glutton.
My belly was totally pleased with this Raw Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples, Cinnamon, and Raisins:
I adapted it from a recipe in Jennifer Cornbleet's Raw Food Made Easy. She used oat groats, but I only had steel cut. So I soaked them for two days, and then blended them with a 1/2 cup of raw almond milk, an apple, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, some maple syrup (probably not raw, but the book recommended it), vanilla, and a pinch of salt ... oh and added raisins in the end. It's not all that pretty, but it tasted great.
For lunch, I ate a Giant Garden Salad with Agave Mustard Dressing:
There was a crap ton of veggies in this salad — carrots, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, red bell pepper, and avocado (I also intended on adding mushrooms and green onion but accidentally left those at home when I went to work this morning). The dressing recipe was also from Cornbleet, but I substituted raw agave for the honey in her recipe.
For my pre-workout snack, I thawed out a few Raw Brownies that I made and froze during last month's raw day. They were perfect crumbled up with a banana.
And for dinner, I made Zaphod's Universal Chi Live Tabouli from Vegan Fusion and the Conquering Lion Cashew Cheez (also from Vegan Fusion):
Sorry for the crappy flash photo, but my borrowed camera doesn't do well with low winter lighting.
The tabouli was made from sprouted wheat berries, which I sprouted in a jar in my pantry for two days. It was yummy! And it went great with the cashew cheez spread on buckwheat crackers. The cashew cheez (made with cashews, red pepper, cilantro, onion, and garlic) is hands down my favorite raw dish, followed closely by raw garlic "mashed potatoes" (made with cauliflower). Crap, now I'm craving raw mashed potatoes ... ah, maybe next time.
BTW, ya'll please think happy thoughts about my doggie Datsun! He's having surgery in the morning to remove a tumor from his tail. We don't know yet if it's a bad tumor or a benign one, but just think positiveness!