Tuesday, February 1, 2011

we're striving.






This is a continuing visual documentation of my goal to eat 50% raw foods.

My go-to snacks lately have been an apple with peanut butter, or baked kale chips. Don't be afraid of kale. These are yummy (even if Clint told me they taste like something he picked up off the ground, it's not true) and nutritious. Also, have I talked about my love for quinoa before? It's my favorite grain and a great source of protein, especially for someone like me who rarely eats meat.

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*Recipe Suggestions:

Kale chips
I used this recipe, but there are lots of others out there I'd like to try as well.

Southwest Quinoa, courtesy of Green Smoothie Girl
1 heaping Tbsp. grated lime zest
¼ cup fresh lime juice
6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (note: I used agave nectar instead)
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 cup quinoa, rinsed well (soak for a few minutes, drain in fine strainer)
4 cups water
2 cans black beans, rinsed well
4 medium tomatoes, diced
8 scallions, chopped (including most of the green part)
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Whisk together lime zest and juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper in serving bowl. Simmer quinoa in water, uncovered, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand 10 minutes. (Strain any excess water.) Add quinoa to dressing and toss well, then stir in remaining ingredients.

47 comments:

  1. can i just follow you around all day and eat what you're eating?!

    i'm not going to lie, it all looks lovely except that kale. ew.

    :)

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  2. We're pretty much food twins. I eat everything here on a daily basis! Except for maybe the berries because they're expensive, haha. I LOVE quinoa, and green smoothies are so yummy. You're rocking this new food routine.

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  3. A family in Florida fed me some quinoa once. Good stuff. Plus, it made me feel connected to the ancient Inca.

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  4. looks like you are eating a rainbow. :)

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  5. This is so inspiring Angela!
    I keep reading the latest issue of Real Simple since they featured the 30 best foods, trying to get them into my brain so that we can compose all of our meals from them.
    I have Kale in the fridge to make chips out of!
    I might have to copy your meals ruthlessly.

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  6. Looks like some delicious meals! Cook for me sometime :]

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  7. that looks amazing. i love the idea of going raw.. of course stu would never go for it, haha. speaking of, he asked me to read a post from Clint's blog (which i didn't know existed before now, but i feel i will need to frequent from now on) and i was laughing myself to tears.. hilarious!!! the "signature" post is by far the funniest thing i've read in a long time.

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  8. I try to start each day with a green smoothie, too. But spinach gives me a stomache ache so I use kale and parsley.

    I love kale chips, and so does my 4-year old daughter. So good!

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  9. I've been trying to ease myself into eating raw the last month, I find it really satisfying but tend to fail at dinner time when my husband wants hot food.
    Its great to see some ideas from you... it makes it seem so much more achievable!
    I'll also have to try your green smoothie, I tried one recipe and it was so disgusting, it tasted like compost juice, that I haven't tried again!

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  10. you eat the prettiest food, angela.
    and the healthiest.
    funny how that is the same thing :)

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  11. this is awesome!!!! Love the idea!!! :) so so so yummi photos :)

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  12. Love quinoa!!! Will be trying that recipe.

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  13. This looks delicious; all of it! I love kale, but for some reason can't find it anywhere here in Switzerland. I thought it was easy to get year-round (it was in England, but I read that it's big in England), but I've not seen it here at any time of the year. I've added you to my rss so that I don't miss another of your beautiful and so often times delicious posts!

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  14. so so inspiring! i love all the color and textures. delicious! i've been wanting to try kale but am afraid i'm not brave enough. haha. fingers crossed.

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  15. Your meals are so pretty! I love quinoa, I make a pretty similar quinoa recipe with mine, but I'm going to have to try yours. Looks delish!

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  16. very inspirational, angela! and the presentation is fantastic. i hope you continue to share your meals!

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  17. Keep it up! I need to get in on this green smoothie action, but I don't have a very good blender.

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  18. Apple with peanut butter? I've never tried that combination. Now I must!


    Camila F.

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  19. i wish i could pick up those plates off of the screen! thanks for letting us follow your journey, it's inspiring

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  20. i've been wanting to try quinoa. unfortunately, since i have no idea what i'm doing, i bought orzo instead at the store, thinking that it was the same thing. nope. fail! i will try again though! :)

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  21. Amazing! This food looks divine. The photos are fresh and lovely.

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  22. you're increds. these photos are the only thing that can make me want to eat that healthy. i am going to try this day of meals friday...

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  23. wow i love how you post and display everything! such great meals :) can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  24. I've been looking for some good quinoa recipes. This one sounds wonderful! And those pictures are lovely.

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  25. looks delicious. I do a green smoothies everyday too. so happy you shared the kale chips. I can't get enough.

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  26. Ahh, even the things you eat are beautiful. I think you have a magical life, Miss Angela. And props to you for keeping up with your raw foods. I couldn't do it.

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  27. I have always wanted to try kale chips-you just gave me the extra nudge I needed!

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  28. my experience with kale chips has not been positive. i concur with clint. maybe i just tried the wrong recipe. nevertheless, your pictures are great and inspiring. i think i'll pack the same lunch for the kids tomorrow. thanks for sharing!

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  29. well these pictures are just gorgeous. i love looking at them and the little menus. good job on only raw foods... how are you feeling? do you feel healthier? how long have you been doing it now?

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  30. thanks for sharing! I'm finding your meal pictures so inspiring. and I am also a huge quinoa fan -- I'm always singing it's virtues to my friends.

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  31. I don't know if I'd be able to eat so much raw stuff. I applaud you for sticking with it! I will say it all looks so delicious.

    Side note, I just saw seesaw designs in High Gloss mag! Congrats, thats awesome!! I love reading and admiring the pictures on seeesaw's blog.

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  32. I have a green smoothie every morning also, and it's so good! Although I don't use kale, and use a banana as the main fruit, then add in some frozen berries or peaches. Delicious and healthy! Love it.

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  33. I love quinoa! it's one of my favourite foods, especially with avocado.

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  34. i think you're awesome angela. i have some small health issues that make me want to try this. you motivate me!

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  35. Love it! I'm trying to up my raw, too. Can't beat a green smoothie in the morning. :)

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  36. these are beautiful and super inspiring.

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  37. You're amazing! I'll have to try the kale chips recipe. I fortunately have children that like kale but making them into chips will boost my popularity with my family. Are you going low-carb too? That has always been a challenge for me.

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  38. ooh, good post. great motivation with the pretty pics

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  39. wow. i am so so so so so inspired. and im sorry i never wrote back to your email. i feel like a big big jerk. i will do that tomorrow. and that is what i keep on saying. which is why i haven't yet. but its just cuz i have so much to say. but i really will tomorrow:) you are so awesome. and way to go.

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  40. kale chips are the best food - it doesn't even feel like I'm trying to be healthy when I eat them!

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  41. Your documentation is gorgeous, Angela!

    Chris & I have really been enjoying raw carrots & peanut butter! My mother-in-law started doing it & now we can't stop. In fact, that's the only way Penelope will eat carrots.

    I've been making a lot of smoothies recently & discovered a fabulous trick. Instead of using ice as a way to make your smoothie thick & frozen, we've been freezing milk in ice cube trays. You can do the same with any other liquid.

    I've even been thinking of pureeing carrots & freezing them in ice cubes & adding them to a cranberry juice, mango, strawberry smoothie. I love carrot juice in smoothies, so I think pureed carrots would work fantastically well, too.

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  42. love your blog and your work at seesaw. discovered this blog through you are my fave and loving the food posts. my husband and i have reevaluated the way we view food since watching food inc. (what can i say, we're visual people i suppose) and are currently undergoing a detox, so your recipes are a real help!

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  43. Wow that actually looks very yummy! I struggle eating my five a day but when I do I feel so much better!

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  44. beautiful. I've never been tempted to eat 50% raw but now I am.

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  45. This looks amazing. I'm afraid I would ruin it all by adding a warm baguette to it. ;)

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