There's only a few days on this plan. She has a day that is geared more toward having to travel. I picked this for the day that my sister and I will be on the road to her son's graduation. I sure hope she doesn't mind eating this sort of food.
One of the days is all about the dehydrator. I've had one of these - naturally - for many years but have not used it much. The biggest challenge, as I see it is all the prep time that one has to plan for prior to eating foods from the dehydrator. Given the jam packed week I've got coming up I figured that Monday is the only day I can do the dehydrator meals so that means getting things all prepped up and ready to go on Sunday. So - today is actually a day where I get to cook double.
Cooking extra on the weekend is a frequent trick that working mothers have done for years in order to avoid the drive thru on the way home from work.
I wasn't as prepared as I should have been for breakfast since the menu said we were to have Cinnamon Oatmeal. I thought for sure I had some oat groats in my pantry but could not find them. I did have some gluten free grain cereal so I thought I'd go with that. When I started scooping the cereal out of my rice maker it dawned on me that it was HOT! Such a revelation that I'd not had anything that had been cooked for three whole weeks! Oops! But so happy that I really have not missed eating cooked food. The cereal was good as it was mixed with raisins and walnuts. Very nice.
So for lunch lets get back to business and adhere a little more closely to Cherie's recipes. We're to make two things for lunch. First a Zucchini Hummus. This is a nice dip made with some zucchini, garlic, tahini, sesame seeds and some lemon. This is quite nice but a little more loose than the hummus I am used to. This makes sense since chick peas are much more dense than zucchini. She suggests eating this rolled up in a romaine leaf but I think it is not stiff enough for this but it makes for an excellent dip. I give this a B.
For dinner we have a salad with home made salad dressing. The dressing, called Liquid Gold Dressing is quite involved with multiple ingredients: zucchini, lemon juice, oil, tamari, flax seeds mustard, agave, garlic and some cumin. This dressing is a really winner! Totally worth the effort to put all these ingredients together. This definitely gets an A.
The salad we're having is called Green Garden Salad Bar which has greens, romaine, avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, olives, sunflower seeds, onion and carrots. So a busy but lovely mixed salad that was quite inviting to dig into. It was at least a B prior to adding the salad dressing. Truthfully - with my first bite of this salad I said WOW! No kidding. The variety of fresh veggies with this knock it outta the park dressing is probably one of the best salads I've had in a long time. And I eat a lot of salads. I will definitely be making this dressing - at the very least - many, many more times in the future. Simply great!
So - that's our Sunday. Now on to the dehydrator! Here's the summary:
|Broccoli-Tahini Pate||Dip||Raw Rev||one||144||C|
|Green Giant Juice||Juice||Raw Rev||two||119||B+|
|Banana Blueberry Smoothie||Smoothie||Raw Rev||two||102||B|
|Garden Blend Soup||Soup||Raw Rev||two||188||A|
|Figgie Nut'ins||Dessert||Raw Rev||two||212||A|
|Zucchini Hummus||Dip||Raw Rev||three||145||B|
|Creamy Kale-apple Soup||Soup||Raw Rev||three||186||C|
|Green Garden Salad Bar||Salad||Raw Rev||three||177||A|
|Liquid Gold Dressing||Dressing||Raw Rev||three||151||A+|