If Healthful Essence was more convenient, we’d definitely eat there more often. It’s kind of like a healthier version of Soul Vegetarian. Here’s what we got last trip.
Kevin had the raw lasagna. It was good but could have used some fresh basil and maybe garlic.
Lacking originality, I got rice & peas, collards and BBQ tofu. With a couple of bonus slices of plantain on top.
This time, they had patties, callaloo patties!
Is it wrong that I like mine better? I make the callaloo a little spicy. These are still good though and didn’t require any work on my part.
Yay, another raw night! My new favorite thing might be fresh coconut meat. My least favorite thing might be getting into said coconut for meat. It was a bear. Seems like boy work. I might make Kevin do it next time.
The Mango Wraps are from Everyday Raw. And actually I didn’t make the wrappers since I don’t have a dehydrator. Sevananda has started carrying some raw coconut based wraps so I used those instead.
All rolled up.
The sauce for these was so good. I think the leftover sauce ended up being salad dressing.
And the soup was Aiyah’s Garden Living Corn Chowder from Vegan World Fusion Cuisine. I cheated and used frozen corn. Although last weekend they had corn at Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market. But that’s just wrong this time of year. Yes, this recipe is extraordinary with fresh summer corn, but it’s also really, really good with decent frozen corn.
This is the chili from Everyday Raw. I can be weird about mushrooms, but the amount of portobello in here is small enough that it didn’t bother me. The texture was a nice mix of crunch and soft and the taste was spot on chili. The recipe made a huge amount. I will try halving it next time I make it. I can only eat so much of strongly acidic foods like this.
These pre-packaged raw items by Raw in the Garden have recently shown up in Sevananda‘s island cooler. So I picked one up to try for lunch.
With a pre-packaged item, I was worried it would taste fresh, but it was fine. I think the zucchini might have been marinated which was nice, gave them more flavor. It didn’t have a crisp crust, but the flavors of everything were definitely pizza like. With the nut-based crust and cashew cream it was also pretty filling. This could be pulled off without a dehydrator. I might try this at home.
Oh, hey, look it’s that garlicky kale salad that I make all the time. This time it’s the center of the meal with added veggies and some avocado to make it more filling.
The little bowl contains Yellow Bell Pepper Pine Cheese from Thrive Foods. We scooped it up with raw pumpkin chips. Crazy good! And this turned out to be plenty of food.
We’ve been trying to eat a few raw meals a week lately. Both of us feel way better when we do that. I really like Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People for simple dishes of mostly easy to find ingredients. And you don’t need a dehydrator.
This is the cucumber soup and spring rolls with mock peanut sauce. The soup has avocado in it so this turned out to be more filling than it looks.
VeganMofo always burns me out on posting. Afterwards it’s a relief to eat without having to take pictures of it. Emblogination will resume shortly though. Sunday we got back from 6 days in NYC. So much to write about. There was gluttony. And lots of walking. The latter definitely did not cancel out the former. Urg.
So this week, I’m trying to detox. I’m having smoothies for breakfast. Lunch Monday was a package of R. Thomas wrap slices. Monday night I made raw pecan paté that I’ve been eating on red bell pepper wedges. We also had a spinach salad for dinner with that and baked tofu. Lunch Tuesday was leftover salad and red pepper paté wedges. And a pear. And some peanut butter crackers (hey, how’d those get in there?) Then last night I had butternut squash, corn and leftover tofu over rice noodles with Bragg’s, gomashio and flax oil. You’ll notice there are no cupcakes, donuts, ice cream, etc. in there. I might die. Although I will admit that Monday I ate a couple of tiny dick pops I found in my purse from the bachelorette party. Mmmm….tiny chocolate dicks.
Sunday night we went to see Thievery Corporation with some friends. Beforehand, we grabbed dinner at R. Thomas Deluxe Grill. R. Thomas is one of those places where just about everyone can be satisfied. They have some meaty stuff, vegetarian, vegan, raw. They usually have a vegan desert too. While I do feel kind of bad for the birdies in cages outside, it’s a good place to go with mixed company.
They have several bowls that can be vegan. I got the Lucky Green Tea Bowl. Except they were out of bowls, so it’s on a platter. Doesn’t matter, it ate up fine. Tofu and veg stir fry in a miso green tea sauce on top of quinoa with pickled cabbage (I think) and a pile of greens. Half satisfied me and I ate the other half for lunch the next day.
Beth was sitting across from me and got one of the raw dinners, #2 I think. I enjoy getting them from time to time.
Thievery Corporation was really good. Ton of people on stage. At least 5 vocalists. Three encores. You can kind of see in the picture how packed the stage was with stuff. One of the last songs of the night they had a bunch of girls from the audience come up and dance on stage. There was one that looked kind of like Kate Gosselin and was doing the most awkward booty dance I’ve ever seen. She was also apparently dry-humping the sitar player. I’m sorry I missed that. Or not.
View from the old folks seats in the top balcony
This is what my lunches have looked like lately. Big ol’ bowls of salad. I pre-chopped a bunch of veg earlier in the week which has made this much easier every morning. Someone else needs to do that for me every week. Here I’ve got curly green lettuce, carrot, cucumber, golden beet, yellow bell pepper and raw sunflower seeds.