Monday, March 7, 2011

Those of you who know me well, know I've been struggling with a food allergy for a little while now. It's actually very common for people to develop a lactose intolerance in their twenties but for us non-meat loving, dairy fanatics it's extremely difficult to abide by and a complete lifestyle change. Lately I've been reading about a lot of 'vegan-ish' diets that seem to work for most people and there are a ton of health benefits from upping the vegetable and fruit intake for weight, digestion, and skin to name a few. The hardest part about this lifestyle is the time it takes to prepare a meal with a little pizzaz because we all know I'm not going to make it living off of salads. This is tough, as I travel and work a lot, but last night Kitty and I decided to try out a couple of recipes that seemed simple and amazingly, we had almost all of the ingredients in our kitchen. Turned out AWESOME and I can't wait to try out a few more vegan (ish) recipes. 

Gena’s Raw Butternut Squash and Apple Soup via Choosing Raw

(Raw, vegan, gluten free)
Serves 2-4, depending on the appetites in question. If you’re making it for a group of four or more, you may want to double the recipe to be safe! (this is very, very filling)
4 cups butternut squash, chopped
1 cup fresh apple juice or cider
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup water (a bit less if you like a very thick soup) <--I recommend
2 large stalks celery
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg <--be careful on this. i added too much nutmeg.
2 tbsps agave
1 tsp salt
Dash of soy sauce
Dash of onion powder (or some fresh onion, if desired)
Blend all in a high speed blender (I then heated mine on stove)

In addition, I made this recipe (I forget where I got it but I think it was Diary of a Nutritionist)

Cauliflower Mash (was supposed to be rice, but I don't have a food processor)
1 small head cauliflower (or 1/2 large one), loosely chopped
1/2 large red bell pepper (or 1 small), chopped
1/2 large avocado, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp cumin
Black pepper

..and I added zucchini and squash sauteed in a small amount of EVOO, salt, and pepper

If you're not vegan or lactose intolerant, Kitty made a delicious side using some of the zucchini and squash by adding a crumble of goat cheese and baking. She said the Zucchini was best paired with the cheese.

voila, simple easy meal made in under 30 minutes!

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