Eating Cooked

August 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm 7 comments

Kale Quinoa Portabella

I don’t eat a 100% raw diet, nor do I have the desire to do that anytime soon. I have found that I am much happier overall when I include a small amount of healthy cooked food…not necessarily every day, but whenever I feel like it. My cooked food is always vegan…with the exception of eggs and raw goat cheese.

This is my favorite cooked meal lately…

  • Red quinoa (same as white quinoa but prettier!)
  • Balsamic portabella mushrooms (sliced and cooked in my balsamic dressing until soft)
  • Steamed kale (prepared with garlic, red wine vinegar, sea salt, and olive oil)
  • Sweet potatoes (I usually roast these for added crunch and sweetness, but tonight I steamed/boiled them)

Portabellas are a great substitute if you’re missing a “meaty” texture. They are super hearty and can be used as a topper like I have them above, on sandwiches, or on salads. The possibilities are limitless! 🙂


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cavewoman  |  August 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    This looks YUM!

    Are you aware of a “list” that equates certain vegetables with their beneficial effects?

    I’ve been able to find a little here and there on the internet ( I’m researching Raw foods pretty earnestly now), have looked into a few books—but I haven’t found a good “list” about what each veggie/fruit does for the body.

    Any words of wisdom for this newbie?

    With much thanks!

  • 2. Bianca  |  August 20, 2009 at 4:40 am

    This looks for yummy and so good for you! Thanks for sharing!

  • 3. bluezfire  |  August 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you, Sara. It’s so funny that you keep posting things like you are reading my mind. In fact, last night I just HAD to have some cooked food. I, too, have realized that going 100% raw just isn’t something I desire to do. (at least not right now) If I can increase the quantity of raw food in my daily diet and stick with strictly vegan cooked food on occasion, I will be happy. So last night I had a craving for pasta and beans. And that’s what I had. I did notice, however, that it did not take nearly as much to make me happy. Not sure if it’s the raw food that I’m eating throughout the day or if my stomach is shrinking. Either way, it’s a good thing. I’m enjoying it. Thanks again.

  • 4. livelightly  |  August 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    cavewoman…watch the blog for something just like what you’re asking for! 🙂

    bluezfire…it’s certainly possible that your stomach is shrinking. I don’t need nearly as much food to feel full now either. It’s awesome that you’re listening to your body…

  • 5. Kristin  |  August 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    One of my favorites at Manhattan Deli is their portabella sandwhich served warm…all the juices and spinach and I think it has cheese too. Oh, I could certainly crave that!

  • 6. maybelles mom  |  August 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Thanks to you I had this for lunch (excluding the mushrooms which I didn’t have.)

  • 7. Renee  |  September 1, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I have a question:

    I started about a month ago eating more raw and adding green smoothies. I’m not 100% raw, I eat cooked organic meat and eggs from our chicken and our chicken that we raise. And I’ve notice in the past week or so that cooked food smell better then it taste!

    Have you experience that, it’s is going to pass? And I also got sick once after eating cooked food (like just a few hour after) Tummy problem and lot of gas… Sorry about being so blunt!

    And right now I just finish eating some yummy eggs and already starting to feel kinda gross.

    I love cooked food and Raw food, I started doing the raw thing because of health problem and food sensitivities.

    But could it be that I can’t mix Raw and cooked ?



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