Raw Day 5- Raw Pesto Lunch!

Who knew pinterest could actually be useful!? I found something on there and actually made it! This calls for a belly celebration. This pin was from luvskinny.com and you can see the recipe here.

I have been trying to follow Fully Raw Kristina’s version of raw which is low fat and does not include any oil or salt and includes very few nuts and seeds. Check out this page for details. And I think the only spice she uses is cinnamon. But I’m coming to find it’s not working for me. If I want to make this realistic for me I’m going to need to tweak some things. Also I’m losing weight too quickly (never thought I’d say that! haha) and I’m sure it’s because I’m not eating enough calories. I really want this journey to be less about following strict rules where I don’t have wiggle room and more about eating good, clean, healthful foods that give my mind and body a boost. And a life without salt is not a world I want to live in! I’ve been trying to focus on making my body something that reflects what I want to be. I want to be healthy, kind, free of cruelty, and happy most of all. I’m not saying Kristina’s lifestyle is not a great one, so instead of taking the all or nothing approach I’m adding in a few healthful foods that will keep me on a realistic (for me) raw path while still mostly looking to Kristina’s 21 day challenge for guidance.

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You’ll need:

1/2 c of pine nuts

4-5 c fresh basil (I just used whatever I had which was maybe 3 or 4 cups)

1 garlic clove

1 teaspoon agave/maple syrup or a couple dates (I used 2 dates and it came out delicious!)

1/2 c olive oil – I just used enough to bring it all together and I’m sure it was much less than that

salt and pepper to taste

ImageThe pesto was really really good. I only had a tiny bit of zucchini left so I just tossed what I had left into a bowl of kale and threw in a few cherry tomatoes at the end for color and flavor. I think when I eat the rest tonight I’ll add in a bunch of stuff and make it a big meal. Image

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Mini Pizza Day!

As some of you may know, I LOVE pizza. I can’t think of a better food. So when it’s getting late and you think there is nothing to make for dinner, pizza will be your come to your rescue, put an arm around you, and say, “Hey Girl, chill out and eat me.”

I had package of crescent rolls (you know, the kind in that scary tube you have to squeeze to pop open…feels like I’m on the verge of a heart attack every time) and some randon veggies layin’ around so I made it all into a pizza! Duh.

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You can use any veggies you like but here is what I had to work with:

Preheat the oven to whatever your cresent rolls packag says

Peeled and thinly sliced a potato and cooked in a little olive oil. I added some broth to steam them and cook them a bit faster.

Made some pesto (walnuts, basil, garlic, salt, broth, oil…all to taste) Be sure to blend the nuts alone first and chop the garlic before adding if you have a crappy blender like mine.

Ball 2 crescent rolls and roll it out into one dough for the pizza

Add your pesto and toppings (I used potatoes and tomatoes)

While that’s cooking heat up some fresh veggies like verts and brussels sprouts. Add a little salt and a few spoon fulls of maple syrup and have at it! Super easy dinner!

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Getting in Your Veggies

I love Pesto! So when I’m low on meal ideas I make pesto and through in whatever veggies I can get my hands on and make pizza or pasta

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Pesto: Measuring is not my thing so these are estimates…taste and adjust!… I probably should have a food blog huh?

3/4 c walnuts  Blend them alone 1st then add

1 c chopped basil

1/2 t salt.

2 cloves garlic

1 T miso paste (if you don’t have this it’s ok)

You can add 1/2 an avocado, I forgot to add mine after I took the picture.Oops!

a few splashes of veggie broth (so you can use a little less oil)

a little extra virgin olive oil

Bled it up and throw it in your cooked veggies and add some pasta of your choosing!

I added sweet potatoes, a yellow onion, verts (which are like green beans), kale, and some left over corn I had and some jarred artichokes.

The pesto isn’t as vibrantly green this time and I think that has to do with the brown miso I threw in but it’s till delicious!

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