So! Here's the dish on the above dish. Basically took about 20 minutes total from the second I opened the fridge to the plate, including massaging my kale and chopping veg. I got this Pad Thai Sauce recipe online and the nice thing about moving to this mode of eating is I know my taste buds pretty well and a thing or two about texture and consistency, so unless I'm straight up making Gagh for the first time (real word. Klingon food for you non-Trekkies), I'm gonna mess around with the recipe. I substituted a little cashew butter for the almond butter, used Bragg's instead of the fancy soy sauce, I used cayenne pepper, and didn't julienne a dang thing. I did use the Spirooli again for Round Two and I can tell that thing and I are gonna be CLOSE friends this month. And then. I massaged. Kale. KALE. Like, kale, kale.
Kale enthusiasts know how durable and reliable this green is. I mean, if kale was like a person, she'd be like that person we all know in cardigans and sensible shoes who no matter what time you drop by, her place is always clean, and she can like bake and smells nice and stuff, but owns a pickup truck AND will help you move. So, hard as kale works for us, it's no wonder a little massage activity brings out the softer, tenderer, juicier side. Chopped, you massage for maybe about a minute. I sprinkled some lemon juice and some more Braggs on and let that do some work while I tasted the sauce I'd been lettin set for a minute...added a pinch more salt, and bam. Kale was red' ta' go! Soft, supple, practically purring on the plate. I tossed the lemony kale in with the zucchini some slices of carrot, and mini-bell peppers and went. To. Town. Forgot the almond slivers on top, but when I go back for seconds, they'll be there for that extra crunch!
This dish is superb and super flexible. I am looking forward to making the "wraps" as the recipe suggests and I'm sure you could really tweak the heat and "noodles" to suit what you have in the fridge. Best thing I like about being raw so far is kinda like this use what you have, save and store what you don't use mentality.
Which brings me to my next point of preparation. Preparation on any newly introduced regiment is 76% of the battle. Instead of crackers or chips for when I wake up out of my study comas, I cleaned out my cupboards and now I have cuties and nanners laying around. Easily skinned, easily scarfed. That's my motto. I can throw those or some English cuke slices with cherry maters in the backpack for during class and they don't crunch, crackle, distract, etc. Or, if I'm making a thickie, I put half in glass jar for sipping on later in the car, school, couch, bed, etc. I also don't feel guilty about snacking on grapes as opposed to ice cream or something late at night. Surrounding yourself with good options and avoiding places with not so great options is pretty crucial. Nothing you've never heard before. It's like quitting any addiction you have to change the company you keep. Trying to avoid junk food? Probably not a great idea to go to the movies. At least at first. Or, if I'm going to those places, I'm coming with mine own arsenal.
So. Third day being raw vegan is a success. Cravings kicked in finally and I find myself missin that yard bird (aka chicken) something fierce. I don't eat beef or pork, so all day it was mmm....turkey sausage/salmon/grilled chicken on rotation, but after a few sips of thickie and some water, it went away. And honestly, the spectrum of flavors from my raw pad thai and getting to play with my food to make it earlier really sorta beats the meat 10-1 right now. Wait....
Hehe...(snorts) I said beats the meat.
And on that note...I gotta poem to write!