What’s for dinner?
I used to love to cook. When Simon and I were first married I used to spend Sunday mornings browsing new recipes in my various cookbooks while relaxing and drinking coffee. I would then plan out a menu for the week, make a shopping list and then Simon and I would head to our local grocery store to do the shopping.
And, back then, even grocery shopping was fun!
Flash forward eighteen years and the story looks slightly different. I have left all my cookbooks behind, I no longer browse recipes (well, traditional ones, anyway) and I no longer love to cook. Most nights, cooking dinner ranks up there with cleaning the bathroom. It has to be done but I sure don’t love it.
That is, until now.
For the past week, most of my dinners have been juiced. Even as I write I am enjoying my beet, broccoli, ginger, spinach, lemon, celery, and cucumber concoction as a late afternoon snack. And for dinner I have made Raw Tacos. I learned this recipe from Barb Maccaroni who is the wizard behind the B.Love brand. Barb is a raw food chef extraordinaire and four years ago she gently guided me into the wonders of raw food.
My first foray into raw food was a class at Barb’s house with a group of strangers. When I arrived at Barb’s I felt out of place and conspicuous as most of them were already die-hard raw foodies. And, only a week before, I thought raw food was just carrots and celery sticks. I had no idea there was such a thing as raw food much less that there were specially trained chefs. I mean, really, how much training does one need to cut carrots and celery?!
By the time I left Barb’s house that night I was absolutely intrigued with the preparation of raw food and satiated in a way that I had never been following a big meal. Looking back, I realize that this past four years has been a winding road to where I find myself now. I am now eating mostly raw vegan, I am juicing, I am eating sprouts and superfoods on a daily basis, and I am just about to dust off my Excalibur dehydrator for the first time in two years.
And…I am feeling better than I ever have!
I was thinking of Barb as I prepared my dinner for tonight and reflecting on my intriguing food journey these past four years. And while I chopped, crushed, juiced and blended, I was appreciating the fresh and vibrant ingredients that I was using. Not to mention the aromas, the tastes and the textures and the fact that my body was going to feel wonderful afterwards.
If only all my ‘cooking’ could feel this resonant and aligned with my values.
Now, for those of you who are wondering what the heck a raw taco is…here you go:
- 1 large romaine leaf
- Nut meat (Google nut meat and you will find all kinds of ideas)
- Guacamole (mine is just avocado, fresh lemon juice, garlic and Celtic sea salt)
- Salsa (your favourite one- my local health food store sells one that is ‘raw-some’!!!)
Fill the romaine leaf with the nut meat, guacamole and salsa, roll it up and dig in.
If only my kids would eat them…they are having hamburgers and a fresh green salad for their dinner. Who knows, maybe one of these days they will be thrilled to hear that Raw Tacos are on the menu for dinner. In the meantime, I will continue to love my raw food time in the kitchen and to deeply appreciate all the wonderful people who have come into my life over the past four years to gently show me the way! 🙂