Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

In the video I am using the ingredients that I have on hand. I could have used Roma tomatoes and Italian herbs. the sauce was thinner with the juicier tomatoes but still amazingly delicious. I used cilantro and cumin. You can also use basil, thyme, oregano.

Noodles

  • 1 beet
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash

Spiralize and squeeze out excess water with paper towels.

Sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • handful of fresh herbs
  • Tbs dried herbs
  • full fat coconut milk (chill overnight, use just the thick cream on top)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Liquefy in processor or blender

Pour sauce on the noodles and add fresh veggies and olives. I used 1/2 a red bell pepper and green olives from Trader Joes without vinegar or oil.

Have Cold! Will Persist!

I feel like $#!%. Having a cold sucks. I watch and sleep with my grandkids twice a week. For the last 2  weeks, one at a time, they have been feverish, coughing and sneezing in my face. Now they’re better and I’m a snotty mess. My entire body is acidic from my big red nose to my queasy belly, which is where I believe all disease incubates.
In spite of my cold, I wanted to make (and film) a healthy dinner with the kids tonight. The problem is they rarely  eat healthy anymore and they don’t like to try new things. They’ve become addicted to spaghetti, mac & cheese and chicken nuggets. I never knew chickens even had nuggets. One  healthy thing that they do like is fresh juice so that’s what we’ll make. If I drink two green juices today maybe it’ll help my cold go away.
I believe colds are actually a good thing because it’s the body’s way of getting rid of the mucus from toxins that we ingest and that we inadvertently take in from our environment. But having a cold is no fun.
There’s nothing like a hot shower ( or bath) to loosen things up and open the pathways. Time for me to clean up, make an attempt at being human and get ready to work in the office today.
See you in the video this evening.
Celery
Cucumber
Kale
Parsley
Apple

The Journey Home to Clean Cells.

It’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle. Easier said than done.
I had become complacent and impatient  at the same time, in my quest for clean cells. It was so easy to say the way I was eating was a lifestyle not a diet. But I turned my back  one day a couple years ago, and have been fighting to get back on track ever since. I guess that’s what I deserve for feeling so sure of myself and thinking I was better than people who called it a diet and had trouble staying clean. Now I’m one of those people and it serves me right. I equate it with quitting drinking or smoking. Every day of your life you’re just one bite, sip or drag away from falling off the wagon again, and having to start from the beginning.
So as a beginner again, I am trying to quit white flour, white sugar, cooked oils and grains, other than quinoa. I am upping the water, green juice and vegetables.
To help me do this and to stick with it I am going to keep a food journal and blog about my journey. Hopefully if I share my experience it will help keep me accountable.

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Juicy Juicy in Indian Wells, on the way to my moms this morning.

  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Tomato
  • Lemon

Thai Fried Rice (not fried and not rice)

My first attempt @ shooting and editing a 2 camera video (of myself no less). I can’t believe I forgot to take the curlers out of my hair, oops. The food was gone (after I ate it) so I couldn’t re-shoot. Next time I’ll look in the mirror first.

Also I need better lighting and sound. All in all I’m pretty pleased with the shooting and editing for my first try. 

Setting Myself up for Success 

Day 5

Setting yourself up for success

Planning/shooting/editing and posting a video. .

I rarely have an entire day to myself and producing each video will take at  least a day. An hour or two to shop, at least a couple of hours for the shoot and a day or more for the editing and post production. All for a short video.

So if I don’t have an entire day to prepare and shoot, I have planned as follows:

 

Day one

Choose the recipe. Shop for the ingredients for my dish/meal: farmers markets, road-side stands, health food stores, Trader Joes, regular grocery stores etc. Document the planning and shopping experience. Most of the time choosing the recipe will depend on the fresh ingredients that I can find.

 

Day two

Prepare my workspace (kitchen)

Set up cameras, lights and begin shooting.

Prep ingredients

Prepare dish

 

Day 3

Edit the photos/videos

Write the accompanying blog

Post

 

In the beginning I will be posting the videos on YouTube with photos and links on my blog page. Eventually I will be able to embed the videos into the blog.

Lights! Camera! Action!

 

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5

#10DBC #freedomplan

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Super Powers?

Day 4

What are my super powers? Well…

Not only am I a good cook; I love to cook. From down home southern comfort food to raw/vegan plant based meals. I can do it all and I truly enjoy it. Growing up, my mother taught me to make everything Southern from biscuits and gravy to potato salad to chicken fried steak and corn bread. Fortunately, at the impressionable age of 18, I expanded my repertoire; after learning about vegetarian cooking and eating on the north shore of Oahu. I was sharing a house with surfers who didn’t really appreciate my fatty fried foods but preferred the lighter cleansing foods growing around us. I quickly learned to adapt and have followed that lifestyle ever since; learning raw cuisine and water containing plant-based meals as well. I still get an occasional opportunity to explore comfort foods, though.

In addition to loving to cook, I love to share my food with family and friends. It is so satisfying to sit down to a meal with love ones and have them truly enjoy it.

In addition to being a good cook, I am a pretty good photographer. I was able to raise 2 kids with photography as my main source of income. And luckily, I enjoy it. I have years of experience in many formats and specialties; from people, portraits, weddings to scenics, products, architecture and food!

Aha!!!

I have been told I have a calming presence, a nice personality and I’ve also been told that I have a pleasant voice.

So where does that take me?

Food and cooking videos! Right?

Sounds logical to me and I am making it happen!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4

#10DBC #freedomplan