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Hi everyone!

I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!

I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?

Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?

OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e171/ginsoak/vegetables2.jpg

ha, i'm one smart chick!  ;)b

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;D  You wrote "1/2 cup corsely chopped"  but you didn't say what.

Sorry! pecans--I use 1/2 cup pecans!

I posted a prep pic in todays blog for ya'll--i made another batch of the burgers--oh they are just so good--I hink i'll keep making these once I go back to cooked!

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Wow...it took me a long time to backread!  Didn't realize I'd been gone for a whole week.  I love the food pics!  I really want to try some sun dried tomato crackers now, but I just took another batch of raw cheeze itz outta the dehydrator.

I didn't have such a good raw week between trainings and offsite events and having an offer accepted on the house I wanted, which then spiraled outta control with addendums and inspections and loan apps and sheeeeeeh!  This week will be better. My week 4 weigh in yesterday was still .4 pounds down though for a total of 9 pounds lost.

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At market today I got a bunch of sunflower shoots! OMG! They are the shit! I've never had them before and I am now in looooove with them--I've never seen them anywhere else though and they are a bit pricy--$14 a pound--that's almost what it costs for 1 brownie (*see cooking forum to get that joke!). I got about half a bag for $3--but still, it's not a lot, maybe a few salads--anyways--does any one knowanything about theses? Where can I find them? They are sooooo yummy!

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hey capture, i was wondering what sunflower shoots were so i googled it. are they like this:

http://www.saunalahti.fi/~marian1/gourmet/pic/sunflw1.jpg

if so, this website says how to DIY!

I made a drink today - a whole cantaloupe (well, cut up) and strawberries juiced in my vita mix. it was soo good!

i should have taken a pic.

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hey capture, i was wondering what sunflower shoots were so i googled it. are they like this:

http://www.saunalahti.fi/~marian1/gourmet/pic/sunflw1.jpg

if so, this website says how to DIY!

I made a drink today - a whole cantaloupe (well, cut up) and strawberries juiced in my vita mix. it was soo good!

i should have taken a pic.

Yep! Those are them! And they are beyond yummy! Yeah--I saw I could order the seed to sprout--but I'm just not into sprouting...*lazy* I'm going to have to check my WF's maybe they have them in or can get them in!

Yum--your drink sounds great! I like just chucking fruit into my bleder and drinking it too--so efficent!

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My diet today qualifies as raw - so far.  I've had two pounds of blueberries.  For reference (because I just looked it up), that's 519 calories worth of blueberries.  They were delicious and I'm stuffed.

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I'm dehydrating the carrot pecan burgers as I type.

1.  I added a dash of liquid smoke and worcestershire sauce.  They're really good.

2.  They're not holding together all that well.  What's the trick?

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yeah, i was wondering how to keep those buddies together. everything seems it would be a little "dry" if you just mixed it up.

but i have carrots now... i could make me some. humm.  ::) but i should focus on prepping class from monday since my semester of DOOM is coming up.

i'll prob make them anyways  ::)

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I add a smidge of water to mine to get it bit more "doughy" for lack of a better word and when I form the patties I use a measuring cup and squish it all in there real good so they come out nice and patty shaped. I hope yours turn out as yummy as mine have! I really liek these alot!

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Hi Guys!  I was offline over the weekend, did you miss me?! ;D

I'm a big fan of the sunflower sprouts too!  There is a little organic farm on the other coast of FL that produces/sprouts them and one of the HFSs on my side of the state carries them.  I'm lazy too, Capture, I'd rather let someone else do the sprouting.

I made more sun dried tomato flax crackers over the weekend but added extra basil this time and they were really good.....especially loaded with bruschetta.  I also bought some raw vegan kimchee at Abby's and pigged on that all weekend.  I did commit a major raw violation by having a glass of red wine but food wise, I did pretty well.  I made my daughter a big pot of unbeef stew and like any good cook, did taste it to see if it was seasoned properly.  That was almost a big mistake because it was so good I wanted it!  I did manage to curb my craving, at least for now.  I admit that I'm getting a bit bored with the raw cuisine and I'm totally jonesing for some hot food.  I don't even care what it is, I just want hot food!  My goal is to stick with the raw until the family gathering on Saturday.

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Oh! Yea--tasting cooked food was probably a bad idea--man that must have been soooo hard not to just pig out on it! Kuddos for you for not giving in!!!!!

Yes--warm food is a big one for me too--lately I've been warmingthngs up on the dehydrator--but it does takea long time andthings only ever go to luke warm, but I prefer luke warm soup to cold any day!

Oh! Kimchee! That sounds good--I haven't found any that is raw in my area :( But, I only have 7 days left! It's going to be so weird trying to figure out what to eat next monday. I still have that loaf of manna bread in the freezer--I think I'll thaw that and slowly eat some of it--that's probably a good inbetween raw/cooked food.

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I'm going to have to be careful Saturday, since that will begin my transition back to cooked foods.  The family gathering cuisine is going to be Indian this time and I do so love Indian food, but I'm afraid if it don't transition back slowly I'll regret it in a very big way.  Perhaps I'll just kind of taste everything, but stick with salad and naan.....yay, I'll be able to have bread again! 

Capture, even after you transition back I think we should keep this thread alive.  I plan to keep a lot of raw foods in my diet and I'd love to keep hearing about the raw foods you continue to try.

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I'm going to have to be careful Saturday, since that will begin my transition back to cooked foods.  The family gathering cuisine is going to be Indian this time and I do so love Indian food, but I'm afraid if it don't transition back slowly I'll regret it in a very big way.  Perhaps I'll just kind of taste everything, but stick with salad and naan.....yay, I'll be able to have bread again! 

Capture, even after you transition back I think we should keep this thread alive.  I plan to keep a lot of raw foods in my diet and I'd love to keep hearing about the raw foods you continue to try.

Yeah--I think we should keep the thread going too!!

I hear you on the transition thing--I'm pretty worried what it will do to my GI track! Good luck on Saturday--yeah--I can't imagine Indian food being a great way to come off of raw! I looooove indian food too--but even when I'm not raw it's a little chancy *LOL* be carefull or we might be hearing about your dinner under the "Gross" thread *lol*

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be carefull or we might be hearing about your dinner under the "Gross" thread *lol*

:lol: Cap, what are you gonna eat? Some pasta? You should have some pasta and bread!

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be carefull or we might be hearing about your dinner under the "Gross" thread *lol*

:lol: Cap, what are you gonna eat? Some pasta? You should have some pasta and bread!

I think I'm going to start with the manna bread I have and then some rice. I just want to take it slooooow! But trust me I'm dying to eat an entire pizza, a huge tempha sandwich, a giant slice of cake, an entire box of pasta with sauce, a huge boca burger with fries, saddly up to an all you can eat Indian buffet, sesame tofu, lomain noodles...yeah...trust me I want cooked food--either that or I am just really hungry right now!  ;D

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Cooking for my daughter is killing me!!  I want her food so much.  I may never eat kale salad again in my life!!!!

Three more days.....I can make it three more days.

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Oh I feel your pain Storm!  I have to suffer through pancakes every morning becouse that is what my soon to be three year old wants!  and my daughter eats hers with strawberry jam and Im so temped.  Im totally bored with what I have been eating and I am like you counting down the days!  Oh well this raw food venture has been good and I do feel good so I guess that counts for something AND an aquaintence of mine says she will trade me an excaliber dehydrator for one of my roosters that I hate anyway so I think I will take her up on the offer.  What do you guys think?

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What does she plan on doing with the rooster??

*sigh* I am counting down the days too...4 more to go.

I was at Red Robin's tonight with my mom and had to eat an iceberg and tomato salad with bland guacamole. I wanted a boca burger with all the toppings and a basket full of fries...but oh no...I had iceberg lettuce...*rolls eyes, sighs some more...*

I can not wait for this to be over with you guys! Seriously it's been great for a lot of reasons-but after 27 days...just give me a freaking piece of bread already!

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I was at Red Robin's tonight with my mom and had to eat an iceberg and tomato salad with bland guacamole. I wanted a boca burger with all the toppings and a basket full of fries...but oh no...I had iceberg lettuce...*rolls eyes, sighs some more...*

omg i hope you ate more when you got home. eating out while raw is trouble!

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