Meal Planning and Prep

I was starving this morning and not really in the mood for chia pudding and we didn’t seem to have much else in the house that was raw, prepared, and appetizing.  I had a banana and then it occurred to me that some juice would tide me over.  I made a green juice and then a juice with oranges, sweet potato and pear.  Yum, it was good and now I feel stuffed.

I use weekends to do most of my prep and dehydrating.  I’m trying to make a meal plan for the week so that I have food ready and available so maybe I can continue to stay raw all day even at dinner.  I’m not going to stress about it if I don’t but I’ve felt so good on the days this past week that I did all raw and I want more of them!

Staples that I’m trying to always have on hand:

  • Almond milk (I make a quart every 4 or 5 days by soaking 1 cup of raw almonds with about 5 cups of water)
  • Oranges
  • Tons of bananas
  • Berries
  • Green Juice (2 Apples, 1 cucumber, 1/2 bunch Kale or other greens, 1/2 a bunch of celery, 1 lemon, and 1 -2″ ginger makes about 32 oz each morning).
  • Green smoothie ingredients (kale, apple, bananas, frozen mango and frozen berries).
  • Chia seeds for pudding
  • Oats
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Flax seeds
  • Almond butter
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • More apples
  • 1-2 batches raw bread or crackers – I’m going to make the rawtarian’s soft bread for the first time today.  Fingers crossed it’s good!  When I’ve been making bread and crackers I keep some out for the week and then freeze some so then I have a variety in rotation.
  • Cut up veggies – carrots, celery, peppers & cucumbers.
  • I try to make sure I always have at least a cup each of cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, brazil nuts, and pine nuts so that if I get inspired to make a sauce or cheese or raw cheesecake or something; I am prepared.
  • Salad ingredients (lettuce, carrots, celery, beets, sprouts, grape tomatoes)
  • Avocados
  • Garlic
  • Lemons and limes
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey, agave, and maple syrup
  • Cocoa powder
  • Zuchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil (plant)
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Rosemary (plant)
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro (plant?)
  • Dried unsweetened coconut
  • Dates
  • Brownies or some other chocolate treat
  • Another dessert
  • Coffee!
  • Milk for coffee

As for the recipes I want to try this week:

  • I want to start making a dip every week for veggies etc.  I think I’ll try the Rawtarian’s ranch dressing this week.
  • Jicama to cut up into “fries” to have with the raw ketchup and veggie burger.
  • Collard wrappers – marinate collard greens in some lemon juice and salt to soften them up a bit and then use them for wraps for things like burgers and hummus
  • Zucchini hummus
  • Fettucini alfredo with spiralized zucchini
  • Ravioli using thinly sliced turnips with a cheese filling
  • Cheesecake
  • A raw salad dressing (in addition to the ranch dressing dip)

Prep for the week that I’ll do this weekend:

  • Make bread and cheesecake and ranch dressing
  • Sprout mung beans.
  • Juice some lemons so that I have fresh lemon juice on hand for salad dressings etc.
  • Marinate collard leaves for wrappers.
  • Shred carrots and beets to throw on top of salads etc.

Ooh yum.  These raw hashbrowns looks good, too.  I might have to make them as well since I have some raw ketchup made up already.

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