We're into soft foods and treats these days, because Jim recently had a wisdom tooth extracted (KDcat insists he is less wise for having done so). We've been having a lot of fruit smoothies! I made a big mistake and created a smoothie with a grapefruit for the juicy part (I normally only use oranges). I don't care for grapefruit, because the bitter part just isn't appealing to me. However, I thought for sure that bananas and frozen berries would override the bitter taste of the grapefruit. It didn't, so I added some agave to the mixture and blended it again. Nope--still bitter. So, I asked Jim to taste it (he LOVES grapefruit) and he thought it was fantastic. He consumed the entire pitcher of the bitter concoction.
We went grocery shopping last night, so today I'm wondering what kinds of soft meals and treats we can eat for a few more days. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more smoothies until Jim is feeling like he can chew without pain. We had a "cheese" dip last night, but it was a bit tough for him to eat the dip with our normal slices of veggies (cucumbers and sweet peppers), so that wasn't a great idea. I kind of feel like eating "meatballs" with marinara, but I'll have to ask if he thinks that will be too much for him to chew.
I'm not really into raw soups, but maybe I'll try to create one for dinner this evening. I was just flipping through Rawvolution, by Matt Amsden, and the Scarborough Fair Vegetable Soup looks pretty good. Maybe I'll try that. I almost never like recipes as they are written--I'm always adding and deleting things, increasing or decreasing amounts. But, Matt Amsden's recipes are almost always good on their own. It's a book I'd recommend to anyone who's used to eating rich, cooked foods, and is worried that raw isn't going to satisfy. You can find his book listed on our resources page if you're thinking of purchasing it. Personally, I always recommend borrowing books from the library to see if you really like them before spending money. ;-)
What are all of you making these days? Do you have any suggestions for some soft raw meals and treats for Jim
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On February 4, 2008, wrote:
Banana chia pudding! Yummy! Mash bananas with cinnamon and ginger, add chia seeds. Wait 15 minutes and well'ah!
On February 5, 2008, wrote:
Ooh, that sounds yummy (even though I've never had chia seeds LOL). I may just do the banana, cinnamon, and ginger because it sounds so good to me. Jim, however, wouldn't eat it--he's a picky eater and doesn't like bananas unless they are disguised in something. I LOVE bananas! They are so convenient to carry and eat--and taste good, too!
Lots of love to you, Joanna!