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Zucchini Muffins or Birthday Cake

February14

Hello world!  Oh my – let’s quickly address that it has been almost 2 YEARS since my last post.  Why?  Well – let’s just pretend like I didn’t cook anything, eat anything, or have a problem with anything in the food industry and move on… No time to waste.

Here is my recipe for Zucchini Muffins that I have been asked about relentlessly for months now…  These are very popular in our house and I almost ALWAYS have a batch of them made either for us or to bring somewhere. They are Vegan, and Candida friendly (yeah – you missed that whole food journey in blog post form.) They are also incredibly fast and easy to make and even faster and easier to swallow.  I recently had a few of my very favorite girlfriends over and I had literally just made a batch of these for my boys right before my friends arrived.  I casually offered one up to them thinking “why would they want a zucchini muffin when there’s chocolate?  But I’ll throw it out there to be polite.”  Well, those ladies ate EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE before either of my boys were able to even see that they were there.  I was pleased.  I made a new batch the next day…

Brown is Beautiful!

Here is the most asked for recipe I have ever typed up:

Preheat oven to 350°
Mix the following ORGANIC ingredients together:
1/2 Cup Applesauce
3/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1.5 Cups Grated Zucchini (you can also replace this with grated Carrot if you want!)
then add
1.5 Cups Spelt Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Sunflower Oil

Spray muffin tins with Coconut Oil (I use use Trader Joe’s – it’s not labeled organic, but the oil is organic – so it’s organic)
Split batter up evenly (my pan makes 12 muffins)
Bake for 25 min.
Wait for about 2-3 min after removing from oven then flip over tray and dump them out onto a cooling rack.  Let them cool or just start eating them!  They are the best right out of the oven without a doubt.  I don’t refrigerate mine – mainly because they don’t usually last long.  But if they sit out for more than 3 days they will start to taste curious.  So either put them in the fridge or in a covered dish and eat them soon!

Side note: The inside joke here is that we eat these for any and every reason in our house – breakfast, lunch, late night snack, and if you don’t have time to make a birthday cake – just stick a candle in your zucchini muffin and you’re ready to celebrate.  Versatile AND festive.
Enjoy!

D-

Husband Rating 5 stars:gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star stars : “Don’t leave them out when friends come over!”
Kid Rating 4 smiley faces: “These are so good but only with Earth Balance on top. ”

Cauliflower “Rissoto”… a healthy Italian makeover: Day 75 of my 90 Day Food Journey

March20

Well, It’s been a loooong journey… but it’s still going. To say that I am busy right now is an understatement. I WISH WISH WISH I had more time to post everyday. Mostly because it helps stay me focused on what I’m eating and how my body and mind are changing for the better, but life happens while you’re making other plans, right? I have so many things I want to talk about, and about 10 draft posts waiting to be written, but I’m going to put up a quick post about a fantastically healthy dish my husband made the other night… Because at the end of the day – I hope to remember, inspire, and share our healthy food choices. So here it is…

Cauliflower “Risotto”

deliciously created by ForkandBeans.com

This dish is vegan, grain and gluten-free.  Good start.  Zeke made it pretty close to the original recipe and I loved it.  BUT I have made a few changes to this recipe as I think I would have loved it even MORE if it had these tweaks.  My changes are in bold in case you want to omit them and try it the Forks and Beans OG way.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 medium head of Lightly Steamed cauliflower, chopped in a food processor (or your VITAMIX!)
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained, divided (I prefer Great Northern Beans) we used Garbanzo/Chick Peas
  • 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tb sundried tomatoes (we used Oven Roasted Tomatoes now on sale by the jar at Costco – thank you Costco – I will always love you)
  • 1 Tb capers (I love capers like they are candy – I added about 1/4 cup to my plate  – I may have an olive problem)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried
  • toasted pinenuts, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, heat 1 Tb olive oil on medium heat until warmed. Place the shallots, garlic, and thyme inside and saute for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Place 1/2 the can of beans and vegetable broth into the pot and simmer for 5 minutes!
  3. With an immersion blender (or if you do not have one, use a regular blender or your Vitamix!), gently blend all of the contents together in the pot until creamy and smooth.
  4. Add grated cauliflower, sun-dried tomatoes, remainder beans, and spinach. Cover with a lid and allow to heat through for a good 5 to 15 minutes. Waiting to throw the spinach in until 5 min before you’re ready to serve.
  5. Add the capers before you serve and garnish with toasted pine-nuts.

The main thing I want to stress about this dish is that if the cauliflower is raw it really doesn’t feel like Risotto.  It’s still GREAT, but I don’t think it should be called Risotto because then your brain in disappointed.  If the cauliflower was lightly steamed before chopping and THEN steamed longer at the end I am confident that it would be truly a perfect Faux Risotto.

 

This dish is very similar in flavors and texture to an amazing NON-vegan dish I have made many times in the past By Giada De Laurentiis: Veronica’s Veggie Meatloaf with Checca Sauce.
Giada’s has cheese – a LOT of cheese, and also takes a long time to make. It’s very prep heavy. I have made it for many people many times and everyone loves it, but I don’t make it that often anymore, because there’s no time for all that prep AND I am no longer eating cheese. Details, details. Honestly, I have missed this dish, but NO LONGER!! Because the Cauliflower Risotto gives me the exact same Italian fix and comfort food feelings that I need and crave!! I am so excited about this. Thanks to my husband for continuing on the hunt with me for great new healthy, vegan food we can easily make at home.
Try this!! You will be amazed. I promise. I was.

The journey is NOT over yet…. Stay with me!

D-

Husband Rating 4 stars:gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star stars : “It’s a pretty good replacement for Risotto”
Kid Rating 2 smiley faces: “Thumbs up Papa! this is so yummy! Mommy, can I have a banana? ”

fail fail fail barf fail… Day 61 of my Food Journey

March6

What’s on my mind…? I want pizza and I want it now!!! Why is Pizza so hard for me?? Why am I having such a hard time with PIZZA!!!!!! I’m not even Italian for crying out loud.

Well – I bought the TJ fake cheese (barf) today in a fit of desperation, and looked up some “healthy” (barf) crust options and found one that said – and I quote – “You may never set foot in a Pizza Hut ever again. Trust me, after one taste, you’ll see why.”  I guess the Pizza Hut reference should have tipped me off, but I am desperate, so I made this CRUST (not – barf) and followed the recipe exactly (something I rarely do and now I am regretting this) and it was a HUGE fail fail fail.  It didn’t cook – I mean not at all – it was wet coconut flour underneath some very happy ingredients like sauteed mushrooms and onions, vegan sausages, yummy marinara…  None of that matters though if you mix it up with wet flour and have to pretend you are okay sucking it up and eating it anyway.  My husband (perfect angel that he is) ate it and said he loved it – he didn’t.  My Son, tried it and gave me some good, polite, constructive criticism as to how he thinks we could improve on it.  Love that kid.  I feel sick to my stomach because I kept trying to salvage it by reheating and eating it anyway.  Fail.

Seriously – I spent the last 2 hours trying to find new ways of apologizing for putting this dinner on plates, and I think I’m going to go barf it up now.  Tomorrow it’s back to basics.  Enough experimenting.  I need to know that what I’m about to eat is edible and won’t leave a lump in my stomach.

If you have a REAL healthy pizza crust substitute I might be willing to try again. Let me know. Until then – keep fighting the good fight and HAPPY healthy eating to you.
D-

Husband Rating 1 star:gold-star: “I don’t know what you’re talking about – I really like it… (barf) really!”
Kid Rating 0 smiley faces: “Mommy – can I have desert now?”

The Vitamix has arrived! Day 56 of my Food Journey.

March1

Well… Everyday my intentions are good in that I will put up a quick Food Journey Post – and everyday seems to be crazier and crazier. Sadly, this blog is the very last thing to get done, as you can see by my 2 week absence. Actually – my nails are the very last thing to get done, but it’s been so long since that’s happened it’s not even on the list anymore.  But here’s the latest up-to-date goings on regarding the clean, vegan, organic, sugar-free food in The Kamm Fam household.

If you know my husband Zeke, then you already know that he can get intense about things.  More intense than me, which is pretty darn extreme. He recently decided that we need, let me stress NEED, a Vitamix Blender.  Well, right this moment money is tight, and those babies are not cheap – and we already have a blender, food processor, mixer, and juicer, so do we really NEED another appliance?  Turns out we do. As my husband puts it: “we are losing money by NOT having a Vitamix.”  A bit overboard, but he’s very persistent when he has his mind set on something.  Well, turns out my always thoughtful and generous In-Laws, Mark and Angela, have been waiting for the perfect thing to give us as a housewarming gift, and after finding out that Zeke was on a mission, they decided to save me from one more argument about needing to wait.  I love them for many reasons.  This is just another one.

So last Tuesday, while Zeke and I were eating our way through Portland on a  business trip, our brand spanking new (refurbished) Vitamix arrived on our doorstep! Needless to say, we celebrated by eating yet another fantastic meal in one of Portland’s countless vegan restaurants.  I love living 3 hours from the only city in the world to have animal-free fine dinning everywhere you turn.  Pure coincidence? I think maybe the universe is just looking out for us. I love Bend, but most of the food in our town is meat and potatoesque.  Paleo athletes everywhere you turn and beer drinking bar-food everywhere else.  Happy and fun, but not our idea of clean eating.  Sorry Bend, it’s the only thing you are lacking.

What started out as a 90 day Food journey has just been combined with a 30 day Vitamix Journey to finish it smoothly.  Literally – super smooth style.

Me with the newest member of our Kitchen.

Me with the newest member of our Kitchen.

We have already used our new gadget 7 times in the last three days.  Have we saved money yet? Probably not, but it’s been really fun trying out all the features and options and learning how to make new things that simply weren’t possible before.  It really isn’t just a blender.  It’s a Food Transformer!  We already have made smoothies, milkshakes, soup, and sauces.  Last night I made a cheese sauce for the Vitamix Macaroni and Cheese that was SO good, I felt like I was back at Dodger stadium pumping guilt-free Velveeta Cheese sauce all over my nachos.  You won’t believe the recipe.  It’s so easy and so good… it’s totally worth the half a grand my wonderful In-laws dropped on this machine.  Here it is – straight off the Vitamix website:

Not-So-Cheese-Sauce

notsocheesesaucemainjpg

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) canned pimentos, drained
  • 2/3 cup (70 g) whole raw almonds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 3 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.

Okay – so that’s it.  3 Minutes.  4 if you count the time it takes to squeeze the lemon and put everything in the container. Can you believe it?  I made TJ’s Brown Rice Penne Pasta, Steamed Broccoli and Blanched Kale to go under this sauce. We also added some Field Roast Frankfurters cut up for fun (and extra protein.) Half way through the meal I decided I wanted extra sauce for the steamed broccoli.  How indulgent!  Extra cheese sauce to smother my veggies with?  Teaching my son to cover up his greens?!?  Well did you see that list of ingredients?  Next to actual fresh broccoli and kale, there really isn’t a list of healthier foods around.  How amazing.  I am totally sold on this thing and, once again, my husband was right.  I am going to make this sauce tomorrow night for my annual Oscar party with my Mom. I’ll be bringing tortilla chips and nacho (or “not-so”) cheese sauce to try out on her, as she is one of the best cooks I know, and is always happy to try new things.

If you have any great vegan Vitamix recipes that you want to share… PLEASE let me know .  I am all over this appliance.

Until I can pull it together again for another post… Happy Clean Eating!
D-

Husband Rating 3.5-4 star:gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star stars : “It’s like a cheese milkshake. I love this Vitamix!”
Kid Rating 2 smiley faces: “Pretty good – but too lemony”

Time flies when you’re busy trying to find time for everything… Day 42 of my Food Journey

February15

Where did my week go? Well… watching the Olympics and cooking, I’m afraid. I’ve been cooking all week long… along with my husband. We’ve been on a “only new recipes” kick and I gotta tell you – that makes for a LOT of work. Currently we’re stuck on many of the recipes from the One Ingredient Chef. Everything we have made from his blog has been fantastic and straight forward, but because it’s new ideas for us, we’re in the kitchen all day.  But the good news is – we’ve been eating tons of delicious food and the next time we make the ones we want to keep in our recipe book, they won’t take 3 HOURS to make. Geez.  I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.  I don’t think I sat at my desk for more than a few hours this week.  All this cooking and planning is a big time suck.  I won’t be able to sustain it forever, so I’m banking on all the new ideas and tricks I’m learning in the kitchen to get me through some quicker meal preparations in the future.  It’s like anything – If you don’t invest the time, you won’t be any good at it and you probably wont keep it up.  I think the Winter Olympics has taught us that this week. It was a ton of work cutting out meat, dairy and sugar, but 5 years later it’s so second nature to me/us that it takes no time at all anymore.  So now it’s a question of adding some variety and upping the Delicious factor… slow but steady.  We want to ultimately sustain this 90 day Food Journey, so it’s a great investment up front.

To add to my proverbial plate last week, I confirmed on Wednesday that London was having a play date Friday with his girlfriend from school so, obviously, I had to spend all day Thursday whipping up a sugar-free/vegan tea party for this very sweet couple.  After all  – it IS Valentines Day!  And my son was raised by me, so he loves to make a big deal out of any and every event.  We borrowed a lovely little tea set that my mom has been saving for my niece, and brought out the fancy glasses and napkins, and collected all the heart and star shaped cookie cutters we could find (turns out we have several thanks to my Boutique owning mother,) sent out the Tea Party Invite, covered the table with brown paper to decorate it with stickers courtesy of Trader Joe’s…  It was ON!  Valentine Day Tea Party   As you are all aware my son doesn’t eat refined sugar of any kind, and I am very adamant about no dairy right now, BUT I also like things to be right.  You can’t really have a “healthy” tea party, but we tried anyway – because that’s how we roll. Valentines Day Tea Party

Turns out London’s friend was not a fan of the coconut maple frosting I made for the cookies (she was right – It was NOT frosting and I wouldn’t make it again) but of course, my son loved it because it was loaded with maple syrup and coconut, and that’s what he’s used to.  HE would eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner if I let him.  I will keep working on a better vegan sugar free frosting.  I know it’s possible – I WILL NOT give up!! Nothing ventured nothing gained… Frosting is coming, and hopefully before London’s next birthday party.  The Tea was my favorite Chocolate Chai from Zhena Gypsy, which again my son downed tiny cup after tiny cup while his friend sipped on Sparkling Cider with fresh raspberries. She’s a classy kid. The chocolate covered strawberries were a little bitter, but we are still working on getting that worked out.  Zeke has been making homemade chocolate and candy lately with no sugar, and he’s doing great!  But it’s still not quite there yet.  It’s close! Keep trying sweetie – I’m counting on you for this one.

All in all the “Healthy Organic High Tea” was a pretty good success.  But it still needs work.  So that’s what I will continue to do – work.  Changing life-long habits and expectations and practices is not going to happen overnight.  So let’s all keep working on it and hope one day we get closer to a global movement where the collective desire is HEALTH and not the default of “but this is how I grew up doing it.”

Back to work and back to the kitchen for me…
D-

…Humpty Dumpty had a great RECIPE! Day 36 of my Food Journey

February9

My son subscribes to the Humpty Dumpty magazine for kids. Very cute little publication. It comes out 6 times a year. Always has a silly little healthy snack recipe in the back that you can make with your kids. Most of the time they are just too ridiculous to indulge in, but this last issue of Humpty Dumpty magazine there was not one but TWO great recipe ideas in there!! Way to do it Humpty!
So one of the recipes was called Superfood Fudge by Mom blogger Sarah of Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity. Now let me warn you about this “fudge” it is in no way going to look like, taste like or resemble fudge.  I’m not sure why she called it that except for that she’s a mom and her kids may have fallen for it so good for her! And hey, it’s a magazine for 5 year olds, so you can’t really complain about the culinary intent behind it. My son and I made it two days ago and at first I was disappointed with the result, but then something magical happened and it’s now my most favorite snack ever in the whole world!!! Thank you Mom Blogger, Sarah! You’re changing lives over here in Bend, Oregon.

Here’s how you make it – I of course changed it a little bit to make it vegan and less sugary:

Heat 1 cup peanut butter with 1 cup Brown Rice Syrup stirring constantly over medium heat until combined and creamy.
toast 1/2 cup sesame seeds in a skillet
add the sesame seeds to the pot of peanut butter mix along with:
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
12 pitted, chopped dates
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
combine all the ingredients above and spread evenly into a greased 9×9 pan. I didn’t do this because for some reason I STILL don’t have a 9×9 baking dish even though I need one at least once a week. I put parchment paper down on a cookie sheet and spread out the mixture as evenly as I could then put it in the refrigerator. It is VERY difficult to work with after you add everything in. It takes some muscle so don’t be worried if it seems too tough or thick. After it cools off and hardens up it’s also a bit tricky to cut. I cut mine into squares and now they are out on my counter top on my covered cake plate that I use for all our household snacks.
Super Food Fudge Bars
They are so healthy and yummy! London has been asking for them everyday. This is one of those things that I have no problem giving him as a snack. He can have them for breakfast lunch and dinner if he wants (he doesn’t) because they are really pretty healthy indeed. I also have been eating them nonstop – I pretend it’s fudge.  It’s not.

Try them out. You might love them like I do.
And as always Let me know how it goes and what you think…
D-

This one’s for the Ladies… Day 33 of my Food Journey

February6

Let’s get right to it… I’m totally PMSing!  I need-want-crave-will kill if I don’t have SUGAR (and pizza)!!

doughnut image by Arnold Inuyaki  Cookie image by Robyn lee  Pizza image by Nick Sherman

I am trying to remain strong, because I know that is a dead end road, but I think you ladies are probably with me here. When you have just commenced ovulation and your thyroid is sending dessert menus to your brain to get ready for a 3-5 day journey into Crankville… It’s F’ing hard to stay strong.  If any of you Male people are with me right now – frankly you just don’t get it.  So don’t try.  I would normally be more polite about that – but I don’t have the patience right now and my finger is on the ALL CAPS button like crazy to prove it.  This monthly drama is real and it’s powerful and I NEED some damn sugar (and pizza)!!!

Okay – so I posted to my Crossfit Thrice Food Journey group via on the almighty Facebook and they helped calm me down.  Thank you ladies – I appreciate you and your understanding.  I guess I’m really posting this just to say that sometimes I am crazy annoyed that I can’t just EAT – anything – everything – all of it!!!  I love food.  Everyone loves food.  As a matter a fact I think that anyone who claims they are “Foodies” are also semi-goofballs because the world as we know it exists because we are ALL foodies in every way!!  Sure some of you might believe that Cheese-wiz is a delicacy and call yourself a “Foodie”, but still – if that’s what makes your neurons connect and sends serotonin down your spinal cord to make your toes curl with happy vibes, well who I am to say you’re not a foodie for that?  (I’m pretty sure that’s not really the biological process, so don’t quote me on that.)

The problem is not that I am a “Foodie” or that I like food – it’s that all the EASY (and fun) food is shit.  That’s right – all the easy food is pretty much just shit for you and your body.  I said it.  Thanks to my cranky attitude – I just made that bold statement.  And because I am PMSing I’m totally annoyed by that absolute fact.  I just want to go to my pantry and eat a bag of potato chips (the fried kind) and another bag of cookies (the processed kind.)  And ANOTHER thing… I’m feeling pretty annoyed that THIS is the shit food I grew up on and subsequently WANT RIGHT NOW!!!  My son will never know these struggles.  He doesn’t even know that cookies can BE processed.  His are always removed from an oven, not a bag – and he only wants to eat them if they are warm.  Kid’s got style.

Okay – so while I’m here ranting away, my good friend Courtnee messaged me with this happy news link about Subway removing that toxic chemical Azodicarbonamide from their bread.  Remember I wrote about this same horror story back on Jan. 13th? This is huge!!!  I am happy about this happy news.  My mood is lifting.  It gives me hope that I am doing the right thing by trying, blogging, spreading the word and sharing the info that comes to me from all my health conscious friends back to other people who are searching for answers to how to avoid shit food.  We’re literally all in this together – and sometimes it really sucks.

Now can someone please bring me a glass of organic wine  or beer with a box of Assorted See’s Candies?
Wine and Beer image by Allie Cormin Sees Candy image by Robyn Lee

D-

 

 

Yesterday was a dream come true…. Day 31 of my Food Journey

February4

I can’t tell you how many times I have thought to myself… “I wish everything was just good for you. Then I wouldn’t have to think so hard, look so much, and worry about most things!” I find myself driving around from Natural Grocers, to Whole Foods, to Trader Joes… all in a two hour period on any given day just to get the everyday items I keep in my pantry.  Well yesterday my wildest dreams came true and I felt like I was in the “Heaven” that I hear so much about.

Two days ago I got a flyer from Costco about their “Organic” products being on sale.  This flyer was beautiful to me because it was ONLY about their organic food, (and more vaguely) why they believe in them, and what their standards are for procuring them.  Now anyone who is within 50 feet of me, my blog, Facebook page, or kitchen already knows that I am a firm believer in organic foods (and cleaning supplies, toiletries, bedding, furniture, rugs, etc…) so I probably don’t have to tell you that this promotion put on by Costco was VERY encouraging to me.  Costco is for the masses.  Period.  BUT they think outside of the box, whether you realize it or not.  They are a very progressive company and conscientious about just about every dollar that they bring into their store.  I worked there for 7 years- I was a manager and I was in on meetings with higher-ups and I can tell you that they take care of their customers, their employees and their footprint.  I am a huge Costco fan inside and out.  BUT I usually have to scour every single isle to find what is new and organic and healthy… Blah blah blah.  It’s not a quick run through the grocery store to grab what I need and know will be there – it’s a scavenger hunt that can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.  Ugh.  Annoying, but I do it because they carry a lot of my staples that we eat on a regular basis, and I like to save money as much as the next guy (maybe more).

Getting back to my dreams coming true – yesterday Costco had their two most seasonal highly visible, heavy traffic center isles FULL from front to back of NOTHING but organic foods.  To make life even more wonderful they put all the signage for their organic foods in bright green sleeves so you didn’t even have to look for the buzz word on the tag to know that it was organic.  Ah ha!   I was SO happy – and frankly I was like a kid in a candy store.  My mom went with me and as usual she thinks I’m totally nuts and over the top, but I’m happy she was there so that it didn’t look like I was a crazy person talking to myself walking up and down those two isle shouting “this is so amazing!!  I’m so happy right now!  This is a dream come true!!”  I get a bit dramatic about things – what can I say.  I was born that way.

Kudos to Costco for once again leading the way in the mainstream markets.  I encourage everyone to go to their local Costco and look for the organic food isles and if they don’t have them yet put a comment in the suggestion box asking for it!  They not only read every comment, but the comments are supposed to get sent to the corporate office where your message is hear loud and clear.  I myself will be sending a letter to Craig Jelinek, the CEO of Costco thanking him for continuing the good work that Jim Sinegal started back in 1983.

Put your money where your mouth is, everyone!  Every dollar sends a message. Tell them you are IN!
Healthy, happy eating!
D-

If you want to eat healthy, you should marry my husband. Day 29 of my Food Journey.

February2

Well… when I started my 90 day Food Journey I had BIG plans to blog every single day, without fail, like the rockstar that I believe that I am. Even if it was just a short little blurb about what I ate or what my challenges are or what the scale is telling me, etc…  ha ha ha ha ha!  That was a hilarious overachievers delusion!!  I suffer deeply from that syndrome and I crack myself up that I never learn.  Not to mention that I couldn’t pull off a “short” “little” “blurb” to save my life. But seriously – I had no idea I was going to be sitting at my desk every day for 14 hours a day over the last few weeks trying to figure out how much the IRS is going to love us.  This happened to coincide with rehearsals and shows with my funk band, painting the Production Studio that is being built for our company, and my assistant leaving and me not having a back-up plan other than… me. Not to mention my regular workout schedule and that I still like the idea of spending time with my fantastically patient son, oh – and I’m still married too.  At least the last time I checked I was married.  Recently I have stopped putting my wedding ring back on everyday after lifting weights during workouts and also after trying to avoid ruining my conga heads while playing with my band. So there goes my little visual reminder that I still have a husband, too.

LUCKILY – not only do I still have a husband, but I have the greatest one ever, and HE hasn’t forgot that we are married.  He also hasn’t forgotten that we need to eat.  Or that we need to eat healthy. Here is picture of my beautiful boys in a tickle fight:

"My Happy Boys"       Photo (c) D.Kamm

“My Happy Boys”
Cel Phone Photo by D.Kamm (c)

Aren’t they cute?

For the past few years I have done most of the cooking for us and although my husband, Zeke, is a VERY good cook, it’s really just been mostly me taking care of the planning, shopping, cooking, and finding new things to eat that work for our lifestyle.  But here are a few reasons why my husband is super amazing and wonderful:

1. He’s really cute, and nice, and funny.
2. He knew I was on a very strict 90 Day Food Journey. No Sweets. No alcohol. No eating out (or very very very little.) No dairy (not even cheese – which is the Achilles Heal of our household.) No salt (I just added that one in last week. REALLY? You’re still adding stuff to STOP eating, Deena??? WTF??) No snacking.  And more…
3. He has happily supported it fully in every way including doing all the same things himself (for the most part.)
4. When he realized I was under water time-wise he didn’t hesitate for a moment. He stopped everything and took over the kitchen. And I mean TOOK OVER!
5. He treats me like a queen and tells me I’m beautiful even when the sun’s gone down and I still haven’t gotten around to brushing my teeth and have been in the same pair of Russian Sweatpants 5 days straight.

For the last few weeks, at around 6pm, when I come up for air simply because I’m noticing how dark it suddenly got, I am not panicking about what we are going to eat at 6:05pm for dinner because my husband has already gone to the store, prepped dinner, and is telling me that if and when I have time, it’s ready for me to eat. Then he also forces me to stop and eat. This a bad and very unhealthy habit I have yet to fully overcome in my adult life: not making time to eat until I am ravenously starving to death and have turned into a crabby low blood sugar angry bitch. But not if Zeke’s is around!!
Who’s the Rockstar now??

To make the jackpot even bigger, he has been making all new stuff – from cookbooks (which was a first for him – proud of you, Sweetie!) and finding amazing recipes and making some amazing food! I am so impressed, and inspired!
Here are a few of the beautiful, healthy, vegan dishes he has supplied me and my son with over the last few frantic weeks:

Lentil Loaf with cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (will be blogging this wonder)
veggie burgers
vegan meatballs and spaghetti (these came out amazing and I plan on blogging the recipe too – Don’t worry the title will not include the lame word: Amazeballs)
cashew based milkshakes (super healthy! who knew???)
cashew ricotta cheese pizza with greens (delicious – I will blog this eventually)
And just because he was on a roll… sugar-free dark chocolate vegan butterfingers (oh yes he did – and I even had one bite in spite of the maple syrup that I was not supposed to be eating. How could I resist such a refined retro dessert as this?)

I have managed to cook one or two meals myself, but I am so appreciative of his immense help and stepping up so that I could have this crazy time be just a little less stressful and a lot more nutritious!! Nothing makes eating healthy easier than a supportive household full of great cooks!! And nothing makes a happier household than a HEALTHY household! So get on the same page with your spouse/partner/roommate/goldfish or get him/her onto your page – whatever it takes!! Because it WILL get you through the rough and stressful times so much easier.

I plan on getting back to my every other day posts (I’m being a little more realistic now) and getting back into the kitchen so my husband can get moved into his new studio and get back to work. So hang in there with me – there are many more recipes and food ideas to come… Let’s keep getting healthy together!!

And to my husband – thank you for always treating me like a Queen.  You are my King and I love you.

TheQueen_and her King

“The Queen & her King”
Selfie Cel Phone Photo by D. Kamm

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“Someday you have to give something back to the animals…” Day 18 (non-animal) Food Journey

January22

This makes me cry, restores a little of my lost faith in Humanity, and re-affirms my belief that animals are deeply feeling, loving, meaningful creatures worthy of our respect.

Please watch this very short, but very beautiful video about a farmers decision that impacted 25 lives in a wonderful way.

I’m glad I don’t eat animals. I know that most people I know and love DO eat animals, but I’m really glad I don’t.

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