Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Raw Foods Group Meeting

Today was the raw food group meeting at my house. What an awesome group of people!  The food was great, and the conversation was better.  There was much discussion about health and creativity.  It was a great time.
Erika, Janis, Michael, Pamela, Linda and Jackie

 I demonstrated how to make pasta from zucchini.  I made the Italian Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta recipe that was posted on 5/30/12.  Italian Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta.   I also made spaghetti from zucchini using the spiral vegetable slicer which is available on Amazon for about $35.00.  I made a sun-dried tomato sauce to serve over the spaghetti.  This recipe made a blender full.

Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
2 - 3  cups of sun dried tomatoes (save soak water)  
4 - 6  dates
1 clove garlic
little bit of olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
few leaves of basil, chopped
1 tsp of Bragg's seasoning
   - Blend all in the Vitamix.    Serve with the zucchini spaghetti, chopped celery, chopped onion, and sliced olives.

Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
We had quite a feast.  Linda brought cheese and yogurt she made from raw milk, sauerkraut and some wonderful plums.  Pamela brought a beautiful salad and salad dressing.  Erika brought a wild rice salad which was fabulous.  
Wild Rice Salad

2 cups raw wild rice (1 cup dry, it doubles in size)
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic, minced
small can of black olives, sliced (optional)
1-2 Tbsp Shoyu or Tamari Sauce
2 avocados, cubed
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
Soak the wild rice for three nights, draining and rinsing after the first and second day and again before use.  Into the rice, stir the sea salt, cumin, nutritional yeast and garlic.  Fold into the rice mixture the avocados, tomatoes, cilantro and olives.  

Erika served this as a side dish, but it could also be served on a bed of lettuce or wrapped in lettuce leaves as a burrito.

A principle of natural healing is to trust the process.  Trust is required when you are hurting in order to go against the flow.  Well-meaning friends and relatives often insist upon medical intervention because they do not understand that the symptoms of acute illness are healing and not hurting us.  If you stop the symptom, you stop the healing.  What we need to stop, is not the symptom, but the harmful behaviors and lifestyles we have adopted.

Heart disease is directly related to status needs.  It is a disease of civilized man.  We are in a mess.  What can we do to make things right?  The best way to combat heart disease is to have hygienically prepared meals of 80-90% raw fruit and salad meals with small amounts of protein.  The protein does not have to be animal foods.  It can be nuts, avocados, dried fruits, etc.).  Hard, physical exercise is also recommended.  Live carefully, live hygienically, and live from day to day without anger, jealousy, fear and other negative emotions in order to avoid heart attacks. - Adapted from Quintessence of Natural Living

To health and happiness.

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