Friday, June 19, 2009

Creamy Zuchini (cream of zuchini soup)


Blustery, rainy, cold, and gray. It is all people are talking about, and it is weighing on a population of people, who wait all winter for the sun and warmth come June. The past month has been great for the hibernators, great for reading, great for computer time, and great for soup. Unfortunately since my "soup diet" came slap dab in the middle of my (unbeknownst to me) first trimester, I have had little desire or appetite for soup since.

I decided to break my no soup stretch yesterday, when the weather and the fresh zuchini were calling for it. I have a creamy zuchini soup recipe that is cleanse friendly and uses fresh and dried herbs and spices for all the flavor.

Once the soup was made and ready to be eaten the sun came out. It ended up being a beautiful evening, warm, mist on the water, and a calm sea. Chop and I ate our soup, took a walk around town, and then drove to the North Light to watch the sunset. Today the sun woke us up, but was quickly covered by fog, and the forecast is more clouds and more rain. Fortunately we have leftover soup.

Cream of Zuchini Soup (sans cream of course ;)
1 chopped onion
3-4 diced garlic cloves
1 diced celery
2 large or 3-4 small zuchini
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 T dill
2 T cumin
a touch of cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable stock

Simmer ingredients for about an hour then blend with hand blender or in food processor.
Onions, leeks, and garlic greens fresh from Blazing Star farm (our CSA)

Boil toil, looks nice doesn't it? Very fragrant.

Finished soup, after hitting the Blend-tec. Yummy and creamy. Here it is garnished with a little fresh dill (also from the farm), but next came a shake of nutritional yeast for an added cheesy flavor and vitamin B.

Our beautiful salad that kept the soup company in our bellies. Made from arugula, green leaf lettuce, strawberries, and garlic greens all from our CSA!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Moment of Zen (ice cream substitute)



And now a moment of zen. Or a moment of pregnant lady, didn't know I was being video taped, embarrassing in retrospect, weakness. I think it is difficult for us all, to hear our voices recorded, see video of ourselves, or for some, pictures are painful. I don't mind any of these mediums, but can't help but cringe, at times. A good example of this is when I, without hesitation, grab the container of the blender and drink right from it, ignoring the question that was asked of me, too preoccupied with my treat.

I choose to share this with all of you because, well, you have to laugh at yourself. And I think it is comforting to see other's do, what if you were caught on videotape doing, may bring mortification to yourself. See, we all get caught in moments of piggy-ness, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time, or lose ourselves, if only for a moment in our obsessions (whatever they may be.)

What was in the blender? Well I wanted ice cream, and so I created a substitute. It was delicious and didn't make me feel nearly as awful as ice cream would have. Actually it didn't make me feel awful in the least.

5 fresh peaches (pitted)
5 fresh strawberries (greens intact)
1 cup yogurt (not cleanse friendly, in case your wondering-you could use an avocado, which would be great!)
12 ice cubes
4 T agave nectar (not cleanse friendly, you could use your stevia :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cruciferous! (cleanse friendly "healthy slaw")

Luminous and Cruciferous Cabbage

The tricky bit to this blog, is that not only do I need time to cook, but I also need time to BLOG! Today I spent what would have normally been some blogging time and went to the beach for an hour or so. The sun has rarely reared her head in the last few weeks, and today though windy and cool, the sun was out and the beach was beautiful. I have been looking forward to digging a hole for my belly and seizing the opportunity to lay on my stomach, which is just what I did. I am a stomach or back sleeper and at this stage in my pregnancy I can't really do either, so I role from one side to the other all night (bringing all my support pillows with me). As soon as I dug the hole and got comfortable, I fell asleep instantly (I had applied my sunblock before leaving the house), it was lovely!

After the beach I stopped at the market for some cruciferous vegetables (these veggies are particularly high in sulferophane which helps to neutralize toxins as they get carried out of the body). Cruciferous vegetables also happen to be primarily members of the cabbage family, like cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and kale. My plan was to make the "Healthy Slaw" recipe from my cleansing recipes.

I am currently working with 19 people in 2 groups through a 10 day cleanse. This is the same cleanse I did with 20 others in May, the response was great and I decided to do it again. The first time around I followed the cleanse along with everyone for about 5 days, before I simply was too hungry and realized I probably was not getting enough fats for me and my baby. This time around I have decided to follow the regimen, although I am restricting my diet less. So with that, comes creating some of the dishes, and feeding Chop and I these healthy morsels.

"Healthy Slaw"

1 small to medium head of cabbage
1 onion (small sweet ones are the best)
2 carrots, shredded
about 10 radishes, sliced
1/3 cup flax oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 T dry mustard
1-2 t cumin
1 T dried dill (or 3 T fresh and chopped)

Chop the cabbage, onions and mix with the shredded carrot and radishes.
Wisk dressing ingredients in bowl
Mix with veggies and refridgerate.Aren't they cute? Radishes always seem fun to eat, pretty color and fresh snappy flavor.

This salad packs a kick and a punch. Between the radishes and the mustard it has nice sharp flavor. Although dried fruit is not cleanse friendly (too much sugar), I think this salad would be complemented nicely by some raisins or dried cranberries, although it does stand well on it's own. The dill adds a nice pickling flavor. Very fresh and very easy to make!