This morning was a little shocking for me. I woke up thinking it was Wednesday. Good heavens! So glad it's only Tuesday and I'm not behind on work and errands, as my initial panic implied. Have you ever awakened to a new day thinking that it was later or earlier in the week than it really was? Kinda throws off the first few hours of the day, doesn't it?
Now that I'm SURE of what day it is and the kids are buckled down doing their schoolwork...(LOL! Such a mom thing...) I can settle in with a little hot peppermint tea, relax, and update you all on the foodie progress around here.
Earlier, Wub had a nasty reaction to some snacks he'd been indulging in without realizing that they contained gluten. Ugh. Three days of illness for that poor kid. Needless to say, he's motivated to read labels a LOT more carefully in the future. Mom is motivated to tell the other kiddos they are simply going to have to have gluten-filled snacks elsewhere. Home needs to be "where the health is" as much as where the heart is.
I know some families keep a "gluten-free" cabinet and carefully quarantine everyone's food in the fridge too. Some even go so far as having different cutting boards and utensils for those that can consume gluten and those that can't. However, we're just not that kind of family. The kids share everything, all the time, no matter what the mama says. They love each other and they mean well, but they are teens and sometimes they just aren't that careful. I just can't see the point of keeping things in the house that might harm one of the family members - especially when it's simply a matter of taste and "fun food".
That leads me to this weeks "chores"...I'm overhauling the kitchen once again. We're going to eliminate all things containing gluten, yeast, molds, and anything that is causing reactions in ANY members of the fam. It's time to take another few steps along the trail to becoming mostly raw. (Haven't mentioned it to the family yet, but I'm just about ready to get rid of the rest of our pots and pans too.)
I'm falling deeper and deeper in love with raw foods and the raw food lifestyle as I see how few allergens we'll have to deal with when eating this way. The elimination of pots, pans, greasy dishes, and icky kitchen mess appeals to me as well. Ah, the simplicity and beauty of an elegant raw meal.
There's so much variety in the raw food world! For instance, yesterday's lunch was the lovely Raw Squash Soup you see in the picture above. Fabulous!
Here's how we made it In a high-speed blender combine & process until warm and creamy; - 1 1/2 cups coconut water - 3 cups cubed raw butternut or acorn squash - 1/4 of a yellow onion - 2 cloves garlic - the juice of one lime (or half a lemon) - 1 cup of fresh cilantro
That's it! Lunch is served! Just sprinkle the soup with red pepper flakes to taste.
Doesn't get any easier than that! And, the variations on the theme are practically endless. You can mix up the herbs, spices and even types of squash to transform the dish into other ethnic flavors.