Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Food Logs and Vegan/Raw Vegan Recipes

Aloha, Over the last weekend I've been experimenting in the kitchen and I've come up with some healthy recipes. I've included some of the dishes I made below.
Also, in the next few days I plan to put together my pantry/fridge and freezer shopping list to share. I think the most important aspect to a healthy diet is a well stocked kitchen. Enjoy!
*Food Log" April 24th
*note* I woke up this morning with a mild case on Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis Tonic-juice of one lime, 1/2 water and 1 TB local raw (Hawaiian) honey, 16oz Green Smoothie
Lunch-Herb "Cheese" see recipe below-idea borrowed from the "Choosing Raw" website. However I did change some of the flavoring ingredients in my version, 2 large celery stalks, Miso Soup~see receipt below
Dinner-Steamed Broccoli dressed in lemon zest and balsamic vinegar, quinoa and Miso Dressing~receipt from the book"Raw Food Real World" (see favorite book list )
Dessert-"Nana's Cookie"
*Food Log* April 25th
no breakfast
Lunch-Fresh Juice from Alive and Well's juice bar ( Kahului ) FYI~This was $7 for a mere 16 oz. It was good....but not $7 good. (kale, carrots, apple and celery )
Snack-Berry Smoothie ( Coconut water, mixed organic frozen berries, 1 frozen banana and cinnamon ) Larabar
Dinner-Coconut Corn Chowder~see receipt below ( This was great! ), Tomato Basil Crostini's~see receipt below, 2 glasses of Fetzer California Sauvignon Blanc
Dessert-3 Tim Tams
Exercise-40 min Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Ukumehame
Weight-106.2
*Food Log* April 26th
No breakfast
Lunch-Spicy Pineapple Gazpacho~see receipt below
Snack- 3 small Kale Wraps ( kale from my garden, opal basil from my garden, local heirloom tomato and Herb "Cheese"~see receipt below
Dinner-Veggie Pot stickers~see receipt below ( these were awesome! ), quinoa and Thai salad ( napa cabbage, spinach, diced green onion, cilantro, shredded carrots, black sesame seeds, sunflower sprouts and Thai Satay Peanut Dressing), 2 glasses Fetzer California Sauvignon Blanc

Dessert- 2 Tim Tams
Exercise-40 min distance paddle on 7'8" long board Airport Beach, Kaanapali ( strong Trade Winds made this challenging! )
*Food Log* April 27th
Breakfast-Green smoothie
Lunch- Vegan Green Papaya Salad from Thai Chef, Larabar
Snack-corn on the cob, orange
Dinner-Bamboo Restaurant in Lahaina( kind of a dive but the food is excellent!Veggie Sushi Roll ( carrots, sprouts, cucumber, avocado ), extra side of white rice, soy sauce, wasabi, 2 glasses of cheap red wine?
Dessert 2 Tim Tams
Exercise-1 hr + Stand up Paddling from Puamana Beach Park to Shark Pit and back a few times at sunset. Beautiful!!! I love my new board!
RECIPES
*Herb "Cheese"* RAW VEGAN
1 cup cashews soaked for 1-2 hrs

juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 to 1 tsp yellow miso unpasturized
1 TB chopped chives
1 TB chopped basil
1 TB oregano
1 clove of garlic
water
Place all ingredients in a Cuisinart or high speed blender except herbs. Blend until smooth adding water until desired consistency is reached. Add chives, oregano and basil. Blend until herbs are Incorporated.

*Miso Soup* VEGAN
3 cups water

4 heaping TBs of Miso
1/2 C diced extra firm tofu
large handful of chopped dried Nori seaweed
2-3 TB soy sauce ( or more depending on taste )
Heat all ingredients except Miso in a sauce pan over med heat. Remove from heat and stir in Miso
chopped green onion

*Coconut Corn Chowder* VEGAN
4 Cups fresh corn + 1 extra cup set aside ( I used organic frozen corn )

1 can of organic coconut milk
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
chopped cilantro and chives 1/2 c total
In a large sauce pan over med. heat combine all ingredients except 1 cup of corn, cilantro and chives. Once heated and corn is defrosted pour soup in high speed blender. Blend until smooth ( be careful blending hot liquids...do not fill blender too high and make sure lid is on tight. )
Once blended return to sauce pan over med heat and add 1 cup of corn. Simmer 3-5 min until desired temperature. Place in serving bowls and sprinkle with cilantro and chives.

*Basil Tomato Crostini topping* VEGAN
2 large Heirloom tomatoes diced( mine were from Kapalua Farms)

1/3 chopped chopped fresh basil
1/4 sweet onion ( Maui )
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
1 TB organic olive oil
1 TB organic balsamic vinegar
sea salt ( I used Hawaiian red salt ) and cracked pepper to taste.
Mix all ingredients. Let marinate for 30 min and place on top of toasted baguette slices.
I sprinkle half of the baguettes with Pecorino Romano Cheese for my man and returned them to a 350 degree oven for 5 min. I enjoyed my share without cheese

*Spicy Pineapple Gazpacho* RAW VEGAN
2 cups chopped pineapple ( I used local Maui Gold )
1 chopped cucumber
handful cilantro
1 HOT pepper ( I used a Serrano ) use 1/2 of a pepper to start and check heat
1 TB Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
juice of 2 limes
1/4 sweet onion ( Maui )
1/2 tsp sea salt or more to taste
place all ingredients in high speed blender until mixed and desired consistency is reached. Top with chopped cilantro.

*Vegetable Pot Stickers* about 24 VEGAN
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup chopped spinach
1 cup extra firm organic Tofu crumbled
3 oz minced shiitake mushrooms
2 cloves garlic minced
1.5 TB soy sauce
1.5 TB rice wine vinegar
2 TB canola oil
1 TB sesame oil
1 pkg of raw pot sticker wrappers ( round )
Saute 1 TB canola oil in skillet with kale, spinach, tofu, mushrooms and garlic over med. heat 8-10 min
remove from heat and add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil.
Place 1 TB of mixture in the middle of a pot sticker wrapper. Wet wrapper edge with water and fold over into a half moon. Pinch to seal
In a large skillet over med. heat add 1 TB of canola oil and add pot stickers flat side down. Cook 3-5 min until bottoms are brown. Add 1/2 c of water and cover. Steam over low heat for 5 min. Done!
I used two dipping sauces ( Peanut Satay and another of equal parts soy sauce and rice wine vinegar )



Sunday, April 26, 2009

Beating MRSA Staph ( again )

I am very happy to announce that I beat my most recent case of MRSA without pharmaceutical intervention! The total length of infection was less than 4 days ( my first case was 4 weeks! ). So, how did I do it???? I turned to my new best friends...Turmeric and Manuka Honey from New Zealand!
I mixed 1 TB of Turmeric Powder ( organic from the health food store ) with 1/2 cup of warm water ( plus, a pinch of Cinnamon and Stevia for taste ) and drank this 3 times a day. I also ingested 1 TB of Manuka Honey and placed the honey directly on the boil under my band aid once a day. My MRSA boil formed a little head ( like a zit ) but the skin never broke. It eventually dried up and that was it! NOTE: MRSA Staph is extremely dangerous! Don't ever try to self treat without a doctors permission. For the record, I DID go to the doctors and I had the prescribed medication on hand in case my MRSA got out of control. Thankfully this never occurred!
So back to my life......
I woke up Friday with a sore throat? What?? NO!!! Sure enough I had a few white spots on my tonsils, a headache, chills and fatigue. It looked like a classic case of Tonsillitis which I am more than familiar with. Was this a immune reaction to the MRSA I was fighting?? Who knows? So, once again I looked up homeopathic treatments for Tonsillitis and found a couple of treatments to try. One was squeezing a lime in some warm water with a TB of honey. The other was gargling 1/2 tsp of sea salt with 1/2 cup of warm water. I did both several times on Friday as well as resting. The white spots were gone by late afternoon and I was Stand Up Paddling by Saturday. NOTE: Again, don't mess with white spots on a sore throat. This can also be an indicator of a Strep infection which will require antibiotics to treat. Always go to the doctor to check first!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Update on MRSA

Good news! MRSA is shrinking!! Day 3 and no sulfur pills! To be continued.....
*Food Log*
Breakfast-1/2 of a green smoothie
Lunch-*Mock Papaya Salad* 1/2 of a Larabar
Dinner-Raw Zucchini Alfredo, 1 glass of Filus 2007 Argentine Malbec. Awesome at $7.99 from Foodland.
Dessert-Nana's No Gluten Cookie ( I can see these becoming a habit! )
* Alfredo Sauce * RAW VEGAN from the "The Sunny Raw Kitchen"
1 1/4 C cashews soaked for 1-2 hrs drained
3/4 C water
1/3 C lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt ( I added more )
1 tsp white miso
1 tsp raw agave
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender using only 1/3 of a cup of the water at first. Then, gradually add the rest of water while blender is going until ideal consistency is reached and very creamy. This seriously tastes just like Alfredo!
Then, I took out my saladacco and made a large zucchini into angel hair pasta. I added some chopped fresh Italian basil from my garden and about a tsp of lemon zest. I tossed this all together with about a 1/3 of a cup of the Alfredo sauce. I finished it with some cracked black pepper. Yum!

*Note* I'd imagine that this sauce would be excellant "cooked"as well. Next time I might time try heating it up and mixing it with "real" pasta instead. It wouldn't be raw but, I think it would make a great vegan alternative to the real thing! Aloha.....

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Good News and Bad News

When I got up yesterday morning I noticed a little bump on my booty. I was trying hard not to panic so instead I ate a tablespoon of my million dollar Manuka Honey and I drank a tablespoon of turmeric powder in warm water and took off to work. All day long I thought about my ass.....
Now, just in case anyone is confused, I'm talking about MRSA Staph. I've been plague with this super bug since January 1, 2009 and it seems that the nasty f*cker doesn't want to die!!
MRSA rears it's ugly head innocently by disguising itself as a little zit. Then, within a matter of 48 hrs it turns into a scary pus filled boil that needs to be cut open by a doctor and drained! EFF that!
So, the last time MRSA decided to make an appearance ( last month ) I smothered it with New Zealand Manuka Honey ( both topically and internally ) and drank about a gallon of turmeric tea. After hours of research on the Internet these were the 2 forms of homeopathic treatment that seemed to get great reviews. I figured, "What the hell". My MRSA in March cleared up in one week without cutting into it. ( My January infection "sans" honey and turmeric took about a month ).
Now, on both occasions I took the dreaded sulfur pills ( MRSA is antibotic resistant ) for 10 days but I have a feeling that my March case cleared up much quicker because of the honey and turmeric! So, here I go again and this time I'm going drug free.
I've had 2 more servings today of the turmeric powder ( 1TB in 1/2 C of warm water ) and 1 TB of the honey. I also went to the docs for a look. Doctor said that as long as the "zit"doesn't grow larger I'm allowed to stay clear of the sulfur pills. So far, so good. I'm experiencing little to no pain and 36 hrs later I think little has changed.....to be continued
NOW ON TO THE GOOD NEWS!!! I bought a STAND UP PADDLE BOARD today!!! It's a 11'6" Naish with a beautiful carbon paddle! I'm sooooooo stoked. Even more incentive to get healthy! Stand Up Paddle Boarding is amazing for cross training! It's like doing a yoga session on the water but wayyyyyy more fun! I've been borrowing boards from friends for 2 years now and I knew the time had come to get my own ( FYI-Not cheap!!! Mine was $900 used and I scored with that price )
So, anyways F-OFF MRSA!.....You can hele now because I need to get back in the ocean ASAP!
*Food Log*
Breakfast-Larabar, handful of organic granola ( FYI- we had no power this a.m. so I could not make my green smoothie :-( )
Lunch-Arame Salad from the health food store, Down to Earth in Kahului ( Arame seaweed, zucchini, red bell pepper, carrots, green onions, sesame seeds, Apple Cider vinagar, tamari, sesame oil ) =yum!
Dinner-"Mock Green Papaya Salad" see earlier post, 1 glass of Tierra Brisas Argentine Malbec

Dessert-Nana's No gluten, No eggs, No dairy, No refined sugar chocolate Cookie ( These are awesome! ) http://www.healthycrowd.com/
Exercise-45 min hike

Monday, April 20, 2009

Catching up on Food Logs

*Food Log* April 17th
Breakfast- fresh coconut water
Lunch-Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad ( see older post ), Mary's Gone Crackers Flax crackers
Dinner-Real Green Papaya salad at "Thai Chef" in Lahaina, sticky Thai rice and a little bit of peanut satay sauce
2 glasses of Babich, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ( this is really good and worth spending over $10 for. )
4 Tim Tam cookies **I feel I need to explain something about these particular cookies. First of all, the are from Australia and hopefully they will continue to stay in Australia because Tim Tams are one of two items that I simply cannot stop eating once I start ( the other being the Hazelnut spread, Nutella ) My sister asked me before her visit if there was anything that I wanted her to bring. I said Tim Tams, thinking she'd bring one box and my man will devour them before I even had one like last time. Well, that was not the case, my sister came off the plane this time with a huge carry on bag full of them. This was 2 weeks ago and I finally caved in today.
OH....they are sooooo good. Tim Tams are two light biscuit like chocolate cookies with a creamy grenache center dipped in chocolate. My poor man is panicking already. He's already eaten 2 boxes and is nervous about the remaining stash. He has even suggested given them away! NOWAY! Some people have been working on their will power over here! Anyways, I plan to indulge myself on occasion. I wonder what a Tim Tam would taste like dipped in Nutella?
*Food Log* April 18th
Breakfast-Green Smoothie ( Kale, coconut water, lemon juice, Fuji Apple, fresh ginger, Stevia )
Lunch-Veggie Sushi Roll ( white rice, avocado, regular soy sauce ) Store bought from Foodland
Dinner- Actually this was more of a snack-Mary's Gone Crackers Flax seed crackers, Chevre Cheese, Strawberry Jam ( I bought this from the Kula Fruit and Veggie Stand. They make their own jelly. It was yummy! 1 glass of Babich Sauv. Blanc
Exercise- 40 min paddle
*Food Log* April 19th
Breakfast-Green Smoothie ( kale, coconut water, lemon juice, ginger, Fuji apple, Stevia )
Lunch-Larabar ( aka-Raw Power Bars ), Vegan Coconut Tapioca pudding from the health food store
Dinner-Salad mix, Raw Caesar Salad dressing, grape tomatoes, shaved Pecorino Romano cheese, Nonfat Polenta, 2 glasses Sauv Blanc
Dessert-Turtle Mountain non dairy Ice Cream
Exercise-I hour surfing
*Food Log* April 20th
Breakfast-Green Smoothie ( Kale, coconut water, lemon juice, Granny Smith Apple, Ginger, Stevia )
Lunch-"Mock" Green Papaya Salad ( see earlier post ), Larabar ( FYI-I'm digging the "Cashew Cookie" one )
Dinner-Raw Caesar Salad with shaved Pecorno Romano, 1 glass of Tierra Brisas Argentine Cabernet
Once again, I've been eating pretty high raw and high green and feeling pretty great! However, I just wish we had some real surf......but, I love paddling. It really helps keeping my surfing muscles strong. The funny thing is I NEVER see anyone doing this??? When I say I'm "paddling" I mean I'm taking my 7'8" simi longboard and paddling the coastline. It's challenging, beautiful and it keeps me in the water on flat days. I think it's really strange that I seem to be the only one out there doing this type of training ( for surfing ).

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eating High Raw



It's funny keeping a "Food Log" going. You really get a decent idea about what kind of foods you put into your body. I've been making a point to listen to my body and eat what I'm craving. Interestingly, I've been noticing that I've been eating pretty "high raw".
Seriously, all I seem to want these days are crunchy green salads, green juices or cold berries. It's truly amazing how much energy this type of eating gives me let alone all the health benefits they add.
The theory behind eating a High Raw food vegan diet is that it is much less taxing on the body. Digesting food in general is a super energy sucker ( "Food Coma" anyone?) Foods that have been heavily processed, grains, meat and dairy take up to 24 hrs ( or much longer ) to move through the body. This uses up a ton of energy along the way. However, if you are eating a mostly plant based diet, your food will travel through your digestive track at a much faster pace. The result: More energy
I notice when I'm eating High Raw I tend to sleep a lot less, I break out a lot less, my PMS decreases and I have very little digestive issues. The biggest benefit is the "light bouncy" feeling it gives me along with a very flat stomach.
I seem to have gone on and off High Raw through out the years but these days I tend to crave it more. I'd actually like to attempt a " juice fast" or fruit/vegetable only detox soon. I've been studying Raw Food diets and fasting for years and I think slowly but surely this will become a way of life for me.
Honestly, if it didn't taste good or if it didn't make me feel good I would not do it. Just like giving up most dairy. Trust me, if I could REALLY eat it....I would. I'm not into depriving myself anymore. I'll leave that to my early 20s.
If you are interested in learning about or trying a Raw Food Diet there is a TON of info out there ( see my book and website lists ). Personally, my favorite book on the diet is "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose. It's a great read about how to transition into this way of eating and living. Some people go 100% raw vegan overnight. However, for me it's been easier and will probably be less shocking to my system by going vegetarian to vegan to raw vegan. I've had a huge head start ( proud vegetarian since my early teens ) So, we'll see......to be honest I'm just having fun with it. If it ever starts to make me feel like shit ( or if I turn into a super skinny biotch then I'll stop.....I promise )
*Food Log* April 15th
Breakfast-Green Smoothies ( kale, celery, coconut water, ginger, lemon juice, Fuji apple, stevia )
Lunch-Mixed organic lettuce greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, quinoa and Raw Ranch Dressing from the book "Vegan World Fusion Cuisine" *quick note* I would have posted this receipt but I wasn't that impressed. I did like the thin consistency but it lacked flavor. I'm going to play with it a bit and post it if I come up with something better.
Snack-Gluten Free and Wheat Free "Mary's Gone Crackers"
Dinner-"Mock" Green Papaya Salad ( see April 14th receipt ), Jasmine Rice with Nama Shoyu. This time around I added fresh mint, grape tomatoes and shaved carrots to the salad and it was awesome! 2 glasses of Manyana Tempranillo from Spain ( FYI~I LOVE Tempranillo grapes!! So good and still a great value @ $6.99 a bottle)
Dessert-Turtle Mountain Dairy Free Ice Cream "Dulce de Leche"
1 hour coastal hike
*Food Log* April 16th
Breakfast-Berry smoothie ( very good! ) Coconut water, juice of 1 orange, frozen banana, 2 handfuls of frozen mixed berries, dash of cinnamon, 1 packet of Stevia )
Lunch-Raw Zucchini "pasta" ( I used a Saladacco to make the large zucchini into "Angel Hair Pasta" so cool! Then I heated up a marinara ( I had a jar of Classico Tomato Basil pasta sauce so I added, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 chopped Maui onion, salt, hot red pepper flakes, 1 TB balsamic vinegar, a large handful of fresh chopped oregano and basil from my garden ) FYI~this was super tasty!
Dinner-Strawberry Goat Cheese salad *see earlier post April 10th*, handful of "Mary's Gone Crackers!"
40 minute 2 mile paddle along Airport Beach
weight~a solid 106.0 on the nose

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday.....


Since I'm not a fan of Mondays I decided to make mine a little bit more tolerable and book myself and hour massage after work at Maui Zen Day Spa in Lahaina . I've been a little sore from hiking and paddling so the money spent was all the more justified. I also had a body scrub included to help exfoliate my peeling upper back. Like I've said before, no matter how bad the ecomomy gets I'll spend my last $100 on a spa treatment. I love them that much.
I've also been DYING to replicate the awesome Thai Green Papaya Salad from Thai Chef that I spend a million dollars on weekly. Crazy as this might seem but I can never find Thai Green Papayas on island so I improvised with some other ingredients. A traditional Green Papaya Salad contains fish sauce and/or shrimp paste in the dressing so I tried my best to make a raw vegan version without compromising too much flavor. I think I nailed it! See receipt below.
*Food Log*
Breakfast- 24 oz Green Smoothie ( kale, coconut water, Fuji apple, 1" slice fresh ginger, 2 packets of Stevia ) I let the Vita Mix run extra long this morning and it produced a much juicier smoothie which I prefer.
Lunch-mixed organic green salad, dried cranberries, raw walnuts, crumbled Chevre, Annie's Naturals Raspberry Vinaigrette and cracked black pepper

Dinner-"Mock" Green Papaya salad
*"Mock" Thai Green Papaya Salad* RAW VEGAN
make your own salad base of greens depending on how many servings you need. Add dressing according to taste.
Salad base I used included
Thinly sliced Napa Cabbage
Thinly sliced seeded cucumbers
chopped spring green mix ( butter leaf lettuce, spinach, baby romaine (cos))
Cilantro ( coriander )
Thai Basil
I didn't have carrots or red Bell peppers on hand but I think they would be good in the mix and add a lot of color. I would thinly slice them.
DRESSING
6 cloves minced garlic
the juice of 2 to 3 limes
1 tsp organic raw apple cider vinagar
1/4 C water
3 TB of Nama Shoyu or organic soy sauce
4-5 TB raw agave
1 minced chili pepper ( I used Thai Dragon ) use less or more according to heat preference
Mix in small bowl.
Toss dressing with salad mix and top with crushed peanuts or cashews.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday


The perfect weather continued on into today. What a pretty Easter. I got up early again to check the surf (nada.....) so I went back to Airport Beach for another 40 min paddle. I'm a bit sore from yesterday but I'm happy I did it again. I then headed to Kaanapali Beach to see if there was ANY surf coming in at the point ( nada again...) so I crashed out in the sun for about a half hour. When I got back I tried to stretch out for a bit. I've been using a yoga mat and strap so I get a deeper stretch in my legs and hips. I think the strap is really helping:-)
*Food Log*
Breakfast-1 lb of Ulupalakula Strawberries
Lunch-leftover plain quinoa from last night's dinner, organic salad greens, Raw "Caesar" salad dressing from "Raw Goddess Heathy's" blog ( see my favorite website list ) and a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano to make it seem more like Caesar salad.
Snack-small serving of Turtle Mountain Dairy free Ice "Cream"
Dinner-Dried Mangoes, Cashews, Lemon Quinoa ( lemon zest and juice ) and a Green Smoothie ( Kale, Coconut water, ginger, lemon, golden flax seed, apple and stevia )
*1 glass of Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Outdoor Gym


I'd love it if all my Saturdays were like the one I enjoyed yesterday. First of all, the weather was spectacular! The only bummer was that fact that the Pacific looked like a lake so surfing was out of the question ( so much for swell predicting ) but we took advantage of the ocean anyways. We headed down to Airport Beach with our long boards and paddled from the parking lot area all the way around to Black Rock. The water was jewel colored the whole way and once we rounded Black Rock you could see Kaanapali Beach filled with happy locals and tourist alike. Everyone was taking advantage of the gorgeous day, snorkelers, Stand Up paddlers, kayakers, boaters, outrigger canoe clubs....it was pretty cool. The paddle took about 40 minutes and we had a fairly strong current on the way back. It was defiantly a workout. I think the total distance would be about 2 miles. We have decided that when the ocean is flat, this is the best way to stay in surf ready shape so we are going to try and do this more often.
After the paddle we had a very filling healthy lunch which I will include below and then we did some chores...(like finally wash the Honda and Jeep) and then we decided to try the Maunalei Arboreum hike in Kapalua.....
WOW! I'm so impressed! The hike begins at D.T. Flemings beach and heads straight up one of the ridges that make up the West Maui Mountains. I have no idea what elevation we reached but the views were insane and it was fairly challenging. I guess my guy had a lot of energy to burn and was walking the hill at top speed. He's 6'2" and has a much longer stride than I so it took a lot for me to keep up with him. The total hike was 1 hr 45 min. I think we walked about 4.5 miles??
After the hike we prepared another healthy dinner. Carlos, added to the left overs from lunch and I cooked up something new for me. Then, I made it an early night around 10:30 and fell asleep quickly. Perfect:-)
*Food Log*
no breakfast
Lunch-Salad ( romaine, baby spinach, opal basil, sunflower sprouts, avocado, grape tomatoes, Kula corn and a small amount of crumbled blue cheese, Paul Newman's oil and vinegar dressing )
Quinoa ( see receipt below )
Snack-Banana Cocoa shake ( see receipt below )
Dinner-Baked Tofu with Soy Marinade ( see receipt below ), sauteed zucchini ( lemon juice, olive oil, red peppers and the left over soy tofu marinade ) and plain quinoa
2 glasses of Monkey Bay, New Zealand Sauvignon Black
Dessert-Turtle Mountain dairy free ice cream ( Dulce de Leche)
*Lemon Thyme Quinoa* serves 2 VEGAN
1/2 C well rinsed quinoa

1 C water
zest of 1 lemon and 2 TBs of the juice
1/4 C Golden raisins
1 TB fresh Thyme ( from my garden )
Cook quinoa-add water to rinsed quinoa and bring to boil, cover and simmer on low for about 10 min until water is absorbed, add lemon juice, zest, raisins, and thyme
*Banana Cocoa Shake* for 2 RAW VEGAN
2 cups of coconut water
2 med frozen bananas sliced
2-3 heaping Tbs of raw cocoa powder
1 TB organic coconut butter ( I use Artisana )
1 TB cinnamon
3-4 packets of Stevia
Blend well in a high speed blender
*Soy Marinade* VEGAN
2 smashed garlic cloves
1 TB minced ginger
1 tsp dark sesame oil-organic
1 2 TB Nama Shoyu-organic
1 baby habenero minced ( or omit because this makes the marinade very hot! )
I brushed this marinade on 3 small slices of extra firm organic tofu and baked for about 15 min at 400 degrees. I flipped the tofu once and based that side as well. I then sprinkled black sesame seeds on the tofu.

Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Strawberry Season!



Strawberries seem to be on sale everywhere!! I can't get enough of them too! I purchased some super sweet long stem berries from the fruit stand in Kula this week and Incorporated them into this pretty salad.


*Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad* VEGETARIAN
Mix of salad greens-baby Romaine and Manoa lettuce
handful of sunflower sprouts
Opal basil-from my garden
Mint leaves-from my garden
small handful of Golden raisins
1 cup sliced strawberries
crumbled creamy chevre ( goat cheese )
small handful of salted cashews
dressing of choice

*Food Log*
Breakfast- 24oz Green Smoothie ( coconut water, kale, ginger, Fuji Apple, stevia )
Lunch-Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad ( see above )
Dinner-We went to Thai Chef in Lahaina with some friends and we sort of shared everything. Thai Chef is awesome, everything is fresh and it is very easy to find vegan options for myself. Here's a sampling of what I shared with my guy. Everything was really good but I left a little TOO full which I usually try to avoid.....
Green Papaya salad
1 veggie Spring roll
Tofu Pad Thai
Thai Sticky Rice
1 glass of Argentine Mablec ( Gascon 2008 ) 1 glass of California Chardonnay ( Hess )
*A quick note about the wine* First of all, My guy and I are huge Malbec fans. When we were in Argentina this October we were scoring jammy beautiful bottles of Malbec for around $3-$5 dollars U.S.! Back here on Maui it's a little bit harder to find cheap bottles but luckily almost every Malbec I've tasted has been great! As for Chardonnay....I'm not really a fan. Especially Chardonnay from CA. I don't care for the smoky oak that always seems to come with a Cali Chard. If you feel the same, then order a glass that has been fermented in steel (not oak barrels).....Or order Sauvignon Blanc which is what I usually do. However, the bar we went to before dinner only had Chard and Pinot Grigio as options. Thai Chef does not have a liquor license but you can bring your own. With spicy Thai I think a Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling would be a the best compliment.



Farmers Market in Honokowai


I've decided to make an effort to make it to the Farmer's Market down the street from me at least once a week. I had to get up early (6:30) because I also had to work this a.m. I was able to score avocado, grape tomatoes, zucchini, baby romaine, baby spinach, green leaf lettuce, apple bananas from Hana, celery, Ulapalakula Strawberries, limes, lemons and Sunflower sprouts sunflower sprouts. I paid $32.54 for everything.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Focus for Spring and Summer~Surfing







Now that I'm back home on Maui and the family is on Oahu I've decided to make getting back in the ocean my main focus this week. Now granted, I HAVE been paddle boarding but what I'm talking about is surfing......Luckily it looks like we have a string of small north and south swells heading towards the islands in the next few days and I would really like to catch a few since I am currently Staph free.
Today's surf was really small but it was so calm and glassy out that it was hard to resist. So, I grabbed my 7'8' "lazy" board and paddled out at Puamana Beach park for some knee slapping close out sets.....not really impressive but I beat the rain storm and I'm actually a bit sore in my arms this evening.
Anyways, the reality is this.....since money is a bit tight and my man and I have about 15 surfboards at the Hale I figured what a better way to spend the summer. I remember when he and I first started dating we were surfing all the time! Now, it all fairness he WAS working on the beach that year taking photographs at a surf school for tourists but stilllll.... we now live across the street from the ocean and surfing is FREE!! The biggest incentive for me to get back in the water regularly is the fact that surfing keeps me in ripping shape. I'm naturally lean but surfing is the only thing that truly gets me "cut" and "strong". I think it's going to take me about a month of consistent 1 hr plus surf sessions before I can get back to the level I was in 2007. I've had a series of injuries ( surf fin in my eye for one) to illnesses ( MRSA 2 times and the Flu ) to vacations ( Argentina, Arizona and Florida ) that has kept me in dry dock since fall. I know I feel my absolute best when I'm surfing at least 3-4 times a week and there is no reason other than MRSA that should keep me out of the water. So lets see if I can get back to where I was!
I also want to be conscious again with my diet and document what I'm putting into my body daily ( now that my company is gone ). I will be honest with what I write so bear in mind that I'm far from perfect. I need to stock up on basic fruit/vegetables/grains soon. But here's my food log for today.
No Breakfast
Brunch (after surfing ) - Veggie sushi rolls ( Nori, white rice, avocado, ginger and soy sauce ) this was store bought
Snack-long stem strawberries from the fruit stand in Kula
Late lunch ( around 3 ) - 1 cup of organic pasta with Basil Pesto from Costco with a shaving of Pecorino Romano on top
Snack-handful of salted cashews
Dinner-I don't usually do this for dinner but I've been sort of off all day-Berry Smoothie ( 1 Cup of coconut water, 2 juiced local tangelos, 1/2 cup local pineapple, 1 cup mixed berries of Marion, blueberry and raspberry and 1 packet of Stevia ) I took this to work in a Mason jar because I'm working the night shift. I'm drinking it right now and it is GOOD.
Today was a perfect example of me eating when I was hungry regardless of what time it was at. I also ate what I was craving. When I got out of the ocean all I wanted was sushi. I didn't care that it was 10:30 am. So that is what I ate. I use to have issues with this when I was younger ( eating certain things at certain times of the day.....) not any more.
I also weighed in at 107.2 this morning My weight seems to fluctuate between 104 and 108 theses days in case anyone cares.
*afterwork I had 1 glass of Argentine Malbec


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weekend in Kauai







Aloha, I know I have been a bit M.I.A the last week but I had some family on island. My sister flew up from Australia so she could show her Aussie fiance the Hawaiian Islands. The first 4 days ( I had taken off from work ) we tooled around Maui visiting all the important sites and even introduced my soon to be brother-in-law to Stand Up paddle boarding off Wailea and Kaanapali Beach. Then they were going to head to Kauai on Monday. Now as silly as this might seem since I've lived on Maui for 10 yrs but I have never been to Kauai! Crazy! AND to make it worst Kauai is seriously only about a 35 minute flight from my house. Now, not only was my sister heading there but we had two Maui friends in Princeville for the week begging us to come over with a free place to stay ( and a car ). So, we figured it would be pretty lame of us if we didn't hele on over there. Unfortunately, with such short notice we could only take 2 more days off from work which meant we only had about 40 hours to see Kauai.

First of all, Kauai is ridiculously beautiful. I mean, " jaw dropping I think there is a good chance we might move there beautiful." We hit all the fabulous north shore spots ( Princeville, Hanalei, Haena ) But, the real treat was doing 2 miles of the Na Pali coast hike (Kalalua Trail, total trail is 11 miles ). I'll write some about that when I get those pics downloaded but for now I'll include just a few shots of the Hanalei and Haena.

*I want to note that I was dying to go to the Blossoming Lotus Cafe in Kapaa. The Blossoming Lotus was a wonderful raw and vegan restaurant that I've been drooling over for years thanks to their cookbook " World Vegan Fusion Cuisine". I had totally planned on checking it out first thing and writing a review. However, I was sad to learn that it had closed down just 2 months ago. Another unfortunate victim to this struggling US economy ( I'm guessing on that one....)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Reflecting on my choices (a bit long and personal)




One of my favorite set of lines ever came from the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally".


"SALLY: And I'm gonna be 40! HARRY: When? SALLY: Someday! HARRY: In eight years....."
In the scene Meg Ryan ( Sally ) had just learned that her ex-boyfriend was getting married and her best male friend, Billy Crystal ( Harry) was over at her apartment to comfort her. I remember watching the movie when I was a young teenager and thinking that the characters seemed so "adult"and that I felt bad for Sally since she WAS a 32 year old women without a husband or children. So in turn, I totally GOT why she would be upset about the news. On the other hand, Harry is making a joke about how young 32 actually is ( and I totally didn't get THAT at the age of 13! )
The point of my story is this. I'm 32 (about to turn 33 tomorrow..........)
I always thought that by the age of 32 I'd be very grown up. My definition of a"grown up" as a teenager was this....established career, married, homeowner and probably a mother.
Oh....the cruelty of youth!
Now, by the time I had turned 30 I WAS the owner of a large home with a view of the ocean. I WAS a married women ( since the age of 26 actually ). I also had a firm position in the art business as an Assistant Director of a successful gallery and I had everything in place ( including extra bedrooms ) if I wanted to start a family.
Then I took a sharp turn left.
I remember looking around my new home: crown moulding, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops. I remember looking out into the yard: new Hawaiian rock fence, baby palm trees and a custom concrete patio and thinking to myself, "So this is it?" ( BTW did anyone read "Eat, Pray, Love" ?)
What I really wanted to buy was a cute green and white traditional Hawaiian plantation home with mature trees. Not a cookie cutter new house that you'd find in say, Orange County, CA? My husband would have had no part of that idea.
The truth was this.....I was in a miserable marriage, I forgot what my hobbies were, I never spent time with friends....All I did was work, fight and cry.
I remember it was October of 2006 and during that month I had two signs handed to me 1. Maui County endured a large earthquake that shook everything off the walls of my new home cracking the Spanish tiles though out. I remember my husband screaming about how much he disliked being on this island and that I needed to "get real" and give in to moving back to the mainland. ( hmmmm, I seem to recall having pretty large earthquakes back home in California) and 2. A week after the earthquake, Maui County got hit by a major Kona storm and our yard flooded badly and seeped into our new living room and my husband cursed my island once again and my "dream". It was during this time that I was about to go a vacation alone for the first time ever without my husband. I was going to Australia to visit my sister and my husband had no interest in going down there see that country. ( How crazy is THAT?! ) That vacation solo could not have come at a better time. I left for Sydney on November 7th, 2006 and that date will always have significant meaning to me now and forever. I decided right there on that Qantas jet that I was going to leave my marriage and my life as I knew it.
Fast forward two and a half years.....Well, it's been a ride. My divorce was finalized in March of 07 and I moved in with my old college roommate. Over the last few years I met someone else (the sexy guy I have frequently mention in this blog) and we finally moved in together back in October 08. We surf, travel, hike, dream, cook and take advantage of this beautiful island. I've discovered new hobbies and resurrected old ones ( gardening, Green Living, researching natural beauty, living cuisine, decorating etc ) and I'm also making a huge effort to reconnect with my friends and family ( Mahalo Facebook! )
Anyways, so I've spent most of today ( April Fools Day....always glad I entered the world on the 2nd ) really reflecting on my life's choices. I think that someday I might want all those "grown up" things again but this time around it's going to be MY WAY ( or OUR way ) and I'm in no huge rush......I mean, really.....I'm not even going to be 40 for another 7 years! LOL xoxoxo, Amanda