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The Glutening

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The Glutening

5 Comments 24 May 2016

It began the way most of my favorite New York evenings begin. A much anticipated evening with friends, a train ride with laughter, a new restaurant selected, and theater tickets. This evening was particularly exciting, because our train was taking us out of the city to see a play starring a friend of ours. When I made these plans, I had no idea that the evening would end with a pineapple-infused cloud of impending doom hovering over my head.

The Glutening

I’m not going to slam this restaurant. I’m not even going to mention its name. Despite the fact that I was horribly glutened, the waitstaff and manager did the best they could in the moment, and they did comp the entire dinner for four.

We selected this cute little pizza joint because they had gluten-free pasta, not pizza, but pasta, and it was walking distance to the theater. My friends ordered pizza, and I ordered the gluten-free pasta. I clearly ordered gluten-free pasta. When the pizzas arrived, I assumed my pasta would follow shortly. When my friends had almost finished their pizza, I inquired about my order. “Don’t worry,” the waiter reassured. “Gluten-free pasta takes a little longer to prepare.”

I felt confidentbecause clearly the waiter remembered that I had ordered gluten-free. Clearly the staff knew enough to prepare a new pot of water instead of tossing gluten-free pasta into boiling poisonous wheat water. I sipped my wine, and minutes later a plate of pasta was placed in front of me. I didn’t even question whether this dish was mine. I was the only one without food, I had just asked about my meal, and this plate was served to ME. Clearly, it was mine.

The first bite only served to verify that this pasta was gluten free, because it was a bit chewy like bad gluten-free pasta. It wasn’t going to be a great meal, but I wasn’t going to complain. At least they offered a gluten-free option. I was a little confused about the sauce as it didn’t seem like the marinara and veggies that I’d normally order, but I had hemmed and hawed over the three vegetarian options on the menu. Maybe I didn’t realize I’d ordered a dark sauce. It was marked gluten-free, so I didn’t worry.

I ate the entire plate of pasta minus a few spoonfuls shared with those who wanted a taste. As soon as I put my fork on my cleared plate, a waitress appeared announcing, “And here’s the gluten-free pasta!”

That’s when my memory gets a little fuzzy.

I remember the waitress confirming that I’d just eaten a full plate of gluten-filled wheat pasta.

I remember involuntarily saying a word that I never say.

I remember everyone asking me, “What’s going to happen to you?”

I had no earthly idea what was going to happen to me. I hadn’t ingested that much gluten since before going gluten free 12 years ago. Was I going to get violently ill? Did I need to take the hour-long train ride home right now instead of staying for the show? Did I need to remain close to a bathroom? Was this going to get ugly and embarrassing?

I remember the waiter asking, “What can I get for you?”

He wanted to bring me more pasta on the house! That wasn’t going to make anything better. And I wasn’t going to put another piece of food in my stomach since I had no idea if the food already in there was going to stay put.

I remember the waitress suddenly realizing the severity of the issue and saying, “I will go to CVS and get whatever you need!”

I remember the Husband flying like a superhero to the manager. Their words were lost in the buzzing restaurant noise as the waitstaff swirled around my already spinning head. I just needed them to leave me alone so I could think. And within 60 seconds of hearing the news that sent this perfect New York evening careening off the magical evening track and into unknown waters, my head cleared enough to have the wisest thought of the evening.

I remembered Shirley. I had a blessed vision of Shirley. If you’ve been gluten-free for more than 12 seconds, you most likely already know Shirley of Gluten Free Easily. Shirley is the mama of the gluten-free bloggers, the teacher of newbie gluten-free eaters, and an inspiration to the gluten-free community as she demonstrates to her readers, year after year, that eating gluten free is easy, healthy, and delicious if you focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free. And I’m lucky enough to have Shirley as a friend.

The Rescue

I sent an SOS email to Shirley. Then the Husband and I walked to CVS and found this.

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I’d never purchased the product before, but I was desperate to try anything that could help. The directions said to take the capsules before ingesting gluten. A little late for that, and confused as to why anyone with a gluten problem would willingly ingest gluten, but I figured it couldn’t hurt and I downed four capsules before even finishing the transaction with the cashier.

By the time we walked to the theater, my phone buzzed with a message from Shirley! With 8 minutes until the show started, my superhero Husband flew back to CVS to get Shirley’s recommended activated charcoal capsules and pineapple juice.

When was the last time that you purchased pineapple juice? At least at CVS, it still comes in a gigantic can that requires that special pointy-tipped can opener that you may remember from snack time in preschool. CVS didn’t have one of those. But the manager found a regular can opener for sale on a shelf and let the Husband borrow it to start the opening process. He ran with a semi-opened can of sticky juice to the theater parking lot.

This was the next step. Two minutes before show time, standing in the rain, we dripped the juice from the can into a water bottle so that I could smuggle it into the theater. Frustration and anxiety turned to hilarity as we realized that at this drip rate we’d be lucky to get to the show by intermission. Thankfully, my superhero made the hole a little larger with a key.

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We did make the show, during which my friend wowed us all with her talent, and I slugged water and straight pineapple juice until I got home.

The Recovery

I firmly believe that Shirley’s timely answer to my frantic email took days off my recovery time. The pineapple juice provided enzymes to break down the gluten, and the activated charcoal helped to absorb it.

For the next week, my body was shock. I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t feel sick to my stomach. I didn’t feel like I had a digestive system at all. When I’ve been glutened in the past from cross-contamination, my biggest symptoms have been irritability, tiredness, and a brain fog that lasted a day or maybe two. This time, I felt like I had mono. I woke up exhausted after sleeping for 8-10 hours each night. Moving from the bed to the couch felt like I had just climbed a flight of stairs. The weirdest symptom I had was the sensation that my entire body was buzzing. If I had a normal job, I would have taken multiple days off. But I taught school that week through a mental haze because there was something I had to take care of each day that was beyond the scope of a substitute teacher. So I fumbled for words, lost papers in front of my face, and did the best I could to shape the minds of our future. I really can’t remember much of that week, sorry students. Thankfully I have great support teachers that helped me keep the class running.

And I had Shirley’s wise counsel ringing in my ears to take care of myself. I came home by 4:00pm each day and napped with Maggie until bedtime.

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I continued taking enzymes, activated charcoal, probiotics, epsom salt baths, and I flooded my body with juices and water. Just when I was wondering if I’d ever feel like myself again, some energy and clearer thinking returned. It took six days for any improvement. I still don’t think I’m back to normal. Shirley warned me that it could take weeks, not to be discouraging, but to remind me to be patient and take time to take care of me. So I’m listening to my body, getting lots of rest, and eating well.

I want to thank my two superheroes. My number one hero is always the Husband. I’ll never forget him running to my rescue with a dripping can of pineapple juice. My number two hero is Shirley. After my brain fog lifted I remembered that Shirley wrote a post in 2011 called How to Recover After Being Glutened that you must read so you’re prepared for that inevitable moment when you will say, “What do you mean this isn’t gluten free?”

Fitness in New York City

Fitness, Healthy Living, New York City

Fitness in New York City

1 Comment 11 May 2016

Staying fit in New York is both ridiculously easy and ridiculously hard. It’s easy because there’s a gym on your way to just about everywhere, racks of CitiBikes line the streets at convenient intersections, a serious bike path parallels the Hudson River on the west side, and there’s this really huge park (you may have heard of it) called Central Park a block and a half from my apartment. Easy fitness, right?

Frisbee in the Park

Frisbee in the Park

Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park

But some days the City is your workout. First of all, New Yorkers walk everywhere, and with that comes challenges. Slogging through buckets of slush at intersections that rise unsuspectingly to your knee caps. Carrying grocery bags for blocks on every arm crevice from your elbows and wrists to pinky fingers. Sprinting for the subway station, because the app says your train is arriving in 60 seconds. Walking endless flights of stairs to get, well, almost anywhere, because Manhattan can only expand up or down. All of this exercise is just part of life. And there are days and weeks when just the simple act of living wipes you out, and an extra spin class or treadmill run just isn’t going to happen.

This morning, exercising was easy. Ok, a 6:00 am run before school isn’t ever really easy, but when you have this view the entire time you’re running, the pain is a little more palatable.

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The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park is gorgeous any time of year, but Spring is definitely a favorite.

The Reservoir in September

The Reservoir in September

The reservoir while stretching

The Reservoir early this morning

Okay, you can do this.

Psyching myself up

And we're off

And we’re off

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Finally in the groove

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1.66 miles of this…as many times around as you can handle

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Rounding the bend

Done!

Done!

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Shadow selfie feeling accomplished

What’s the biggest obstacle to exercising that you face?

The Teacher’s “Lunch”

GF Friendly Restaurants, Healthy Living, New York City, Vegan

The Teacher’s “Lunch”

7 Comments 04 May 2016

I’m pretty freakin’ fortunate to have time during the school day to dash down the street for vegan gluten-free food when I don’t pack a lunch. When “dashing out” results in a meal like this, I feel pretty lucky.

Backing up… Every other school where I’ve taught has given teachers a whopping 30 minutes for lunch. And every teacher in America knows that dropping off kids at the cafeteria takes a few of those precious minutes right off the front end, especially if there are some special someones who need a little extra “support”. After walking down to the teacher’s lounge, waiting your turn at the microwave, returning an email to a parent on your phone, and trying to remember if your lesson plans are ready for the afternoon, you might be able to sit, shovel, and have a few minutes of adult conversation. After scarfing down a few bites, you zip up your half-eaten lunch mid-conversation, and you speed-walk down the hall to promptly pick up your students in order to stay on the good side of the lunch aides. Turning the corner to the buzzing cafeteria, you silently curse, or school appropriately curse aloud “oh, banana grams!” when you realize that you’ll be hopping ’til 3:30 because you didn’t factor in 90 seconds to use the restroom. Forget a mirror to check for lettuce in your teeth. No worries, your kids will find it for you. Conclusion, teachers have an average of 10.5 minutes to eat lunch.

Speeding forward… My current school gives teachers 50 blissful minutes. Just shy of an hour to heat up a lunch, eat a gigantic salad while actually chewing, make a personal call, have a conversation with a colleague, look over afternoon lesson plans, and even use the restroom. To top it all off, we are actually allowed to walk out the front door like other free Americans to spend our lunch time however and wherever we want. We can go out for lunch! And there are days, like today, when I take full advantage of that option.

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Today I walked a few blocks to Juice Generation. Instead of grabbing a salad from their selection of raw food goodies, I opted for vegan sushi. The spicy mango roll with black rice, green mango, sweet potato, watermelon radish, and cayenne pepper was exactly what I needed to spruce up my lunch rut.

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Washed down with “The Professional” and I was ready for an afternoon of fourth grade acrobatics.

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(What is it about me that was attracted to a juice called “The Professional”? Clearly the marketing genius who came up with this name was targeting those of us who aren’t satisfied with a green juice of apple and kale. The professionals go all the way! The more greens the better!)

Thankfully I remembered I needed an afternoon snack while paying for my lunch, and I was so glad that I had looked in Juice Generation’s gluten-free vegan goodie case when I headed back to my quiet classroom after saying goodbye to my charges. This almond butter muffin was not only delicious, it supported my “highly effective” lesson planning this afternoon.

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Feeling thankful, well-fed, and highly effective, I’m calling it a day. Teachers, how long do you get for lunch? Are you allowed to leave the building?

Goodbye to a Friend: Risotteria NYC

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Goodbye to a Friend: Risotteria NYC

6 Comments 02 May 2016

It’s hard to say goodbye to a friend, to someone who has been there through thick and thin, long hair and short, natural and light, and all phases between hating and falling in love with New York.

It’s painful to say goodbye to someone I met just one month after going gluten free in 2004, who made me realize that eating gluten-free wasn’t a death sentence. Someone who showed me that pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and cupcakes were not gone forever. Someone who I dreamed about. Someone who I purchased plane tickets to visit. Someone who made me want to move to New York. Someone who put the most satisfied smiles on my face for the past 12 years.

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But it is time to say farewell, because Risotteria NYC closed in March of this year, and I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. Their lease was up, and according to owner Joseph Pace, “the 45% increase would have made it impossible to carry on”.

 

Heart wrenching loss.

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Risotteria was a tiny space that has left a huge hole in the gluten-free world.

So this is my farewell, and my thank you, to the restaurant that changed my perspective on gluten-free food and kept me coming back for years.

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Thank you for the gluten-free breadsticks on every table year after year.

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Thank you for every flavor pizza imaginable on thick and thin crust.

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Thank you for the paninis. Actual sandwiches on freshly baked and grilled bread.

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Thank you for the gluten-free beer.

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Thank you for the goodies that we could purchase pre-made as well as mixes we could take home to bake a memory when you were far away.

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(Yes, this was a purchase from one visit.)

Of course there was always your irresistibly creamy risotto.

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Thank you most of all for the cupcakes.

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Those dreamy cupcakes.

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Those decadent, fanciful cupcakes.

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That I couldn’t resist no matter how full I was.

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Thank you for the delicious memories.

Thank you for giving so many Celiacs a place to eat safely.

For being one place where we didn’t have to ask whether something was gluten free.

We miss you already.

Vegan Bowl with Creamy Mango Sauce

GF Recipes, Healthy Living, Vegan

Vegan Bowl with Creamy Mango Sauce

6 Comments 20 August 2014

Lately I’ve been all about making Vegan Bowls. I know that they’re a staple for vegans, but for some reason I’m a little late getting on board. They are actually quite simple to make.

I learned about Vegan Bowls by reading this post by Gabby of The Veggie Nook and thought, “This is brilliant! And easy. I can do this.” A vegan bowl has 4 simple ingredients: a grain, a protein, veggies, and a yummy sauce. Can you imagine just how many different combinations you could come up with? It could be as exotic as Gabby’s Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad or as boring as seeing what leftover grains and veggies you have in the fridge, tossing on some beans, and saucing it up an olive oil/apple cider vinegar concoction.

Here’s a delicious Mexican Bowl that I enjoyed at New World Cafe.

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The magic does seem to be in the sauce. I do love Gabby’s Cashew Cheeze sauce as well as Suzanne’s Dragon Sauce that you can find at Hello Veggie.

Recently I came across a very ripe mango that was begging to bedazzle my next vegan bowl.

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So I created a Creamy Mango Sauce that we loved on this bowl filled with a quinoa/rice mixtures, chickpeas, sweet peppers, and carrots.

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Creamy Mango Sauce

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. fresh mango
  • 1/4 c. cashews
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. gluten-free tamari
  • 1 clove of garlic

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix or high-powered blender, and process until creamy.

2. Spoon onto your favorite vegan bowl.

Yields 1 cup

We love this sauce and hope you do too!

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite vegan bowl combination?
  • What’s your favorite sauce? Please add a link, I’d love to try it!
Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

GF Recipes, New York City, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

14 Comments 07 May 2014

Friends, I’ve been meaning to write this post every week for the past 3 months. But every week, I put it off and host another Raw Foods Thursdays, because I become incredibly inspired by your submissions and faithful participation. So I set aside a few hours to write a highlight post, and the post I meant to write is pushed to the back of my mind.

Until the next Wednesday evening.

Raw Foods Thursdays is going to take a little break. I love this event, so this is a hard announcement to make. But my life has changed so drastically since moving to NYC that blogging has become less of a priority. I’m finding that instead of my normal 2-3 posts per week, my only posts lately have been Raw Foods Thursdays posts. Why? Because I’m busy with other aspects of my life, but I have an obligation to our wonderful participants and readers.

Realizing that I’m posting out of obligation finally made me write this today.

This isn’t goodbye.

This isn’t an announcement that Gluten-Free Cat is closing down.

I just won’t be writing as frequently for a season. And when I do write, I will write because I’m excited to share something with you and not because of a schedule.

I’m also finding that my diet is changing. While I will always love raw vegan foods, and my diet will mostly consist of plant-based meals, I find myself not sharing certain experiences with you because of the raw vegan label. You might be disappointed if I told you that I’ve been eating some non-vegan foods. (There, I said it!)

That I enjoyed this very delicious not-so-dairy-free risotto from my favorite gluten-free restaurant on Saturday.

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That when I stumbled upon this sign in the West Village I just had to try the pancakes and didn’t ask if they were made with eggs.

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I don’t believe I’ll ever be a meat eater again. There are just too many ethical reasons why that no longer works for me. But I’m no longer swearing off all animal products. Living without them mostly? Absolutely. But completely? No.

I know that most of you don’t care how I eat, but there are some of you who read this blog because you’re a vegan. Not wanting to disappoint you is one of the reasons my posts have been dwindling. But I really just want to be me. Without a label.

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So, let’s share some raw foods before my hiatus begins! And I will definitely let you know when RFT starts up again!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Raw Foods Thursdays: 5/1/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 5/1/14

9 Comments 30 April 2014

Happy May Day! I’m glad you’re here. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a day dedicated to plants and flowers than to share our plant-based raw creations! Last week there were some incredible submissions, and I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

Favorite Breakfast

Green Hemp Acai Bowl by The Taste Space

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Favorite Salad

Sauerkraut-Avocado Salad by The Gluten-Free Treadmill

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And there was no way I was choosing a favorite dessert. So here are three!

Vegan Pear Chocolate Cake by Naturelle

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Or would you rather enjoy your chocolate cake with a lemony twist? Try Chocolate Dipped Blueberry Lavender Cake by Detached & Connected.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Drops by The Fussiest Eater

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Are you inspired? Me too!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/24/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/24/14

6 Comments 23 April 2014

Welcome back to Raw Foods Thursdays, the weekly blogging event that will fulfill all of your raw desires. Well, all of your raw food desires anyway. If you’re new to this event, come join in the fun! Browse through last week’s entries, this weeks highlights below, and come back later to check out the raw goodness that will be linked up in the next few days. We’re glad you’re here!

Last week we enjoyed an assortment of smoothies, goodies, and unique raw creations. Here are a few that I didn’t want you to miss!

Frozen Orange Kiss Desserts by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily

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Rawsome Carrot Wraps by Kimmy of Rock My Vegan Socks

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles by Karen of Karen Luvs Life

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This week I’m sharing my first Raw Foods Potluck Adventure in NYC.

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Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Raw Food Potluck NYC

Book Review, GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Raw Food Potluck NYC

5 Comments 21 April 2014

I miss my Raw Foods Girls. But it has been a lot of fun to find likeminded foodie friends here in the City. We had a mostly raw foods potluck with a few friends, and I wanted to share some highlights with you. The menu had an Asian flair, so what better raw foods cookbook to cook from than Ani’s Raw Food Asia?

We started with Ani’s Summer Rolls with Ginger “Peanut” Sauce. These cute little cucumber wraps burst with flavorful veggies and herbs, and I love the cute little kelp noodle tendrils that peek through. These are fun to make, fun to eat, and scrumptious in Ani’s ginger “peanut” sauce which actually features almond butter.

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I tried my hand at tempura using Ani’s Vegetable Tempura with Orange Lemongrass Dipping Sauce which can also be found in Ani’s Raw Food Asia.

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Simply coat your favorite veggies in her zucchini-based tempura batter and dehydrate for 7 to 10 hours. The dipping sauce is insanely delicious.

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Also from Ani’s Raw Food Asia was this delicious Shitake Mushroom Namul. Easy to make. Just slice the mushrooms and allow them to marinate for at least 20 minutes.

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I pulled out a tried and true recipe for Living Pad Thai by one of the Raw Foods Girls, which you can find here. I think it’s my favorite raw foods dish…ever.

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We also had vegan sushi. I toyed with the idea of making it 100% raw with a cauliflower cashew rice, but we went the white rice route. To make the raw version, just put equal amounts of cauliflower and cashews in the food processor and process until it resembles rice.  To make the sushi rolls, follow the directions linked in my post Sushi, Vegetarian Style.

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Our friends outdid themselves with their contributions. These marinated mangos were the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I couldn’t believe how tender the mango pieces were. So tender that I didn’t realize at first that the mango hadn’t been peeled! Skin and all, who knew mango could taste like this?

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Our friends also taught me that I have a broiler in my baby oven. Ha! They broiled up these eggplant strips for a little cooked fun.

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A meal is never complete without a little raw chocolate, right? For dessert we enjoyed these pistachio truffles. The recipe for the chocolate base can be found in The Art of Raw Living Food. These are so rich that they can cause heart palpitations. Seriously.

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Yes, all of this was made in this tiny NYC kitchen.

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Living raw vegan in the City isn’t always this involved, but it sure is good to know that it’s possible even in this little space!

Other Raw Foods Potluck posts you might enjoy:

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite style of raw foods?
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  • Which dish above would you make first?

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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