Saturday, April 3, 2010

Rich and Creamy, White and Dreamy -- Alfredo Sauce

In my former days of rich and creamy, I could luxuriate for hours with a bowl of fettuccine Alfredo. So you can imagine my surprise and delight to discover a way to make it healthy and raw. And even better: quick. The time test is: am I still drinking the cup of java I started at the beginning of the recipe? And the answer here is: indeed!

The secret is raw macadamia nuts.
The next secret is: try not to eat them all before you make the recipe!

The next secret -- drum roll -- the quick and easy, yummy peezy (I learned this from the GEICO lizard with whom I have a serious crush) RECIPE:

Toss into the every ready food processor:

1 cup of raw macadamia nuts
1 cup plus a smidge of water
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon (I sure hate to buy them, itty bitty and expensive after a beautiful winter of plucking giant juicy ones off my tree; but the buds are out, intoxicating me with their fragrance and promising another batch in the future)
2 tsp. nama shoyu
1 smashed and minced clove of garlic
1/2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast

and then, of course, my bam of chipolte ground pepper.
and if you wish, salt and pepper to taste.

Give it a whirl and voila!

Above you will see two ways to use it. Prior to Pesach, I also used it to dip in a dense grainy bread.

Taste test: A+
Ease of preparation: a snap
the Gordon Test: he swallowed.

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The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.