Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Super Chard Smoothie

I have a huge bag of oranges that I've been trying to eat up, but it's not going too quickly! I've been drinking lots of green smoothies. I made one a couple nights ago with almost an entire bunch of chard, some fennel, strawberries, banana, mango, and pear. I love eating something like that because it tastes good and you can't help but be proud of yourself, too.

I also cut up this avocado to put on salads. I love how many different varieties of avocado are available in California, it's so cool.

I ate the falafel that I got from the woman who sold me the spiralizer. They were sooo good and I've written her to ask for the recipe. Look, they're yellow! There was some taste in them that I really wished I could pinpoint... alas, I am not good at that.

And for good measure, here is my new spiral slicer. I used it to cut up some cucumbers for my salad yesterday, but they came out like circles and not like noodles. Not sure why, maybe it's the produce or maybe I don't know how to use it.

Last night for dinner I had a salad and a "samosa" -- which means I used pretty much the same ingredients as in the original recipe, but I didn't try to make it look pretty and I ate way more filling than wrapper. It was sosososo good that I could seriously eat it every day.

I watched Lost and V last night. Two great shows back to back!

Today I had a small part in an indie movie. I knew two of the people there, which I thought was really cool -- I met one girl in an audition last week and a guy there was from my acting class. That means I'm starting to meet people! When I got home I had a phone interview in Spanish about singing for a Spanish learning CD for kids. I don't speak in Spanish very often, but I think I did fine.

I'm also really excited because I have a great MeetUp coming up. If you haven't heard of, it's a website where you can go and find groups of people with similar interests and you get together and do things. I mentioned that I went to a German meetup last week and a vegan meetup at the raw restaurant for brunch on Sunday. I have another brunch coming up on Saturday morning. But this new meetup I'm really excited about is in a few weeks -- it's dinner at Madeleine Bistro, a vegan restaurant, but it isn't even with a vegan meetup group! One of the French meetup groups I'm a part of is going there for dinner, which is so exciting. I'll get to practice my French and eat all at the same time. :)

Today so far I've had oranges, a green smoothie with kale and a pear, and something I have deemed Banana Happiness: a banana mashed up with coconut shreds, flax seeds, and cacao nibs. If you eat it, you'll understand the name. For dinner I plan to have salad. I'll finish off my sauerkraut (going back to Erewhon this week to buy more) and put on some of my spicy sprouted lentils that I made yesterday!

I think next Tuesday I'm going to go to the LA Natural History museum because it's their monthly free day. I love museums and I love free, so I gotta go.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Brunch at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

I had a good, salad-filled weekend. I read a post on Healthy Happy Life where the author, Kathy, said she lives a salad-a-day lifestyle. I really like that. Not only do I like salad, but I like the idea of living a lifestyle where I eat salad every day. That reminds me of a passage I read in Raw Food for Real People that talked about how the author learned to quit smoking. Instead of asking if he wanted to have a cigarette, which he could rationalize as being "just one," he asked himself if he wanted to be someone who smokes. And he did not. This mindset can be applied to anything -- maybe I want to eat brownies at midnight, but do I want to be someone who eats brownies at midnight? No, I do not. I want to be the kind of person who exercises every day and eats salad.

I made myself kind of a "vanilla milkshake" this weekend out of almond milk, a little bit of date paste, vanilla powder, and maca. It was good and I liked how frothy it looked after a little time in the blender.

I used my favorite Kokopelli mug!

I also just had to take a picture of this huge, strange-looking strawberry I ate.

One thing I love about drinking smoothies is that they are a receptacle for extra produce. I cut the green tops off my strawberries and then put them in a smoothie. Whenever I have to peel something for a recipe, like a zucchini, I save the peel and put it in my next smoothie. Yay for extra greens and fiber and less waste!

Yesterday (Sunday) I went to brunch with a vegan women's meetup. It was so much fun and I got to meet some very interesting people. We met at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, a raw vegan cafe in Santa Monica. I got the Sea Dragon Roll, a nori roll with greens, seaweed, and coconut jerky. It was super good.

From what I heard, it seemed like everyone liked their food. After brunch I went on a walk on the beach. Tons of people were out, sunbathing and even swimming in the ocean. I just love it! It's only March and yet it's summer.

Here's a strange plant I saw while walking yesterday. I'd never seen anything like it, so I had to take a picture.

Last night for dinner I made more Pad Thai because I LOVE it. I also had some green Caesar salad. I took the Caesar salad dressing from the Raw Food Revolution Diet and added some spirulina. It does change the taste a bit and also made the dressing bright green.

I also bought a spiral slicer last night, which is really cool. Now I'll be able to make zucchini pasta! I found someone on Craigslist selling her slicer for $15. I e-mailed her and it turns out she lives just a couple blocks away from me so I went over last night and bought it! She was really nice and she also gave me a few raw falafel that she made. I love meeting new nice people!! I haven't tried the falafel yet, but I'll eat them at dinner tonight. Along with some salad. =)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Somewhat Samosas

I woke up at 9:45 today (late, I know) and checked my e-mail first thing. I'm glad I did that because I had an e-mail informing me of a last-minute audition at 10:45! I threw on some clothes and makeup and busted out the door and I made it! Plus, I did pretty well. It was fun.

For lunch today I had the samosas I made yesterday. I mentioned that I messed up the samosa wrapper but it ended up working out better than I thought. It just wasn't very pretty, so I only took a picture of the insides. I can't remember exactly where I got my recipe, but I think it was What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anway (at


4 ears of corn
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2" fresh turmeric root
1 tbs. lime juice
1 tsp. cumin seeds
2 tbs. fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeno
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs. ground flax seed

Puree all of the ingredients in the Vita-Mix and let sit for 15 minutes. Pour onto a teflex dehydrator sheet as close to the edges as possible. Dehydrate at 115F for 3-4 hours, flip and dehydrate for an additional 2 hours. Cut into eight 3.5" X 7" rectangles (approximately).

Check it every so often to make sure the shells don't get to stiff, you want them to stay flexible enough to fold later.

(for the filling)

2 tbs. olive oil
1 cup cauliflower, cut into tiny florets
1/2 cup cremini mushroom, sliced thinly
1/2 cup snow peas, finely shredded
2 tbs. tamarind soaked for 20 minutes in 1/4 cup of warm water, then pressed through a sieve
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flake
1 small jalapeno, diced
1 tsp. cumin seed, fresh crushed
1 tsp. coriander seed, fresh crushed
1/2 tsp. turmeric root, grated
1 tbs. nama shoyu (or sea salt)
black pepper to taste

2 tbs. raw pistachio nuts, chopped (optional)

Toss all the ingredients together to coat well, and place on a teflex sheet in the dehydrator for at least 2 hours. Taste for salt/pepper.

Put 2 tbs. of filling (plus 1 tsp. pistachio) on each rectangle and fold up/over into a small triangle shape.

Of course I didn't follow this recipe all that well and I certainly didn't add any oil.

I also had some curried veggies that I totally adapted from Russell James. The vegetables were supposed to be curried with a mango chutney, but I only had about half the ingredients for the curry and the chutney so I combined them and made a mango curry sauce. I dehydrated the veggies yesterday (broccolini, mushrooms, and tomatoes) and put some sauce on them and devoured. Here's the original recipe: As you can see, mine looks nothing like the original.

I applied for a job today blogging about animal rights issues. I would be awesome at that because I know a ton and I'm very dedicated. I am very interested in health, but I am most definitely an ethical vegan and that will always be reason #1. So, I hope I get it. Plus, I need money.

Just Audrey is giving away a big ole bag of chia seeds:
If you win these, I recommend you make chia pudding with almond milk and cinnamon and some agave. Chia pudding is real and it is cool. You just soak chia seeds in some liquid and they poof up in 10-20 minutes.

I think I'll be having salad for dinner tonight. Because I love salad!

Pad Thai

I made some cool stuff today. I tried oat groats for the first time, which I soaked overnight and then blended up with some goji berries.

I actually made a ton of stuff. I finished making the pad thai I started last night, as well as a paella/tabouli with sprouted quinoa, fennel stuffing, mushroom curry, and an attempt at samosas. The samosas didn't really happen because I messed up the wrappers so I'm just dehydrating them extra to be chips and the filling will still be good.

The pad thai, which I based off a Russell James recipe, was pretty freakin' awesome.

I will definitely make that again.

Tonight I went to a German meetup, which was nice. I don't get to speak in German very often!

Tomorrow... I don't know. No plans.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Farmers' Market Food Explosion

I bought so much freakin' food at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market today. I actually made a list:

Salad mix, chard, a cauliflower, a 5 pound bag of oranges (for 3 dollars, mind you - and these are gooood oranges), a fennel bulb, 3 baby artichokes, sugar snap peas, broccolini, apples, mint and basil, cherimoyas, an avocado, strawberries, asparagus, and walnuts. As if that wasn't enough, I went to Whole Foods afterwards, where I bought jungle peanuts, hemp seeds, grape tomatoes, flax seeds, cacao nibs, frozen berries and corn, kelp noodles, zucchini, umeboshi plum paste, dry lentils, tamarind pods, a yellow pepper, oat groats, spelt berries, and coconut water. SO much food.

I was pretty excited to see the raw jungle peanuts, which were a new addition to our bulk section. I just heard of these for the first time this week -- apparently they are the only kind of peanut that is safe and tasty to eat raw (aflatoxin free). They are red, but I tried a couple and they taste just like peanuts! Here's a picture:

So, as far as what I've eaten the past couple days -- yesterday I was out and about all day so I had to bring food with me. I brought some zucchini and apple chips (just sliced and dehydrated), "breaded" mushrooms, and zucchini hummus with yellow pepper slices and a cucumber. My breaded mushrooms were just portobello slices wetted with Braggs and rolled in ground flax seed and nutritional yeast and dehydrated. They were delicious.

For dinner last night and tonight I had salad with avocado, tomato, and lots of sauerkraut. I bought a jar of sauerkraut a couple of weeks ago and now it's just about gone and I need more! I have read about making your own sauerkraut, but that requires a week or so of fermentation and I am not about to inflict that upon my roommate.

Tonight I started to make a Pad Thai with kelp noodle recipe from Russell James. I made a sauce and am marinating the kelp noodles in it overnight. One ingredient is tamarind, and I bought whole tamarind pods at WF today. They look pretty crazy when you crack them open:

The avocado I had on my salad today is called a Pinkerton. I only ate about a slice of it so there is plenty left over. It's fascinating to see the different kinds of avocados available at the farmers' markets here in LA. I bought a different kind today but I can't remember what it's called. They are both supposed to be less oily than Hass, and that was definitely true for the Pinkerton. But it was super delicious!

Tomorrow I'm going to my Cardio Barre class and to a German meetup in the evening -- kind of a Kaffeestunde. I'm excited!

In giveaway news, Lil' Earth Muffin is giving away Funky Monkey snacks!
Yum yum.

Today I will leave you with a picture of my mom and me petting a parrot. :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Good day

I had a great day today because I had a kick-ass audition. But this blog is supposed to be about my non-acting life. :)

Raw food-wise, I had a green smoothie for lunch and nori rolls for dinner. I just rolled up some leftover marinated bok choy and mushrooms and chomp chomp. For a snack I had some carrot puree, adapted from the recipe here:

Here's a picture (topped with some hemp seeds and cacao nibs. OK, I totally get why people are obsessed with those. It's because they're awesome:

In giveaway news, Kristen over at Kristen's Raw is giving away "protein grenades": So check it out! I recommend checking out her site anyway because she has lots of great info and a generally great info about her high-raw, all-vegan diet. My favorite blogs are definitely the all-vegan ones. I don't understand non-vegan raw foodists. And no, I do not want to understand.

Tomorrow I will be super busy because I have Cardio Barre (my exercise class) in the morning, then I have to run back here and shower and get ready in a flash and go to an audition at 1:30. I will be playing a prostitute, BTW. I texted that to my mom today and she wrote back "damned typecasting." That made me laugh so hard because no, I am not usually seen that way. After the audition I have a meeting and then tutoring right after that, so I have to bring dinner with me. Tonight I portioned out some bell pepper slices (NO GREEN I hate green peppers), cucumber, and zucchini hummus. I also made some "breaded" mushrooms which I put in the dehydrator and will bring with me tomorrow.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Buckwheat Groats = Awesome

I had a good weekend! I got some miscellaneous things done and of course I made more food. I had my job interview yesterday, and although the pay is tempting unfortunately I realized I would have to turn it down just because I need more flexibility because my acting career has to come first. I also watched the 1978 movie Ice Castles last night, and I did really enjoy it (like my mom knew I would).

Today I went to the Unitarian Universalist church I've been going to recently -- I'm not really a church-goer but I am a friend-meeter so there ya go. I also had coffee with a girl from my acting class, which was really fun. Yay for social time.

I finally got a chance to use my sprouted buckwheat groats and they are great! I read some conflicting reports about how long you should let them sprout -- some said only a day, and some said three days. I went for three days because I like maximum nutrition and I want to get the most bang for my buck. Here's my awesome sprouts in the colander:

I ended up using half the sprouts for scones and half for bread. I pretty much made up my own recipes and I'm very happy with how they turned out.

Here's my scone recipe:
1.5 cups sprouted buckwheat groats
1 banana
3 dates, pitted
1 apple
1/4 cup blueberries

Nutritional Info

Fat: 0.8g
Carbohydrates: 15.1g
Protein: 1.8g

Mix together buckwheat sprouts with banana, dates, and cinnamon until you create a dough. Process in apple pieces until they are the desired size. Mix in blueberries.

Dehydrate 2 hours at 115, then 3 more at 105. Turn over onto a mesh tray (w/o nonstick sheet) for 2-3 more hours until dry on the outside and moist on the inside.

Number of Servings: 9

And a photo of a scone with some homemade berry-date jam:

Sorry that picture is a little blurry. My poor camera died right before I started this blog so I have to use my cell phone camera.

For the bread I used the sprouts with some Braggs, tahini, and rosemary:

It tastes realllly good smeared with some pesto cashew cheese (leftover from my quiche-making experience).

I have also been walking a lot and I finally took a picture of this crazy house with a tree bending all the way over it:

I'm not sure how I would feel about that!

I also made a crap-ton more dried cranberries because I lovelove them.

AND, I'm really happy about the healthcare bill passing. I was denied health insurance (for a stupid reason) and the only plan I could find cost $100 a month with a $10,000 deductible (ridiculous!!) and I was facing the unhappy prospect of being uninsured. Now it seems that will not happen. Yay.

I have a busy week ahead of me, full of exciting career news.

I also figured out how to fix a little glitch on my acting website so now all my links work. Yayo technology!
(It's at by the way)

Friday, March 19, 2010


I have been really busy this week! Yesterday I had my workout class, orientation at The Actors' Network, and tutoring, so I was gone all day. I brought my veggie burger with me, on a piece of onion bread. They turned out really well and I definitely plan on making more. In fact, I could probably eat those veggie burgers daily.

There's my burgers and my onion bread. Yes, the burgers are tiny. So I guess I made Sliders or whatever they're called!

There's my whole burger sandwich with onion bread, lettuce, burger, BBQ sauce, and mustard. I added sprouts after the picture was taken.

Today I had a quiche. At least that's what the recipe was called -- it asked for something like a cup of cashew cheese and lots of chopped vegetables, to be dehydrated in a tart pan. I cut up a bunch of veggies -- broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms, yellow pepper, zucchini, and tomato -- and used a tiny amount of watery cashew cheese to get it to all stick together. I topped it with some Rawmesan and dehydrated it in a bowl, because that's what I have. It turned out really well and bursting with flavor.

My buckwheat groats have now sprouted, so it's time to think of something to do with them. I'll do that soon.

Tomorrow I have a job interview at a dog-walking company!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

First Results of the Dehydrator

So I got my first results from the dehydrator today and they are good! My sweet potato chips came out yumm:

There is an errant falafel in there. Those were good, too. It's true that sprouted chickpeas are an acquired taste, but I think I can acquire it. So we'll see.

My craisins came out great!!! I seriously only put about a teaspoon of agave over an entire bag of cranberries and they came out perfect -- just sweet enough so that you can enjoy them. Here's a picture of them on the dehydrator sheet (there are cherries in there, too).

Oh, and here is a picture of my dehydrator in my kitchen. It does take up a lot of space -- sorry to my roommate -- but it is awesome.

And sorry the picture is sideways. It would not let me change it!

Tonight before bed I made onion bread and veggie burgers. I based the veggie burger recipe off of the Zoom Burgers (Zucchini-Mushroom) from the Raw Food Diet Revolution. For the onion bread I mushed up 1.5 yellow onions with some Braggs, flax, and nutritional yeast. Those were by far the most pungent onions I've ever tasted so we'll see how that bread turns out. Here's a picture of what it looked like before I put it in the dehydrator:

Yes, it looks like applesauce. But it most certainly will not taste like it.

I'll be out and about tomorrow -- Cardio Barre workout class, Actors' Network Orientation, and then tutoring so I'll be bringing along the onion bread and veggie burgs. So let's hope they work out!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I got a dehydrator!

My dehydrator showed up today! It didn't get here until 7 but I did a few hours of prep before it got here so I could be ready to start using it!

I sprouted some chickpeas -- my first sprouting experience ever! And it worked! Here are some pictures:

That shows some of the sprouts coming through the bag. I thought it looked gross in a cool way. :)

A peek into the bag.

And my sprouts! I heard that the sprouts need to grow for 2-3 days and this was just two days but it seemed good enough to me.

So, I immediately set to work destroying my beautiful sprouts and making some other good stuff -- hummus and falafel.

For the hummus, I just used my food processor and mushed up the chickpeas with tahini, zucchini (to lower the calories a bit), cumin, coriander, parsley, cilantro, red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes. It turned into a lovely sun-dried tomato hummus. Yum!

I also made falafel, which I based loosely off of Gena's recipe on Choosing Raw:
I used a mix of chickpeas and carrots that I mashed up in my food processor (I don't have a juicer so I have no juice pulp). They are in the dehydrator right now!

I aaaalso made a vaguely Asian vegetable dish for dinner. I started out with this recipe for Kung Pao Broccoli and Mushrooms that I found on Gone Raw:


2 heads broccoli
8oz mushrooms
1 medium onion (I leave it out because I hate onions)
sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)

3 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP balsamic vinegar or Ume plum vinegar
3 TBSP agave
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
red pepper flakes to taste (or cayenne if you don't have red pepper flakes)

whisk together the marinade ingredients. marinate broccoli, mushrooms & onion overnight in fridge, dehydrate for 1/2 an hour or until warm, sprinkle w/sesame seeds & serve.

But, I don't like to use oil. I don't even own any. I think it is an unnecessary source of concentrated fat and I don't like how it tastes. I also had a big bunch of bok choy that I bought at the farmers' market that I wanted to use. So, I used a little leftover broccoli, a head of bok choy, and some sliced portobello mushrooms and onions for my vegetables. For the marinade, I blended together half a tomato, the other half the onion, rice wine vinegar, Braggs, garlic, ginger, and five spice powder. Then I poured it all over the veggies and let it marinate all afternoon, about 6 hours. Then I put it in the dehydrator and I realized the longer it was in there the tastier it got, so if I was going to do it again I would put it in for two hours.

In other dehydrator news, I made sweet potato chips and my very own BBQ sauce. The chips are just sweet potatoes cut as thin as the mandoline could go and half are brushed with BBQ and half have a BBQ/nutritional yeast mixture. To make the delicious barbecue sauce I blended together half a tomato, several sun-dried tomatoes, blackstrap molasses, mesquite powder, chili powder, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and water. It is very good.

So right now in my dehydrator I have chips, falafel (which will come out soon), soaked walnuts and almonds, and a tray of cherries and cranberries. I am sooo excited to make my own craisins because I love them but I can't stand the added oil and sugar. I just crushed them a bit with my slap chopper and mixed them around with the cherry juice and a tiny bit of agave and I think they will be great. But I guess we'll see.

I have some things to do tomorrow (including an audition!) so I'll see how the falafel fares while traveling.

In other news:
Love Veggies and Yoga is having a raw food book giveaway:

Tomorrow I'm making onion bread and veggie burgers!

Monday, March 15, 2010

My first post!

Welcome to my first blog post! I blogged every day during my travels in Europe and study abroad in Beijing but I haven't done any blogging since. I moved to LA in January and I want to start a blog about life in LA and my goal to be as healthy and happy as possible! I also have an acting website,, where I post career updates.

Today I spent most of my day outside up on my rooftop porch, reading and enjoying the 80-degree weather. I also went to my new tutoring job, yay!

I've been getting really into the raw food diet lately, and I've been pretty much 100% raw for a week now and I'm feeling great. I just bought a dehydrator after months of wanting one and it's coming tomorrow! I'm really excited so I'm trying to plan out what I am going to make this week!

That's my rooftop garden. I'm growing tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, arugula, mint, parsley, and cilantro.

My strawberry plants are starting to grow flowers!

I have been drinking a ton of green smoothies this past week. Usually they involve some combination of kale, lettuce, frozen banana, berries, apples, pears, and spirulina and maca powder. The last two are new things I bought at Erewhon natural foods market last week and am now in love with. Spirulina has a ton of clorophyll and maca is a powdered root with lots of calcium and other goodness in it and it has a great sweet flavor. Here's a picture of the green:

Here are two pictures of my dinner last night -- and half of it became my lunch this morning. It's stuffed peppers with a side of parsnip rice. To make the rice, just pulse a cut up parsnip in a food processor until it is the texture of rice and season to taste.

Here's my recipe for the red peppers:

1 red bell pepper
1 celery stalk
1/2 tomato
2 leaves fresh basil
4 almonds
2 mushrooms
1 tsp tahini
2 sundried tomatoes, soaked 10-30 mins to rehydrate
1/4 cup watercress

Nutritional Info

Fat: 2.8g
Carbohydrates: 8.9g
Protein: 2.6g

Cut pepper in half, scoop out seeds, and remove stem.

In a food processor, pulse remaining ingredients together to make a chunky mixture.

Spoon half of the mixture into each red pepper half and enjoy!

For dinner tonight I had a Caesar salad. I got the recipe out of the Raw Food Revolution Diet. I like their salad dressings because most of them are zucchini-based instead of oil-based. And the secret ingredient to the Caesar dressing is horseradish! I used a bed of lettuce and watercress for the salad and quickly realized that I really don't like watercress. I guess I'll have to sneak it into my smoothies this week to use it up.

Another thing I realized this week that I do not like is raw soup! I actually knew this already, because I've tried several times, but I'm giving up. I don't want to waste any more of my produce on something I can't even force myself to eat (and I'm good at making myself eat things so as to save money). Almost an entire bunch of asparagus was sacrificed to raw soup this week. =(

Tonight I also made raw almond butter and jelly and it turned out great! I just ground up soaked almonds in my coffee grinder until it turned into almond butter. I made the jelly using blackberries, figs, and dates and grinding it up in my food processor. Here's a picture:

Oh and I also got a free manicure courtesy of Kirstie Alley's new show yesterday -- it was a promotional thing I got a flyer for at the Studio City Farmers' Market.

Hopefully I will have some good dehydrator news tomorrow!