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post #61 of 189
Some words about sprouting.........

Buckwheat groats can be tricky, they do get a bit mushy if you're not careful. Firstly, be sure you are buying raw buckwheat (yellow with a greenish tinge) and not "kasha", roasted groats. Then, soak for 6 hours, and then rinse REALLY well. Get in there with a sink sprayer if you can. Make sure all the slimy stuff is gone, and then rinse in filtered water. Tranfer to a collander or jar and the next day, they should be sprouted. Rinse again before using. They make a really fantastic base for crackers and pizza crusts. As for quinoa, just add enough filtered water to barely cover and keep your eye on them. By the end of the day, they will have sprouted. These are great for tabouleh - add some tomato, cuke, lots of parsley, mint, onion, sesame or hemp seed and a little oil and lemon juice and yummy!

As far as sprouting legumes, there is some confusing information out there, but it is now known that raw sprouted legumes are generally a no-no. They are very diffucult to digest and will give you gas and other discomfort. They will also impede nutrient absorbtion from other foods by slowing down digestive process. The only time they are helpful is when thet are sprouted with a very long, soft tail (think mung beans often used in asian cooking). I ate sprouted legumes for a long time, as there are many recipes for them out there, but once I stopped eating them I found it easier to feel satisfied after meals. Not so many air pockets in the belly.

This recipe includes water which generally blands out raw recipes but works here. Also a caveat; organic thai coconuts are extremely hard to find and the conventional ones are very chemmie.

2 cups coconut water
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups young coconut meat
1 medium garlic clove
1 inch ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of two limes or lemons
1 cup cilantro
1 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup chopped green onion

Blend all ingredients except the last three. Add cilantro, blend lightly. stir in tomato and onion. Serves 2-4
post #62 of 189
: You are right, the quinoa IS sprouting. Those sprouts are so wee tiny, I never even noticed... thanks for the buck wheat info. You are right, they marked the food bin buckwheat but it is kasha. It is of a dark brow color so I do believe it is roasted.

Another question, we sprout flax seeds. The water is slimy, hard to pour off. Any suggestions?
post #63 of 189
Gitti, once again I would siggest just really getting in there to rinse them. A sprayer sink attachment works if you've got one. Flax doesn't sprout much in my experience (but hey if you can do it, more power to ya!) and the seeds are super tiny so I would put th whole mess in a mesh seive over a bowl, flood the bowl and get in there with your hands or a sprayer and break up the flax. Then rinse. Flax is extremely nutritional without sprouting, however, even more so if soaked first. Take some soaked, gummy flax, add carrot pulp from the juicer, minced onion, lemon juice, parlsey or cilantro, little salt and anything else you think would be good and spread thin on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate. Makes awesome crakers! Once you get the hang of it you can experiment with any flavour you like. I don't have much experience with oven drying but I've heard it's mostly just using a pilot light or the lowest setting with the door open. Yeah raw grandma!
post #64 of 189
Thanks for the recipe. I'll let you know how it turns out. I will be 'drying' it Sunday.
post #65 of 189
I made that cake with almonds, dates and strawberries for my birthday - turned out great - my husband could not believe it was all raw!
post #66 of 189
Hey, count me in as well. I am high raw aspiring to be all raw! In fact am making lots of yummy dishes and desserts tomorrow to get me through!
I haven't read through all the responses yet, but heard about this raw thread on here from a raw board that I frequent!
So, had to come check it out! I think this is great!
Where do you all get your recipes? If you have children, are they raw too and what about dh?

post #67 of 189
I have to recommend www.toprawmen.net Their recipes are easy and inexpensive and they have 3 recipes on their web and the Chinese broccoli is wonderful and I am making that up tomorrow!

post #68 of 189
Hey there! I just had to look forever to find this thread. How are you all doing? I am all over the map and looking for support. I have serious gut issues that make absorption near impossible for me. After being a vegan I was convinced to add some animal products back into my diet by my nutritionist because my test results were bad. I'm not loving it, but I'm pregnant and nursing, so it isn't really about me. I will admit that my energy levels have increased. But I do best mostly raw. I need to get back in touch with that. I figure I can do minimal animal products and meet my requirements and just make sure that everything else is a living food with intact enzymes. I'm considering a dehydrator. I'm thinking that will get me back into the swing of things because I can do fun stuff the whole family will love. Problem is we have NO money. So, is it worth it? Or is there a better way? Any recommendations for you smart mamas? Any help would be appreciated.
post #69 of 189
Anyone there?
post #70 of 189
I'm glad you bumped this thread! I was looking for it yesterday and couldn't find it. In fact, I realized that I had never subscribed to the February veg thread (if there was one), and here it is March!

I made your raw strawberry pie for lunch on Valentine's day. My son was delighted to have pie for lunch; my dh on the other hand, seemed a bit "stuffy" about it. LOL It was delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe, firefaery!
post #71 of 189
That's what I like best about eating raw, dessert can be breakfast! And it's legitimately healthful. Strawberry pie and apple pie are staples in our house especially when the summer hits.
I have been doing alot of reading on www.thegardendiet.com which I am now looking back and seeing has been recommended. Hav eany of youread or seen their stuff? I'm intrigued, but wary. They are 100% raw (including their kids) and don't supplement at all. They say you get all your B-12 from the veggies. That's a tremendous leap for me. Especially since their kids don't eat alot of veggies-they call them "fruit bats." I don't think that I could go all raw with no fish or meat of any kind and NOT supplement for B-12. Their argument was that the father has been raw for 27 years and has never supplemented and would "know" if he were deficient. My argument is that you go VERY low before you know, and an adult would have adequate stores from a childhood of meat-eating. Kids don't have that luxury, and that particular deficiency isn't always easy to detect. Am I way off base here? I'm open to being wrong, but it concerns me...
post #72 of 189
I'm with you, ff. From what I've read, vegans need a reliable source of b12 and veggies aren't it! I've also read that *some* people can store b12 for years, but again you have to have some in the first place...
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post #74 of 189
Really? That's very interesting. So it must be true. It's hard for me to grasp after having a daughter who was FTT and one of her issues was a B-12 deficiency. I get nervous, but it's my thing, and I know that. I clearly need to read more!
post #75 of 189

What is FTT?
post #76 of 189
Has anyone made buckwheat bread? I'm interested in making it, but don't want to use flax (texture). Are there good recipes for this?

post #77 of 189
Failure to Thrive. She had many issues (celiac disease being the big one) but since we were vegan that's what they latched on to. Hard for me because the test didn't lie, you know? It was about her gut being leaky though-she was being supplemented daily. Once we removed gluten her levels all started changing significantly over a period of time. It was a scary time. The enamel didn't form on her teeth, her hair wasn't growing and neither were her nails. This was besides the not sleeping, being cranky all the time and super high-needs. Allergies kicked our butts. That's the one thing that gives me pause...things that are generally true don't apply to people with damaged guts. THere's just so much to know, and forget about relying on doctors for useful info! I have to take everything with a grain of salt and research the hell out of it. At least it makes me smarter
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post #79 of 189
Prana-thanks so much. For me it was much the same. Celiac disease is hereditary, and though my mother, brother, grandfather and I all had the symptoms we weren't diagnosed until dd was doing so poorly. It was her that got us the help we needed. I was symptomatic for over a decade and it worsened with each pregnancy. I got to the point where I wasn't leaving my house because I was in terrible pain and in the bathroom every ten minutes. Docs medicated me, but it never really made a dent. Then I found Eat to Live (a mostly raw vegan diet) and although it contraindicated everything I had been told, I tried it. I was immediately better, but not 100%. The diet allows one grain a day, and I was still eating gluten. When someone finally said "celiac disease" I cut it out and am now 100% percent. Unfortunately my (and dd's) gut is so damaged I have to be extra careful. I actually didn't produce milk for either kiddo because I was so malnourished. My hair was falling out (rapidly) and a blood test showed liver damage.
I look forward to the day that I can be vegan again. Our bodies just aren't able to absorb all the nutrients available in the the veggies and they can't convert carotenoids to vitamin A. Dd is also requiring alot of B-12. I prefer to have her eat it than get the shot. We make ethical choices and she uses eggs from pastured chickens that we get down the road. Soon, though, we are healing rapidly.
I wonder if after we heal sprouted wheat berries will be okay. I am also using homeopathy (my homeopath has already made great strides with us) so I am pretty confident we can completely get past this. The body just isn't meant to have allergies.
We are both better, thanks for asking. And man, have we learned alot!
post #80 of 189
I am raw for over 3 months now and it is so much easier.We went to the party on the weekend and I sincerely did not want any cooked food, not even a cake. They had fruit and a salad, and I brought my made big salad and some seed crakers - everyone loved them and even asked me for the recipe!
Cooked foods look like plastic now.
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