Mangia Monday

What to Make

Okay — so the weekend’s over and it’s Monday again.  Usually, by Sunday, I’m pretty confident that I know what I’m going to make the first couple days of the week.  I still have to make  3 breakfasts and 2 lunches (sometimes 3) and I have to be sure that I have the ingredients to prepare whatever it is I’m going to prepare.

This Monday — I didn’t do any of that.  So I needed to figure out what I can make with whatever ingredients I have floating around the house.  Breakfast is covered,  I made sure that I had enough fruit and greens to make morning smoothies.  I keep frozen fruit in the freezer.  It’s a great thing to add to your smoothies.  Then you don’t have to add ice.


My Morning Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

1 banana

1 1/2 cups frozen fruit (today was strawberry, pineapple and mango)

2 pitted Medjool dates (I like my smoothie sweet — you can omit)

1-2 cups kale

1 tsp dried wheat grass (wheat grass actually turns out to be sweet)

1/2 tsp Maca Powder (excellent ‘power boast’ to add.  Smells like chocolate to me).

*3 cups water (any liquid you prefer . . . herbal tea, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, unsweetened juice).

Whirl up in your blender or Vitamix and enjoy!

*I added a little more water because I like my smoothies a little thinner.  This way, I get to take the leftovers to work for my snack.

** Feel free to alter any smoothie to your personal taste.


I had all the ingredients for my Spicy Thai Noodles, but I also had the ingredients for this Avocado Soup from Raw on $10 a day.

Avocado Soup
2 servings ~ $1.52 per serving1 avocado ($1.49)
1 cup nut milk ($.40)
2/3 cup water
1 onion ($.25)
1 clove garlic ($.10)
1/2 red bell pepper ($.40)
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas) ($.30)
1 tsp olive oil ($.10)
salt & pepper to tasteAvocado soups are among my favorite raw soups, and the options are pretty much endless.For this soup, which makes two large servings, place a peeled avocado, half an onion, and the clove of garlic in a blender. Puree until very smooth.Add the chopped onion and pepper, and sprinkle with pepitas.

calories: 301
fat: 21 gr
carbs: 28 gr
protein: 6 gr
Don’t these photos look AMAZING??!!!!!
I always try to keep a handful of snacks around, because if I don’t, I go into a panic!!!  I MAY STARVE!!!!  I throw them into my bag or keep them in a fridge at work.   This is usually what I bring:
  • Leftover Smoothie from the morning or Green Juice
  • I make my own trail mix using nuts, seeds and raisins.  A couple of handfuls of each thrown into a baggie.
  • Fresh fruits (I keep a small bottle of cinnamon at work to add to fruit for added benefits and flavors)
  • Fresh cut veggies like carrots, celery and peppers
  • tea bags – green and herbal
  • lots and lots of water — I drink all day long

Dinner in my house is a lot more complicated.  I personally don’t have to eat, I can pick.  I’m fine making a green smoothie and calling that my dinner.  Or eating 1/2 an avocado with cherry “grape” tomatoes and some other raw veggies hanging around.  Or sometimes I’ll just make a plate of olives with kimchii and sauerkraut sprinkled with nutritional yeast.   I know — sound AMAZING!  Doesn’t it?  Well — that’s  how it goes over in my house as well – no one really wants to eat that.  And then I will  have a banana for dessert or a couple of Medjool dates.

However, on a very rare occasion, I will  make something that everyone will eat.  I feel that dinner recipes require more time and more preparation, so I will probably pick a few dinner recipes and post them on a future Blog.   If you’re new to eating “uncooked” foods, some of the techniques can be overwhelming and seem complicated to you.  However, once you master some of the techniques, it becomes a breeze.  As for now, my secret is to eat what ever you have around — or making double breakfasts and lunches and have that as your dinner.  Or have someone take you out to a wonderful restaurant and just have a delicious salad!

Whatever you choose to make and however you choose to eat it, the most important thing is that you just .  .  .


Michele ♥

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