Wet Salad

I’m off to Japan tomorrow morning! My family love travelling and this has been on our list for years, so we are so excited to finally be visiting. I’m quite overwhelmed by it all actually – I just can’t wait. I’m fascinated to see what it’s like, although a little nervous about the food, as I’m not a sushi fan…

I’m sure a post will follow. But for now I wanted to share my recipe for getting rid of all the leftovers in my fridge! A classic pre-holiday activity.

A few years ago an actor friend of mine came to crash with me for a few days. He was a very healthy man, in body and mind. He was very zen, and we had a lot of big deep and meaningful conversations while he was here. Of all my memories though, the residing image in my brain from his brief stay was the “wet salads” he always made, as he called them. These involved grating up very moist vegetables, to create a very soggy pile of raw goodness. Sound grim? It definitely isn’t.

Here is my Avocado and Chilli Wet Salad, as the beautiful and calm Vyelle would have called it. Enjoy your upcoming week, and I’ll see you all on the other side…


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Ingredients

1 large grated carrot

1/2 grated courgette

1 grated cooked beetroot

1 avocado

1/4 red chilli, chopped

Olive oil

Lemon juice

Black pepper

Mix it all together, and what have you got…? Delicious fridge-emptying goodness, that’s what. Happy holidays!

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Jazzed up Greek Salad

ImageLast week I felt dehydrated. I was drained, and woke up every day with a headache. Obviously my body was lacking water, but I felt like I was drinking loads.

Time to bring in the back-up… water in food. I decided to make a mammoth-sized salad, greek style – but with added bits, vegetables that are known for being high in water content. I added mushrooms and beetroot, so the ingredients were as follows:

 

Lucy’s Jazzed up Hydrating Greek Salad Bowl

Leaves – kale and rocket (half a mixing bowl full!)

Tomato

Cucumber

Red Onion

Mushrooms (briefly cooked in a teaspoon of coconut oil)

Beetroot

Feta

Plenty of dry oregano, olive oil and lemon juice to dress it

 

It was absolutely delicious and incredibly filling. Remember, a lot of the time you feel hungry, your body is actually just thirsty. You’re dehydrated. Our bodies are about 60% water! And I know I’m not the first blogger to point that out! This is not me saying that every time you’re craving something to eat, you should just drink water. You need to know your own body and judge every feeling individually. I know when I’m occasionally feeling faint and my body actually really needs fuel, and I also know when I’m just restless and a bit dehydrated, so I’m reaching for the peanut butter and the teaspoon!

But this salad did just the trick. It filled me to the brim, and I was peeing non-stop for the rest of the day (now we’ve discussed going to the toilet, we’re all very good friends).

Try it yourself and notice how good you feel. It’s not just the water in all those vegetables, but the nutrients in so much raw food.  Enjoy!

 

See my post on Lucy Salads for other suggestions for mammoth-sized salad bowls to fill you up, and see my post on greek food for breaking down the various advantages of such a salad. And finally, read here why kale is such a fantastic way to bulk up your salad.

 

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Good for you VS Not bad for you

I’ve got a new obsession (haven’t I always?) At the moment it’s these things – Sakata Rice Crackers:

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My flatmate tried one the other day and also fell hopelessly in love, her infatuation growing even deeper when I told her they were good for her too. She then made the excellent distinction between, “Are they actually good for me, or are they just not bad for me?” In this case, they’re just not bad for you. But they are good for you in so much as they stop you having things that are bad for you. My flatmates question was apt though, and it’s true that they themselves are not adding any nutritional value to my life. They are not like my Lucy Salads, or my Cauliflower Egg-fried Rice, or my other obsession (Nakd bars and Bounce balls).

However, these “not bad for you” snacks should still be considered really great snacks for the “modern-foodie-trying-to-lose-weight”. They often feel indulgent (this specific example feels to me like eating crisps) but they’re not doing you any harm. They are sort of neutral. Enjoy them and be happy.

P.S. I also count my healthy beetroot cake as “Not bad for you”. I made it for my family this week and it turned out particularly well. Please still try it even you are a beetroot hater – there is no beetroot taste once the cake has been cooked. It is just pure goopy-indulgent-feeling, a-little-bit-good-for-you-because-beetroot-is-amazing and not-really-bad-for-you-because-there’s-no-refined-sugar-or-flour happiness in a cake. I leave you with this image:

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Another “healthy cake”

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This one is half beetroot.

Literally half of the mix is shredded beetroot.

After successfully baking my chocolate zucchini cake last weekend, and seeing how beautifully moist vegetables make cake, I was eager to try a different veggie-bake. I read a few blogs and heard beetroot-and-chocolate as a combination crop up a lot, so I settled for making that. What I didn’t really compute until I was halfway through making this particular recipe is that it avoids all the typically “nasty” ingredients. As well as being half vegetable, there is no sugar, no butter and no flour. Hard to believe. Honey is used to sweeten, cocoa powder provides the dry substance and coconut oil (my favourite!) acts as fat. And yet the end product is gorgeously rich, goopy and sinful-seeming. My flatmate and her boyfriend returned home just in time to sample some straight from the oven and on tasting it they emitted sounds I only thought I’d ever hear coming through the bedroom wall…

In short, it was a marvellous success and very easy to make. Click on the above picture to be taken to the original recipe page.  I promise to stop talking about cakes for a few weeks now.

P.S. Forgive me father for I have sinned. I created a “healthy” cake, and then made it part of a very unhealthy cake. A good friend of mine, Eric, moved home to America today and he had a leaving dinner last night. I promised to take something sweet to eat. I wanted to send Eric home in style (and I’ve been watching a lot of The Great British Bake-off) so I was inspired to do something crazy. What I made was a double layered cake – carrot cake on the bottom, chocolate-beet cake on the top, enough buttercream frosting to drown a small village in the middle, and enough rich dark chocolate icing to smother a sumo wrestler above. I put 5 small carrot sticks right on the top though, so that rectifies the situation right…? Here is my creation:

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