Excalibur HELP!

I have been wanting to return to more of a raw eating lifestyle but a lot of things I wanted to prepare could not be done on my dehydrater. I wasn’t sure we would continue this lifestyle so I bought a cheapy. I decided to use some of that stimulus money to stimulate myself. I bought an Excalibur. I bought a refurbished 5 tray. The size is enough for my husband and I and the price was great. My first goal was to dry onions, veggie burgers and to SAVE the mushrooms. I am tired of mushrooms going bad before I get to use them. Dried veggies are going to stock my pantry.

Today (Tuesday) I made 2 trays of crackers and 3 bread loaves. Tomorrow I plan to make croquettes. Yum,yum.

We have been vegan but the cold weather encouraged cooking. The Impossible Whopper and Beyond Meat Burger made it convenient so I got lazy. Now I am back and ready. We want be 100% raw because my husband wants some cooked meals but most will be. I can already feel the difference.

I have more planned, especially my weakness, baked goods.

Raw Vegan Tacos

I tried something new today. I made vegan tacos without tempeh or TVP. I used mushrooms to give the meat texture but I marinated the chopped mushrooms in Mexican spice seasonings first. I discovered I had run out of dry oregano so I used Young Living Oregano Vitality. I made spicy salsa and used “cheese” that I had made for another meal. Romaine lettuce leaves were the shells. Oh yeah, also used the pinto beans I made the other day. Now their gone.

Sorry there are no pictures. We ate them before I realized I hadn’t taken a picture. I guess we were hungry.😀

Basil Vitality to the Rescue!

Awww Man! I’m out of basil, dried or fresh.

In the middle of preparing vegan gumbo, I discovered I had no basil. Now before you get your pants in a twist I know you gumbo loyalists say there is no such thing. Yes we have to make substitutions but we can make our version. Please let us have that.

Now back to my story. First I was frustrated and then I remembered…. I have Basil Vitality. I have been planning to meal prep with my Young Living oils so here was my opportunity to kick start it.

I used two drops in a 2 quart pot where my vegan sausage aand vegetables lived. The aroma, awesome. The taste was good but 2 drops might be too strong for some people. Next time I’ll use 1 drop and add another if needed.

In those 2 drops were flavor and all the benefits of Young Living Essential oil Basil Vitality.

This is the solution to those cold winter months where fresh may not be so available. Or those times you just don’t have the time or desire to go to the store. Click on the basil links or the picture to order yours.

Next goal is making my homemade spaghetti sauce using the vitality oils. I might even let you share the experience.😉

It’s that Young Living Black Soil Living!

Back In The Kitchen

I am so excited. I have been trying for a while to create my own veggie burger raw and cooked. I have used other people’s recipes. Some were good and others not so much or at least not to my liking. What are my motivations for making my own. I could just buy them. Right?
Motivation 1. Mastering my refrig

I also wanted to confidently create my own with whatever I had in the kitchen. That’s what so many said they did in their experiments so why can’t I?
Motivation 2 Cost

Buying them can be a budget buster. They are expensive. Here in Texas they are approximately $4.50 and up for 4 patties and they may or may not be vegan.
Motivation 3 Satisfying The Cardiologist

This is the hardest. Carl’s doctor has so many requirements. First it was raw so the body could heal itself. Then it was you can add in cooked but must be vegan,gluten-free, oil-free and clean as possible. Vegan was easy. We had already eliminated dairy and most flesh. Gluten-free required learning how to use different grains and seeds and the flours made with them to make waffles, bread etc. Keep in mind the raw, clean and oil-free parameters. Oil-free is easy to understand but no so eary to accomplish. You don’t want dry burgers, or dry anything. Still working on that one. Then what’s clean.

Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. … At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. fitnessmagazine

Minimally processed is the kicker. How can you know if it is minimally processed unless you make it yourself?

I finally found a recipe from The Spruce Eats that was very close to the #Dr. Praeger patties that I buy and fit within the parameters set by the Doctor. So with a little modification here is my offering.


1 2/3 cup beans (this was a mix of kidney, lentils and leftover black)

1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 c chopped on onion

1/2 c chopped yellow bell pepper

1/2 medium fresh jalapeño

1/2 medium avocado

1 Tbls brown rice flour

1 tsp chia seeds in 2 Tbls of water

3 Tbls of liquid aminos or to taste

Pinch of cayenne

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well blend. Form patties and bake at 375° F for 45 minutes or desired firmness.

The brown rice flour made them a little crusty on the outside but were moist on the inside. I will try next time with oats instead of quinoa.

7 burgers that were 4″ in diameter and 1/4″ thick

The flavor was great and now that I’ve made them it will be a quick process next time.

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All In The Head

It’s been a little over a year since we began this raw vegan/vegan lifestyle change. I have learned how to prepare meals which is a real accomplishment; I never liked to cook. I am still learning because my husband’s cardiologist wants as much gluten-free, oil-free, clean food as possible. This is no easy task. Eating out is hard and cooking requires learning how to make good food with these substitutes. The journey has begun again.

I discovered one other thing, your mind is still the main battlefield. Occasionally my mind still test me when I am tired. Catfish and fried chicken, Chinese and authentic Mexican screams at me. The struggling vegan pops up and shouts substitute. That is my present objective; substitutes and the changing of my mind, again.

“…..but Be transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Romans 12:2

This is the key to all lifestyle changes. It all begins with how you think. When you determine to make the change and settle it in your mind the rest is easy.

Eating Raw 2

This post was originally written in April at the beginning of my cooking raw journey. Each successive post will bring you closer to my present August experience.

I decided to go all in to this raw eating thing so I bought an inexpensive dehydrator and a raw food cookbook or should I say recipe book. As my very smart husband pointed out, others had tried and tested techniques and flavor combinations, why not take advantage of that. So I did. I was glad to know there were choices beyond salads.

In the following raw eating post I will share my experiences preparing the recipes in Rawmazing authored by Susan Powers. I will note any changes to her recipes to accommodate our taste just in case you decide to buy her book. Her directions are easy to follow and the pictures are vibrant. For the raw purest you will need to find substitutions for the oil. I used tahini and cashew butter(cream). Also, I used Dr. Montgomery’s book The Food Prescription Nutrition Guide

I had not used a dehydrator before and I didn’t know what to expect so I went for something simple. The first thing I tried were Ms. Post’s Kale Chips. It seemed simple enough. She has 3 versions. I chose version 2. The ingredients are garlic, thyme and oil. For the oil I substituted tahini. Mix those ingredients and set it aside. Cut the thick stems from the kale and tear the leaves into chip size pieces. Make sure all excess water is removed from the kale. Then dress the kale with the garlic mix . Put the pieces on the dehydrator trays. Don’t overlap. The suggested time dehydration time was 4-6 hours at 115 degrees. Because of the Houston humidity, it took 8 hours to crisp. My taste tester, hubby, was quite pleased. He wanted to eat them like potato chips.

If you don’t have a dehydrator pop them into your oven on a low heat, 120 degrees if possible. If you put it on a temperature higher than 170 degrees and some say 200 degrees, you will destroy all of the health benefits from eating raw; you will kill the enzymes.

I am so sorry that I don’t have a picture. I lost it somehow.

Kale Chips – Rawmazing p. 41


3 Tbls olive oil (I substituted tahini.)

1 cloves garlic

1 tsp of dry thyme

Turn on the food processor or high powered blender. Drop the garlic, thyme and oil into it.

Place on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate 4-6 hours. More longer if you are in a humid area.

Eating Raw 1

Raw?!!! For how long? That was my initial reaction when told Carl had to go on a raw diet. We just got here and all my expectations to enjoy Cajun cooking especially gumbo went right out the window. How will I survive without my salmon and catfish? I asked again, “How long?” Dr. Montgomery calmly said 30 days. Okay, I can do that. It’s like a Daniel fast on steroids. Do we just eat salads and drink smoothies?, I asked. He said let me introduce you to our Garden Kitchen. He gave us samples of meals they had prepared. They weren’t bad.

The first 3 or 4 days Carl lost 40 lbs of fluid. This was causing heart failure. After that, weight decreased almost a pound a day for a week. We completed the 30 days. I was so excited that we would get to eat food. I saw a catfish dinner in my near future. When the doctor finished his examination he said 2 more weeks. I cried. Not because I couldn’t have it but because Carl couldn’t and I didn’t want to eat it in front of him. 

Forty-seven days later we were still eating raw . I must admit I cheated a few times with cooked beans and my son-in-law’s gumbo. Oh yes, I had a catfish dinner.

If this was going to be our life I had to learn raw meal preparations. That process is continuing.  More on that in Part 2 of Eating Raw.

We both have lost more weight and his heart is getting stronger. The detoxification process is not enjoyable. It would probably have been worse if we had not stopped eating red meat and chicken years ago. But the journey goes on and I will take you on it with us.




Why Texas?

Recently, we decided to move to Texas. We thought we were being led here to be near our daughter and to enjoy a lower cost of living. It is good to be near our daughter and her family but for us the cost of living has not changed. In some respects it is higher. Housing coast are lower than California but we are paying about the same. The electricity bill is greatly reduced and that’s about it.

I expected our food cost to go down but that was not realized. In fact it might be more. Houston area is an organic, non-GMO wasteland. The produce and products exist but are not in the abundance that I am accustomed to in California. The funny thing is most of the certified organic food here comes from California. But here is the good, no, the awesomely, miraculous thing. In a round about way through a conversation with some people we had just met we were led to a renowned cardiologist/electrophysiologist named Dr. Baxter D. Montgomery. His philosophy is to cure the cause of the illness not treat the symptoms. He holds to the statement made by Hippocrates,

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 

Plant-based meals were Carl’s prescription. He did not remove him from his medications initially. He uses pharmaceuticals when needed. His plan was to eliminate them as Carl’s heart improved. After 3 weeks of eating a raw plant-based diet

  • No Soltilol (Heart rhythm medication)
  • Blood pressure in normal range
  • No diuretics
  • Physically stronger
  • Mental clarity improving
  • No breathing problems
  • Weight loss (40 lbs mostly fluid)

This is why we moved to Texas.