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P90X Weeks 5-6: from cooked to raw

February 11, 2011

Over the last almost-two-weeks, my appetite for raw food has steadily increased. This is certainly not due to increasing temperatures in Kansas City (if only!), so I’m not sure what’s causing it, but I can tell you that my dehydrator has been humming all week long. It’s been lots of prep work (soaking and drying nuts and grains, for example), some things I’ll blog about at a later date, and a few goodies I’ll show you today.

First, though, here are a few cooked meals I’ve made recently.

Up above is more rice-fried veggies (i.e., fried rice with lots more veggies than rice) with tofu. I’ve been on a major cauliflower kick too, for some reason, so there was plenty of that in there.

Below is my version of the Breakfast Veggie Chorizo recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance. Matt and I ate it for brunch last Sunday with corn tortillas and guacamole.

For this “lazy” Sunday supper, I steamed some mixed veggies and Matt picked up a couple items from Whole Foods: some roasted root vegetables and a (surprisingly yummy) hazelnut-crusted Field Roast patty.

In the last couple weeks, I’ve made no fewer than THREE batches of the nutty dip out of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. It was only natural, then, that when I saw Evan‘s chocolate chip cookie dough hummus, I knew I needed to make it next.

I used raw cashew butter instead of PB, and a mixture of coconut nectar, stevia, and maple extract in place of the maple syrup.

DELISH. I mean, reallyβ€”hummus, nut butter, cookie dough? You can’t lose.

Now, as promised: raw stuff! With my leftover coconut meat, I made a batch of raw coconut yogurt, which I cultured in the dehydrator for a day. I’ve been including it in my favorite almost-raw breakfast bowl: fresh blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries tossed with coconut yogurt, a sprinkle each of hempseeds and ground flaxseed, and (not raw, but I love it) Fiber One.

I also made a batch of raw seeded flatbread (a future cookbook recipe) to snack on.

It’s chock full of seeds like sunflower, sesame, hemp, and flax, and it goes just as well with sweet toppings (like raw almond butter and honey, YUM) as it does with savory toppings (hummus, tapenade, etc.).

I also made more kale chips (I know; surprise, surprise). I usually make them with thick, crunchy, cashewy coatings, but this time, I decided to let them go naked.

All I added was a drizzle of olive oil, a couple generous pinches of salt, and a dusting of nutritional yeast. I was a little concerned they’d be too “green”-tasting for me to handle, but thankfully, that wasn’t the case at all. They’re light, crisp, and salty!

Lastly, I have to show off the gift that showed up on my doorstep this morning.

Is this new Hail Merry Valentine’s t-shirt the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, or what?! A big “thank you” to Susan and Sarah at Hail Merry for sending me one!

I am totally going to show off my raw vegan pride and rock this shirt next week in…
SAN FRANCISCO! Yup, that’s the secret I was holding back at the end of yesterday’s post. Matt has a business conference to attend there, and I’m going with him, Monday through Thursday. It’ll be my first time in SF! I have quite a wish list going of places I want to eat (a meal at CafΓ© Gratitude, for example, is non-negotiable), but I’m open to more suggestions! So tell meβ€”
What are your must-visit vegan and/or raw hotspots in San Fran? Do tell!

64 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2011 7:59 pm

    oh cute shirt. I love it! And i must try the chorizo. My hubs would love it!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 1:58 pm

      The chorizo “hash” was pretty good!

  2. February 11, 2011 8:02 pm

    Sooooo jealous you are going to san fran maybe I’ll jump in the car and meet you there. only a 16 hour drive.

    other than CG, I would go to Millenium for sure. Good stuff. Herbivore is pretty good too.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 1:59 pm

      16 hours? Psh, that’s nothin’! Come on down πŸ˜›

      Millennium and Herbivore – got it.

  3. February 11, 2011 8:05 pm

    Well, I can’t help you much with San Francisco, I haven’t been there (or much anywhere, really [at least for now!]), but your crackers look like a good snack to take with you on your voyage there! Actually, I’ll probably buy your cookbook just so I can have that recipe, lol.

    My favorite kale chip recipe is with a little bit of olive oil and steak seasoning (hehe) though I must try some with nooch!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:00 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever made kale chips WITHOUT nooch! πŸ™‚

  4. February 11, 2011 8:14 pm

    lovee the shirt!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:00 pm


  5. February 11, 2011 8:14 pm

    “chocolate chip cookie dough hummus” oh my, the hummus gods here in Saudi Arabia would either be in shock or in absolute heaven!!! Your flatbread looks pretty incredible too, I was thinking of cranking up my dehydrator today for something similar.

    PS I’ve just tweeted you with a contact in SF I reckon he might look after you! Awesome work trip for Matt (gotta love them – Pat is hoping to get one to Houston later this year and reckons me and bubs can come along too!)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:01 pm

      Haha. I’ve made some non-traditional hummus in my day, but this one takes the cake!

      If/when you guys come to Houston, we should arrange a way to meet up in Dallas or OKC!

  6. February 11, 2011 9:33 pm

    Cafe Gratitude?!?! So jealous! Have you seen “May I Be Frank”? And LOVE the t-shirt too!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:01 pm

      I still haven’t seen that movie! I know, I need to πŸ™‚

  7. February 11, 2011 9:40 pm

    Love that shirt – you look so cute! Perfect in red!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:01 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  8. February 11, 2011 9:41 pm

    what an impressive list of cookes and uncooked meals!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:02 pm

      Hehe, thank you!

  9. February 11, 2011 10:17 pm

    You have to check out Gracias Madre (owned by the same couple as Cafe Gratitude) and Millennium.

    Please take lots of pictures. I want details. I’m going to be in SF in August and can’t wait to tour the best restaurants.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:02 pm

      Gracias Madre and Millennium, noted.

      Many, many food pics will be taken, I can promise you that!

  10. February 11, 2011 10:21 pm

    Oooo! I’m most interested in the flatbread, looks yummy! Very cute shirt. I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding great vegan and raw spots in San Fran, though I have no suggestions for you.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:03 pm

      The flatbread is seedy and crunchy and yummy, if I may say! πŸ˜›

  11. February 11, 2011 10:54 pm

    Yay, you’re going to the Bay Area! I loved living there, but didn’t eat out much. Cafe Gratitude is great, and if ‘Alive’ Restaurant on Lombard St is still open, it’s great too.

    Sweet shirt, and fun that you’re enjoying the raw vibe so much.

    You _must_ check out the farmers markets in SF–they are so awesome. Ferry Plaza is the biggest, but there are farmers markets pretty much every day. Berkeley and Oakland (where I lived) are awesome too.


    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:03 pm

      Sadly, Alive’s website says they’re closed until June 😦

      I will try to hit up a farmers market in SF!

  12. February 11, 2011 11:17 pm

    That is such a cute shirt!! I want!

    I also want that hummus. Now.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:04 pm

      Hehe, thanks!

  13. February 12, 2011 3:38 am

    Why didn’t you go on Matt’s Sydney work trip? San Francisco is STOOPID. You make me cry inside.

    Now that my tantrum is out of the way… hecka yum! Would you believe yours is the third cookie dough dip in my google reader today? If only I wasn’t completely exhausted (and it’s only 8:30pm… I’m not used to busy Saturdays :P) I’d be up like a shot making one myself. Instead, I shall eat the last of my raw marzipan balls and then an entire packe of seaweed rice crackers. Sodium FTW!

    P.S. Your hair is so shiny. I want to touch it.
    P.P.S. Sorry. I’m really quite exhausted.
    P.P.P.S. It really is wonderfully shiny though.
    P.P.P.P.S. I want to touch it.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:05 pm

      I know, I know! I wanted to come to Sydney! But I was stuck at this little place called 105degrees… πŸ˜‰

      I’ve seen this cookie dough hummus everywhere lately too, but I had to try it, of course.

      You think my hair is shiny? Aw, well, anything to make up for the thinness and straightness is a good thing, I suppose!

      • February 17, 2011 5:08 pm

        Do I detect – *gasp* – a note of dissatisfaction with your hair? I would give anything for its thinness and straightness!

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        February 17, 2011 5:11 pm

        Why yes, you do, Miss Curly-Haired Cutie! My hair can’t hold a curl for more than 20 minutes.

      • February 17, 2011 5:15 pm

        The ole “grass is always greener” scenario πŸ˜‰

      • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
        February 17, 2011 6:07 pm

        It’s a doozie πŸ˜›

  14. February 12, 2011 5:46 am

    Love the shirt!
    I’m really intrigued about dessert hummus, sounds amazing!!! I’ve been on a major cauliflower and broccoli kick lately, I can’t get enough!
    Have a great time in San Fran πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:06 pm

      Broccoli and cauliflower make a perfect pair, if you ask me!

  15. February 12, 2011 6:30 am

    Oooh! Exciting! I may have to ask restaurant advice for my trip to San Diego in a month….that is, if the brand new nephew coooperates with being out in public!

    Also, that’s how I make my oven crisped kale chips….I like it much better than most the flavored goop (I love good as a general rule, just not on dried kale).

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:08 pm

      Though I haven’t been to San Diego since I was a kid, I know I can throw out the names of at least a few restaurants whose menus I’ve lusted for. πŸ˜‰

      Hey now, that “flavored goop” is delicious! Mine tends to be a mix of red bell pepper, hemp seeds, and cashews or sunflow seeds, mmm. That said, the plain crisped variety was great! And cheaper to make πŸ˜›

  16. February 12, 2011 8:51 am

    i love your shirt! and you make that cookie dough hummus look FANtastic~!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:09 pm

      Hehe, thank ya!

  17. Ashlei permalink
    February 12, 2011 1:25 pm

    I’ve been loving the raw foods lately too πŸ™‚ Cute shirt!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:09 pm

      Hooray for phases of raw lovin’! πŸ™‚

  18. February 12, 2011 7:10 pm

    Glad you loved it! I need to try it with cashew butter; I forgot how much I loved that stuff until I had it at breakfast.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:10 pm

      Thanks for the awesome idea, Evan!

  19. February 12, 2011 11:33 pm

    I’ve never been to SF so I’ll move onto the food… That sweet hummus is genious! I have some chickpeas soaking right now that I was going to use for some spinach artichoke hummus but I am so changing that up right now. Thanks for the linkage!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:10 pm

      Why not both? Sounds like a meal to me! πŸ˜›

  20. February 13, 2011 6:30 am

    Have fun in San Francisco! I’ve never been there either, but I’ve heard they have an amazing food scene! Your raw eats for the week look awesome–especially that cookie dough hummus. I loved Evan’s other dessert hummus recipe, so I’m definitely going to have to try this one next.

    Wishing you safe travels, Amber! Have a great week πŸ™‚

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:11 pm

      I don’t think it’ll be hard to find amazing food in SF, that’s for sure! πŸ™‚

  21. February 13, 2011 6:30 pm

    Holy damn, that cookie dough hummus looks amazing.

    LOVE the shirt – too cute. Have fun!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Callie!

  22. February 13, 2011 7:27 pm

    Millenium was the first place that came to my head too. I once had the chef’s tasting menu there, and it completely blew my mind. It included what are probably the best vegan desserts I have ever had, and I have had more than my fair share of vegan desserts.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:14 pm

      Millennium is a restaurant I’ve wanted to try for a looong time. I don’t think there’s a single bad-sounding item on the menu.

  23. February 13, 2011 8:02 pm

    oh what a fun idea for hummus!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:14 pm


  24. February 13, 2011 10:40 pm

    That shirt is fab! I’ve never been to SF. Have a wonderful time! Whoop, whoop!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:14 pm

      Thanks, dearie!

  25. February 14, 2011 7:26 am

    You will love Cafe Gratitude! I ate there twice when I was there! Have fun!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:15 pm

      I’m certain you’re right! πŸ™‚

  26. February 14, 2011 2:09 pm

    Amber!!!!! Woooooooooooooooo!!! You won you won YOU WON! Just saw the email from Living Light! So so happy for you! Hope it was my vote that contributed large hehe. I bet you won by miles though! So happy for you, huge congratulations! xTanya

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Tanya! I really appreciate your support, and every vote helped! I’m so excited I won!

  27. February 14, 2011 2:31 pm

    You won!! I’m not the first to leave the comment but wanted to say it anyway. Congrats. You are inspirational. I’m making the transition to vegan and don’t love tons of veggies, so you are making it look easier to me. My cousin Teri was in your class at 105 Academy… that’s how I found you.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:23 pm

      Wow, thank you Jennifer! I am so glad I can serve as an inspiration of any kind. If I can be vegan without eating salads, I think anyone can be vegan!

      I wasn’t in Teri’s same class, so I haven’t met her in person, but we’re blog & FB buddies! πŸ™‚

  28. February 14, 2011 3:04 pm

    That shirt is awesome! I need one!

    Can’t wait to see you! SF is very fun. πŸ™‚

    Wasn’t Evan’s dessert hummus incredible. Such a great idea! I made it with black beans (twice) and ate the entire thing (of both cans of black beans made into hummus) in 3 days. Good and bad came from this.. πŸ˜‰

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 17, 2011 2:24 pm

      Your post on the sweet black bean hummus was what pushed me over the edge. I went into my kitchen right after that and made this. πŸ˜€

  29. Michele permalink
    February 18, 2011 3:24 pm

    Hi Amber,
    I’m just curious as to your final thoughts on this p90x thing. Was it worth doing? Did you feel stronger for it, or just more appreciative of RAW food when you were done? I’d be curious to hear your evaluation of your experience.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      February 24, 2011 12:58 pm

      Hey Michele,

      I’m actually not finished with P90X; it’s a 13-week program, but I’ve had to take a couple weeks off with all the traveling I’m doing right now. I can tell that right now, about halfway through, I have NOT lost any weight. Disappointing, yes, but then again, I was fairly fit to begin with. I’ll let you know how I feel when all is said and done!

  30. May 4, 2011 10:28 am

    What does that cookie dough-hummus taste like? Sweet? Salty? Sweet and salty? I know that seems like a dumb questions, but I’m questionable on if I would like them together. πŸ™‚
    And that fried rice looks DELICIOUS! I’m going to have to look into making it.
    And LOVE the shirt.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      May 4, 2011 3:06 pm

      It tastes like…cookie dough! Don’t be fooled by the word “hummus,” hehe. It’s very sweet. I should make it for our next wine night, in fact!

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