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Raw Tacos For St.Patty

Hi everyone!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

I’m honestly not a huge St.Patty’s Day person just because I’ve never been a big partier. Like I said last night, the only time I went out on this holiday was when I was 18 and a freshman in college (obviously)! However, I did wear a green shirt today under my uniform and sported green mardi gras beads at work for a little festivity ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I started off with a Pure bar and 1/3 cup egg white fluffies

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Man, do I EVER love these Pure bars. This chocolate chip one has little raw cacao nibs in it and they lend such a delicious crunch! I highly recommend buying some of these if you can find them…they seem to be a diamond in the rough! I need to somehow find the other flavors to test out!

Breakfast was overnight muesli (1/2 cup muesli with 8 oz Voskos yogurt) with a big scoop of almond butter and raspberry preserves

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Such a yummy breakfast that is pretty to boot! It did a great job keeping me full, too, because I ended up working late and not getting home to eat lunch until about 1:15. For lunch I had another wrap….this time I made sure to keep it all to myself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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(look! Its so green!)

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This is just 3 slices tempeh fakin’ bacon with 1/4th of a HUGE avocado on a Rudi’s wrap with a drizzle of bbq sauce. Simple and sooo delish. I also had KALE CHIPS (my mommy made them!) and a big fuji apple.

Dried pineapple ring for dessert!

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YOGA was the plan today and it felt wonderful!

I did a 60 minute advanced power flow and it felt delicious to stretch those hamstrings and calves. I swear, my legs have gotten a lot stronger since I have been running and biking so much lately. I’ve always sort of had “bird legs” (haha) and its sort of cool to feel myself getting stronger. Its so funny, in high school I wanted SO BADLY to have visible calf muscles! How random is that?! All the other girls on the dance team had these gorgeous calves and mine were non-existent no matter how many calve raises I did at the gym. However, I can totally feel my quads and calves really strengthening these days. I love it!

After yoga I started dinner…….and what a dinner it was!!!!

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I used the recipe for “Raw Taco Nut Meat” in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen to replicate the aaaamazing raw burrito I had last week at Grassroots with Courtney. Yep, that’s right, tonight I made my first ever totally RAW meal! And it completely 100% blew away my expectations. It rocked!!!!

So, last night, I soaked some almonds and walnuts in cold water. This morning before work (I know, I’m a maniac), I drained them and set them to dehydrate in my oven that I set at 350 then shut off to stay warm. When I got home from work, I pulsed them in the Vita Mix and mixed them with cumin, coriander, sea salt and olive oil. Voila! Even my mom really liked it…I think we were both totally shocked that it actually worked and tasted really good! I molded the little taco nut meat mixture into a log and set it in the fridge to have tonight. Meanwhile, I made some raw jicama and tomato salsa to go with my tacos—

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(you peel this bad boy just like a potato. AMAZINGLY fresh and crisp…in my top 5 for fave veggies ever!)

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This was my own little creation but it worked very nicely! To serve one: dice half a tomato, a half cup of jicama and 1/4th of a seeded jalapeno.

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Squeeze half a lemon over and add a little bit of chili powder, cumin and sea salt. Mix to combine.

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Optionally, you could also add 1/4-1/2 of a diced avocado. Mix and let sit in the fridge for one hour to let the flavors mingle. Yummy!

When I was ready for dinner tonight, I loaded two organic romaine leaves with some taco nut mixture, raw salsa and orange bell pepper. It ended up being a little more messy than anticipated!

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Upon biting into this creation, my first thought was “wow, this is SO flavorful!!!” And flavorful it was. I especially loved the nut mixture and am glad I have three more servings left over in the fridge for the next few days! I was also surprised that this raw meal filled me up just right….I didn’t feel incredibly full, yet still felt satisfied. I actually felt so good I decided to pour myself a glass of organic red wine—

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(hehe its almost Friday, right?!)

And had some of the good stuff (70% dark organic) for dessert—

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Nothing a little red wine and dark chocolate can’t fix, right kiddies? And tomorrow is HUMPDAY so there’s another reason to smile. THE WEEK IS ALMOST OVER. FRIDAY IS ALMOST HERE. Well sort of. Things I’m looking forward to are: bible study with Sarah on Thursday, lunch at Grassroots (again!) with Courtney on Friday, creating my mushroom masterpiece on Friday night and then racing on Saturday morning and hanging out with the boy!

See ya tomorrow!

In the blogworld:

Miss Eating Bender is having a great giveaway to celebrate her 1st blogiversary! The giveaway is only open until tomorrow morning, so be sure to check it out asap!

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46 Comments

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Your dinner looks gorgeous! Just like your raw burritto at Grassroots! I can’t wait for lunch Friday! It’s gonna be DELISH!!

    Your breakfast looks wonderful…oh and your wrap too. OOoooh and dried pineapple. YUM! Man, did you have a day of good eats or what!!

    Have a good night!

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    junghwa
    March 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I LOVE PURE bars.
    I just had a PURE bars giveaway, did you get a chance to enter?

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    Emily
    March 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I’m not a huge partier either… no green beer for me!

    I wish I liked jicama…I think it’s the sweet taste and crunchiness that I actually don’t like. Love the wine and chocolate, though!

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    VeggieGirl
    March 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    HELL YES FOR PURE BARS!!!

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    Tanya
    March 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    All of a sudden I live in a town where the selection of bars is dismal to say the least. I’m gonna make a better effort to find these Pure bars so I can give them a review. Love the lettuce wraps – my latest addiction too (though I add tuna).

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    Natalie
    March 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Love the raw meal!! I need to get Ani’s cookbook. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Meg
    March 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats on your first totally raw meal!
    The tacos look soooo delish! I really want to make these!

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    Moran
    March 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Happy St. Pat’s Jenna!
    Your eats look wonderful!

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That is so amazing that you can make taco “meat” out of nuts. I think I might have to try it sometime. I love that your mom is so adventurous with her eating and racing! You two must have so much fun together…she is so YOUNG at heart. I hope that I am like that someday too!

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    Run Saraaah
    March 17, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    All your food today looks so beautiful – those photos belong in a glossy cookbook! I am totally craving avocado right now after seeing that delicious looking wrap…

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    Sara
    March 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Those tacos look amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

    I hear you on the calf muscles! I always wanted that line on the side of the thigh from the quad muscle when I was in high school. Random! You are inspiring me with your yoga talk to start stretching more…I really need to get into a better stretching habit after my runs. It’s my least favorite thing to do!

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    Haleigh
    March 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Wow, that dinner looks fantastic!! And I love the huge spoonful of Almond Butter in the morning muesli! Delicious eats today!

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    Lisa D
    March 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Yay for making a raw meal! That is very impressive, or should I say I am very impressed with you? Either way! That chocolate looks yummy too!

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    Dulcie
    March 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Pure Bars are AMAZING!!

    Your wrap looks delicious with the avocado!

    Have a great st. patty’s day<3

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    Susan
    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    YAY Raw food! Ani’s book is AWESOME! Try the raw miso shiitake soup, p. 118 — you will not be disappointed! also, try her apple pie (p.211) — you’ll never want a baked one again (at least while you’re in a warm climate like FL) ๐Ÿ˜‰ i’m not totally raw by any stretch, but I have been having a BLAST lately playing with her recipies. . . please keep sharing — at least I don’t feel alone! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Red Head, Yellow Dog
    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    oh my gosh that looks so delicious and fresh! I have never tried jicama but I’m all about trying new veggies! and if its a top fave it must be good!

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    Meg
    March 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    PURE bars are the best. Love your raw dinner.

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    Erik
    March 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    yes yes +1 on that grub, looks fantastic b;

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    michelle
    March 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Terrific raw meal! Are you going 100% raw??

    Must try Pure bars!

    HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY!!!

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      jenna
      March 18, 2009 at 1:10 am

      michelle,

      no, no, no! I’m not even a vegetarian. I just like to make creative and healthy meals!

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    brandi
    March 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    your wrap looks amazing!

    that taco nut meat sounds really interesting.

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    Adi (oatonomy.com)
    March 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    That’s one creative supper, Jenna! Wow.
    And I have to say, your kale chips looks good too. I’ve tried making them twice and both times, they turned out wonky. Bleh.
    Have a great hump day tomorrow!

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    Rose
    March 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I have never made jicama, but seeing it on your blog has certainly inspired me!

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    Victoria
    March 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Cool dinner. I LOVE jicama. So crunchy and refreshing.

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    sue
    March 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    wow your dinner looks so good and healthy! love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Marissa
    March 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Yummy dinner! Love the wine + chocolate!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Very cool dinner!

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    Runninduff
    March 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Love your blog!! What yummy and healthy food ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job on the 5k!

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    Kristie
    March 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Mmm the raw tacos look fabuloso!
    AND you just inspired me to throw together some overnight oats for tomorrow morning! (I always forget to do it so I never get to have them haha)

    Happy St Patty’s!

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    Erin
    March 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Jenna, what kind of dark choco is that? Looks amazing!
    I had kale chips today too (for the 1st time). Tasty!

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    christina
    March 17, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Hey, I’ve been an avid reader/lurker for a while and always find everything you post so inspiring!! I’ve gotten MANY meal ideas from you ๐Ÿ™‚ one thing I tried was making egg white fluffies like you do in the microwave, which I LOVED-only problem is… they make my apartment REEK!!! Does that happen with you too? Or am I doing something wrong… ?

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      jenna
      March 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      Christina,

      Hmm I have never noticed a smell? Maybe in a small apartment kitchen it would..I’m not sure! Sorry about that!

      Erin,

      That would be Endangered Species 70% dark organic chocolate with deep forest mint. The love of my life! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenn (eating bender)
    March 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I love everything you ate today! I just found the chocolate chip PURE bar after searching all over the place. I can’t wait to try it! And the raw tacos sound awesome, too. I totally agree with you on your St Patty’s Day mindset – the glass of wine and chocolate is just my style ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the shout out, too! It looks like you have some fun stuff planned for the rest of the week. Enjoy!!

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    Caroline
    March 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I just had that same PURE bar the other day–amazing!

    I really must get that cookbook!

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    Dayna
    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Jenna! I just wanted to thank you for the great idea about microwaving your egg whites! I tried it this morning and they turned out amazing…what a quick and easy way to add protein to breakfast. I gave you props on my blog today for the great idea!!

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    Michelle T
    March 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my you make the best looking food ever!!! And in combinations I’ve never thought about – SOO original and so creative. ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally wanna try those cool Pure bars that everyone seems to be raving about these days!!!

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    Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    March 18, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Hi Jenna!

    I’ve been a lurker on your blog for awhile now! I love your fresh perspective on life — and food! I’ve started a blog of my own and hope you check me out! Now that I’m a ‘real’ blogger, I promise to jump in to more conversations!

    Cheers,
    Shannon

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    Danielle
    March 18, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Love this meal i’ts definitely creative.
    I’ve always had big calf muscles and in high school I was kind of ashamed of them because I thought they looked manly, now I love them and can’t believe I ever hid them.

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    Kate
    March 18, 2009 at 7:05 am

    wow. Everything you ate sounds absolutely delicious! What a fabulous day of eats, and on st. patty’s day too!

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    skinnyrunner
    March 18, 2009 at 7:17 am

    i have to try one of those pure bars everyone is raving about!

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    Kristin
    March 18, 2009 at 7:32 am

    You are more brave than I, experimenting with raw foods! That does look pretty interesting though. Does it taste good enough to fool a very-skeptical-on-anything-healthy-and-vegetarian boyfriend though?!

    That would be the real test in our household!

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    Candi
    March 18, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Hi Jenna! I’ve been participating in Meat-Free March and I’m really surprised at how easy it’s been (probably because I’ve never been much or a meat eater to begin with…). I haven’t really branched out from eggs, beans, and nut butters much so I was wondering if anyone could suggest a great veggie burger to try. (I know, shocking…I’ve never tried one! But what better time than now, right?!)

    Anyway, for those of you that aren’t participating I’d suggest taking part in the 25th annual observance of Meatout! this Friday. I just learned about this from one of the “green” blogs I have on my RSS reader and thought I’d share. I signed up for the weekly newsletter to get some recipes for Meatout Mondays…I think I’ll carry this beyond March — maybe even go Veg, who knows! Enjoy!

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    K
    March 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

    HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! That Pure bar is the one I’m most interested in trying but I can’t find it ๐Ÿ™ Your raw tacos sound fabulous!

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    Sarah (now in FL)
    March 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Candi,
    Morningstar Farms black bean burger is my favorite veggie burger. I also like the Boca burgers for a less strong taste–it’s more of a plain patty to put lots of ketchup/mustard/relish on (the best part of a burger, IMHO!) They have a couple different kinds, but I like the vegan one the best. My mom likes the “Flamegrilled” one. These patties are enhanced with soy protein.

    Gardenburger makes a good tasting patty, but they don’t have very much protein (usually 4-5 g.) I would recommend their Portabella Mushroom-flavored or Sundried Tomato-flavored burgers though if protein consumption isn’t a problem for you.

    Hope this helps!

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    Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    March 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Jicama is so good! I haven’t had it in years, but I remember it being mildly sweet. And those raw tacos look great!

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