book review:RAWvolution

Yesterday the taster asked me if the hum of the dehydrator was going to be a new addition to life. Answer? Yes! I’m obsessed with trying these new raw recipes that I was never able to try pre-dehydrator. 
Matt Amsden’s book called RAWvolution has beautiful photo’s of the recipes (which I always love in a cookbook) and I can’t stop myself from trying all of his raw food creations. I’ll keep you posted on my favorites!

restaurant: the nook

I know, I know this is supposed to be a “health” food blog…but sometimes classic culinary excursions are necessary.  And I’m not one to turn those down. The Nook has been around in St. Paul since 1938 (I told you this was a historical event) – they serve the “Juicy Lucy” and about 18 other variations on it. For you non-Minnesotan’s, a juicy lucy is a very healthy take on the cheeseburger. Oh, I mean it is a burger stuffed to the max with cheese.  So much so that when you take a bite, every last bit of cheese squirts out of the burger and you are left with a hole in the middle of the burger. Was it worth trying it? Yes, I can now cross it off my list. Would I get it again? Probably not. And not because it was loaded with fat and calories. And not because I didn’t enjoy it. (I did)  I guess I just enjoy eating the cheese with the burger :)  But the Nook is quite the atmosphere and if you are feeling like a beer and a burger you should check this hole in the wall out!

in my cupboard: kashi mayan harvest bake

Sometimes frozen meals are lacking flavor and need extra salt on top of the usually large amount of sodium already – not this one. It only has 380 mg of sodium, and for a meal (and a frozen one at that) I was pretty impressed! 

This meal goes far beyond your frozen lasagna. It contains plantains, black beans, sweet potato and kale with a spicy (perfectly spiced) ancho sauce over the Kashi 7 whole grain pilaf, amaranth and polenta.  
This vegan meal with the sweetness of plantains and sweet potato, spiciness of the ancho chiles and crunch of pepitas was so good I didn’t want it to end. 
Not to mention that it has 8 g of fiber per meal.