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Friday, September 24, 2010

Food Discoveries - Day 18

Lucini Italia Cinque e' Cinque Tuscan Chickpea Frittata
Yesterday I was introduced to Lucini Italia Cinque e' Cinque Tuscan Chickpea Frittata Mix by Dan Blackburn, store team leader at my Whole Foods store. It's a gluten free, dairy free frittata mix that comes in powdered form and made from chickpea flour and rosemary - that's it. It's easy to make - just whisk the mix with water and olive oil, place it in the oven for about 20 minutes, let cool and serve. I tried the Rosemary flavor - there's also Traditional and Tuscan Fiery Chili - and it was fantastic! I'd put it up against a restaurant quality polenta in texture and flavor. And, most importantly, it passed the omnivore spouse test - Mark LOVED it!

Photo from thedailyrawcafe.com
Anyone remember Jello "No Bake Cheesecake?" And can you imagine the preservatives and chemicals in that stuff?! Well, I just found the perfect healthy alternative! I don't even remember how I stumbled across thedailyrawcafe.com, but it's a great blog with some wonderful ideas about preparing raw food. And when I found this recipe for a raw Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake on the site, I had to give it a try. Cashews, pecans, dates, carrot juice, lemon juice, spices, and a food processor are all you need to put this together. I was blown away by the crust - you could serve it alone as a dessert bar or cookie. And the "cheesecake" was pretty tasty too. Vanilla extract and pumpkin spices go a long way to give it a great autumnal flavor. I did not make the candied pecans that top the pie because they need to be dehydrated and I don't have a dehydrator. But I didn't miss them at all. And our cleanse buddy (and my neighbor) Kathleen gave it a try and a hearty stamp of approval. I like it too - in fact, I kept trying it to make sure I liked it. Then I had to toss the rest of it... otherwise all the weight I've lost on this cleanse would come right back! If you're interested in raw foods, this is a fun place to start.

And I realize it's late in the game, but better late than never! For those of you who are not close to a Whole Foods or health food store, here are links to the two protein powders I've found for the cleanse - Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 50 and Rainbow Light Engergizer Rice Protein in Vanilla. I prefer the flavor of the Manitoba Harvest (I use Hemp Pro 50 but there are other selections within the brand - it's entirely up to you).

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 50

Rainbow Light Engerizer Rice Protein Vanilla

Now you know everything I do! Have the weekend you deserve!


  1. These recipes look totally yummy. Thanks for sending them to us! Sorry to hear it's crummy in Minneapolis.I'm sure you'll get some sunny, warm days before the big cool down. :)

    I wish I could say I'd lost a bunch of lb's on the cleanse. I don't think I have. I think I've lost about 4 lbs in the past six weeks though, and that's better than a sharp stick in the eye. I have been weight lifting (The New Rules of Lifting for Women - I highly recommend it...I love it) for the past 6 weeks, and I can really tell I am stronger and look a little different in the mirror. My clothes are starting to fit differently too, and my overall posture and confidence is better. It's been really great to combine the workouts with this cleanse.

    I'm hoping at some point over the weekend we can talk about what happens after the cleanse. Since you've done so many, I'd love to hear your experience on what has happened after you're done.

    Thanks again, cleansers!!! Happy Friday! Woohoo!

  2. So I just had a gluten free dairy free sweetened with fruit juice and I read the label cookie. Think I'll stay with fruit. It had the consistency of dirt. Other than that the day is perfect

  3. Trish, you are too funny! But I love your willingness to give new things a try! Who knows, maybe one day you'll stumble across a good-for-you cookie that actually tastes better than a mud pie!

    And Maggie, I'm putting a post together for tomorrow about Day 22. Stay tuned...

    Have a GR8 day, All!

  4. Hahaha! Had to laugh at Maggie's post. It can be a challenge sometimes to find that combo of great taste and health together. That's why I get so excited when I come across something that has both. Can't WAIT to try these Ivy!

  5. OOPS! I meant TRISH's post! Sorry!