Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Brownies and Cheese Sauce

Whew! I just cleaned out my dehydrator. It took me an hour to scrub EVERYTHING. IT WAS BAD! I had been putting it off for a while.


I had an appointment to sign up for my college classes today. I will be slowly working toward my AA degree.

This semester I will be taking an online English 101 and weightlifting class for a total of 6 credits. Wish me luck with the English.

Feeling Good

I think I have made a great discovery! I have been plagued with feeling sick since I was 10 with headaches, post nasal drip, gas, and bloating. These feelings took control of my life and prevented me from doing what I really wanted to do. I was constantly trying to find out what the culprit was. HELLO, that is the main reason I went on this diet!

I have been eating raw for 5 months now and I'm still not feeling 100%. I do think that stress has something to do with it.

Anyway, back to the discovery, I believe it is FRUIT. This week I didn't eat nearly as much fruit as I did during Summer, and I felt GOOD. It has been a LONG time since I felt this good. For the past 2 months everyday when I would go to work I would experience cramps from the gas and bloating. Last night I had a small plum and my abdomen gurgled all night long and this morning.

We have thought in the past that maybe it was Candida, I'm not so sure. (Let me get this out of the way. I have been through many, many, food sensitivity tests and diets over the years and last year I spent $1,000 trying to find a cure with a naturopath). I LOVE fruit, I could live off it, so it will be difficult to limit it. I can eat some dried fruit and honey and feel fine though. What does everyone else think?

I also have had RSD, RND or nowadays it is called CRPS (Complex, Regional, Pain,Syndrome), since I was 12. To find out more go to http://www.rsds.org/2/what_is_rsd_crps/index.html
I believe that my gut issues, and headaches are similar to RSD. I don't know how to describe this condition for you to understand, but for example if I were to stub my toe I could experience pain that is stronger than when I actually stubbed it for weeks, even though there is no injury. The communication between the brain and nerves is mixed up.


Brownies and Cheese Sauce
This morning I threw together a cheese sauce. Here is the recipe.
1c cashews soaked
1/2 of a small red bell pepper
2T nutritional yeast
1T tahini (I didn't have any)
salt to taste
1/2t apple cider vinegar or 1-2T lemon juice
seasonings if you would like, I didn't add any
1/2t onion powder
1/4t garlic powder
1/4c water
Blend in Vita mix until smooth.

This sauce is so good I could drink it. It tastes good on zucchini pasta, crackers, as a dip for veggies, or on dehydrated broccoli.
The brownie recipe I used came from this website http://www.goneraw.com/recipe/hemp-brownies

I followed the recipe exactly and I'm very pleased with it.

Everytime I would see people saying about a raw brownie "they taste like real brownies!" I always think YEAH RIGHT! But I can honestly say that these really do.

I don't know how that works, since they don't have anything close to white flour, butter and sugar, but they do taste really good. I tried putting them in the freezer (don't try that, it doesn't taste very good). I like them best when they are warmed in the dehydrator!

So I have a question for all of you, How do you clean your dehydrator? How often? How do you clean the Teflex sheets?
I look forward to your answers!


  1. i dread cleaning my dehydrator...really. but i clean it every time i use it..i have bacteria issues..mostly insane worrying i know. as for how..i have one of those sponges with the soap in the handle..so far it's working good. good luck with the cleaning..it's not a fun task.

  2. Yeah I dread it also. I'm glad thats working for you.