I recently spent 11 weeks participating in the Raw Food Rehab’s Raw Balance initiative. The idea was to eat a high raw diet, and find my balance with food (and in life). A tall order for 11 weeks. But, I like a good challenge.
On the plus side, I lost a few pounds and I developed a love of green smoothies. Okay, a like. Okay, I kind of crave them (sometimes) but only when they’re full of banana and nut butter and other good stuff.
On the downside, in terms of balance, I felt a little like this guy, most of the time
High raw in the winter in Wisconsin? Not the right trail for me.
But that’s okay, because as my wonderful friend, Monya, says, “I am an experiment of one.” And from every failed experiment, we learn something new. I’m still a work in progress. And, it’s important to me to be open to different ideas and approaches to finding balance in my eating and in my life.
If you are still a work in progress, there’s a great new site for you – The Balanced Platter (TBP). TBP is a one-stop shop for balanced, healthy gluten-free living. They’ll have different perspectives about living well on a gluten-free diet from top bloggers in the gluten-free arena – encompassing recipes, tips, how-to’s, and product reviews.
The site was founded by Amy Green of Simply Sugar and Gluten-free and Maggie Savage of She Let Them Eat Cake. And you may even see me guest-posting once in a while. Thanks, Amy and Maggie! What a great resource for all of us in our quest to find balance.
But that’s not all. Throughout the month of January, gluten-free bloggers will be posting about balance and offering up healthy recipes to start your year out right. You can get all the updates at The Balanced Platter, or by liking TBP on Facebook or by following @balancedplatter on Twitter. And, then on February 1st, TBP will be hosting a baking gift pack giveaway!
For me, I’ve found that cooked food is definitely needed to keep me in balance. But raw food? Well, it rawks, too. So, in celebration of the launch of The Balanced Platter, I’m offering up 2 takes on Broccoli Slaw – one raw, and one cooked. Both are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, and can be nut-free. They’re also both extremely quick and very healthy – perfect for January, when we are all just a bit sick of spending lots of time in the kitchen.
For me, I eat the raw one all summer long. But, in the winter, I eat the cooked version. Which one balances you?
Asian Broccoli Slaw 2 Ways
1 onion (omit for raw version)
1 small clove garlic (minced for cooked version, mashed for raw)
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. low-sodium GF Tamari Sauce (for paleo or soy-free, use coconut aminos)
1 t. grated ginger or 1/2 t. dried ginger (dried ginger is considered more warming, if you need to build warmth)
6 ounces (1/2 package) packaged broccoli slaw (available at Trader Joe’s or at most large grocery stores)
juice of 1/2 a lime
1/3 cup nuts (I typically use peanuts in the cooked version and raw cashews in the raw. For a nut-free version, use sesame or pumpkin seeds.)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
Stir together garlic, ginger, sesame oil, tamari and lime juice. Pour over slaw. Let rest for 30 minutes. Top with nuts and cilantro.
Warm the sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until onions are soft. Add garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 more seconds. Add the slaw and the tamari. (The slaw will release liquid, but if it’s too dry as you’re starting, add 1 T. water to help it get started.) Cook, stirring constantly, until slaw softens. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Top with nuts and cilantro.