Sunday, February 3, 2008

How to combine a raw food diet with chocolate chip cookies without the guilt....is it possible?

In the beginning.....there was the RAW......


My Raw n' Wild Chop Chop Salad all DRESSED UP and everywhere to go.....


raw n’ wild chop chop salad
recipe by ©2008 Ingar Brunnett

4 ears of corn, trimmed off cob
2 cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed and sliced 1”
3 carrots, finely sliced into rounds
½ white onion, finely shredded
1” knob fresh ginger, skin peeled and minced
½ cup fresh basil, minced
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced

dressing
1/3 cup good olive oil
1 teasp. soy sauce


In a large bowl combine all the vegetables. In a small bowl whisk the olive oil and soy sauce until creamy. Toss dressing with vegetables.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.



Health-IER - LOW FAT - LOW BUTTER - LOW REFINED SUGAR - LESS MILK - WHOLE WHEAT Chocolate Chip cookies with half the guilt and poundage......you think so?

Yes.....I have a Dell.....


Can't stop biting......

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Less the Guilt
recipe ©2008 Ingar Brunnett

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 teasp. baking soda
1/2 teasp. Kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter
½ cup good olive oil
½ cup maple sugar*
¾ cup light brown sugar
*Substitute another ½ cup of white sugar if maple sugar is not available for now (I am still experimenting!)
2 teasp. vanilla extract
2 pasteurized eggs (if you like to nibble on the cookie dough)
2 cups Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips (60% Cacao Bittersweet chocolate – good stuff: this is the stuff that TRUFFLES can be made with!)

Set oven to 375 F.

In a small bowl, combine flour with baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar(s) at low speed until creamy. Then add the vanilla and eggs while mixing at a low speed until well combined.

Slowly blend in dry mixture until the entire mixture becomes creamy. Stir in the chocolate chips. Use a tablespoon to drop heaping tablespoons of batter. Make sure they are at least 1 ½ inches apart as these cookies will spread when baking.

Bake for 12 minutes until golden brown and enjoy the CHOCOLATE & CHEWY ABYSS....


This post will confirm my yin & yang personality. Confirm my dualism approach to everything?

Perhaps.

Confirm I am a Gemini? Is this bi-polarism?

Most probably confirm that most likely I don't know what I want....

Yes; I have succumbed to RAW FOODISM and I have been loving it. Loving the recipes, loving the viewpoint and loving the exercise of chopping.

That's as far as the exercise portion will go.......the chopping board.

I am used to chopping; but this entails some REAL TIME chopping.

Yet all in all - I can't seem to do the RAW FOOD thing ALL DAY - I tried for a couple weeks and the end result.......I needed chocolate....pizza....sushi....tacos....and the unslightly thought of tacos from TACO BELL!!! It had to stop!

So rather that live the life of extreme (hah!) - I have found (or rather derived) another (excues of a...)balance perhaps....well, let's see how long this lasts.

In the midst of DUALISTIC feeding activities...etc. etc...: I have developed two AWESOME recipes in the meanwhile.

The Raw n' Wild Chop Chop Salad is my mainstay for the week. I make a huge tub of this to have on hand to accompany my avocado-alfalfa sprouts & ezekial bread sandwiches which is absolutely: RAVISHING

This type of lunch menu works out when I know I plan to eat something decadent for dinner or even lunch later in the week.

The LOWFAT LOW BUTTER SANS REFINED SUGAR WHOLE WHEAT (aka Chocolate Chip Cookies with Less the Guilt- yes I have a Dell and I'm Catholic too) cookies I literally baked TODAY and guess what???

They came out delicious.

My kids and plus the neighbor kids gobbled them up. I didn't tell them they were made with olive oil, maple sugar, whole wheat flour, unsalted butter and 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate (which is minus the mega dairy). Basically less of the artery clogging, less of the Gut binding, thigh building stuff that we could do without.

I also use Kosher Salt. PURE salt. Did you know that TABLE SALT has ANTI-CAKING SOLUTION that can be up to 40% anti-caking solution vs. the salt? Now that is some gut binding stuff.

Anyways - I mentioned TACO BELL previously since I am away from SoCal which houses a series of my favorite ROACH COACHES (aka MAGGOT WAGON - isn't that lovely?)famous for home made hand rolled carnitas in corn tortillas with lotsa cilantro, salsa fresca and fresh red radishes......

You can read about the GREAT L.A. TACO scene on one of my favorite blogs The Great Taco Hunt.

I could never ever be a vegetarian.....love the carnitas way to mucho!
I'll keep you posted as I refine the cookie recipe to be more body and heart friendly while remaining tasty.

6 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Well you know, it is always good to modify our favorite recipes into something a little more healthy! You did a great job!

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Emiline said...

Love those cookies. How can you go wrong?

SweetToothFaire said...

The 60% cacao chips are totally addicting! Can only imagine what it would do to a cookie......

Mego said...

This looks awesome. I keep tweaking the old Nestle recipe - so now I'll try yours.

taste memory said...

Hey everyone,
I love these cookies....I have received positive responses from my slight tweeking - I plan to experiment a little more a figure a way outta of the butter and also add some oatmeal.

Keep you posted....

aunt nancy said...

Looks yummy and I'm always trying to find healthier alternatives for my nieces! Just had a tasty chocolate chip cookie that had pecans in them, so I think I'll add them too. Have you ever tried raw ice cream? So yummmy...

Thanks!