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Peaches with Goat Cheese and Honey

There’s no getting around the too-lazy-too-cook-for-oneself bug when you’re at home for lunch on a hot summer day, or any day for that matter. I’ve heard it many times from friends who live alone: how do you get motivated to prepare a healthy meal or snack? Look no further than your local grocery store or farmer’s market and get what’s in season. That is my dirty little secret. I can admit to eating bananas or ants on a log (i.e. celery with peanut butter and dried cranberries) when I’m really pressed for time and need sustenance.

I had this for lunch last week and I felt much better about eating it than reaching out for a bag of chips. Hey, it happens.

This is as simple as it gets:

  • Peel and slice fresh peaches (or just slice nectarines)
  • Crumbled creamy goat cheese over the quarter moon slices
  • Drizzle with a tiny bit of honey
  • Eat!

Peaches with Goat Cheese and Honey

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UnCooked: Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

If you asked me years ago if I would consider getting into “raw food”, I would have flat-out said No and give you a weird look. I don’t know what happened, but in the past year, I’ve softened up to the idea of making raw food concoctions. Two weeks ago, I ordered Ani Phyo’s recipe books. When I got them last week, I keep thinking why the heck she looks and sounds so familiar. Then I looked at her bio and of course! She’s the author of one of the most useful web design books I have when I was starting my business many moons ago. That’s crazy! Hah.

Ok, back to the food. Here I am, vowing to get healthier in 2010 and willing to try new things.

Here’s my foray into raw food “cooking”:

Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

They don’t look the the same as your regular oatmeal raisin cookies, and I’m not going to lie to you, they haveĀ  a different taste and texture as well. However, I think they are a pretty good substitute; this coming from someone who attached childhood memories to her favorite oatmeal raisin cookies. This raw version is very simple to make and has only 4 ingredients: raw oats (I used quick oats), pitted dates, raisins, and cinnamon. The dates hold the cookie together, so the result is a dense cookie.

I’ve only really tasted “raw food” on a few occasions (I mean, of course I eat veggies and fruits raw as snacks), one of them was at the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. One thing I can say about all the times I have tried it: it’s bursting with flavor. This cookie is packed with the sweetness of dates and the comfort-food (at least for me) taste of oatmeal. It is rich and fudge-like, compared to a regular cookie, so you actually don’t eat much of it– two at most.

I certainly won’t ditch the baked version, but this is a nice alternative. I don’t tend to overeat eat, and it’s just enough to go with tea for a quick snack or dessert.

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