Friday, June 6, 2008

Raw Lasagna - It's What's For Dinner!

We lost power, again, for the bulk of the day, due to more exciting electrical spring storms. Fortunately, I already had dinner in process from yesterday's preparations. I took this photo of the raw lasagna I love to make from Raw Food Real World. Although I modified the recipe here and there, it still received a great review from the family. Now that I'm not juice feasting, per se, I've found myself enjoying the freedoms of being able to taste as I prepare a finished product. If you've not had the pleasure of sampling this amazing raw entree.....summer is the perfect time to assemble all of these seasonal ingredients to perfection.

And for those who've inquired, I'm having a smooth transition back to solid foods. Perhaps it's because the bulk of my diet is still highly juicy, even though I haven't exactly followed the juice feast breaking protocol to the letter. Due to the lack of electricity for the bulk of the week, I've been living off of juicy, ripe fruits and high water content vegetables (ie; celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.). I am eager to share many other details of this portion of my journey, but alas, it will have to wait until I have a sliver of my freedom back tomorrow. I also want to direct you to a post that a fellow juice feaster, Carrie Cegelis, wrote that is a must read for anyone who is nearing the end of a juice feast or if you are even considering a juice feast in your future. The title of the article is Strategies for a Post Juice Feasting World. Carrie is a Certified juice feasting consultant as well as a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, and natural health advocate. Please go check out her well written blog. Thanks Carrie for sharing your insights and wisdom with us!

Our household will be rising tomorrow morning at 4 am to take my baby (15 yr. old, Gabrielle) to the Tulsa International Airport. She'll be flying to Omaha, NE for the week to visit her cousin, Chelsea, and my wonderful sister-in-law, Sylvia. This will the first time that she's flown alone, but I think it'll be a wonderful experience for her. She's so eager to go and although I'm feeling some mother hen vibes, I'm really excited for her to have this time with my brother's first wife and my awesome niece!


deaintheraw said...

That lasagna looks amazing.
I hope your daughter has a wonderful time visiting her cousin. I think its great that you stayed on living foods and juice in the midst of an electrical storm. Is it like this every year or has this year been particularly eventful from a weather standpoint in your area. Have a wonderful weekend and talk to you soon, sending you stable weather energy with love, Dea xoxo :)

loulou said...

I'm with Dea, you sure have had more than your share of extraordinary weather this year!
Lasagna looks fabulous - looking forward to seeing yummy recipe posts coming out of the Tulsa kitchen in the future.
Lots of love xxx

Melissa said...

Hey Penni...The lasagna looks so yummy. I can't wait for your raw expertise to be unleashed in Tulsa. Please be sure and post when your follow up article will be in the Tulsa World. Keep at it you raw girl! Hugs, Melissa

Penni said...

Thanks girls!! You all have been such a source of support to me during this phase of my journey.

Dea....Oklahoma weather is never dull and never predictable. I hope you are staying good and juicy!!

Lou Lou....I will be posting lots more recipes in future posts!! It is exciting to be "back" to being able to get creative with food again.

And Melissa....I will keep you posted on the Tulsa World article. I will be talking w/ Matt Gleason this week.

Ben Kaelan said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tasty! :)

Wendi Dee said...

Yum, yum, yum!!! So you are making complex dishes like that and mostly eating simple foods? If so, you are not only a strong woman, you are SUPER WOMAN! That really looks so amazingly delicious!

*HUGS* about your daughter going away for a while. It's so hard to release at the right time (I've found), to let them experience more of life without our wings around them at all times.

You are a wonderful mother, Penni. That's one of the things I love most about you, I think. Wait, maybe it's your gift with writing, or your sweet way of reaching out to others, or your gorgeous smile, or your sense of humor, or your willingness to share yourself with us, or.... Okay, I don't know what it is that I love most about you--I just LOVE all of you! ;-)

I hope things go great and your daughter has a truly fantastic time!

Lots of love to you,


Penni said...

Wendy...I love you because you have such a gift. You have the ability to make other's feel so valuable, so validated and so special. I KNOW you are an amazing mother and your sweet daughter has to know what a spectacular woman you are.

You are loved!

Lisa (Pixywinks) said...

That lasagna looks amazing!!

I took my first flight at 18. It was so exciting to be that far away from home. (I actually flew to Oklahoma!). I had such a great time. I know your daughter will be fine and have lots of fun. Good for you for letting her go.

Pixy Lisa

Anonymous said...

Yummy yummy!

Hey do you need to borrow a generator? I can bring mine up for you guys in case of further storms? We've been luckier than most during this wicked weather pattern. I am serious!!!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

The colors and presentation look amazing! What a beautiful looking dish!

HiHoRosie said...

That lasagna looks sooooooo gooooood! Yummy! No doubt it tastes just as fabulous as it looks.

And you're looking fabulous too! Love the updated photo. Smashing!

Vanessa said...

Hi! This looks really lovely. I have recently -- in the past two months -- become a vegan and am embracing the new lifestyle. I am ever curious about raw eating and would love to have this recipe. Would you be so kind as to share it with me? Much appreciation!

Penni said...

Hi Vanessa...this is the raw lasagna from Raw Food Real World, a must have book by Sarma Melngailis and Matthew Kenney. Feel free to email me personally if you still need a copy of the recipe. You can reach me at

All the Best...