Paused for now…

Well, It looks like Mrs.RAWnk is going to go on a bit of a hiatus. Instead of keeping up with this “food” blog, I am redesigning our regular life blog to now include food and exercise posts. I hope you will head over to Keri {&} Brian and check it out!


We did it!

Woohoo! I finished my first 5k without stopping! Yay! I am super proud of my 33:14 time too! That beats my treadmill 5k record by over 3 minutes!

Head over to my family blog to read the full recap and see more pictures! 

My first 5k?!

I am planning to run my first 5k tomorrow! I am nervous and very excited. Running is a very new hobby for me so my plan is just to run the whole thing no matter how long it takes!

Hopefully the weather will be clear for the run so that it doesn’t get cancelled! Wish me luck!!


Spicy Salmon with Steamed Broccoli and Alexia Foods Harvest Saute

Such a great dinner!

The Harvest Saute was red potatoes, carrots, green beans, and onions cooked in a sage-infused olive oil. Total impulse buy. It was definitely the sage-infused olive oil that sold me on it. Sage is one of the few herbs that are on my approved herbs list.

The Official Mrs.RAWnk Approved Herbs List

  • Sage
  • Rosemary

Yep. That is the entire list! Everything else is only tolerable in VERY small doses. In large doses, I will most definitely gag!

Steamed broccoli topped with pink salt has been tasting so good lately! I used to hate broccoli but I started to make it all the time because it was a vegetable that Brian liked. I think forcing myself to eat it all the time really changed my taste buds because now I love it!

Are there any vegetables that you used to have to force yourself to eat that now you love? 

That list is quite long for Brian! He is now a huge fan of sweet potatoes and asparagus! Rumor has it he even ate some tomatoes yesterday?!?



Find of the day!

Trader Joe’s now has coconut oil and its at a great price!!

Switching Pasta

Lets be real, buttered noodles with a bit of parmesan is a hit with kids but it doesn’t offer up much nutritionally. Kenley loves it when my mom makes her pasta for lunch. But I often feel like it is just filling her belly with nothingness.

In an effort to please both Kenley’s palate for pasta and my nutritionally minded brain I typically serve only whole wheat pasta. The problem with whole wheat pasta is it has a denser texture than traditional pasta. Kenley can definitely tell the difference between Mommy’s pasta and Grammy’s pasta and will turn her nose up at Mommy’s pasta.

Enter Quinoa Pasta.

Quinoa is a super healthy grain that is nutritionally superior to wheat.

The flavor and texture of this quinoa pasta is so similar to traditional pasta that Kenley doesn’t notice a difference and gobbles up bowls and bowls. I feel better about feeding this pasta to her especially if I buy the veggie varieties that have spinach and beet puree added to them.

I would really like to try Kamut and Spelt pastas next and see how they taste, but for now quinoa pasta is a winner in our house!

Raw Brownies

I have gotten into the habit of eating half of a Larabar before my group fitness classes and the other half after. Half before really seems to fuel me without weighing me down. My favorite flavor would have to be Chocolate Chip Brownie followed closely by Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte. Obviously not the healthiest flavors and as I am sure you know, Larabars are not cheap! I thought I would try my hand at making a brownie version of my own minus the chocolate chips.

I was trying to use my juicer to make these but then I had some technical difficulties and had to switch over to using my food processor. I really think the juicer would have given these a much smoother texture so I will have to try again!

Raw Brownies

  • 1/4 cup Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Cashews
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1-2 Tbsps Cocoa Powder depending on taste
  • 3 Dates
  • 3 Prunes

Process all ingredients together in food processor until smooth. Shape into a rectangle and cut into 8 squares or balls. Store in fridge until ready to eat.

These would also taste great if you threw a few dried cherries in! I didn’t have any but I will definitely try that next time!

Thrive Love

Today, we made the trip to Seattle to satisfy our Thrive cravings! We love, love, love Thrive! Every time we go the food is fresh, tasty, and we leave feeling great. Lots of times when we go out to eat I leave feeling so weighed down but that is not the case when we eat at Thrive!

I would say that my favorite thing about Thrive is that in the back of the menu it has EVERY ingredient listed next to each menu item. That is awesome! I think that every restaurant should do that! I obsess about every ingredient that goes into my food at home, why should it be any different when I go out to eat? Having every ingredient listed makes it so easy for those of us who are trying to properly combine our meals!

I started out with a green juice! I chose the Refresh

For some reason whenever juices have celery in them the celery is all that I can taste. While I don’t think it is a horrible taste, I can’t really say that I enjoy it either. Next time I think I will try the Magenta Love. Even if the taste isn’t my favorite, I never regret drinking juice. Who needs chemical energy drinks or caffeine when you can drink fresh green juice?

For lunch, Mom and I decided that we would try something new. It is always so tempting for us to order the Buddha bowls every time. And while it is delicious, the combination of nuts and quinoa cause it to not be properly combined. With our Marine Corps Ball tomorrow I am really trying to stay on point with my food combining.

Today I chose to try the Oh PastadoroGreat choice! This was actually my first time trying spiralized zucchini noodles. I have been missing out! I need to go get a sprializer ASAP! My favorite part was probably the Bella Burger “Meatballs”, How do I always forget how delicious sun-dried tomatoes are?

Mom went with the Bella Burger
Another great choice! Mom wasn’t crazy about the BBQ-ish sauce but I thought that it was a rather tasty sauce and I could see it being delicious served with some flax crackers.

Since we are indecisive we also decided to share the Sunshine Salad This was really delicious but I wished we would have ordered a plate of flax crackers to go with it! Can you tell that I really love the flax crackers :)?

I wish we would have had room for some of their desserts! I was eying the Pumpkin Creme Cake. Next time I think we might just have to go for dessert only!

This just in… November 24th (Thanksgiving Day), Thrive is throwing a free Thanksgiving meal “Gala of Gratitude”. Check it out! If we are in town I want to go! RAW, VEGAN, FREE, THANKSGIVING… Does it get any better?

{BTW… Thrive has no idea who I am and certainly didn’t pay me to say any of this. I just really like Thrive and I think you would too!}

Vegetable Verde Soup

When I first came home from the hospital after having Claire the only food that really sounded good to me was soup and bread. Our church family was kind enough to bring us many meals that first month home and anytime anyone called to see what we would like for dinner I was quick to say “Soup & Bread!”. There were also many times where I would send Brian to the store for sourdough bread.

The other night Brian was called back up to sour dough bread buying duty. With the nights getting chillier I have been craving soup and bread once again. I used to love my southwest soup but I wanted something a little bit cleaner… and vegan… and full of vegetables. I started off by sauteing an onion and then threw nearly every vegetable we had in the fridge into the pot. The resulting soup has a nice hint of heat from the salsa but it mild enough that even Kenley enjoyed it!

I added a cup of navy beans to the soup because they were in the fridge and needed to be used up but the soup will be great with or without them. The great thing about soup is you can throw random leftovers in and it will still taste delicious! 
Vegetable Verde Soup


  • 1 onion, quartered and sliced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 4 whole garlic cloves, smashed (mine were on the smaller side)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup navy beans (optional)
  • 2 cartons vegetable broth
  • 1 jar salsa verde
  • salt and pepper


  1. In a large pot over medium heat add coconut oil and onions. Cook until onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Add carrots, garlic, celery, and zucchini. Saute until just tender.
  3. Add broth, salsa, corn, and beans to the pot and bring soup to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove garlic cloves.
  6. Serve with crusty (sourdough) bread!

I am contemplating starting a sourdough starter and regularly making sourdough bread, does anyone know a good place for me to start?  

Trying New Things Part 2

Next on our trying new things tour of the produce section…. Starfruit! What a fun fruit! Kenley is still a little young to appreciate the shape but I can totally see how fun this fruit would be for older kids! The texture reminded me a bit of a cross between and apple and a pineapple. The flavor reminded me of tropical skittles and tropical starburst! Starfruits are a bit pricey at $1.50 each so they wont be a fruit that we regularly consume but they will be a fun treat once in a while!

{Cheesy smile + Her sister’s bib that she put on herself}