Words I Never Thought I'd Type - Michelle Duggar on Raw Foods

Recently my family was in San Antonio for the Reformation of Student Family Conference. Afterward some of the kids and I decided to take a few cooking classes, a French one and a raw food one. We made all sorts of stocks and sauces in the French class. But we did a lot more chopping in the raw food class!

It was my favorite class. I was encouraged by how we can do better and do more of it for the family. And it was very yummy! I'm excited about the recipes and can really see my kids eating the dishes.

The key is the way that it's prepared and the flavors that are put with the vegetables; it just makes it really good and very nutritious because it's all live enzymes that aren't cooked, and this way they stay active, which is healthier for us.

In the class we took raw walnuts and put them in a food processor with a little bit of cumin and some other spices and just very lightly chopped them up a little bit. It was a little crunchy but it tasted like taco meat, and it's an easy thing to toss on salads or put in tacos -- I was just so amazed!

It was really encouraging after we learned these raw food techniques and the benefit of buying organic produce when you can. We realized we can buy local in our area, and that buying in bulk is key for our family.

There's also a natural foods co-op where we live, and we have different friends that we can buy stuff together and split it and still get really high-quality, healthy stuff without all the pesticides. For instance, we buy organic beef with a friend and freeze it. So we're trying to put to use what we've learned where we can.
 

28 comments:

Alberta Rose said...

Fifth attempt to put this tactfully while getting the message across. Basically raw foods take longer to prep and if you live in the snow belt, it costs more and is not as plentiful if you want to buy local during the winter time. I suspect due to the time constraints of being filmed while making a meal and their desire to live frugally, the raw food lifestyle will be something easier to do during non-show days and when the weather is warmer.

Beth Anne said...

Re: And it was very yummy!

Sigh...is Michelle ever going to "grow up?" Stop the baby talk? Quit discussing the babies in her "tummy"? Realize she is no longer a 17-year old cheerleader? And it JUST dawned on her that they could buy local and buy in bulk? Wow, the intellectual waters are churning in the Duggar household, aren't they?

Rudy Tecat said...

Wow, Michelle...welcome to the 1970s!

Stephanie said...

I immediately saw "yummy"

I thought she was going to say "its yummy for your tummy". Gag

I didn't use baby talk even when my kids were babies. I did it on purpose because I wanted them to talk properly. Now they are teenagers and they won't shut up. Oh well LOL. (Its been a long summer)

Seriously? said...

"Live enzymes"??????

I guess JimBob must've preceded his wife in these cooking classes, which would explain his wupping up that yummy canned tuna with BBQ sauce for the 'li'l ones'.

Love the previous comment, "wow, the intellectual waters are churning in the Duggar household..." - funny and sadly true. Doi.....

Jac&Jil said...

Guess no more tater tot casseroles or chickenetti! Nice that Michelle is learning some healthy ways of cooking after having 19 children. I'm also glad she found the cooking classes "encouraging" and "yummy."

Nancy said...

Stop stealing my links! :D

Michelle never fails to amuse. They have a "pantry" of canned crap bigger than most people's bedrooms. JimBob rented a tiny plot of land to a guy for his garden a few years ago, but we've seen neither hide nor hair of the guy or his little garden.

Michelle also confuses "raw" food with "fresh." The "taco meat" bit was a hot mess. Did it never occur to her to put nuts in a salad? How on earth did this woman achieve WW lifetime status? Nuts on a salad is about as simplistic as it gets.

I wonder if she does these "articles" by voice recognition software. It would certainly explain the quirky grammar and weird punctuation. If she actually writes these things and emails them to TLC to publish, shame on TLC's editors; they should at least clean up the punctuation errors. Whatever the case, Michelle's "voice" is even worse in print and having 19 kids living under her roof at one time or another, her ignorance is inexcusable.

Alysa said...

As someone who believes in a vegan-gluten free high raw diet, I am glad to see them do this. Not that they will give up their Ramen or tater-tot caserole, just to see them learning about it is a good thing, I think.... I wonder if Josh and Anna will start eating healthier?

Flower Child said...

Yes Michelle can be sappy but I'm glad to see her focus on something other that pregnancy & childbirth. She needs a hobby & creative outlet. Way to go Michelle :)

Andrea said...

I've seen better writing from her which makes me wonder if this piece she actually wrote and the others were just PR material provided by the Family's PR person or Discovery Channel. The writing is spot on for someone with a highschool level education. Isn't it sad to thing that this women apparently has educated or is educating her 19 children. The Duggar children don't have a hope of academic success (outside of the classroom of the kitchen table) if this is their teacher.

pumpkin said...

Despite the juvenile tone of the letter, I'm pleased that they are at least trying to eat a healthier diet than all of the sodium-laden processed food we've seen on the show.

~*Amanda~* said...

Really, Michelle? Really? You only now just realized that buying bulk for your gigantic family makes sense?

Miggy said...

"I've seen better writing from her which makes me wonder if this piece she actually wrote and the others were just PR material provided by the Family's PR person or Discovery Channel."

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I had always assumed they were written by a ghost writer. I can't imagine Michelle sitting down once a week to write an article. I can see her thinking up a topic, ringing up a writer and giving them her idea. The writing is usually too good compared to the way Michelle speaks.

Seriously? said...

Remember the 'how to embarrass teens'comment by Michelle?

Memo to Michelle: Showing your immaturity by incessantly honking the car horn as you drive down the highway is unnecessary if your goal is to embarrass your teens.

All you need to do, Michelle, is begin speaking or writing these inane articles - that'll do it. Sad to see a woman in her 40's so proudly display her lack of smarts and language skills.

Amber said...

I love how it says "Raw walnuts" I read the title and thought it would be about raw meat. Sushi or whatnot. Im sure that is against some kind of Duggar law though.

Allison said...

They've been buying bulk for years so it's not like she just figured that out. But I think what she meant was that they can buy *organic* produce in bulk. Which is also sort of obvious...

Also, "raw walnut" is redundant. I definitely think she writes these. A PR person would do a much better job marketing this family!

Alberta Rose said...

Raw walnut is not redundant. There are recipes that call for toasted walnuts. Also, it's only been recently that my neigbourhod grocery store had an organic section worth going to and I live in a big city. Where Michelle lives I'm not surprised it's a new thing to be able to bulk buy organic.

"Yummy" isn't that uncommon a word in the vegetarian and vegan circles. I recently did a photoshoot titled "A Vegan Day" and used the word "Yummy". Also, in the cookbooks you'll find words like that. The style tends to be of the "gushing" sort with words like "Yummy", "Amazing", and even "Delightful".

Elvira said...

I have to repeat what's been said, "other people do it" doesn't mean it's right, correct, worthy of following, or isn't snarkable.

Yummy may be used by some other adults but that doesn't make it "adult" or profound. It just means some other people use rather childish vocabulary. That may be much more acceptable in familial surroundings, but Michelle was writing a piece for TLC not her children.

Let me put it another way, my neighbor parks and blocks mailboxes so that the mail person has to park the truck, get out, and walk to the box to deliver mail. If I decided to do that with the justification that Mr. Neighbor does it regularly, would that make me doing a reasonable, kind, or correct thing to do?

Beth Anne said...

Re:
"Yummy" isn't that uncommon a word in the vegetarian and vegan circles.

Hmmm, I wouldn't exactly say Michelle qualifies for inclusion in the 'vegetarian and vegan circles' due to attending one raw foods cooking class :)

tulip said...

More damage control...the Duggars have always ate canned, packaged and processed foods-their first book is chock full of "recipes" consisting of ingredients that are prepackaged and canned. Their first special showing the trip to the grocery store showed carts full of frozen burritos and TV dinners, as well as chips, cookies and canned items in over abundance.

Ever since people started really noticing the unhealthy eating habits of this group, the Duggars have put forth episodes and blogs to save face: the "garden" episode where a family friend grows vegetables on Duggarland, thereby "helping them out", Jim Bob commenting several times he and Michelle can't grow anything, Arkansas soil is bad for growing, Michelle rambling on about protein and fiber, and now this. Funny how a lot of things Michelle said in this new blog post are actually direct responses to questions posed by the "critics" (learning about/using fresh foods, taking a class, freezing)...sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Seriously? said...

If the Duggars had been smart, they'd have figured out the buy- fresh-thing a long time ago, UNnecessitating that HUGE drive-up pantry they built for all the canned goods and processed food products they continuously eat and (amazingly) brag about their recipes that use nothing but canned and processed foods.

Rudy Tecat said...

Yes, but, fresh fruits and vegetables won't help them in the upcoming apocalypse...only canned goods will help them until they're taken up to heaven.

sandi said...

I haven't seen any large family as of yet acknowledge that we might even be near the end.(Neither can they give a good reason as to why we're not.)But to admit it's a possibility would ruin their whole have-another-baby agenda.JMO.

Seriously? said...

"Yes, but, fresh fruits and vegetables won't help them in the upcoming apocalypse...only canned goods will help them until they're taken up to heaven."


Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh!

Seriously? said...

re: Michelle Duggar's explanation for the Duggar child namin convention:

Since Michelle claims they started out wanting to choose 'strong, biblical names,' I'm just wondering how "Jana" (only the SECOND round of pregnancy for the Duggars) qualifies as a 'strong, biblical name'?

Anyone? Anyone?

Jen said...

Jana is the female form of John. It is of Hebrew origin and mean God is gracious. The same meaning as the name John.

i-like-pie said...

I think Michelle has spent so much time talking to children that she has "forgotten" (for lack of a better term) how so speak like an adult. The Moms Clubs that she speaks at periodically probably help reinforce her use of childish terms such as "tummy".

This is yet another reason why I would like to see the grown daughters get out of that house and get jobs. They need interaction with adults in order to be successful in the professional sphere.

Seriously? said...

"Jana is the female form of John. It is of Hebrew origin and mean God is gracious. The same meaning as the name John.


Interesting. I didn't know that, so thanks.

Odd, then, that they named both twins various versions of the same name.