I've been getting a fair number of questions about the Grand Canyon Salads. Thanks for your interest! Here are some of my answers, as well as questions for you:
1) Should I cook the mushrooms? Yes, to kill some of the toxins. 1 minute in the microwave is sufficient. And it tastes better! Though when I'm traveling and don't always have a microwave, I've eaten them raw. I'm hoping my nutritarian immune system can handle it.
2) What size container do you use? 8 cup. I've accidentally said 8 oz here and there, sorry about mis-speaking. 8 cup. big.
3) Do you eat all three in one day? (are you crazy?) Yes. (yes). :) I go for simplicity and ease and don't seem to mind repetition. For me the variation is day-to-day with the ingredients (the veggies and fruit), and the repetition is 3 meals in one day. I'm gone from 8 am until 9 pm every day. I prepare my food the night before and take it with me during the day. You should do what works for you! If you want to have this at lunch only, just make a smaller batch to fit one bowl for lunch. Then have what something else for breakfast and dinner.
4) How long will these keep? 24 hours. I could probably push it to 36 hours if I skip a meal and still have one left the next day for breakfast. But I don't think I'd do that on a regular basis.
5) Do you cook the veggies? I've done it both ways, cooked and raw. Both ways are good.
6) What do you do in between your salads? Is that all you eat? I usually have a few hundred extra calories to play with. I fill it with favorite veggies in season. Right now my favorites are usually carrots, sweet potato, sweet corn, and/or sugar snap peas.
I have questions for you all: I'm surprised at the interest in these salads. I was just going after an easy way to prepare food that tastes good and satisfies Dr. Fuhrman's 6-week plan. Is this what appeals to you too? Or do you just think the salads are good?
Let me know if you have any more questions or answers!