Lemon and Blueberry Almond Cookies- RAW

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*Inspired by the book ‘Raw Food Made Easy‘ by Jennifer Cornbleet, pg 164

I used approximately:

  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds & 1/4 cup of raw pecans, rinsed and soaked briefly
  • add a dash of salt, blend in a food processor briefly, maintain a chunky consistency
  • add 4 chopped dates, some cinnamon and a small amount of maple sugar (optional)
  • add a drop or two of lemon essential oil (doTerra) and continue to blend in food processor (keep chunky consistency for texture)
  • transfer to a bowl and mix in dried blueberries before forming into small balls

Cheers to good health!

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Banana Bread – Vegan and Gluten-Free

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In the hopes of being able to salvage bananas that had over ripened I successfully found a recipe online and created one of the tastiest breads I’ve ever had. This was actually my first attempt at banana bread, baking in general is very new for me. Learning which substitutes to use and when makes my life a lot easier. I really enjoy trying new things, going outside of my comfort zone and discovering that I am capable of more than I realized. The original recipe I found online calls for sugar, which is tried and true. I plan however, to experiment and modify this recipe to get the same satisfactory results without the added sugar. In the meantime, I am very pleased with this vegan and gluten free banana bread and encourage you to give it a try, especially if you already have bananas that have over ripened and might just otherwise get thrown away.

*Black bananas actually work great, they may look bad from the outside, but inside they are packed with flavor!

*If you want to speed up the process of ripening bananas try leaving them in a paper bag for a day or two or even leaving them in the fridge overnight.

Here’s a link to the original recipe (be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page): http://minimalistbaker.com/one-bowl-gluten-free-banana-bread/

The substitutions I made:

  • Coconut milk instead of dairy milk.
  • Substituted 1 egg with 1 tbsp (50% golden flax seed 50% chia seeds) ground in a coffee grinder and mixed with 2.5 tbsp water.

Strawberry Shortcake Pie (mostly Raw)

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This layered ‘pie’ just came together today while playing around in the kitchen. Turns out it just happens to taste a lot like Strawberry Shortcake. It’s absolutely delicious!

Prep ahead of time:

  1. chill a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight
  2. Ideally, prepare strawberry jelly layer the night before and chill in fridge overnight as well

Crust:

  • 2 cups of soaked nuts, any (I used a mix of raw macadamia, raw cashew, raw brazil and raw pecan nuts)
  • add 3-4 soaked dates
  • 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • add 1/4 tsp vanilla & dash of sea salt
  • add lemon juice to taste & zest of one lemon
  • opt: maple syrup or natural sweetener of your choice

Process ingredients in a food processor until smooth (or a bit less for more texture)

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Strawberry Chia Jelly:

  • 2 small strawberry containers (set aside a few of the most attractive looking strawberries, to be sliced and added before serving)
  • 1-2 tbsp of chia powder (chia seeds, ground in a coffee grinder)
  • opt: small amount of sugar or natural sweetener of your choice / also, pairs well with fresh mint

Process ingredients in a food processor until smooth, cover and let sit in the fridge overnight if possible. Opt: Add whole chia seeds in addition to chia powder.

* Jelly Inspired by pureella.com

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Vegan Whipped Cream:

  • 1-2 refrigerated cans of coconut milk
  • Sweetener of your choice, I used maple syrup
  • Flavor, I used vanilla extract and rose water

Do not shake the cans of coconut milk, open and carefully scoop out the thick portion on top. (The liquid on the bottom of the can be saved and used as a wonderful addition to just about any dish at another time.) Blend the ingredients together in a high speed mixer for a couple of minutes, until desired consistency is reached. *If you choose to add some of the liquid portion of the can, be sure to do so sparingly & add only a little bit at a time.

Pie:

  1. Conform raw nut crust to a pie pan
  2. Add layer of strawberry jelly (or any fruit)
  3. Spread plenty of vegan whipped cream to cover jelly and fill pie, or just drop whipped cream onto the pie with an ice cream scoop
  4. Top with sliced strawberries

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*Keep Refrigerated

Pecan encrusted Sweet Potato ‘Burger’

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Adapted from the amazing book The Naked Kitchen Veggie Burger Book comes this sensational delight. So versatile it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite cook books, it’s a real treat!

Makes 8-10 thin patties

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C pecans
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 2 sweet potatoes, baked and peeled
  • 2 C cooked cannellini beans
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (or your choice of herb)
  • 1 tbsp GF soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4-1 C GF all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp any neutral-flavor oil

Directions:

  1. Process pecans and 1/2 tsp of salt in a food processor until finely ground. Set aside on a plate or pie pan.
  2. Then process the sweet potatoes, cannellini beans, herbs, soy sauce, maple syrup, chili powder, cinnamon, chipotle powder, black pepper, and rest of salt. Pulse until well mixed.
  3. Add and process 3/4 C of the flour until combined and add additional flour if need be because it may be too sticky to work with. The mixture should be a bit sticky and form relatively easily into patties. Tip: Keep your hands moistened with water to make shaping patties easier.
  4. Gently coat multiple patties with crushed pecans and cook in a non-stick skillet over med-high heat with coconut oil. Cook aprx 4-5 minutes on each side or until firm, then lower the heat and cook another 4-5 minutes on each side.

ENJOY!

Oatmeal ~with Turmeric

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Here’s a super tasty and quick & easy to make anti-inflammatory breakfast or anytime meal/snack. Here’s all you need to do to try it for yourself:

On stove top prepare single serving of GF steel cut oats with water. Add aprx 1/4tsp of turmeric (start w less and then add more) ghee and salt to taste. Optional: add raw honey or other natural sweetener, fruit, nuts etc.

Raw Jicama ‘Fries’

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Here is a link to the original recipe I found online:

http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=99E0150097D09FF9A412BD0C0BEB9956

The sweet couple in the video came up with this recipe as a means to fulfill a craving of BBQ style foods and to bring while attending get together with friends over the summer . I had some left over jicama and decided to give it a try and I’m very pleased with how tasty they actually are! I enjoyed them cut in this thicker way, but next time I think I’d like to cut them a little thinner and give them a try.

Spices:

Mix together in a bowl with olive oil and they’re ready to eat. Best if marinated and set in the fridge first. They tasted the best on the 2nd and 3rd day of leftovers.

Sunflower ‘Tuna’ on a bed of greens

Sunflower 'Tuna' over greens

In addition to making dishes of my own, usually from things I already have in the kitchen, I also enjoy recreating dishes I find online, or that I see in a book. I found a recipe for mock tuna online using mainly sunflower seeds and here’s a link to the recipe:

http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipe/vegan-tuna-salad/

Instead of wrapping ‘tuna’ in collard greens I served  a scoop over a bed of greens and topped with tomatoes, hemp seeds, and crushed pecan pieces. It was very flavorful and a nice addition to a spinach and sprout salad.

I don’t know if the flavor is anything like real tuna, but I imagine there are some similarities. If you prefer to keep even just the thought animal products out of your dishes, then let’s call this one a sunflower spread of sorts shall we.

It’s worth a try!

Raw ‘Cheesy’ Roasted Red Pepper Kale Chips

Raw Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Kale Chips

While juicing recently I spent a lot of time online looking at online videos of recipes and bookmarked several that I knew I wanted to try. This was one of the first things I made and has also turned out to be the most repeated thing I’ve made over the past few weeks. I am eating kale chips almost daily thanks to this recipe, and they never taste the same. I have been able to use an assortment of nuts, a variety of peppers, and both straight and curly kale to mix things up.

Here is a link to the original recipe I found online:

For the nut cheese, she uses walnuts in her video where as I chose to use a combination of soaked cashews and macadamia nuts instead because they were what I had on hand at the time. I’ve tried walnuts once and liked the kale chips just fine, but the cashew and macadamia nuts really seem to set this recipe apart from anything I’ve had before.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale (curly or straight)
  • 1 red bell pepper (or more)
  • 1 cup of soaked raw nuts (macadamia nut & cashew..  or any variety)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or less)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (or less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Bites

Sweet Potato, chickpea bites

These delicious bites turned out better than I’d ever hoped. I’m really pleased with how tasty they are.

Original Recipe:

http://cheapeatsforthegreenbean.com/2014/08/03/sweet-potato-and-chickpea-bites/

I modified the recipe to include ingredients I already had on hand. I only had one sweet potato for instance, and I used Tarragon as a garnish instead of scallions as the recipe originally calls for.

Ingredients I used:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • equal amount chickpeas as sweet potato (I used frozen, thawed)
  • Kale, fine chopped
  • Garlic
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Oil
  • Seasoning: paprika, cayenne, red chili flakes, curry powder, nutritional yeast, salt & pepper
  • Fresh Herbs I used: Thyme & Tarragon

 

Directions:

  1. Boil sweet potato & prepare chickpeas (frozen, thawed on stove)
  2. Sautee garlic (briefly, until fragrant)
  3. Add Kale and reduce heat to low, cover and steam (very briefly)
  4. Season with: Paprika, cayenne, red chili flakes, curry powder
  5. Add thawed chickpeas and stir well.
  6. Combine in a large bowl with sweet potato mash, 3-4 tablespoons of coconut milk and nutritional yeast.
  7. Add S & P and any additional seasonings. I added fresh Thyme and Tarragon from the garden.
  8. Bake in a greased muffin tin (coconut oil works well for greasing) –  20 minutes at 450 degrees.

Voila !

 

 

Raw Almond Thai Noodles

Raw Almond Thai Noodles

I am often creating dishes from whatever I have and here is an example of something I threw together in a hurry before work recently. I am really pleased with how it turned out and have since recreated this dish several times.

I recently started eating a lot of zucchini noodles, and this is by far my favorite version I’ve made yet. If you’ve never used or even heard of a spiralizer be sure to check out this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Spiralizer-Tri-Blade-Spiral-Vegetable/dp/B006THC75E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1406215399&sr=8-4&keywords=spiralizer

Without a Prime membership to Amazon.com there may be a cheaper option available (I didn’t check shipping prices) however, with Prime I found this to be the cheapest option. If you are not used to unusual kitchen appliances, do not be intimidated! Here’s a link to a video I like that shows just how simple and straightforward using it really is:

Ingredients:

  • Raw zucchini noodles, spiralized
  • Pine Nuts
  • Cilantro
  • Shelled Hemp Seeds
  • Pairs well with Avocado

Sauce:

  • Almond Butter
  • Water
  • Hoison Sauce
  • Gluten Free Soy Sauce (or Braggs Amino)
  • Lime juice
  • Coconut Milk (optional)
  • Udo’s oil (add last, also optional)

To make the sauce I whisked together a fair amount of Almond Butter (main ingredient, be sure to use enough) with just a bit of water until the consistency was smooth and creamy.  And then I added about a tablespoon of Hoison Sauce, a dash of GF Soy Sauce, squeezed the juice from about half of a lime, a tablespoon or so of coconut milk and at the end I also added a bit of Udo’s oil for added nutrients.

I hope you give this a try and enjoy it as much as I have!

Cheers to good Health!