Thursday, February 24, 2011

What's For Dinner? Nori Rolls!

Today is a work day for me, so I was happy to have my pre-made salads in the fridge.
On my plate is Cauliflower Salad, Kale Salad and Nori Rolls.
nori roll
sliced avocado
and drizzle with tahini dressing and roll

lime juice
Bragg's Liquid Amino's
water to thin

Remember to Breathe......deeply and slow...and Smile  :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cacao Fudge, Salads, and more Salads...

Lunch Time~
I've been in the kitchen most of the morning and had to take a break.  I will juice after lunch, clean up and go work out.  :)
On my plate today is: Beet Salad topped with raw sunflower seeds, Cauliflower Salad, Kale Salad and on topside is another one of Ani's Hemp Sun Burger's with Mustard and a piece Sesame Flax Bread.

2 bunches of beets~peeled and shredded
6 garlic cloves
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. lime juice
sprinkling of ground clove
salt to taste

Saving my tops for juicing

2 bunches of curly kale
1/2 red onion
handful of raw pumpkin seeds
4 garlic cloves
1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. olive oil
3-4 T. Bragg's LIquid Amino's

Set up for Juicing~
2 bunches of beet tops
5 cukes
3 bunches of celery
bowl full of kale stems, broccoli stems, cauliflower greens
I will add approx. 1 c. lemon juice
5-6 granny smith apples
big piece of ginger
and enough stevia to taste good to me
I'll be juicing my greens in my Greenstar...and the pulpy stuff in my can see my nut milk bag in the pulp is quicker this way and it keeps for about 3 days

Cheezy Kale Chips

2 bunches of Kale washed and large stems removed
place in a large bowl
In a blender or Vita-Mix blend until smooth & then pour over kale and massage until completely covered
1/4 c. Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 C. Bragg's Liquid Amino's
1/2 c. filtered water
*you may need a little more water~you need to be able to pour this out of the blender
but you don't want it runny.
3/4 c. Tahini
1 garlic clove
2 T. dried onions
1/4 t. sea salt
1/4 c. nutritional yeast
Place on Teflex sheets in dehydrator and dehydrate for 6 hr @ 115 degrees.


Cacao Fudge
1 c. raw walnuts~grind into flour
add: 1 c. pitted at a tim until mixed into nut mixture
add: 1 c. raw cacao
dash of salt
process until it sticks may need to add a bit of water to get fudge consistency..add very slowly though, so you don't get a sticky, globby mess..
top with cacao nibs and place in fridge for 1 hr.

I also made a batch of Carob Fudge by substituting carob in place of cacao...
I made this for my hard core raw vegan son.... :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sprouting, Cheeze Slices and RAW TORTILLA SOUP

Got my sprouting jar going again~from lentils, radish, salad mix, alfalfa

The other day I made some cheddar cheeze and couldn't use it all, so I dehydrated it..I'll keep it in the fridge in an airtight container to use on raw veggie burgers or crumble on raw pasta, salads or raw soups

This morning I decided to come up with a
Raw Tortilla Soup
In Vita-Mix
3 1/4 c. water
4-5 t. Seitenbacher veggie broth powder
2 roma tomatoes
handful of baby carrots
1 big piece of celery
thick slice of red onion
2 garlic cloves
1/8 of a red bell pepper
1 baby bella mushroom
small handful of a shredded cabbage
1 t. Frontier Taco Seasoning
pinch of cumin
Blend in Vita-Mix until smooth
then add:
1 jalapeno
1/4 c. black olives
1/4 c. dehydrated sweet corn (this is all I had) you can use fresh or frozen
Blend again on #3...

I will add  Walnut Taco meat and crumbled Salted Flax Crackers and some Macadamia Creme on Top and sprinkle with cilantro

Macadamia Creme

1 c.  macadamia nuts~soaked for 2-4 hrs drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno
1/4 c. lemon or lime juice
salt to taste
1/4 c. water

The final product!!

You can blend your soup and make it warm in the Vita-Mix.
I did not add the meat to the soup.  I placed it in the bottom of the dish and poured the soup mixture over it, topped with Mac Creme and cilantro
Even my most picky eater liked it!!
~another option is to leave out the Taco Meat and chop up some Avocado and add to the soup in place of the meat

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review of Ani's Raw Food Essentials, Chinese Cole Slaw and Red Green Juice

This is a picture of my mid afternoon meal today.  I've been hanging in the kitchen today...preparing raw crackers and breads...veggie burgers and salads.
On my plate is a Hemp Sun Burger with Mustard...on Salted Flax Cracker from Ani's recipe book pictured in the background.  I have made two double batches of these recipes..and added my own modifications to them....I cannot say enough about this book and the recipes...Ani's Raw Food Essentials.  The recipes I have tried are delicious, easy to prepare...with few ingredients.  I have been coaching a couple of friends about raw foods...and of all the raw food recipe books I have and use...this is one of the top one's I would recommend!
I can hardly believe this ridiciously low price for what you  get.  I purchased mine at the Half-Price Bookstore and paid almost $13 for it....and it was still worth it!  I would put the value on a book like this up in the $20 range..when comparing it to all of the raw food books and un- cookbooks I've purchased.  It is a hardbound book, 324 pages of information...
Here is a list of some of the info~
tools & ingredients
raw food techniques  and basics
dehydration, flatbreads, soaking & sprouting, fermenting & pickling, substitutions
drinks~smoothies, mylks and shakes, elixirs,, sun teas, cultured drinks
b-fast~cereal, crepes, pancakes, bacon, scrambles, quiche, toast & biscuits and gravy, jams &butters
snacks and accompaniments~cheezes, chips, crackers, veggies, seasonsed nuts, pickled veggies
salads and dressings
wraps, sandwiches and burgers
pizza and noodles
dumplings and rice
nori maki
desserts~pies, cakes, ice kream, sweet sauces, cookies
sample menus
raw food for dogs

as you can see this books has it even has several basic recipes that you can use to create your own recipes according to your tastes or desires....for instance..she gives a basic cake can add cacao...for chocolate...spices to make a spice cake...or whatever flavor you you can tell I Love this book...and by the way ~~Ani is not asking me to promote it....nor do I get any compensation from Ani for promoting it...

This is a picture of the Hemp Sun Burger and Salted Flax crackers from Ani's book I have dehydrating...on one of the trays of crackers I left it a bit thicker and topped it with sesame seeds to use as a bread...I also added some grape tomatoes to her recipe. I will flip the mixture over when it is dry enough and score accordingly and continue to dry to desired crispness

Here I am in the process of making two different salads
in the bowl is shredded green cabbage and shredded carrots, diced celery is on the counter

I have divided the cabbage mixture and added celery to only one bowl
I will mix in the celery and store that mixture to make Cabbage Slaw . This is a great way to be prepared for salad days ahead.  This slaw uses avocado and jalapenos, nutritional yeast and veggie broth is very filling and a favorite at my house.

With the other bowl of cabbage I made
about 1/2 head of cabbage shredded
1 c. raw cashews
1 c. raw sunflower seeds
1 bell pepper diced (not shown)
1 carrot shredded
1 bunch green onion diced
3 T. Seitenbacher Veggie Broth and Seasoning Powder

3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. water
pinch of stevia
mix in blender & pour over salad mix

This is not is my

Red Green Juice Blend
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of beet tops
2 beets
1 bunch of kale
3 broccoli stems
5 cukes
6 granny smith apples
big piece of ginger
1 c. of lemon juice
I also added some leftover collard stems, kale stems and the greens from the outside of a cauliflower...waste nothing I say...if it is green juice it....whenever I make something with the items above or similar items I place the unused stems and such in a container and juice them at juicing time.

Time to go clean up and exercise....enjoy your day!!!
and does a body good and the people around you too!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dreamsicle Green Smoothie

coconut water
blood orange
vanilla cream stevia

It's green, but it taste like a dreamsicle....
I made this on Saturday morning...we were just lounging around the house enjoying our family time.
I have posted pictures of my daughters before and I thought it was time to reveal the men in my life.

This is my Raw Vegan Son...most days he is 100% raw...overall he eats about a 97-98% raw food diet.

This is my hubby...he eats a high raw vegan diet.  He just had his blood work done and everything was in the normal range but his good was just a bit low. His total cholesterol went from about 189 to less than two weeks after starting a high raw vegan diet at the beginning of this year.
He has vasillated a bit over the last few years...but he always comes back to a vegan diet.

My youngest daughter is a high raw vegan...her choice andshe is happy with the results...
My oldest married a one time she was a vegetarian...but she is flexing due to her newly married state...she eat's salmon/chicken/cheese/eggs.....and not quite sure what else.

I've had a very busy week....working, schooling, teaching a raw food class and preparing for a b-day party.

Today's weather....61 degrees..... made me want to get outside and walk/run....I can hardly wait for springtime...sunshine....when I can go outside and play.

I am still trying to gain full range of motion in my wrist and shoulder...I am doing Hatha Yoga to gain strength and flexibility...I am also jumping on my Rebounder and walking on my try to regain some of my muscle tone after breaking my wrist....and laying around while recovering.
Someday...I may get back to P90X....but after this ordeal...I'm not too sure how extreme I need to be to be fit & strong.

Friday, February 11, 2011

What's on Your Table? Mediterranean Kale Salad, Monthly Veggie haul and Sprouting

What's on your table??
This is todays munchies
That is Paul Newman's Vegan Poppy Seed Dressing for my daughter and her broccoli...

This is Jennifer Cornbleet's recipe for
Mediterrianean Kale Salad
follow the link for a video
yellow bell peppers
olive oil
lime juice
Himalyan salt

Today Kristen Suzanne of Kristen's Raw posted what is in her fridge, freezer and for lack of a better idea on my part I took some pictures of what I purchase for the month from our produce distributor.
Most items I purchase are organic...but some are not.
This may seem like a lot of veggies but I feed three adults and one teen a very high raw diet which includes juicing.

case of cukes, celery and spinach

top shelf~coconut water kefir, broccoli in bag, miso
in drawer~Volcano organic lime juice, carrots,  (Earthbound Buttery spread and vegan sour cream~not veggies-these come from my co-op buying group)
third shelf~blood oranges, in bags are more kale
in bottom drawer~in bags...romaine lettuce

This is coconut water kefir~it is usually in the fridge, but I ran out of room

This is one of my freezers~Greensuperfood powders, hemp powder in front
sunflower seeds, hempseeds, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, sprouted almonds, sprouted walnuts,
flaxseeds(brown and golden) in the back Ruth's Hemp protein powder...a snow/ice ball my daughter got out of our front a yard, sesame seeds
on the bottom I have several jars of almond pulp from making almond milk

In my other freezers I keep frozen fruits for smoothies, ginger,  frozen veggies, chia seeds, raw almonds, raw walnuts, cacao nibs, barley powder, carrot powder, beet powder, pumpkin seeds, sunflower and sesame  seeds, wheatgrass seeds, mung beans for sprouting and other sprouting seeds, raw trail mix,
for non raw meals I keep green and red lentils, organic brown rice & bulgar, sprouted Ezekiel bread and tortillas

My Crown Berkey and some organic banana's ripening up...hopefully

Top shelf~TJ's pitted prunes, pulp from juicing this a.m., broccoli seeds, green onion, Green Juice,
drawer~baby carrots,
second shelf~green peppers, colored peppers, in the bags~red beets with tops (in the background are cultured ginger carrots, a jar of black beans and a jug of Matt's organic OJ)
third shelf~ more spinach for green smoothies
bottom drawers~ Gourmet salad greens
I keep this in cold storage in my Sunroom, which is not heated.  I cover these boxes with blankets to insulate.
Pictured is a case of Granny Smith Apples, a case of organic bananas, bosc pears in closed box, topped with some ripe bananas
front~roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes

On Kristen's blog the issue of Green Bags came up, as to whether or not they actually keep produce fresher longer...
I tried them and they do work...I had some broccoli in one and it kept for a month with no change.  I was shocked!  
You will notice that I bag mine greens in grocer bags...I place a paper towel at the bottom and top and tie them tightly and my produce keeps very nicely this way.  If my items are especially wet, I will change the bag and paper towel out regularly to keep it from getting soggy.

This is what is growing in my window sill..
 alfalfa sprouts,  radish sprouts and in the jar are  more alfalfa sprouts.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Raw Food On The Go with Jennifer Cornbleet

Jennifer has some great idea's on how to stay raw while traveling...enjoy!

Collard Wraps and Mango Cilantro Soup, Strawberry/Cashew Green Smoothie

This was our centerpiece for today's munchies.
What's on your table? 
 If you stay home and have children I encourage you to make a veg/fruit tray and have it on the table.  Better yet, have your young ones help make it. 
Children love to be involved in what you are doing....make it fun and don't get fussy when they make a mess.  You and your children will grow together and cherish the memories always.
Whenever I spill something on the floor, I laugh and say....I guess it was time to mop the floor!
Always remember...Relationships are more important than things....whether it be broken items or messy kitchens...

collard greens
lime juice

I used Annie's Goddess Dressing as the dip

2 roma tomatos
4 stalks of celery
2 handfuls of spinach
small handful of cilantro
1/2" jalapeno
lime juice
handful of frozen mango
water to help blend
Blend in Vita-mix on #3 until soup-y

My son and I gobbled this down after running errands this afternoon.

1 c. fresh almond milk
1 banana
large handful of spinach
large handful of frozen strawberries
1 heaping t. beet root powder
about heaping 1/4 c. of raw cashews
blend well...this will hold you for a few hours....

Today was my major produce pick up for the month...I miss my van on this day each month.  I am part of a co-op where we buy organic produce from our local distributor.  We get great prices purchasing this way.  We have several families that participate with us.  We have to purchase produce by the case, so we share cases or purchase them whole.  When you buy this way it is imperative that you have the necessary refrigeration space.  I find that if I carefully bag most of my items they stay good for some time.  Most fruits keep well in cold storage.
Although it is best to get your produce as fresh as possible...this works for our family. I still  buy other items during the month, but this is the bulk of what we use.
We live outside of the city in a rural area so frequent trips to the grocer is not feasible for our family.
Some of the items we received today were:
Granny Smith Apples
Blood Oranges
Red Beets
Gourmet Lettuce
Roma Tomatoes

What's in your fridge?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Let's De-Clutter and get Organized!

 This is what was on my table today!!!  As I've said before I like to keep a tray of fruits/veggies around for us to munch on.....right now it is 8:30pm and all that is left is a few pieces of celery and  3 chunks of pineapple. Also pictured is my daughter's a.m. strawberry and fresh almond milk smoothie and my Dandy Blend smoothie.
When I got up today I hit the floor running...
I finally had the time and motivation to do some deep cleaning, organizing and brightening up the house.  I was able to get two rooms finished. 
I find that I tend to pile things books....I do love husband says we insulate our house with books...
Too much clutter can cause the link to read about clutter and stress.
Check out De-Clutter 101 for idea's on how to eliminate clutter.
Fly Lady also has a great site to help you get organized! She is my favorite!

Tonight I had a bit of a sweet tooth so I made Avrie's Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls ....the only thing I did different was to use raw cacao nibs in place of th chocolate chips...She is a genius!!
opps....some of them did not make it in the picture!  :)

Beet and Carrot Salad with Radish Sprouts
I've been a sprouting a lot lately....I'll post a picture soon.  Radish sprouts are one of my fav's.  They have a nice kick to them.

Spinach Salad with Chinese Cole Slaw

You can see Ani Phyo's~Raw Food Essentials in the background.  This is a great raw food book...for newby or any rawfooder that has been around awhile.
I'll be trying some of her bread recipes in the next few days....she uses celery in many of them...and I do love celery. 
My load of veggies comes
my son and I plan to do a one day juice feast...using lots of celery and greens, beets, granny smiths...and some lemon and ginger.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Raw Pear Cobbler


Crumble Topping~
1/2 c. of a mixture of pecans/walnuts/almonds
1/4 c. dates
1/4 c. raisins (soaked)
pinch of  cinnamon
1/2 t. vanilla
process in the food processor until crumbly and set aside

Cobbler filling
3 pears ~cut into small pieces
1 T or more depending on sweetness desired~
 agave, raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 t. cinnamon
dash of salt

Take 1 1/2  pears and the remaining ingredients and process in food processor. Place in a glass baking dish.  Chop the remaining pears in small pieces and mix together with sauce.  Top with Crumble mixture.

You can use apples, peaches or berries with this recipe. With the berries I'd leave out the cinnamon
You may use one type of nut or a combination.
You could use all dates or all raisins....soak them first if they appear a little dry
I was craving a cobbler and this is what I had on hand...

This can be warmed in a dehydrator or eaten as is....
This made about 3-4  small servings....or 2 for my son and me!

Raw Lasagna and Green Soup

Last night while checking out some new blogs I got inspired to make a raw I used what I had on hand.  We are snowbound today.  On top of all the ice we received 5-6" of snow is piling up, so I thought it best to stay home.


1 small zuchinni -thinly sliced
1 small butternut squash-thinly sliced
1 1/2- 2 c of frozen artichoke-thawed
raw sun-dried tomato marinara
Italian raw cheese
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
Himalyan Salt

Sundried Tomato Marinara
1 large tomato
handful of sun-dried tomatoes
1 date
black pepper
olive oil (optional) just a drizzle
Himalyan salt
blend in Vita-mix...if you don't have one make sure you soak the sun-dried tomatoes first

Italian Raw Cheese
1 c. macadamia nuts (soaked and drained)
1 c. sunflower seeds (soaked and drained)
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 t. Himalyan Salt
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. water
oregano, basil, thyme

blend in Vita-mix until smooth...add water as necessary to get right consistency
you will have more than you need with the can use it on raw pizza's or as a dip for veggies
1. prepare cheese and marinara and sit in fridge
2. marinate artichokes in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme
3. prepared zuchinni and butternut squash~peel and slice on a mandoline
4.lightly salt squash
5. Assemble your lasagna 
a. place a very thin layer of marinara on the bottom of dish so noodles will stick
b. arrange one type of noodle
c. spread cheese on noodles
d. place spinach on top of cheese
e. chop up artichokes and place on cheese
f. top with marinara
g.noodles/cheese/spinach/artichokes/marinara~until gone

I chopped up my leftover butternut squash and let it sit in leftover marinate and then squeezed it out and spread over the top. 

note that my cheese is yellow...I had made a cheddar cheese with the entire batch by adding tumeric for color before dividing...if you are only making the lasagna half your cheese recipe and leave out the tumeric


1 cucumber
1/2 large tomato
5-6 baby carrots
small handful of cilantro
1-2 c. baby spring mix
spicy guacamole
lime juice

blend until desired consisteny and I topped it with dulse granules and cheezy kale chips

Remember to keep a fruit/veggie/nuts/seeds available for your kids to munch could also keep a stash of green smoothies or green juices in the fridge (my kiddo's like the green lemonade)

or what was on your table?
today's a.m tray was a fruit tray~
blood oranges, kiwi, pineapple spears and grapes
sorry no picture....they gobbled it down before I got the chance :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Yoga Journal's Free 21 day Challenge

If you are in a funk and haven't been working out and need a kick start, you can get started with Yoga Journal's 21 day challenge.  It is free and fun.
Follow this link to get started.

For my friends who do not agree with Yoga or the Philosphy behind it,
please note that this is not a Christian use discernment while filtering through the practice and remember who you are in Christ.

Olive Tapenade


1 c. black olives
1 c. green olives
1 c. raw walnuts
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 T. olive oil
4 t. lemon juice
1 t. oregano
1/2 thyme
1/2 t. basil

in food processor pulse until smooth but n
as you can see we had already started eating it is not the best picture, but I wanted to get the recipe posted.
use as a spread on crackers or celery sticks or stuff small tomatoes

What's on your table??

This is the spread I made early this morning to sit on our kitchen table.  Most of the fruit tray disappeared by lunch time.  The veggies that were left were a great addition to our lunch of raw salads & spring rolls and lemonade.
Several years ago I read Dr. Furhman's book, "Disease Proof Your Child"....and he mentioned to keep fruits and veggies readily available for your I adopted this idea and try to keep them in sight.  It works very well for the whole family.  When my hubby gets home and is sitting at the table waiting for his dinner, he will inevitably munch on whatever I leave on the table.....

Here is a desciption of this book from Amazon & I found this book to be worth every penny.....
In his private practice, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. helps families transform their eating habits and recover their health. His nutrient-rich eating plan can have a significant impact on your child's resistance to dangerous infections, and a dramatic effect on reducing the occurrence of illnesses like asthma, ear infections, and allergies. Dr. Fuhrman explains how you can make sure your children are eating right to maintain a healthy mind and body, and how eating certain foods and avoiding others can positively impact your child's IQ and success in school.

He also presents the fascinating science that demonstrates that the current epidemic of adult cancers and other diseases is closely linked to what we eat in the first quarter of life. Eating well in our early years may enable us to win the war on cancer. Bolstered by this scientific evidence, he helps you do everything you can to protect your child against developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer through a solid nutritional groundwork.

Featuring easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters, your whole family will learn to establish life-long healthful eating habits.

Harness the power of a nutrient-rich diet to ensure a lifetime free of illness and full of health!

This was yesterday's centerpiece!

This salad doesn't look very appealing but It was sooo good I had to post the pic.  I would have preferred to have added some red/orange/yellow bell peppers and or carrots...but we use what is on hand.
Do you remember the Chinese Cole Slaw with the Ramen Noodles??? This is my healthy version of this recipe.

about 1/2 head of cabbage shredded
1 c. raw cashews
1 c. raw sunflower seeds
1 bell pepper diced (not shown)
1 carrot shredded (not shown)
1 bunch green onion diced (not shown)
3 T. Seitenbacher Veggie Broth and Seasoning Powder(pictured below)

3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. water
pinch of stevia
mix in blender & pour over salad mix

This is very filling!

This was part of my order.  I have been using NutriBiotic rice protein powder for my hubby's smoothies, but when I spied this product I thought I'd give it a try.  I got two extra pounds for $2 more than NutriBiotic's product. 
This product is made of NON- GMO sprouted brown rice.  NO Additives, Gluten free, Kosher, Parve, Vegan.  It is 70% protein. NutriBiotic is 80%.  If you are looking to add some protein powder but do not want to break the bank, this is a good choice.  My hub's likes it and it is doing the job.  It's texture and consistency is like the NutriBiotic product.
NutriBiotic does carry an organic version of thier protein powder and I have been happy with it also, but the cost is significantly higher at 3 lbs NutriBiotic vs. Bulk Foods $27.67 for 5 lbs.

Follow this link to check out BulkFood's protein powder.

This is a picture from my front door...a little frosty outside today!

Here's Buddy!


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