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Monday, April 28, 2014

Breakfast Cereal Bowl (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Breakfast Cereal Bowl (Raw)

 

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw mulberries
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp raw cashews
  • 2 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • nut milk (i used fresh homemade banana milk) 



 Banana milk
place one banana, a small piece of vanilla bean, and 1/2 cup very cold water in a high-power blender and blend until creamy-add more water to achieve desired consistency (use right away as banana milk will turn brown after a while-it is still drinkable, tho)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Vegan Carrot Cake Bars with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Vegan Carrot Cake Bars 
with 
Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting (Raw)


bar ingredients:


  • 1 cup walnuts (plus a few extra for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2  tsp cinnamon
  • tiny pinch himalayan pink salt


bar preparation steps:


1. place parchment paper in a 7 x 5 glass baking dish - leave two ends of parchment paper hanging over the edges for easy removal

2. add walnuts to a food processor and process until fine

3. add remaining carrot bar ingredients and process together, scraping down sides of processor, until mixture is chopped fine and sticks together




frosting ingredients:


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 dropper liquid vanilla stevia (or vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or raw agave)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tbsp water, if needed




frosting preparation steps:

1. place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend, scraping down sides of blender, until frosting is smooth and creamy



Falafel Salad Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Falafel Salad Bowl
with
 Lemon Tahini Dressing

ingredients:

  • falafel balls
  • 2-3 cups romaine lettuce, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cucumber, cubed
  • 1/4 red onion, cubed
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • tahini lemon sauce (see below)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


preparation steps:

1. place garlic clove and salt into bottom of salad bowl and mash with a fork

2. add lemon juice and pepper and whisk olive oil in slowly

3. place lettuce, carrots, onions, tomato, and cucumber and toss until well coated

4. place falafel balls on top and drizzle with tahini lemon sauce


Tahini Lemon Sauce (Raw)

whisk together raw sesame tahini, water, lemon juice, and salt(to taste) until smooth and creamy, and desired consistency

Mexican Lettuce Wraps (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Mexican Lettuce Wraps(Raw)



ingredients:


  • 4 large romaine lettuce leaves, whole
  • raw-fried beans (see below)
  • mango salsa (see below)
  • guacamole
  • cilantro, for garnish

preparation steps:

1. wash and trim lettuce leaves and place on a plate and fill with seed pate refried beans, mango salsa and guacamole

2. garnish with cilantro stem

3. serve chilled




Raw-fried Beans (Raw)

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked at least 4 hours then rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked at least 4 hours then rinsed and  drained
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, or to taste
  • 2  tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp  chili powder 
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • cayenne, to taste

preparation steps:

1. while food processor is running add garlic cloves and run until minced fine

2. stop machine and add the rest of the ingredients and run until pate is smooth and resembles refried beans

Mango Salsa (Raw)
cube mango, red onion, and tomato in bowl-add minced garlic, fresh cilantro leaves ,hot sauce, fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste



Friday, April 25, 2014

Zucchini Noodles in Peanut Sauce (High Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)


Zucchini Noodles
in
Peanut Sauce
(High Raw)
noodle ingredients
  • 1 large zucchini, spiralized
sauce ingredients:
  • 2-3 tbsp all natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp gluten free tamari or nama shoyu
  • small thumb of fresh ginger root, grated
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
garnish ingredients:
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed peanuts, for garnish
  • fresh cilantro leaves make a wonderful additional garnish
preparation steps:
1. spiralize zucchini-you can peel the zucchini, but I like the extra nutrients from the green peel-and place zucchini noodles in a large bowl
2. crush peanuts (garnish) and set aside
3. slice scallions (garnish) and set aside
4. prepare sauce by placing all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisking until creamy
5. pour sauce over noodles and toss together well-until all noodles are evenly, and well coated
6. sprinkle garnishes over the top and enjoy right away

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby-Date-Snack-Cake (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Baby-Date-Snack-Cake (Raw)
ingredients:
  • 2 or 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 8 or 9 raw cashews
  • 1 or 2 tbsp goji berries
preparation steps:
1. press dates into a flat circle
2. press cashews and goji berries into date
hint: you can use a metal ring form-press the cashews and goji berries into the ring first and press dates on top

Pad Thai (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Pad Thai (Raw)
ingredients:
  • 1/2 small red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 4-5 carrots, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchini, cut into ribbons with peeler (save the center(s) for the sauce)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
  • 6 scallions, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks
  • chopped raw jungle peanuts (or any raw nut of choice)for sprinkling on top
sauce ingredients:
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • leftover core(s) of zucchini(s)
  • 1 juicy lime, peeled
  • 1 orange, peeled and all seeds removed
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup nama shoyu
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 2-3 heaping tbsps raw tahini
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (not raw, can be omitted)
  • enough water to achieve desired consistency
preparation steps:
1. place all sauce ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until sauce is creamy - adjust to taste and desired consistency
2. make zucchini ribbons by peeling long strips from zucchini into a large bowl until only about a 1 inch diameter core is left (core goes into the sauce) and slice all other vegetables accordingly and add to bowl
3. toss vegetables and cilantro leaves in sauce and serve with a sprinkling of chopped nuts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Strawberry Shortcake (Raw)
ingredients: 
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup medjool dates
1 pint strawberries, sliced
tiniest pinch of himalayan pink salt
preparation steps:
1. place nuts, dates, coconut, and salt in a food processor and process until crumbly and sticks together
2. press some of the crumbled mixture lightly into the bottom a pretty glass and layer glass with sliced strawberries and crumble mixture until desired fullness
3. top off with a dollop of coconut whipped cream

Coconut Whipped Cream
chill a can of unsweetened organic coconut milk, upside down in the refrigerator-chill for at least 24 hours-the longer the better-flip can to open and pour out all liquid, liquid will now be on the top (save liquid for smoothies), whip with electric hand mixer on high-when it starts to thicken add sweetener of choice and vanilla, to taste-this stores very well in the refrigerator-it just gets a bit thicker

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Asian Salad (High Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

 Asian Salad
ingredients:
  • 3-4 leaves romaine lettuce, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 8 cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 zucchini, shredded
  • 1-2 carrots,shredded
  • 6-8 grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced very thin on the diagonal
  • 1 tbsp unsalted, raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp unsalted, roasted peanuts (omit to keep recipe raw)
  • 1/8 cup organic brown rice vinegar (use apple cider vinegar to keep recipe raw)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (use untoasted sesame oil to keep recipe raw)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/8 cup nama shoyu
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, grated
  • splash of water
preparation steps:
1. prepare dressing by adding rice vinegar, nama shoyu, cayenne, water, ginger root and oil in a tightly lidded jar and shake well-set aside
2. place romaine in the bottom of a bowl
3. arrange other vegetables on top in sections
4. place nuts in center on top of salad
5. shake dressing again and toss with salad just before serving

Thai-Style Mock Duck (Vegan)

Thai-Style Mock Duck
ingredients:
  • 1 package seitan strips
  • 1-2 tbsps unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3-4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, minced fine
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 1 pint mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 zucchini, cut into bite sized rectangles
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • large handful of baby kale leaves, or any other greens
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 4 scallion, white and green parts sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch thai basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 heaping tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • white pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil (to drizzle on last)
preparation steps:

1. remove seitan from its package and pour off some of the excess liquid-but still keep seitan wet
2. in a bowl or plastic bag, dredge seitan in flour-this should make an almost sticky batter on the seitan
3. to make sauce add to a large measuring cup, tamari, water, white wine, brown sugar, hoisin, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, white pepper, lime juice, and cornstarch and whisk well together and set aside
4. with hot wok on high heat add 1 or 2 tbsps of coconut oil-let oil get hot and toss floured seitan (separate pieces if stuck together) into hot wok-do not stir until crispy and brown on one side then flip over to crisp and brown other side-remove from wok and set aside
5. in hot wok, stir-fry all vegetables on high heat in hot coconut oil,  adding vegetables to wok in order of: onion, carrots, celery, then cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, then garlic, ginger root, red pepper, zucchini, green beans, purple cabbage, then white part of scallions, and  baby kale or other greens, then green parts of scallions-stir-fry vegetables in batches if your wok is small
6. when vegetables are just about desired tenderness, add thai basil leaves and then sauce mixture and stir until sauce slightly thickens(add a little water if sauce is too thick)

7.remove vegetables from wok to large serving bowl and gently toss in cooked seitan

8. serve with hot rice and drizzle with toasted sesame oil

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ginger Pear Crisp (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Ginger Pear Crisp (Raw)
ingredients:
  • 2 ripe pears
  • fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tiny pinch himalayan pink of salt
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger, grated
preparation steps:
1. add walnuts, medjool dates, dried coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt to the bowl of a food processor, and  process until crumbly and sticks together
2. slice pears very thinly with a mandolin and grate a bit of fresh ginger over pears-squeeze fresh lemon juice over to pears and ginger to keep from turning brown
3. place some of the crumble in the bottom of a pretty glass and layer pears and crumbles
4. serve chilled

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Matchstick Salad with Creamy Tahini Citrus Dressing (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Matchstick Salad
with
Creamy Tahini Citrus Dressing
ingredients for salad:
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small cabbage, shredded thin
  • 2 leaves Kale, sliced very thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • 3 scallions, sliced very thin
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced very thin
ingredients for dressing
  • 1/4 cup raw tahini
  • 1 lime peeled
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 clove garlic
  • tiny pinch himalayan pink salt
preparation steps for salad:
1. slice, matchstick, and shred vegetables accordingly (I used a mandolin) into a large bowl and toss with dressing
preparation steps for dressing:
1. toss al ingredients into a high-power blender and blend until smooth

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fiesta Salad (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Fiesta Salad (Raw)
ingredients:
  • 4 large leaves romaine lettuce, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup baby mixed greens
  • fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • 6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup mango salsa
  • 1/4 cup guacamole 
  • 1 tbsp raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tbsp raw pistachios, shelled
preparation steps:
1. Combine greens in a large salad bowl
2. place other ingredients on top
Mango Salsa
cube mango, red onion, and tomato in bowl-add minced garlic, fresh cilantro leaves ,hot sauce, fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste


Friday, April 4, 2014

Super Greens Salad (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Super Greens Salad
ingredients:
  • 1/2 bunch curly green kale, stems removed and  cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed and cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 3 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 nori sheet(untoasted), crumbled
  • 2 tbsps pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds

preparation steps:
1. place all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss well with creamy tahini orange dressing
Creamy Tahini Orange Dressing
3 tbsp raw tahini, juice of one juicy orange, splash of bragg's apple cider vinegar, splash of cold water, dash of garlic powder, tiny pinch of himilayan pink salt-whisk until smooth and creamy

Chia Seed Pudding (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Chia Seed Pudding
with
Oranges
Bananas
and
Cashews
ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups nut or seed milk (I made my own hemp seed milk)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sweetener (I used about 6 large medjool dates)
  • 1/4 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nuts, chopped rough
  • 1 very tiny pinch of himilayan pink salt
preparation steps:
1. in a high speed blender, blend hemp milk with medjool dates, vanilla bean, and pink salt
2. in a bowl mix coconut shreds and chia seeds, with contents of blender, and stir well to combine
3. transfer to smaller cups if individual portions are desired
4. let chill, covered, overnight (or for at least five hours)
5. serve chilled with a layer of sliced  oranges, a layer of sliced bananas (or your favorite fruit)and sprinkle cashews on top


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spaghetti "Carbonara" (Vegan)

Vegan Spaghetti "Carbonara"
ingredients:
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked at least 4 hours
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tbsps nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 package vegan canadian bacon, cubed 
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 1/2 c vegan sour cream (optional)
  • 1  pound thin spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 package frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and white pepper to taste
preparation steps:
1. drain and rinse soaked cashews and add to high-power blender with water-blend on high until creamy cashew milk is formed-strain and set aside
2. heat skillet and brown vegan canadian bacon cubes in olive oil with minced garlic-set aside
3.  melt vegan butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat then add flour and whisk until well blended-add a small pinch of salt at this time
4. continue to whisk butter-flower roux until flower smell is gone (do not brown)- this will remove any flour taste from cashew cream sauce but keep your sauce creamy and white
5. add cashew milk to roux and continue to whisk often until thickened
6. remove sauce from heat and whisk in nutritional yeast, vegan sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste
7. cook pasta as directed-adding peas at last moment before draining
8. add canadian bacon, garlic mixture to pasta and peas and toss
9. for best results serve creamy cashew  sauce over each portion of hot pasta
hint: I love mine with tons of fresh cracked black pepper


rAwMazing Salad (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

rAwMazing Salad
ingredients for salad:
  • 1/4 large green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 or 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 5 or 6 large romaine lettuce leaves, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 green curly kale leaves, stemmed and cut into small pieces
  • 2 scallions, green and white parts, sliced small
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced into very thin half moons
ingredients for dressing:
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 tbsps raw tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • scant pinch Himalayan salt
  • scant pinch garlic powder
  • dash of water, if needed
ingredients for topping:
  • 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp dulce (sea vegetable)
preparation steps for salad:
1. place all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing
preparation steps for dressing:
1. place all dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy
preparation steps for topping:
1. toss all topping ingredients together and sprinkle on the top of dressed salad