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Calm Before the Storm

13 Jan

Right before it is time to go back to school is that mix between relaxation, boredom, and a scramble to get all the things done that were on your list to do before next semester. Today was surprisingly on the relaxing side. It rained all day making the perfect opportunity to do some [Pinterest] crafts (that were on my list to do), finish up my one book I read over break (i am not but i know I AM, by Louie Giglio), and making a homemade almond spice latte (:

Pinterest inspired (:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Spice Latte

Makes one large mug full

  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup strongly brewed almond roasted coffee (regular coffee will do)
  • 2-3 drops of almond extract
  • light agave nectar (to taste)

Heat over medium heat in saucepan, or warm in microwave, stirring to combine.

Goes great with some raw apple crisp or even raw chocolate-coconut pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Chocolate-Coconut Pudding with Pomegranate

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 2-3 scoops dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • handful of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4-6 dates (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional-I just like adding cinnamon to everything 🙂
  • pomegranate seeds to top

Combine in vitamix or food processor and enjoy!

Avocado Lime Soup

13 Aug

I’m home from the beach and finished with work and my class, so having just a couple of days before I go back to Tech I am determined to get 3 more posts in! Lets hope it happens.

A fresh chilled soup is the perfect summer meal. After a trip to wholefoods (which was long missed) and the farmers market, this only took 10 minutes to prepare. I got the avocado lime soup recipe from the Raw Chef (Russell James). He is a famous raw foodist who makes incredible dishes. He has a website/blog/videos and teaches others how beautiful and accessible raw food is. He especially emphasizes how eating raw has changed his life. I would love a personal cooking class from him. Just look at his pictures on his website or blog and your mouth will water.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado Lime Soup

Soup:

2 avocados
3/4 of a medium cucumber
1 stalk celery
Juice of 1 lime
Medium hanful of fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon tamari (or nama soy/organic soy sauce)
1 cup water-less if you want it thick (if wanting warm soup use hot water)

Note: I added a tiny bit of unsweetened coconut milk to make it a little creamier.

Blend on high speed in Vitamix-do not overblend or it will be too thin.

Sour Cream:

1 1/2 cups cashews
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (I substituted white wine vinegar)
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend in vitamix. Chill in fridge to thicken it up.

If you wanted some add-ins, I think it would’ve been great with chopped tomato and corn mixed in.

This soup is raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, guilt free. It is thick and creamy. This is full of monounsaturated fat (oleic acid)- 20 grams in just one avocado. Avocados have more potassium than a banana, and are full of vitamin K and B6. I am a fan of avocados for so many reasons. I have found that they also are excellent at regulated digestion. Whatever problems you are having, avocados work to combat whatever is wrong, due to their high fiber content and alkaline properties. The lime and cilantro components add to the cucumber and celery to make it so hydrating and refreshing. (If I planned ahead this would have been great with some homemade flax crackers) (:

Chocolate Fix

22 Jul

This chocolate “mousse” is so incredibly rich and delicious. I don’t understand how this can not satisfy any chocolate craving. I think this dessert idea was actually on dr. oz a little while ago. The key is to use extra dark, unsweetened (good quality) cocoa. You can’t skimp on the dates either. I don’t really measure, I just throw in all the ingredients, taste, and add more of whatever it needs. Now this should actually work in a food processor, so I gave my little Cuisinart a shot, since I never pull him out post vitamix. Well the dates didn’t get all the way smooth and it was just taking too long,  so I regretted giving Cuisinart a try.  So I transferred everything to the vitamix and the smooth rich consistency was perfect. (If you arn’t that picky a food processor will do just fine).

Dark Chocolate Mousse

1 large avocado

6-10 dates (pits removed).

1 1/2-2 Tbs dark unsweetened cocoa powder (or carob powder if you want it raw)

Splash of vanilla

 

I soaked the dates in some warm water to soften them up. I also threw in some chia seed for added nutrition. But if you strictly want the smooth “mouse” consistency you won’t get that with the chia. Add more dates if it isn’t  sweet enough and more cocoa powder for a richer chocolate. If it is really too thick than you can add some flax or coconut oil (melted) or even coconut water.  Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is so amazing on it’s own, but you can top with blueberries, strawberries, or fresh picked peaches!

 

mmmm kale

14 Jun

So most people would never eat a raw kale salad. Too raw and bitter. That was my opinion as well a couple of years ago. I have thankfully discovered ways to eat delicious raw kale, preserving all it’s vitamin and nutrients. This salad recipe I got from one of the lovely raw classes at wholefoods, but it originally came from Sunny’s Raw Kitchen. The avocado dressing plus the hemp seed makes it like no other salad with a little kick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kale is a dark leafy green that takes most people a while to truly appreciate

Besides the dressing, you are only adding hemp seed & chopped tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chipotle in the dressing definitely spices up the avocado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Kale Salad

4 heads of kale (I usually half it to 2 heads. This does wilt down a lot to it’s not as much as it seems)

2 Tbs sea salt

2 Cups chopped tomatoes or halved baby tomatoes

1 cup hulled hemp seeds cup hemp seed

3 avocados

2 chipotle peppers (I didnt have peppers so I used a little ground cayenne)

1/3-1/2 cup olive oil

1 1/2- 2 Tbs agave

1/4 cup lemon juice

Chop kale and remove stems. Mix with salt and massage it until it wilts down. Add tomatoes and hemp seed. Combine dressing in vitamix or food processor and pour over kale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust me this will be like no other raw kale dish you’ve have. It’s not bitter at all, just creamy and delicious.- so give this kale a try if you think you don’t like it!

Spinach Avocado & Corn Salsa Salad

3 Jun

It was so nice outside yesterday. The July weather finally went away, and it was in the low 80s and beautiful finally with no humidity! I decided to open up all the windows and eat dinner on our porch (:  After work I made a quick and easy salad with. I sadly forgot to get a cucumber at the market..but hey you can never go wrong when you have avocado, sprouts, tomato, corn, onion, and lime together-it’s like a salsa over spinach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfalfa Sprouts–make sure to get organic, because GMO sprouts were just approved 😦

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinach Avocado & Corn Salsa Salad

Spinach

Sprouts

1/4 cup Chopped Red Onion

Sliced Roma Tomato

Half of an avocado cut into chunks

1/4-1/3 cup of organic yellow corn

Chopped Cucumber (that I forgot)

3 or so Tbs of fresh chopped cilantro

Fresh lime juice & EVO Oil

(This would be great with some chopped green and red bell peppers as well)

 

The easiest and delicious dressing for this is simply EVO oil & lime juice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always best to add a ton of color to your salad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ate out on the porch with the nice breeze from the water

 

The geese decided to join me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some green tea was a great way to end the night.