Crazy for pumpkin?

Lately I’ve been craving pumpkin!!! Anyone else need a slice of pumpkin pie fix?

Being on a mostly raw lifestyle I came up with this yummy smoothie recipe today!!!

Pumpkin Nut Smoothie

Pumpkin Nut Smoothie

1 C Almond milk (homemade, do not strain)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C canned pumpkin
Sweetener (optional) you could use 3 dates or 1 T Honey or Maple syrup.


To make almond milk

Soak about 14 natural raw almonds for about an hour.

Dump the ‘soak’ water and add 1 cup fresh water.

Blend for about a minute. Do not strain.

For smoothie

Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and sweetener of choice.

Blend, serve chilled

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Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)

Get ready, set, go!

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Chunks-O-Protein (Almond Oat Balls)


1 C (Gluten Free) Rolled Oats

2/3 C Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/3 C Ground Flax

1/2 C Chocolate Chips (use raw cacao chips for raw version)

Pinch of Sea Salt

1/3 C Maple Syrup (or honey)

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 C Almond Butter


Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl.

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Add ‘wet’ ingredients and mix well.

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Roll into 24 equal sized balls.

Refrigerated for one hour.


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Vegetarian Curry Soup

We took a trip to a Farmers market this morning to get our weekly veggies.  On our way out, there was a woman selling food.  I tried her soup and it was pretty tasty!  Yup, you guessed it!  It was so good I had to whip up a soup of my own for dinner!  I hope you like it as much as I did!

Vegetarian Curry Soup (GF/V/DF)

Vegetarian Curry Soup

Vegetarian Curry Soup


3 Cloves Garlic

1 tsp. olive or sesame oil

6 Cups Water

4 Small Red Potatoes (Quartered with peel)

4 Carrots (Sliced or Julienned)

1 Celery Stalk (Chopped)

6-8 Fresh Green Beans (Cut into small pieces)

1 – 4 inch piece of parsnip (Thinly Sliced)

1 T Muchi Curry Powder

1 Large Handful of Baby Kale

1/3 Cup Coconut Milk (optional-not shown in photo)


1. Mince garlic then brown in pan with 1 tsp oil.

2. Add water, potato, carrots, parsnip, green beans, and celery.

3. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce to simmer.

4. Add curry powder and simmer for 45 minutes.

5. Turn stove off and toss in the baby kale.  Mix so kale will lightly wilt from heat.

6. Add coconut milk and enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

Breakfast for two

I’ve put several miles on the ‘ol Vitamix lately!  Grateful to own one and my body has been thankful I’m putting it to good use!

I’ve been on this spinach craze lately.  I joined a 30 day green smoothie challenge and have my own “raw” group that I share info with almost daily .  Since I had already been increasing raw food in my diet, I decided to go along with the green!  I’ve made some very tasty smoothies and one lately that wasn’t so tasty. I won’t bother to share that one, yeah, it was THAT bad!

This was what we had for breakfast a couple of days ago!

Breakfast for two

Breakfast for two

Well, not quite like that, of course.  Tossed it in the Vitamix first!



Got my spinach ‘fix’ and a healthy breakfast!

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Easy Paleo Pancakes

I promised the kids I’d make pancakes for breakfast!  These were so easy to make!

I only used 5 ingredients but you could use as little as 3 if you like!

Paleo Pancakes


3 Eggs

1 Banana

2 T Coconut Flour

1 T Cinnamon (optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla

Step 1:

Start by mixing banana and egg first, then add other ingredients.
Continue mixing until well blended. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Step 2:

Lightly “grease” pan.
(Coconut oil or butter if you choose)
Pour 3 small circle onto hot pan.
Cook for 3-4 minutes (or until topside looks mostly cooked)
Flip over for 1 minute.

Step 3:

Put on a plate.
Top with whatever inspires you!

(Idea: Try blending strawberries or blueberries!)


*For a different variation, try adding 2T Cocoa Powder for chocolaty pancakes!*

Not familiar with Paleo?  Click here ~PALEO~ to learn more!

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

I was craving some spicy kani sushi and decided to create a sushi salad instead.  I didn’t use rice but was soooooo tasty!

To make a raw version, instead of using fresh crab, you could make a spicy nut cheese to top off your salad!

I got a little carried away and made a “pretty” one and a “splattered” artsy one.

I have people vote on which photo to use here but got about an even response.

Many liked “pretty” but others liked a “little of everything in every bite.”

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

This is what I used to make it:

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

3 C Spring mix greens

1 Avocado

1 Roma Tomato

1 Sprig of Scallion

8 oz. crab (for raw, use a raw nut cheese instead)

3 T Mayo (use nut mayo for raw)

1 T Siracha


Arrange greens, avocado, scallion, and tomato on plate.

Mix siracha with mayo, then add to crab and mix well.

 Top salad with crab mixture!

Artsy Splattered Sushi Salad

Artsy Splattered Sushi Salad


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Made these this morning!  These are a quick, healthy snack!

So easy to make, I think I could easily get addicted to making various forms of these!

Stay tuned!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bar

1 C Almonds

1/3 C Sunflower Seed

2 T Peanut Butter

10 Dates

1/4 C Special Dark Chocolate Chips


Soak dates for about 3 hours, then drain water & remove pits

In food chopper or food processor, chop almonds then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor.

Add remaining ingredients.

Mix all ingredients together.

Line a 9 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 10 equal sized balls.

(Bars will cut easier if you refrigerate for 15 minutes prior to cutting.)

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Need your chocolate fix?  Do you like coconut?  This is the best!  I recently bought a Lara Bar for the first time when I was away from home and wanted something relatively healthy to eat until I could get home.

I decided to give it a ‘google’ for homemade recipes and stumbled upon Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog and found a recipe that I modified just a little to make it totally raw!  I also wondered what the nutritional content was so I used’s Recipe Calculator!

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

(Makes 8)

10 Dates (Pitted)

1/3 C + 1 T Shredded Coconut (Fresh for Raw)

1 T Chia Seed

3 T Cocoa Powder (Raw/Unsweetened)

1/3 C Almonds

1/2 C Pecans or Walnuts


Soak dates for about 3 hours & remove pits.

In food chopper or food processor, chop all nuts then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor

Add remaining ingredients except for 1 T Coconut.

Process together until ingredients are well mixed and are sticking together.

Line a 6 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 8 equal sized balls.

For bars: Sprinkle 1 T coconut on top and press down til it sticks

For balls:  Roll balls in coconut

Nutrition Facts

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bars
  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 109.4
  Total Fat 2.0 g
  Saturated Fat 1.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 1.5 mg
  Potassium 261.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 20.2 g
  Protein 1.4 g
  Vitamin A 0.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
  Vitamin C 0.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.2 %
  Calcium 3.2 %
  Copper 10.1 %
  Folate 1.5 %
  Iron 4.3 %
  Magnesium 8.1 %
  Manganese 11.3 %
  Niacin 2.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     2.6 %
  Phosphorus     3.8 %
  Riboflavin 1.4 %
  Selenium 1.0 %
  Thiamin 1.3 %
  Zinc 2.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

(’s Recipe Calculator)

Blackberry~Basilana Smoothie

“It’s whats for dinner!”

Blackberry~Basilana Smoothie
1 Banana
1 C Blackberries
3/4 C Coconut Milk
About 1/4 C Basil


Blend & enjoy!


Yup, you guessed it!  I had to make “the girls” their own just to keep them out of my glass!

Silly girls, smoothies are for people!

"The Girls" (Lil Roo & Auhmi)


“Spaghetti” Under Clams

You’re in luck today!  Two posts in one day!  I guess that helps make up a bit when I’ve been slacking!  I hope you enjoy this one!

Tonight’s dinner, Gluten Free, was a soft spaghetti squash under a mountain over bettered garlic clams with scallion.  I had never tried spaghetti squash before.  I’ve taken a quick liking to it!  It was interesting how when I sliced it, the strings just about fell out!  I didn’t realize how easy this was!

I usually make this over real spaghetti but I’ve transitioned to a mostly gluten-free diet.

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“Spaghetti” Under Clams (for lack of a better name)


1 Large Spaghetti Squash

Cook at 400 degrees for about an hour.

Remove from oven and let cool while you make clams.

When clams are ready, scoop seeds out of squash,  remove “spaghetti,”  and separate into 3-4 dishes.

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2 Cans Whole Clams (or 8 ounces fresh shucked clams)

4 T Butter

2 Stems Scallion (Green Onion)

1-2 tsp Garlic Powder (or 1 clove fresh minced)

Melt butter in pan, add garlic, scallion, and clams.

Warm on low heat for about 7 minutes.

Pour over “spaghetti”