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.

Instructions:

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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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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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!

Going Places! Raw Flax Crackers

Going places I’ve never gone before.  I will share with you along my journey!

As I mentioned in some of my earlier posts, I have been trying to incorporate more “live foods” (raw) into my diet.  I lost a few pounds a few years ago when I went from eating a S.A.D (Standard American Diet) to eating about 90% raw.  I didn’t get into the more time-consuming or creative aspect of it.  I basically had lots of salads, smoothies, and fresh fruits!

Why raw crackers?  Well, for me, it’s the crunch addiction!  I know that if I can still have things that I enjoy in my diet, it makes changing my way of eating that much easier for me.  If I deprive myself of thing my body craves, I fall of the wagon.  Sometimes it’s hard to get back up.  That’s why I know for me, for my body, I know that I likely would not ever do 100% raw.   Also soaking raw flax and dehydrating at 115 degrees, I know that I’m consuming something live, something raw.

Enough rambling and onto the recipe!

Raw Flax Crackers

Raw Flax Crackers

Raw Flax Crackers (Raw/GF/Veg/Vegan)

Ingredients:

2 C Flax Seed

2 C Water

1 Jalapeno

1/2 Red Pepper

1 T Garlic Powder

3/4 T Onion Powder

1/4 T Sea Salt

Directions:

Soak flax seed in water for  2-3 hours.  It will form a 'gel-like' consistency.

Soak flax seed in water for 2-3 hours. It will form a ‘gel-like’ consistency.

 

Process jalapeano and red pepper til minced.

Process jalapeno and red pepper til minced.

Measure out garlic & onion powder, and sea salt.  Add to minced peppers and add all to gelled flax seed.  Mix til well combined.

Measure out garlic & onion powder, and sea salt. Add to minced peppers and add all to gelled flax-seed. Mix til well combined.

Spread as thin as you can get it on dehydrator trays or parchment paper and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8 hours or until dry and crispy.  Flip over after about 4 hours.

Spread as thin as you can get it on dehydrator trays or parchment paper and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8 hours or until dry and crispy. Flip over after about 4 hours.

Store in an airtight container.  Should keep for about 5 – 7 days.

This recipe is a little on the mild side, if you like really spicy, really hot foods, try adding another jalapeno or a habanero pepper.  For an interesting variation you could also substitute the onion/garlic powder for 2 T of taco seasoning or Chili powder!If you change it up, let me know how it is!

Happy crunching!


Raw Avocado Bites

Raw Avocado Bites

(My take on Avocado “Fries”)

WARNING: VERY ADDICTING!!!

Raw Avocado Bites

Raw Avocado Bites

1 Large Avocado (pitted and diced)
1/3 C Nutritional Yeast
1T Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Mix last 3 ingredients then toss avocado til evenly coated!
Y~U~M!

 

Valentine Avocados & Raw Sauce Recipe!

I just received an amazing, delicious delivery from The Avocado Diva!  Fresh from California ~ Bacon, Pinkerton, and Haas avocados, lemons, sweet limes, and pixie tangerines!  I’ve been trying to incorporate more ‘raw’ into my diet lately, trying to get back up to about 90% for the health benefits!  I know what I’m having for my raw dinner tonight!

If you want to order high quality avocados, the customer service is awesome and products are ALWAYS fresh!  Visit the Diva at: www.avocadodiva.com  They even have an avocado of the month club!

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The Avocado Diva was kind enough to share one of her very own recipes that I’m going to share with YOU!  I hope you like it!

Speaking of health benefits:  By using an avocado – you will add 12-16 grams of protein to your pasta in this recipe! Plus 20 vitamins and minerals – including potassium (3x the amount of bananas!), folate, vitamins K, B6, C & E.

Avocado “Alfredo”Sauce Over Linguini by Brenda Cusik, The Avocado Diva

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of linguini pasta – cooked as per the directions (*for total raw, use spaghetti squash)
2 oil-rich avocados
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 medium lemon
2 – 3 teaspoons of the Diva’s “Avocado Salt” 
fresh ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons avocado oil (or EVOO)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a food processor, put in the avocados (sliced, depitted and skinned).
2. Add garlic, juice from lemon, and zest from 1/2 the lemon, salt and pepper.
3. Pulse all items to chop and combine. Then let it go full force for about 30-45 seconds to make a creamy sauce.
4. As it continues to blend in the food processor – slowly add avocado oil to make a creamy, frothy emulsion.  Stop processing so it does not “break” (the oil comes back out).

Taste and season more if needed.  Pulse to add the seasoning.

Put pasta in a large (non metal) bowl and toss with the avocado “Alfredo” sauce. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6 people

**For a totally raw dish, use spaghetti squash instead of linguine!**

Day 10 Raw Journey; Raw Tomato Soup

Sitting by the cozy pellet stove, watching the snowfall, I thought tonight would be a perfect soup night!

I have a vitamix and making soups in it is very easy.  If you do not have one, you could make this in a blender.  It should warm slightly by putting your blender on high-speed for about 5 or 6 minutes.

The point of “raw” is to not destroy the enzymes by cooking the foods you eat.  As long as food is not heated over 115 degrees, it is still considered raw since the enzymes remain.

I found this super awesome recipe on a raw food site and plan to make some more of their recipes!

Here is the link to the “Smokey Backyard Tomato Soup” I made, you can find the recipe there! ~ Rawfully Tempting ~

The only modification I made was that I added a dab of heavy cream and finished it off with basil and tomato on the top!  I had some leftover I plan on using as a tomato sauce!

Yum!

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Day 7 – Reporting In / Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Hi there,

Today I did not have a smoothie.  I did, however have a salad for lunch!  I bought it at Kobe’s Restaurant.  They have the most amazing ginger salad dressing! If you like ginger of course.  I looked around to find a similar recipe and this is the closest I could come up with.  I will let you know how it comes out when I make it!

I got it from SELF Magazine, Food & Diet.

Here is the link: Carrot-Ginger Dressing

“Carrot-Ginger Dressing
Makes 1/2 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 small carrots, peeled and chooped
  • 1/2 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • PREPARATION

    1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil with 2 tbsp water in a food processor. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil until smooth. Refrigerate; stir once before serving.

    THE SKINNY

    43 calories per tbsp, 2.9 g fat (0.4 g saturated), 3.1 g carbs, 0.4 g fiber, 0.3 g protein”

    And, tada, my lunch!

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    Doesn’t that dressing just look yummy?

Back in the game! Day 6

I have no good excuse for my recent slacking.  My bad.  It doesn’t help any when I don’t get scolded by my readers for not posting my raw for the day.

I’ve done well today.  I had a smoothie this evening and decided I want to try my hardest to only have one cooked meal per day.  I must have said this 100 times!  I REALLY want to do this!  It gets easier the more raw you do.  I’ve done this before and was able to lose 50 pounds back in 2010!  Eating clean and raw is not only healthy and full of nutrients but it gives me so much more energy and clarity.

It’s sometimes difficult on the east coast to find fresh produce when it’s not in season locally.  I am fortunate enough to have a couple of connections and get my citrus shipped from Florida and recently found someone to send me fresh, amazing avocados from California!  (They even have an Avocado of the Month!) You should check out their site sometime!  Click here to visit: Avocado Diva’s link

I went shopping for fresh items I was out of that will make smoothie making that much easier! (Avocado – my fresh from Cali ones will be arriving next week sometime, pineapple, blueberries, bananas, strawberries)

Now I’d just like to find someone who ships more exotic fruit, red grapes, and soursop leaves!  If you know anyone, please leave info in my comment section for me!

So here is what I had today:

Pineapple, strawberries, and spinach!

I have to add my greens because it get too easy for me to pass on veggies if I don’t toss them in!

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I’ve got some yummy ideas coming up this week!