Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chocolate Cherry Dipped Brownie Hearts: Raw Food Dessert Recipe For Valentine's or Any Other Day!



What? Valentine's Day is long past? Or passed ... ? Either way, it's over. I discovered that my fancy new camera makes much larger video files than the old one, so my planned video recipe for Valentine's Day was postponed until I also upgraded to a new computer ... which can now handle just about anything I ask of it. Yay :)

So, better late than never, here is a recipe and recipe video for Chocolate Cherry Dipped Brownie Hearts. They're a healthy treat for you or your sweetie any day of the year :)






ingredients:

brownies
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • pinch salt

chocolate dip
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground coconut palm crystals


Place all brownie ingredients into a food processor fitted with an "S" blade. Process until finely ground and mixture begins to stick together. Sprinkle a little cacao powder on parchment paper and roll out the brownie "dough." Use cookie cutters or a similar tool to cut shapes. Hearts are nice!

Place brownies in the freezer to firm, and make the chocolate dip!

Mix together all the chocolate dip ingredients. Dipped the chilled hearts in the chocolate dip, coating the bottom, then place on a plate in the freezer to harden. Pour any unused chocolate into candy molds.

And here's the recipe video! My other passion, beside healthy vegan food, is art ... so the second half of the video is a short painting "tutorial-ish" kind of thing.





xoxo




 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Raw Food Recipe Menu: April 13, 2014






Breakfast
Awesome Rawsome Applesauce

serves 4 ~ $1.50 per serving






ingredients
  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped ($5.00)
  • 8 dates (soaked if necessary) ($.80)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice ($.20)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process all ingredients until mostly smooth and saucy. Let it go a little longer if you like smoother applesauce, and less if you're in the mood for chunky. That's it. Any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.

nutritional information: calories: 298 fat: 0 gr carbs: 85 gr protein: 1 gr




Lunch
Avocado Soup

2 servings ~ $1.52 per serving



ingredients
  • 1 avocado ($1.49)
  • 1 cup nut milk ($.40)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 onion ($.25)
  • 1 clove garlic ($.10)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper ($.40)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas) ($.30)
  • 1 tsp olive oil ($.10)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Avocado soups are among my favorite raw soups, and the options are pretty much endless.

For this soup, which makes two large servings, place a peeled avocado, nut milk, water, half the onion, and the clove of garlic in a blender. Puree until very smooth.

Add the chopped onion and pepper, and sprinkle with pepitas. Salt and pepper to taste, and add an optional drizzle of olive oil.



nutritional information: calories: 301 fat: 21 gr carbs: 28 gr protein: 6 gr


Lunch
Strawberry Salad
serves 2 ~ $195 per serving 






ingredients
  • 1/2 head romaine ($.95)
  • dandelion and other greens
  • 3/4 lb strawberries ($1.12)
  • 6 radishes ($.30)
  • 1 medium onion ($.05)
  • 1 avocado ($.88)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
  • 2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Chop the romaine and greens. Toss with the onion, radish, strawberries, and avocado. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, agave, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. If you'd like the dressing emulsified, add the oil slowly as you whisk. Spoon over salads.

nutritional information: calories: 449 fat: 37 gr carbs: 51 gr protein: 6 gr




Dessert
Chocolate Orange Truffles
three truffles per serving ~ $.38 per truffle 







ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds ($5.00)
  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped ($3.00)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder ($1.00)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ($.05)
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract ($.05)
  • Cocoa powder for rolling

directions
  • In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the almonds until finely ground. This takes about a minute.
  • Add in the pitted and chopped dates, cocoa powder, vanilla and orange extract.
  • Process again until the mixture begins to clump together.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop out even sized balls, and roll between hands to shape.
  • For the final finish, roll each truffle lightly in cocoa powder.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 24 truffles.


nutritional information: calories: 315 fat: 18 gr carb: 36 gr protein: 9 gr




Total cost for the day: $6.49
total calories: 1,126
total fat: 74 gr
total carb: 200 gr
total protein: 22 gr

Monday, April 7, 2014

Raw Food Recipe Menu: April 6, 2014



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Breakfast
Wild Green Smoothie
serves 1 ~ ($.80 per serving)

big handful dandelion greens
2 bananas, frozen ($.30)
1 orange ($.50)
1 cup water
8 ice cubes

The word Dandelion comes from the French, Dent de Lion ... teeth of the lion. That's an old dandelion seed packet above. The jagged, tooth-like leaves, and yellow flowers are super easy to identify (top photo) and it grows nearly everywhere throughout spring and summer. Whenever foraging for wild edibles, just be certain you know what you're picking. Be familiar with what's edible but also what may be toxic or poisonous.

For this morning drink, I just put all the ingredients in a blender and pureed until smooth.


calories: 314
fat: 2 gr
carbs: 78 gr
protein: 7 gr

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Lunch
Mango Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.32 per serving

1 mango, diced ($.98)
1 avocado, diced ($.88)
1 medium onion, finely chopped ($.20)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1 tablespoon agave or other sweetener ($.10)
juice of one lime ($.69)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bunch leaf lettuce ($1.69)
microgreens

I also love spicy and sweet together, like the mango and cayenne that tops this salad. For this salad, I chopped the avocado, mango, and onion, and added the olive oil, agave, lime juice, salt, pepper, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. I mixed this well and let stand and somewhat marinate for a few minutes. Then I spooned it over a bed of leaf lettuce and dandelion greens. I planted the microgreens in a flat with an inch or so of potting soil and snipped them off about 8 days later.

 

calories: 362
fat: 22 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 6 gr

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Dinner
Greens and Grapes
serves 2 ~ $1.62 per serving

1 bunch mixed greens ($1.69)
1 cup green and red grapes ($.45)
1 medium onion, sliced ($.20)
1/4 cup walnuts ($.30)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave or other sweetener ($.20)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ($.20)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


This is a pretty and fairly light salad that was perfect for a summer dinner.

I put the grapes, walnuts, and onions on a bed of mixed greens and dressed them with a basic vinaigrette of olive oil, agave, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic whisked together until emulsified.

 

calories: 390
fat: 24 gr
carbs: 46 gr
protein: 7 gr

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Dessert
Mango Ice Cream
serves 4 ~  $.84 per serving

2 mangoes ($1.96)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 avocado ($.88)
2 tablespoons agave or other sweetener ($.20)
1/2 to 1 cup water for blending
pinch salt

Raw ice creams seem almost too good to be true. I'm still amazed at how healthy and delicious these are, and yet so incredibly simple to make. 

This can be made in a food processor with an "S" blade or blender, either one. Puree all ingredients until very smooth, then process in an ice cream maker until firm. If you don't have an ice cream maker, just place in the freezer and stir every so often until firm.

 

calories: 230
fat: 8 gr
carbs: 58 gr
protein: 2 gr

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Total cost for the day: $5.58
total calories: 1,296
total fat: 56 gr
total carb: 227 gr
total protein: 22 gr

Monday, March 31, 2014

Raw Food Recipe Menu: March 30, 2014

 
Breakfast
Banana Splits
serves 2 ~ $.59 per serving
2 bananas ($.30)
1/4 lb strawberries ($.37)
1 tablespoon fine coconut flakes ($.05)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted ($.05)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder ($.20)
pinch salt
I'm totally in favor of the desert for breakfast idea! Strawberries are starting to come into season here, so it makes it easy to have an awesome breakfast.
Just quarter the bananas and divide between two bowls. Add sliced strawberries and sprinkle with coconut flakes. In a small cup, mix together the coconut oil, agave, cacao powder, and salt until it's like a chocolate syrup. Spoon over the fruit. If the fruit is cold, the chocolate syrup will harden up almost immediately. If not, just stick in the fridge until it does.
 
calories: 311
fat: 17 gr
carbs: 55 gr
protein: 2 gr
 
Lunch
Strawberry Salad
serves 2 ~ $1.95 per serving
1/2 head romaine ($.95)
dandelion and other greens
3/4 lb strawberries ($1.12)
6 radishes ($.30)
1 medium onion ($.05)
1 avocado ($.88)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Chop the romaine and greens. Toss with the onion, radish, strawberries, and avocado. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, agave, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. If you'd like the dressing emulsified, add the oil slowly as you whisk. Spoon over salads.
 
calories: 449
fat: 37 gr
carbs: 51 gr
protein: 6 gr
 
Dinner
Spring Noodles
serves 2 ~ $1.98 per serving
2 medium zucchini, noodled ($2.30)
1 medium onion, chopped ($.05)
1/2 lb baby snap peas ($.80)
1 carrot, grated ($.10)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ($.20)
2 cloves garlic, pressed ($.10)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
noodled verb: to improvise, experiment, or think creatively; to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment
 
I used to think breaded and fried was the only way to eat zucchini. Now, I'm totally into raw zucchini noodles. They're so easy to make and have a wonderful but mild flavor of their own, so they work well with just about everything. 
Make noodles out the zucchini with a spiralizer, grater, or with a vegetable peeler. Toss the noodles together with the whole snap peas, chopped onion, and grated carrot. In a small cup, whisk together the oil, agave, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss with the noodles until coated. These can be served as is, or marinated for an hour or so, or gently dehydrated for a bit.
 
calories: 343
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 46 gr
protein: 10 gr
 
Dessert
Mango Cheese Cake
3 servings ~ $1.48 per serving
1/2 cup walnuts ($1.00)
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds ($.15)
10 dates ($1.00)
1 tablespoon coconut oil ($.05)
pinch salt
1 avocado ($.88)
2 ripe bananas ($.30)
1 mango ($1.49)
juice of one lemon ($.59)
1 tablespoon coconut oil ($.05)
4 tablespoons agave ($.40)
I'm not sure this can rightly be called a cheese cake. The filling is nut free, and the crust uses just a bit of walnuts. It's creamy and sweet and just a bit sour. Whatever its rightful name, it's delicious!
In a food processor with an "S" blade, process the walnuts, ground flax seeds, dates, and coconut oil until the mix will stick together. This can take a couple minutes. Press this crust mix into the bottom of an 8" pie pan or spring form pan, or whatever container you prefer. I used five inch pans which made two pies that could be shared.
In the food processor, again with the "S" blade, process the avocado, banana, mango, lemon juice, and coconut oil until very creamy and smooth, which may take a few minutes. Ripe avocados work best with the recipe.
Pour into the crust lined pan (or pans) and freeze until firm. Let thaw for about 20 minutes before serving.
 
calories: 410
fat: 26 gr
carbs: 29 gr

protein: 5 gr
 

Total cost for the day: $6.98
total calories: 1,513
total fat: 94 gr 
total carb: 161 gr 
total protein: 23 gr

Monday, March 24, 2014

Raw Food Recipe Menu: March 23, 2014

 
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Breakfast
Plum Pie
serves 3 ~ $2.47 per serving

1/2 cup walnuts ($1.00)
1/2 cup raisins ($.85)
3 plums, sliced thinly ($3.00)
3 tablespoons coconut butter ($1.65) 
2 tablespoons coconut nectar ($.40)

banana ice cream ($.50)
blackberry puree

In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the walnuts and raisins until the mixture begins sticking together. Press into a plate, pie plate, or tart pans and chill for several minutes.

In the food processor, again with the "S" blade, process one plum, the coconut butter, and the coconut nectar. When pureed, spread over the pie crust. Place the plum slices on top. 

This goes really well with a bit of banana ice cream and a bit of blackberry puree.

 

calories: 396
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 60 gr
protein: 6 gr


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Lunch
Salad with Blackberry Dressing
serves 2 ~ $1.50 per serving

1 head romaine, chopped ($1.29)
6 leaves kale, chopped ($.50)
2 carrots, shaved or sliced ($.20)
2 ribs celery, sliced ($.20)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons blackberry sauce (see dessert recipe below) ($.50)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ($.10)

salt and pepper to taste

I love blackberries and this is my new favorite salad dressing. And yes, this is the second salad of the day. It's not true that a raw and vegan lifestyle means living on salads, but any healthy diet includes lots of them. It's a good thing they taste so great!

This is a simple salad, assembled with chopped romaine, sliced carrots (I used a vegetable peeler), and sliced celery and onions. The dressing really makes this wonderful, even though it's also incredibly simple. Just puree the blackberry sauce, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar until smooth. This is a small batch, but can be doubled, tripled or more and stored in the fridge for up to a week.

 

calories: 381
fat: 16 gr
carbs: 58 gr
protein: 9 gr
 
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Dinner
Corn Chips and Salsa
serves 2 ~ $2.15 per serving

chips
2 cups corn kernels ($1.30)
1 red bell pepper ($.50)
1 medium onion
1 jalapeno ($.05)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon olive oil for tray

Now I know I really should get a nine tray Excalibur dehydrator. I'd make tons of these chips with it.
To make, just put all ingredients in a food processor fitted with an "S" blade and process until almost smooth. Spread out about 1/8 inch thick on lined dehydrator trays that have been liberally coated with olive oil. Dry for about two hours, then flip and peel the liner off. Dry for another several hours or overnight until dry and crispy. Break into chip sized pieces.

salsa
2 ripe red tomatoes, diced ($1.00)
2 green tomatoes, diced (or tomatillos) ($1.00)
1 medium onion, minced
1 jalapeno, minced ($.05)
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, optional ($.10)
juice of one lime ($.50)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ($.10)
 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Assemble all ingredients and stir to combine. Really, it's that easy. Serve with corn chips.

 

calories: 377
fat: 22 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 9 gr
 
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Dessert
Caramel Apple Pie
serves 6 ~ $1.60 per serving
crust
1 cup walnuts ($3.00)
1 cup raisins ($1.00)

filling
5 apples ($3.00)
1/2 cup raisins ($.50)
4 tablespoons agave ($.40)
4 tablespoons lemon juice ($.40)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ($.10)

caramel
4 tablespoons almond butter ($.80)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
4 tablespoons water

This may possibly be the best apple pie I've ever had. 

Peel and slice the apples into pieces about 1/8 in thick. In a lidded container (I used a zip lock box), toss the apples and 1/2 cup raisins with the agave, lemon juice, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice until well coated. Spread out on a lined dehydrator sheet and dry for about 2 hours, stirring once or twice. This isn't meant to dry the apples, but to soften them and let the flavor intensify.

In a food processor fitted with the "S" blade, process the walnuts and 1 cup raisins until the mix starts to stick together. This takes a couple minutes. Press the mix into the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of an 8 inch spring form pan. Put in the freezer for a half hour to firm. 

In a bullet type blender, puree the almond butter, agave, olive oil, and water until very smooth.

Spoon the apple mixture from the dehydrator into the chilled pie crust and pour the caramel evenly on top. Chill for another half hour, if desired. For extra creamy goodness, serve with a scoop of vanilla banana ice cream.


calories: 462
fat: 24 gr
carbs: 64 gr
protein: 6 gr
 
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Total cost for the day: $7.72
total calories: 1616
total fat: 81 gr
total carb: 227 gr
total protein: 30 gr

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