Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010


Breakfast
Pistachio Ice Cream
serves 2 ~ $1.19

1 ripe avocado ($.88)
4 ripe bananas ($.60)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ($.20)
pinch salt
1/4 cup pistachios ($.50)

Fruit and nuts. That's all this is, but it feels like a treat ... and I think it makes a perfect breakfast. 

In a food processor with the "S" blade, puree the avocado, bananas, agave, vanilla, and salt until very smooth. This will take a few minutes. Process in an ice cream maker until the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Fold in the pistachios and freeze until firm.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, just freeze the puree and stir every half hour or so until it's firm, adding the pistachios just before firm.

 
calories: 552
fat: 22 gr
carbs: 92 gr
protein: 8 gr
 

Lunch
Vegetable Noodle Stew
serves 2 ~ $1.66 per serving

1 ripe avocado ($.88)
2 tomatoes ($1.00)
4 carrots ($.50)
1 onion, finely diced ($.05)
3 stalks celery, finely diced ($.30)
1 medium zucchini ($.59)
1 1/2 cup water for blending
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes
olive oil for drizzling

This is my new addiction. Maybe it's the cold, rainy weather we've been having, but right now this is almost better than chocolate. Is there anything really better than chocolate?

I still have a freezer half full of frozen tomatoes from my garden last year, and I've used them here. In season, we sell our veganic tomatoes two for a dollar straight out of our garden and that's the price I've used here. It's quite a low price, but it's such a fulfilling thing to grow food. This time if year, though, tomatoes are still quite expensive in the stores. I talk about freezing and preserving produce for raw in my ebook, which is available to the right. I've really gotten a lot out of our raw, frozen produce this winter.

In a blender, puree until smooth the avocado, tomatoes, carrots, half the onion, and two stalks of celery. Add as much water as you like to create the desired consistency. I made mine thick and it was very much like a stew. Finely dice the other half of the onion and the remaining celery. Slice the zucchini into noodles using a vegetable slicer or spiral slicer. I slice the zucchini lengthwise and then use a vegetable peeler to shave off fettuccine sized noodles.

Divide the soup between bowls, salt and pepper to taste, and stir in the diced onion and celery and the noodles. Drizzle with a teaspoon or so of olive oil and some red pepper flakes, if desired. Extra yumminess can be had by marinating the zucchini noodles for a few hours using the same marinade recipe I've used for the fruit kebabs below.
 

calories: 292
fat: 15 gr
carbs: 38 gr
protein: 8 gr
 

Dinner
Dandelion Green Salad
serves 2 ~ $1.91 per serving

dandelion greens
1 head green leaf lettuce ($.2.29)
1 avocado ($.88)
1 medium onion ($.05)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ($.20)

I'm amazed at how many edibles are in my yard. Right now, it's excellent dandelion weather. Dandelion greens are pretty easy to identify, but if unsure, please research what plants are edible and which are not. Dandelion greens can also be found in places like Whole Foods, or can be grown in the garden from seed.

To makes the salad, rinse the dandelion greens and chop the lettuce. Chop the avocado and thinly slice the onion and add. Toss with a simple dressing of olive oil, agave, and apple cider vinegar whisked together. Salt and pepper to taste.

 

calories: 419
fat: 30 gr
carbs: 41 gr
protein: 7 gr
 

Dessert
Fruit Kebabs
serves 2 ~ $2.14 per serving

1 lb strawberries ($1.89)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 mango ($1.49)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

I usually think fruit is perfect as it is, but this is perfect for when I'm in the mood for something a little different.

Chop the fruit and put on wooden skewers. Whisk together the olive oil, agave, vinegar, and red pepper flakes and marinate the kebabs for about an hour. The dehydrate for another couple hours until the fruit has started to soften and has warmed.

 

Total cost for the day: $6.90
total calories: 1,748
total fat: 82 gr 
total carb: 264 gr 
total protein: 27 gr

Something New
Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!) 
... Chocolate!

I've been working on a raw chocolate eBook! I've always been fascinated by chocolate ~ such an interesting subject; romantic, sensual, magic, ancient. There's  even a Mayan hieroglyph symbol for cacao (I've used that symbol on the cover). In this eBook, there are 33 recipes that are practical, economical, and easy to make, but also beautiful, elegant, and delicious. I'm including the cost and nutritional information for each recipe, lots of useful info on chocolate making ... and some fun and creative ideas for using raw cacao powder and other raw chocolate making ingredients ... like nibs and cacao butter. Have you ever made a chocolate balloon? You can now!
The eBook will be available and delivered June 21st, which is the Summer Solstice ... but is available now at a discounted preorder price of $10.00 (after June 21st, the price will be $14.00).

 
 
So noble a confection, more than nectar & ambrosia, the true food of the gods. ~ Bachot, 1662


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Thank you everyone for your kind wishes about my dad, I think he's getting better.

13 comments:

  1. Oh yay! I'm excited about the ebook! Will you by any chance be putting up a listing of the recipes to tantalize us at some point? The first one was so good, I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on this one too. :-)

    Also in the process of making your scoopable ice cream - the chocolate version this morning. It's chugging away in my ice cream maker right now. Who on earth would have thought I'd be eating ice cream for breakfast??

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  2. The menus keep getting better and better. I am a huge fan of n'ice cream for breakfast!

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  3. Wow, when you can have ice cream for breakfast, life is good! ;0))

    Cant wait to get a copy of your ebook!

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  4. I think this might be your best menu yet! I've got to have some of that icecream ... and I definitely need a copy of your chocolate ebook xx

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  5. Ooh, this menu looks particularly delicious! Ice cream for breaky! How awesome!

    The chocolate book sounds great! Not many books include the nutritional info/cost.

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  6. Oh man, everything looks soooooo delicious. Especially the raw pistachio ice cream. Pistachio ice cream is one of my favorites, but I've never had to raw before. Mmm. :D

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  7. This is a wonderful menu. Love the ice cream for breakfast.

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  8. These recipes look so good. I have already made the chocolate avocado ice cream and I look forward to trying this one as well. And the soup looks divine! I have an innocent question. Does anyone eat this way everyday? This amount of food/these recipes? I am just wondering how you feel if you do. The calories and fat, etc., look good but am wondering if you get enough nutrients. I'd love to hear feedback. Thanks!

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  9. What a beautiful, useful and tasty is your site.
    I am glad that I found you.
    Excellent work!
    Congratulations!

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  10. Great point about freezing my extra veggies, thanks for the tip! Glad your dad is doing better.

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  11. I have been lurking on your blog but wanted to post that I am thrilled that your dad is feeling better. andra

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  12. Yum! I can't wait to try the soup. Looks and sounds delish! Everything does. lol! ;)

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  13. Great stuff as always. Could you tell me how to freeze tomatoes? I would love to do that!
    xo,
    k

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