Sunday, April 4, 2010

April 4, 2010



 Breakfast
Chocolate Ice Cream Pie
serves 1 ~ $1.20 per pie

crust

1/4 cup nuts ($.50)
1/4 cup raisins ($.50)
pinch salt

ice cream

1/2 cup any banana based ice cream (I used chocolate) ($.20)

Yep, I'm all about the breakfast pies lately! But really, this ice cream pie is just banana and some nuts and raisins ... a pretty good choice, I think.

Banana ice cream in any flavor can be made easily with frozen bananas and the desired flavorings. The bananas are so sweet they don't need any added sweetener. Just cut bananas into chunks and freeze them. Then puree in a blender with just enough water to blend until smooth. Freeze for a bit longer if a firmer ice cream is desired.
The crust is simply the nuts, raisins, and a pinch of salt done in the food processor until ground and it starts sticking together.

I made the ice cream and just poured it into the pie shell and froze the whole thing for a few hours.


calories: 435
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 68 gr
protein: 8 gr
 
 
Lunch
Mango Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.32 per serving

1 mango ($1.49)
1 cucumber ($.69)
1 onion ($.05)
1 tablespoon olive oil ($.10)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon agave or 2 dates ($.10)
1 head romaine ($2.29)
1 jalapeno
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes

This is sweet and savory and with just a bit of spice.

In a blender or food processor, puree half the mango, half the cucumber, half of the onion, and the olive oil, vinegar, and agave or dates. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Chop the lettuce and the remaining mango, cucumber, and onion. Toss and add the dressing. Sprinkle some finely chopped jalapeno and red pepper flakes on top.

 

calories: 252
fat: 7 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 7 gr

Dinner
Cream of Broccoli Mushroom Soup
serves 2 ~ $2.61 per serving

1 head broccoli, chopped ($.89)
10 ounces mushrooms, sliced ($2.49)
1 medium onion, chopped ($.05)
1 tablespoon olive oil ($.10)
1 tablespoon agave or other sweetener ($.10)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar ($.10)
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch of basil

1 avocado ($1.49)
1 1/2 cups water
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

To make this creamy and hearty, the veggies are marinated and dehydrated just a bit before making the soup. Chop the broccoli and onions and add it, along with the sliced mushrooms, to a container. Whisk together the olive oil, agave, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and a touch of basil. Pour over the vegetables and shake or toss to coat. Let marinate for about a half hour. Then pour into solid dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for about another hour.

To make the soup, set aside about a quarter of the marinated vegetables. Take the rest and put in the blender with the avocado and water. Puree until very smooth. Salt and pepper to taste if need, and top with the reserved marinated vegetables and a bit of red pepper flakes.

 

calories: 320
fat: 22 gr
carbs: 30 gr
protein: 9 gr

Dessert
Chocolate Nests
serves 4 ~ $.54 per serving

nests

1 cup shredded coconut ($1.00)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted ($.15)
1 tablespoon cacao powder ($.20)

"eggs"

1/4 cup nuts ($.50)
1/4 cup dehydrated bananas ($.05)
pinch of salt

I thought about doing something special for Easter, but really, any raw food dish is suitable for a holiday dinner. But I had to do something, and these chocolate nests are it.

They're very simple. Whisk together the coconut oil, agave, and cacao powder and pour over the shredded coconut. Stir to cover. On waxed paper, make little nest shapes out of this and then pop them into the freezer for a few minutes to harden. 

For the eggs, dehydrate some bananas (or use dates or raisins) and process in a food processor with an "S" blade until the mixture becomes sticky. Mold into egg shapes and put int nests. The coconut oil chocolate will melt at temperatures over 76 degrees, so these really should be in the fridge until ready to serve. Cacao butter chocolate wouldn't have that problem (I'll be making some cacao butter chocolate soon!).

 

calories: 316
fat: 24 gr
carbs: 29 gr
protein: 3 gr


Total cost for the day: $6.67
total calories: 1,323
total fat: 72 gr
total carb: 172 gr
total protein: 27 gr
 
 
 
And the winner of the eBook giveaway is ... drum roll please ...


Happy Easter

16 comments:

  1. I love that you eat pie for breakfast! Those nests look really great too.

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  2. THE NESTS ARE ADORABLE!! Happy Easter :)

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  3. You are always inspiring Lisa - I especially love the nests :-)

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  4. Your chocolate nests are adorable. I love them. The soup is making me so hungry!

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  5. Another fabulous menu. I had chocolate for breakfast, too. Can't wait to make the mango salad, so I can puree some mango up for Hayden in the process.

    Your chocolate nests are so much cuter than my salads :-)

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  6. those nests are incredible!!!!! i am curious as to where you find some of your products. i haven't really priced out how much cacao butter would be per serving but i am wondering if you shop around to get the cheapest, etc. perhaps you go into that in your book?

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  7. Those are insane and they look incredibly delish! :D

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  8. My lord woman! You are incredible... I love the whole menu, but those nests are outta this world!

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  9. Bitt, I haven't gotten really into the raw cacao butter yet. It's about $1 - $1.30 per ounce ... which is a whole lot more than coconut oil and would raise the cost accordingly ... but, it really is quite a bit better as far as chocolate making.

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  10. What a cute dessert idea! These nests would make a great party nibble.

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  11. Hey Lisa, I purchased your e-book but there's no link. I'll keep checking my e-mail. Thanks!

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  12. Great book! I just blogged a little blurp about it. Thanks again!

    http://bestrawrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/04/great-e-book-and-site.html

    Nicole

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  13. Um, hello! Everything looks so amazing! That mango salad - wow! And the nests, love 'em!

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  14. nice eats! and the nests, i have been making something i call raw chocolate coconut snowballs...same concept. and yes, so easy!

    love the first set of pics...that looks so good!

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  16. Fantastic menu.
    I love the breakfast pie idea. I can see myself making that for a lovely weekend brunch with friends. And the nests...beautiful, impressive and creative.

    I love your blog!

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