Monday, March 7, 2011

March 6, 2011

Avocado Apple Pudding
serves 1 ~ $1.48 per serving

1 avocado ($.88)
1 apple, peeled and chopped ($.50)
1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
1 dropper stevia

This is really filling, really fresh, and really simple. Just process all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the "S" blade until smooth.

Pineapple Stir Fry
serves 2 ~ $3.47 per serving

1 head broccoli, chopped into florets ($1.29)
1 small pineapple, cut into chunks ($3.00)
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced ($.25)
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced ($1.00)
1 carrot, peeled and shaved ($.10)
1 cup snow peas ($.50)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
3 tablespoons agave ($.30)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.30)

This is light but also hearty and quite filling, especially served warm straight from the dehydrator.

Prepare the fruit and vegetables as directed above. In a small cup, whisk together the olive oil, agave, and balsamic vinegar. In a medium bowl, pour the mixture over the fruit and vegetables and stir to coat. Spread out on a lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for about 2 hours, or until softened and warmed through.

Zucchini Mushroom Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.81 per serving

1 zucchini ($.50)
8 oz mushrooms ($1.88)

1 tablespoon olive oil ($.10)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)

1 bag spinach ($1.89)
1 medium red onion ($.25)
1 grapefruit ($.60)

Peel the zucchini and slice into slabs or wedges about 1/4 inch thick. Put in a bowl along with the mushrooms. In a small cup, whisk together the olive oil, agave. and balsamic vinegar and pour over the zucchini slices and mushrooms. Toss to coat. Spread out on a lined dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for about 2 hours, until softened a bit and warm.

Arrange spinach on plate. Add thinly sliced red onion and grapefruit sections. Top with the warmed mushrooms and zucchini.

Stuffed Dates
makes 12 dates ~ $.22 each

1/2 cup cashews ($.50)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 dates ($2.00)

candied pecans
In a small, bullet type blender, process the cashews, water, agave, and salt until smooth and the constancy of thick cream. Refrigerate for about an hour to let it firm. 

Once firm, split each date and add a dollop of cashew cream to the center. Top with a candied pecan.

Candied pecans are simple to make. Just coat pecans with a generous amount of agave, with a pinch of salt and a pinch of cayenne. Then spread them out on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate overnight. The agave will be liquid when they're warm, but will harden up quite a bit as they cool.

"From small beginnings come great things." 

This is a newly sprouted 4th of July tomato seeding. It's amazing how just one tiny seed (about $.20 per seed, from Burpee) can grow into a plant that could produce many pounds of tomatoes ... which are as much as $2.99 a lb in the stores. That's quite a return on investment!

Not only that, but this is a super early, forty nine day tomato. My birthday is June 25th. Every year my Holy Grail of tomato growing is to have ripe tomatoes on my birthday. This year may be the one.

In addition to several different types of tomatoes, I've started arugula, kale, lettuces, cabbages, other greens, and bell peppers ... and will be starting Moonflowers today. 


Dollar Seed is sponsoring a seed giveaway for my readers. There are three different giveaways.

1) For the gardener who can't wait! ~ The Sprouts
All certified Organic - Alfalfa, Broccoli DiCiccio, Daikon Radish, Red Clover and Soybeans.
2) The Tomato Lover
Tomatillo (paper tomato), Beefsteak, Pink Brandy-wine Heirloom, Sweet Cherry Mix, and Roma
3) The Three Sisters Garden
Corn - Super-sweet Sh2 & Silver King Hybrids
Squash - Acorn, Black Zucchini, Butternut, Hubbard, Spaghetti, Yellow Straight-neck
Beans - Blue Lake Pole, Kentucky Wonder Pole, Yellow Wax Bush.

To enter, just leave a comment below. 

For extra entries ... 

  • Visit Dollar Seed and tell me something about their website in a comment below.
  • Tweet, Facebook, or blog this giveaway (one comment for each).
  • Follow this blog  & let me know.
Deadline is next Sunday, March 13, at 10 PM est.


  1. Another wonderful menu. Thank you for sharing.
    I can't tell you how many of your recipes I have made.

  2. Yumm! The pineapple stir-fry sounds delicious! I made your brocoli mushroom stir-fry the other day and fell in love. Have made it twice since!

  3. Wow, those stuffed dates look really tasty!

  4. It's really awesome that all of Dollar Seeds' seeds aren't GMO.

  5. love the stuffed dates! i grew 4th of july tomatoes my first year. i called them 14th of july tomatoes because that's when they were ready. hopefully you have better luck!=)

    great giveaway!

  6. i learned they give away their leftover seeds to pantry growers.

  7. beautiful meals!!! i am so loving the pineapple and stir fry and the mushroom and zucchini salad!!! you are just so wonderfully creative!


  8. i wasn't going to enter this contest...but i definitely want to...

    i have been a follower since, i believe, last year!

    and i think you're fabulous!


  9. You are so creative with your meals, thank you for your inspiration!!
    I can't wait to start my garden again this year, and looking at DollarSeed I saw so many things to think about growing this year. Artichoke and kale would top my list for sure!

  10. I have been a "subscriber" for some time, but today I decided to "follow" to enter this AMAZING giveaway. I really appreciate how Dollar Seed doesn't have GMO seeds like so many that are for sale in the big Home and Garden stores. My garden would be happy with Dollar seeds ;)

  11. This menu looks so awesome! I love that you are dehydrating the meals for a few hours. I am definately going to give this a try this week. I am so excited for my garden this year. I love that DollarSeed packs there seeds in ziploc bags so you can easily share with friends or family:)

  12. I visit your blog very often - actually you helped me to transition into a raw foods diet :) So, thank you!!


  13. What a great giveaway... I'm anxiously anticipating getting veggie seeds for a garden on my balcony.

    Dollar Seed products are non GMO and while only the sprouting seeds are certified organic most have been grown to certification standards. Very cool!

  14. I follow this blog. And that is my comment above... didn't realize I wasn't signed into Google.

  15. I tweeted (@becomingsarah).

  16. And I Facebooked it too! Phew. All done. :) And now realize that I was only logged into Google for these last two. Ah well.

  17. Very cool contest and blog! Great information!

  18. Awesome! I love this site, and especially love seeing gardening stuff here. I am pretty new to raw, and this is my first year really trying to garden for food production... very excited about the prospects.

  19. Wonderful, I know what I will be adding to my next stir fry, why have I never added pineapple! Thanks!

  20. Great post, love the recipes.
    Love the giveaway. Just finished planting my first square foot garden today!! Yeah!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  21. I follow and LOVE your blog.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  22. I learned about soil nutrition--great chart on their site!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  23. Thanks for the contest.. I visited the seed site.. um... I noticed that seeds are on sale at the moment for $0.90 :)

  24. Excellent menu! I pass along the "One Lovely Blog Award" to you!

  25. Thank you SO much for your lovely blog. I recently started a green juice diet and cutting out acid-forming foods. It is day 3 and I need recipes that look and taste good. You have no idea how much you're helping me right now - so thank you!


  26. It all looks delicious!! I have everything for the pineapple stir-fry...guess what I'm having for lunch! :-)

  27. I just found you recently and have been anxiously awaiting new posts! Your recipes are so inspiring! Thank you!

  28. The Dollar Seed has amazing prices on their products...will have to use them this year!
    LOVE your blog too!

  29. love the stuffed date idea! Yummy! I would love to be entered into the giveaway. Thanks!

  30. I learned they're having a 10% off sale till April 1st, which makes their seed packets only $0.90 each! Such a steal!

  31. Dave has amazing vision - the Marigolds Across America project is awesome! A fun story how it started - and I'm ordering seeds from them - terrific price, great folks. Thanks for bringing there site to our attention - all us gardens are throwing rose petals your way (edible, of course!)! I'm making the Avo-Apple right now :)

  32. Follow your blog and I couldn't live without your guidance :) You have saved my sanity so many times!

  33. Shared the blog on facebook as well!!

  34. the avocado apple pudding looks so good! :)

  35. I really love sprouts, I would make a million if I won!

  36. i really like how they have their seeds affordable! thats so nice for people trying to grow their own food one a tight budget!

  37. i read your blog often and follow you on Google friend Connect!

  38. i look forward to your menus each week!
    thanks for posting!

  39. Deana ( 9, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Seed junkie in NEED of more!!!

  40. They are having a great sale until April 1st! Going to stock up right now!

  41. I would love to win these seeds!!! What a great giveaway!!!!

  42. Just subscribed to you blog!!!

  43. Mmmm ... everything is so colorful today. It's got me craving that stir fry. So good :-)

  44. We look forward to your weekly menus :D My 12yo son loves green vegetables and he is especially excited about ordering the blue lake green beans from Dollar Seeds! and they are fantastic RAW! What a deal at 90 cents! :D Thanks so much for sharing!

  45. I made the Pineapple Stir Fry today. Holy. Cow. Absolutely wonderful! Your blog has been pivital to me as I'm starting to explore more raw veganism. Here's a link if you're interested - I talk about your blog and have pictures of my attempt at your recipe. Thank you so much!

  46. What a lovely blog!!!
    I'm a raw food begginer and your recipies help me a lot.
    I'm going to follow your blog from Spain.

  47. Those dates looks so good! (and so does that stir fry!)

  48. Love your cute menu image. Thanks for the giveaway!

    On the Dollar Seed website, I learned the six rules to sprouting:
    1. Rinse often (2-3 times/day).
    2. Keep them moist, not wet.
    3. Keep them at room temperature.
    4. Give them air to breathe.
    5. Don't grow too many in one container.
    6. Keep them in a dark place.
    Currently, I am breaking rules 1, 2, 4, and 5. Whoops.

    I reblogged here:

  49. I enjoyed reading it. I require to study more on this topic. Thanks for sharing a nice info..Any way I'm going to subscribe for your feed and I hope you post again soon.



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