Monday, December 26, 2011

December 25, 2011

Strawberry Blue Concrete

serves 2 ~ $1.45 per serving

 3 bananas, sliced and frozen ($.60)
1 1/2 cups strawberries, frozen ($1.69)
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen ($.60)
stevia and/or agave, to taste

 A "concrete" is a very thick shake ... thick enough to have to eat it with a spoon. 

In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the frozen bananas until creamy. Add water as needed until the mixture is a thick, soft serve ice cream consistency. Add about half the frozen strawberries and process again until smooth. Add a couple droppers of stevia and/or agave, until you like the level of sweetness. You may not need any sweetener at all if you use very ripe bananas.

Spoon out and set aside about half the mixture. Then, add more frozen strawberries to what remains, and process again until smooth. Spoon out and set aside about half of this mixture, as well. Finally, add the frozen blueberries to what is left and process again until smooth.

Layer the different mixtures in a glass. And don't forget a spoon!

calories: 262
fat: 1 gr
carbs: 65 gr
protein: 3 gr
Mimi Kirk's Simple Mediterranean Salad
serves 2 ~ $3.82 per serving

4 firm heirloom tomatoes or slightly green tomatoes, cut into wedges ($3.00)
2 sweet red or yellow peppers, seeded, cored, and sliced into thin strips ($2.10)
1small or 1/2 medium sweet onion or red onion, sliced into strips ($.10)
1/2 cucumber, coarsely diced ($.25)
1 cup raw olives, pitted ($1.59)
good quality extra-virgin olive oil ($.30)
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.30)
himalayan or celtic sea salt, to taste
freshly milled pepper to taste

This recipe is from Mimi Kirk's wonderful new book, Live Raw. This is one of the best raw food books I've read. Mimi's recipes are elegant and gourmet, but they're also very simple and easy to make.

To make the Simple Mediterranean Salad ... place the vegetables in a bowl and sprinkle generously with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. Let salad rest for 15-20 minutes to meld flavors together.

Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if necessary. Flavors should be lemony and light. 
Serve on chilled lettuce leaves.

calories: 274
fat: 20 gr
carbs: 19 gr
protein: 5 gr 

Zucchini Mushroom Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.91 per serving

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

2 tablespoon olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.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.

calories: 334
fat: 20 gr
carbs: 19 gr
protein: 9 gr
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.

calories: 148 (per date)
fat: 9 gr
carbs: 15 gr
protein: 3 gr 
Da Da Daiquiri
serves 2 ~ $1.49 per serving

juice from 1 lime ($.69)
1 cup strawberries ($1.29)
1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed ($.70)
1 tablespoon agave or sweetener of choice ($.20)
2-3 tablespoons sparkling soda water ($.10)
a few mint leaves

I've never liked alcohol, but have always had a fascination with the ritual and accessories that goes along with drinking ... I even collected antique wine glasses for a while. Mimi has a "Mocktails" section in her new book, and, wow, are there some great recipes and ideas. They've even sparked my urge to collect again!  

To make the Da Da Daiquiri, blend all ingredients except ice in a blender. Pour into ice-filled jar with a lid and shake several times. Pour into glass through a strainer. Garnish with a piece of orange on a skewer.

calories: 133
fat: 1 gr
carbs: 34 gr
protein: 2 gr 
Total cost for the day: $9.89
total calories:  1,151
total fat: 51 gr
total carb: 89 gr
total protein: 22 gr
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays & a wonderful New Year!


  1. I've been thinking about those stuffed dates since I read your post the other day. I think I'm going to have to make them! I wonder if the cashew cream will freeze if I made a few a head and store them in the freezer...Have you ever tried that?

  2. Hi veggiev :) I haven't tried freezing the cahsew cream (it never lasts long enough around here!), so I'm not sure. If you try it, let me know how it works out!



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