Monday, October 29, 2012

October 28, 2012


Ch-ch-chocolate Chia
serves 2 ~ $1.46 per serving

2 oz chia seeds ($1.56)
2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder ($.40)
2 tablespoons agave or sweetener ($.20)
dash salt
10 oz water
2 tablespoons crushed walnuts ($.25)
2 tablespoons raisins ($.10)
chocolate sauce ($.40)

I have a new favorite food. I'm currently totally enamored with chia seeds right now. They're delicious, nutritious and the recipe possibilities seems just about endless (see below for a great chia seed giveaway!). Also, it helps that they go really well with ch-ch-chocolate.

Put the chia seeds, cacao powder, sweetener and salt in a bowl and cover with the water. Let sit for 15-30 minutes until the chia seeds have gelled. Stir really well, breaking up any lumps, and top with walnuts, raisins and chocolate sauce.

The chocolate sauce is made from equal parts olive oil, agave, and cacao powder.


calories: 328
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 49 gr
protein: 7 gr

Tomato Carrot Soup
serves 2 ~ $1.10 per serving

2 ripe tomatoes ($2.00)
2 carrots ($.20)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

red pepper flake oil

This is a refreshing and very simple soup that's perfect for a hot summer day.

In a blender, puree all ingredients except red pepper flake oil until very smooth. Top with a drizzle of red pepper flake oil and chopped tomatoes and onion, if desired.

Red pepper flake oil is just a cup of olive oil with 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes and a dash of cayenne added. I blend this first and then let sit for a few days so the oil can absorb the flavors. Then, strain though a mesh strainer and keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. It's great on a lot of things.


calories: 356
fat: 28 gr
carbs: 27 gr
protein: 5 gr

Samosas with Mango Sauce
serves 4 ~ $2.05 per serving

1 head cauliflower, chopped ($1.29)
1 yam , chopped ($.50)
1 zucchini, chopped ($.80)
1/4 cup walnuts ($.50)
1/4 cup raisins ($.50)
2 dates ($.40)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup green peas ($.38)
juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoon curry powder ($.50)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium onion, finely minced ($.05)
2 jalapeno, finely minced ($.10)

1 mango ($1.49)
3 tablespoons agave($.30)

This recipe has a few more ingredients that I usually use, but it's still quite easy to put together. It's also not going to taste exactly like a real fried samosa, but it's still spicy and yummy.

In a food processor with an "S" blade, process the cauliflower, yam, zucchini, walnuts, raisins, dates, and garlic until pureed. This is a lot and I processed this in a few batches. Mix together with the rest of the samosa ingredients.

Form into cone shapes or triangular patties and dehydrate for several hours, until the outside is a bit crispy but the inside is still soft. To make the mango sauce, simply puree a peeled and chopped mango with the agave and about a 1/2 cup water until smooth. Serve the samosas with a generous dollop of mango sauce.

calories: 415
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 64 gr
protein: 8 gr

Cherry Banana Pie
 serves 3 ~ $1.35 per serving

3/4 cup walnuts ($.75)
3/4 cup raisins ($.45)
dash salt

3 bananas ($.45)
1/2 lb cherries (1.49)

walnuts ($.30)
chopped cherries ($.40)
carob sauce ($.20)

This is basically a cherry banana ice cream pie.

In a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the walnuts, raisins, and salt until it starts to stick together. Press this into the bottom of pie or tart plates. I used three clear plastic tubs, which worked really well.

In the food processor again, process the bananas and cherries until smooth. Pour into the crust lined pie or tart pans. Freeze for several hours until firm. Top with some crushed walnuts, chopped cherries, and carob sauce. Carob sauce is just equal parts olive oil, agave,and carob powder mixed together well.


calories: 398
fat: 18 gr
carbs: 58 gr
protein: 7 gr

Total cost for the day: $5.99
total calories: 1,497
total fat: 79 gr
total carb: 198 gr
total protein: 27 gr

1 comment:

  1. ohgoodgolly thank you so much for the yumful recipes! They're perfect for this terribly grey blustery day. :)
    I'm not kidding, exactly at the same time I was reading about the chia seeds, the Diane Rehm show was on and a woman was calling in asking about the health benefits of chia seeds! ...and yes, the panel of doctors and scientists agreed it's superhealthy for you, high in the omega-3's. Yay!



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