April 11, 2010

Pecan Pie
serves 2 ~ $1.45 per serving
1/4 cup walnuts ($.50)
1/2 cup raisins ($.50)
6 dates, soaked ($1.20)
1/4 cup pecans ($.70)
pinch salt
Maybe this is taking the idea of breakfast pie too far. But, nah, not really. It’s still just nuts and fruits, which seems to be a good way to start the day. 
In a food processor with an “S” blade, process the walnuts and raisins until they are crumbly and stick together. Press into a small tart plate (the one I used is 5 inches diameter) and chill. Then in the food processor again, puree the dates with a tiny bit of the soak water until they form a gooey paste. Spread into the crust and top with pecans.
The amounts can be easily increased to make a larger pie for a more conventional dessert.
calories: 396
fat: 17 gr
carbs: 80 gr
protein: 5 gr
Pea Soup
Serves 2 ~ $.84 per serving
2 cups peas ($.75)
1 avocado ($.88)
1 1/2 cups water
1 small onion ($.05)
salt and pepper
We’re planting peas here and already I’m looking forward to the harvest. I’ve gotten a bit ahead of myself though, and so used frozen peas for this. They’re likely not raw, as most commercial produce (except for berries and some fruit) is blanched before freezing. It still made a delicious soup and would be even better with fresh peas, although they may be more expensive than what I paid for frozen.
Set aside a half cup of the peas. In a blender, puree the rest of the peas and the avocado with enough water to blend and give the desired consistency. It takes a few minutes of blending to get this really smooth in a conventional blender. Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour in bowls and top with the reserved peas and minced onion.
calories: 258
fat: 16 gr
carbs: 31 gr
protein: 10 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 
Chocolate Ice Cream
serves 6 ~ $.65
2 ripe avocados ($1.49)
8 ripe bananas ($1.20)
4 tablespoons cacao powder ($.80)
4 tablespoons agave ($.40)
1/4 teaspoon salt
I’ve been trying to get a raw vegan ice cream that’s creamy, but will freeze well. The banana ice creams are awesome when first made, but become solid blocks of ice when frozen. I was looking for the creaminess and scoop-ability of regular ice cream. This will scoop out nicely even when frozen.
In the food processor with an “S” blade, puree all the ingredients until completely smooth. This won’t work with unripe avocados, they just don’t get smooth enough. Also, don’t add any water for blending. When smooth, process in an ice cream maker until semi firm and then freeze. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour into a container and stir every so often until it’s firm.
calories: 311
fat: 10 gr
carbs: 64 gr
protein: 7 gr 
Total cost for the day: $4.99
total calories: 1,380
total fat: 62 gr
total carb: 239 gr
total protein: 30 gr

Glass Straw Giveaway
The lovely Isle Dance had a glass straw giveaway on her blog last week. I was just thrilled to have won. The glass straws from Strawsome arrived within just a couple days. And wow, do I love these. They’re artistic and practical, my favorite combination! I’ve used them every day and I think things taste even better using glass.

Strawsome is sponsoring a giveaway here, too. To enter …

Take a look at Strawsome’s website and leave a comment below about what you like about glass straws.

Additional entries (leave a separate comment for each) …

  • Blog about this giveaway
  • Tweet this giveaway (no more than once a day)
  • Follow my blog using Google friend connect

Deadline is 12 pm April 19

69 Responses

  1. Rick says:

    glass straws save the environment, that's what i like about them! one glass straw can keep thousands of plastic ones out of the landfill! woot!

  2. Hi Lisa

    I love pea soup and those samosas look both fabulous and achievable. Have you seen Russell James' samosas? Beautiful but a bit too complicated for me.

    I went over to strawsome to check out their straws (plastic straws are ugly on so many levels) and couldn't resist ordering a set as a treat for my raw food rehab smoothies!

    Antony xo

  3. shannonmarie says:

    Your menus just keep getting better and better. I'd take one of those pies for breakfast. It's packed with raw fuel to power you through your day. It also looks gorgeous/delicious.

    Congrats on winning straws and giving straws. I love how they come in different colors.

  4. Rick says:

    i follow you on google friend connect πŸ™‚ consider following me too! πŸ˜€

  5. Angelique says:

    Great recipes this week — I plan on making all of them (my husband will love that little pecan pie! And I will love a stays-scoopable raw ice cream!) plus I have a case of mangoes so that samosa recipe is calling my name.

    Anyway, I checked out the Strawsome site and they are cute! I like the artsy designs and appreciate learning about how strong they are. I think glass straws are cool not just for how they prevent plastic straws from adding to our garbage but because whatever you're sipping feels extra-special with a fancy straw between your lips. What a great way to be more present and feel love as we eat/drink.

  6. Angelique says:

    p.s. I'm now following you via Google Connect too.
    Thanks for the yummy recipes this week. Cool menu stationary too. πŸ™‚

  7. Hannah says:

    I'm a huge fan of glass straws because they're a great alternative to plastic, and produce less waste!

  8. What I like most about these glass straws is that they are available in colors!! Very fun!

  9. SLY says:

    Will be trying the pea soup. I tried your deviled avocadoes. You are simply awesome and I tell everyone about you.


  10. erika says:

    I like that they're good for the environment while they protect your teeth.

  11. Melissa says:

    I love glass straws because there are no "plastic toxins."

  12. Megan says:

    I am trying to get away from plastic straws and am really wanting to try these glass ones. Perfect way to get away from plastic and be more green.

  13. Natalie says:

    i like that glass straws are not only sustainable and long-lasting, but sleek-looking too! looks like it would be really fun to drink out of one

  14. kelli says:

    everything looks great!

    hey, i got the blender today! thanks again lisa!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I like the straws because they are so beautiful!

  16. Nancy Reed says:

    What I like best is all the disposable straws you don't have to keep using. And it doesn't hurt that they are so pretty!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I blogged about this giveaway. http://bit.ly/a89zJj

  18. Ashlei says:

    I love glass straws! I prefer drinking from them instead of plastic or just from the glass. They are also so environmentally friendly too πŸ™‚

  19. Anonymous says:

    Following you on google friend connect

  20. Anonymous says:

    I follow your blog using Google Friend Connect.

  21. Jena says:

    The rainstorm straw is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    I have been wanting a glass straw for awhile now… would be a dream if I won.
    Btw that pecan pie looks delicious! I love pecan pie but it is such an indulgence that I can only have it once a year. πŸ™

  22. NSGIRL says:

    I love the look of the glass straws…especially the colored ones. It's also great that they are better for the environment.

  23. bitt of raw says:

    pie for breakfast…excellent!

    i love that you made a simpler version of a raw samosa. i have made elaina love's but they are kinda complex.

    i would like to enter the strawsome contest. i love that their straws are so pretty.

  24. bitt of raw says:

    following you!

  25. Anonymous says:

    What I like about the straws is that it's reusable! I bet a lot of straws are dumped into landfills but this would save a lot of unnecessary trash!

  26. Amy says:

    I like the reusable factor! Plus the fact that it's less plastic around the house and the kids don't have to slurp plastic chemicals as well. πŸ™‚

  27. Crystal T. says:

    I love that these straws are reusable – how great to not be tossing a plastic tube in a landfill every time you want to use a straw. There are some very cute and festive designs over there!

  28. Misty says:

    Reusable! Need I say more?? Pure awesomeness πŸ™‚

  29. Those are cool straws! I love the bent straws and the kids straws. Very cool! Thanks for sharing and offering the giveaway : )

  30. Robin says:

    I'm a new reader and love your blog!
    I love that the straws are awesomely cute and don't end up in the landfill.
    Thanks for a great giveaway! {and the yummy recipes!}
    cokelush at gmail

  31. Robin says:

    I'm following you on GFC as :)cokelush {formerly anyway lol}
    cokelush at gmail

  32. Whitvia says:

    I like the straws because they are not toxic like plastic.

  33. Isle Dance says:

    I'll decline entering, 'cause that would be wrong (someone else needs these lovelies, too!), but let me just say: I love that you are giving away glass straws, too!

    And I'm going to try that delectable pea soup and ice cream soon!

    Thank you SO much for helping us create yummy raw food!

  34. Angela says:

    I can't believe I've never tripped over glass straws before…I'm not sure I'd be able to choose just one to try out.

    I do love borosilicate glass though, and have bent my fair share in labs. Great idea.

    I love that they would be sturdy and easy to use. Cleaning them might be a bit harder but being glass they wouldn't hold onto flavors like the bendy or fun straws do. And you could use them for ages.

  35. Earth Mother says:

    That soup just makes me so happy. It screams SPRING, don'cha think? I could dive right into a big bowl. Mmmm.

    I actually like the Strawsome designs better than GlassDharma. Shhhhhh. I'm rather smitten with this Pretty Set of 2.

  36. serenaswam says:

    I blogged about it πŸ™‚

  37. Anonymous says:

    Sorry it is "serenaswam" I blogged about it on my wordpress: wigglewyrm!

  38. Serena says:

    Sorry I am being so inconsiderate! Ignore the previous two comments. I blogged about your Glass Straw Giveaway on my blog,. πŸ™‚

  39. Tess says:

    I love that the straws are wide, have their own little brush, and are reusable!

    As always, everything you make looks amazing. I love pecan pie for breakfast! Oh man…

  40. ~m says:

    The samosas look so good, I love the list of ingredients and can't wait to taste them myself!

    The straws– I thought the designs were just to make them pretty, I didn't realize the raised design part will also prevent the straw from rolling.

  41. Diana says:

    What an exciting menu this is!!! I love doing homemade ice cream but have yet to try an avocado version–I usually just use canned coconut milk, but I know what you mean with the iciness. Dying to try your recipe!

  42. Aaron says:

    I just love the idea of glass straws! BPA phalate free is so welcome as is the reusable quality. One time investment for years of enjoyment!

  43. Aaron says:

    now follow you on google friend connect πŸ™‚

  44. Frannie says:

    Love glass straws. Easy to clean. Reusable.

  45. HiHoRosie says:

    Those samoas look YUMMERS! And of course the ice cream and everything else.

    What's not to love about glass straws? They're reuseable, NOT PLASTIC, creative, whimsical, reasonably priced and come in kid sizes!

  46. HiHoRosie says:

    I follow you via Connect

  47. Ms.Erika says:

    I love this site, and the ebook. For anybody following comments, the ebook is worth the price just to get the chocolate cake recipe!!!

    As for the straws, I love the eco-friendly-ness of them…. plus, they're just plain GORGEOUS.

  48. Ms.Erika says:

    Oh, and I follow you!

  49. Kate says:

    Sure they're beautiful, but I love how they are eco-friendly, one more step away from use-once-and-throw-away!


  50. Holly says:

    I like the glass straws because they are beautiful!

  51. acadaca says:

    Your samosas look delicious.

    When I was little my relatives would save plastic straws and wash them out. I found it kind of disturbing. Glass straws solve everyone's problems.

  52. Ashley says:

    Those straws and your blog are delightful! I love that they are artistic, reusable, and GORGEOUS! Your blog is also delightful, you have found yourself a new follower. πŸ™‚

  53. kelseycliche says:

    I love smoothies! I like to sneak them into work in a stainless steel water bottle so I don't gross out my coworkers with the tasty green sludge. I hate that I have to throw regular straws away, and a green mustache isn't too appealing at work…so a glass straw would be handy!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea of being able to use a straw without having to throw that straw away.

  55. Wow, I'd never heard of glass straws before now! They sound fabulous! I'd feel much better about things if I wasn't tossing out straws all the time from my many raw concoctions!
    Also, love your blog! Most people are not concerned about writing out how much everything costs them to do! I'm glad someone (you) is doing this with raw, proving that raw doesn't have to be expensive! Love it!

  56. Wow, those samosas are really special. This is the first I've seen in the raw category, well done!

  57. Amber Shea says:

    Raw samosas?! Wow! Love that idea!

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