August 1, 2010

Carob Hemp Smoothie
serves 1 ~ $2.62 per serving
3 tablespoons nutiva hemp protein powder 50% ($1.13)
3 tablespoons nutiva hemp seeds ($1.17)
1 banana ($.15)
2 tablespoons carob powder ($.17)
12 ice cubes
water for blending
The folks over at Nutiva were kind enough to send me some of their hemp seed and hemp protein products to try. The timing couldn’t have been better. I’ve been quite light on protein a lot of days lately, so I was looking for ways to get just a bit more.
I’m a big fan of Nutiva, having used their coconut oil for years. Every product I’ve ever tried has been exceptionally fresh and delicious. I’m a bit of a newcomer to protein powders and was surprised this tasted to good. The powder isn’t terribly gritty and makes a pretty smooth smoothie. The hemp seeds blend right up as well.
This smoothies is super simple to make and has a fresh, nutty, almost spicy taste. A perfect start to the day. Just put all ingredients in blender and puree until very smooth.
calories: 395
fat: 19 g
carbs: 43 g
protein: 23 g
Easy Lasagna 
serves 2 ~ $1.99 per serving
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise ($.49)
2 large tomatoes, sliced ($1.00)
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced ($.33)
1 small onion, sliced ($.05)
2 tablespoons red pepper flake oil or olive oil
basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
pine nut cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts, soaked ($2.00)
1 tablespoon lemon juice ($.10)
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
I’ve made other raw lasagna recipes and they turn out beautifully. My only complaint has always been they take so darn long to make. This recipe takes only minutes to prepare.
First make the pine nut cheese, which is simple and easy. Just add all ingredients to a blender and puree until very smooth.
Assemble the sliced ingredients and layer with a few dollops of pine nut cheese. Season with herbs, salt and pepper. Drizzle with a bit of red pepper flake oil or olive oil.
To make red pepper flake oil, just add a tablespoon or two red pepper flakes and a dash of cayenne to about four ounces olive oil. Shake or blend and then let sit for a few days until the flavor develops.
calories: 304
fat: 16 g
carbs: 36 g
protein: 9 g
Kale Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.35 per serving
1 bunch kale ($1.49)
1 small head broccoli ($.1.29)
1 bunch lamb’s quarters
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave or other sweetener ($.20)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges ($1.00)
1 cucumber, sliced ($.33)
salt and pepper to taste
I got the idea to massage the greens inside a plastic bag from Rawdawg Rory. Rory and his wife Amanda, and their daughter Isabel are trekking across the United States, with Amanda walking! It seemed like a handy way to keep from getting my hands messy, and it worked like a charm.
Chop kale, broccoli, and lambs quarters. In a small cup, whisk together the olive oil, agave, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Put in a in a zip lock bag and massage. It takes several minutes, but the kale and broccoli will soften up nicely.
Serve the massaged greens topped with slice cucumber and tomato wedges. Salt and pepper to taste.
And, any left over greens or broccoli (including the stems) can be juiced.
calories: 306
fat: 15 g
carbs: 40 g
protein: 9 g
Hemp Seed Truffles
serves 3 ~ $1.51 per serving
1/4 cup walnuts ($.50)
6 tablespoons hemp seeds ($2.34)
1/4 cup goji berries, soaked and patted dry ($.80)
1/2 cup raisins ($.50)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds ($.40)
This is another super simple way to get a bit of extra protein. It makes a sweet, nutty, and just slightly spicy “power truffle.”
Add all ingredients to a food processor fitted with an “S” blade. Process for a few minutes until the mixture starts sticking together. Use a tablespoon or small scoop to form into balls.
calories: 311
fat: 17 g
carbs: 31 g
protein: 13 g
Total cost for the day: $8.47
total calories: 1,316
total fat: 67 gr

total carb: 150 gr
total protein: 54 gr

* edited to add nutritional info
and now …
the Giveaway WINNERS!!
The Chia Seeds go to Fraise des bois
Debra’s DVD and Recipe eBook go to Fayinagirl (means free one)
Congrats! I’ll be getting in touch with you both later today!
Question of the Week
What do you usually do to relax and manage stress?

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13 Responses

  1. Pam says:

    Now that's a menu….so fresh and lovely!

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. sara says:

    your lasagna sounds perfect for a hot summer day!

    i like to relax in a bubble bath with a good book. helps my muscles AND my mind to unwind!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I can't tell you enough how grateful I am that I found your blog. I just LOVE all of your posts. I know I sound like a broken record, but I have to thank you again!!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  4. Nelly says:

    beautiful meals as always!!

    LOVE the kale salad idea…i think that may be the consensus for most raw vegan foodies!!

    all of your ideas are just so fabulous. thank you.

  5. Lauren says:

    I like to do yoga to relax, or even just mediate.

    Those truffles look amaaaaazzzing!!!

  6. kelli says:

    great looking menu! massaging the kale in a bag – genius!=)

    music, meditation, and spending time in the kitchen helps me relax. also taking a long car ride on a scenic route or spending time in my garden.

    what about you, lisa?

  7. Ajajanea says:

    My answer for the question of the week..
    To manage my stress I retreat to the beach. Either I rollerblade or just take a walk. If I don't feel like leaving the house, I just turn off my cellphone and watch tv all day. Usually AMC, TBS, WE, Discovery Channel, or TNT has something to keep me occupied all day long. But my favorite is relaxing in my jacuzzi tub with a glass of wine and some music and zoning out. If you don't have a jacuzzi tub I recommend splurging on one. It's the best!!

  8. HiHoRosie says:

    Sorry I've taken forever to come by your blog! I've missed you! I've been behind as usual. :/

    Your simple lasagna sounds (and looks) incredible. I love raw lasagna but haven't made it due to time. I may have to try your version soon.

  9. I'm always daunted by raw lasagne for some reason but I think you may have just found a way for me to start experimenting! Looks delish, as does it all actually!!! Thanks soo much for sharing xxx To relax I usually go for a nice long walk in the fresh air!

  10. Cynthia says:

    I pray, have a cocktail and take a hot bath.
    And sometimes at the same time.

    I'm so making your truffles for our up coming camping trip.
    Love all your recipes!!

  11. Oh my goodness! I'm so excited…thank you! I was so engrossed in the menu I almost didn't read all the way down. I was mesmerized by the truffles. 😉

  12. Christianne says:

    I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did. Its so wonderful to know that you can eat raw, healthy, fresh foods for only $10 a day or less. I have to try making your raw lasagne. It seems pretty easy to make and it looks so good.

  13. I bet that smoothie would be good with a pinch of cinnamon.
    I love the hempseed truffle idea! How many truffles did you get out of that batch?