August 29, 2010

Banana Watermelon Ice Cream
with Watermelon Chips
serves 4 ~ $1.60 per serving
 1 medium watermelon ($5.00)
7 bananas ($1.40)
1 dropper stevia, optional
We have an abundance of watermelon right now, so have been using it every way possible. I really liked the watermelon chips, they were even better than I expected … very sweet. And who doesn’t like ice cream for breakfast?
Use about 1/2 of the watermelon to make the chips. Cut and slice the watermelon into approximately two inch by two inch pieces that are about a quarter inch thick. There’s no need to be overly precise and the rustic pieces usually turn out looking wonderful. Dehydrate for about 12-24 hours, or overnight, until the watermelon pieces are leathery but not too hard and dry.
The ice cream is just as simple to make. The night before, slice the bananas and chunk up the watermelon and then freeze overnight. In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the watermelon and bananas until soft and fluffy, like soft serve ice cream. This will probably need to be done in batches, since this recipe is for quite a bit. For a slightly sweeter ice cream, add a dropper of liquid stevia.
Serve with watermelon chips. The chips are especially good warm right from the dehydrator, but can be stored in a cool, dry place for as long as a week.
calories: 393
fat: 1 gr
carbs: 100 gr
protein: 6 gr
Blueberry Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.00 per serving
1 cup blueberries, dried ($1.00)
1 head romaine ($1.29)
handful kale ($.50)
1 medium onion, divided
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh ($.50) 
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons coconut nectar or other liquid sweetener ($.40)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ($.10)
salt and pepper to taste
Blueberries dry to a wonderful raisin like texture, becoming sweeter and even more flavorful. Care must be taken to not over dry them as they get too hard. Just put a cup of blueberries in the dehydrator for several hours until dry but still chewy.
The salad is just a simple one of romaine, a bit of kale, chopped onions, and dried blueberries. Reserve a tablespoon of chopped onion to go into the dressing.
The dressing is made with the onion, a half cup of fresh blueberries, the olive oil, coconut nectar, and vinegar. Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. This works best with a bullet type blender. Most blenders have a blade assembly that’s compatible with canning jars. Just unscrew the blade assembly from the carafe and attach to a small mouth canning jar. The pint jars are perfect for small jobs like this.
 Also, a larger batch of dressing can be made, just double or triple the recipe. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
calories: 289
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 42 gr
protein: 4 gr
Corn Chips and Green Tomato Salsa
serves 2 ~ $2.15 per serving
2 cups corn kernels ($1.30)
1 red bell pepper ($.50)
1 medium onion
1 jalapeno ($.05)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil for tray
Now I know I really should get a nine tray Excalibur dehydrator. I’d make tons of these chips with it.
To make, just put all ingredients in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and process until almost smooth. Spread out about 1/8 inch thick on lined dehydrator trays that have been liberally coated with olive oil. Dry for about two hours, then flip and peel the liner off. Dry for another several hours or overnight until dry and crispy. Break into chip sized pieces.
2 ripe red tomatoes, diced ($1.00)
2 green tomatoes, diced ($1.00)
1 medium onion, minced
1 jalapeno, minced ($.05)
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, optional ($.10)
juice of one lime ($.50)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ($.10)
 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Assemble all ingredients and stir to combine. Really, it’s that easy. Serve with corn chips.
calories: 377
fat: 22 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 9 gr
Watermelon Punch Slushie
serves 2 ~ $1.50 per serving
1/2 watermelon, chunked and frozen ($2.50)
juice of one lime ($.50)
1 dropper stevia
water for blending, about a cup
We had a return of wonderfully hot weather (I’m so not looking forward to winter!) and this slushie was really refreshing in the evening when it seems to get even hotter.
Freeze watermelon chunks ahead of time, then puree in a blender with the lime juice and stevia. Add water as needed for blending. Add a watermelon wedge or lime slice as garnish.
calories: 368
fat: 2 gr
carbs: 92 gr
protein: 8 gr
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Total cost for the day: $7.25
total calories: 1,427
total fat: 39 gr

total carb: 279 gr
total protein: 27 gr

Print Giveaway

When I’m not making and/or eating lovely raw and vegan food, I’m usually painting … and I’ve been wanting to do a print giveaway here for a while.

This giveaway is for the set of two unframed 8 x 11 prints below (image size is about 6″ x 8″).

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment below. For additional entries:

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Deadline is Sunday, September 5th at 10 pm

Question of the Week

What are you up to besides making beautiful and healthy food?

36 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    I'd love to be entered for the prints giveaway. They look amazing. Also amazing? Those watermelon chips. They look nomalicious 😉

  2. Cynthia says:

    Your watermelon creations look great. I knew I should of bought one at the store last night!!!

    The kids just went back to school so I'm gearing up for overdue projects, cleaning mainly like the kitchen cupboards and the boys closets.
    Also getting back to my other hobbies, sewing, reading and stamping. Have a wonderful day and thanks for your recipes.

  3. Melissa says:

    I follow and would love to be entered to win! Your work is fabulous! Those paintings are so unique, I LOVE IT! I will be blogging about them as well 🙂 I dint have a twitter but I'll update my facebook status with a link to your blog!

  4. Rachael says:

    I love the paintings! I used to be working full time and taking classes but right now I'm just laying low and taking time to heal.

  5. Blaine says:

    The watermelon slushie looks yummy.

    Your paintings are awesome, I'd love to have one!

  6. Megan says:

    I would love to be entered for your giveaway. Beautiful paintings!

  7. HiHoRosie says:

    Watermelon chips – who knew?! And I love chips and salsa along with a watermelon slushie. Perfect meal for me…well, including guacamole. 🙂 The menu card is pretty too.

    Please enter me into the giveaway! Lovely work Lisa!

  8. Oooh, this looks fabulous Lisa! I'm anxious to try those watermelon chips with the watermelon I have sitting in my kitchen : )


  9. Tena Moore says:

    I love your blog. It's my secret weapon when entertaining friends. I LOVE your raw pad thai…my very favorite recipe yet! Keep up the good work!

  10. Antony says:

    What a lovely giveaway!

    Watermelon and banana icecream sounds fabulous! I don't think I'll be trying it any time soon though – I saw a watermelon in a shop recently for £5:00.

    Answers to question of the week (aside from work of course): Bikram yoga, studying a bit for my MBA, Watching series one of Weeds …

    Wishing you a creative week

  11. kitty says:

    The watermelon punch looks very refreshing. And your artwork is very beautiful 🙂

  12. Those are absolutely stunning!

  13. bitt says:

    lovely paintings!

    i have heard watermelon is good dehydrated. i don't know if i have the patience to wait that long until its ready.

  14. perry says:

    Great Work!
    Thanks for the weekly inspirations! Art, style, and substance- who says you can't have it all! I am so happy to see you pairing art and simple to prepare, elegant raw foods! Thank You!!!

  15. Joya says:

    you (and your posts) are such an inspiration! thank you for showing reasonable portion sizes and making us such delicious recipes. i even love the plate you 'plate' on!

    please do enter me to win your painting giveaway. the feel matches your post graphics; calming and supportive. so good!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I still haven't tried your frozen watermelon trick…I have to do that soon.
    Man do your chips and salsa look amazingly delicious!!!!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  17. Noelle says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  18. Thomas says:

    WOW…these meals look absolutely delicious.

  19. Casi Leigh says:

    I would so love to be entered in the giveaway, those prints are lovely! Thank you kindly for hosting this. 🙂

    Enjoying the approach of my first fall season NOT in university for some time. So glad to have graduated!

    Also, I have followed your blog and am headed to Tweet this as well! Good luck everyone!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    When I'm not eating or dreaming about food, my next favourite activity is knitting! It's so satisfying to make something yourself from scratch.
    You have made some very lovely and serene prints!

  21. Michelle F says:

    Great pictures! I'd love to win!

  22. flinteri says:

    besides checking out your wonderful creations and saving money I too am an artist. I paint murals and I want to collect art from other artist besides my own… Lov to have one of your prints to hang on my walls. I love them they are so beautiful and I WANt one Please??? keep up the good work. Teri

  23. Desdemona says:

    The watermelon slushie looks mouthwatering. Great idea.

    I am growing healthy and lovely food 🙂

    Today I spent the afternoon weeding and taking pictures of my pumpkins, squash, carrots and lettuce.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Apart from reading raw food porn online, I'm up to raising Dharmakids. My daughter regularly tells my rambunctious 13-year-old son, "A-him-sa! Do no harm!" Hands on hips, no less:) I would love to learn to paint when the kids are more self-sufficient:) Love your work, all of it! Thank you!

  25. Radish says:

    I absolutely love your prints. I just wanted to be entered in the giveaway 😀

  26. Keith says:

    Wow. Your prints are fantastic. 🙂

  27. Debra says:

    It all looks so good! The prints are amazing by the way!

  28. it looks so yummy…planning on makingthe banana/watermellon icecream for breakfast tomorrow. i have the watermellon chips in the dehydrator right now!
    when i'm not making yummy raw things to eat i'm raising my 2 sons and trying to find a minute or two to fit in blogging,knitting(or other artsy/crafty goodness) and/or reading.

  29. Cassie Horne says:

    I've been a reader of your raw menus for a while and just browsed through your art. I am in LOVE with your art. Please enter me! I have a perfect space for them in my library. Thanks for keeping me healthy! I've lost 34 lbs.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing your creativity, both food & artistic. I'm going to try the corn chips, as now I know what to do with corn 🙂

  31. Hey Lisa!
    I'm really bummed I missed out on this giveaway – I love your artwork SOSO much.


  32. SLY says:

    I'd love to be entered in this giveaway. I'm really digging the art. It would go perfect in my home.

  33. Linnyhb says:

    Your recipes look delish. I especially like the chips and salsa. I'll be making that this week. Do you use frozen corn for the chips?

    Your paintings are very beautiful.

  34. Glenda says:

    I found my way to your blog via a post on Criminal Profiler Pat Brown's Facebook page. Wow! Here are some great ideas for those of us over 50 and wondering how we're gonna get our bodies to hold out another few decades while being kind to the animals with whom we share this earth. Your prints are amazing! Would love to be entered in the drawing.

  35. chertill says:

    Watermelon chips, what an awesome idea. This is my first time to your blog, but it won't be my last. Also I'm so excited to meet another foodie, and have a resource for my clients to go to who tell me they can't afford raw(as if they can afford not to). Your paintings are as expressive as your recipes, bless you for sharing.

  36. Too bad I missed this. I'm an artist too. 🙂 I checked out your gallery, and I really like your collection. You have talent – and I don't say that lightly. Your artwork shows vision, skill, and heart. I'm gonna tweet about you anyway, even if it doesn't get a free print. I'm phoenixsmuse on twitter.