December 5, 2010

White Chia Smoothie
serves 2 ~ $.95 per serving
8 tablespoons white chia seeds ($1.00)
2 cups water (or white tea, cooled)
2 tablespoons coconut nectar or other liquid sweetener ($.40)
4 tablespoons blackberry puree ($.50)
I’ve been really enjoying chia lately, as you know. Natural Remi -Teas sent some white chia seeds recently as well as some wonderfully fragrant white tea, and this smoothie is what I made with them. I really like the prices at Natural Remi – Teas. The white chia is just $5.50 a pound.
Tea steeped in boiling water isn’t raw, and I avoid pretty much all caffeine myself, but plain water worked really well for this, too. 
In a blender, soak the chia seeds in the cooled tea or water for about twenty minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth and chilled. I don’t like blackberry seeds, they drive me crazy, so I strain the blackberry puree through a wire mesh strainer. Save a few tablespoons of the blackberry puree for dessert later.

calories: 244
fat: 9 gr
carbs: 38 gr
protein: 6 gr
Coconut Cashew Soup
Serves 2 ~ $4.04 per serving
4 tablespoons artisana coconut butter ($2.20)
4 tablespoons artisana cashew butter ($2.35) 
1 1/2 cup water
3 dates ($.60)
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves ($.10) 
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
juice of one lime ($.50)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cucumber, sliced into noodles ($.89)
 1/2 avocado, chopped ($.88)
1 medium onion, minced
2 stalks celery, minced ($.20)
small bunch cilantro leaves ($.05)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved ($.30)
red pepper flakes
Oh. Yeah. Coconut butter is divine. Artisana makes organic, raw and vegan nut butters and coconut products. They provided some of their coconut butter and nuts butters for me to try, which are great straight from the jar and worked out really well in this easy and convenient soup.
In a blender, process the coconut butter, cashew butter (almond butter will work as well), water, dates, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, cayenne, lime juice, salt and pepper. Puree until as smooth as possible.
Cut the cucumber into noodles and put in bowls with the avocado, celery, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes. Using a wire mesh strainer, strain the coconut and nut butter soup base. This will take out any larger pieces of dates or spices. A higher powered blender may make this step unnecessary. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
calories: 537
fat: 44 gr
carbs: 33 gr
protein: 11 gr

Hasta La Pasta
serves 2 ~ $.95 per serving
2 small zucchini, noodled ($1.39)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved ($.30)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
red pepper flakes
This is just a very basic zucchini noodle recipe. Use a vegetable peeler or spiral slicer to cut the zucchini into noodles. Another option is to simply grate the zucchini. Top with cherry tomatoes and olive oil, and add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
calories: 244
fat: 18 gr
carbs: 16 gr
protein: 5 gr


Spaghetti Squash

It’s not raw, I know, but I wanted to show you these amazing spaghetti squash noodles. Spaghetti squash grows very easily from seed, even where there are short growing seasons. I was surprised at how easy and prolific they are. After being cured, they can be stored for several months. They are commonly available at most grocery stores as well. I’m really pleased with how well these grew and now have a pantry full. It’s really not possible, as far as I know, to eat these raw. So, I’ve made them cooked. Done in the oven at 350, the inside will not get any hotter than 212 degrees, so they are basically steamed.

To prepare, simply place the squash on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour and twenty minutes. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then cut in half. Remove the seeds with a spoon. Then, using a fork, scrape the squash flesh. It will come apart in noodle shaped strands … and it makes a lot. These strands can be used like any vegetable or grain pasta. Here, I’ve added the same things as I have to the zucchini noodles above. The nutritional information in cooked spaghetti squash pretty much the same as zucchini.
Plum Pie
serves 3 ~ $2.47 per serving
1/2 cup walnuts ($1.00)
1/2 cup raisins ($.85)
3 plums, sliced thinly ($3.00)
3 tablespoons coconut butter ($1.65) 
2 tablespoons coconut nectar ($.40)
banana ice cream ($.50)
blackberry puree
In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the walnuts and raisins until the mixture begins sticking together. Press into a plate, pie plate, or tart pans and chill for several minutes.
In the food processor, again with the “S” blade, process one plum, the coconut butter, and the coconut nectar. When pureed, spread over the pie crust. Place the plum slices on top. 
This goes really well with a bit of banana ice cream and a bit of blackberry puree.
calories: 396
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 60 gr
protein: 6 gr
Total cost for the day: $8.41
total calories: 1,421
total fat: 90 gr
total carb: 147 gr
total protein: 28 gr
Yep, this is another repost. A fatally crashed computer wiped out many of my food pics for the week … and much lovely time spent with kids/grandkids left me little time to take new ones. So, I do hope you enjoy these … the coconut cashew soup is one of my favorites!
Questions of the Week
How do you juggle being busy with trying to be raw and healthy? 
What is your absolute favorite raw recipe or meal?

13 Responses

  1. bitt says:

    I didn't recognize it being a repost. Looks really good, especially the dessert.

  2. HiHoRosie says:

    Everything looks great. The smoothie looks beautiful – I have yet to try white chia seeds. And that soup gets my mouth watering every time. Okay, the one other time I saw it. 🙂 It just looks so amazing!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    More stellar raw recipes!! Thank you!
    As for your
    Questions of the Week
    "How do you juggle being busy with trying to be raw and healthy?"
    I try to juggle being healthy while being extremely busy w/ 5 children which I educate at home. But the beauty of all this maddness is that they are learning by example and have come to love raw living foods. They support me very much and share all of my raw entrees. My six year old routinely says, when I creat a new recipe, "Mom you have to put that on your Raw Blog!!"
    Peace & Raw Health,

  4. Anonymous says:

    You are eating a lot of fat. lol. Everything looks so yummy! I will have to try the Coconut Cashew Soup.

  5. Coconut Cashew Soup looks amazing!

    as does the raw pasta and cooked spagh squash. And I am on vacay and am eating my weight in cherry tomatoes. They don't have full size tomatoes for under a king's ransom$$ so cherry/grape tomatoes it is…these dishes all look awesome of yours. As usual of course 🙂

  6. Jen says:

    How do you juggle being busy with trying to be raw and healthy?

    I actually was asked this question today. I try to plan my meals for the week. As well, when I get home from the grocery store, I usually wash and cut my veggies and put them in containers.

    What is your absolute favorite raw recipe or meal?

    It is simple – apples slices, sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon and dipped in almond/cashew butter.

  7. kelli says:

    i love spaghetti squash, and your plum pie is so pretty!

    my favorite raw meal is raw pizza. i just love the crunchy buckwheat crusts and how i can make a bunch at a time and freeze them. the cashew cheeze is easy to whip up as well as the veggie toppings. served with a big side salad… mmmmmm!=)

  8. Cynthia says:

    It's been hard staying raw but I have my green smoothie and salad everyday along with raw snacks then usually cooked veggies in the evening. I just have to stay away from the holiday treats. Were going camping for 10 days so no baked treats for me. My favorite recipes are my green smoothies and banana ice cream. All your recipes are wonderful and I don't remember this as a repost.
    Peace Cynthia

  9. Nelly says:

    gosh i love spaghetti squash…yum!

    and i'll never tire of zucchini pasta!!!

    you're always ever so clever and creative! food is like artwork when put in your hands!


  10. Serena says:

    All of this looks amazing! i have been a lot less raw lately, because of the winter…do you have any tips for raw living in the winter?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I've actually been having a hard time keeping up with the raw food recently. At the very least, though, I've been committing to having one green smoothie every day. If I can stick with that through the holiday season, then I'm ahead of where I was last year!

    P.S. I just made an amazing smoothie yesterday and put the recipe here ( Cheers!

  12. Anonymous says:

    your prices seem kind of off. i'm assuming these are not organic, but even still. the organic nut butters you mention are over $10 ea. are you saying 4 tablespoons =~$2? that's only economical if you eat it everyday till it's done.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I was going to say your pics are absolutely beautiful! I can't believe these were the last minute ones. Thank you so much for all your attention to detail.