June 6, 2010

Wild Green Smoothie
serves 1 ~ ($.80 per serving)
handful lamb’s quarters
handful dandelion greens
2 bananas, frozen ($.30)
1 orange ($.50)
1 cup water
8 ice cubes
I’m all about the greens right now. It’s a good thing, too. The kale and lettuces are growing like crazy and there are also plentiful wild greens to be had as well.
The word Dandelion comes from the French, Dent de Lion … teeth of the lion. That’s an old dandelion seed packet above. The jagged, tooth-like leaves, and yellow flowers are super easy to identify (top photo) and it grows nearly everywhere all summer long. Lamb’s quarters (middle photo) are also prolific and easy to identify by the dusty white or light pink marks on the leaves and red stems. Whenever foraging for wild edibles, just be certain you know what you’re picking. Be familiar with what’s edible but also what may be toxic or poisonous.
For this morning drink, I just put all the ingredients in a blender and pureed until smooth.
calories: 314
fat: 2 gr
carbs: 78 gr
protein: 7 gr
Mango Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.32 per serving
1 mango, diced ($.98)
1 avocado, diced ($.88)
1 medium onion, finely chopped ($.20)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1 tablespoon agave or other sweetener ($.10)
juice of one lime ($.69)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bunch leaf lettuce ($1.69)
Avocados and mangoes are on sale, the garden in producing; I love this time of year.
I also love spicy and sweet together, like the mango and cayenne that tops this salad. For this salad, I chopped the avocado, mango, and onion, and added the olive oil, agave, lime juice, salt, pepper, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. I mixed this well and let stand and somewhat marinate for a few minutes. Then I spooned it over a bed of leaf lettuce and dandelion greens. I planted the microgreens in a flat with an inch or so of potting soil and snipped them off about 8 days later.
calories: 362
fat: 22 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 6 gr
Greens and Grapes
serves 2 ~ $1.62 per serving
1 bunch mixed greens ($1.69)
1 cup green and red grapes ($.45)
1 medium onion, sliced ($.20)
1/4 cup walnuts ($.30)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave or other sweetener ($.20)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ($.20)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

This is a pretty and fairly light salad that was perfect for a summer dinner.

I put the grapes, walnuts, and onions on a bed of mixed greens and dressed them with a basic vinaigrette of olive oil, agave, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic whisked together until emulsified.
calories: 390
fat: 24 gr
carbs: 46 gr
protein: 7 gr
Mango Ice Cream
serves 4 ~  $.84 per serving
2 mangoes ($1.96)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 avocado ($.88)
2 tablespoons agave or other sweetener ($.20)
1/2 to 1 cup water for blending
pinch salt
Raw ice creams seem almost too good to be true. I’m still amazed at how healthy and delicious these are, and yet so incredibly simple to make. 
This can be made in a food processor with an “S” blade or blender, either one. Puree all ingredients until very smooth, then process in an ice cream maker until firm. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, just place in the freezer and stir every so often until firm.
calories: 230
fat: 8 gr
carbs: 58 gr
protein: 2 gr
Total cost for the day: $5.58
total calories: 1,296
total fat: 56 gr

total carb: 227 gr
total protein: 22 gr


14 Responses

  1. Antony says:

    mangoes and fresh greens are a wonderful combination 🙂

  2. mango banana softserve, i made some 6 weeks or so ago and posted it. no avo in mine and quite a bit of sugar and god, it is good. and vanilla extract too

    all the fruit salads, grapes/greens and the mango salad…LOVE this. My fave way to "do" summer!

  3. Sounds delicious Lisa! You can never get enough greens : )


  4. Earth Mother says:

    This is THE perfect late spring/early summer menu (in my humble opinion). I could eat this every day and be happy!

  5. Nelly says:

    omg. so yummy. those salads look phenomenal…i love mango salad…thanks for the ideas!!!


  6. Pam says:

    I love how you do your menu's and your blog is so pretty! Have a great day!

  7. Heather Pace says:

    Great menu Lisa! The mango ice cream really got me 🙂
    I'd love at meal at your house one day! 🙂

  8. Isle Dance says:

    You love us. You ((really, really)) love us. :o)

  9. HiHoRosie says:

    As usual you've put together some amazing eats! Like ID wrote, you really love us. 😉

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am soo loving your blog! I'm a student trying to stay high raw. I admire the wonderful dishes you put together for so cheap. 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    These look amazing! This is my favourite post of yours yet (love getting the greens in and love the different textures of the salads!!)

  12. Stella says:

    Hey Lisa! I just saw your soup on vegweb. So pretty and delicious looking it is!
    I'm sending your link to my Mom. She wants to do a raw diet, and needs all the info/recipes she can get…

  13. Noelle says:

    WOW! I really simply like your blog. I can't wait to try your grape salad. Yum!

  14. Shakti says:

    Love, Love, Love this!

    This is absolutely my new favorite raw blog.