May 9, 2010

Banana Splits
serves 2 ~ $.59 per serving
2 bananas ($.30)
1/4 lb strawberries ($.37)
1 tablespoon fine coconut flakes ($.05)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted ($.05)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder ($.20)
pinch salt
I’m totally in favor of the desert for breakfast idea! Strawberries are starting to come into season here, so it makes it easy to have an awesome breakfast.
Just quarter the bananas and divide between two bowls. Add sliced strawberries and sprinkle with coconut flakes. In a small cup, mix together the coconut oil, agave, cacao powder, and salt until it’s like a chocolate syrup. Spoon over the fruit. If the fruit is cold, the chocolate syrup will harden up almost immediately. If not, just stick in the fridge until it does.
calories: 311
fat: 17 gr
carbs: 55 gr
protein: 2 gr
Strawberry Salad
serves 2 ~ $1.95 per serving
1/2 head romaine ($.95)
dandelion and other greens
3/4 lb strawberries ($1.12)
6 radishes ($.30)
1 medium onion ($.05)
1 avocado ($.88)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day. It was an awesome day here. The kale is coming in already from our garden, so I used a bit of Red Russian and Blue Vates kale as well as some dandelion greens, in this salad. I’m really looking forward to the summer and garden ahead!
Chop the romaine and greens. Toss with the onion, radish, strawberries, and avocado. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, agave, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. If you’d like the dressing emulsified, add the oil slowly as you whisk. Spoon over salads.
calories: 449
fat: 37 gr
carbs: 51 gr
protein: 6 gr
Spring Noodles
serves 2 ~ $1.98 per serving
2 medium zucchini, noodled ($2.30)
1 medium onion, chopped ($.05)
1/2 lb baby snap peas ($.80)
1 carrot, grated ($.10)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ($.20)
2 cloves garlic, pressed ($.10)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
noodled verb: to improvise, experiment, or think creatively; to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment
I used to think breaded and fried was the only way to eat zucchini. Now, I’m totally into raw zucchini noodles. They’re so easy to make and have a wonderful but mild flavor of their own, so they work well with just about everything. 
Make noodles out the zucchini with a spiralizer, grater, or with a vegetable peeler. Toss the noodles together with the whole snap peas, chopped onion, and grated carrot. In a small cup, whisk together the oil, agave, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss with the noodles until coated. These can be served as is, or marinated for an hour or so, or gently dehydrated for a bit.
calories: 343
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 46 gr
protein: 10 gr
Mango Cheese Cake
3 servings ~ $1.48 per serving
1/2 cup walnuts ($1.00)
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds ($.15)
10 dates ($1.00)
1 tablespoon coconut oil ($.05)
pinch salt
1 avocado ($.88)
2 ripe bananas ($.30)
1 mango ($1.49)
juice of one lemon ($.59)
1 tablespoon coconut oil ($.05)
4 tablespoons agave ($.40)
I’m not sure this can rightly be called a cheese cake. The filling is nut free, and the crust uses just a bit of walnuts. It’s creamy and sweet and just a bit sour. Whatever its rightful name, it’s delicious!
In a food processor with an “S” blade, process the walnuts, ground flax seeds, dates, and coconut oil until the mix will stick together. This can take a couple minutes. Press this crust mix into the bottom of an 8″ pie pan or spring form pan, or whatever container you prefer. I used five inch pans which made two pies that could be shared.
In the food processor, again with the “S” blade, process the avocado, banana, mango, lemon juice, and coconut oil until very creamy and smooth, which may take a few minutes. Ripe avocados work best with the recipe.
Pour into the crust lined pan (or pans) and freeze until firm. Let thaw for about 20 minutes before serving.
calories: 410
fat: 26 gr
carbs: 29 gr
protein: 5 gr

Total cost for the day: $6.98
total calories: 1,513
total fat: 94 gr 
total carb: 161 gr 
total protein: 23 gr

17 Responses

  1. anushka says:

    i love this site! thank you so much for what you do!

  2. Your site is AMAZING! With strawberries coming into season it is the perfect time to make that salad. And I am going to try the noodle dish tomorrow (am on a detox day today).


  3. Heather Pace says:

    Great menu! Banana split for breakfast – that's my idea of a great start to the day!

    Thanks so much for your comment on my post the other day, Lisa 😉

  4. Jaden says:

    OMG Banana split for breakfast sounds amazing! Everything looks stunning. You have a real talent for creating unique raw food meals. 😀

  5. Curator says:

    that…looks…SOOOOOO…delicious… *drools everywhere*…I think I might love you…well, at least what you do with raw food,LOL… <3

  6. HiHoRosie says:

    Mmm…love dessert for breakfast! And why not? Looks great and so does the strawberry salad. Wonderful post as usual Lisa!

  7. Kat says:

    Would you please add a subscribe via email button to your blog? FeedBurner has a free one!! It's great for folks like me who don't use a Reeder and prefer email updates..

  8. misslycia says:

    You rock! I get so many great ideas from this site. Can't wait to try this banana split!

  9. Kat, done … thanks for the suggestion!

  10. Anonymous says:

    i came across this site from a friend over at
    i just wanted to say hello and thank you for the blog. im new to raw (and eating healthy) and a site like this is really going to help someone like me with meal plans and such. thank you so so so much 🙂
    keep it up

  11. Anonymous says:

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  12. Diana says:

    AWESOME. I fully support dessert for breakfast. And I'm totally impressed with how you manage to both come in way under your budget of $10/day AND with excellent nutrition stats – every time! I'm just doing a loose calculation in my head of the cost of my homemade raw dinner tonight, and it was probably like $4! For one meal! And you're coming in at less than $7 for the DAY here. No wonder food accounts for the majority of my monthly spending…

  13. your last dessert…oh lady, please, id love it!

    and the comment re my butt looking good in my dress..thank you! I have been trying to make it bigger and more noticeable, glad you noticed 🙂

  14. Breakfast Banana Splits
    This was so good!!! Thank you for sharing it with us. I can't believe how good it was. I'm just starting out eating Raw and if everything is as good as this, why did I wait so long to try it???

  15. Frannie says:

    I love raw zucchini. I am always looking for different recipes for my salad recipe collection.

  16. shannonmarie says:

    Your menus just keep getting better and better. Looks like you made some raw "Magic Shell." My son would love that one.

    I've been meaning to post more about your book, but as you may have noticed from my last entry, I've been taking it easy, sort of. Poor Hayden is teething and I've been ill (I guess I left those things out of the post), but when everything is back to normal, I'm going to make and take pics of some of your recipes.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yum, I LOVE dessert for breakfast…. and love this site! You ROCK!