October 10, 2010

Here’s Looking At You, Stew
serves 1 ~ $.65 per serving
4 tablespoons white chia seeds ($.50)
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
a few drops stevia
4 grapes ($.05)
apple pieces
This is Stew. Poor Stew is a bit discombobulated in the mornings. But still, we like having breakfast together.
Soak the chia seeds in about 3/4 cup water. Use more water for a thinner Stew. Add the agave and stevia to taste. I like Stew the best when sweet.
Peel the grapes, leaving a round section for irises. Chop the apple into small pieces and arrange into a smile or frown, depending on how you feel.
This bowl, which I just love, is something I found from an awesome Etsy seller … her shop is a bit empty this morning, but she should have things relisted soon. I love the drippy glaze she use and this has become my (and Stew’s) favorite dish.

calories: 215
fat: 9 gr
carbs: 31 gr
protein: 5 gr
Apple Raisin Cookies
makes 24 cookies ~ $.19 each
1/2 cup buckwheat ($1.00) 
1/2 cup brazil nuts ($2.00)
2 bananas ($.30)
1 apple, coarsely chopped ($.60)
1/2 cup raisins ($1.00)
3 tablespoons olive oil ($.30)
3 tablespoons agave ($.30)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
These are every bit as good as a regular cookie. I found my buckwheat and brazil nuts at NutsOnline.com. They have an amazing selection of all sorts of goodies, including lots of raw nuts and seeds and their service is excellent.
The buckwheat has to be soaked for at least a half hour, but can be soaked overnight, so plan to start that ahead of time. Once soaked, rinse the buckwheat extremely well. 
In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the bananas until pureed. Add the buckwheat and pureed until mostly smooth. Add the brazil nuts and process until well chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the apples and raisins are chopped up a bit and all ingredients are incorporated.
Put heaping tablespoon sized mounds of batter on a lined dehydrator sheet. Press some additional raisins into the tops of the cookies, if desired. Dry for about an hour, until the tops are dry enough to flip. Flip and gently pry the cookies from the sheet. Also, a spatula can be used to turn the cookies. Dry for another few hours until dry but just slightly pliable.
Use the cookies to make n’ice cream sandwiches. Just make a small batch of banana ice cream and pour into a freezer proof container to a depth of about 1/2 to 1 inch. Freeze until very firm, then cut into circles that fit inside the cookies.
calories: 68
fat: 4 gr
carbs: 9 gr
protein: 2 gr
nutritional information is for one cookie
serves 1 ~ $.99 per serving
1 beet ($.69)
1/2 cucumber ($.30)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
stevia to taste
I vant to drink your … beet juice. Especially if it’s lemony and sweet. My granddaughter loved this, and has requested it ever since.
Juice the beet and cucumber. Add lemon juice and sweeten with a bit of stevia, or your favorite sweetener.
calories: 55
fat: 0 gr
carbs: 12 gr
protein: 2 gr
Caramel Apple Pie
serves 6 ~ $1.60 per serving
1 cup walnuts ($3.00)
1 cup raisins ($1.00)
5 apples ($3.00)
1/2 cup raisins ($.50)
4 tablespoons agave ($.40)
4 tablespoons lemon juice ($.40)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ($.10)
4 tablespoons almond butter ($.80)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
4 tablespoons water
This may possibly be the best apple pie I’ve ever had. 
Peel and slice the apples into pieces about 1/8 in thick. In a lidded container (I used a zip lock box), toss the apples and 1/2 cup raisins with the agave, lemon juice, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice until well coated. Spread out on a lined dehydrator sheet and dry for about 2 hours, stirring once or twice. This isn’t meant to dry the apples, but to soften them and let the flavor intensify.
In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, process the walnuts and 1 cup raisins until the mix starts to stick together. This takes a couple minutes. Press the mix into the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of an 8 inch spring form pan. Put in the freezer for a half hour to firm. 
In a bullet type blender, puree the almond butter, agave, olive oil, and water until very smooth.
Spoon the apple mixture from the dehydrator into the chilled pie crust and pour the caramel evenly on top. Chill for another half hour, if desired. For extra creamy goodness, serve with a scoop of vanilla banana ice cream.
calories: 462
fat: 24 gr
carbs: 64 gr
protein: 6 gr
Witches Brew Smoothie
serves 4 ~$1.43 per serving

1 head romaine ($2.29)
3 ripe bananas ($.45)
1 lb frozen mango ($2.69)
water for blending

1/4 cup beet juice ($.30)

A basic green smoothie can easily become witched brew. Add a beet hand for creepy effect.

In a blender, with about a half cup water (or more, if needed), blend the romaine until very smooth. Even a small blender will do this well if the greens are blended first. Add the banana and frozen mango and blend until smooth. Serve in a punch bowl or your favorite cauldron, if desired.

For the hand you;ll need a latex glove. Rinse the inside of the glove well and fill with water and the beet juice. Make a knot in the top of the glove, or tie shut with a rubber band. Freeze for several hours or overnight, until frozen solid. Run under hot water for a second or two and then peel the glove from the hand. Put in the center of your witches brew. This serves four, so there are plenty of chilly fingers to go around.

calories: 167
fat: 1 gr
carbs: 42 gr
protein: 3 gr
Pumpkin Butter
one batch, size will vary ~$7.00

2 medium pumpkin ($6.00)
2 cups sugar ($.80)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice ($.20)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pumpkin butter isn’t raw, not by a long shot, but it’s a wonderful treat on a fall day … and I’ve been thinking about it ever since Heidi mentioned it on her blog. A dab goes great on toast or favorite raw cookies or crackers. I like it with a sprinkle of chopped nuts.

To make the pumpkin butter, first you need a pumpkin or two. Pie pumpkins are a bit fleshier, but any pumpkins will work. Wipe clean and put in the center rack of the oven on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour and a half. Let cool. Cut in half and scrape out seeds. Cut the pumpkin pieces into strips and remove the skin with a sharp knife. Puree in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Add the sugar and spices and blend until well incorporated. Process in batches if necessary. Taste test and adjust the sugar and spice as needed. If starting with pumpkins is more than you want to do, just use a couple cans of pumpkin puree.

There are two ways to cook the pumpkin down. The usual way is to put it in a heave saucepan on the stove. Simmer for about an hour until reduced and thickened, stirring every so often.

An even easier way is to put the puree into a crock pot on medium heat and let it simmer for several hours or even overnight. Store in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to a week.

This week, we’re participating in the Halloween blog party hosted by A Fanciful Twist …and we’ve got some Halloween goodies, too.

Halloween Giveaways!

First …

TAROT Reading!
I’ll be giving a tarot reading to one of my readers (I used to work for Miss Cleo, ya know … seriously, I did). Just leave a comment asking to be entered in the drawing. The tarot reading is genuine and in-depth. I’ll do your reading by email and up to three questions can be asked. A reading can sometimes be more productive if the winner supplies a birth date, even more so with a time and place.

and …

I’m also giving away a copy of my ebook.

To enter:  leave a comment below.

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52 Responses

  1. Pam says:

    I would love to be entered in your tarot drawing….love these! Oh I hope I win!…this is so exciting..he he!

    I didn't know if we were suppose to leave separate comments or not? but here goes:

    and your ebook would be glorious too!

    Signed up on your email list.

    Don't do Twitter, but on Facebook, so I will put it there if that is okay.

    P.S. so fun! This is such a great Halloween post and you are so creative my dear!

    Hugs and thank you!

  2. bitt says:

    you just won my giveaway. πŸ˜‰ love that creepy hand.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Tarot reading and e-book? They both sound great to me! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Oh my goodness! that caramel apple pie looks heavenly! It's days like these when I wish i had a dehydrator :P.

    I'm so into the tarot reading, consider me entered πŸ™‚ and I signed up with your email list.



  5. oooh I would love a tarot reading!!! πŸ™‚
    I have you on my blog list, so i read your blog every time you post!!
    I've been bad at commenting because I'm in school and so super busy!!!

    I hope this counts as an entry!!

  6. Angelique says:

    Fun contest and recipes — thanks Lisa!


  7. Angelique says:

    I signed up for your email list.


  8. Radish says:

    That pie looks amazing! Also, please enter me in the giveaway πŸ™‚

  9. stephanie says:

    I love the creativity in the raw Halloween treats! A tarot reading, how wonderful for this time of year. yes, please, I'd love a chance at one. πŸ™‚

  10. anushka says:

    what a great halloween post! i'm so excited to make the apple pie – i think i can do it right now… would love the chance to win your book and reading.

  11. Ida says:

    Oh, I'd love a tarot reading! Thanks for the chance to enter.

    I also have you on blog list, and have been meaning to comment for ages. I'm trying to make the slow transition over to raw food, or at least incorporate more of it in my life. Your blog has been wonderful for this, and it's taught me that eating raw doesn't have to be expensive.

    Thank you for this.

    PS – the caramel apple pis looks divine!

  12. HiHoRosie says:

    I love this post! So much fun and creativity! Happy spooky halloween! hee hee! Thanks for the shoutout too. Your pumpkin butter looks awesome and fairly simple too. I heart pumpkin butter! And how funny you used to work for Miss Cleo. I remember those commercials. Lastly, I would love a chance to win your e-book. πŸ™‚

  13. Earth Mother says:

    Well, today's menu was extra extra FUN (and creative!). Loooooving the Halloween theme here. I had to chuckle, cuz I too have had pumpkin butter on the brain ever since Heidi mentioned it on her blog.

    Miss Cleo!! I'm just grinning from ear to ear. Throw my name in the hopper for a reading, please.

  14. wyllow says:

    ohhh pick me pick me! πŸ™‚ lol… love halloween, such a spiritual time, best time of year.


  15. Emile says:

    Oh, dear. I wish I had something of interest to blog about so I could join in the Halloween fun! I've actually been lurking your blog for months. Please don't hold it against me for not commenting until now; I'm ridiculously shy. Alas, your Witches Brew Smoothie was glorious enough to drag me out of the shadows. Needless to say, my grocery list just got a bit longer… πŸ˜‰

    Please enter me in the Tarot drawing! I've been interested in getting a reading for quite some time, but sadly it isn't in my budget. This would be amazing to win.

    Happy Halloween and a tremendous THANK YOU! for the many lovely recipes you post each week. They keep my wallet happy and my palate dancing. :))

  16. Enter Me!

    And if I dont win, I will pay you for a tarot card reading. 100% serious. I totally am INTO it! And trust you!

    The comment you left me today bout tattooing..went into my moderation folder…weird?! But anyway, that is sooo cool! As an artist, I bet working on skin as the medium would be so fun…and permanent πŸ™‚

    This post
    Where do i begin

    the apple pie looks like the best apple pie ever!!
    and caramel sauce. i could eat by the spoon

    the pumpkin butter

    the beet juice

    the creativity of that hand print!

    wow. you outdid yourself, as per your usual πŸ™‚

  17. Kimberly says:

    What a super-fun menu!

    Would love to be entered in the drawing!


  18. Anonymous says:

    Please enter me into the draw for the Tarot reading and also enter me for a copy of your ebook.
    Happy Hallowe'en!
    Thanks for the inspiring recipes.

  19. Kathy P says:

    Oooh! What a creepy looking hand!
    Thanks for the creative recipes! I get inspired to put more RAW into my diet after each of your post πŸ™‚

    (hence an e-book would be constant stream of inspiration!)


  20. magda says:

    I would love a copy of your e-book. Your blog is one of my favorites because you always have so many fresh, fruit-based recipes. Thanks!

  21. Michelle F says:

    Oh, I would love love love to win your ebook!


  22. Michelle F says:

    Signed up on your email list!


  23. Oh my goodness…YOU MAKE THE BEST FOOD!…the creepy hand is still creeping me out…and I love that you're doing the Tarot reading…what fun!

  24. me says:

    I would love to entered in the drawing for the tarot reading and the ebook. All of the recipes from this blog look absolutely divine and I can't wait to try some of them!

  25. Heather Pace says:

    My goodness woman! What in incredible Halloween spread! I want to come over! XO

  26. Jenn says:

    I would love to be entered for your drawings. Thanks for sharing such amazing recipes!
    PS I signed up for the email list!

  27. Della says:

    Terrific recipes! I'm not a vegan, but came across your site another time and enjoyed it. Love the apple pie above and the witch's brew (I did something like that once with a purple ice hand – great fun!). Enjoy all your Halloween Parties!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Awesome recipes!! Thanks!
    Welcome to visit my Halloween party:

  29. Jo says:

    Your dishes look delish! Thanks so much for sharing these with us! Hope you'll stop by, Happy Halloween!!!

  30. Sarah says:

    I absoloutly love your blog. I wish I had found it sooner! Tis just another reason to LOVE halloween, you never know what you'll find^^


  31. Jan says:

    It would be swell to get a free tarot reading from one reader to another…

    Really a-maz-ing how many followers you have…you go girl! πŸ™‚

    at ivegottadraw.blogspot.com
    and playfulside.blogspot.com

  32. Anonymous says:

    I can not believe how low cal the cookies are!
    Please enter me for the Tarot reading. I have 3 important questions to ask.

    email address is in my blog profile, About Me page

  33. These are some awesome recipes! Thank you so much for posting them. The pie and the butter look especially yummy.

    Do consider me for either of your wonderful gifts.

    I would be most delighted if you came to visit my enchanted Halloween Faerie Tale & giveaway:


    Enjoy the parties!

  34. julietk says:

    I have been so tied up with other stuff that this year I am not participating by posting but I am visiting some of the guys who have found time to post. Such a lot of work you put into this post, delishcious.

  35. Aurelia says:

    I've found my way here from the Halloween Blog Party that we're both taking part in today πŸ™‚

    I'd love to be entered into the draw for a tarot reading and also for a copy of your ebook! The Pumpkin Butter recipe has already grabbed my attention, I'll be sure to try that one out.

  36. Sara says:

    What a wonderful party post… so unique and different. Love the recipes and will try each and every one! Happy party day. xx

  37. apinkdreamer says:

    fantastic post!!!!please count me in!

  38. RΓ³isΓ­n says:

    You pesky witch, I was already hungry before I called in here. All I can say is YUM! What a scrummy post. Must take note of some of those recipes, though I doubt I could make them look as good as that. Happy Halloween!
    Roisin x


  39. Your recipes have totally knocked my socks off. I LOVE your blog. It is one of my favorites, truly! Thank you for sharing your magical tale of food, healthy and raw and perfect!β™₯, Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

  40. Chales! says:

    oh gosh it's the first time i read ur blog but i'm already in love with it! <3 <3
    u're doing a great job! sometimes being raw foodist is so damn expensive!!

  41. wonderful yummies, fav stew & apple pie….hmmmmm
    Fab pics too!Thank you for sharing :0)
    Trace x

  42. Sylvia says:

    Ohhhh…everything looks yummy and creepy…I have become a fan because I want to learn more. Thank you.

    Happy Halloween,

  43. Scrap Vamp says:

    Amazing recipes! Thank you for sharing them! I've had a lot of fun here atyour party, I hope you'll visit mine, too!


  44. Anonymous says:

    I read the Tarot as well! Im a beginner though πŸ™‚

    I would love to know how you use the birth date in reading the cards!

    Tarot have helped me a lot of times. Even in terms of health and nutrition. They help you understand better your deep thoughts.

  45. what a wonderful party!
    I love your creations!

    Hope you'll come visit mine and my post(s) for all of October!

  46. Mindy says:

    Oops, I think I missed by 4 minutes (well it's 9:04 where I am), but just in case you let me squeak in, would love a book or tarot reading, thanks!

  47. Mindy says:

    Signing up for email list.

  48. Lenora says:

    ok first off love the carved jack o lanterns! then the recipes! and as well the giveaway – how cool is that gift?! – please do come on over to our graveyard / party The Graveyard
    and feel free to add to our Shrine To Honour The Dead if you are so inclined! Blessings.

  49. LYNDY WARD says:

    I was too early yesterday, glad I ventured back…

    This is sooooo much fun!!!
    Love your blog & your creations.
    Please fly by for my giveaways too…
    Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy

    My Haunted Halloween Party Link:

  50. Your blog is stunning.
    And the recipes are always fabulous.
    It's definitely a win-win to visit here!!
    No pun intended! Ha!
    Thanks for all that you do,

  51. Annabelle says:

    Quite an interesting blog and I must return for the recipes…all so enticing and so flamboyantly haunting…love it! Thanks for inviting me to your party.
    Drop by The Wood Beyond The World
    for a chance to win some Halloween Art
    Happy Halloween