October 7, 2012

Beet Strawberry Lemon Smoothie
serves 2 ~ $1.70 per serving
a few large handfuls beet greens ($1.00)
1 cup strawberries, frozen ($1.30)
juice and zest of one lemon ($.80)
2 bananas, sliced and frozen ($.30)
water for blending
Red and green are complimentary (opposing) colors, which neutralize each
other. Some of the nicest grays and browns are made with complimentary
colors. But, in the same way, when making smoothies with greens and
reds, the result is a brown smoothie. They taste great, but aren’t all
that pretty. I had a pile of very red beet leaves from my epic fail at
raising beet roots and used them to make the most gorgeous dark red
smoothie with strawberries.
In a blender, add the beet greens and enough water to blend and puree
until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.
calories: 245
fat: 0 gr
carbs: 55 gr
protein: 7 gr

Greens with Sweet Orange Dressing
serves 2 ~ $1.83 per serving
5 oz mixed greens ($2.50)
juice and zest of one orange ($.55)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
This is too light a meal to last long, but it’s tasty and refreshing and
the dressing went really well with the arugula that’s growing like
weeds around here.
In a small cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Serve over the greens.

calories: 275
fat: 13 gr
carbs: 35 gr
protein: 7 gr

Lemon Garlic Greens
serve 2 ~ $1.93 per serving
5 oz leafy greens, such as kale, tat soi, chard, cut into ribbons ($2.30)
1 medium onion, sliced ($.05)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
juice and zest of one lemon ($.80)
3 cloves garlic, pressed ($.10)
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
This is a good way to use greens that may be a little mature … it will soften them up quite a bit.
Stack the washed greens and roll them up. Use a sharp knife to cut across the end of the roll, making ribbon shaped pieces.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the greens and
sliced onion. Toss to coat thoroughly. Spread out on a dehydrator tray
and let dehydrate for about a half hour to warm (don’t walk away and
forget about them, which is what I did!).
I served this using a can to form a round tower. Because I’d already
left them in the dehydrator too long, it really would have been better
to have just piled them loosely on a plate. Either way, even if not the
prettiest dish, they taste fantastic.

calories: 285
fat: 15 gr
carbs: 38 gr
protein: 8 gr

Chocolate Orange Beet Smoothie
serves 2 ~ $2.55 per serving
a few handfuls beet greens ($1.00)
juice and zest of two oranges ($1.10)
2 cups almond milk ($.80)
4 bananas, frozen ($.60)
4 tablespoons cocoa powder ($.40)
4 tablespoons hemp protein ($1.20)
1/2 teaspoon orange extract 
pinch salt
In a blender, puree the beet greens, orange juice and zest, and almond
milk until very smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and, again, puree
until smooth and creamy.

calories: 425
fat: 19 gr
carbs: 62 gr
protein: 19 gr


Total cost for the day: $8.01
total calories: 1,230
total fat: 47 gr
total carb: 190 gr
total protein: 41 gr

7 Responses

  1. Veganosaurus says:

    You seem to be eating such delicious, healthy meals everyday. And in such pretty colors too. 🙂

  2. Mikkan says:

    Hi! I am a new visitor here. I love the recepies, and your aestethics as well! However, I find the portions to be rather small, and I would never be able to make it through the day with this small amount of food. I find that with a raw diet, even though your blood sugar evens out in a good way, I still need to eat more often and more that 3 meals a day. For me 2 snacks are necessary. I know we are all different and all that, but the calorie leves here are the equivalent to a pretty agressive diet – have you any thoughts on this? I get the budget idea, and I think it's great to show how you can eat raw without spending a fortune, but still kinda feel that the way to go is not to go hungry and eat 50-50% of the recommended daily calorie intake, this experience might drive people away (I would have myself a snickers and a latte in despair on afternoons if on a low cal diet like this I'm afraid, ending up just feeling useless not realizing why I cannot stick to what I believe in, i.e. a raw food diet)…

    • Hi Mikkan! I tend to eat about 1,300 calories and don't lose weight. But yes, the calories can be somewhat low. I think something like a pile of bananas is a great addition to a menu like this, and would up the calories considerably, but "peel and eat a pile of bananas" doesn't make a very interesting recipe! I do get your point, though, and agree with much of it. Maybe I'll try upping the calories or offering add ons in the future.

  3. Lauren says:

    Delicious! All of it!!

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