September 26, 2010

I hope you enjoy these recipes from a previous post.
 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  ~Leonardo DaVinci
Blueberry Fool
serves 4 ~ $.62 per serving
1 cup nuts (cashews) ($1.00)
2 ripe bananas ($.30)
juice of 1 lemon ($.69)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup water for blending, as needed
4 ounces blueberries, frozen and thawed ($.50)
whole blueberries
I was looking for ways to cut some of the fat in regular nut yogurt and decided to use ripe bananas and nuts in about equal amounts. This worked out wonderfully and as a bonus, eliminated the need for more sweetener.
A “fool” is basically a yogurt dish layered parfait style. Greek yogurt, which is very thick, is traditionally used. This yogurt isn’t that thick as I’ve made it here, but could easily be thickened by draining some of the liquid through cheesecloth. 
In a blender, puree the bananas until very smooth. Add the nuts (I used cashews) and lemon juice and about a half cup water for blending. Puree on high for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate for at least a few hours. It will thicken quite a bit as it chills.
To make the “fool,” take half the yogurt and puree with a handful of blueberries. In each serving bowl, put a spoon of regular yogurt and another of blueberry yogurt, add a few whole blueberries to the top. Garnish with a couple chopped walnuts and a drizzle of agave, if desired.
calories: 268
fat: 38 gr
carbs: 24 gr
protein: 5 gr
Nut Butter and Jelly
serves 4 ~$1.15 per serving
1 cup buckwheat, soaked ($.35)
1/2 cup flaxseed, ground ($.20)
1 ripe banana ($.15)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
1/2 cup water
pinch of salt
8 tablespoons nut butter ($3.20)
4 ounces strawberries ($.50)
I’m really starting to enjoy buckwheat and have been experimenting with it in bread and cracker type things (you’ll have to get my e-book to see it all!). This is a simple, basic recipe for a crispy cracker like bread that goes well with nut butter and any fruit “jelly.”
Soak buckwheat overnight. Drain and rinse well. In a food processor, puree the ripe banana until liquid. Add in the buckwheat and process until fairly smooth. Cover the ground flaxseed with about an equal amount of water and let soak for about a half hour, until it forms the gel. Stir the soaked flaxseed, oil, and vanilla into the buckwheat and banana mixture. Incorporate well.
Spread about 1/8 inch thick on teflex sheets in the dehydrator. Dehydrate for about 2 hours on one side, then score in desired shapes and flip and dehydrate on the other side for a few hours or overnight.
Serve with a tablespoon of nut butter and some mashed fruit “jelly.”
calories: 577
fat: 24 gr
carbs: 54 gr
protein: 15 gr
Marinated Mushroom Salad
serves 2 ~ $2.98 per serving

1 head leaf lettuce ($.77)
10 ounces mushrooms, sliced ($2.19)
1 zucchini, sliced ($.66)
1 red bell pepper, sliced ($1.59)
1 medium onion, chopped ($.15)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
2 cloves garlic
 whole flaxseeds
This is a very hearty and filling salad. 
Mix the marinade, which is the olive oil, agave, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Slice and chop the mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper, and onion. For this recipe, I cut the zucchini into matchstick sized pieces. Toss with the marinade in a shakeable container (I just use a large ziplock box) and let sit for up to a couple hours. Place on teflex sheets and dehydrate for about an hour, just until warm and slightly softened.
Chop the lettuce and top with the warm veggies. Mix up just a bit more additional marinade to use as a dressing, if desired. Salt and pepper to taste, and top with a sprinkle of whole flaxseeds.   
calories: 322
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 12 gr
Apple Cinnamon Cookies
makes 12 pieces ~ $.20 each

1 cup walnuts ($1.00)
1/2 cup dehydrated apple slices, about 2 small apples ($.80) 
1/2 cup dehydrated banana slices, about 3 medium fresh ($.45)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla ($.15)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
coconut flakes for rolling
I wanted something fast and easy, but spicy and warm … and something other than chocolate! I’ll never bore of chocolate, but every once in a while it’s nice to change things around. 
This is so simple and takes about 5 minutes to make, not including the dehydrating time. Peel and slice the apples and bananas and dehydrate for several hours, or overnight. They should be leathery and pliable, not crisp.
In a food processor with an “S” blade, process the nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and pinch of salt. Pulse to start, then let process for a few minutes until the mixture starts to stick together. Scoop out using a tablespoon or other rounded scooper and roll into a ball shape. Press into coconut flakes.
calories: 105
fat: 12 gr
carbs: 10 gr
protein: 4 gr
Total cost for the day: $4.95
total calories: 1,272
total fat: 82 gr
total carb: 133 gr
total protein: 34 gr

I wanted to take a moment to say a great big …

to every one of my readers! I appreciate you all SO much!

Question of the Week
Formal, casual, or whatever is handy … how do you set your table for every day meals?

17 Responses

  1. Noelle says:

    The apple cinnamon cookies sounds delicious! I nedd to make some! I do not know if you are interested but there is a Challenge this month that focuses on apples and it ends at the end of September. These cookies would be great!

  2. Those apple cinnamon cookies look so cute! And the pb and j is perfect! I am a student so my table setting includes a nothing but the essentials, plate, fork, glass 🙂

  3. Everything looks delicious. I am definately going to try these recipes:) Love your blog!

  4. HiHoRosie says:

    Mmm…love it! The nut butter and jam looks super yummy!

  5. Geneva says:

    Love your blog, thanks so much for posting!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    We set our table casual for all meals except holidays, then is is formal…our china, crystal and gold flatware; even for all 5 kids. They learn how to respect formal place settings from a young age.
    LOVE your stuff!! Keep it coming please.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  7. bitt says:

    I love the bread…looks so "real" well as in like cooked bread. I like a good raw AB and J once in awhile. Yum.

    Set the table? Well sometimes the table is my lap. Or I just plop down at the one table we've got. Nothing fancy unless it's a special occasion. What's fancy is ON the plate.

  8. anushka says:

    well…. since my son is usually setting our big table with his play table ware, my husband and i often sit at the bar and eat. and our three year old prefers to eat on the couch… i look forward to when he's older and will sit with us together for our meals with fresh flowers and seasonal nature offerings from our walks together outside. for now… this is what works.

  9. You made me be a hunger crazy:) ….. beautiful pictures!

  10. If I wasn't afraid of having my tongue zapped,
    I'd lick my computer screen!!
    Those recipes look FABULOUS!!!! Yum!!
    Thanks for the time you put into your blog!
    Much appreciated!!

  11. It all looks SO good.

    You know, we don't actually 'have' a table to set at this point, but you've inspired me to make each meal special in some way with some creative art. 🙂

  12. You are so amazing! These recipes look so yummy. I am going to try the blueberry fool tomorrow morning. Can't wait!

    As for table setting, we don't really do much. Just sit and eat, enjoying each others company. But, we do always use ceramic plates/bowls… NEVER paper plates, its so wasteful! 🙂

    Thanks for having such an awesome blog and sharing such great delights!

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  14. Alisa says:

    I love your recipes!I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget at the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  15. Oh, YUM, as always!!!

    (And…I've come to redirect you to my new site, as my old blog/id is (closed and) not connected to my new site/moniker. But I think you'll know it's "me!" :o)

    Lots of love,

  16. Antony says:

    One blueberry fool to go please x

  17. magda says:

    I've been thinking about that blueberry fool every since you posted it and I finally made it today. Oh my god, yum! It tastes like I remember yogurt tasting but even better. And so easy. What a fantastic recipe. Thanks!