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Monday, December 30, 2013

Celebration Smoothie (Raw Vegan, GF)

Let's celebrate the end of an amazing year the right way! No alcohol in this delightful beverage ;)

Yields: 9 cups

226g baby Spinach
16.9 oz Aloe Vera juice
Handful of Wheatgrass (optional)
1 whole golden Pineapple (500g)
400g frozen Strawberries (about 20)
1 whole frozen or fresh Mango (220g)
1/2 inch fresh Turmeric root

Blend in Vitamix. Enjoy!

Nutrition: Calories 670, Fat 3g, Carbs 168g (120g Sugar, 24g Fiber), Protein 13g, Vitamin A 170%, Vitamin B6 105%, Vitamin C 720%, Vitamin E 52%, Vitamin K 1236%, Calcium 42%, Magnesium 108%, Manganese 500%, Iron 65%, Potassium 72%, Zinc 40%

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Clean Green Smoothie (GF Raw Vegan Powerhouse)

This smoothie is a great way to get in your greens with the star sweetness of pear and the toothsome nature of dried figs. Ultra delicious!

Yields: 7 cups

Baby Spinach (282g)
Golden Pineapple (400g)
1 D'anjou Pear (200g)
2 dried Turkish Figs (50g)
3 spotty Bananas (420g)
2 cups filtered Water

In Vitamix, pack in spinach and add water. Blend on high until liquified. Add pineapple and pear; blend until incorporated. Add bananas and figs, then blend on variable to leave some texture.
Drink up! Every sip is magic :)

Nutrition: Calories 897, Fat 3.6g, Carbs 222g, Protein 17.5g, Fiber 34g, Calcium 458mg (46% DV), Iron 11.5mg (64%), Potassium 4121mg (88%), Zinc 3mg (39%), Magnesium 434mg (140%), Manganese 8mg (430%)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sweet'n'Spicy Veggie Pasta (Raw Vegan, Low-fat)

1.1 pound Kale (500g)
2 medium Zucchini (545g)
Handful baby Carrots (150g)
Handful white Mushrooms (100g)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper (100g)
1/2 Yellow Capsicum (100g)
1 pitted Mango (150g)
1 Lemon, juiced (1/4 cup)
4 ounces Orange Juice
1 tbs red Chili paste*
1 inch fresh Turmeric**
1 inch peeled Ginger
1/4 cup fresh Cilantro
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cumin
1 Medjool date

* 1 tsp of paste = 2 tsp of powder = 1 dried chili
** equals 2 tsp of powder

Wash and spin dry your kale. Cut or rip into bite-sized pieces. Squeeze lemon juice over kale. Massage for 2-4 minutes. Let sit. If you do not like raw kale, my mother steamed half for 10 minutes and it came out well.
Wash your zucchini. Chop off ends. Place into spiralizer and cut into ribbons or noodles. If you do not have a spiralizer, try a mandolin!
In the Vitamix, add all other ingredients. Blend for 1 minute, using the tamping rod to help. The sauce packs a punch, so use less chili if you don't like too much heat.
In a large bowl, add half of the zucchini, half of the kale, and as much sauce as you like.
Dig in :)

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Oatmeal Raisin & Apple Date Cookies (Vegan, Fat-free)

Warm your home with these delicious seasonal cookies!

Yields: 12-24 cookies | Cook time: 10-12 minutes

Oatmeal Raisin
1 cup regular or instant oats
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 small spotty banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tbs coconut sugar (optional)

Apple Date
1 cup instant oats
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp pure vanilla
1/8 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup finely chopped apple
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup apple sauce
3/4 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375F.
Mix the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl with a fork. Add the raisins or apples and dates.
Add maple syrup, vanilla, mashed banana or apple sauce, and lemon juice. Mix by spoon or hand.
Use a large spoon to drop cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat. Flatten each cookie slightly with your hand or back of the spoon.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for a few minutes on a wire rack before serving.

These cookies are soft and chewy, fresh from the oven and on the second day :)

Nutrition (per cookie): 80 calories, 0g total fat, 21g carbs (3g fiber, 8g sugar), 2g protein, 108mg potassium, 15mg sodium

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Unconventional Rice Pudding (V, Allergen-free)

Here is an example of a cooked dinner on the Raw till 4 (80/10/10) lifestyle. I eat all this. But if you can't go big, you can share ;)

Serves: 1-3 | Time: 40 minutes

1 cup dry basmati or jasmine rice
1 cup light vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup golden raisins, soaked
1.5 limes, squeezed of juice
4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp maple syrup

Rinse and soak rice for 30 minutes. Drain. Bring lots of water to boil in a pot (I eyeballed how much liquid because I do this a lot). Add turmeric and lime juice.
Add rice and boil for 6 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, soak your raisins. Drain rice and raisins. Return to pot, on lowest heat, and add milk. Stir in cinnamon. Add your maple syrup.
You can leave it milky or let the rice absorb it.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Raw Veggie Tacos (Vegan, Allergen-free)

Yields: 12+ tacos | Serves: 1-2 | Time: 15 minutes

1 head of romaine
1 medium big carrot
1 large gala apple
3 celery stalks
1/3 yellow capsicum
14 green beans
10 mushroom slices
1/4 red onion
6 dates, soaked
1 tsp chili paste
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup homemade hummus

Chop all ingredients, finely. Add to a mixing bowl and pour in lemon juice and hummus. Toss.
In a blender, add orange juice and dates. Blend. Pour over veggies. Add chili paste. Toss.
Optional: Chill for 1 hour to allow flavors time to mature and marinade.
Spoon into leaves, hold like tacos, and munch!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Raw Fruit Wraps (Vegan, Allergen-free)

       Yields: 4 tacos | Serves: 1 | Time: 10 minutes
1 head of romaine
2-3 spotty bananas
8 medjool dates, soaked
1-2 oranges, juiced

Apple Pie
       Yields: 10+ tacos | Serves: 1-2 | Time 15 minutes
1 head of romaine
10 deglet noor dates, soaked
5 apples, small or medium
1 tbs cinnamon, or more
1-2 oranges, juiced

Soak your dates in enough water to cover for 1-8 hours. Drain and reserve water if desired.
Squeeze the juice of one orange. Add to a food processor or blender.
Remove and rinse the outer romaine leaves. Dry and lay on a tray. You may need to break the spine of the leaf so it lays flat, and chop off the ends if they are rusty.
Add your dates to the food processor and puree or liquify. If you want the sauce thinner, add the juice of another orange.

Bananza: Cut bananas in half lengthwise. You can do this while in the peel, half peeled, or peeled. You can also cut the banana into coins. Each leaf needs about 1/2 a banana. Drizzle with date sauce generously, and keep more for dipping.
Apple pie: Wash your apples (soak in water and vinegar for 20 minutes) and core them. I like to leave the peel on. I use honeycrisp or gala because they are crunchy and sweet. You can try a green apple or your favorite. Add cinnamon to your sauce and mix in the blender. Dice apples to about 1/4 inch. In a mixing bowl, add half your apples and half your sauce. Stir, then add the rest. Spoon onto leaves.

Hold like a taco, munch, and enjoy :)

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