Summer pie time! July 23 2012, 10 Comments
I bought a good 2lbs of local blueberries (quite a steal at $3!) a little while ago, with the intent of making a pie. So, I finally got around to doing just that.
I googled basic recipe for the pie dough and filling. Nothing fancy. Earth Balance butter for the crust, which turned out quite nice. If you use the baking butter sticks from Earth Balance, you may want to add a a pinch if salt to the dough. I replaced most of the sugar with agave nectar for the filling. Added a pinch of black pepper, lemon zest and vanilla extract as well. I made it last night and it was gone by this afternoon, success!
Hmm, that sounds like a pretty good fragrance to me. Pie crust, blueberries, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Would you take or leave the black pepper?
What's for dinner (or lunch), June 13 2011, 3 Comments
Still raw! Sorta. I think I would categorize myself as high raw, for the purists out there. I'll munch on a Larabar when I get a sweet craving or need something fast. I did slip up and had a packet of Justin's chocolate hazelnut butter. I was out out running errands in the city and while I was searching for some sun dried tomatoes (is there some sort of shortage? They're out everywhere!) then I saw the Justin's on the shelf. I couldn't help myself! I loved Nutella when I was an omnivore and I could not resist the opportunity that had presented itself. It's basically vegan Nutella. It could have been worse, but I could have made a better choice. On to not so naughty things...
Mmm, mmm, mm. This, or a similar version of this has been my main meal last week. It's a variation of this recipe right here: Sweet potato pasta with tangy marinara.
I don't recommend the oil packed sun dried tomatoes. Try looking in the bulk section of your health food store for the dry variety. For some reason I was unable to find any in the SE Portland area while I was out running errands the other day. Matt found some at our small local store though, the last dregs of the bulk bin, I don't know if they'll be restocking them though. There is an online source at Raw Guru.
I didn't use the sweet potato like the recipe called for. Something about an uncooked tuber just didn't seem appetizing to me, so I reached for the zucchini. I used sunflower seed and some pecan in my version. It's really delicious and very easy. I keep leftovers in a tub in the fridge and when I'm ready for more I shred up some zucchini and done! Toss in some extra sprouted seeds, chopped veg and tomatoes and you've got yourself a hearty meal. Once I've done that, it looks something like this:
What's for breakfast June 06 2011, 5 Comments
I started the real rawness June 2nd. I said I was going to start June 1st, but there was a Luna bar and some white beans in a vinaigrette that were had that day so technically June 1st doesn't count. I'm on day five now and I'm feeling pretty darn good!
This has been my powerhouse of a breakfast, probably the meal I look forward to the most... muesli!
For me personally, this is probably the most energizing breakfast I've ever eaten. I usually tuck into this at about 7-7:30am and I'm not getting hunger pangs till about noon, it's filling, but not at all heavy feeling.
What you need:
- Overnight soaked raw nuts and seeds and sprouted seeds. My current nut and seed mixture that I keep in the fridge is almond, pumpkin seed, sunflower and pecan. You can use any variety of nuts and or seeds that you wish, just make sure they're not toasted and that they're raw!
- Fruit, dried and fresh. Again, whatever you like. My basics are apples and bananas. In the photo above I also have mango and some raisins. If you have brown or spotty bananas, mash it up and mix it in, very ripe bananas add lots of sweetness. Berries would be great as would melons, peaches, pears, grapes, shredded carrot, anything goes!
- Milk, plant based or fresh fruit juice. Almond milk is my favorite raw nut milk, it has a sweet and neutral flavor. I've done hazelnut, it has quite a green flavor. You could also do oat milk, coconut, anything you prefer. I am currently using some organic vanilla Silk soymilk, I know! Not technically raw, but I have two gallons that need to be consumed - I'm not letting them go to waste!
- Spices and other goodies! Zazz it up. You'd be surprised at how much a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg can really bring out the natural sweetness in fruits. Flaked coconut and sesame seeds are great too!
- Salt. It probably sounds silly that I would mention salt, but it makes the flavor in everything come alive. Just a pinch!
- Nuts and seeds. Take your overnight soaked seeds and nuts and pulse them in a food processor with spices and the pinch of salt. I pulse my mixture until it is somewhat fine, no large chunks of nuts visible. Process them to the consistency you desire.
- Fruits. Pretty self explanatory. Chop, slice, dice and smash whatever you wish. I usually keep a small tub of whatever fruit I'm using prepped and in the fridge for ease.
- Milk. Once I've worked my way through my soy milk I'll be making almond milk. It's very easy and I recommend this how to here.
Put it all together!
I use 1/4 cup nut and seed mixture to at least two whole fruits, usually apple and banana. 1/4 cup milk and any other additions, coconut flake, raisins, etc. Mix it all thoroughly and enjoy!
The possibilities with this breakfast are probably endless. There is no real way to do it wrong either, just mix it all up and enjoy!
Noms! No Bake Date Bars FTW April 23 2011, 3 Comments
I'm on a bit of a diet. Winter fat layer needs to come off and my sweets need to be reigned in!
I do have to have a little something though, a little treat that I can have every now and again to quell the sweet toothy beast. Life without the occasional satisfactory treat is well, hell.
So you cant imagine how excited I was when found this recipe:
Filling and satisfying!
Not too guilty feeling while eating it...
I made them plain at first, and with the second batch I added cinnamon to the dry mix and saffron to the date paste, which added an excellent exotic flavor. With the next batch I think I'll add orange zest and rose water! Mmm. The two main ingredients that I think make this recipe irresistible is the coconut oils richness and the salt bringing out the flavor of each ingredient.
I'll tease you no longer, the recipe was found here. Dig through her blog, there are some amazing recipes to be found!