Friday, May 24, 2013

Homemade Almond Milk & Berry Milk Shake

I have been wanting to start making my own almond milk for quite some time now. That way I can get the freshest and purest milk with NO additives. This can be done easily with a blender and a nut milk bag. The only thing stopping me was that I did not have a nut milk bag yet.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Simple Raw Homemade Horseradish Sauce

I was in the grocery store wandering through the produce section when I came across some horseradish root. It looks a bit like a parsnip root. I love horseradish sauces, for dipping, in sandwich spreads and for wasabi.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Egg-less Deviled Egg Salad

Before I went vegan I used to enjoy my home made egg salad and deviled eggs. I have been contemplating how to re-create the taste and texture of these in a vegan recipe. And I think this is pretty darn close, and it is delicious!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Oil Free Raspberry Vinaigrette

When making a salad with nuts or other fats, sometimes it's nice to pair it with an oil free dressing. You need healthy fats, they help you absorb the fat soluble vitamins in your veggies, but if you are putting nuts on your salad, then you are getting plenty of fats. You don't have to have any oil in your dressing especially when you can make a delicious oil free dressing.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Real Almond Joy - Chocolate Almond Bliss Bars

Coming up with this energy/snack bar has been in the back of my mind for a while now. I have contemplated a few different ways to accomplish this. Would I use pre-made chocolate chips? Should I make my own chocolate chips? Or make a chocolate topping that would be delicious but possibly quite messy for an on the go snack? I churned over these thoughts and a few others until my most recent trip to the health food store where I saw a package of raw cacao nibs...

"Cheezy" Pizza Hemp Kale Chips

For my trip to Michigan I have been preparing lots of snacks so I can continue to eat healthy on the road and while I'm away from home. If you eat like I do, you know how hard it is to eat out with friends and family who eat the SAD (Standard American Diet). So, to make it a bit easier, I've been dehydrating fruit, sprouting and drying nuts, making energy bars and today... kale chips!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Creamy Thyme Infused Portabella Mushroom & Rice Soup

I've been dreaming of making this soup for quite some time now, and finally I had the chance to attempt it tonight. Since going dairy free, I've missed some of the "creamy" soups like cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, etc.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sweet Carrot Cilantro Juice

Just a quick post today with a delicious juice recipe! If you love cilantro the way I do, you will most likely love this juice! The sweetness of carrots and apple, the saltiness of the celery with the herby flavor of cilantro are a perfect combinations for a smooth, creamy flavorful juice!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

GF Chocolate-Banana "Cheesecake"

I decided to make a dessert to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom, and we had a couple of birthdays as well. It came out pretty yummy. This dessert was inspired by the amazing dessert creations by Emily at This Rawesome Vegan Life and by another of my favorites The Detoxinista. I didn't follow one particular recipe, this is more of a conglomeration recipes from both of them. Emily makes the most beautiful raw desserts, there are so many to try! And I got the idea to add the zucchini from the Detoxinista... and I have to say I am sold. You have no idea it's in there, but the texture is amazing! It's kind of like ice cream and feels a bit less "heavy" than just the cashews which I personally love. This is also my mom's favorite version so far as well!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Curried Coconut Sprouted Kitchari

So, I decided to try out making my own variation of Kitchari. It is an Indian dish originally and is a dish highly recommended for cleansing by the ancient, holistic, healing principles of Ayurveda. I have been considering making it for some time now, and had a friend suggesting it to me as well, to help ease my symptoms from chemo, eating and digestion can sometimes be a challenge. Although this particular chemo was a rather mild one, which I am pretty happy about. I still have had moments of tiredness and nausea, but not nearly as much as normal. Anyhow, just feeling up to cooking is a huge thing! I attribute this to juicing!

Home-Made Raw V-8 Juice & Synergy Kombucha Review

I've been wanting to make a homemade V-8 juice and today was the day! And all I can say is YUM! If you grew up loving V-8, then you will love this even more, as will your body! All fresh, and all raw! There are tons more nutrients in this juice than the traditional V-8!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Zesty Lemon Cilantro Ginger Blast

Today's juice, a bit similar to yesterdays with a few changes. I decided to make a "prettier" green juice. Yesterday's was delicious but sweeter, today's is slightly sweet, lemony and herby with a cilantro twist!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Zesty Lemon-Ginger-Basil Green Juice & Natural Vitamin D

So, if you have read my "My Story" page, you will know I am battling a terminal illness. So there are days when eating is a challenge. It's hard to tolerate all raw when I'm not feeling well, and I crave more starchy foods like rice and potatoes. I also get food aversions to some of my favorite things, which bums me out when it's something like cumin. Today is a chemo day. Surprisingly, I haven't felt quite as yuck as normal which I am really happy about. I have tons to do and usually I am a sickly couch potato for about four days. So, what does this have to do with my yummy juice recipe? Well, today I felt good enough to make a juice and drink it which is rare the day of my chemo!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

GF Almond Nut Bread with Coconut Butter

Ok, I am finally getting around to this. I have been meaning to post this recipe for a while now. I have been making this bread for a couple months and it is delicious! It makes amazing toast. If you like toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, you will love this! I like to bake this, slice it thin with a non-serated, super sharp knife (my favorite is a ceramic knife!), save out a few slices then toss the rest in the freezer to pull out  a piece or two at a time.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

GF Sweet & Spicy Pad Thai Noodle Bowl

Ever since I made my Sweet & Spicy Thai Coconut-Peanut Dressing I have been craving it even more! I have had it on salad a couple times and decided to make another batch. It just made me want Pad Thai even more! So for dinner tonight I decided I was going to make a quick simple version of Pad Thai. One of my favorite dishes that I love to drown in Sriracha sauce! So here it is!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet & Spicy Thai Coconut-Peanut Dressing

I was down to my last fresh goodies before I go shopping again and pondering how I would make my salad for dinner. Spring lettuce mix, carrots, celery, purple cabbage, and, hmm. apples. And yes, you guessed it, ANOTHER salad dressing recipe! As many salads as I eat, I need to keep it interesting! So most of the time, I start each salad fresh. And I only make enough dressing to last me for about 2-3 salads. This works because one, they are fresh and won't last as long as the store bought ones, and two, I like to change things up frequently and I love getting creative and trying new recipes!