Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Raw Vegan Thin Mints

I found this recipe. But true to form, I didn't follow her directions. I had to use ingredients I had on hand & ingredients that I like. I'm not nut crazy around here. I eat pumpkin seeds more often than not or use sunflower seeds for my mock toona. And coconut. I love me some coconut shreds & coconut flour. I have learned that with our diabetes it is better to stick to foods that don't cause us issues, this means (for the kids) going low on the rice gluten free stuff, and low on the wheat food products too. For me this means skipping all that completely. Enter coconut flour. Oh and coconut oil.. coconut oil is great on or in the body!

Now more often than not, you'll find me complete with a banana, cherry, date, smoothie in hand or a fresh ginger, carrot, cranberry, beet, kale, apple juice. Every now & again I like to have a treat tho. I think these fit the bill pretty well. Altho I don't think mint will be the flavour all the time. I imagine these would be pretty great vanilla or orange or key lime or lemon. MMMMM the possibilities! YUM!

To create the cookie portion, I used a 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 2 TBS (warmed til liquid) coconut oil, mint extract, couple of two-three drops, liquid vanilla stevia (couple three drops) & agave nectar. You can use maple syrup if you prefer. I mixed the ingredients, formed the patties & let them sit. Then I took some warmed coconut oil about the same amount used for the cookies to make the frosting. A couple TBS of raw cacao powder, liquid stevia again, (same amount 1-3 drops) and some (1 TBS) agave nectar. Taste it & see if it's sweet enough, then add a little more if you find it too cacaoish! I like it low on the sweet, kids prefer it sweeter, so I splurged. Mixed the chocolate & other ingredients till chocolate frosting formed. Next I frosted them like little cakes! Then I placed them on a little plate & into the fridge to set up. Once hard let them out & NOM!

These came out really good! I can tell! I liked them, of course. But I always know I've hit the right spot when the kids beg for more! I'll be making these again soon! Great for a chilly afternoon tea party!

<3--Heather :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Banana Yogurt

This is one of our fav daily noms. One of the easiest things to do & my kids hardly even miss having "real" vegan yogurt because of it! I take cherries or frozen mixed berries, like blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Sometimes a mix of all three. Then I add them to the blender with a little water & two or three bananas. A tiny pinch of cinnamon too. Blending takes seconds. The mixed berries turn the bananas pink or purple. Then it is very attractive looking poured over mixed, chopped fruit. Don't forget some pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds or chia seeds mixed in too! I have this or a version of it pretty much every day. It keeps my hunger at bay and my blood sugar happily in check.

<3 Heather :)

Best/Worst Foods

WHEW! Thank goodness dates, bananas, and other fruits are not on the baddy list! You can either eat to live or eat to die. It's your choice!

<3 Heather :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vegan Pizza Yums

Can you use a juicer to make pizza? Yes. Yes you can! Well.. sort of. I don't reccomend trying to cook it in a juicer. ;) :)

This is another OMG! so good, recipe! I am sooo glad I thought to do it. After juicing my son his apple carrot juice this morning, I had a thought. I think the pizza crust I'm making with flax seeds will tasted even better if I add in the carrot shreds. So I saved them in the fridge.

Then I took the 1 1/2 cups of flax seeds, powdered onion and garlic, pink himalayan salt, added a couple tablespoons (if still dry add a little more) of water & let them sit to gel. Once gelled I added the carrot pulp. About 1/4 of a cup of it. I needed fresh garlic & onion, so I turned the juicer on & juiced a little clove & a quarter of a large yellow onion. Added the juices & a little bit of the shreds to the dough. Kneaded the dough into two balls & let them sit & rest. About an hour later I flattened them into four pancakes & placed them gently into my dehydrator. The leftover shreds & any juices from the onion & garlic can go into the tomatoes for sauce. Speaking of the tomatoes, I used grape tomatoes & sun dried. I have a problem lately finding sun dried tomatoes, unless they are in olive oil & spices. I get em anyways and I rinse the oil off & let them dry before using. Or sometiimes (piccy below) I'll make my own in the dehydrator.

The tomatoes (both kinds) are then blended in the blender with a bit of PHS (Pink Himalayan Salt) or celtic sea salt. Some more of the juiced onion, garlic juice & the shreds too. Really, I just used the juicer cause it was there & it was fast to mash it up vs a knife. Mincing garlic is not a chore I like. Same goes with chopping onions, I'm always getting weepy! Also the day before I took some mushrooms, thinly sliced them, and placed them in a bowl of celtic sea salt & water & left them on the counter. Just overnight. Not any longer. They get kinda weird if you leave em too long. Maybe in the fridge if you live in a hot climate. I dehydrated the pizza base (flax-carrot-spices-herbs) for about 2 hours. Then I spooned on the tomato sauce & dehydrated for another 30 minutes or so. After that you can take them out & start building your pizza!! I added some salad mix, sliced grape tomatoes, and the marinated mushies! Then nom! Eat it up! You have to make this! Do it! It is totally great! Such a nice, simple dinner idea breaks up the salad monotony that you can get into doing the 80/10/10 thing.

Any questions, please ask! Place them in the comments section & I'll get back to ya!

<3 Heather :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pie Day! Pi Day!

It was actually my daughter, Fiona going to the fridge this morning that reminded me of pi day! "Momma, PIE, Momma Pie." She pointed & pulled me. Sadly no more of that lovely pie I made the other day was left. No time like ANYTIME to make more pie though! Any excuse will do! <3

This was suuuuuuuuper easy! I used a ripe banana, a bag of organic mixed berries, a tiny bit of water for the blender. That was it for the pudding/ice cream. You might add some sweetener if you like, dates or coconut sugar is nice.

Then the base is flax seeds, water, cinnamon & coconut sugar. Just make a flax seed egg & mix the other ingredients into it & let gel. You're going to freeze this pie & keep it frozen, unless eating it.

Now the next step is vegan, but isn't raw. I used full fat can of coconut milk for the whipped cream. I have the recipe for that over here. I haven't figured out raw, vegan whipped cream yet. And I don't know what that all entails. I figured at least it's vegan & easy to whip up. If you, like I am are pretty full on raw & being strict you can skip it. The kids like it tho!

<3 Heather :)

Any questions, leave em in the comments box! I'll be happy to help! <3

Raw Vegan Sushi Cups!

Let me just say YUMMO these are soooooooooooooooooo damn good! OK sorry, I apologize for tooting my own horn, but man oh man, I am IN LOVE with my genius right now! HAHAH, not! I'm only kidding! I found this photo/link on pinterest today & decided I totally needed to recreate it not only vegan, but raw vegan. These are soooo good I'd take them to a party to share & might just do that!

Really! They are really delish!! Even if you're eating regular vegan, you'd like them! They are really that good! I promise!

Even without the avocado it's really good! I wish I had waited before devouring them to try sun dried tomatoes in them or maybe even grape tomatoes!

Oh and as for how to or recipe. It's super simple take about 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds & soak them in water for an hour or two (if you can wait that long!) add in your fav tuna spices. I used onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, pink himalayan salt, celery salt, carrot pulp from my juicer, and chopped up celery. Then I put it into my blender & whiz it around a few times. I turn the blender on & off a few times & scrape the sides down. I don't have a vitamix so I add a little bit of water & ACV to keep things moving around. Plus the ACV (just a tiny splash,taste it, add more if you like!) gives it a tiny tang of yumminess!

Now to go run out & get more cukes! I need to try these again & add in some wakame seaweed! MMMM yummy! The seaweed will give it another punch for flavor! YUMMY! Cannot wait til the Holidays! I'm totally bringing a bunch of these!

Any questions, please leave them in the comments!

Love, Heather :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Almost Vegan Sushi Salad

I was playing around today, with my Titan peelers. They are a rather new acquisition of mine. They turn all kinds of veggies & fruits into lovely noodle shreds, flowers if you're crafty,and thin veggy pieces perfect for vegan sushi!

And so I began shredding, creating lovely little bits & pieces for veggy sushi. I made a lovely, creamy Thai Peanut inspired dressing for it too! Soaked nuts, ACV, spices, water, coconut sugar.. pretty close to fully raw too!

All set to start wrapping & rolling. I was going to use cucumbers & wrap them up inside them. I was gonna tie carrots around little bundles of sushi delight. I was gonna dip & nibble. No nori sheets at the moment, and thought it would be great fun to use cucumer & carrot instead.

Then I started putting things into a bowl. Just to hold it, I said. Until I'm ready to begin assembling I thought. Then somehow I ended up with a pretty bowl full of lovely salad bits & bobs.

{SIGH}!! So I drizzled the dressing over it (more like spooned it on, it's kind of thick) And I tasted it & my tatebuds sang: "NOM ME NOW!" So I did!

Maybe tomorrow I'll make vegan sushi. Maybe tomorrow. :)