POWERHOUSE PESTO–reinvented!

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An empowered take on a healthy classic, my version energizes this delicious condiment/sauce into a healing food. This is a vegan jubilee unless you add bee pollen for those added health benefits…it’s up to you!!!

20171112_184206.jpgINGREDIENTS: (all organic, favoring homegrown greens)

3 cups of Basil (used sweet Italian and Greek)

2 large garlic cloves minced

1/3 cup extra virgin cold-pressed (more if needed to food process smoothly)

1/4 cup raw, activated (if possible) apricot kernels

1/8 each activated (if possible) walnuts and pistachios

1 Tablespoon of Moringa Powder (Italian style)

few dashes of Himalayan pink salt (to taste)

splash of balsamic red wine vinegar

Option: Add pine nuts for more classic flavor by replacing above seeds and nuts and add 1 Tablespoon of local bee pollen. If thyroid support is your focus, substitute the pistachios with Brazil nuts since they are a good source for selenium.

Top with freshly ground black pepper.

What to do:

Put basil leaves, garlic, olive oil in food processor and keep going while adding all the other goodies until it becomes a rich thick paste or runnier with more olive oil or water as you prefer.

Mix it in to your raw veggie or kelp noodles or on spaghetti squash as pictured here… and top beautifully with more fresh, raw sustainably sourced produce.

It’s sooo rich in health values, it’s ridiculous that it can taste soo good and be versatile enough for anyone—carnivore or raw foodist. It is a super boost for anyone!

The Whys—Information to consider and explore as this world is full of natural health optimizing foods that is good to know about and try if you feel moved to!

Apricot Kernels for B-17 as a possible cancer fighter.

Walnuts and Pistachios for body soothing healthy fats.

Moringa powder for an array of goodness.                                                                                 (This is the brand I used, in case you would like to check them out: http://moringaforlife.com/)

Bee Pollen.

ENJOY this densely nutritious and tasty POWERHOUSE PESTO!

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MOM IN LAW’s Maple Bacon Non-Dairy Paleo “Cheesecake.”

My husband loves bacon… and so does his mom.  What do I do when she comes to visit for her birthday?  Ummm… end the visit with this!

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Inspired by a blogpost on #thrivemarket, I tweaked a bit to make my own and topped with a yummy dark chocolate goat milk ice-cream.  Went nuts! I don’t like to eat bacon, but I certainly appreciated the flavor profile and the warm reception to this dessert that should be eaten chilled, not-room temperature.  Bacon lovers and non dessert fans will find this option intriguing to say the least!

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST= 1 cup sprouted and very lightly toasted pecans, 1/2 cup fine ground almond flour, 2/3 medjool or other caramelly dates, 1/4 cup maple real bacon cube bits– EPIC brand was used here, several dashes of Himalayan pink salt and all-spice.

FILLING=2.5 cups of soaked cashews (4 hours or so), 1/4 coconut oil, 1/3 cup coconut nectar or Lakanto brand maple syrup, 1 dollop vanilla paste or extract, 1/5 cup of maple bacon cube bits, 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt.

DRIZZLE=equal parts of coconut oil and coconut nectar warmed up to mix with Nutzo brand Power Fuel (almond-nut-mix butter) and one dash of vanilla extract.  Set aside some large flakes of sea salt for topping before putting on and sprinkling on top of the ice cream scoop!

WHAT TO DO:

Use a 6-inch springform pan or smaller for a taller, thicker pie… line the bottom and lightly oil the sides with coconut oil

For crust= Coarsely chop by hand up the gooey dates and then throw all in a food processor and go for it until it is all finely and thoroughly mixed together. Place in refrigerator for now.

For filling= put all ingredients in food processor and keep going until smooth… if it’s too thick or the machine is laboring, mix in more maple or coconut oil until it hums along happily. Pour into crust.  Chill.

For drizzle=warm up all the ingredients together and then whisk well and drizzle to your delight!  This was actually my favorite part and I kept drizzling it onto my spoon and into my mouth!

To serve=In stored in freezer, let thaw 30 minutes and then slice, scoop ice-cream on top and drizzle.  If in fridge, serve beautifully garnished right away!  THIS IS A SALTY-SWEET LOVERS DISH!

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pre-decorated slice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHERYL! 🙂

MORNING MATCHA PANCAKES (GF & V)

Hearty, just a touch of sweet, and easy to make breakfast for guests or save for leftover snacking–and enough of an energizer to satisfy, but not overdo!  

MEET MY MATCHA MORNING PANCAKES!

20170520_183635INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsweetened macadamia milk (almond or coconut also works)

1 Tblspn flax/chia “egg” or 1 pasture-raised hen egg

1/4 cup buckwheat flour & 2 Tblspn coconut flour

1 Tblspn Lakanto Matcha powder & 1 tsp pure matcha

1/2 tsp baking powder & 1/8 tsp xantham gum

2 tsp apple cider vinegar & 2 Tblspn fresh mashed apple without peel

1/2 tsp vanilla paste

dash of Ceylon Cinnamon and Himalayan pink salt

coconut oil or walnut oil to panfry

options: Lakanto brand maple syrup , almond butter, 1 Tblspn Maca powder, & various nuts and fruits as toppings

WHAT TO DO: 20170520_181340

1-Combine all dry ingredients

2- Mix dairy-free milk of choice with apple cider vinegar and let sit.  Do the same with your flax/chia egg.  1 Tblspon + 1 tsp of chia in 4 Tblspns of water and let gel.

3- Add wet to dry ingredients and stir until just mixed, adding in smidge more of your milk it too thick.  Add your choice of egg, too.

4- This will make 5 thin or 4 thick pancakes, so divide and fry as you prefer.  Walnut oil makes it taste more buttery and a touch sweet-nutty and the coconut oil was less sweet to me.

5- Fry and flip until lightly golden brown.. no more than 5 minutes depending on your heat.

6- Add your toppings to the stack of green yummies and serve!

NOTE:  Lakanto’s mix for Matcha has a sweeter note, so balance the taste per your palate and switch the ratio of plain matcha with Lakanto’s drinkable matcha mix.

Also, the version with the hen egg turned out more fluffy and the vegan version tasted more sweet to me.  Almond butter is a winner on both!

Spring green apple muffins

I feel awful when I waste food…good, organic, good-for-me food.  And so I do whatever I can to NOT let goodness go bad.

I had a bunch of pasture raised eggs and 6 imperfect granny smith apples that needed to get gone, so they mixed together to make a yummy treat for me and my pups Rocky the Rescue and Contessa Bear Smith!  Yes… win-win for all!

I wasn’t sure how it would turn out because sweeter, not tart, apples are typically used for baked breads and cakes, but I figured if the green goodies can go into pie, then why not a muffin?!  Besides, it sounded fresh for Spring! Experiment challenge taken!

INGREDIENTS:

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Simple ingredients; easy recipe to try!

1 cup coconut flour

1 tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon

2 teaspoons of each baking powder and baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 cups applesauce (or 5 average size apples pureed with juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon and 6 dates–fresh, homemade is always better!)

8 pasture-raised eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil melted

2 teaspoons each local or favorite honey and vanilla paste

WHAT TO DO:

 

=Heat oven to 350 degrees.

=Add all wet ingredients (applesauce, coconut oil, eggs, honey, and vanilla paste) and mix by hand or mixer machine.

=Sift together dry ingredients and combine with wet and mix thoroughly.

=Scoop into silicone muffin molds or paper-lined muffin tins.  These do not rise too much, so filling almost to top is fine.

=Bake for 20-25 minutes… I ended up going close to 25 minutes.

wp-1491358673612.jpg=Optional: save a scoop of batter, add date paste of 5 Medjool dates, and 1/4 up of GF oats and mash together.  Take a little bit and mix this mash onto the top of each muffin batter in the tins or mold.  This will bake for at least 25 minutes.  It’s just a little bit sweeter and has a nice touch of texture that delights.

=BONUS!  This was baked with our best pup pals in mind!  My two rescues licked their plates clean… If your pup likes apples, this will be a great treat to enjoy together!

=FOOD TRIVIA: Did you know that various sources say it takes anywhere from 55 to 120 gallons to produce one egg?  I imagine the wide range is for the allowances from conventional to biodynamic farming… and everything in between.

Nevertheless, it’s best to eat up what you get and avoid wasting food and resources it takes to produce that food…for the love of people and our planet!  

AND LOOK WHAT YUMMY GOODNESS THAT FIGHTING FOOD WASTE INSPIRED! 🙂

MINTY BROWNIE HEAVEN (Vegan. GF.)

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Base fudgey brownie layer
-2 cups soft pitted dates(I like caramelly kinds.. but go for Medjool if it’s easiest!
-4 tsp coconut oil
-1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
-2 cup sprouted and dehydrated walnuts
-3/4 cup rolled oats
-6 tablespoon raw cacao powder
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used the kind sweetened with stevia)
-2 peppermint candy cane, crushed (for holidays)
(or crumble up 1/4 cup organic mint candy patties for non-holiday times)
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Mint Ganache Top
-3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (only use the solidified portion of canned milk)
-1 tablespoon peppermint extract & a splash of mint extract
-1 cup dark chocolate chips (I like stevia ones unless you want to make your own!)
Decoration
1 cup of crumbled mint candies of your choice or 6 peppermint candy canes for thewp-1482547192949.jpg holidays, crushed and sprinkled on top
WHAT TO DO:
Base
  1. Use food processor to pulse walnuts and oats until finely chopped–like coarse sand. Set aside in larger bowl.
  2. Add dates, melted coconut oil, sea salt and process on high until a smooth paste forms. Let it get super sticky and dense.
  3. Add the raw cacao, walnuts/oats mixture, chocolate chips, and mint candy of choice. Process until thoroughly mixed.  It’s hard to over-process them, so keep going until you’re darn sure 🙂
  4. Line an 8×8 or smaller springform with parchment paper. (The smaller the pan, the thicker the brownie!) Press the brownie layer firmly into the loaf pan..use gloved hands. Chill while you make the ganache.
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Ganache Top
  1. Bust out your double boiler 🙂
  2. Add the coconut creamed part of your millk and mint extracts to the bowl. Heat until the mixture is steamy hot…not rolling at a boil.  Add the chocolate chips and whisk to mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture over the brownie layer and chill in the freezer.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes and top with crushed candy canes-press into the top ganache with your gloved hands gently.  Chill for another 45 minutes minutes and then cut into mini squares. Store in freezer. Allow 3o minutes in fridge before serving…and at room temperature, the nice chilled minty flavor will last about 2 hours before your should put in fridge again.
wp-1482547192996.jpgThis fantastic recipe is adapted from ilovevegan.com … Thank you!

Vegan UBE pie

 

wp-1479998514465.jpgThis, may I say, is for the sensitized palate as the flavors are subtle and complex…and come together as you slowly savor and enjoy.  There is no smack of sweet right away that you might be accustomed to with a pretty pie.  I made this for my parents–my mom’s favorite color is purple and my dad is big on health boosting foods. See link below for nutritional information on UBE –the powerful purple yam.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (1/2 cup if you going to double the crust thickness, than double the rest of the ingredients, below.)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup almond flour ; 1/2 cup powdered peanut flower

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (thinner the better)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt of Himalayan pink salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

FOR THE FILLING:

4 medium sized ube (purple sweet potatoes) peeled and largely chopped

all the cream from 1 can of full fat coconut milk (please use BPA-free

1/2 cup monkfruit granules; 1/4 cup maple syrup (double if you need a sweet pie.)

1 1/2 tablespoon of tapioca starch

freshly squeezed lime juice from 1/2 of a lime

dashes of cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves and 1/8 (no more than 1/4) teaspoon of cayenne (I like 2:1 ratio of cinnamon to ginger, all spice, and cloves.)

PEANUT BUTTER “Frosting” (not true frosting, but does the decorative job with added flavor boosting! Just throw in food processor and spread around edges of cooled off pie.)

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup cream from canned coconut milk

1/2 cup monkfruit granules, 1/2 cup maple

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

drizzle of vanilla extract

WHAT TO DO:

1- Heat oven to 350 degrees and spread coconut oil on sides of your 8-9″ springform pan after placing parchment paper on bottom.

2- Mix up crust ingredients and press into bottom of pan and bake for 10 minutes.  If you have doubled the crust for more thickness, leave in for 15 minutes.

3- Don’t worry if iwp-1479998516500.jpgt’s poofy, the filling ingredients will flatten the poof, no problem!

4- Skin potatoes and boil for 10 minutes or put in oven for 20 minutes after peeling.

 

5- Put potatoes and all the filling ingredients in high-powered blender until creamy and lusciously smooooooooth…

wp-1479998515269.jpg6- Bake for 50 minutes–there will be some jiggle, but it should set as it cools.

7-After cooling, spread your peanut butter “frosting” on edges and decorate with powdered peanut.  This spread is meant to be a bit rustic, but you can look up lots of true frosting recipes to a more flourishing frosting topping.  Most call for too many ingredients or palm oil and I like to avoid fuss and items that prick my conscience.

wp-1479998514981.jpgRemember…this is a pie for folks who enjoy subtleties, but for true sweet tooths, just double the sweet stuff (a bit more maple syrup and monkfruit granules won’t be too bad!)

I love this as a way to help folks “taste the season” in the fall and winter.  I nice tea or black coffee would offset this nicely.

As promised, here’s a quick link listing this powerful antioxidant packed purple potato…

pow!

While Ube is often a staple in Phillipino cuisine, it is treasure all over the world. So, if you can find the Okinawan Purple Yam, use those!

Here’s why: Longevity  and delicious health benefits!

 

Happy-making Homemade HUMMUS

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Add more olive oil and/or water toward the end of food processing to make yours more runny and light.  I love mine rather thick to scoop and eat by the spoonful!

It’s a handy to have healthy food ready because you know you’ll have a hankering for something when there’s no time to make anything good for you!  One of my go-to goodies is homemade hummus. Why?  It does not require a lot of time or ingredients and there are so many short cuts to make it even quicker, as long as you are not purist about Middle Eastern cuisine sticklers! lol

That being said, this version is for a traditional version, but I like adding various things to it or on top for fun and variety.  It’s your call…and per your craving.  I just want to help you make it a craving you will feel great about feeding.

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What you need other than tahini and chickpeas…skip tahini if you don’t have sesame seeds and try subbing another seed or nut butter.  Different, but doable and delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

1 BPA-free can of organic chickpeas (rinsed & drained) (save a few for decoration)

1/4 cup of organic tahini

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup juice of 2 small lemons

3-6 Tablespoons of high quality cold-pressed olive oil (The more you use, the runnier it will be.)

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt according to taste

dashes of paprika for granish

1/2 cup of purified water on hand for mixing needs

optional: nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, harissa, parsley

YOU MUST HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER YOU ARE PATIENT WITH.

WHAT TO DO:

1- Pour your tahini (found at most stores in ethnic aisle) in your food processor and process until smooth and then pour in lemon juice with olive oil and continue.

2- Add spices (salt, cumin, and minced garlic cloves) and process more

3- Skin the chickpeas if you have the time. If not, just add into food processor and allow at least 5 minutes to make extra fiber from the skin incorporate smoothly.  The mouth-feel removing the skin is minimally smoother and may not be worth your time to take to do this.  You decide!

4- Drizzle water to thin out hummus and make into creamy smooth goodness.

5- optional… ad a few drops of coconut aminos (if you are not purist) and want a smidge of savory, sweet in the flavor

6- Spoon into serving bowl, drizzle olive oil atop, dash with paprika, and dot with whole chickpeas…and serve!

SO EASY, QUICK, and all things are adjustable per your tastebuds.  Add or subtract salt or garnish with parsley and harissa (red pepper salsa of sorts) instead… This is so much fun!

If you are using this in lieu of cheese for a healthy pizza, for example, make sure you add nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor.

Stop buying from the store and make your own, YOUR way! Yummy #DIY is a goodie any day!

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Took another 10 minutes to peel.

 

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