Spreadable Almond “cheez” round

20181108_1835137767990080476201773.jpgAs I became more vegan and less vegetarian (i.e. no eggs and dairy), making charcuterie boards for my guests became a sad-side instead of a happy-side of hosting friends for meals.  I used to make boards bursting with so much meats and dairy cheese, it often became the main course for some.  I realize that was probably excessive, but now that I

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am more grounded in less excess and more healthy options all around, I felt it was time to give a cheese board a try… with a soft cheese to add to the robust, denser baked almond cheese I just made and loved (previous post).

And yaaassss!

Ingredients:

  • 1&1/2 cups non-dairy mylk
  • 1/2 soaked and skinned wild soil almonds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt of choice (I used red Hawaiian)
  • 1 teaspoon fine nutritional yeast powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar
  • 2 teaspoon tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • various herb mixes to dip outside of round form (I show one with paprika and cumin based mix and another mixed herb
  • optional–try a smidge of miso and less salt for savory umami-ness

What to do:

  1. Prepare your mini cake tins by lining bottom with a bit of brown parchment paper to ease movement after it is chilled and set20181108_1828338995176687588686455.jpg
  2. Put everything in a strong blender except your herb mixes to dip the round in to decorate and blend up
  3. Pour into saucepan, let boil for a second, reduce to simmer… YOU MUST GENTLE STIR THIS NON STOP FOR 5 MINUTES
  4. Pour promptly into tins/molds
  5. Let set in your refrigerator overnight or 45 minutes
  6. Do you best to gently roll the sides only in your choice of herbs
  7. Enjoy!

VEGAN ALMOND “CHEESE” -baked

20181108_1459023450186803027513305.jpgAs I have weaned myself far and away off refined sugars, my palate has become more prone to desire savory satisfaction, so when a Chef Gustavo from Cancun made this cheese, I had to try my hand at it.  It is a bit different, but not too different and as he told me, it was rather easy to make.!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of soaked or blanched wild soil almonds (I prefer this over even organic.)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hawaiian red salt (or use sea salt or Himalayan)
  • 2 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • dash of fresh black pepper

WHAT TO DO:

  1. soak almonds overnight20181107_0715295053096485032927901.jpg
  2. peel skin off them (save the skins and lightly toast for a fun salad topping!)
  3. put all ingredients into power blender until smooth
  4. use as little water as possible …only enough to facilitate blending
  5. wrap it up in a nut mylk bag or similar over a strainer and let sit overnight to let the flavors marry and the excess liquid to drain
  6. heat oven to 350 degrees
  7. spread mixture into a pan or use a silicone baking pan like I did
  8. bake up to an hour for driest and firmest texture (I like it this way)
  9. let cool and slice up to serve as you wish or eat plain
  10. 20181029_1809262911323544025596063.jpgGustavo likes to drizzle olive oil and sprinkle coriander atop–it’s delicious that way!
  11. What I did at home is put the vegan cheese on top of a raw cracker with red beet hummus to hold it all together… so flavorful!
  12. Enjoy~

Savory Salad Starring Veggie Pulp

Simple things are just so wonderful… and this all-around do-gooder is a true win-win!

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If you have a juicer at home, you most definitely have the pulp.  And if you have a twin-gear masticating juicer like me that presses produce between the gears and then wrings it out as a second step, the leftover pulp is dry enough to have endless uses.  It’s just a matter of thinking about what to do other than compost or add to my puppies’ homemade food (which they gobble up by the way.  They love their wheatgrass and carrot juice slurps in the morning!)  Oops.. I digress, but I love my pups so much!

Okay… the veggie pulp I like to use for this salad is from juicing carrots and celery in equal amounts, then some beets and its greens, some dandelion greens, bit of garlic, and some turmeric and ginger.  I usually end up juicing the ginger and turmeric first and using the pulp to brew some fresh tea, but a bit of it goes in this salad.  However, I let it mostly be made of carrots and celery with a touch of the aforementioned greens.

INGREDIENTS/WHAT TO DO:

  • 2 cups of veggie pulp (celery, carrot, some beet with greens, ginger/turmeric)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of vegan “mayo”
  • 1/2 lemon to squeeze into it
  • 1/4 cup each sprouted pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and almonds (totaling 3/4 cup of nuts)
  • 1/4 cup of finely sliced celery (adding chopped parsley or green onions would be nice)
  • 2 Tablespoons (to taste) seasonings including harissa, turmeric, cumin, oregano
  • 2 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper, and cayenne to taste
  • dash of coconut aminos for a bit of flavor depth
  • JUST MIX ALL OF THESE INGREDIENTS OR ONES YOU CHOOSE TO INCORPORATE THOROUGHLY AND BE READY TO LICK THAT SPOON! REMEMBER, WHAT YOU DO WITH IS TOTALLY UP TO YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT IS LEFT FROM JUICING!

It’s so handy to have as an on-the-go meal with crackers or on a lettuce leaf or wrapped in nori… or as topping on a traditional leafy salad…or mixed (hidden) in meat dishes to sneak some extra healthy love into a loved one.

Try mixing it up!  A sweet version could be to use raisins and crushed pineapple and cut back on the savory seasonings… there really is no wrong way to go about cutting back on the food waste and enjoying this versatile dish.

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FLAX SNACKER CRACKER

20180307_132911.jpgyea.. I know.  Weird name.  #currentmood. LOL!

Because #earthday is really everyday, here’s a daily do-good-for-you and our planet treat!

These are a must to have around if you’re a snacker or if you’re trying to be healthier and get more of those healthy flax oils in your body.  Plus, you can top these with anything and make an endless variety of flavors to snack appropriate to your mood or health needs!20180306_182603.jpg

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of raw, golden flax seeds (golden ones appeal to me in texture and color, but the dark brown ones are great, too!)

1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

1/4 cup fresh, finely chopped herbs (I used fennel, basil, oregano, but throw in what you like!)

Dashes of cayenne, black pepper, turmeric, or go sweeter with cinnamon and just a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt with no other herbs or seasonings.

20180307_122453.jpgWHAT TO DO:

Stir seeds with water for 4-5 hours (minimum of 3 hours, if you are in a hurry)

Mix up rest of ingredients with the apple cider vinegar and stir into goopy and slimey seed and water mixture.

Spread on your lining for whatever type of dehydrator you have.  Mine is rounded square in shape with circle liners, so don’t let my photos mislead you.  I love the large, multi-level  professional dehydrators, but the humble little one works just fine 🙂

Spread the mixture as thinly as you can without seeing through to the liner.  Dehydrate on 110 or no more 118 for 8-10 hours.  You may need to flip the seed spread middle of the way depending on what kind of liner you have.   Mine is not breathable so it needs to get its share of dehydration by flipping onto the unlined stackable shelves.

Fun tip:  I loved the crackers when they weren’t totally crunchy, but went bonkers for them when they were finally super crackly and done! TA-DA~

Broccoli and Acorn Squash Soup (V & GF)

 

20180119_215935.jpgINGREDIENTS:

-1 medium acorn squash baked for 40 minutes at 380 degrees.

-1 lb of broccoli –floret tops only– slice and use stems to eat dip with!

-1 small onion, diced

-3 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast (if needed, add salt and pepper to taste)

-4 garlic cloves, smashed

-garnishes of fresh herbs, olives, & sprouted pumpkin seeds

-splash of white wine (if you cook the soup to boiling and not leave partially raw)

WHAT TO DO:

1- Make your own scratch broth by putting celery, onion, ginger, bit of seasoning like salt and pepper, bay leaf, and white wine and then let slow cook at least 24 hours

2- Sautee onion and garlic

3- Put 2 cups of veggie broth into your power blender along with the broccoli florets (raw) and cooked squash you’ve scooped out and let blend until smooooooooth

4- Add sauteed veggies into blender and continue blending.

5- Pour into stovetop pot.

NOTE: My broth is intentionally spiced with overtones of ginger, so your broth flavor profile can reflect your taste inclinations!  If you want to sweeten this soup, add 1/2 small apple into the blender or add to the broth making process, but I enjoy savory for soups.  For more gusto, you can add pinches of fine red pepper and freshly ground pepper.  In my opinion, the salted pumpkin seeds that are sprouted and dehydrated make a huuuuge delicious difference 🙂

Using raw broccoli is intentional because it cooks slightly when warmed in the pot so you can have the best of both worlds… some raw benefits will linger while enjoying the comfort of slightly warmed soup.  Nutritional benefits do change by cooking.  Food for thought here: Broccoli both ways?

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In Season Spice Muffins (V,GF,Low sugar)

Whether it is the holiday season or not, these little muffins will add just enough nice spice to make your day!  20171126_142032.jpg

I had some pumpkin left from Thanksgiving goodness, so I wondered about how best to 20171126_144757.jpguse it…and since I’m preferring to go more and more Vegan, this mini-muffin-madness happened. So cute with their little muffin tops that will melt in your mouth!

They make the perfect on the go snack of shareable morsels for a get-together.  So, let’s get this recipe sharing going!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbsp freshly ground flax seeds mixed into double the amount of water
  • 1/2 small ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups of golden monkfruit (I use Lakanto)
  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour with no skin
  • 1.5 cups of gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of whole grain buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin unfiltered organic olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of ground ginger
  • choice of vanilla extract or paste
  • fun topping option: figs or dates, and nuts…maybe chocolate!?20171126_141902.jpg

  WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line muffin pans with paper lining or spray to keep from sticking
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix up flax egg
  3. Add mashed banana, flax egg, pumpkin puree, monkfruit, vanilla paste, coconut nectar, olive oil in mixer bowl and blend a bit
  4. Sift together all the rest of the dry ingredients until evenly distributed
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until batter is thick and well combined.
  6. FUN OPTION–chop up remoistened Turkish figs, nuts of choice like pecans and walnuts and stir with coconut oil and couple spoonfuls of the batter. Then mix little dollops of it on each muffin.  You can even do chocolate, but avoid the sugar if possible!
  7. this will make about 36 mini muffins, so there’s lots to go around after you bake them for 17 minutes.
  8. Test for doneness with a slim chopstick and let cool before boxing up or devouring.

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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