Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Raw Tacos & The Greatest Winter Soup!

Hello, and happy almost holidays!! I have been running around all week getting things ready for the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, as I'm sure most people have been as well. But, I want to back it up a week and tell you about the amazing raw tacos we made! I got the recipes from a couple different sources, one being "Orgasm Of the Taste Buds," an amazing ebook by Brian Lucas, aka Chef BeLive. The last recipe (for raw vegan sour cream is from the amazing Eliana Love.

So here it is...the taco ingredients that I used:

Mock Refried Beans (4 servings)

2 C soaked walnuts
1/2 C banana
1 haas avocado
1 1/4 t cumin
1/4 C water (structured, spring or filtered)
1 1/2 T cacao powder
1/4 t psyllium husk
1 3/4 t salt (Himilayan, Celtic, sea)
Blend until bean consitency.

Guacamole (2 servings) 


3 haas avocados (mash with fork)

Juice from one lemon or lime
1 C chopped cilantro
1 C chopped tomatoes
1/4 t black pepper
Add habenjero or cayenne (optional)
1 3/4 t salt (Himilayan, Celtic, sea)

Raw Vegan Sour Cream
this vid is really helpful, not only for the recipe, but also for how to open the coconut.

Creamy Raw Sour Cream

Place moderate amount of mock refried beans on bottom of a cabbage leaf. Add guacamole, sliced tomatoes, black olives, or whatever you want to the taco, and top with the raw sour cream! These turned out so delicious and I had plenty of leftovers, so I had them again the next night! 

So Yummy!! 

Ok, so there is that! I hope you enjoy the recipes and let me know, if you try them, what you think! :)

So, on to the next thing. I got this next recipe from a fellow blogger and absolutely loved it!! Then later, I went back through my history, to give some credit where credit is due, and I cannot find the blog anywhere!! The title of the recipe was not in the title of the blog post, and I looked though almost every one I could find, and still was unable to get back to the original blog. So, if this looks familiar to any of you, and you know where you've seen something similar before, feel free to enlighten me, as I would love to give the original blogger some credit for this bad ass recipe. So, that said, this is something perfect for one of those days when it's cold outside and you are looking for something, warm, hearty, and delicious but you are maybe feeling a bit lazy as well! ;) The prep time for this recipe was only about 30 minutes, and the cook time is 20-40 minutes of which you can sit and watch a movie, or do something else while your fantastic lunch/dinner is a'cookin! Also, it is completely vegan and full of ingredients that are great for the body. Also, and I'm sure this goes without saying, but I want to just say it anyway, it is very important to buy all of your ingredients organic, if possible. So here it is...

Green Lentil Stew w/Kabocha Squash

1 Medium Onion
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Cup Dried Green Lentils
5 Cups Water
2 Cups Spinach
1 Cup Chopped Celery
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt (Himalayan or Celtic)
2-3 Cloves Garlic, chopped (this was not in the original recipe, but I'm a fool for garlic, and it made a great spice!)
2 Cups Chopped Winter Squash (Kabocha) 

In a large soup pot, sauté the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are soft/transparent. (Be careful not to heat these too quickly, as you do not want to burn the olive oil. Burning oil is no good for your health, and if it does burn, do not breathe the smoke, as that is toxic to the body.) Add the water, lentils, and apple cider vinegar to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add the spinach, celery, & squash. Let this simmer for 20-40 minutes, tasting it for readiness. Enjoy!

Lastly, I just want to let you know I am working on some exciting new recipes for Thanksgiving tomorrow and I will be posting some recipes on here soon, if they turn out as wonderful as I'm hoping! So I hope everyone has a great holiday and I'll be back soon! :) 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

An introduction...

It's amazing to me that I've had this blog for 5 months and I still haven't properly introduced myself. I am a former midwesterner, now living on the west coast. I am a jane of various trades (as opposed to jack!) who has dabbled in many things over the years including dance, theater, art, singing, playing guitar & bass, being in a female fronted rock band, being in other bands, being a videographer and video editor for a local news station, bar-tending, crocheting, going back to being a mere singer/songwriter in a town where I knew virtually no one, when we first now, being a late-twenty-something woman on my own personal journey to and through happiness. Not saying that "happiness" is the destination, and that it is something I am without or seeking out, but more that I have taken my own happiness into my own hands and decided to do exactly whatever it is that I want to do to make each day happy and wonderful; living in the present, honoring myself and my dreams and goals, and making those things a priority.

When you're a kid, people say, "follow your heart," and "you can be anything you want to be, anything you put your mind to, you can do." What they don't tell you is that when you are 20 something, out of high school and/or in college, and trying to "find yourself" and "follow your dreams," etc. it might not be very clear what your true passions are at the time. The choice of what path to go down and what to do for the rest of your life may be a little bit cloudier than you expected. So, if you're like me, you just follow your heart, one day at a time, choosing what ever passions are in the road until you start hitting things that stick. It has taken a long time for me, and for many people I know, just to start to even scratch the surface of the things I am truly interested in and realizing what the connections are throughout everything that I love. Figuring out the things that tie my passions together, and furthermore, make up what I want to do with my life. All these things leading into how I could use my passions to help me make a living and figuring out how to have a full, happy, and fulfilling life, in that way.

Obviously, I am still working on this process day-to-day and will probably continue to grow and expand in this way throughout my life, but at least for now, I am truly excited just to have the wheels in motion, in my head, in reality, and in every aspect of life around me. It's almost like, you can see the people who are moving foreword on their path, and you can see the people who are standing still, and the people who are honing some kind of passion or fulfilling some kind of dream just seem to have this outer glow about them, where the people who are sitting still, or following along some mundane path that fulfills nothing in them, just seem to be kind of...cloudy. I know it might sound mean, but I promise that is not what it's meant to be. It's just that every person is traveling through life at their own pace but some people really seem to shine in what they do, I guess because it means so much to them, it's like passion flows out of them and splatters all over the room! I am at a point of moving and growing, where people who are seeking out their own happiness are just rockstars to me, and seem to be glowing with a vibrant exuberance and gusto! This certainly includes the "glowing rockstars" fulfilling their dreams, not solely (or at all) through their jobs, but through other things like their family or their band or their from-home soap-making business, and these things and these people, I find, amazing and inspirational too! I am just constantly inspired by people who are inspired and passionate about whatever it is that makes them glow, and I personally look foreword to the opportunity to grow in new directions each day! This is starting to seem like a rambly post...ok intros! So anyway, I just wanted to issue a formal hello to my blog readers, and to let you in on a little bit about myself and I feel I have done you well.

Either way, I think you get the idea on the passions issue. I am in a place where I am searching out a home for mine within my own life, and I look foreword to finding more as I go along. I also love to see others following their own hearts and niches and becoming the wonderful people they already are. If nothing else, I think that is the goal in be happy, to feel truly yourself, balanced and centered within your body, and your life.

I think that this kind of positive energy is absolutely radiant and contagious and can encompass many people and produce many beautiful things. Not to mention, finding a place of less stress and more pleasure for the body, the heart, and the brain, and therefore leading to a healthier, happier body. So, on that note, I am ending this getting-to-know-me blog, knowing I have not said anything super specific, but hoping that you still get something positive out of it, and a better feel for the author, never the less.

Oh yeah, and this is where my heart is...

Now you know everything. ;)

~Peace & Wellness

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kale Chips = Ah-Maz-Ing!

No real time to blog right now, except to say that the cheezy kale chips turned out amazingly!

I ended up having a lot more cheeze sauce than I was able to fit kale into my dehydrator, but it was so delicious that Corey and I, and some friends, actually ended up just eating it plain with corn tortilla chips. You could also dip any veggies you like in it, it has a very hummus-like consistency.  By the way, I put them on the teflex sheets for the first 12 hours, then removed those and put them back in for an additional 3-4 hours on the plastic sheets alone. This seemed to work really well in making sure they were crunchy all around. 

I also did a batch of banana chips, which turned out wonderful and yummy as well. 

I read online that if I would have marinated the banana slices in lemon juice for a few minutes before dehydrating they would have turned out a bit less brown looking, but they still tasted yummy, so I wasn't too worried about it! ;) Not as crunchy as I expected though. That's all for now, have a great rest of your week. We're on the down slope now! HurRAW!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Dehydrator is Here!...Cheezy Kale Chips, Here I Come!!

Hello out there in blogger land!! And another one of my spendiferous blogs! Today I am excited to share that the dehydrator has arrived and I am ready to get, well...dehydrating! Wahoo! 

Tonight I am going to begin by trying out a batch of cheezy kale chips! I have only had these once before, bought pre-packaged, and they were delicious. They tend to be quite pricey, so I was excited to try my hand at making some! I have just finished preparing them and they are dehydrating as we speak! I am super excited to see how they turn out! It should be noted, though, that these chips are dangerously addictive and should be eaten happily and with VIGOR! haha

 Here is the approximate recipe I used for the sauce:

3 T Nutritional Yeast
2 C Organic Raw Cashews (soaked 20 min)
    Juice of 1 Lemon
   1 med Red Bell Pepper
   1/2 Jalapeno (more if you're brave)
   1 tsp Sea Salt
   1 - 2 Cloves Garlic
   Cilantro to taste (adding in last)

Process all of the above in a food processor or Vitamix/Blendtec blender. Rinse & de-stem the kale, washing it very thoroughly (watch out for tiny bugs, etc!) Put the kale in a large bowl and add the cheezy sauce. Massage this into the leaves for about 5 min, until it is thoroughly and evenly covering the kale. Give it your love! :) And then, lay out on a teflex sheet evenly and place into the dehydrator! I will be leaving mine in there for about 12 hours (at 105 F), and then checking them. I'll let you guys know how they turn out!

I also threw in some fresh bananas, for banana chips, so we'll see what happens with those as well! I have a freezer full of almond pulp that I am dying to use in some kind of raw desert as well, so keep your eyes peeled for that one! My camera, unfortunately, ran out of batteries just after I mixed up the sauce, so I can't show you a pretty picture of the amazing cheezy sauce just yet, but is divine!! I still have some leftover which I may use to make more kale chips, or I may just eat! I understand that you are to taste the sauce after processing and it should already taste good to your tounge before ever entering the dehydrator. It ABSOLUTELY did. I could probably have just eaten the entire bowl of it! This would make a great "cheese"dip, or cheeze dip, for parties or family gatherings. With the holidays coming up and family gatherings throwing loads of dairy-heavy and processed carb-heavy foods at us, it can be difficult to stay eating healthy, nourishing foods. I have been trying to come up with some ideas for my own family events, as I will be traveling out of state and into a city with far less health food and organic options. I want to make some dishes for my family to try, but I need to be prepared enough to not need my lovely kitchen equipment when I go. I will probably be posting some recipes for things that I decide to make as that time comes a little closer.

Anyway, I hope that you all enjoy the recipe as much as I do, if you try it. I will get back with you on how mine turn out. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Message of Gratitude

There are so many things to be grateful for in my life right now. I am grateful to have a job that pays well enough for me to get by. I am grateful for the love I have in my life, both within myself and around me. I am very grateful for the abundance of whole organic, local foods I have access to and for the locally owned health food store that is within walking distance of my house that only carries seasonal and organic produce. I absolutely love them. I am grateful for the beautiful home I live in with my amazing best friend and lover, and for our animals that snuggle up next to us and get us to sing songs about them all the time. I am grateful for herbs and the amazing benefits they have to my health! I am grateful for the abundance of amazing books I have right now and look foreword to getting my hands on all of them as soon as I possibly can! I am grateful for the warm bed I have to sleep in and for the beautiful mountains surrounding this city. I am grateful for the fog and for the rain...falling down right now, providing the Earth and the soil with a generous life force. I am grateful for yoga and dance, especially the kind that happens in my living room when there is no one else here to see or hear it. I am most grateful for stars, the universe, and life itself. I am so blessed to be sitting here enjoying the sound of the rain outside my door, and to be right where I am, happy. Blessings & wellness be with you, and I wish you all love and abundance, and the ability to see the beauty and love all around and within you.

What can I say? Feeling the positive affirmations tonight. Feeling especially blessed.

Infinite Love, Infinite Abundance