Archive for August, 2010

Raw Sandwich Bread Recipe

I think I am finally ready to try and make raw bread. I came across this recipe and video and found that it looks simple, with only a few ingredients, not nut based and just looks delicious. Here is the info:

2-3 grated apples
1/2-1 cup flax meal
1/4 cup oil
1/8 water
at SALT! or this will be sweet and strange

then add herbs, You can also add raw tomato powder that creates a tomato basil bread.

Mix all ingredients together in the food processor. Spread onto food dehydrator and dehydrate for about 24 hours. Cut into squares.

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Raw Oatmeal

It’s hard to rival the smooth deliciousness that comes in a bowl of cream of wheat. Enter this recipe and you have yourself a match! This hearty mixture is slightly sweetened by the apples while the banana creates the creamy background without overpowering flavor. The flax seed adds a slight nuttiness to it as well as creating that “stick to your ribs” type of feeling.

Oat Meal

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 apples
1 banana
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pure water

Directions

Peel the apples and cut them in smaller parts (for the blender). Peel the banana en break in parts. Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder or high powered blender.

Put all ingredients in a blender. This can be a hand blender or high speed blender such as vitamix. Add 1/4 cup water, just enough to let the mixture blend well. Blend all ingredients until smooth. You may want to add a little more water if it’s too thick.

Tip

You make make this recipe even better by replacing the water with almond cream/milk, coconut milk or fresh juice. You may also add a tablespoon of hemp seeds. You can add soaked and dehydrated nuts and raisins. You can prepare this recipe the night before (but put the banana in there in the morning). Especially with nuts and dried fruits in it, it will only taste better!

This can be great for a child’s favorite breakfast. I like this breakfast because it has healthy ingredients that are easy to get: the fiber, good fats and protein of the flax seeds.

Walnut Pâté

I have found that it is important to find staple items for any diet. This is one of my most treasured staples I have found for the raw food diet. It is hearty, versatile and can rival ground beef any day. In fact I don’t even miss ground beef because this tastes so much better. It can be used as a meaty base for wraps, tacos and even a salad topper.

Walnut Pâté

1 cup soaked raw walnuts
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. tamari
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Dash of salt
1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. minced onion

Place the walnuts, lemon juice, olive oil, tamari, garlic powder and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process to a paste. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Stir in the parsley and onion and mix well. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Walnut Pâté will keep for five days.

For Curried Walnut Pâté: Add 1/4 tsp. curry powder.
For Pecan Pâté: Replace the walnuts with an equal amount of soaked pecans.
For Taco Pâté: Add 1/2 tsp. Taco Seasoning.

Recipe from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Corbleet

Raw Brownie Balls

Hands down my favorite raw dessert is the fantastic raw brownie. They have become my ultimate raw comfort treat without feeling like I was eating chocolate flavored rabbit food. I’ve experimented with several different kinds of nuts as the base. So far my favorite is the cashew (used in the recipe below) but other good substitutes are almonds, walnuts and/or pecans.

Raw Brownies

2 Cups Cashews (soaked for 2 hours and rinsed)
10 dried Dates (small or 3-4 large)
1/4 Cup Raw Agave Nectar (regular is okay too if you can’t find the raw version)
1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder or Cacao Powder

In the food processor grind cashews to a fine meal. Add dates and grind again till finely incorporated with the cashews. Next add the cocoa or cacao powder and grind until blended. Lastly add the Raw Agave Nectar and grind until it forms a stiff ball. If necessary add a bit of water to make it stick better. Form into bite sized balls. Store in a air tight container or zip lock bag in the fridge. These may also be frozen for a great chewy treat. They will not freeze solid because of the nuts.

4-Seed Savory Onion Bread

This bread looks delicious.

4-Seed Savory Onion Bread.

Scale Wars

I came to the realization today that I have been having a love-hate relationship with…the scale. I’ve been in denial for many years to the point where I just refused to own one. But, whenever I would come across one I would immediately use it only to be disappointed by my lack of self discipline and ever expanding waist line. The disappointment would lead to different emotional avenues such as shedding a few tears to determined anger. Hence, I would rage war against the scale. Trying new diets, finding a new way to exercise or even retail therapy. Things only got worse when I broke down and actually brought one home. Then the war really began. I would weigh myself several times a day to see how the food I ate effected that little black dial. The hate was felt in every cell of my body. I hated that little black dial.

Depending on the diet and the level of discipline it required, they wouldn’t last long.  I tried the Adkins diet for about 4 hours (bread and I were best friends back then), low fat diet for about a week until someone brought donuts to the office and my own diet of no sugar, red meat and low dairy consumption.  The last one actually worked by my successfully dropping 20 pounds in 2 months. Then I got pregnant and it all went south from there. The scale was NOT my friend at this point anyways, so I just let it go for a while and enjoyed my pregnancy.

Exercise has always been a weakness as well. I’ve tried all kinds of different avenues such as kickboxing, running, hitting the gym, many different videos and TV programs and yoga. For the past 8 years I have keep doing yoga, off and on, and have never grown tired of it. It is my favorite of all. I worked out with Denise Austin, 1/2 hour a day, 5 days a week for 3 years and managed to keep my weight steady while eating whatever I wanted to. At one point I incorporated my yoga practice into it by adding 1 hour of yoga before Denise for a total of 1 1/2 hours of exercise for a week straight.  Yep, 1 whole week. It was rough getting up at 5 am to workout for that long. I learned one really important lesson from that week though. I felt the best I ever had with my workout by doing yoga everyday, with our without Denise. This is why I continue to practice yoga. I just feel better when I do it.

As for retail therapy, I don’t even want to go there.

In the end, I was only raging war against myself. The anger, sadness, disappointment, disgust, all directed towards myself and my spirit. I am my own worst critic and I am determined to change this way of thinking. Since starting on my raw food journey I have had a new and refreshing outlook on life. I have more patience with strangers and my stress levels have nearly disappeared.  Anxieties are virtually non-existent and my mind has come alive in ways I just can’t explain yet. Needless to say, at the moment I am trying to figure out ways to channel this inner energy and creativity that is emerging. I have realized that I have stored this energy away for a very long time, hiding it and quieting it with food. I was an emotional eater. I was eating to numb my inner self. Only problem is that I’m not sure what it is I was trying to numb. It is a work in progress. What I do know is that it is ready to come out and play and I’m not quite sure what to do with it. We haven’t played together in a very long time. So, my current solution is to channel it through a long list of things including running, yoga and music. I am determined to love myself again. I can’t love others fully without loving myself first. Raw food has changed my life and I am finally at peace with the scale.

“Fried” Mushrooms

I came across this recipe and can’t wait to try it. They look fantastic and hearty.  Hearty can be hard to come by in a Raw diet without nuts and seeds. This provides a great alternative while filling you up and adding a bit of zest to your recipes.
Original Recipe compliments of Karen Knowler:
This recipe is one of my very favourites. If you love fried mushrooms (the old way) then you will love these even more.

They’re juicy, more-ish and extremely versatile – that’s if you can keep them long enough to add to anything, as usually they go straight away!

WATCH ME DEMO this recipe here.

Ingredients:

* Organic mushrooms (Portobello, button or similar shaped)

* Olive oil

* Fresh garlic

* Lemons

Directions

1) Peel or thoroughly scrub a generous supply of organic mushrooms

2) Slice each mushroom into slices about 5-7mm thick and set aside in a deep bowl

3) Mix 1-2 cups (depends on amount of mushrooms you have) of olive oil, with juice of 1 lemon, and 2-4 cloves of garlic finely chopped.

4) Pour mixture over mushrooms and coat well.

5) Leave to soak for anything from 10 minutes to 5 hours.

6) Pour off excess oil from the bowl and remove mushrooms. Place them on paper towels to blot off excess oil, taking care to leave some on and also the tiny pieces of fresh garlic.

7) Place mushrooms on Paraflexx sheets (or baking parchment) sheets and dehydrate under 100°F for 4+ hours (depends on how ‘fried’ you would like your mushrooms to look and taste; overnight works great too).

8) When they’re how you like them (taste-test first!) pour them onto some paper kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil (if any) and keep in a bowl ready for serving, eating or adding to recipes or salads.

RAW COACH’S TOP TIPS:

These can be served as:

* A topping, either on its own or with avocado, tomato or anything else which sounds like a good idea at the time

* A great addition to a salad

* As part of a ‘Sunday breakfast’

* As part of a filling for any kind of wrap

* Pizza topping

* or even as a snack!

Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach publishes “Successfully Raw” – a free weekly eZine for raw food lovers everywhere. If you’re ready to look good, feel great and create a raw life you love get your FREE tips, tools and recipes now at www.TheRawFoodCoach.com.

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