Saturday, November 24, 2012

My New Juicer - Omega J8004

This morning, I tried my new Omega J8004 Juicer for the first time, making Green Giant Juice.  I used a recipe  in The Raw Food Revolution.  It was very good.  The recipe calls for a bunch of kale, romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, a lemon, and an apple.  I used two apples.  I won't lie, it does taste VERY green, like kale, but with the celery and lemon, it is very good.  I have used a Vitamix for several years and love it.  I resisted buying a juicer because I liked the idea of having more fiber in a smoothie, however, I  was not eating/drinking enough greens so I decided to buy the juicer.  I have a few photos from my first experience with the new juicer.
This was the juicer as I started the recipe, all setup and ready to go.
I added fresh organic kale.  I was very easy to juice.

Below, you can see the juice from the kale.

The photo below is the pulp.  I ran it through the juicer one extra time and did receive more juice.

This was the final product.  

Green Giant Juice

It provides 200 mg. of calcium per serving, 9 grams of protein, and less than one gram of fat.
The recipe lists this as two servings. 

The BEST PART was that it took me about two minutes to clean up.  All of the parts of the juicer that need to be washed are external and clean-up is quick and easy.  
So far, I think this juicer is a great investment!


Monday, November 12, 2012


Raw Brownies with Muesli 

Recipe:

In your food processor add the following, mixing/blending after each addition:

12 oz of raw walnuts
12 oz of medjool pitted dates
2 TBS raw coconut butter
4 TBS cacao or cocoa dark
2/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Muesli

Blend until small balls start to form.  Remove from food processor and add to square glass pan.
Press down to shape into brownies.  Refrigerate several hours, then slice into bars and place in individual baggies for lunches and snacks.  


Sunday, May 20, 2012

BLACK BEAN SOUP


BLACK BEAN SOUP

1 Bag Black Bean Soup Mix; Bob's Red Mill (26 OZ)

Put beans in a 5 qt. pot, cover with water, allow a few extra inches. The beans will absorb water as they cook and get tender. Bring water to a boil and lower heat to simmer. Continue cooking for about 90 minutes. Once fully cooked and tender drain water and rinse well with warm water. Rinsing will rid the beans of a substance that causes gas and gives the beans a bitter taste. Once beans are drain and ready continue.

While the beans are cooking start the soup in a large pot. The stock and other ingredients
need at least a 10 to 12 qt. pot.

INGREDIANTS:

2 32 oz. can Organic Vegetable Stock (Kitchen Basics-Unsalted).
1 32 oz. can Organic Vegetable Broth (Swanson- Certified Organic).
1 28 oz. can Diced Tomatoes (Muir Glen- Organic).
1 28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes (Muir Glen- Organic).

1 Sweet Potato (about one pound) shredded.
1 to 1 ½ pounds of Carrots shredded.
1 Celery stalk (About 1/4 pound). Cut the bottom off, rinse it well and place in the pot.
Cut the leafs and rinse well, chop into small pieces. Take a good portion of the
remaining celery and chop into small pieces and place into pot.
½ to 1 whole onion chopped into small pieces.

SPICES:

2 tsp. of garlic or 2 fresh clove.
3 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cold press.
1 handful of fresh parsley
1 tsp. Thyme
3 tsp Bell Season (if available; if not I make my own-see separate recipe)
2 tsp. Smoked paprika
2 tsp chipolte pepper ( this may be too spicy for some taste- chipolte is made from
smoked, very ripe, jalapeno peppers
1 tsp white pepper.
1 tbs. Italian Seasoning (if fresh is not available)
1 tsp Sea Salt
2 Bay Leaves

Add spices, beans, veggies to broth and tomato stock. Cook until carrots and potato is tender. Remember, soup boiled is soup spoiled. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Raw Carrot Cake

During the last year, I visited a Whole Foods store and purchased one slice of Raw Carrot Cake for $9. I loved the cake but thought the price was too high for me and decided to make my own at home.  This weekend,  I found this website and recipe.  The website is entitled  the Rawtarian.
Here is the link to her  Carrot Cake Recipe .

I only made a few changes to the site's original recipe. The purchased Raw Carrot Cake, from Whole Foods, was not dehydrated, so I decided to leave out the water and not dehydrate.  I also added a few more dates:  1  3/4 cup dates.  I used the icing she included at the bottom of the recipe, Raw Cream Cheese Icing.  I thought it was also great.  Next time, I plan to use pure maple syrup or honey in the icing to change the flavor a little for variety.

Make a carrot cake and icing for yourself using this recipe and you will be very happy with your new raw cake creation.  Thanks, Rawtarian!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Non-processed Food Diet

It is the time of the year when people are thinking about diets, new ways of eating, and losing the weight they gained over the holidays. Over the years, I have tried lots of different diets. What I have found is that many diets work for a while, but only those that you can adapt to your daily life, work for the long term.

For over a year, I have eaten 80% raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. The reason I say 80% is because I do use things like purchased Almond Milk and other items like raw cashews which are not technically raw. I also enjoy a glass of red wine.

Within the last two months, after much reading, I have added cooked legumes to my diet. I wanted the nutrients in lentils and beans but was not happy with eating sprouted beans which raw food recipes suggest. There are nutrients in legumes that we can not get in other foods. Some raw food nutritionists suggest eating cooked legumes for these nutrients. I enjoy sprouts in salads, but could not eat, with enjoyment, sprouted beans in dips, etc. The bottom line is that you have to enjoy your diet to stick with it. Most of the items I eat daily, I love! Raw tahini is one of my favorites.

It has now been about a year and a half that I have eaten all vegan with the exception of occasional drops of honey. I use my Vita-mix every morning and enjoy a daily smoothie with frozen bananas, cacao, blueberries, hemp seed, and almond milk. I'm not hungry until lunchtime. The cacao gives me the same boost I would get from coffee, in raw form.

All vegan diets are not alike. I found that even on an all vegan diet, some vegans still may eat a lot of cooked processed foods. Cutting the processed foods with "unknown" ingredients may be the key in all positive diet changes, in my opinion. For example, a few of the vegan cookbooks use a lot of what I call "copy-cat" foods. They try to make a vegan copy of sausage or other meats out of vegetable protein. To me, this is just more processed food. I don't eat them.

What I've learned over the last year and a half is that for me, the best diet is basically raw, unprocessed vegan foods (fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) with a fresh soup, daily, made from vegetables and dried legumes. I plan to add some of my soup recipes soon as they have been staples in my house and popular with non-vegan family members during the holidays.

Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds has changed my health. I have been off of blood pressure medicine for over a year. My blood work is all within the normal range. I lost over twenty pounds. The most important fact is that I feel the best I have felt in years.

Every one has to find the diet that fits their body. Fad diets don't work. The diet that is healthy and gets your body into the best physical shape is what is best for each individual person. For me, I don't eat anything with a face. That was an easy choice for me because I love animals. It has changed my health and my system. It is not a temporary diet, it is a life style change. I hope that each one of us will find the diet that works best for you and will make this new year, the happiest and healthiest 2012 for you and your families.
Happy New Year!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Best Raw Fudge


I have been making raw fudge now for about a year and I think this may be my best recipe yet. Unfortunately, I don't always measure ingredients so each is a close estimate. It doesn't seem to matter with the fudge if you vary the ingredients a little. Here is my favorite raw fudge to date:

Raw Fudge

1 pound of Medjool pitted dates
2 cups of raw walnuts
2 tablespoons of coconut butter
8 tablespoons of cacao
2 tablespoons of cacao nibs
1 tsp vanilla bean powder (may use liquid vanilla)
1/2 cup broken or chopped raw pecans (add at the end and only blend until mixed)

Combine the first six ingredients in your food processor. Blend until the mixture forms a very thick and smooth fudge consistency. Stir in the pecans and only continue to chop for a minute to combine the ingredients. If you prefer, you can stir in the pecans in the Pyrex glass pan, rather than add them to the processor.

Add to a small glass pan (8 in by 8 in) and press with a smooth spoon to form fudge.
Refrigerate and cut inch cubes. Serve.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Breakfast - Latest Green Smoothie



I continue to make green smoothies from my mom's garden and fresh citrus. I have finally figured out how to make my smoothies so that they are not thick. It isn't rocket science and I should have figured it out before but the secret ingredient is filtered water. Here is my favorite recipe. Remember, if you want your drink sweeter, add more bananas or another raw sweetener.

1 small grapefruit (makes it a little more tart)
2 or 3 oranges
1 organic apple
1 banana
1 large handful of greens (about two cups) - I used radish tops, mustard, turnip, spinach (whatever you have on hand will work)
and the key ingredient: 2 cups of filtered water

Blend in Vitamix for a minute and serve COLD.
This recipe makes almost three quarts. I put two away for later and add ice to one and have for breakfast. Usually, I keep the other two for the next couple of mornings. They are great each morning cold for an early breakfast.