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How green you are! “Green veggie power soup”

I know what you’re thinking. Not another bowl of green!!

I promise to do something else soon. Like some healthier baking. Some almond chocolates. Or a big family vegetable lasagne (dairy free) Some sorbets. In the hope that it gets warm enough to warrant them?

But today friends, green. And lots of it.

My friend posted this link up, and Lo and behold- I had pretty much all the ingredients save the green beans. I felt duty bound to prepare it immediately, and if you don’t quibble about quantities, working on the chuck-it-all-in principle, it is extremely quick to whip up (less than 15 minutes I’d say) Here is the website for the recipe.

Once cooked, blend and season to taste. (I added bouillon powder during the cooking, and salt/nutritional yeast at the end)  I blended my spinach in raw, because, why not?  I think a small clove of raw garlic would not have gone amiss either. It was beautiful and vibrant and …green..and my son refused to eat it!   So I consumed it all, and thoroughly enjoyed it. His lunch was quite Green….just not green in colour. He looked actually indignant when I offered it to him!

That’s all for now. I can hear my little man coughing up in bed….he should have had my power soup at lunchtime  🙂

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Easter Inspiration

But not from me….although I do have some delicious alternative chocolate recipes under the dessert section (Peanut butter Cups and Coconut Bites) which you could use to bind oats into a healthsome easter nest…this of course would be a darker tasting chocolate, I absolutely love it and so do most other people who have tried it.

No- this inspiration is brought to you from Addicted to Veggies, healthy icing, made with all natural ingredients, no bottled food colourings, not even the beetle-blood kind, and certainly no E numbers, . Here is a teaser photo atop her alternative wheat-free cookies, should you so desire to also make them (dehydrator needed)  Even if you don’t think you will make them, I would still encourage you to see how she makes the icing- it may inspire you for future creations. Click on the link above for the recipe. As for me, I have coconut oil back in my house after a long absence, and am happy to have it back.

Happy almost- Easter- symbolic for me as a Christian as remembrance of new life in two (or more) senses of the word. Choose some life-enhancing foods, go on, do it!

“Raw for Dessert” by Jennifer Cornbleet

In a nutshell, because brevity is my hallmark lately,this book is great, yea, even Great.

All of her delicious creations are suitable for those avoiding wheat/gluten, dairy and refined sugars. By refined sugars I mean “table sugar” because she does use some maple/agave syrup- you could also sub honey. You could even sub cane sugar if you prefer it, still enjoying the goodness of the remaining components. It’s all about what changes you are ready for  🙂   She also uses dates to sweeten a lot of the desserts, and adds a little liquid sweetener by way of an extra kick.

The author has graciously posted some sample recipes from the book on her website here.

And I myself,  keep meaning to post the Brazil Nut Milk Cookies and Cream Ice Cream on here because it is so incredibly fantastic. I will, I will.

(I’m just waiting for summer to come- the sun was passing through this week, and I have faith it will return. I shall have my brazil nuts at the ready)

Here are a few examples of what she makes, made almost entirely with raw, whole, healthsome ingredients:

BASICS (This is not the whole list)

  • Almond Milk
  • Date paste
  • Vanilla Cashew Cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Coconut pecan frosting
  • Almond pecan crust
  • Chocolate cookie crust
FRUIT DESSERTS (A few of the many recipes)
  • Strawberry soup
  • Apple compote with golden raisins and pistachio
  • Caramel apple stacks
  • Mango raspberry crumble
SORBETS, ICE CREAMS AND SUNDAES (My favourite section- and the longest one in the book- this is a small handful)
  • Bitter chocolate sorbet
  • orange sorbet
  • Strawberries and cream ice cream
  • Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
  • Coconut Ice Cream
CAKES,COOKIES AND BARS. To name but 3:
  • Jumble Berry Upside Down Cake
  • Red white and blue cheesecake
  • Lemon, cranberry, pistachio cookies (My orange version featured here)
PIES AND TARTS (Did I mention there are more in the book?)
  • Banana cream pie
  • Chocolate cream pie
  • Coconut cream pie with chocolate cookie crust
  • Mince pie
CANDY. Among others:
  • Dark chocolate truffles
  • Pine nut caramels
Click here, to purchase from Amazon.  No, I am not on an affiliate scheme, indeed, I would  recommend you buy it from a private seller at half price  🙂 And make the cookies and Cream recipe first.

Sourdough Bread…

I miss bread. I miss it. When is Easter Sunday????? Lovely warm spelt bread with olive oil, or wholegrain toast with saad, or wholewheat pitta with hummous and raw veggies. I love you.

That said, I cannot fail to notice that for the last month I have not been afflicted with any stomach pains that I secretly suspected were triggered by certain foods.

Frankly, this makes me want to weep.

Sesame Ryvita is lovely, but..you know…….

Still, when Lent is over I shall do some experimentation with foods/quantities and so on, and close watching, and fear not- I will not be going into this again– who wants to hear peoples digestive issues???!!!

And as time is short (I need to make sandcastles with my son) I post a couple of links for anyone who is interested in making sourdough bread.

To be honest, just reading the instructions made me want to sit down with a herbal tea and some biscuits (oh- wait- no……)  It’s probably no more “faff” than sprouting- just patience and a couple of daily routines of no more than a few seconds. It’s just that instruction list seems SO long!

But not to put you off! Sourdough bread is supposed to be a great alternative if you struggle digesting regular bread (enough on digestion already!) Does it taste sour, I wonder? I am sure I will try this next month. Meanwhile, here is the link. It’s from Peas and Thank You.

Follow this link for the sourdough starter

Follow this for “The Ultimate Sourdough Bread recipe”

 

Happy Easter….almost……    😦

 

 

 

 

The “Dirty dozen” and “Clean 15”

Just a quick link: Because nobody would intentionally order a side of pesticides with their salad, right?

If you cannot afford all organic produce, here is a list of those items which tend to have the highest load in tests- and those which have the lowest.

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

 

Note- this list varies from source to source, but never too greatly, from what I have seen. This is a US site, but I compared it to a UK site and it was very similar- (I just couldn’t copy and paste the info over on the UK site)You may find it helpful. Just in case the link doesn’t work:

 

DIRTY DOZEN

1
Apple
Apples
2
Celery
Celery
3
Strawberries
Strawberries
4
Peaches
Peaches
5
Spinach
Spinach
6
Nectarines
Nectarines
– imported
7
Grapes
Grapes – imported
8
Red Pepper
Sweet bell peppers
9
Potatoe
Potatoes
10
Blueberries
Blueberries
– domestic
11
Lettuce
Lettuce
12
Kale
Kale/collard greens
“CLEAN FIFTEEN”
1
Onions
Onions

2
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn

3
Pineapple
Pineapples

4
Avocado
Avocado

5
Asparagus
Asparagus

6
Peas
Sweet peas

7
Mango
Mangoes

8
Eggplant
Eggplant

9
Cantelope
Cantaloupe
– domestic

10
Kiwi
Kiwi

11
Cabbage
Cabbage

12
Watermelon
Watermelon

13
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes

14
Grapefruit
Grapefruit

15
Mushrooms
Mushrooms

 

Twelve downloadable gifts. Everybody loves late presents, right?

Just passing through briefly……enjoying plenty of family time.

Here is a late gift for anyone who is interested….not just one, but twelve free downloadable gifts, which are available for download until the 31st of December.

It may be just what you want or need to prepare you for a New year detox!

This delicious giveaway was organised by Karen Knowler, lover of raw foods, and each day there is a gift of a PDF ebook from different people who have trained under her. There are literally dozens of recipes and tips on how to incorporate more raw plant foods into your diet, from juices and smoothies for “detox”, to amazing chocolate recipes made from healthy fats, natural sugars and unprocessed cacao powder (alternatively use unsweetened cocoa powder) and tons of other stuff. It is the coolest ever giveaway and there are no strings attached at all.

 I, for one was inspired to dig out the juicer!

Only available for download until the 31st of December! Sign up on the page below, and you will be emailed access to all of the “doors” on the gift calendar, even though the event has finished. You can open each one, and save the ones that appeal to you to your PC.

Follow the link, and get ready to treat yourself to a rejuvenating new years flush-out!

www.12DaysofRawChristmas.com

Merry Christmas one and all!

The Nourishing Gourmet: “Healthy candy?”

I know that sounds contradictory to some, unappetising to others, and plain ridiculous to yet others. “If you’re going to eat junk, you may as well embrace it!” I have heard “Bring on the butter, sugar, condensed milk, corn syrup, whatever it may contain, bring it! But if you would like to consider alternatives for your sweet tooth (that is not a punnet of berries) then do a little digging.

Today, in lieu of my own contribution, I am pointing you to a website (The Nourishing Gourmet) my sister brought to my attention, which has a post of “12 healthy candies”. A little late for halloween, but not too late for Christmas! Or indeed, Friday night. I appreciate that one persons idea of “healthy” may not be the same for another person. I would not necessarily make every item on this list. But I like it because it will fit most palates as an alternative to factory candy. Some use honey or maple syrup, others use dates and wholefoods only, some use quality dark chocolate (from the shop) others use cocoa powder in conjunction with other ingredients. Some are uncooked, others not. All of them look pretty easy, and there are TWELVE to choose from!

If you want a little browse, follow this link.

The Nourishing Gourmet: 12 Healthy Home-made Candies

And by the way, I have a few healthy candies of my own on here. Look in the “Desserts” section under “No-bake/Raw treats”.

Hopefully I will be back soon with something of my own. Meanwhile, love yourself!  You know what I mean  🙂

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