Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

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RAW VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE AMARETTI

February 2, 2013

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

It’s amazing how fast and easy it can be to create raw versions of cooked favourites. I was recently presented with a box of out-of-this-world artisan soft amaretti … The ingredients listed on the box being sugar, apricot kernels, almonds and egg white, I figured I would play around to come up with a raw version. My main concern is that the original recipe just has too much sugar, in fact, the first ingredient is sugar : over 50% !

So these raw amaretti are way lower in sugar. They are also vegan (I left the egg white out) and gluten-free (like the original), and finally, they literally take 5 minutes to make (excluding dehydrating time). What’s there not to love ?

Raw Amaretti

1 cup ground almonds

1 tbsp raw coconut palm sugar

1/4 tsp pink Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt

1 tsp agave nectar

1 tbsp good quality almond extract

about 1 tbsp pure fresh water, or as needed

In a mixing bowl, combine the ground almonds, coconut palm sugar and salt. Thoroughly mix the dry ingredients using your hands, working in as much air as possible. This step is the key to soft and moist yet light amaretti.

Add the agave, almond extract and water. Add more water if needed, aiming at a crumbly dough consistency. Taste test, but don’t eat it all …

You can roll the dough and cut it into desired shapes using a cookie cutter. I use pop cake moulds to shape my raw amaretti. Put your amaretti onto a lined dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 42 C for about 6 hours or until your amaretti are as dry and crunchy on the outside whilst staying as moist as you like them in the inside.

For instant, no-dehydrator amaretti, just pop your amaretti in the fridge for a couple of hours or in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM SMOOTHIE / PUDDING

November 15, 2012

 Dear One,

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This is a Vitamin C packed smoothie that is delicious everyday of the year, but that will particularly boost your immune system as the Autumn sets in and the days get gloomier and colder.

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are native to China. If you don’t know goji berries yet, I am confident that once you discover them you will fall in love with them and will be adding them to everything, sweet and savoury, and struggling to keep your hands out of the bag, as they taste so good …

They look like little bright red raisins, but not as sweet and have a taste faintly reminiscent of pink bubble gum …

Said to increase longevity, goji berries are one of the richest sources of vitamin C on the planet – a handful when you are getting a cold could be just enough to make you well again – and probably the richest source of beta-carotene.

They contain all of the essential amino acids, as well as B vitamins, trace minerals and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides have been found to fortify the immune system.

Keep things simple and super sweet and couple goji with Vitamin C rich oranges.

If you want some of grapefruit’s goodness but you are not too keen on the bitter taste, use as little of the white part of the rind as possible.

If you do like the slight bitterness of grapefruit and the lovely tanginess of lemon, add them to have a full spectrum citrus goodness.

If you do use grapefruit, eat right away for a smoothie consistency. If allowed to stand, your smoothie will set, due to the pectin from the grapefuit rind (also rich in citrus bioflavonoids).

Add anti-viral and anti bacterial ginger and turmeric and you get a super hero that will help you ward off colds.

For 2 (about 3 cups immune booster smoothie) :

2 oranges

2 pink grapefruits (if not using, just subsitute with 3 extra oranges)

1 lemon

1/4 cup goji berries

1 small piece (1 inch / 2,5 cm) piece fresh ginger root

1 small piece (1 inch / 2,5 cm) piece fresh turmeric root

Wash and prepare your citrus fruits by quartering them and removing the skin. Put the citrus flesh and everything else in the blender and blend until super smooth.

Eat right away if you are in the mood or a smoothie or allow to set to a beautiful pudding.

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PEACH POPPY CREAM SMOOTHIE, NO SUGAR

October 16, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Most mornings, I will have green juice, and then a smoothie when I get hungry again, which is usually after an hour or two. Smoothies are perfect breakfast foods, as they are easy to digest yet filling, and they are a great vessel for your daily dose of healthy fats and superfoods. This one has an intense peachy – citrusy – nutty flavour delivered in an incredibly smooth cream.

I like to change the nut / seed milk I use, this way I make sure I get the goodness from all the different nuts and seeds. My latest favourite is poppy seed milk. Opium is made from the sap of the seed pod (the big poppy head), not the seeds. And it has to be opium poppy seeds, not just any old poppy seeds. The poppy seeds that are sold in health food shops to sprinkle on breads are perfectly safe and not mind altering at all !

So do give this wonder a try for breakfast or as a mid-day snack (:-)

Serves 2 to 4 (You will need a blender, a nut milk bag or a fine sieve and 15 minutes)

1/2 cup poppy seeds, soaked for about 4 hours

2 cups pure water

peaches, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp maca

1 tbsp baobab fuit powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Start by making the poppy seed milk : blend the drained seeds with the water. Strain using a nut milk bag, a very fine sieve or cheesecloth. Put the left-over pulp on the soil of your plants. Rinse your blender.

Return the poppy milk to the blender, along with the peaches, the maca, the baobab  and the cinnamon and blend until smooth. If you prefer a less creamy smoothie, just add more pure water until you reach your desired consistency. I usually don’t add any sugar or sweetener of any sort to my smoothies, but if you do have a sweet tooth, please feel free to add a small amount of your favourite low glycemic sweetener.

Lick your glass clean.

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SPICY BAOBAB GUACAMOLE

October 14, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Guacamole really is a classic, with endless variations. This one is spicy, and the baobab fruit powder gives it a quick and a nutrition boost. Baobab is an exceptionally nutritious African superfood, with high levels of antioxidants, essential minerals including calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, and vitamin C. The Seagreens is the secret ingredient that rounds off all the flavours beautifully and will have you licking your plate clean.

Serves 1 as lunch or 2 as a snack. You will need a knife, a blender, and 5 minutes.

1 avocado

1 tomato

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 clove garlic

1 tsp baobab powder

1/4 tsp Seagreens (or other seaweed flakes)

1/2 tsp mexican chilli spice mix

pinch of crystal salt or sea salt

Blend all ingredients shortly to keep some chunks, or until smooth. Eat right away. Works a wonder with raw corn chips. Will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

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RAW FALAFEL RECIPE

October 12, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

This is a relatively quick one to make for dinner. Substantial and gourmet, but no dehydrating time.

For about 12 small falafel :

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup cashew nuts

5 sun-dried tomato halves, soaked for 1 to 2 hours, then chopped

about 6 pitted black olives

1 small shallot

1 clove garlic

1 lemon, freshly squeezed

a small handful each of fresh chivesrosemary and oregano

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp smoked hot smoked paprika

Process all ingredients in your food processor until thoroughly mixed. Taken a tablespoon of the mixture at once, form small round falafels using your hands. Serve with a side salad.

If you have left overs, you can dehydrate them and eat them later.

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RAW DEHYDRATED COURGETTE CRISPS / CHIPS RECIPE

October 8, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Did you know you can make raw dehydrated crisps out of courgettes ?

I have tried making crisps / chips out of all sort of vegetables, and courgettes are among those that give the best results : light and crispy, not woody and chewy. Actually, these are so good that one would think courgettes were actually meant to be turned into raw dehydrated crisps.

Raw dehydrated sweet potato crisps work well, too.

They are great snacks, as they are delicious, healthy, quick (dehydrating time put aside) and easy to make, versatile (you can create endless variations with different vegetables and different spices), and cheap

As a snack for 2 :

2 organic courgettes

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp curry powder or spice mix of your choice (optional) – I just wanted them plain today

1/8 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Make sure you use organic courgettes, this way you can safely eat the skins.

Using the fine blade on your food processor or a mandolin, slice the courgettes as thin as you can, using .

Transfer the slices to a bowl, add the sesame oil, the salt and the spices, if using and coat them evenly with the oil and salt / spice.

Spread the slices over 2 dehydrator trays, with as little overlapping as possible, and dehydrate for about 12 hours. Eat straight away or transfer to an airtight container. They will only stay crispy for a couple of days, so you  need to make them often.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also make them in an oven. You can find more details on how in the raw dehydrated sweet potato crisps post.

Enjoy !

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RAW DEHYDRATED SWEET POTATO CRISPS / CHIPS RECIPE

October 7, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Do you like the gourmet packs of root vegetable chips sold a little fortune ? Look no further. This home made alternative ticks all the boxes :

– They are just as delicious

– They are ridiculously easy to make and highly versatile, as you can use any spices

– They hardly cost any more than the price of your vegetables (no excuse not to get them organic)

– They are healthier, as they only have a little amount of good quality oil, and they are not deep fried

As a snack for 2 :

2 large organic sweet potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

1/8 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Make sure you use organic sweet potatoes, so that you don’t have to peel them. Just wash them thoroughly using a vegetable brush. If you are using non organic sweet potatoes, you will want to peel them.

Slice the sweet potatoes as thin as you can, using the fine blade on your food processor or a mandolin.

Transfer the slices to a bowl, add the olive oil and the salt. You can also leave out the salt and use any sort of spices you like. Mix with your hands, making sure that all the slices are nicely coated.

Spread the slices over 2 dehydrator trays, with as little overlapping as possible, and dehydrate for about 12 hours. Eat straight away or transfer to an airtight container. They will only stay crispy for a couple of days, so you  need to make them often.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also make them in an oven. You will want to set your oven to the lowest temperature, 42° C if possible. If your oven starts at a higher temperature, you can leave the oven door ajar. Check on the crisps regularly to see how they are doing. You want them crispy but not burned or overcooked.

Enjoy these home made raw dehydrated sweet potato crisps / chips as a snack or for tea and save the store-bought-ones money for something else. Raw dehydrated courgette crisps work really well too.

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