Paté du Soleil

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Makes 4-5 cups

Ingredients:
3 cups sunflower seeds, soaked for 8-12 hours
½ cup lemon juice
¼-1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
¼ cup Braggs or 3/4  tsp sea salt or to taste
Chopped garlic to taste

Procedure:

  • In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

Adventurous Variations:
-Add 1 T minced ginger
-Add ¼ cup minced parsley or cilantro
-Add 1 tsp ground kelp or dulse flakes

Serving Suggestions:
Use as a topping on any tossed salad
Use as the filling of a nori wrap instead of the traditional rice
Use as the filling of a cabbage or lettuce leaf along with other vegetables
Delicious on rice cakes or crackers
Try it as a dip for vegetables
Serve it between cucumber slices; fill peppers with it or celery

This is simple to double for a big crowd and also to cut in half.

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Paté du Soleil
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Recipe type: Spread
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-5 cups
 
Makes 4-5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sunflower seeds, soaked for 8-12 hours
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼-1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • ¼ cup Braggs or ¾  tsp sea salt or to taste
  • Chopped garlic to taste
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth
  2. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

NORI ROLL UPS

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Ingredients:
Remember to choose organic whenever possible
2 Nori sheets
Avocado, mashed
Finely grated carrot
Thinly sliced red pepper
Large handful of greens (spinach, lettuce, mesclun mix, arugula, cilantro, parsley, watercress, sunflower or pea sprouts)(or a combination)
Cayenne pepper (optional)
Sea salt or dulse flakes (optional)

Procedure:

  • Lay nori sheet on the counter
  • Spread half the mashed avocado on ¾ of the sheet and the remaining on the other sheet
  • Sprinkle the avocado with a little cayenne and a little sea salt or dulse, if using
  • On top of the avocado, lay the carrot and red pepper on the bottom ½ of the sheet
  • Top with the greens
  • Roll up, either by hand or use a sushi mat.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Adventurous Variations:
-replace the avocado with a raw seed paté (see Paté du Soleil recipe )
-add sundried tomatoes or olives

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NORI ROLL UPS
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-4 servings
 
Remember to choose organic whenever possible
Ingredients
  • 2 Nori sheets
  • Avocado, mashed
  • Finely grated carrot
  • Thinly sliced red pepper
  • Large handful of greens (spinach, lettuce, mesclun mix, arugula, cilantro, parsley, watercress, sunflower or pea sprouts)(or a combination)
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Sea salt or dulse flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Lay nori sheet on the counter
  2. Spread half the mashed avocado on ¾ of the sheet and the remaining on the other sheet
  3. Sprinkle the avocado with a little cayenne and a little sea salt or dulse, if using
  4. On top of the avocado, lay the carrot and red pepper on the bottom ½ of the sheet
  5. Top with the greens
  6. Roll up, either by hand or use a sushi mat.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Enjoy!

The Powers of Sea Vegetables

seaveggiesFor thousands of years, the  powers of sea vegetables have been used for happier and longer lives by prolonging life, preventing disease and granting beauty and health.  An excellent source for food and medicine, sea vegetables contain 10-20 times more minerals than land plants as well as plenty of vitamins that are important for our metabolism.  Some even remove radioactive and toxic metal wastes from our bodies.

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Rawsome Apple Pie

I made this raw apple pie for our Family Easter Potluck dinner.  Everyone loved it!  Thankfully it was also very easy and quick to prepare.  This is so delicious and nutritious that you could eat it for breakfast!

The original recipe comes from Nomi Shannon’s cookbook, ‘The Raw Gourmet’.

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Remember to use organic ingredients, whenever possible, for optimum health.

Makes 1 pie

Crust:
1 ¾ cup almonds, soaked 8-12 hours, drained and dried off
1 cup dates, chopped
1-2 Tablespoons water or more as needed
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
2 teaspoons psyllium
Procedure:

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Dehydrate for 1 hour or if you don’t have a dehydrator, place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Filling:
10-12 apples, peeled and cored, cut into chunks
2 cups dates, pitted (medjool are the best)
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons psyllium

Procedure :

  • Process the apples, dates and raisins in a food processor until very smooth. You may need to do each one separately and then together depending on how heavy duty your processor is. Add cinnamon and psyllium and process.  Or if you have a vitamix, process all ingredients together, until smooth.
  • Immediately pour the filling into the pie crust.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy with your friends and family!

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Rawsome Apple Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Raw Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 pie
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 ¾ cup almonds, soaked 8-12 hours, drained and dried off
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons water or more as needed
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons psyllium
  • Filling:
  • 10-12 apples, peeled and cored, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups dates, pitted (medjool are the best)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons psyllium
Instructions
  1. Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Dehydrate for 1 hour or if you don't have a dehydrator, place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling: process the apples, dates and raisins in a food processor until very smooth. You may need to do each one separately and then together depending on how heavy duty your processor is. Add cinnamon and psyllium and process.  Or if you have a vitamix, process all ingredients together, until smooth.
  4. Immediately pour the filling into the pie crust.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy with your friends and family!

The Easy Way to Make Delicious Sprouts!

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Sprouts are so easy to make and so incredibly healthy for you, that you will be wondering why you did not start making them sooner!

Why do you want to make sprouts?  Why do you want to eat sprouts?

Sprouts are most commonly made from seeds, such as mung, lentil, alfalfa, sunflower, etc. The dried seed is dormant, sleeping if you will. Once the seed has been soaked in water, it awakens, gathering all of its nutrients and energy, preparing to grow. After a few days of rinsing and gathering more energy, a tail begins to form. At this point it is ready to eat.
The raw sprout is so full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals (yes, even protein…lots of it too!) that were not readily available when it was sleeping. Now our body can easily access all the sprout has to offer!
The sprout is a delicious little powerhouse that can benefit anyone….just plan to eat them regularly!
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Why Eat Organic?

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I have been eating Organic food for a long time now and it is just a part of my life.  I would not choose anything else for me and my family.

I meet many people who are beginning to make the transition over to organic foods and ask me questions such as,

  • Is Organic food more nutritious?
  • Is Organic food safe?
  • How do you afford Organic food?
  • Why should I eat Organic?
  • How do I know if it is really Organic?

If you are thinking about making the transition, or perhaps you already have, and are wondering if it is all worth it, I will attempt to guide you to choosing what feels right for you.Continue Reading

The Simple Way to Lose Belly Fat, Increase Energy and Feel Great!

My cousin’s daughter (she is 21 years old)sent me a text yesterday.  She and her friend are doing a 28 day detox.  She wanted to know if I had some recipes to share.  Of course I do!
I did give her some more information that I thought was important to share with her.
This is what I wrote;
Dear Nienke,
I am proud of you for taking the initiative to care for your body in this way.  Not many people take the time to do this and then they wonder why they don’t feel their best.
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Barbara’s Breakfast Delight

What a delicious way to start the day! 

Serves 1

Ingredients:
Do your best to have all organic ingredients.
1 large apple, grated
1 large pear, diced ( or another apple, grated)
1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 handful raisins
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (or more)
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

Procedure:

  • Wash and prepare the fruits as suggested
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Enjoy with someone or eat it all by yourself!

Adventurous Variations:

-if you find ginger too strong, grate it and then squeeze the juice out
-add a handful of shredded coconut
-add a handful of juicy pineapple
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What Are Living Foods and Why Do I Want To Eat Them?

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What are living foods?

I have found that this is a common question.  If you are wondering about this, then you are not alone.
Living foods are raw foods.  Raw foods have not been cooked, boiled, stewed, microwaved, baked, flash-frozen or steamed.  These foods have not been heated above 118 F or 48 C.  They contain food enzymes.
High temperature cooking and processing food destroys the enzymes and nutrients that allow the food to be efficiently digested.  In order for our body to make use of cooked food it must produce enzymes to aid in the digestion process.
As we age, enzyme production diminishes and so we must rely on our diet to provide them.  Stress also destroys enzymes.  Stress damages cells that enzymes in part are required to reconstruct.  Stress also inhibits the body’s ability to produce enzymes.
Enzymes are super vital to achieving optimal health.  Enzymes provide us with energy and balance our metabolism.  Enzymes keep us looking and feeling young!  The foods that we want to focus on are fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouts and raw nuts and seeds.Continue Reading