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Variety is key to ensuring that boredom or a food rut don’t set in. Vegans and vegetarians alike know the feeling of wanting to scream when all that is available to eat is the same boring side salad. One way you can “jazz up” any meal is by adding the right toppings, sauces, dressings, or condiments to add flavor and get you excited to dig in. This weekend was veggie burger mania in my kitchen. I had an assignment to perfect several types of veggie burgers. I made black bean, lentil, and a black eye pea burger that will make your mouth water (more on this later). For the lentil burger, topped it will an awesome cilantro sauce that can also double as an awesome salad dressing. Not completely raw as it uses canned coconut milk, but quick to make and delicious. Cilantro has awesome nutritional benefits and can actually naturally remove up to 80% of heavy metals from the body. Not a bad perk for a dressing! -Xo Raw Girl
Salad ingredients: Chopped kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup organic lite coconut milk
- 1 jalapeno chile stemmed and seeded
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cilantro roughly chopped
Add the lemon juice, coconut milk, chile, garlic, ginger, salt and cilantro into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy! To vary thickness use regular instead of lite coconut milk and add in a little avocado. Another variation can be made using lime juice instead of lemon.
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Yesterday after yoga, I was challenged to create a healthier non-dairy version of french toast that would be worth the effort. So I went vegan and whipped out this quick and easy recipe from my arsenal. Judging by the fact that all of it was gone by the end of brunch and we were left scraping our plates, I think I succeeded. The secret ingredient that was the substitute for eggs? Bananas! That’s right, move over egg replacer, bananas can do just as well for vegan french toast, and add natural sweetness that doesn’t necessarily require you to use any additional syrup or agave. I used Ezekiel bread so that I could actually eat some, (my body literally goes cray-cray when I eat any other kind of bread), and opted for the cinnamon raisin version to add additional flavor– it was delicious! To fry the french toast I used coconut oil, which is the healthiest oil to cook with because it doesn’t go rancid as easily as other oils. and Below is the quick and easy recipe. Remember this one, and keep some bananas handy the next time someone challenges you to a vegan brunch-off! -XoXo Raw Girl
Vegan Banana French Toast
Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread
3 ripe bananas
3/4 cup organic coconut milk
1/4 cup organic coconut cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend the bananas, coconut milk, coconut cream, and vanilla. Add cinnamon if you opted to use regular bread. Prepare french toast as usual dipping each piece of bread into the batter. Use coconut oil to fry to make it slightly healthier. Make as much as you want, then serve plain or use agave or grade B syrup if you need additional sweetener.
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Didn’t get around to having dinner until late last night, so I opted for a blended meal and came up with this wonderful concoction which I’ll be including in the parasite detox coming soon to a blog near you. Has a few key ingredients that help to give parasites a run for their money and some power ingredients that pack it with nutrients for optimal health. It’s also a nice addition to a cleanse because it’ll give some variation to all the greens you have to eat to kill those buggers. I had kombucha on hand so I decided to add that to my recipe as a bonus. It was pretty amazing, and after devouring the large glass, I realized that adding kombucha adds in live cultures, which is perfect for making your own “live yogurt!” If you are craving something creamy like yogurt…just FYI, any smoothie can be made into a “yogurt” recipe by adding in an extra avocado or banana to keep the mixture thicker. However, If you are doing a parasite cleanse you should avoid sweet fruits like banana. Eat with a spoon and have fun with garnishes. Try topping your live yogurt with raw granola, shredded coconut, or dried or fresh berries. -XoXo Raw Girl
To read a little more about the benefits of Kombucha, check out this past post: http://rawgirltoxicworld.com/2012/12/15/ten-immune-boosting-power-foods-for-winter-wellness/
I know, I know, I’ve been M.I.A. Did you miss me? I spent the last two months making a movie and I am tired and in need of a serious detox to say the least. The past week has been dedicated to getting my body back to one. I am also getting ready to do a gangsta beginning of the year parasite cleanse, which I am developing to share with all of you who need a concrete plan that works. So stay tuned. Yesterday’s lunch following a very awesome Yoga Sculpt class (which combines vinyasa flow, weight training, and cardio), was my favorite complete protein, quinoa. Photo and ingredients of the delicious salad below. For those who have kept reading in my absence…just in time for Valentine’s Day I would like to say, I heart you very much. -XoXo Raw Girl
Red Quinoa (sauteed w/ mushrooms)
1 bunch Lacinato Kale
1 bunch Green Kale
1 ripe Avocado
Wedge of lemon, extra virgina olive oil, sea salt, Braggs Liquid Aminos
Tahini dressing (optional)
Cook red quinoa. I seasoned with onions, sauteed mushrooms & Braggs Liquid Aminos. Chop up Kale and wash thoroughly put in big salad bowl. Add in around four capfuls of olive oil, squeeze two wedges of lemon and add Braggs and/or a pinch or two of sea salt to taste. Massage kale with hands until seasoning is worked in. Toss in almonds and cranberries. You can serve quinoa on side or in the salad. Cut avocado and top salad with avocado slices. Serve and enjoy!
Okay so the title for this post may seem a little too boastful, but seriously this quiche tasted like a slice of HEAVEN. Made it for Christmas, for my mother who wanted to have some sort of spinach pie. I looked up a few different recipes and improvised the one below, and I must say, when I finished I was pretty darn pleased with my Vegan Rachel Ray skills. The best part about this vegan quiche is that it actually tastes “cheesy” !
If you are vegan or raw, you know that strange longing sometimes to have something that really gives the same euphoric feeling that cheese used to give, sans the chemicals, hormones, and damaging preservatives. Well, the secret ingredient to this quiche is actually tofu. I’m not a regular tofu eater, but I can handle it in small amounts occasionally. For this quiche, the tofu is not only worth it but absolutely necessary. Important thing to note is that the tofu you must buy to make this recipe work is the packaged tofu that is NOT refrigerated. Firm works best, but even if you accidentally get extra firm it’ll still work. I also added king mushrooms which was a great choice and made it more “meaty”, and used a spelt crust rather than whole wheat. Spelt seems to have a bit less gluten and therefore does not bother me as much. It also pairs well with the spinach. We really enjoyed our Christmas dinner, and I was proud of myself for giving my mother more evidence that she can still make the things she loves to eat sans meat and dairy. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! Best part about it, took very little time to prepare. -XoXo Raw Girl
2 16 oz Bags of frozen Organic Spinach
1 package King Mushrooms (as much as you prefer)
Spices: 1 teaspoon Curry, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, Dash of Red Pepper or Cayenne, Braggs Liquid Aminos to taste
1 Package of Firm Tofu (packaged but not refridgerated)
2 Spelt Crusts
Place crusts in oven and set somewhere around 375 – 425 degrees. While crusts are thawing in oven, sautee spinach with onions, and mushrooms. At some point remember to check on your crusts and poke holes in them with a fork. Add Braggs Liquid Aminos for flavor, and Cayenne or Red Pepper. I used my mother’s special red pepper from Nigeria that is ridiculously awesome but sorry, you can’t find it in the grocery store. In the blender put in your package of tofu, add 1 heaping teaspoon curry (gives it the yellow color like eggs) and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Blend tofu untilsmooth. Don’t add any liquid just work it with a spoon or blender accessory that allows you to work it all in until creamy. In a large bowl mix the spinach and tofu together. The filling is done! Take your crusts out of the oven. Fill one crust with the spinach mixture. Now, what I did next is take the remaining crust carefully trying NOT to break it (it will still be somewhat soft and place it on top of the quiche. Then stick in the oven and back until crusts are cooked and brown. Let it cool for fifteen to twenty minutes at least. Serve & enjoy the BEST VEGAN QUICHE EVER!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. It was an interesting Thanksgiving this year for many reasons, one being there was no turkey on our table!! When you go from eating meat to eating veg it can be a little unsettling and you may feel like you don’t know how to cook anything you used to eat. Good news is, it’s really not that complicated. I got in the kitchen to help my mom and show her that is it possible to make somethings you made before, but with some substitutions in place of the meat products. We ended up working with her idea to make stuffed bell peppers which were incredible, cooked collard greens, raw collard greens with a cilantro avocado dressing (I made mine raw), cranberry sauce, and Haitian sweet potatoes. Let me tell you something, if you have never had a Hawaiian (purple on inside) or Haitian sweet potato you are missing out! If you all are interested and haven’t had enough of my many ways to eat an avocado I can post the avocado cilantro dressing next week.
I went light on my usual industrious dessert making this year because the week prior I made coconut macaroons, and then the avocado key lime pie. So I just made a vegan blueberry pie with a spelt crust. Below is the recipe for the stuffed bell peppers. The recipe is kind of vague because I totally improvised it, but you’ll get the gist. We had leftover black beans in the fridge so I mixed that in with the quinoa and added mushrooms and onions and stuffed it all in the pepper. A-MAZING. They are really festive and add to the holiday spirit if you buy various colors as well. What’s the best part about a big fat Vegan Thanksgiving? Your chances of actually getting fat or gaining those usual holiday pounds are slim to none. We all finished the meal and were full, satisfied, with waistlines still in tact, and had some yummy leftovers for the next day. -XoXo Raw Girl
Bell Peppers Stuffed w/ Quinoa & Black Beans
Various Colored Bell Peppers (organic preferred)
Spices: cumin, sea salt
Soak black beans overnight and cook them in whatever method you prefer. We cooked them using a slow cooker and then sautéed them with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, garlic, cumin, and sea salt. Also cook quinoa in separate pot. Mix the mushroom black bean mix with the quinoa, and add additional spices as needed. Wash the bell peppers and cut them into little containers by keeping a ‘lid’ with the stem attached.
Remove the white parts from the inside carefully with a knife and then scoop in the quinoa mixture until the pepper is full to the brim. Place the bell pepper lid back on. Wrap each pepper with its lid, in foil, and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or eat the pepper raw, whichever you prefer. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!
Remember when I told you made two desserts at once the other day when I made the key lime pie? Well here’s the second one. Below is a recipe for coconut vanilla macaroons and a short video. There are many variations of this recipe you can find out there but the ingredients pretty much stay the same. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste buds and also add in other ingredients you make like. For instance if you love lemon, squeeze in some lemon juice and grate lemon zest for a lemon-y tasting macaroon. I love chocolate so I’m going to have to try making some chocolate dipped macaroons in the near future. You can also make completely chocolate macaroons by adding cacao powder. If you have a dehydrator, that works best. If you don’t, I have seen recipes that recommend refrigerating the macaroons until they get hard, so you can try that. My goal was to have some great how-to-videos, but ho-hum, my super cool HD Flip camera broke! Not happy about that at all, but perhaps Raw Vegan Santa will bring a better camera my way soon. -XoXo Raw Girl
Coconut Vanilla Macaroons
4 cups shredded coconut
1.5-2 cups almond flour
1 cup agave or grade B maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Use small ice cream scoop or your hands to form into small balls. Place on dehydrator trays and dehydrate for around 8-12 hours max at 105. Enjoy!
Raw Girl here, and yes it is still avocado week! This past weekend I experimented with making a pudding that still had some nutrition in it. It’s almost like a yogurt as well. I enlisted some guinea pigs to taste test it and we all loved it. Can be breakfast or dessert. I like the combination of avocado and lime, so I’m cooking up some additional dessert ideas coming soon. Hope you try it, enjoy! -XoXo Raw Girl
1/2 FloridaAvocado (the huge ones) or 1.5-2 Haas Avocados
1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
5 frozen strawberries
3 Pitted Dates
1 handful of spinach
1 Teaspoon Spirulina (optional)
1/2 -3/4 of a Lime Squeezed (Squeeze whole lime if you want it really sour)
To prepare put all ingredients in the blender. Add in a very small amount, maybe 1/4 cup of water and blend. If it’s too tough add a little more, but don’t go overboard with water or else it won’t be pudding, it’ll be a smoothie. Once everything is blended together, immediately pour into bowls and serve! Makes enough pudding for two.
Sandy’s Cilantro Detox
1 Bunch Green Kale Leaves (5-7 Leaves)
1 head of Celery
1 or 2 Limes
1 apple (optional)
Juice, strain, serve. Enjoy!
To pay homage to the unfortunate Hurricane headed for the East Coast as I wrote and scheduled this post last week, I’ve named today’s juice Sandy’s Cilantro Detox. Cilantro also known as coriander is a lovely addition to a juice or smoothie. Full of antioxidants this herb also has a nice amount of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C,E, B6, K, phosphorous, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, manganese. The iron and magnesium make cilantro great for fighting anemia. Ladies! Take note, adding cilantro into your diet once a month prior to the onset of PMS may be beneficial because it can relieve menstrual cramps and reduce hormonal mood swings of the condition I like to call Vegan Bi&% Syndrome. In addition to this, along with aged garlic and chlorella, cilantro is great at removing heavy metals from your body like mercury, aluminum, and lead. Incorporating cilantro in your diet will also natural remove accumulated pesticides from your body as well. Other benefits include reducing cholesterol, aiding production of digestive enzymes, promoting liver function, disinfecting and detoxifying the body, relieving arthritis, reducing nausea, lowering blood pressure, reducing cellulite, lowering blood sugar, and being an effective natural fighter of salmonella. Keeping all of these awesome benefits in mind, you may not want to reserve cilantro only for your salsa. Toss it in your juice, smoothie, or salad for a fresh green taste with great nutritional benefits to boot. -XoXo Raw Girl