Italian Spinach Soup

Nov 16, 2012   //   by Kelly   //   Recipes  //  No Comments

Spinach Soup

Okay, so I know some of you are looking at this picture and thinking ew that’s so green, I would never eat that! But let me tell you, this is the best tasting raw soup I have made so far. It’s fresh, creamy, tomatoey and so full of flavour. Spinach is one of the most palatable greens around, it blends really well and it’s actually quite sweet. Plus it’s 30% protein! This recipe has all those delicious italian flavours that everyone loves so much. And it takes less than 5 minutes to make. I like to use powdered garlic and onion rather than fresh when I’m making raw food as it’s not as harsh and has more of a cooked flavour. Adjust the amounts to suit your tastes as fresh ingredients are different every time.

Ingredients

Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 lebanese cucumber or 1/4 telegraph cucumber
1 Large organic or heirloom tomato (something with a lot of flavour)
2 carrots
About 4 cups of baby spinach leaves
6 large basil leaves
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of sea salt
1/4 – 1/2 avocado

Method

Chop the cucumber tomato and carrots into chunks.
Add everything except the avocado to your blender. Add them in the order listed so that the juicier ingredients help to get the blending started better.
Once everything is blended up nice and smooth, add your avocado and blend for a short time just until it’s smooth. We add the avocado last because it can make the soup go fluffy if you blend it all together.
If you like you can also add some extra diced tomato and cucumber to serve.
Yum!

Tips

This also makes a great base for adding steamed vegetables if you don’t want a fully raw meal. Try pouring it over some steamed potatoes and broccoli and adding some extra diced tomato, or mashing some in with steamed potatoes for some clean comfort food.

Tahini Nori Wraps

Nov 13, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

These delicious nutritious nori rolls can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes. I made these after getting home late after my yoga class and was too hungry to make anything that would take any longer. I’ve used a homemade raw brazil nut sesame tahini in these rolls but feel free to use store bought raw tahini if you can get it or just regular tahini. You could also mix it up and use some raw brazil or almond butter instead. By using another leaf inside the nori it will prevent it from becoming soggy, so these would be a great lunch snack too. When shopping for Nori sheets check the packet, if it’s not raw it will usually say toasted somewhere. Most brands are toasted, so if you want to keep it strictly raw try a wholefoods shop or an online raw foods shop. In Australia and New Zealand I usually buy the spiral foods brand nori.

Ingredients

Nori sheets
Swiss or rainbow chard (or romaine/cos lettuce)
Carrots
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Tahini
Himalayan or sea salt

 

Method

1. Lay the nori flat on a board

2. Remove the stalk end from a large chard leaf. The leaf should be around the same size as your nori sheet or a little narrower. Lay this on top of the nori.

3. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the carrot into long ribbons, cut the cucumber into long sticks and dice the tomato.

4. Spread some tahini along one edge of the chard following the direction of the stalk. Use as much or as little as you like. You may prefer to thinly spread it over the whole leaf or have one thick line of tahini.

5. Layer your carrot ribbons, cucumber and tomatoes lengthways next to the tahini so that the come to about 1/3 of the width across. Add salt to taste.

6. Now simply roll from the filled side over, pressing in as you do so, to form your nori roll. Wet the end of the nori with a small amount of water to help it stick together.

 

Serving suggestions

I like to just cut these in half and eat them as they are but you could also make a little dipping sauce from tamari amd lemon juice if you like.

 

Tips

Don’t limit yourself to the fillings that I have used. This was just what I had in the fridge at the time. There are so many other veges that would be great in these rolls. Try some red bell pepper, mung bean shoots, alfalfa sprouts, fresh herbs, grated beetroot, or even add some tofu. The tahini could also be substituted with avocado for a lighter tasting roll.

 

The Lunch Bunch: Raw Sandwich

Jul 30, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

Today I made a super easy raw sandwich to bring for my lunch. I was inspired by Megan Elizabeth’s Hoagie Recipe which you can view here.

All you do is take a romaine/cos lettuce heart, leave it intact and stuff in all of your favourite veges with some avocado or raw tahini or dates. Today I used grated carrot, cucumber, tomato and avocado. It stays together pretty well which is what makes it a great lunch to take to work or out for a picnic.

So easy!

Peppered Pineapple & Cucumber Salad

Oct 19, 2009   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

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This is a quick simple salad for those of you with a sweet tooth. Choose a nice ripe pineapple. Look for one that is yellower on the outside and smells fragrant. If it’s still quite green it will be tart and can burn your mouth. Unfortunately most fruit we buy from the supermarket is picked before is has fully ripened to extend the shelf life. However, you can sit your pineapple on the shelf for a few days to ripen if there are no ripe ones available. Eating fully ripened fruit is important. The fruit has properly developed and has just the right amount of enzymes to help you to digest it properly.

 

Peppered Pineapple & Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

1 Pineapple

1 Telegraph Cucumber

About 2 Handfuls of Spinach

About 1/2 Handful of Fresh Mint

Juice of 1 Lime

Cracked Black Pepper

 

Assembly

Slice the skin off the pineapple, quarter and core. Dice into small chunks and place in a mixing bowl.

Quarter the cucumber lengthways and dice into small chunks. Add to the pineapple.

Roll the spinach and slice finely to create thin ribbons and add to the bowl.

Chop the mint very finely and add to the bowl.

Finally add the lime juice and a generous amount of cracked black pepper and mix well.

Cauliflower Curry

Mar 29, 2009   //   by myrakelly   //   Recipes  //  3 Comments

This is a really easy and versatile curry. You can have it on it’s own, with crackers and so many other ways and all the spices are really warming so it’s great if you’re feeling the cold.

Cauliflower Curry

Ingredients

2 Cups Chopped Cauliflower

1 Medium Carrot, Chopped

6 Soaked Sundried Tomatoes

1/2 Avocado

1/2 Onion, Chopped

1 cm Piece of Ginger

1 Tsp Tumeric

2 Tsp Ground Cumin

1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 Cup Dried Coconut

1 Tbsp Flaxseed

1 Cup Rejuvelac or Water

Serving options: Cucumber, alfalfa sprouts or rice paper (not raw)

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until it is finely chopped and well combined.

Serve in a bowl topped with alfalfa sprouts, on cucumber rounds or if you are not 100% raw try it wrapped in rice paper with alfalfa. It would also work well rolled in a large leafy green with other vegetables or on flax crackers. It’s up to you.

On cucumber slices with parsley

Wrapped in rice paper with alfalfa

Florence Fennel & Strawberry Salad

Nov 3, 2008   //   by myrakelly   //   Recipes  //  No Comments

Strawberries have just arrived at Commonsense Organics! To celebrate the onset of summer produce I threw these few ingredients together for lunch today and it turned out great. It just tastes like summer. And because all the ingredients are really juicy you don’t even need a dressing. I found it perfect just as is.

3-4 Large Strawberries

1/2 a Lebanese Cucumber

1 Small Fennel Bulb

A Handful of Fennel Fronds

2 Cups Chopped Lettuce

1/2 Avocado

Slice the strawberries, cucumber and fennel bulb with a mandoline. Finely chop the lettuce and the fennel fronds and dice the avocado into thin pieces. Combine everything in a bowl to serve. Easy.

Strawberries are the one of the most popular berries in the world. Not only do they taste and look great but they are also full of anti-oxidants. They are also heart-protective, anti-cancer fruit, and anti-inflammatory.

Nutrient-wise, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They’re also pretty high in fibre and a good organic source of iodine.

You can read more about the big red berries here