Cranberry & Hazelnut Quinoa Salad

Aug 11, 2013   //   by Kelly   //   Recipes  //  No Comments

Cranberry & Hazlenut Quinoa Salad. Baby spinach, cold quinoa, fresh dill, dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice not sugar) chopped hazelnuts with a dressing of orange juice and coconut aminos. 

Ingredients

Baby spinach
Cooked cold quinoa
Fresh dill, chopped
Dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice not sugar)
Chopped hazelnuts

Dressing

Juice of 1 orange
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos

Tips

To get nice fluffy quinoa, rinse and boil in water for 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a sieve and sit over a pot of water (with the lid on) to steam for a further 5-10 minutes as the water boils. The water should be low enough so the sieve doesn’t touch the water. Cool completely before adding to the salad.

Coconut Aminos is a soy sauce alternative. It’s much sweeter and has a distinctive flavour as it’s made from coconut sap. Although it is a bit of different flavour you can replace with a smaller amount of tamari if you can’t get it or just exclude it altogether.

Minty Orange Datorade

Nov 24, 2012   //   by Kelly   //   Recipes  //  No Comments

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Oranges are available year round in most places, so this is a great go to energy drink. Forget all those processed sports drinks and fake energy drinks. Fruit is where it’s at.

Ingredients

6 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
6 pitted medjool dates
6 fresh mint leaves

Method

Blend all ingredients and drink!

Tips

You can use any oranges for this, tangelos have the most juice and are the sweetest, Valencia’s have a lot of juice but aren’t as sweet and navels are sweet but have more fibre. Look for navels with a big belly button, they are sweeter! If you want to get a lot of calories in drink it all at once or you can drink throughout the day or make less if you just want a snack.

1060 calories

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.

Mango Coconut Wraps

Oct 23, 2012   //   by Kelly   //   Recipes  //  No Comments

After a big banana smoothie I made this for dinner just using whatever I had in the fridge. It can be made as a salad or wraps, you might even chose to blend some extra filling as a juicy dressing.

Ingredients

1 Mango
Fruit from 1 Thai Coconut
1 Tomato
Spring Onions
Mint
Lime Juice
Romaine/Cos Lettuce Leaves
 

Method

1. Slice up the mango, coconut and tomato into thin strips.
2. Chop the mint and spring onions and mix with the mango mixture.
3. Pile into romaine leaves, squeeze a little lime juice on top and enjoy.

Variations

You can also chop up the lettuce and have this as a salad, blending some extra filling ingredients together will make a great dressing.

Easy Stuffed Peppers

Dec 2, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

I didn’t bring anything from home for lunch today so I just popped down to the supermarket and grabbed a few things. I wanted to show how easy it can be to make a raw lunch with ingredients from a standard supermarket without using any special equipment. All you need is a knife, a fork and a board or a plate. I managed to walk to the supermarket, make my lunch and sit down to eat in less than an hour. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. Just watch, everyone in your office will be asking you about it and wanting some too!

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
1/2 avocado
mixed shredded veges (this mix had carrot, broccoli stalks and beetroot in a prepacked bag)
6 brazil nuts
1/2 lemon
sea salt or himalayan salt

 

Method

1. Cut the red bell bepper in half and remove the stalk and seeds

2. Scoop out 1/4 of an avocado into each half pepper and mash in with a fork to fill all the nooks and crannies

3. Add some shredded veges and some chopped brazil nuts

4. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top and a sprinkle of salt

Enjoy!

 

Variations

You can use any veges or salad mix that you find at your local supermarket to stuff the peppers with. I prefer to use salad mixes that don’t have any dressing as you can’t be sure of what’s in them. I used brazil nut here as they are really high in selenium and they also have a really savoury taste, but use any other raw nuts or seeds that you like or leave them out altogether.

Coconut Pad Thai

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

People often think that when you switch to a healthier diet you’re going to be missing out on a lot of those foods that you love. I prefer to think of all the new ways I can make the recipes that I love. Have my Pad Thai and eat it too! Pad Thai is not necesarily an unhealthy recipe. The rice noodles are gluten free which is great and there are always veges, but when you order it in a restaurant the sauce is often filled with lots of oil and sugar and as a vegan I always have to watch out for the hidden fish sauce. Now that I eat mostly raw foods that are full of fresh flavour if I’m eating out with friends and order a cooked version it usually doesn’t live up to my memories of when I used to enjoy that kind of food. It can just seem kind of dull and stodgy.

It’s really simple to make a healthier version of almost any recipe. One that is often much more vibrant and tasty. You just need to look at the flavours and use them in a slightly different way. The real flavour of Pad Thai comes from the sauce, it’s sweet, sour, salty, spicy, tangy and nutty. So I just look at how I can recreate that without all the added refined oil, sugar and fish sauce.

Young Thai coconuts make really amazing noodles and also give it that extra tropical flavour. If you can’t find them just use extra zucchini noodles. Both of these make great alternatives to wheat or white rice noodles that can sometimes make you feel heavy after a meal.
 

Ingredients

Meat from 2 young thai coconuts
2 zucchini
2 carrots
2 cups of shredded red cabbage
1/2 of a red bell pepper
1 spring onion stalk
10 almonds

 

For the Sauce

the leftover cores of the zucchini
2 pitted medjool dates
8 cherry tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes
2cm slice of fresh ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or more to taste
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp tamari
10 almonds

 

Directions

1. Open the coconuts, save the liquid for a smoothie and remove the meat.
There are a couple of ways to open a coconut. You can chop into it with a large cleaver but I like to shave the husk off the top and twist a knife into the shell. If you’re unsure how to open a coconut check out this video. It can be hit and miss with the quality of coconuts. You want to make sure the meat and water are not purple, that means it’s gone bad. Sometimes the meat will be very thin and a bit jelly-ish, that doesn’t make for the best noodles. When you get one with thick meat on the inside that’s the best kind to make noodles with. Unfortunately you can’t tell this when you buy one. To make noodles you want to scrape the meat out in one or two pieces. Start at the top with the back of the spoon facing down and gently push it down prying the meat from the shell. Make sure to wash the meat and remove and bits of shell that may be on there. You can also use a vegetable peeler to remove any brown pieces.

2. Slice the coconut meat into long thin noodles and place in a large bowl.

3. Use a vegetable peeler to create long flat noodles from the carrots and zucchini. Just run the peeler up and down as you turn the carrots and zucchini. With the zucchini stop once you reach the seeded core. Add these to the coconut noodles.

4. Add the shredded red cabbage and sliced red bell pepper and mix everything together.

5. Finely slice or chop the almonds and the spring onions and save to use as a garnish.

 

Making the sauce

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Serving Suggestions

Plate up the vegetable noodle mixture and pour the sauce over the top. Garnish with almonds and spring onions as shown.

 

Variations

The coconut noodles are a great feature of this recipe, but if you can’t find young thai coconuts the recipe will work fine without them. Just use extra zucchini noodles. The main flavours come from the sauce which could also be used as a salad dressing.

Other vegetables that could be added or substituted are mung bean sprouts, green beans, white cabbage and snow pea shoots. You could also add in broccoli and cauliflower for different textures.

Vanilla & Lucuma Almond Milk

Nov 28, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

Almonds are one of my favourite nuts to make milk from. They have a lovely soft sweetness and a very mild flavour so unlike sesame or sunflower seeds they won’t overpower the other flavours in your drink. Packages nutmilks are available to buy in the market these days and they are a great alternative to dairy milks or even soy milk which can often contain a lot of sugar. The problem with packaged nutmilks is they’ve been pasteurised, so they’ve lost a lot of valuable nutrients and life force. It’s so easy to make your own fresh nutmilk at home, it will save you money, you’ll use less packaging and ultimately, it just tastes better!

This simple recipe is just a fancier version of your standard almond milk. I’ve used Lucuma for a mellow, low GI sweetness. Lucuma is a fruit grown in Peru. It’s dried and ground into a fine powder which has a lovely caramelly maple syrup shortbread kind of flavour. I usually buy the Loving Earth brand which is available in New Zealand and Australia.

 

Ingredients

1 Cup Raw Almonds
1 Tbsp Lucuma Powder
Seeds scraped from 1 Vanilla Bean
1 Medjool Date
1 Ripe Spotty Banana

Instructions

1. Soak the almonds for around 6 hours or more in filtered water.
2. Drain and rinse the almonds then blend with 3 cups of filtered water until smooth.
3. Strain the mixture through a nutmilk bag or a fine sieve. (Save the pulp to use in crackers or cookies)
4. Return the filtered almond milk to the blender, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Tip: If you choose to omit the banana for a thinner milk you might want to add an extra date for a sweeter drink.

Serving Suggestions

I like to drink this as is, but it would also be great milk to pour over some buckwheat cereal or you could add some chia seeds to make a chia pudding.

Ruby Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

Nov 24, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Blog, Recipes  //  No Comments

Sometimes when you think you don’t have anything left to make what you wanted for dinner you end up making something really delicious. Salads can be created from almost any fruits and vegetables that you have in the refrigerator, there are no set rules so just throw a few things together and see what happens. Sometimes it may not work out, but other times you might discover a combination that is unexpectedly delicious! So the other night, I had no tomatoes which is something I would often use in a savoury salad and the only fruit I has left was a big ruby grapefruit so this salad is what happend out of almost bare cupboards and it was delicious.

 

Ingredients

Shredded Cos/Romaine Lettuce
Diced Avocado
Diced Ruby Grapefruit or Regular Grapefruit
Sultanas or Raisins
Soaked Sunflower Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds
A squeeze of lemon Juice
Pinch of Himalayan or Sea Salt

 

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