Tuesday, April 10, 2012

RAW Lasagna

Raw Lasagna:
"Marinated Mushrooms" (*marinated in olive oil, balsamic, and maple syrup w/ salt & pepper)
1-2 zucchinis (sliced thin, like noodles)
Big handful of spinach for spinach sauce (*blended in food processor w/ a little water, basil, oregano, salt & pepper to make sauce)
Big avocado (sliced)
"Marinara Sauce"
Water, Olive Oil, Basil, Oregano, Salt & Pepper

Marinara Sauce:
1-2 Tomatoes
5-7 Sun Dried tomatoes
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
2 teaspoons of Olive Oil
Fresh Basil, Oregano, Cayenne, Salt & Pepper
*Blend all ingrediants together in food processor to make "sauce"

I'm sure there's more of a specific "recipe" for the layers... But I just covered the bottom of a rectangular glass dish w/ Marinara Sauce and then began layering zucchini, marinara sauce, mushrooms, spinach sauce, & avocado and repeat layers, again and again. YUM!!!!


Monday, April 2, 2012

RAW Banana Curry (OMG, YUM)!!!

RAW Banana Curry:
2-3 Bananas (sliced)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup raisins
2 mandarin oranges (segmented)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup wild rice or forbidden 'black' rice (soaked for 3 days) or cooked

Served w/ cashew Curry Dressing

Cashew Curry Dressing:
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup water
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 leek or onion
*curry, turmeric, tamari, and lemon juice, to taste.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Green Goddess Smoothie

1 Cup (ish) of Almond Milk
Handful (ish) of Spinach
1 Banana
1/2 Papaya
Drizzle of Flax Oil
A few Ice Cubes

Blend to Perfection and Enjoy!!!

My Lunch 3/26

Breakfast: Green Lemonade
Lunch: Spinach Salad w/ green apple, raisins, pumpkin seeds and drizzled w/ olive oil and balsamic. Apple Pie Lara Bar and Water!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easy Mushroom Pizza

I made a version of this upon arriving home today and it was fabulous! I had mushrooms marinating in the frige, a sprouted grain tortilla, fresh salsa, black beans, and goat cheese. I mean to tell you, it was delicious! I now can't wait to make one following the recipe - Lol!
Easy Mushroom Pizza

Friday, March 9, 2012

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese & Kalamata Olives

This recipe is from Dara over at the Cookin' Canuck. These zucchini rolls are so delicious, it's maddening!
Preheat grill to high heat. 
Using 1 large zucchini or 3 small ones, slice a strip lengthwise from the zucchini to expose the inside of the vegetable. Discard or reserve for another use. Cut the 2 ends from the zucchini to make straight edges. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips. If using a large zucchini, cut each of these strips in half crosswise. (This won’t be necessary with small zucchini.) 
Thank you, Dara, for this great recipe!
Brush both sides of the zucchini pieces liberally with olive oil. Season well with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lay the zucchini pieces on the grill at a 45-degree angle (for more attractive grill marks). Cook until the zucchini is very tender, but not mushy, about 3 minutes per side, moving the pieces during cooking to ensure even browning. 
Remove zucchini from the grill. Set a wire cooling rack on top of a bowl to give the cooling rack extra clearance from the counter. Drape the zucchini pieces on the rack to cool. This method will stop the zucchini from steaming while cooling.  
Place 3 1/2 ounces herbed goat cheese in a medium bowl. Roughly chop 1 1/2 ounces pitted kalamata olives (about 7 to 8 olives) and stir into the goat cheese.  
Spread a layer of the goat cheese mixture onto one side of each zucchini piece. Gently roll each piece of zucchini. Serve.  
Sadly, I am out of olives today, but this tasty little snack was plenty delicious without them. I will absolutely make these again. Perhaps next time, I'll even consider sharing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shredded Tex-Mex Crock Pot Chicken

I just piles all of the ingredients for this yummy dinner into my crock pot. Thank you, Katie of Good Life Eats, for this great looking recipe. I just need to pick up and extra lime, a couple of bunches of cilantro, and one of those beautiful purple onions before dinnertime. Anyone care to join us?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just Popping In

Baked Cauliflower Poppers

I've got a batch of Baked Cauliflower Poppers in the oven tonight. This recipe is from Lindsay at Delighted Momma and I'm thinking if these poppers are even half as good as they sound, I'm in for a treat!

I'll let you know ...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fresh Inspiration

Check out this local spot I am dying to try. In the meantime, stealing juice and smoothie ideas from their menu...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Juice Recipes

Pear & Grape Juice: 2 pears, 1/2 doz white/green grapes, & 4-6 collard greens/kale

Breakfast Pick me up: 1/2 cantaloupe (peeled/seeded), 2 carrots, 1/2 lime. 1-2 apples.

Classic: 3-5 carrots, 1 beet, 1-2 apples, 3 stalks celery, and ginger.

Raspberry Rush: 2pt raspberries, 2 oranges, 1 med lime (serve over ice).

Tropical: 1 cucumber, 1/4 pineapple, 1 pear, 3 leaves kale, and coconut oil (added to juice).

Daily Detox: 6-8 asparagus OR Endive/Watercress, 1/2 lemon, 1 cucumber, and ginger

Green Machine: 1 cucumber, 3 broccoli florets, 2 kiwis (peeled), 1 bunch seedless grapes.

Morning Tonic: 1 grapefruit (peeled), 3 carrots, 3 plums, and ginger.

"Jacks Super 7": 2-3 carrots, 1 sweet potato, 2 broccoli florets, 1/2 bell pepper, 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber.

All of these juices are from Jack La Lanne's Power Juicer FRESH recipe collection!!! Enjoy!!!

Juice Recipes?

I'm determined to juice more but am sort of at a loss for combinations.  HELP?  Would love some ideas.


I asked my friend Sarah, trolled the internet and found some vegan chili recipes, put them all together, using what I had available in my fridge and this is what we came up with (2 thumbs up from Mr. Meat and Potatoes on this Super Bowl feast).

1 T cold-pressed olive oil

    1 large onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 yellow peppers, seeded and chopped
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1 cup baby carrots, chopped
    1 cup chopped mushrooms
    jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    2 28 oz cans sodium free diced tomatoes, with juice
    1 6 oz can tomato paste
    2 tbsp. chili powder
    2 tsp. coriander
    2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
    1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
      salt and pepper to taste

    chopped cilantro for topping

Sautee chopped veggies in olive oil until semi-soft, add everything else, stir and simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Then, AND THIS IS THE KEY TO "REAL-TASTING" CHILI...I took about 25% of the chili out of the pot, pulsed it in the food processor in batches until it was the texture of ground beef and dumped it back in.  This effect really made the experience feel like eating chili.  It was DELICIOUS!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

4 Cups Coconut shavings + a little extra for topping
2 Tbls raw cacao powder
2 Tbls Raw Local Honey
1/2 Tbls Coconut oil

Put coconut shavings (I made my own coconut milk, then took the fresh pulp from the back of the juicer) in a bowl add cocao powder, stir in until mixture is a even brown color.

Add the honey and oil, stir in well!

Take a table spoon, scoop out heaping spoons and roll them into balls. Put on a wax paper sheet and then take some of the extra coconut shavings. Sprinkle and push them into the tops of the macroon.
Put in the dehydrator for 8 to 12 hours. Now comes the fun part. Bite into them to make sure the consistency is as desired.

Tip: You can use some extra honey as the shavings you take from the juicer are not sweetened!

Enjoy, Pieter!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

French Lentil and Carrot Salad

This is one of my all time favorite salads. Enjoy it over a bed of fresh greens with sliced avocado or by itself. This salad also packs well on days when you need to brown bag it.
3 cups baby carrots
3 stalks celery
1" cube fresh ginger, peeled
1 clove garlic
1 bunch parsley, stems removed

You can finely chop the ingredients listed above, or pulse them in a food processor. (If you use a food processor, it may be best to chop in two batches to avoid turning it to mush.) Once all the ingredients are finely chopped, put them in a large mixing bowl and add:
1 package Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils  
The following amounts are approximate:
the juice of one lemon
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Hawaiian pink salt crystals
fresh ground black pepper

As I said, these amounts are approximate, so stir it together, taste and see if you want more of anything. (Remember, the flavors will be stronger once it sits overnight in the refrigerator.) I also like to add about 1/2 tsp of Penzeys Sweet Curry.

This makes a pretty big batch, but the good new is that it keeps well in the refrigerator and if you're like me, once you taste it, you'll find yourself going back for more again and again.

Happy chopping!

Everyday Raw Express

I'm home from the grocery store with a big appetite, (make that a HUGE appetite,) a kitchen full of produce and some new ideas. I'm reading Matthew Kenney's Everyday Raw Express and hope to have something delicious to post in Naked Recipes soon. 

Wish me luck because as hungry as I am, I'm eating it, even if it's awful - Lol!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Raw Tacos

Raw Food a Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day by Erica Palmcrantz & Irmela Lilja

Lettuce Leaves (bibb-cups)

Filling ("meat")
1/2 c pistachios, soaked
1/2 c walnuts, soaked
1 carrot chopped
1/3 leek or 2-3 chives, chopped
2 teaspoons Nama Shoyu soy sauce
"Taco Spices" (salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cumin, etc.)
*Add all to food processor until mixed-well.

Sour Cream ("cheese")
1 c cashews
1/2 c water
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 leek or 1 chive
1 tablespoon basil, chopped
1 tablespoon dill, chopped
salt to taste
*Add all to food processor and pulse until smooth-ish!

Other "fillings"
tomatos, corn, peppers, cucumbers, celery, onion, jalapenos, etc.

Raw Pad Thai

From Natalia Rose's The Raw Food Detox Diet

Raw Pad Thai: (4 servings)

3 c red cabbage, shredded
2 large carrots, julienned
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 large zucchini, julienned
3 young coconuts (meat) sliced into long noodles**
½ cup raw cashews
1 cup Raw “Peanut” Sauce
I top it off with chopped green onions, jalapeƱos and a wedge of lime

** I am not 100% raw so use soba noodles instead

Raw “Peanut” Sauce: (makes 2 cups)
1 cup raw almond butter
2 tbs fresh chopped ginger
½ c water (to thin)
4 tbs fresh lemon juice
¼ c maple syrup
3 tbs Nama Shoyu soy sauce
4 ts sesame oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
½ Serrano chile (or JalapeƱo pepper)
*Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth