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My Favorite Acai Smoothie

Acai Immunity


1 C Frozen Blueberries

2 C Coconut Water

1 Frozen Acai packet

2- 3 Frozen Bananas

1 Vanilla Bean (inside/beans only)

Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)

This recipe is Matthew Kenney’s from his Everyday Raw book.

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender

Coconut water is a great source for electrolytes, the Blueberries & Acai are also an amazing source of vitamins & antioxidants

Lets taste test this super drink on an unsuspecting toddler

SUCCESS! No high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, artificial sweeteners or chemicals and he loves it!

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Garlic Corn Cakes

Nothing is better on a cold rainy Portland day than raw “comfort food”.

Below is a favorite in my house.

At the time of this photo the cake had only been on the trays for 30 min. Upon completion, they form yummy crunchy edges and the fresh corn gives them a kick.


4 C frozen or fresh Corn

2 Green Onions

1 3/4 C Zucchini

2 Cloves Garlic

1/2 t Fine Pink Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

1/2 t Ground Pepper

1/2 t Mustard Powder

1/2 t Nutritional Yeast

1/2 C Flax Meal


Place Zucchini in the food processor and use the shred/ grate blade attachment and set aside the 2 Cups in a large bowl.

Use fresh or frozen Organic Corn, whichever is available to you. Take 2 Cups of Corn, 1/2 Cup of Zucchini, Garlic, Salt, Nutritional Yeast and Ground Pepper, blend well in food processor.

Take the 1/2 Cup of Flax Meal and slowly add to mixture blending well.

Transfer mixture to the 2 Cups of whole Corn , 1/2 Cup of Zucchini chopped Green Onions, mix by hand.

I use a large ice cream scoop to make uniformed patties and then pat down to your desired thickness.

Dehydrate for 4 to 6 hours at 105 degrees. Once done you could top it with your favorite raw sauce. I like to top my Garlic Cakes with a Raw Chive & Sour Cream sauce.




Benefits of Raw Garlic & a Recipe for Garlic Relish

Benefits of Raw Garlic

 

Raw Garlic has been used for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the plague within the arterial system. In addition, there has been evidence that it can even assist in managing high cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.

 

As some of you may know I am a HUGE supporter in Cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle, for these reasons I am always on the hunt for more knowledge pertaining to this topic. Here are a few benefits to including Raw Garlic in your everyday diet.

  • Helps prevent certain types of, esophagus, stomach and colon cancer
  • Immune enhancer
  • Helps remove heavy metals from the body
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps reduce plaque within the arterial system
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Helps prevent blood clots from forming, reducing the possibility of strokes.
  • Dramatically reduces bacterial infections.
  • For my world travelers out there; it expels intestinal parasites and worms
  • Natural antibiotic
  • Anti-fungal and anti-viral properties
  • Anti-Oxidant properties and is a source of selenium

*Cooked prepared garlic is less powerful but still reputedly of benefit to the cardiovascular system.

* I am not a doctor or a nutritionist and as a result am not providing medical advice. If you have any health concerns consult with your healthcare provider prior to adding raw garlic to your diet. As always, enjoy!


OK,,,, now the FUN stuff! During my recent travels I came across this awesome recipe for


Raw Garlic Relish

(Warning! This is addictively delicious.)

 

1 Bunch of chopped Parsley

ΠC Chopped Garlic

2 Tablespoons of Vinegar

1 Teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt

Olive Oil to cover (less is better, this is a health article)

Recipe by: The Stinking Rose

The waitress said “say garlic”! I was laughing so hard.

🙂

Remember that although garlic is potentially beneficial for some people it is also very strong. Some people are intolerant of or even actively allergic to it.

 

 

 

 

 


How to open a Thai coconut & harvest the meat

Coconuts are to the “raw” food industry as potatoes are to the cooked food industry, a necessity and labor intensive. So roll your sleeves up, be ready to make a mess and lets harvest some coconuts!

Step 1

I got two cases= 18 coconuts

You also will typically be given a case discount, so keep that in mind when shopping.

 

Step 2

Use the back/ bottom  portion of your cleaver blade to hit the coconut. Be sure to keep your left hand (or right) out of harms way of your yielding cleaver.

I dare you not to sneak a glass 🙂

 

Step 3

Once water is drained (through a stainer) use your knife to hit the coconut in the middle. Once your knife has a good grip in the coconut, use the coconut with cleaver attached to strike the cutting board as one unit . Usually three hits will split the coconut down the middle.

 

Step 4

Let’s take a moment to sit and marvel at all your hard work! Once you have all the coconut meat, you now need to clean it by removing all the inner husk. I know, NO fun! I use a small off set spatula and a bowl of water to clean off all the unwanted husk.

 

Step 5

Measure out, label, date, and separate by size into freezer bags. Now you will be ready for all your delicious holiday recipes!

 

Step 6

You’re not done yet! Let’s not forget about all that yummy fresh coconut water. Date, measure out, and freeze in freezer safe bags for your smoothies and other amazing raw recipes.

 

As always, be sure to share your raw creations with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!!!

 


Impress your holiday guests with these Artisan Cheese Recipes

You will be hearing a lot of “I cant believe this is not dairy”!

 

Cheese Base Recipe

2 C Cashews (soaked 3-6 hrs)

1C Water

1 t Probiotics

 

Mix in Vita Mix until creamy, be sure to watch consistency as you want it on the thicker side.

Place mixture into a chinois lined with cheese cloth. If you do not have a chinois a fine mesh colander will work as well.

Pour into Cheese Cloth and wrap edges over the top of the cheese. Finish by placing a weight on the top to release any excess moisture. Leave on counter in room temperature to ferment for 24 hours and NO longer than 48.

Cheese is ready. You could also use Macadamia or Almonds for your base. Take cheese base out of cheese cloth transfer into a bowl and add:

3/4 t  Sea Salt

2 t Nutritional Yeast (not raw)

1 1/2 t Lemon Juice (optional)

 

Have fun and make it yours by using different types of molds and shapes.

This is a BIG hit in our house!

 

Black Truffle Mushroom Cheese

1 1/2 C of Wild Mushroom Mix (Porcini, Chilean Bolete, Black Trumpet, Oyster, Shiitake & Eryngii)

1/2 Shallot

1/4 t Black Truffle Salt

1 t Black Truffle Oil

1/4 Sea Salt

1/2 t Fresh Rosemary

After you re hydrate mushrooms, blot them between paper towels to remove any excess water, dice them then add to the bowl. Add the above ingredients mincing the rosemary and place on the dehydrator. Dehydrate for 3 hrs and then place half mixture into cheese base saving some for the top.

 

 

Sweet Onion Cheese

1/2 Shallot

1/2 C Sweet Onion

2 Green Onions

1/4 Sea Salt

Handful Fresh Herbs

 

Serve with your favorite Chips & Crackers.

Corn Chip rounds, Spicy Corn Squares & Thai Chips

 

Happy Holidays to you and your loves ones

 


Survive the holiday “munchies” with my favorite kale chip recipe

I always soak and then wash my kale to get all the dirt and possible “friends” off.

Keep the ribs as they are great for juicing! 🙂

Blend together, cashew, nutritional yeast, water, red pepper, lemon and sea salt.

This recipe gives a nacho cheese flavor, sure to win over even your biggest skeptics.

Dehydrate at 105 for 4 to 6 hours and then enjoy!

 

 


Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Turkeys

Pardon me, pilgrim! This Thanksgiving, how about ditching the dead bird? These beautiful, inquisitive, intelligent birds endure lives of suffering and painful deaths. Here are 10 good reasons to carve out a new tradition by flocking to vegetarian entrĂ©es, along with some scrumptious holiday cooking tips and recipes—thankfully, none of them require stuffing food up anyone’s behind.

1. They’re Begging Your Pardon
Turkeys are “smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings,” Oregon State University poultry scientist Tom Savage says. Turkeys are social, playful birds who enjoy the company of others. They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite tunes. Anyone who spends time with them at farm sanctuaries quickly learns that turkeys are as varied in personality as dogs and cats. The president “pardons” a turkey every year—can’t you pardon one too? Learn more about turkeys.

2. Get Rid of Your Wattle
Turkey flesh is brimming with fat. Just one homemade patty of ground, cooked turkey meat contains a whopping 244 mg of cholesterol, and half of its calories come from fat. Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters. Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than vegans are. Learn more about animal products and your health.

3. Can You Spell ‘Pandemic’?
Experts are warning that a virulent new strain of bird flu could spread to human beings and kill millions of Americans. Current factory-farm conditions, in which turkeys are drugged up and bred to grow so quickly they can barely walk, are a prescription for disease outbreaks. Eating a turkey carcass contaminated with bird flu could kill you, and currently available drugs might not work. Cooking should kill the virus, but it could be left behind on cutting boards and utensils and spread through something else you’re eating. Learn more about bird flu.

4. Recall Process Doesn’t Fly
The U.S. government is the only government in the Western world that does not have the power to recall contaminated animal products. Instead, American consumers must trust the profit-hungry meat, dairy, and egg industries to decide when recalls are necessary. Dan Glickman, secretary of agriculture under President Bill Clinton, explained that this limit on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) power to protect consumers from tainted animal products is “one of the biggest loopholes out there.” There are all sorts of killer bacteria found in turkey flesh, including salmonella and campylobacter. The Center for Science in the Public Interest found that 28 percent of fresh turkeys were contaminated with bacteria, primarily with campylobacter, for which the USDA does not even require testing. Learn more about meat contamination.

5. Let the Turkeys Give Thanks!
Let’s face it: If you’re eating a turkey, that’s a corpse you’ve got there on the table, and if you don’t eat it quickly enough, it will decompose. Is that really what we want as the centerpiece of a holiday meal: an animal’s dead and decaying carcass? Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of our lives and give thanks for all that we have, so why not let the turkeys give thanks too? Learn more about what happens to turkeys on factory farms.

6. Want Stuffing With Your Supergerms?
Dosing turkeys with antibiotics to stimulate their growth and to keep them alive in filthy, disease-ridden conditions that would otherwise kill them poses even more risks for people who eat them. Leading health organizations—including the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association—have warned that by giving powerful drugs (via animal products) to humans who are not sick, the farmed-animal industry is creating possible long-term risks to human health and will spread antibiotic-resistant supergerms. That’s why the use of drugs to promote growth in animals used for food has been banned for many years in Europe.

7. Without a Wing and a Prayer
On factory farms, turkeys live for months in sheds where they are packed so tightly that flapping a wing or stretching a leg is nearly impossible. They stand in waste, and urine and ammonia fumes burn their eyes and lungs. At the slaughterhouse, turkeys have their throats slit while they are still conscious. Those who miss the automated knife are scalded to death in the defeathering tank. Learn more about the cruelty endured by turkeys.

8. Foul Farming
Anyone who has driven by a farm has probably smelled it first from a mile away. Turkeys and other animals raised for food produce 130 times as much excrement as the entire U.S. human population—all without the benefit of waste treatment systems. There are no federal guidelines to regulate how factory farms treat, store, and dispose of the trillions of pounds of concentrated, untreated animal excrement that they produce each year. Learn more about how factory farming damages the environment.

9. Blood, Sweat, and Fear
Killing animals is inherently dangerous work, but the fast line speeds, the dirty, slippery killing floors, and the lack of training make animal-processing plants some of the most dangerous places to work in America today. The industry has refused to slow down the lines or buy appropriate safety gear because these changes could cut into companies’ bottom lines. In its 185-page exposĂ© on worker exploitation by the farmed-animal industry, “Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants,” Human Rights Watch explains, ‘These are not occasional lapses by employers paying insufficient attention to modern human resources management policies. These are systematic human rights violations embedded in meat and poultry industry employment.”

10. A Cornucopia of Turkey Alternatives
Give up the giblets and carve out a new tradition this Thanksgiving—Tofurky Roast, a savory soy- and wheat-based roasts with stuffing and gravy or oven-roasted, peppered, hickory-smoked, or cranberry- and stuffing-flavored Tofurky Deli Slices. Give animals and yourself something to be really thankful for this year: Order a free vegetarian starter kit full of tasty recipes and celebrity features today!

Article courtesy of: PETA


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