Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Berry-licious Ice Kream

I've been experimenting with healthier desserts lately and decided to try Ice Kream from Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food.

Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food

It took me a few tries to get something I liked, but the end result was great. I started with the recipe as it read, but it was way to nutty for me. I added almond milk and came up with this yummy fruit-topped version.

The berries were my favorite part, so I decided to do a blended version.

It needed just a little something else...carob chips and pumpkin seeds to the rescue! 

This recipe ended up being a sorbet of sorts...tasty!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Polenta Party!

I got my first polenta wound :P !!

The longer I dabble in cooking, the more injuries I get, and a polenta-stirring callous is a new one to me. It was completely worth the 35 minutes of constant stirring when that creamy goodness was done!

Here's a "Black & Gold" salad I made from Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen: Healthy Meals for You and the Planet.

Here's that labor intensive polenta made from scratch!

I also made efforts at zero waste with this set of dishes. I made chili with the leftover black beans from the salad, made polenta lasagna with the extra polenta, and used the cilantro on top of all of it!

An assembled plate full of the bean salad and polenta topped with homemade chili from La Dolce Vegan!: Vegan Livin' Made Easy. I also added avocados, tomatoes, olives, and cilantro. So good!

I know my honey is meant for me when he says things like "How did we forget about cilantro?!" upon tasting it with this meal!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pizza Pizza!

I love me some pizza. Crust is just a difficult thing to maneuver, huh? No matter how many veggies I pile on top, a big bunch of dough for dinner never makes me feel well. We have been trying different crust options, and this was a great one:

It's a Flat Out piece of flaxseed bread topped with sauce and tons of sauteed veggies. So good!!!

We also had a salad with homemade vinaigrette from Recipes From An Ecological Kitchen- fun cookbook I picked up at our local Symphony League Book Sale :)

What's your favorite pizza bread?

Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen: Healthy Meals for You and the Planet

Monday, March 21, 2011

Raw Yummies: Tuna & Truffles!

Hello lovelies! Here are a few of my recent raw goodies! 

Work lunch: Raw vegan "tuna" on sprouted grain. This recipe is from Crazy Sexy Diet. I must say, I prefer the "Oh My This Is A Tuna" recipe I've posted before, but this CSD one was lighter and a nice break from the the heavier tasting recipe. I threw in a slice of Tofutti cheese because honestly, I bought it on sale, it's kinda yuck, and I am too stubborn to throw it away. The "tuna" taste took over and I ate the silly v-cheese slice!

And for dessert...I resisted yummy sugary chocolatey store-bought dessert and made these instead. Yay me! I have a goal of serious abdominal domination (kapow!) by the time my honey and I go see (read: dance our heinys off to) Men in April! I felt proud for sticking to healthy food that would give me energy for my daily workouts. (In total love with workouts by Cindy Whitmarsh and Michelle Opperman!)

Raw cacao truffles! 

I have no idea where the recipe came from, but it's basically almonds, honey (not too much!), raw cacao powder, and a little coconut oil, all rolled in coconut and frozen. SO good! These are rich and still have sugar (honey) so moderation is best, but they surely satisfy a sweet tooth without too much damage being done. I have eyed the raw truffles at health food stores, and they run as much as $6 for two truffles! No way! I'm glad I made these easy and healthy treats at home for way less. 


Friday, March 18, 2011

Buddha Bowl, 2.0

Ahhh I love the Buddha Bowl. It's a recipe in Crazy Sexy Diet, and the variations are endless. It's basically a grain, raw greens, cooked veggies, seeds, etc. with a light sauce of Bragg's.

I started this one with sauteed garlic & onions, then added frozen peas and cooked kale. The base was millet and I threw in some raw spinach and broccoli as well. Of course, deeeelightful avocado for the top! 

We also had some sliced bell peppers and homemade baba ganoush. Mmmm! Happy faces :)

There is a kitty invasion happening in the top right corner...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Makin' Tahini

Ahh, tahini. That's worth-its-weight-in-gold (and priced accordingly!) yummy sesame wonder!

I am using a lot of tahini these days, and as I tend to do, got stubborn about the $7 and change price tag on a jar. Here's my effort to make tahini at home for waaay cheaper!

Toasting the sesame seeds:

The finished product:

It's darker and grainier than my store-bought tahini, but it's also organic and cheap-o. I will update on how it works in hummus, dressings, etc. as I use it. So far, so good!

Edited to add: 
Since I made the tahini, I've used it to make the best homemade baba ganoush ever! It definitely gets the seal of approval! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A song about chickens!

Hopefully it doesn't say anything about eating them.

I love Lila Downs' music! Check out her beautiful site!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Garage Sale Scores!

I love garage sales! They are definitely one of my favorite things to do for fun. I'm a natural born treasure hunter and can spot a winner a mile off. All the ladies in my family have this crazy skill :)

Here are a few of my favorite things I've picked up lately.

Max Brenner Hug Mugs: These are adorable! From the site: "The Hug Mug is a specially designed mug for the hot chocolate drinking ceremony. The mug is shaped so that you can hug it in both hands to create the ultimate experience of coziness, warmth and fragrance."

Price for a set of 4, plus standard shipping: $47.55
Garage sale price: $.50
I saved: $47.05

Thoughts: Whoa! I would never spend $50 on mugs anyway, but I will feel very posh drinking out of my foofoo mugs! These would also make cute gifts with some homemade hot cocoa mix.

IT Jeans: From the site: "The Diva jean by !iT Jeans is a low rise jean sitting below the belly button with a back rise that is slightly higher for added coverage. This jean also has a fitted leg that goes into a slight flare. Designed with the curvy girl in mind, this style will hug your curves no matter where they are. The Clearwater Version is a dressier dark wash with fading and whisker on the thighs. The !iT Jeans symbol is embossed onto the back pockets and outlined with tonal blue stitching. Copper brown stitching is used throughout the rest of the jean. If you need a great basic jean that you can turn to year after year, then you'll love the classic details of the Diva in Clear Water!"
Price for 2 pairs (free shipping): $148
Garage sale price for two pairs: $4

Again, never on earth would I spend this much money on jeans (me wearing them with heels is also a laugh, as I am a flip-flop kinda lady) but these jeans fit like a dream and are great looking on. YAY!!

In conclusion, I spent $4.50 for roughly $200 worth of stuff while spending time with my dude and friends on a Saturday morning, sipping peppermint tea, and meeting new people. Perfecto! See ya in the piles!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ani Phyo's Taco Nut Meat & Sour Kream Wraps

Before I discuss any uber healthy food items, lemme just share this red velvet / Zebra Cake / death metal birthday delight that one of our good friends made for Brad's birthday.

And onto some healthy goodies! I am a big fan of Ani Phyo's raw recipes (tho I am keeping an eye out for a used dehydrator, as it becomes necessary if you get very into raw foods). Here's a shot of a sprouted grain tortilla topped with Taco Nut Meat and Sour Kream, plus pepper, avocado, and sprouts. So delicious! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tofu Noodles & Prana Sauce

Have you ladies and gents ever eaten Shirataki noodles?

 Lemme just tell you, my first experience was a wacky one. I opened the pouch and was hit with a *foul* smell. I was sure my noodles were rotten!

As it turns out, tofu noodles have a naturally gross odor until boiled for a few minutes, which clears the funk right on out.

Me and the noodles are friends now, and  I enjoy them with a variety of raw sauces.

I recently made a batch of Kris Carr's Prana Marinara Sauce from Crazy Sexy Diet, and the combo of the sauce and noodles was awesome!! Do you have any favorite tofu noodle recipes?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Raw Snacks

While I still eat lots of healthy cooked grains and veggies, I like the idea of this neat raw vegan pyramid. Notice the evil cereal- lol! Sugary cereal is hard one for me to give up, but I got a colossal tummy ache after the last cereal extravaganza, so it may be easier to keep in check!

Here are a few healthy raw foods I've made lately. 

I enjoy Ani Phyo's raw recipes quite a bit and decided to give the Almond Veggie Pate Nori Rolls a try. I am a sushi fanatic, so I was worried, but these rolls were really satisfying. A bowl of miso soup and I'd be set for a great healthier alternative to the white rice-filled sushi.

As for these little treats, I cannot stop eating them! I made a batch last night to pack for lunch today, and we polished them off as soon as they were ready. Batch 2 is gone and it's noon! Head over to I Heart Wellness for this addictive recipe!!! (I used some vegan white choc. chips in the mix rather than drizzling dark chocolate on top. I'll move on to that when we run out of these chips). I am not a "healthy sweets" girl- I like candy and cookies and such, but somehow these little nut/seed bombs were amazing!!

And here's my kitty, Chloe, just cuz I love her!

Friday, March 4, 2011

A coupla Crazy Sexy Snacks

The Crazy Sexy-ing continues! Here are a few saucy treats of late :)

Avocado Chocolate Pudding (Chocomole)Tahini Dressing, both from the Crazy Sexy Diet recipe section.  The Chocomole was great...my sweet tooth is still raging at times, especially after very garlicky green meals for some reason!

Solid foods are also being eaten :P

Here's a delicious Sarah Kramer veggie pilaf made with brown rice!

Have a happy day!