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How to Make Raw Tacos

October 16, 2013

If you’ve gone VEG or even if you are 100% raw, sometimes cravings for familiar textures and flavors of S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) or dishes traditionally made with meat may creep up on you. Rather than succumb to your cravings while sacrificing your commitment to health, the great news is that there is always a way to create raw and vegan meals that can satisfy your taste buds. Check out my buddy Aiya of BlackVeganLove.com, on the “Healthy Food, Happy You,” television show demoing how to make delicious raw tacos. -XoXo Raw Girl 

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Raw Spicy Gazpacho & Vegan Eggplant w/ Thyme

October 7, 2013

eggplant and gazpachoThis weekend I ate something fried. Don’t judge me! I’ve told you veggie lovers time and time again I am not living la vida raw one hundred percent of the time, and I encourage you to find your bliss and make the healthiest choices for you. That said, after the wonderful food demonstration at VegFest DC I decided to try out Executive Chef Ayinde Howell’s fried eggplant recipe. I did however make some modifications. I’m not a fan of fried food, but I knew my body could handle it without aggravation if I used coconut oil (because the oil is not rancid and has a higher burning/smoke point). There’s no way I could eat it without having a reaction if it was prepared with any other oil but coconut. In the demo Ayinde used earth balance, but I prefer to not add in additional heated oils of any kind that can encourage free radicals in my body. If you are a health enthusiast or concerned about keeping your skin optimal and you ever want to fry anything, I highly recommend you never use “dead” oils and stick to coconut. Anyhow it was delicious, and the eggplant has a natural buttery flavor when cooked this way.

On my first couple of days post-detox I also made a really yummy spicy gazpacho which lasted for a few days. It’s been summer hot in DC the past couple of days so cold soup is where it’s at. If you try the gazpacho know that its much better after sitting in the fridge for a couple of hours because it gets thicker and less runny. By day two, it was a much better consistency and paired well with the eggplant. If you would like to try this entire meal raw, you can marinade your eggplant and dehydrate it. There are some really great recipes out there for eggplant “bacon” which are just dehydrated marinated strips of eggplant. I will plan to revisit this soon and do a raw version of the eggplant. -XoXo Raw Girl 

gazpacho ingredientsRaw Spicy Gazpacho

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Cucumber

1 lb cherry tomatoes ( Used two small containers full)

1/2 sweet red pepper

1/2 red onion

small handful cilantro

1/4 cup lime

pinch of cayenne

red pepper flakes to taste

1 tsp minced ginger

1 tsp sea salt

Put all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately, or for better consistency, let chill in the fridge and then serve. Enjoy!

fried eggplantVegan Eggplant w/ Thyme

Prep Time: 10 minutes or less

1 eggplant

thyme

sea salt (to taste)

wedge of lime

coconut oil

Slice your eggplant into thin circles, cutting across the width of it. Heat a skillet and add in your coconut oil. As eggplant cooks season with sea salt, and thyme as needed and flip sides. Remove eggplant and away excess oil when slightly brown. garnish with avocado and squeeze a small wedge of lime over the dish. Enjoy!

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VEG Transition Recipe: Steam Sauteed Kale w/ Bell Peppers

September 25, 2013

KALEI really do not mind preparing vegan dishes from time to time, but for whatever reason, it actually pains me to cook the life force out of my greens!  Last week my cooking class assignment was to make steam sauteed greens. Because I got to do what I got to do to get my degree I made this simple meal as instructed, and it took no time at all. Although I much prefer to season and massage my greens and eat them raw, this is a really great recipe for anyone looking to add more greens into their life, transition into veggie living, or those who have an aversion (gasp!) to raw greens. The combination of the carmelized onions and the bell pepper adds a sweetness to it, and throwing in some garlic and ginger makes it even yummier. Just make sure NOT to overcook your greens so you still have some of the glorious nutrients available. This is a great side dish to a main course or you could pair it with an additional hefty food like quinoa and call it a meal. If you despise greens give it a try you may find a new easy and simple way to add some more essential veggies into your life. -XoXo Raw Girl 

             Steam Sauteed Kale w/ Bell Peppers

1 bunch Green Kale roughly chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic diced

1/4 ginger root diced
Splash of good olive oil

 

1/2 Onion chopped

1 organic red bell pepper chopped 

 

Sea Salt

 

Heat a pan, or wok with a lid. Add a dash of good quality olive oil and then add in your diced onions. Cook the onions until almost translucent and then add in your peppers. Cover the pan and let the peppers and onions steam for a minute. Add your greens on top and add in your garlic and ginger with sea salt to taste. Cover and steam until cooked but not overcooked. Serve and enjoy!

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Collard Green Salad w/ Grapefruit Vinaigrette

September 16, 2013

cooking_1To kick off my Master’s program this first semester one of the classes I’m enrolled in is a cooking class. Best part so far was receiving a some awesome knives in the mail, a cutting board, apron, and other goodies.  I made this salad and vinaigrette last week for one of my first assignments to practice a few of the cutting techniques for that lesson. Eating collard greens as a salad is amazing, but for me the trick is to always use a bit of oil, vinegar (or lemon), and sea salt to massage the greens prior to adding toppings or dressing. This not only make the greens more flavorful, it also just makes it easier for the body to break them down. If collard greens are still too much for you to handle alone, try mixing in spinach or arugula. Below is the recipe for the vinaigrette which amazingly enough has a creamy texture that is really nice. For the salad, dice up your collards whatever way you like them, and add toppings. I used fresh baby tomatoes from the garden, yellow pepper, and avocado. -XoXo Raw Girl  

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

2 grapefruits

3 cloves diced garlic

1 Tablespoons Agave Nectar

Pinch of Sea Salt

1/4 cup olive oill 

1-2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Blend, pour onto salad, enjoy!

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Super Delicious Vegan French Toast

August 22, 2013

Vegan French Toast copyYesterday after yoga, I was challenged to create a healthier non-dairy version of french toast that would be worth the effort. So I went vegan and whipped out this quick and easy recipe from my arsenal.  Judging by the fact that all of it was gone by the end of brunch and we were left scraping our plates, I think I succeeded. The secret ingredient that was the substitute for eggs? Bananas! That’s right, move over egg replacer, bananas can do just as well for vegan french toast, and add natural sweetness that doesn’t necessarily require you to use any additional syrup or agave. I used Ezekiel bread so that I could actually eat some, (my body literally goes cray-cray when I eat any other kind of bread), and opted for the cinnamon raisin version to add additional flavor– it was delicious!  To fry the french toast I used coconut oil, which is the healthiest oil to cook with because it doesn’t go rancid as easily as other oils. and Below is the quick and easy recipe. Remember this one, and keep some bananas handy the next time someone challenges you to a vegan brunch-off! -XoXo Raw Girl 

Vegan Banana French Toast

Ingredients

Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread 

3 ripe bananas

3/4 cup organic coconut milk

1/4 cup organic coconut cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

coconut oil 

Blend the bananas, coconut milk, coconut cream, and vanilla. Add cinnamon if you opted to use regular bread. Prepare french toast as usual dipping each piece of bread into the batter. Use coconut oil to fry to make it slightly healthier. Make as much as you want, then serve plain or use agave or grade B syrup if you need additional sweetener.

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Juice! Carrot Melon Soother & Benefits of Juicing Melon

July 19, 2013

Carrot Melon Soother2Last week I happened to have a lot of carrots and some melon on hand in the kitchen. Decided to juice them together and it proved to be a really refreshing, simple, combination. Carrots are really great for improving the quality of your skin, and melons give you an extra beauty boost because melon juice has a cleansing, diuretic, mineralizing, and alkalinizing effect and is very effective in eliminating harmful toxins from the body. Honey Dew Melons are also rich in potassium (which makes them great to juice post-workout for electrolytes), magnesium, copper,  vitamin C, A, D, K and B-6. Melon juice is not only a great thirst quencher, it also cools the body and  helps ease inflammation and other symptoms caused by a variety of diseases including diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and colon cancer. Check out this past post: Carrot Juice for Glowing Skin to read more about the benefits of juicing carrots. -XoXo Raw Girl 

Carrot Melon Soother

7-9 Carrots

1/2 Honey Dew Melon

1 Apple

Put all ingredients in the juicer. Serve, strain, enjoy!

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Recipe! Raw Chocolate Mousse w/ Maca

July 15, 2013

Raw Chocolate Mousse I am well aware that when I mention to people that I eat mostly raw foods, most of them imagine me in my kitchen sobbing while eating raw apples and gnawing on celery silently wishing I had a cheeseburger. And although I won’t lie I love to get down with simple raw veg and fruits, it is also true that with a little effort you can create raw vegan gourmet deliciousness that is guilt-free and puts the original recipes to shame. Last week made this raw chocolate mousse in literally five minutes, and I’m sure any chocolate pudding lover would agree that it tasted ten times better than any version that included dairy. The other great part about it is that if you are watching your figure you don’t have to worry about feeling like your tush is going to expand when you are done eating this. For this recipe as long as you have a high speed blender you are good to go, no food processor necessary. I used raw cacao with maca already added in the powder, but  you can also add maca into your mousse seperately for an extra nutritional and libido boost. If you are a chocolate lover, you’ll enjoy this quick and easy dessert and get your cacao fix full on. -XoXo Raw Girl 

Raw Chocoloate Mousse w/ Maca

Prep Time: 5 minutes, 1-2 Servings

Ingredients:

1 Avocado (pitted & peeled)
3 Tbsp cacao powder (with maca or without, or add 1 teaspoon maca powder seperately)
1/3 cup raw agave nectar or 4 soaked dates
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp vanilla extract 

½ cup water (or less if you prefer thick)

Fresh berries for topping (optional)

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Pour into serving dishes, garnish with berries, and chill in the refrigerator for 15 -20 minutes or eat immediately if you just can’t wait! Enjoy!
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