Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Orange-Spinach Salad and Dressing

   


 If you are lucky enough to have some spinach growing, this is an elegant little flavorful salad that you could expand for a potluck or a picnic or a light supper. I like a variety of textures myself and that is provided here!


*2 regular-sized Oranges, peeled and cut into rounds
*1 large handful of tender Romaine lettuce leaves
*1 large handful of tender Spinach leaves
*1/2 C. Green Grapes
*1/2 C. Green Onions
*1 C. soaked and chopped Almonds
>>Tear lettuce and add in grapes cut in-half, almonds and oranges. You can use the following blended dressing if you wish:
*2/3 C. Olive Oil
*1/4 C. Raw Honey
*1/3 C. Fresh Orange Juice
*3 T. Fresh Lemon Juice
*1 tsp. Dry Mustard (optional)
--This was adapted from a recipe by Dana Hathaway in Recipes for Life from God's Garden by Rhonda J. Malkmus.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Greek Salad with Tofu

 

This Greek Salad is a refreshing whole food, plant-based recipe that involves marinated tofu chunks in place of the usual feta.  

Start by marinating the tofu and vegetables in a herbal dressing for 4- 6 hours or overnight.  

Herbal Marinade:

1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup walnut pieces

1 or more sprigs/leaves of the following herbs if available:Fresh oregano leaves, lemon balm or basil, thyme, green onion, and parsley, 

2+ garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (optional)

1/3 cup of water

Salt and pepper to taste

**Blend until creamy smooth.  Chill.**

                     Herbs for Marinade

Salad ingredients:
 
Block of extra firm Tofu, pressed, cubed

3 ripe tomatoes, cut in wedges, or 20 cherry tomatoes  halved

1/2 nice red onion, sliced and chopped

1 cup black olives, pitted

3 cucumbers, chopped

**Marinate tofu and vegetables for 4 to 6 hours in fridge (or overnight). Lightly toss before serving.**

Great with delicious fresh pita bread (easy to bake with this recipe-- nothing like the commercial stuff)


And here is a 

Greek Baked Beans recipe that

might be your next fave comfort food

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Cranberry-carob Chip Energy Balls

 

These little cranberry-carob chip energy balls are so tasty that you forgive yourself for their NOT being entirely raw vegan (the raw honey, the carob chips, the sweetened dried cranberries).  I put them together for a church function instead of the "squares" that I was requested to bring.  I'm just not a squares person.  I'm into round.  If you saw me, you'd agree that I am really into round lol.


DRY INGREDIENTS:
*1 C. Carob Chips
*1 C. shredded Coconut ground into powder in coffee grinder or high speed blender
*1 C. Oatmeal ground into powder in coffee grinder or high speeder blender
*1 C. Oatmeal, left whole
*1/2 C. Sunflower Seeds
*1/4 C. Pumpkin Seeds
*1/4 C shredded Coconut
*2 T. Flax seeds, ground into powder in coffee grinder
*1/4 C. Raisins
*1/2 C. sweetened dried Cranberries
*2 tsp. Cinnamon
*1 tsp. Sea Salt


WET INGREDIENTS:
*1/4 C. Raw Honey plus 2 T.
*6-10 pitted raw Dates
*1/4 C. Coconut Oil
*1/2 C. Water
*2 T. Almond Butter
DIRECTIONS:
*Leave Carob Chips aside until the end of these directions
*In a mixing bowl, stir all dry ingredients together thoroughly
*Blend all wet ingredients together in a high speed blender
*Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly
*Add Carob Chips and gently mix in.

*Roll into balls (in coconut, if desired) and place on trays, dehydrating at 105F for about 3-5 hours.
To your living health!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Bucky Raw-nola Recipe

 This was our son's first foray into creating a densely-nutritious, sweet and crunchy delicious raw (dehydrated) granola.  

Soak the following individually in water to cover:
  • 2 C. Buckwheat groats
  • 1 C. Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 C. Thompsons Raisins
  • 1/2 C. Pumpkin Seeds

Soak overnight, drain, and rinse and soak for another 8 hours, except for the raisins.  Drain and rinse the raisins and dehydrate for 8 hours at 105 degrees F.  Add the buckwheat and the seeds to the raisins and dehydrate for about 8-12 hours at 105 degrees.

Add the following:

  • 1/2 C. Dehulled Hempseed
  • 1/2 C. organic unsweetened shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp. organic Cinnamon

The sprouting and the dehydrating both add to the natural sweetness of the granola so no extra sweeteners need to be used


To your living health!

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