Tomatoes!

    

I got a case of organic tomatoes for $1.99 earlier this week. There were several tomatoes still in good shape. Definitely $1.99 worth!

I was going to make a bunch of tomato sauce but after I chopped them up I decided to make black bean & corn salsa!

  

I ended up with almost 8 quarts of salsa! Yippy! The whole family loves it. 

I’m going to post the ingredients but I rarely measure things, I go by look and taste. Remember organic ingredients are always better.

Black Bean & Corn Salsa:

• diced tomatoes

• red onion

• cilantro

• corn

• black beans

• fresh lemon juice

• apple cider vinegar 

• Bragg liquid aminos

• salt & pepper

• surgar

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So Simple Banana Cookies!

So cool! I had so many bananas so I’ve been making all sorts of goodies. These are so simple. I got this recipe from my Vitamix cookbook! I had a great little helper too.

Remember the riper the bananas the sweeter the cookies will be. The bananas & raisins serve as the only sweetener in the recipe.

If you can’t read the recipe from the photo, let me know and I will type it in.

ENJOY! KID & ADULT APPROVED!

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20130914-182746.jpgI didn’t have any raisins but I did have organic dried cranberries. They tasted great!

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Young Coconut Kale Smoothie

Young Coconut Kale Smoothie
Young Coconut Kale Smoothie

SO EASY AND SO YUMMY!

•   One Young Thai Coconut (Meat and Water)

•   Half an apple

•  One Banana

• Handfull of Kale

Blend everything in a high-powered blender and enjoy! How thick your smoothie is depends on how much water and meat your coconut has.

Ruth’s Chia Goodness – 88% Raw Breakfast

What a great morning so far. Woke and did my normal fresh squeezed lemon water drink. Yoga in my newly cleaned rearranged room. Elliptical for 20 minutes, and now for breakfast!

I decided to break open a young thai coconut and use the coconut water in Ruth’s Chia Goodness Cranberry Ginger Raw Cereal!! (the original flavor is 100% Raw). I have been eating this stuff for about a year now. I love it. It’s not just for breakfast. It’s an instant Raw cereal you can eat cold or hot, so it is perfect to carry around with you for when you get hungry or need a powerful pick-me up!

Ruth's Cranberry Ginger Chia Goodness Cereal, Coconut Water, Young Thai Coconut Meat, Apple & cinnamon.

Cranberry Ginger Ingredients:

Chia (salvia hispanica), buckwheat, hulled hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, currants, cranberries, org. cane sugar, ginger, celtic sea salt.

 

Gotta try some. For folks here in Livingston, Foodworks carries it!!

Raw Cacao (Chocolate) Pie!

This is one of my favorite desserts & it is so easy to make. This recipe is not my own creation but altered from another Raw chef.

Ingredients

RAW CACAO PIE!

Coconut Crust
•  1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut
•  1 1/2 cups raw macadamia nuts or raw walnuts (I usually do 1/2 walnuts & pecans)
•  1/4 teaspoon salt
•  8 pitted medjool dates, unsoaked
Chocolate Mousse
•  5 pitted medjool dates, soaked for a bit till soft
•  1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar + 3 drops of stevia liquid
•  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•  2 medium size or 3 small mashed avocado
•  1/2 cup to 3/4 cup unsweetened raw cacao or carob powder (I do 1/2 & 1/2)
•  1/2 cup water ( I use the left over water I soaked the dates in)
•  Cinnamon
Slit open Medjool Dates & Remove Seeds inside. Set 8 dates to the side for the crust.
Soak 5 Dates in water for Chocolate Mousse Filling
Coconut Crust Instructions:
Place the coconut, nuts and salt in food processor with S blade and process until finely ground. You could coarsely ground the ingredients too.
Take the 8 dates you set aside & chop them up into chunks.
Add the dates and process until the mixture resembles crumbs and begins to stick together.
Grounded Up!
Put mixture in pie pan.
Press crumbs uniformly & firmly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan to form a pie crust. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.

 Chocolate Mousse Instructions:

Place the soaked dates, sweeteners and vanilla in a food processor with S blade. Save the water the dates were soaking in!
Process until smooth.
Add the avocado.
Again process until smooth.
Add Cacao & Carob Powder.
Process well. The filling will be very thick & creamy! Make sure to scrape the sides a few times while processing.
Now add 1/4 cup of the date soak water & blend.
Keep adding water a little at a time to make the filling light & fluffy but still slightly thick.
Retrieve the pie crust from the freezer and place mouse filling inside the middle of the crust.
With a spatula spread the filling evenly within the pie crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon and decorate as you like.

Now you must close your eyes to eat the first bite!

You can’t even taste the avocados! Enjoy this amazing healthy chocolate treat any time of the day!!

Snack Time!! Banana Peanut Butter Crunch Rounds

Naya was hungry and so together we came up with a new snack that we both really liked!!

Banana Peanut Butter Crunch Rounds

Banana Peanut Butter Crunch Rounds

Layer each ingredient in order listed:

• Rice Crackers

• Organic Peanut Butter

• Sliced Organic Bananas

• Sprinkled Cinnamon

Vegan GF Ranch Dressing

My friend Michelle needed a dairy free option for Ranch Dressing for her daughter. I found 2 recipes. I have not tried these, so Michelle you have to let me know how they are. I will be trying them soon, cause I too like Ranch but can’t do the dairy very well.

from: The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions

COOL RANCH DIPPING SAUCE:

Ingredients:

•  1 cup vegan mayonnaise
•  1/2 cup nondairy sour cream
•  1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
•  1/2 teaspoon dried dill
•  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•  1/4 teaspoon onion powder
•  1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
•  1/8 teaspoon salt
•  1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Store dressing in airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

from: Vegan Lunch Box

EASY RANCH DIP:

Ingredients:

•  1/2 cup plain, unsweetened soymilk
•  1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
•  1 (15 oz) can white beans, rinsed & drained
•  1 teaspoon dried dill
•  1 teaspoon dried parsley
•  1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
•  1/4 teaspoon onion powder
•  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•  Pinch of cayenne
•  1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
•  Freshly ground black or white pepper

Instructions:

1.  Combine the soymilk & lemon juice & set aside for 2 minutes (the mixture will curdle). Add the soy “buttermilk” to the beans in a blender & blend on high until completely smooth, about 2 minutes or more, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed.

2.  Spoon the mixture into a bowl & stir in the rest of the ingredients, seasoning with pepper to taste. Cover & chill for several hours in the fridge before serving.

Hope this helps Michelle!!