Saturday, December 24, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw Day 10

Meal #1 Dandy Orange Mango Smoothie

 Dandy Orange Mango Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

7 organic dandelion greens
8 oz frozen organic mango chunks
juice of 3 oranges
1 C ice
3 T white chia seeds
1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds

Blend in high speed blender until creamy. Enjoy!



Meal # 2 Snacking on random stuff

  • Organic celery sticks
  • Radishes
  • Clementines
  • Sprouts


Meal # 3 Yet Another Smoothie

It is a great day when I can enjoy two smoothies!!!



Raspberry Kale Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

4 C curly green kale
3 bananas
1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds
3 T white chia seeds
10 oz frozen organic raspberries
1 C filtered water
1/2 C ice

Blend until creamy. Enjoy!



+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for my children patiently awaiting the count down to Christmas season which begins on the 25th and culminates on the Baptism of the Lord, January 9th.
Have a Blessed Christmas everyone. SO much to be grateful for!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw Day 9

Meal #1 Berrylicious Smoothie


Berrylicious Green Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

8 oz frozen mixed berries
1/3 C raw pumpkin seeds
1 C filtered water
1 C ice
4 C kale
2 T Hemp oil
3 T white chia seeds
3 bananas
2 Medjool dates
Blend in a high speed blender till creamy. Enjoy!



Meal #2 Sunny Citrus Carrot  Salad



Sunny Citrus Carrot Salad
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

sunflower greens
3 shredded organic carrots
1 Florida navel orange, diced
2 T raw honey gently melted
1 T fresh key lime juice
Rough chop the sunflower greens and place on plate. In the center of the greens, place the shredded carrots. Top the carrots with the diced orange.
Dress salad with raw honey mixed with fresh key lime juice.


Meal #3 Simple Pear Salad

Simple Pear Salad
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

Organic romaine, chopped
broccoli sprouts
sprouted lentils
1 large pear, diced
handful of fresh or frozen berries of choice
2 tsp Dijon mustard

Place the romaine on a plate, top with the broccoli sprouts, then the diced pear and top with sprouted lentils. To dress the salad, puree a handful of berries and whisk in the Dijon.



+JMJ+ Today I am grateful I got the front porch scrubbed. We are now ready to decorate for Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw--Day 8

Meal #1 Fruit Salad Smoothie

Fruit Salad Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

4 large kale leaves (these were very large leaves!!)
1 C organic, red grapes
2 bananas
6 oz frozen organic raspberries
2 T white chia seeds
2 T flax seeds
handful of raw pumpkin seeds
Blend in a high speed blender until smooth. Enjoy!



Today was great, I cut a large bunch of bananas off our banana trees in the back yard. I bet you can guess what I was having for lunch. The upper half of the bunch was yellow and ripe. I had fresh picked bananas and a couple of clementines for lunch. How great is that!

Meal #2 Fresh picked bananas and a couple clementines

Home Grown Bananas

Meal #3 Tomatoes on a bed of white clover sprouts with fresh cracked pepper


+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a night out with my handsome hubby!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw--Day 7

Meal #1 Vanilla Mango Madness

Vanilla Mango Madness
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 C filtered water
8 oz frozen mango
2 frozen bananas
2 medjool dates
1 tsp good quality vanilla powder
4 C chopped kale
2 T white chia seeds
2 T hemp oil
2 T raw pumpkin seeds
Blend in a high speed blender till creamy. Enjoy!



Meal #2 Sprouted Lunch--This is so simple, just the way I like it.

I plated some sunflower greens, white clover and broccoli sprouts and topped it with a few Harry and David pear slices.
Now for some dressing!
Orange Persimmon Dressing-Fat Free
by Elizabeth @rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 orange Fuyi Persimmon, peeled and diced
juice of 1 orange
2 T chopped sweet onion
3 fresh sage leaves, rough chop
Blend in a small blender until smooth.


I made a second version of this plate by adding some sprouted mung beans and 1 chopped pear.


Meal #3 Leftover Raw Banana Kream Pie from yesterday--Seriously!


I want to be a bearer of light; something I struggle with almost daily. I get so wrapped up in just functioning and trying to keep up with everything that I lose sight of what is the most important.
Here is a beautiful meditation as we enter the last week of Advent in preparation for Christmas to begin.
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for reminders like these, that get my mind back on track.

"Jesus so beautifully describes a Christian as “a burning and shining lamp.” As the calendar approaches the year's darkest night, reflect on those who have brought you light. How have you yourself brought a glimmer of light into someone else's darkness?"

— from Catholic Update: Advent Day-by-Day

Friday, December 16, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw--Day 6

Meal #1 Strawberry Banana Mylkshake Smoothie
For this meal I started by making a batch of fresh vanilla almond mylk. It is so easy to just fill the blender with 16 oz filtered water, throw in a large handful of soaked and sprouted raw almonds and blend into creamy goodness. Next I strained out the pulp using a nut milk bag. Back in the blender went the mylk and I added 2 medjool dates, powdered vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Blend well.
We used the mylk in our green smoothie this morning. It was more like a milkshake than a smoothie and it was spectacular.

Strawberry Banana Mylkshake
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

16 oz fresh raw almond mylk
8 oz frozen strawberries
3 ripe bananas, frozen are better!
2 C kale
2 T chia
2 T flax

Blend until creamy in high speed blender. Enjoy!


So what do you do with the leftover almond pulp?

You make a Banana Kream Pie and Raw Cookie Dough Bites of course!
For the pie I started with a simple nut free crust made of just Medjool dates and raw coconut. I used my small food processor to make the sticky "dough" for the crust and then pressed it into a glass pie dish.
Next I sliced a large banana and placed the slices on top of the crust and spread on top a filling made from half of the the pulp.(Save the other half of pulp for the cookies)
For the filling I used half of the nut pulp and added 1 banana, 3 medjool dates and a pinch of sea salt. I processed that in the same small food processor and spread it over the sliced bananas and crust.
Place pie in the refrigerator to set for 3 hours. Right before serving garnish the pie with more bananas.
For the Raw Cookie Dough Bites use the remaining half of nut pulp and mix it in a food processor with some raw oats, vegan chips, pinch of sea salt, date paste to sweeten and some raw coconut flakes. Roll into balls and chill in refrigerator for 3 hours.


We had these for dessert today after our evening meal. Very good!

Meal #2 Lunch with Harry and David

Lunch consisted of two large Harry and David pears. I peeled them because they are not organic and I simple sliced them up and ate them as is. Now that is SIMPLE!

Meal #3 Minn Inspired Pate

I posted some time ago about an amazing Pate made by Minn. I used her recipe for inspiration tonight but changed it up a bit.
In a small food processor I added:
1/2 C soaked sunflower seeds and raw almonds
1 organic carrot, chopped
2 sprigs of garlic greens, grown by our oldest son
small slice of sweet onion
4 EVOO cured sun dried tomatoes
2 leaves of fresh sage
2 leaves of fresh basil
Process into a Pate in a food processor. Spread onto some collard leaves.
Top the Pate with some sunflower greens.


Roll up tightly.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a nice chat with my neighbor!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw--Day 5

Meal #1 Tropical Blend Smoothie

The children and I really enjoyed this smoothie. It was so creamy from the small amount of soaked almonds and walnuts that I added. I only used 1 tablespoon but it made such a difference in the texture of the smoothie. When I don't have fresh nut milk on hand I'll just throw in a few whole nuts, whatever I have stashed in the freezer. I pre-soak and sprout nuts, allow them to air dry and then pack them in bags in the freezer. Here is my smoothie recipe:

Tropical Blend Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

8 oz bag of tropical blend fruit
1 C filtered water
2 T raw pumpkin seeds
1 T combo of soaked walnuts and almonds, chopped
2 T flax
2 T chia seeds
1 inch piece of fresh aloe, peeled
4 C kale
1 C ice
3 ripe bananas
3 Medjool dates, pitted
Blend until creamy in a high speed blender.


Meal #2 Simply Green
This lunch was fantastic! So simple, so green, and so good. Here is how it looked in all of its green goodness:
And topped with this wicked drizzle
This is how it looks with a splash of color:

Simply Green w/ a Splash of Color
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

sunflower greens
3 peeled and sliced kiwis
2 stalks of celery, sliced
sprouted mung beans
fresh cilantro
Plate the sunflower greens, top with the kiwi and then the mung beans, celery and cilantro. Drizzle on some color with this drizzle:
Drizzle
In a personal size blender, blend together:
Juice of 1 orange
Handful of raspberries
1 T sweet onion like Vadalia

Meal #3 Raw Pasta and Sauce

Raw Pasta and Sauce
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 zucchini, spiralized into noodles
Sauce:
1 C fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/2 C fresh juiced OJ
squeeze of lemon juice
3 sun dried tomatoes cured in EVOO
3 plain sun dried tomatoes, soaked till soft
2 dates
fresh sage to taste
fresh basil to taste
1 handful of a combination of walnuts and almonds, finely chopped
pinch of Himalayan salt

Blend until creamy in a blender. Pour over the raw zucchini pasta. Enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for creative children.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

10 Days 100% Simply Raw--Day 4



Meal # 1 Mixed Berry Goodness
Mixed Berry Goodness
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 C fresh OJ
1/2 C ice
8 oz frozen mixed berries
2 T white chia seeds
2 T flax
2 ripe bananas
4 C collards, pack it in
Blend till creamy in a high speed blender. Enjoy!

Meal #2 Sunny Apple Salad
Sunny Apple Salad
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

2 organic Fuji apples, diced
1/4 C soaked organic raisins
1/4 C sprouted mung beans
sunflower greens
1 tsp cinnamon
1 T raw honey gently warmed to liquefy, drizzle over salad

Meal #3 Sliced Tomato and Sprout Plate

As you probably can tell one of my staple raw foods are sprouts!! I grow them myself and eat them daily. They are just one of those things that I cannot do without.
Here are some of my sunflower greens that I harvested today. These will be in tomorrow's lunch recipe. The roots and dirt will go into the compost bin.



 Personally I can eat just a plate full of sprouts alone but decided to add these beautiful ripe tomatoes and some cilantro.

Sliced Tomato and Sprout Plate

3 small tomatoes, sliced
handful of fresh cilantro, rough chop
white clover sprouts
sunflower greens to garnish
drizzle on some good quality balsamic (optional)

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for finally getting the Christmas cards ordered.


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