Friday, January 27, 2012

Bean Free, Oil Free Raw Hummus

Today I played around with Choosing Raw's recipe for zucchini hummus. I started making her original recipe but decided to add some tahini, hemp and additional spices. The original recipe was too bland for me, I LOVE loads of tahini in my hummus and lots of seasoning.
Here is how I made my version of:

Bean Free, Oil Free Raw Hummus Dip
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1/2 C soaked and sprouted raw almonds
2 T hemp seeds, Nutiva
2 small organic zucchini
1 clove garlic
cumin to taste
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 tsp onion powder
2 small Meyers lemons, juiced
2 heaping T raw tahini, Artisana is nice!
pinch of chili powder

Process the ingredients in a small food processor until creamy smooth. If needed you can add small amounts of water as it is processing to get it the consistency you desire. I only had to add about a tablespoon of water to mine.

Use as a dip with cucumber, celery and carrot sticks. Before serving you could add some diced olives as a garnish as well as some diced tomato. I used the leftovers the next day to make some killer collard wraps for the hubby and me. Look for that post next!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for caring, giving people.

Friday, January 20, 2012

U-Pick Citrus

Today we went on a wonderful field trip to one of THE last U-Pick Citrus Farms in Southwest Florida!!

It is owned and run by a couple by the name of Johnson. Judy and Bob began planting there 10-acre grove in 1980. Bob planted all 3,000 trees himself, from seed! Unfortunately they lost that initial crop to frost. But that did not stop him. He has had a thriving business for many years that also helps support local needy people.


 Each season they donate 12,000 pounds of fruit to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and they also work with churches in their area to help feed hungry children.

They also sell some local wild flower honey from their nieghbor's bee farm down the road.

Their barn is an eclectic mix of antiques, Bob's sign and license plate collection and the supplies he needs to run the farm.



The grove is open from November to May. The location is:
 18971 Misty Morning Lane, Ft. Myers, FL.
Email address is: upickcitrus@netzero.net
Phone: 239-657-4996

Judy and Bob were a delight and they were so wonderful to our homeschool group. The children had just as much fun playing with their dog and cat as they did picking the oranges and tangerines. The older two children were there as well but I didn't get a good photo of them...bummer!




I bought almost 60 lbs of citrus!!! You can imagine how much fresh juice we will be getting from that! And how wonderful the juice will be in our morning green smoothies.




 And I am happy to say that they do not use any pesticides on their fruit! Grazing in the grove is free and they allow you to taste from the tree before you pick so you can select the fruit that is right for your individual taste. How great is that!!

Thank you Bob and Judy for allowing us to spend the day at your lovely home/grove. It was a splendid day and we had so much fun.

How about a green smoothie recipe with fresh squeezed Honey Tangerine juice:

I juiced several of the Honey Tangerines and added the juice to a blender full of raw sunflower seeds, freshly ground flax, 4 large collard leaves, banana and finally frozen mango and some ice.

U-Pick Green Smoothieby Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

2 C freshly juiced honey tangerine juice
4 T raw sunflower seeds
3 dates, pitted
3 T freshly ground flax seeds
4 large collard leaves, torn
3 small bananas
2 C frozen mango
1/2 C ice
Blend till creamy and smooth. Enjoy the goodness!
Our oldest son enjoyed a large glass of fresh squeezed Valencia juice with his breakfast--yum!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a day in the sunshine picking fresh citrus with friends and family.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Raw Fruit Tacos

I had to take a break from blogging after Christmas so I could get us back into the groove of our home studies.
Now that we are back in the groove I thought it would be time to get creative in the raw kitchen again.
I came up with this recipe for lunch today and wanted to share it with you.
I made Raw Fruit Tacos.
Here is my taco filling


And here are my shells




Raw Fruit Tacos
by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

4 Campari tomatoes, diced
3 small peppers, one red, one yellow and one orange; diced
2 scallions, greens only;diced
2 kiwi, diced
3 small pitted dates, diced
a sprinkling of ground cumin

Raw Taco Shells: Organic Romaine hearts, cut into 1/3's if large

Mix ingredients in a bowl, scoop onto your raw taco shells ( romaine heart leaves) and enjoy!


+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a fresh new outlook for the fresh New Year. Happy Raw New Year!

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