Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Raw "Ranch" Dressing and Dipping Sauce

Another nut sauce that resembles the ever fabulous Ranch we all love.
I've been dipping my veggies and flax seed crackers in this for three days now and still not tired of it.

Raw "Ranch" Dressing and Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup raw cashews
coconut milk

Place cashews in blender and add 1/2 cup coconut milk. Blend. Add more milk or water to get desired creaminess. Then add the following in desired amounts to taste.

Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
Onion Powder
Fresh Garlic (I used 5 cloves which made it quite garlicky, so I'd recommend 3)
Minced Parsley
Italian Seasonings like basil and oregano

Makes about 2 cups.

Keeps in the refrigerator for 3-5 days and tends to thicken up when cold. Add water to make it more runny for a salad dressig.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Raw Green "Pasta" Sauce

This was totally an experiment - but it rocked!

Raw Green "Pasta" Sauce

1/2 cup raw cashews
unsweetened coconut milk (not sure if this is really raw?)
1-2 haas avocados, cubed
filtered water

Process in a blender till smooth - add milk and water as needed to get a really creamy consistency.

Season with salt and pepper...then add your favorite toppings

I chose diced tomatoes, re-hydrated sun-dried tomatoes chopped very small, small bits of raw broccoli and small diced red onion. Oh, and dry crushed oregano. Next time I think I'll omit the broccoli and add a little fresh garlic.

Sorry no photo - it was too DELICIOUS, the camera was the last thing on my mind!

Post Edit: This recipe does not keep. The avocado in it starts to turn brown within 6 hours. It is still edible, but tastes completely different.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Just watched...

Forks over Knives is on netflix.
It's a little long.
And reiterizes just about everything I've come to beleive.
It's basically plants vs meat/dairy. Of course plants win.
But it does follow a scientific experiment backing which is nice. Both clinical and statistical.
The message is that if it once had a pulse or came from something that did, don't eat it.
And of course, stay away from processed crap.


I feel like that word looks. Up, down, up, down, up, down...in every way.

We've been super busy with anything and everything not associated with food. Which has left pretty much no time for food. So I have foolishly reverted again.
I am still enjoying my green juicing about every other day...but that's 'bout it.

I had plans to start the 21 day raw food start up plan described in the book "Raw Food Life Force Energy". But when I started looking at the stark contrast between my food and my family's food - it was startling. I was spending so much time focusing on my own changes that I had let theirs go in the haste and annoyance of preparing two meals - and they were eating worse than I have ever let them.

I am ashamed of that. So I am now more focused on feeding all of us correctly. The question is how? These boys want pretty much nothing to do with veggies right now unless they are coated in some sort of dairy sauce. E even asked me to NOT put carrots in his lunch. (That could be because he was dealing with a loose tooth and had a hard time eating them...) But I get the feeling his explanation was a bit of a mask.

Husband wants to eat vegan at home. He says he feels better, more energy, etc. But even he is turning up his nose at the fresh juice lately.

I've never really done it, but I am going to try and actually do a weekly meal plan for our home - which will include trying 1 new whole foods based meal per day...either breakfast or dinner. But I can only sit at the table and ask them to eat it for so long before they have to get off to school, and I won't send them to school on empty stomachs.

Wish me luck...I'm gonna need it. If you have any favorite recipes or sites for them that are kid tested and approved, send em my way!