Friday, September 25, 2009

~ Cheezy Kale Chip Recipe ~

I have been wanting to try kale chips for months. I have tried kale as a green and would eat it in salad and even juice it . I find that my body does not like kale juice. I have had some bad experiences. I have a lot of toxins in my body and this particular green is very potent in it's detoxifying effects.

For those who have suffered illness it is good to go slow and steady with green juices. Choosing milder greens such as my favorite cucumber/celery juice is gentler on your system .

Anyhow everyone talks about these** Kale Chips** being so addictive. I tried these this morning and I can't believe it !! They are so good you need self control to stop eating them. I am sooo excited to find a way to eat kale that tastes fabulous and is so nutritious at the same time.

Marion Siegel has made her kale chips recipe public in her YouTube video, which I've included at the bottom of this post.


2 cups cashews
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 jalapeno
1 bunch of cilantro
1 yellow pepper
3 tbs nutritional yeast
1 bunch of curley kale

Dehydrate for 12 hours at 105 degrees in your dehydrator

Enjoy and it is OK not to have self control with these.....LOL

Monday, September 21, 2009

~ Sunflower Seeds ~

~ This is a picture taken by my dear friend Tammy Copenhaver September 2009 ~ Tammy really captured such a beautiful shot. What a blessing to see this creation.. This sunflower looks so full of life !

Sunflower seeds are one of the most popular and economical seeds which you can add to your raw food meals and snacks. I eat them just about every day on my salads and in my raw breads and crackers. They go well in nut pate's and just on their own . I make a little snack for my son that looks similar to a flower. It has sunflower seeds in the center and for it's petals I use cucumber slices with a dash real salt ....

~ Health Benefits of sunflower seeds ~

Increase your salad’s health factor with a handful of sunflower seeds! (:

Sunflower seeds are naturally rich in folate and antioxidant Vitamin E. They are also packed with mono- and poly-unsaturated fats which help keep the bad cholesterol away. They are high in selenium and copper, which, together with Vit. E, prevent cellular damage that may lead to cancer, heart disease and other health problems. Lastly sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium.

Magnesium aids in the absorption of calcium, therefore it benefits those who suffer with or who are at risk of osteoporosis. It helps proper muscle function by keeping the muscles relaxed. It can be very beneficial for those who suffer with fibromyalgia. Magnesium helps the rhythm of the heart and assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. It can significantly lower your chances of heart attack and strokes.

~ Raw Un-Stirfry ~

Roses are so beautiful to look at, to smell and are even edible. I never thought stir fry could be served with a flower, but it can be. Organic roses have many health benefits and I am working on a post to give some specific information on roses..... I made a large batch fo veggies for a regular stir fry and took out a portion for myself that was left uncooked.

If you just let the juices from the vegetables and seasonings set for a while it will marinate the veggies. Lemon juice and olive oil are two things I always add to ALL of my salads..

Instead of cooking rice I took a head of cauliflower and processed it and made up something similar to couscous ....

I have not mentioned this before, but I am working on a book and it is my hope to be able to publish my personal best recipes with loads of photo's.....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

~ Raw Pizza ~

This was my first attempt at making raw pizza crust. I took the recipe that I posted on August 16 th and gave it a try. I forgot the dates and orange juice, but still it was very good. This particular recipe was from two vidoes on how to make raw pizza crust by Darlene Navarre. Recipe
1 carrot,
1 celery stalk,
bunch of basil leaves
1 date
juice of one orange,
1 cup of chopped tomato,
2 garlic cloves,
2 tablesspoons of white onion,
5 cups of sprouted buckwheat

Process all the wet stuff then add 5 cups of sprouted buckwheat. Just add two cups at a time then add after all that Add ~1-2 cups of ground flax...

Dehydrate for 4-5 hours then flip over and continue for another 3-4 hours...

After the crust was finished I put some marinara sauce on top and some rice cheddar. I will be trying a raw cheese recipe sometime soon, but for now I just added what I had.

After about an hour to dry out the sauce I put the pizza on plates and covered it with raw toppings. We love onion rings, cut up tomato and fresh basil.....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

~ Nettle Infusion ~

My hubby gave me my favorite flower, a pink rose, and if he would let me I would eat it LOL

I have read up on herbal infusions which are much more potent than a regular cup of tea. You take a larger quantity of a herb of your choice and steep it for a minimum of a few hours. This is my first attempt at Nettle infusion. I wanted it strong, so I let it sit in the jar overnight in the fridge. I first let it steep for four hours on the counter then placed it in the fridge.

The first step is to pour boiling water into the jar over the Nettle leaves...

I filled my mason jar with boiling water, and added a fork in the jar to prevent it from cracking...

The Nettle infusion had steeped for twelve hours and its ready to be strained....

The water has become dark and has had all the nutrition from the leaves infused into the water...

I've always had low iron and am close to being anemic so I am looking forward to giving my body a huge dose of iron...

I'm going to drink it as it is, but for my husband I am going to make carrot juice and add half a cup of this infusion in with it.... update: he drank it without the carrot juice, saying it didn't have much flavour.

There is so much more nutrition in this Nettle tea than traditional cooked food...

Nettles are rich in Chlorophyll and Iron and are a significant source of vitamin C and vitamin A, bio-available minerals, including calcium, silicon, and potassium chloride, protein and dietary fiber.

~ Health Benefits ~

Nettle Tea can prevent and counteract the following:

Arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism
Asthma, hay fever
Eczema, psoriasis
High blood pressure
Internal bleeding, hemorrhage
Kidney stones
Menorrhagia, heavy bleeding
Night sweats
Prostrate enlargement

Friday, September 18, 2009

~ Raw Pesto on Zucchini Noodles ~

We had yet another hit in my family. Today was the first time I have tried Raw Pesto on zucchini noodles. I used the recipe from the same book RAWvolution. I usually can taste what it needs and changed it a bit to suit my family's taste buds.

There isn't a day in the week that goes by that we don't use Real Celtic Sea Salt. This is what I use in ALL of my recipes. There are times when I get this salt and just put a few gains on my tongue to give me some energy. Real Salt is good for you and it feeds your cells. But you must be careful if you have high blood pressure, if you don't have those issues; then enjoy. When we are having sugar cravings, what we really need is mineral salts.

Pine nuts are really expensive, so I used half pine nuts and for the other half, some sunflower seeds.

It feels so good to use all natural products with no chemicals or preservatives...

Lemon juice is something I use in most of my recipes as well....

I couldn't believe the color of this pesto, it had a lime green color.

I mixed the pesto in with my zucchini noodles before I put it on my large plate.

We had lots of basil in this dish and also used it as a garnish to decorate and make it look more attractive. Basil is a great digestive aid and it is good to snack on a few leaves before eating your meal.

Here is a closer look at this beautiful dish......