Raw Mushroom Nut Burger To Die For!

Raw Mushroom Nut Burger To Die For!

It’s been a while, but I pulled out some of my raw cookbooks to spice things up in the kitchen.  I have been preparing quite a bit of fish lately and realized it’s time to cleanse.  This burger recipe is from the cookbook “Practically Raw” by Amber Shea Crawley and you can either dehydrate it for a raw option or bake it to speed up the process or if you don’t have a dehydrator on hand 😉

Burger Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1 medium carrot chopped or 1/2 cup baby carrots chopped
  • 1 cup marinated mushrooms (below)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (1/3 if needed)
    • In a food processor add walnuts, onions, and garlic and pulse until coarsely ground. Add everything else except flaxseed and blend until mixed and coarse.  Add flaxseed in and process until mixed and smooth throughout.
    • Raw version- place 6 3/4-1 inch thick equal scoops of mixture on dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 1-2 hours until top is dry.  Flip and dehydrate for 6-8 hours until dry on the surface but still tender to touch.
    • Baked version- preheat oven to 325°F and grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.  Shape same as raw version and bake for 15 minutes until the tops are dry.  Flip and bake for 18-20 minutes until dry on top and lightly browned.  Cool and serve!

Marinated Raw Mushrooms

  • 2 cups baby bella mushrooms or 1 large portobello mushroom
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari
  • 1 teaspoon raw sesame seeds
    • whisk liquid ingredients and sesame seeds together in a bowl.
    • pour mixture over mushrooms
    • mix well and place in dehydrator for 15 minutes (option leave at room temp. for 1 hour to marinate)
    • use 1 cup in burger ingredients, 1 cup for burger toppings

Toppings

  • Sriracha 
  • Pickles
  • Organic Ketchup
  • Organic Dijon Mustard
  • Avocado!
  • Fermented Sauerkraut mmmmm (to aid in digestion!)
  • Lettuce (from our garden!)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Raw Sesame Seeds

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Why Alkalize? Disease free!

Why Alkalize?  An acidic body is a diseased body.

  The pH level of human blood is between 7.35 & 7.45 which is right above neutral 7.0.  If you look at the American diet we are drinking a cup (or serveral in some cases) of coffee in the morning which is at a pH of 4.o, grains (5.0-6.0), cheeses (3.0-4.0) meats (3.0-5.0) and processed foods (3.0).  When your body is overly acidic this is when disease occurs.

  Stress, toxicity, and sedentary lifestyles also play a huge role in overly acidic bodies.  When you exercise you are freeing your body of toxic waste and acidity in the body.  Maintain an alkaline diet and lifestyle to be free of decomposition, decay, low energy, and disease in the body.

  Eat every color of the rainbow a day of fruits and veggies and drink lots of water!!!!  xoxoxo

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Maca me!

MACA ROOTMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  2013 can you believe it?!?!  Well we all made it past the end of the Mayan calendar! Everyday is a blessing so let’s start the new year with some super foods!

If you have been reading about the smoothies I’ve been making, you’ll notice one of my favorite ingredients “Maca.”  Maca comes from the Andean Mountains in Peru and Bolivia.  It has been used for hundreds of years to produce energy, balance the endocrine system, immune support, sexual libido, and aids in reproductive support.  Maca is an amazing superfood for those of you feeling a bit sluggish after the holidays.  You can get raw maca powder at health food stores and start adding into your daily green smoothies for healthy immune systems.  Check out this site for more info and let me know what you think when you try it!

RAW MACA navitasnatrals.com

Yummy Raw Sesame Cabbage Salad

Today I decided to make a raw sesame cabbage salad! It’s a spin off Mimi Kirk’s Cool Cool Cabbage Salad. With it being the holidays, I have been everywhere but home, thus cooking or eating raw hasn’t been as easy.😁 So, I’m back at it! This salad is full of antioxidants that fight cancer and heart disease.

Salad ingredients
-1.5 Cups Asian (or green head) Cabbage shredded
-1.5 Cups Red Cabbage shredded
– 2 Scallions, chopped
– 3 Brussels sprouts, thinly chopped
– 1 large carrot, shredded (optional)
– 1/4 Cup Raisin
– 1 Small Avocado
– 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews, soaked for 5 minutes then chopped
– 2 Medium Tomatos
– 1 Tbsp. Raw Sesame Seeds

Dressing Ingredients
– 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
– 1 Tbsp. Sesame Seed Oil
– 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
– 1 tsp. Bragg’s, Coconut Amino’s, Tamari, or Nama Shoyu
– 1 Heaping Tbsp. Raw Tahini (1 Tbsp raw sesame seeds 2 Tbsp water)
– 1 tsp. Agave
– 1/2 tsp or more fresh Ginger finely chopped
– Pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl, except avocado, tomato, cashews, and sesame seeds.

Blend all ingredients in blender if you’re using sesame seeds for the Tahini. Otherwise, whisk all ingredients together.

Mix dressing into salad for desired taste. Place salad in refrigerator to allow salad to absorb dressing. When ready add avocado, tomato, cashews, and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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VITAMIX CAME IN!!

Guess who’s making smoothies! For a while now I’ve blended all my smoothies in a magic bullet (which was amazing for the price and easy clean up), but have now moved on to the master of blenders! VITAMIX!!!! Smoothies, soups, dips, dressings and more 🙂

If you aren’t someone who enjoys salads or doesn’t get enough greens in the day, I would look into starting a green drink regime. It’s super easy and very effective in keeping up your immune health especially as we get into flu season. Green smoothies keep me energized and full through the morning.

Green smoothie recipe:
1 Handful Spinach
1 Handful Parsley
2 Stalks Kale
1/2 Apple
1/4 Cucumber
1 Celery Stalk
1/2-1 Pineapple Juice (almond milk, water or other juice if preferred)
4 Cubes of ice to chill

Optional:
1/2 Banana
1 Scoop Protein Powder
Fresh Ginger (preferred amount)
Lemon juice (preferred amount)

Blend all in your Vitamix (or other blender.) Serve immediately, makes 1-2 servings.

This smoothie is packed with antioxidants, protects us against pollution (for us city dwellers), contains B vitamins to boost energy, anti-inflammatory, promotes good vision, skin, hair, and nail health.  It prevents and treats many types of cancers, and promotes heart health; lowering blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol raising HDL (good) cholesterol.

Start your day with a green smoothie every morning and experiment with other fruits and veggies in your smoothie!

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Best raw kale salad EVER!

20121116-192318.jpgI have to share one of my favorite salads that Kyle and I eat at least once a week! I’m kind of addicted! 😝

Ingredients: (I don’t really measure normally so these ingredients are subject to whatever you think is best!)
1/2 Cup Cashews
1 Bushel Kale
1/8-1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1/4 tsp Soy Sauce (tamari or Bragg’s amino acids. Add more if needed)
1 Medium Carrot- Shredded
2/3 Cup Purple Cabbage- shredded (optional)

Wash kale under warm/hot water and massage out and dirt for about a minute, the heat from the water will soften the kale. Strain water from kale and set kale aside in a large bowl with shredded carrot and cabbage.

Soak cashews in water for 5-10
minutes to soften.

In a food processor, (or blender if you don’t have a one) process cashews, almond milk, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and soy sauce. I like the cashew mixture a bit crunchy so less processing time, but some may like it smoother processing longer.

Mix cashew dressing in with kale salad. Add a little at a time and I like to mix it in with my hands since this is a thick dressing and spreads better massaged in.

 

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Chia seed goodness!

This weekend was my dad’s birthday 😀 and instead of our normal fruit custard pie we decided to switch it up to something a little less heavy. Chia seed pudding, one of my favorites! It’s quick, easy, and everyone will love it!

*Ingredients:

-2/3 Cup Chia seeds (quick tip: if you can’t find organic chia seeds don’t freak out! Chia seeds aren’t bothered by bugs so they aren’t sprayed with pesticides!)

-2 Cups coconut milk (or any nut milk)

-2 tsp. honey or agave nectar (more or less depending on how sweet you’d like it and use a couple drops of stevia for less sugar)

-2 tsp. vanilla extract

*OPTIONAL- flavoring

-1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice if you have it!)

-2 tsp. raw cacao powder for chocolate chia pudding

*TOP- with any, all or none of the following-

Berries, banana, nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit, granola, chocolate chips, the sky is the limit!

*Directions:

In a glass bowl mix in all ingredients with a wire whisk. Once all clumps are mixed out place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours and let the pudding set (overnight preferably if you have time to let it set longer.) Add toppings, Serve and ENJOY!!!

Any leftovers? Eat it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Coconut Oil- Make the Switch!!!

I’m so excited I just found such interesting information on coconut oil!

In these sites they talk extensively about how, although coconut oil contains high amounts of saturated fat, it’s research shows it boosts metabolism, suppresses hunger, and therefore results in weight-loss! Wow, who would’ve known, saturated fats good for you!!! It lowers the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Well the truth comes out, and now it’s time to make the change!

Play around with this site and learn about the wonders of coconut oil!

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/savethechildren.htm

And here’s a link to some research for you skeptics ;-).

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/Coconut%20Research-Coconut%20Research%20Center.pdf

Below I have posted an article from http://www.enerhealthbotanicals.com which gives a great explanation about how coconut oil is metabolized in our bodies on a scientific level. Take a minute to browse their site for awesome organic superfood energy drinks, cocoa mojo and much more yumminess!

ENJOY!

THE BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is different from any other oil used in America. All common American oils are made from seeds like soybeans, canola (rapeseeds), almonds, sesame seeds, safflower seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. These seed oils are predominately made of triglycerides containing long chain fatty acids. Once eaten, these long chain fatty acids need to be emulsified by bile salts. (Bile salts are produced by the liver, stored in the gall bladder and dumped into the small intestine as needed for digestion. They are the emulsifying agents that draw the fats into the aqueous food solutions of the intestinal tract where lipase, a digestive enzyme, can work on them. The long chain fatty acids are now broken down into triglycerides made of 14 carbon atoms. This is the standard “energy storage unit” for the body. We call it body fat. All carbohydrates eaten in excess of energy requirements are also converted into these 14 carbon chain triglycerides. They are bound to HDL and LDL in the bloodstream and then transported into storage.
Since coconut oil contains mostly 8,10,and 12 carbon chain triglycerides (medium chain triglycerides), instead of being digested and traveling in the blood stream it is directly absorbed into the portal vein and goes into the liver without requiring lipase or bile salts for digestion. In the liver, these medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) support the immune system and help to cleanse the body of pathogens, toxins, etc. These supportive actions continue on as the MCTs travel through the lymphatic system to the cells of the body.

Since the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil do not travel in the blood stream they have never been shown to contribute to heart disease, provided the oil has not been hydrogenated. People without gall bladders or who cannot digest food well, especially people who cannot digest fats (such as people with cystic fibrosis) can and will thrive on coconut oil. Doctors doing research have known for a long time that the elderly, the invalids and the very young thrive on formulas given them that contain coconut oil. Products like baby formula and Ensure use to be made with coconut oil. Sadly, even these items have fallen victim to the propaganda we have received over the last 50 years.

As the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil travel throughout the body they are actually anti microbial compounds. For example, Lauric acid, which makes up about 50% of the coconut oil, becomes 2 mono-lauren. 2-mono-lauren dissolves the lipid envelope that protects most pathogenic bacteria and viruses. It also attacks pathogenic yeast and parasites. Lauric acid contained in a human mother’s breast milk is the major reason nursing infants have a high resistance to getting sick. Lauric acid in the diet will have the same effect, regardless of age. Its anti microbial properties have been helping people for thousands of years.

Coconut oil, because it is smaller than the standard storage unit, is burned for energy rather than stored. This tends to increase the body’s metabolism. People with under-active thyroid glands often discover their basal temperature becomes normal from coconut oil use. Elderly Americans and many others with low energy notice they have energy again and a sense of well-being they did not realize they had lost. And, unlike other energy the cell receives, the medium chain fatty acids do not require insulin. Most people in the U.S. have some degree of insulin resistance. Most people as they age, even though they are eating, do not feel they are getting energy from their food. The reason for many people is insulin resistance. The good news is that if a person has coconut oil or coconut products in their diet, the fats will be used as energy and that energy is not dependent on the insulin system working. Therefore, diabetics can get good energy into their cells without insulin and people who take naps, or think they need naps in the middle of the afternoon, have energy again. Low carb dieters, as well, can eat their low carbohydrate meals, but have the energy they would otherwise have received from carbohydrates.

Go cocoNUTS!

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