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Kale & Cauliflower Salad

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I think we may have stumbled onto something here.   🙂

I’ve never big a super big fan of raw cauliflower, but I can’t stop eating this one! It so good for you and very simple to throw together.

Finely chop one head of cauliflower and one bunch of kale. Toss into a bowl and set aside.

Place half a cup of cilantro, a quarter cup of flaxseed oil and one or two cloves of garlic into your food processor and process until well combined.

Pour the ‘dressing’ over your cruciferous veggies and mix well. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds over the top, maybe a few pistachios and try to share!

Happy, HEALTHY New Year!

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Turtles!

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Raw, vegan and nutritious!

This is a great one to tuck away for the holidays… who doesn’t like turtles?

🙂

And so simple.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

For each turtle, you want two raw pecan halves.

Place two pecans close together, but make sure each turtle has its own dance space.

For the caramel…

  • 1c of pitted dates, soaked
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
  • a generous pinch of vanilla powder

Soak the dates for at least four hours. Drain most of the water but don’t squeeze them dry.

With a hand blender, blend the above three ingredients together until smooth.

Place a dollop of the caramel on top of the pecans and then place them in the freezer for about an hour.

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For the chocolate…

  • 1/4c of coconut oil
  • 1/2c plus 2tbsp of cacao powder

Melt the coconut oil over warm water just until it melts and add in the cacao.

Give it a whisk.

Cover the pecans and caramel with the chocolate and store in the fridge or the freezer.

Simple, delicious and nutritious!

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Blueberry Date Bars

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These may need a tweak here and there, but they are delicious!

Next round we may add a little bit of coconut oil to the blueberry mixture to firm it up, but the flavor won’t change.

YUM!

For the base…

  • 1c of soaked, pitted dates
  • 1c of raw walnuts or pecans
  • 1c of unsweetened coconut

Process those three in the food processor and press the mixture into a lined loaf pan.

For the blueberry mixture…

  • 1c of blueberries
  • 1tbsp of chia seeds
  • a pinch of raw vanilla powder

Process the blueberries in your food processor and then stir in your chia seeds.

Pour the mixture onto your base and place in the freezer for about an hour.

You want the loaf to be firm enough to cut  into bite sized squares.

Top the scrumptious mouthfuls with finely chopped walnuts or pecans and enjoy!

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Cocomo Bars

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It’s no secret…we all love nanaimo bars.

🙂

Here’s a raw, vegan, gf, nutritious and delicious version we created…and we’re so glad we did!

We were fortunate enough to be offered a jar of the new Native Forest Raw – Cold Pressed coconut oil that Edward & Sons have just come out with.  And coconut oil is such a lovely ingredient for raw desserts.

YUM!

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It’s been a very long time, but I remember nanaimo bars being slightly complicated.

I’m happy to report that these are quite simple.

Before you get started, soak one cup of dates for at least four hours.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and you’re ready to go!

For the base…

  • 1c of soaked dates
  • 1/2c of cacao powder
  • 1/2c of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2c of almonds

Process the above in your food processor until it all comes together…about thirty to forty five seconds.

Press the mixture into your lined loaf pan, flatten the top and set aside.

For the middle layer…

  • 1c of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2c of coconut oil
  • 1/4c of coconut nectar (or agave)
  • a pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • 2tbsp of coconut flour

Process the first four ingredients in your food processor until smooth, remove the blade and stir in your coconut flour.  Now you’re thinking…turmeric?  Yep.  A little goes a long way and it will help you achieve the yellowy look, similar to a ‘traditional’ nanaimo bar.  And I personally think it levels out the sweetness a bit.  Yay!

The mixture will seem a bit moist, that’s only because the coconut oil has melted from the heat of the food processor.  Don’t worry, it all works out.  Pour the mixture over your base and smooth out the top.

Place it all in the freezer for about thirty minutes.

For the top chocolate layer…

  • 1/4c of cacao powder
  • 2tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/4tsp of vanilla powder

Place the ingredients into a stainless steel bowl and rest the bowl over a pot of simmering water just long enough for the oil to melt.  Give it all a good stir and drizzle it over the top of the first two layers.  Because the first to layers have been in the freezer, you’ll want to spread the chocolate fairly quickly so that it doesn’t harden unevenly.

And that’s it folks!

Slice with a cool, dry knife and store the bars in the fridge.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

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Creamy Mushroom & Wild Rice Casserole

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I don’t know that I can wait until dinner.   Yep, it’s that good.

🙂

We’re calling it a casserole because it’s super easy to make this one ahead and pop into the oven for dinner. We made the wild rice yesterday… a big pot of it to use throughout the week. For this recipe you’ll need two cups of cooked wild rice. This recipe will give you about four servings, but it can easily be doubled.

For the creamy mushroom sauce…

  • 12-15 mushrooms
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1c of homemade almond cream
  • 1/4c of red star nutritional yeast
  • a generous pinch of himalayan salt
  • a dash of pepper

Chop up your mushrooms and garlic and place them into a pot. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over them and let them sizzle on medium heat for about ten minutes. Turn down the heat just a bit and add in your almond cream and nutritional yeast, followed by the two cups of cooked wild rice. Give it all a good stir and toss in your S&P. Add a little bit of fresh thyme or basil just before serving. You can either serve it right out of the pot or you can place it in a baking dish to heat up later.

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