Cashew Nut Fruit Apple

Carrot Juice and Bentonite Clay

After the vacation, I was feeling sluggish and off balance. I needed a boost. So I decided to go grocery shopping, and I got my usual fruits and veggies. Food City also had large bags of zucchini, peppers and bananas on clearance. I got a bag or two, of course. I made vegan banana and zucchini bread muffins and this for my morning breakfast:

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Tasty Carrot Juice my way:

3 carrots

1 large cucumber

1 nectarine

2tbs raw ginger

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup water

Inspired by: http://rawgirltoxicworld.com/2012/07/13/carrot-juice-for-glowing-skin-juice-spicy-carrot/

 

 

My skin was a little dry on the return; probably do to stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to lots of car, truck, bus, and boat exhaust. LOL! Bentonite clay came to the rescue! After applying the clay and taking a warm shower with it on, my skin felt so soft all day long. I didn’t use any soaps to cleanse or lotions for moisture; the clay removed all impurities and left my face moisturized:)

 

Make Choices Everyday

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PeanutButterCookies

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup brown rice flour

1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar

1/4 cup rice milk

Bake on 350 for 10 minutes

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You might want a little more sugar, and you can vary the amount of milk for make soft or more crispy cookiesImage

Chickpea and Eggplant Burger…kind of

As usual, I needed to use my eggplant, which was going bad too soon. I also had a taste for a lettuce-wrapped burger, so my search for dinner recipes began. I found this video. The woman in the video is quite annoying, but the burgers she made looked really good. I didn’t have all of the ingredients that she used, and I am not eating soy or sugar or dairy, so some things that she used I left out. Now that I think about it, my recipe was nothing like hers. I just used it as inspiration. ūüôā ¬†I hope the pictures explain what I did well enough.

 

Eggplant

1.00 cup, raw

82.00 grams

19.68 calories

Nutrient Amount DV

(%)

Nutrient

Density

World’s Healthiest

Foods Rating

fiber 2.76 g 11.0 10.1 excellent
manganese 0.20 mg 10.0 9.1 excellent
molybdenum 4.10 mcg 5.5 5.0 very good
potassium 188.60 mg 5.4 4.9 very good
folate 18.04 mcg 4.5 4.1 good
vitamin K 2.87 mcg 3.6 3.3 good
copper 0.07 mg 3.5 3.2 good
vitamin B6 0.07 mg 3.5 3.2 good
tryptophan 0.01 g 3.1 2.9 good
vitamin C 1.80 mg 3.0 2.7 good
magnesium 11.48 mg 2.9 2.6 good
vitamin B3 0.53 mg 2.6 2.4 good

The “kind of” in the tile means that the burgers didn’t come out as firm as an actual burger (meat, veggie or bean). They were soft, and a little crumbly. it may be a good idea to add something like oatmeal to absorb the liquid and hold the burger together. I added some brown rice flour (as you’ll see in the picture) to make the burgers a little dryer. They were still really good on the lettuce!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Are Strawberries in Season?

I don’t know, but I just bought 4 pounds for $5 at Sunflower Market!

Smoothie time!

4 large strawberries

a few slices of fresh pineapple

1 banana

a handful of whole flax seeds

a squirt of Holy Basil leaf liquid herb

3 ice cubes

about 3/4 cup rice milk

Crazy-Good Quinoa and Black Bean Warm Salad

I threw some ingredients together and created this really tasty quinoa salad:

Red Quinoa

Black Beans (warmed)

Orange Bell Pepper

Raisins

Slivered Almonds

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Curry, Cumin, and other Indian Spices

Be unique, Be creative

Avocado for Lunch

¬†I had about 8 ripe avocados, and needed to eat them right away. I usually just have one here or there with lunch or dinner, but after purchasing 8 at a time from the local supermarket (since they are on sale for 4 for $1!), ALL of them were ready to devour at once….

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Simple Guacamole with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

6 avocadoes

juice from 1 lemon

1 cup cilantro leaves

1tsp cayenne pepper

1/4cup sun-dried tomatoes (in oil)

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Ma, I want some collards!

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!

Whenever I think about the holidays, I get a warm feeling of food, laughter and especially family. I am sure I am not alone on that. But, I also think about how the holidays can be a ¬†way to be adventurous and create new memories, or time to think of ways to lively-up the old traditions. I was searching the web a little, and came across this Paula Deen video with Gina Neely showing how to make collard greens, a southern staple that I miss being made in the kitchen I grew up in (I don’t miss the smell, though lol!). I decided to get some and try out the recipe, but on smaller scale. The goal is to get a nice ¬†healthy dose of leafy-green veggies (instead of a of heart-attack) so I left out the ham-hock! The meal: Collard greens, white jasmine rice, tofu steaks with caramelized onions, and black beans> YUM!

Paula Deen and Gina Nealy collards