Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Debit Card Drama, Disneyland Trip, Maple Roasted Tempeh and Seasonal Fruits and Hurom Slow Juicer

OMG.... I can't believe i am finally posting! Which means I actually have a day off! I have been so busy... I gave  my notice at my job to start another one working for a Urologist. So, I have been doing both jobs until the 24th... it is a lot. The new job will be good though because it is normal hours, Monday through Friday and I will be able to spend more time with Mackenzie, which is the most important :)


We had fun in Disneyland even though my debit card number was stolen two days into the trip and my bank shut my card off... good thing I had brought another credit card to use because it was the weekend of the 4th and all the banks were closed. Have you ever had you identity or credit cards stolen? Big pain in the ass! Not cool!

Mackenzie loved getting autographs and meeting all the characters and I did get her onto a few scary rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones... but there was no way she was about to get onto California Screamin'... the BIG roller coaster I would have loved... maybe next time!

we waited for an hour in line to see Minnie Mouse!

Glad she had fun!

Onto food... I have been enjoying my Maple Roasted Tempeh... sweet and yummy. 

1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 package tempeh

Mix first two ingredients and brush onto the tempeh, roast at 400 for about 20 minutes, flip half way through. Yummy and easy. 

I have also been enjoying fresh figs. Love these and they are not around for long. I was excited to see them at a farmers market I went to and snatched some up. Do you have any good fig recipes to share? 

My newest purchase is the Hurom Slow Juicer. I haven't used it yet, but will today. I have been wanting it for a while. After readind review I have found that people say it maintains the nutrients in the juice better. When I juice with my juicer if I don't drink it right away, I don't like the taste. With the Hurom you should be able to juice in advance (which means less clean up... a huge plus for me!) and still enjoy the juice later. I'll let you know what I think next post. 

Next recipe I will share is my baked Falafel balls with cucumber sauce... so good and healthier then the fried version. I am on a falafel kick lately... can't get enough of them!

Hope you all have a great day! 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More to come soon!

Thanks to everyone who has left comments lately... I have been super busy and have  not had time to post. I will get to it soon. I want to share with you....

Our disneyland trip and ATM card drama/ issues while vacationing. 

My new favorite recipes...

Averies crackers

Sweet Maple Cinnamon Roasted Tempeh (YUM!) 

My new Juicer purchase...

and more! 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Raw Macaroons, Raw "Cheetos"


It's been quite a while since I have posted... I have been super busy with work, summer projects, Mackenzie being out of school and I guess just life in general. Next Tuesday Mackenzie and I are headed to Southern California for a 7 day vacation of hanging out Lake Arrowhead and then going to Disneyland... we are both very excited! I can't even remember the last time I took a seven day vacation or got to spend 7 relaxing days with my little girl!

I have been busy trying new recipes too. I stumbled upon these protein cakes on the site Foods of April after reading about the protein ice cream that Heather of Heather eats almond Butter makes.  These are both two of my new favorite recipes. The protein cakes are really good and easy to put your own twist on. What I used was...

1 and 1/2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon apple sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon
splash vanilla extract
sprinkle of stevia

Mix it up and microwave for a minute. They are so good cut in half and smothered with almond butter. They keep well in the fridge too. 

I also made Stacy Neely's  raw "cheetos" but used Kristen Suzanne's cheezy hemp sauce for the coating. Soooo good and easy! Here's how to make them...
Cut cauliflower into florets

Coat with sauce (use Kristen's Hemp sauce or Stacy's "cheeto" sauce {recipe follows})

Dehydrate until crisp... overnight for me.  


Stacy Neely Stower's Cheeto Sauce recipe is here...
"Stacy's Fabulouso Cheeto Puffs" and "Spicalisous Nori Nachos"

1 cup sunflower seeds soaked and sprouted
1 c raw soaked cashews soaked
1 c raw soaked almonds
1 big orange
1 cup red pepper diced
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp taco seasoning
2-4 Tbsp of nutritional yeast

Process all ingredients and use this as a batter to coat small pieces of RAW CAULIFLOWER. dehydrate at 108 for 24 hours or until crunchy. ENJOY!

I use this same "batter" for the inside of my "Spicalisious Nori Nachos"....except I omit the nutritional yeast and I add cayenne pepper for the SPICALISOUSNESS! Spread batter between 2 layers of raw unroasted nori sheets and dehydrate at 108 for 24 hours or until crunchy. cut into triangles.

I know your family will looooove these!

I also decided to make raw macaroons since I ordered this huge bucket of coconut from Tropical Traditions...

I used...
2 cups shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions
3/4 cup ground cashews
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil from Tropical Traditions
small squirt of agave
1/3 cup ground flaxmeal
chocolate chip (to half the batch)

pop into dehydrator...

Then devour!

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kaia Foods Giveaway Winner & Best Soup Ever!


Hope everyone has been enjoying their weekends. I have been working but today is my Friday... yay! The weather has been beautiful and it finally feels like Spring, now that it is almost over. 

The other day I watched this video clip of Natalia Rose sharing an easy soup recipe. I love sweet potatoes and had leftover  carrot cake carrot juice (recipe below) so I made it. It is my favorite soup recipe to date. 

2 to 3 cups carrot juice
1 large sweet potato diced
4 or 5 dates
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon (or more) pumpkin pie spice. 

Blend until creamy and smooth and enjoy. It is so good... tastes like pumpkin pie and reminds me of the sweet potato cassarole that I love to make. 

I used some leftover Carrot Cake Carrot Juice that I had made. I used...

1 two pound bag of carrots
4 apples
small chunk of ginger
sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg (sprinkle them right into the juicer)

At work, some of the girls have been asking me about raw foods. I usually get... "what do you eat, just salad?" So, I think I will prepare some raw foods and bring them in. I always like to surprise people with what you CAN eat raw, not what you can't eat. 

Maybe I can bring in Raw Apple Crumble....

What about a raw cupcake?

What foods do you like to prepare for non-raw friends to wow them?

Onto the winner of the Kaia Food giveaway...

The winner is comment # 8,Lauren..

Lauren said...

I added you to my blogroll:

Lauren, please email me at with your mailing address... congratulations!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kaia Foods Giveaway!


Scroll down for information on the giveaway! :)

 The other day I was making my favorites quick lunch of whole grain bread with nut butter, honey and sprinkled with cinnamon when I realized I was out of nut butter. I usually buy the almond butter from TJ's. It occurred to me, why have I not been making my own in my dear Vita Mix? So I did. I only had raw pecans, so I used them. I also threw in some vanilla and cinnamon. So good! I will  be making my own nut butters from now on. It is so much less expensive too. Some nut butters are like 10.00 a jar and if they have vanilla or some other flavor, even more. Way cheaper to do it yourself. 

During my shopping trip yesterday I stopped at the Asia food mart and grabbed a case of young coconuts. While I was there I noticed durian in the freezer section. I didn't get any but I think I will try it next time. Have you tried Durian? I know Bitt has.... she even made a durian moonie pieI did find gogi berries there  for 10.00 a pound and bought some of those. 

Onto more important things... the lovely people over at Kaia Foods would like to give away a product of your choice to one lucky person in the continental US. If you have not tried Kaia food products here is your chance to. Kaia makes yummy raw granola, fruit leathers and nuts, which I have not tried yet, but want to. I can vouch for the granola... it is great! 

To enter:

1)Go to the Kaia Foods website and leave a comment telling me which product you would like to try. 

2) Link this contest on your blog. For this you get 3 extra entries... leave 3 separate comments. 

3) Post this contest on your Facebook page and leave a comment telling me you did that. 

4) Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me you did that. 

5) Add my blog to your blogroll and leave a comment telling me you did that. 

Contest ends Saturday night at 12:00 am PST. Winner will be announced Sunday morning!