Mostly Raw Carrot Cake Muffins

Muffin Base

  • 1 cup walnuts (not soaked)
  • 1 cup Medjool dates
  • 2 cups grated carrots, squeezed tightly through a nut milk bag to remove as much excess moisture as possible.
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp pink salt (or more to taste)
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Icing

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 1+ hours
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (you could use agave instead or probably honey too)
  • Few shakes of pink salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Water (reserve)

Instructions

Base

  • Blend the dates and walnuts in a food processor till they are crumbly, but holding together.
  • Add carrots and spices. (I pulsed the carrorts innmy food processor to save manually grating baby carrots. Lol) Process till the mix has taken the form of a smooth “dough.” It will take a minute or two.
  • Add raisins and pulse or stir in to combine.

Icing

  • Drain and rinse cashews, put in a food processor with maple syrup, salt and lemon. Process until the mixture is well combined. With the motor running, add just enough water as the motor is running to get the consistency you want. Keep checking. Tasting helps too. ?
  • Push the carrot cake dough into six muffin tins or ramekins, gently drop a heaping Tablespoon of icing to each and put in freezer for about two hours so they’ll set enough to be removed from the muffin tin while holding their shape.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • These can be made a day ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

Tip – if you stretch the base to make 7 muffins you can set one aside to be sure of having a “leftover” while still having an even number to put out for guests. ?

This is me doing that very thing and having a muffin for breakfast the next day. Lol. It filled me up for hours!

Simple Sweet Potato Salad

This salad is so simple to make, tastes light, refreshing and oh so tasty! The sweet potato noodles hold up well to being marinated in the dressing, actually tastes better after a bit, no wilting mush here.


Written Recipe????

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes – Medium, spiralized
  • 1/3 cup Organic Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, Medium, rough chopped
  • 1 heaping tsp Cumin
  • 3 large garlic cloves (I used pickled cloves. Garlic Powder can also be used if you prefer)
  • A few dashes of Cayenne Pepper
  • A few dashes of Turmeric
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups Spinach, chopped (optional)
  • 3 cups Cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Nutritional Yeast- sprinkled on top of each bowl as you serve. Yummy cheesy flavor.

Mix together greens and noodles in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix up the dressing ingredients Olive Oil – Salt & Pepper. Then pour over the noodles, stir and let marinate for 10 minutes before serving. An hour or two or three makes it even tastier. ☺️

If not adding the greens, the Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar can be reduced to 1/4 cup each.

This is a great base so get creative! Add other spiralized other root veggies like beets or daikon to add some contrast with the sweet potato ?. Chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds would be great toppers too!

I’d love to hear how you enjoy this salad and what changes you make! ?

In The Kitchen…Barefooted

This, my 2nd, episode In The Kitchen was so much fun! And all the recipes turned out amazingly delicious! I hope you enjoy watching! 🙂

Here are the “tweaked” ? directions for each recipe:

Paul’s Pâté

  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 6 scallions
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbl Liquid Aminos (soy sauce or tamari work too)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Blend Cashews and Sunflower Seeds in food processor until fine. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until the texture you prefer. I saved half of the scallions to add at the end to leave add a little more chunky texture.

Sesame Ginger Sauce:

  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbl Apple Cieer Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Ginger (or even a little more wouldn’t hurt, surprisingly)
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Aminos
  • 1/2 Tbl Sesame Oil (toasted is fine too)
  • 1 cup Water

Add all ingredients to blender and process until creamy. Make take a bit to break down the ginger.

Can be used as a salad dressing, a dip for apples / veggies or with rehydrated seaweed like Arame and Hijiki.

Flax Crackers:

  • 2 cups whole Flax Seeds (soaked in 2 cups water for a 2 hours or more, if you leave overnight that’s fine)
  • 5 cloves Garlic (I love garlic!)
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 – 3 Tbl Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tbl Fresh Ginger

Blend ingredients EXCEPT the Flax Seeds in a food processor until broken down. Then add the Flax Seeds and blend until well combined. The Flax Seeds will not grind up but you want the flavors to be well mixed.

Remove from food processor and place on a Teflex sheet on top of a mesh dehydrator screen. Spread batter thinly 1/8 – 1/4 thick. It will take 2-3 trays to use all the batter. The goopy texture will hold the crackers together even if there are holes.

Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-16 hours, until crispy. Halfway thru test them for firmness and flip them over onto another mesh tray and remove the Teflex sheet so they dry on both sides.

The sound of flax cracker crunch…

 

If you like these recipes you can pick up Alissa Cohen’s book here

Raw Pepper Cashew Cheese Pate Recipe:

  • 1 cup Raw Cashews (soaked in water for 30 min – 4 hours)
  • 1 cup Bell Pepper (red, orange or yellow)
  • 2 1/2 Tbl Lime Juice (or lemon)
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 tsp Salt

Place all ingredients into a food processor and puree into a smooth pate. This will take a bit, the texture will become smoother and thicken a bit after blending for longer than you think you need to. 🙂

Enjoy! ?

Please share your favorite paté or cracker recipe! If you have questions or requests for recipes you’d like to see made Raw, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

Raw Dinner for Two

Dining is such a fun, creative experience nowadays, bringing so much Joie.

Used to opening the fridge and seeing “things” ready made to eat, now when I open the door I see what seems like “nothing”. Jars filled with random dressings and dips and an assortment of whole fresh veggies and leafy greens. Lots of food but umm…what exactly to eat?

I have fresh tomatoes ?, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley and salt but no recognizable jar of spaghetti sauce, ready to pop open and pour into a saucepan for warming up.

It now takes imagination to put an unprocessed, fresh meal together, if I want something that is more than a plain salad. And yes, I definitely want more. There is real Joie in unique and different flavors, textures, a variety of colors and overall vibrancy.
It starts in my head before I ever open that door. What do I feel like? Sweet, salty, leafy, crunchy, rich, dense, crispy, soft, spicy…etc. Then I go from there and think what ingredients I have in that category, what is ripe in the garden and how you could build a meal from it. It’s quite a visual experience. A world away from how I used to prepare meals. I do still do meal planning, try out new recipes and shop for the needed ingredients but I also now shop for Raw & Living food staples: veggies, leafy greens, nuts and seeds to have a foundation upon which to create.

Just yesterday Kerwin is scrounging for a snack, opens the fridge door and sees “nothing”. I suggest a bowl of cereal. But the catch is we don’t have any sugar laden, fake food cereal boxes or a carton of ? milk?. Instead I say to grab one of those random, unlabeled jars that has fresh cashew milk, take out some home-made & dehydrated granola from the jar on the counter and add one of the ripe bananas that didn’t get frozen for smoothies yet, to make a bowl of cereal. But it took running through an inventory in my head of ingredients to come up with “cereal”. Getting into the spirit, he added goji berries – bonus! ?

Dinner tonight was an especially beautiful thing! Highlights were:

  • The most amazing leftover Basil Vinaigrette, I didn’t think anything could beat my Basil Pesto recipe but this absolutely does.
  • Crackers I’d dehydrated earlier in the week.
  • Micro Arugula harvested from the garden
  • Raw, Vegan, Sulfate Free Wine ?

Thanks to some prep work (gardening, dehydrating, leftovers) I had a couple of things on hand and was able to whip together a simple dinner that was simply delicious and eye-catching too.

A take away from my trip to Japan ?? is that eating starts with your eyes and as such, attention to presentation details is very important. It makes such a difference in your overall enjoyment of the meal. It’s like you eat less too when the meal is so pretty. ??

For example, storing the flax crackers standing up in a cute basket makes me smile. It’s a lovely display and it’s so fun to choose your next perfect cracker.

Drinking a glass of wine in pretty, well made wine glasses instead of the cheap stemless ones we have takes it up a notch. (Found the glasses at a garage sale! ??)

Pausing to snap a picture actually helps you take a step back and appreciate what you have in front of you. Odd as it sounds!

I am grateful for this journey we are on together. Sitting down to a lovingly prepared meal, that tastes AMAZING and is absolutely nutritious and healing for our bodies makes me pinch myself – is this real???

How far we’ve come!

I hope my sharing our story inspires you! I NEVER saw this coming and if it looks impossible from where you are, that’s okay. I was there too, scared to commit to anything past this immense challenge of 87 days without meat, added sugar or processed flours. It seemed almost insane! Definitely crazy. That is if you call deciding to listen to yourself this time, for the first time, crazy. To do it my way, win or lose, and just see what happened.

All you need to do is start. Start something. Start anything. ??

Here’s a look back at my Day 1 of 2017’s Year of Transformation, if you’re looking for a place to start.

You are also warmly invited to join my Joie to Your Health group on Facebook for more inspiration, recipes, tips, support, challenges, fun and of course JOIE! ?

Raw Marinara Sauce

Enjoy this most delicious and simple raw dish!

Yum!!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Tomatoes
18 Sun-dried Tomatoes – soaked (less if they are big)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic (I double or triple this!)
3 Medjual Dates (pitted & soaked)
2 Tbl Parsley
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt

Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender till it’s the consistency you prefer and you’re set! Serve with spiralized zucchini noodles. Or freeze for later for to go meals for work or school.

Optional toppers: capers, yellow tomatoes, chopped walnuts or raw Parmesan cheese.

(oops, need to watch my camera angle a little better. If you were wondering it’s the end of the water spout that is showing at the top of the screen. LOL ? Sorry!)