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Raw Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

This delicious little number is from Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen. If you want to go raw and need a good “starting out” cookbook, I love this one. Get the DVD too and you’re all set! This was my first raw cookbook and it’s super inspirational. This recipe is great as an appetizer or an entree.

Raw Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
18-22 button mushrooms, washed and stemmed

Stuffed with:
1 cup walnuts
½ cup pine nuts
2 cups basil
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
½ t sea salt

Place mushroom caps top side down on dehydrator tray. Blend the stuffing in the food processor and scoop a small amount into each mushroom.

Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5-6 hours until soft. Serve with a large green salad and enjoy!

August 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm 11 comments

Happy Wrapping

Romaine Wrap

I love romaine lettuce. It’s soooo crunchy  and can be used in many different ways. One of my favorites is to use it as a wrap for other yummy food. In the photo above, I had zucchini hummus, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and avocado. Wrap it all up and there you go! You have a quick and easy meal.

Another favorite is the walnut meat tacos. Be sure to try those babies…they will knock your socks off! In that recipe, I made it as a salad, but you can also wrap them in romaine leaves. Side note…those are my “stand by” recipes for salsa and guacamole. They’re amazing. And that cashew “sour cream” could be used on just about anything.

And lastly, on a variation of the recipe above, comes probably the fastest raw meal around…salsa and guacamole in a romaine leaf. So tasty and satisfying!

Happy Wrapping!

August 21, 2009 at 1:45 am 8 comments

Q & A with Sara: A Happy Foody Video [8.20.09]

Here is a new Q & A session for you…with the following topics covered:

  • Maintaining weight on a raw diet
  • Starting out with raw foods
  • Raw on a budget
  • Eating in other’s homes
  • My thoughts on Truvia
  • Buying chia at the best price
  • The Dairy Question
  • Indigestion on raw foods
  • Eating healthy as a family
  • Starting chia with kids
  • Eating raw in Italy
  • The Soy Question

I filmed this last week, and I’m just now getting around to posting it. They take a long time for me to render/edit and post (especially since I’m new to this video stuff!)…and I just haven’t had a lot of time! Hope you enjoy…post your questions below for the next Q & A.

August 20, 2009 at 4:48 am 37 comments

What’s In YOUR Fridge?

Our Fridge

I love food. And I love seeing other people’s food (namely, in their fridge). Yes, I know. Kind of weird. It goes nicely with my habit of peeking into other people’s carts at the grocery store. Try it sometime…it’s fun.

Here is a photo of our fridge back in Bozeman (I WISH my RV fridge was this big!). It’s a pretty typical high raw fooder’s fridge.

On the top shelf there is broccoli, 3 bags of sprouts (I didn’t grow my own that week), hemp seeds, soaked almonds, Earth Balance, sprouted english muffins, and sprouted bread.

Middle shelf: farm eggs, avocado, pineapple, strawberries, sweet corn, blueberries, 1/2 lemon, and bunch of stuff I can’t see back there.

Bottom shelf: cucumbers, greens, greens, greens, greens. Oh, and some more greens. 🙂 We go through SO much baby spinach. I usually buy four large 1 lb. containers at a time. Romaine is my other fave…I usually have a big romaine salad every day for lunch, and I use it in my green juice as well. I also love the big container of mixed greens…because it’s pre-washed and takes so much less time to prepare!

In the door: Some taco sauce that I bought for my family when they were up for Christmas (hmmmm…maybe I can get rid of that), almond milk,  vegenaise, vegan “shaky cheese” for Bella’s noodles.

Drawers: Limes. Note to self: when making a recipe that requires 1 lime, you don’t need to buy the giant bag from Costco or they will go bad before you use them. Silly Sara. Costco makes me have insane tendencies. So. Much. Food. 🙂 I think there are some onions down there too.

So…what is in YOUR fridge this week?

August 19, 2009 at 4:30 am 19 comments

Vita-Mix Giveaway!

green smoothie vitamix

Yes, you read that right! My friend, Jessie, of Vintage Remedies fame…is giving away a Vita-Mix 5200 on her blog! Go enter to win! And spread the word!

Ok, Sara. You’re always talking about this Vita-Mixy thing. What’s the deal? Well…the Vita-Mix is the “holy grail” of all blenders. With the blades traveling at 240 mph on a 2+ horsepower “engine”, you can blend pretty much anything…FAST. So, why do you need a Vita-Mix? Well, you don’t NEED it. BUT, if you’re serious about raw foods or you just want to be healthier, the Vita-Mix is a wonderful investment. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t love their Vita-Mix! Other blenders work “fine” for awhile, until you blend them too much and they start smoking. We decided that we would rather have ONE high-quality blender that was amazing (with a 7 year warranty), instead of buying one blender a year for 7 years. We haven’t once regretted our decision. I use the Vita-Mix daily to blend my smoothies, make almond milk, nut butters, sauces, soups, ice creams, and more. If you like to make bread/muffins/pancakes, you can use the dry container to grind grain as well.

If you’re interested in purchasing a new or refurbished Vita-Mix, check out my link in the upper right corner of the blog or click here. By using my affiliate link, you quality for FREE standard shipping. There is a 30 day money back guarantee…so you have nothing to lose!

August 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm 2 comments

Drinking Plant Blood

Plant Blood

I juiced up some red deliciousness today in my Breville Compact Juice Fountain and I just had to share it with you! It was SO good…sweet and just a little tart. And of course, yummy. The beets made it taste really different than my normal green lemonade…much sweeter. Here is what I included:

  • 2 apples (whole, with cores)
  • 1 meyer lemon (peeled)
  • small chunk of ginger
  • 1 head of romaine
  • Large handful of leaf lettuce
  • 2 small beets (golf ball size)

I’ve had lots of questions about the difference between juicing and blending. And even though I’ve posted about this before, I’m going to post it again.

Blending keeps all of the fiber in, whereas juicing takes it out. That’s the only difference…and there are benefits to both. I look at juicing as a “supplement”….or almost a “treat”. I don’t juice everyday…probably 2-3 times a week…all with GREEN juices. I do BLEND every day though with my green smoothie. Juicing offers the added benefit of “instant” assimilation in to the body…which is why you might get a “juice high” after you drink it!

  • Both green juices and smoothies are highly alkaline…and disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment. They do LOVE an acid environment though…and 3 acid forming foods are meat, dairy, coffee.
  • Both green juices and smoothies have chlorophyll, which increases the flow of oxygen in our blood/body, which in turn, creates an aerobic environment where disease cannot thrive.
  • Both green juices and smoothies enable you to eat A LOT more greens at one time than you normally would.

This list could go on and on…but you get the idea. Juicing has a purpose and blending has a purpose…although they are very similar.

The main reason why someone who is sick (with cancer or other disease) should juice is because it takes the LEAST AMOUNT OF ENERGY from the body to digest. Even green smoothies take more energy because the fiber needs to be digested. When you can take away the energy need for digestion, it leaves your body more energy to HEAL. This goes for raw food in general, but it’s particularly applicable when fighting disease. You want to free up as much energy as possible to heal the body.

I do think both should be incorporated in one’s diet…however, if you can only afford one machine right now, get a blender and save up for the juicer 🙂

August 18, 2009 at 12:09 am 12 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen…Start Your Blenders!!

Today is the big day! Do you have your fruit? Your greens? Your motivation? I’ve been getting emails all week from people who started a little early for practice and they are losing weight and feeling amazing! I know this is going to be a great month!

Here are a few last minute tips to help keep you on track:

  • If you miss a day…don’t sweat it! Just drink a little more the next day and move on. Or, if you miss your smoothie in the morning, have it for lunch or dinner. A green smoothie is a meal in itself…if you don’t feel full enough, just drink more!
  • Be gentle on yourself…this challenge is about “jump starting” your habits and it will hopefully add up to a life long change. Don’t worry so much about getting it all right, as you do about changing your mindset about food/exercise.
  • Read blogs and inspiring books during the 30 days…I guarantee it will help you stay on track! When you’re reading about others drinking their green smoothies and exercising and cutting out sugar…it’s makes it harder to drive through McDonald’s 🙂 If you are documenting your journey through the 30 days on your blog, be sure to post a link to it in the comments!
  • If you don’t feel like you’re ready to commit to the entire set of “rules” for the challenge…don’t leave quite yet! Even if you just add the smoothie to your day and do nothing else, you will still see changes!
  • At last count, we were up to 174 people participating in the challenge on Facebook…let’s go for 200! Tell your friends, your co-workers, your family…get them on board with you. Everyone will benefit from a green smoothie a day…you never know how you might change their life!!
  • If you’re feeling like you want to kick it up one more notch, try going about 80% raw for one week of the challenge. What does that look like? Do your smoothie for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, snack on fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds throughout the day, and then have a healthy vegan dinner. If you want to see what my day looks like, check out my food journal, Raw Delight.
  • You can also try “raw til noon”…this is especially good for those who need to prepare meals at night for others, but want to eat healthy throughout the day. Just do your smoothie for breakfast, the salad for lunch and then do your normal thing at night.

Can’t wait to hear your stories! Let the challenge begin…

August 17, 2009 at 3:39 am 32 comments

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