whole foods and beyond....nourishing the body, spirit and soul

Sunday, December 12, 2010

new camera, new recipes

in honor of my new camera i've been taking pictures of all the food i've been making. and of course thinking of sharing it all with you! so have some fun in the kitchen and see if you can get inspired by these easy, life giving recipes;)

                                                  MY GREEN JUICE THAT TURNED OUT
                                                    TO BE ORANGISH JUICE.....but tasted delish!

ok this is what i call a "wake up call!" this drink will fuel you through your whole morning, break up the waste from the day before, and completely recharge you to make healthful decisions all day.

2 carrots
2 collard greens
1/4 of a cucumber
1 green apple
2 small cloves garlic

*run all ingredients through your juicer (if you don't have a juicer....get one! or you could blend the ingredients in a high powered blender and strain through a nut milk bag)

                                                          MALTED CHOCOLATE LATTE

this is one of my new faves! around ten am every morning i find myself doing the same song and dance with my blender again. this drink is smooth and slightly creamy, with just enough chocolatey flavor to make you think you're going against the rules.  and it's a pretty high class way to get in all your super foods;)

1 c sesame mylk
1 c coconut mylk (this gives it that silky texture and creates the foam on top)
2 dates
2 tbs cacao (cacao is the raw version of cocoa powder...i order mine at http://www.therawfoodworld.com)
1/2 tsp maca (not only will this adapt to what your body needs, it gives the drink it's malt characteristic)
1/2 tsp bee pollen
1 tbs honey

*add all ingredients to your high powered blender and blend away! it should be smooth in a minute or two at which point i like to taste and make any adjustments. add in 6-8 pieces of ice and blend until they're broken up.

                                                         MEXICAN BURRITOS

we had a friend over for dinner the other night and i had to think of something that would nourish her body, but fill her up after a long day of classes. you can stuff romaine with just about anything you can think of, and i promise it will surprise you at how filling it really is!

a few leaves of romaine lettuce (choose ones that are easy to hold and have minimal tears)
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
8 radishes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 c or so of olive oil
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
cooked split peas

*chop all of your veggies into bite size pieces. any raw veggies will do...these just happen to be what i had on hand that day. place them in a bowl, sprinkle with salt and then stir in the olive oil, lemon juice and chopped herbs. again, any herb you have will do, but for the mexican vibe go with cilantro. set this bowl aside and let the flavors mix. you could even let this sit up to three days in the fridge adding it to other dishes and the longer it sits, the stronger the flavors become. while your vegetables have time to get to know each other in the bowl, choose your romaine leaves and wash them. add the vegetables to any cooked grains or meat you might already have...i had cooked spit peas. so i stirred them together and then spooned them into the romaine leaves for our feast.

                                                               CHIA SEED PUDDING

when someone tries to tell you that eating healthy is too expensive, serve them a bowl of chia seed pudding.....and rock their world. chia seeds are considered a superfood, completely nourishing your body with essential fatty acids, protein, minerals and fiber. and even better than all these physical gifts, are it's price! i buy mine from our local market at about three dollars for half a pound. and in a house where things go fast, this lasts a whole month. one bowl of pudding only requires 2 tbs of chia seeds, yet will leave you feeling full, satisfied and dreamy.

1 cup water (nut mylk works fantastic)
1 banana, chopped
1 handful sunflower seeds
2 tbs chia seeds
1 1/2 tbs honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt

*place chia seeds and water in jar and shake it around so all the seeds can absorb the water. while that's partying, stir together the honey, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. next chop your banana. give the chia seeds another shake and let them know whose boss. after sitting for about ten minutes they will have completely absorbed the water and become like a pudding! add this dreamy pudding to your bowl of honey and stir it in really well. then add the banana and sunflower seeds...or anything else you might fancy;)

                                                     BANANA SUNBUTTER BOATS

now it took me a long time to even give this dish the time of day. i always read about it's different variations in raw books and such and thought it sounded disgusting. but like the annoying guy that keeps asking you out, just give it a try and be pleasantly surprised by how much you like it.

a few leaves of romaine lettuce (choose ones that are easy to hold and have minimal tears)
1 banana
a few tbs of any nut butter (mine was homemade sunflower seed butter!)

*wash the romaine leaves. spread on the nut butter from top to bottom. layer on your slices of banana. in less than minutes you'll be wrapping this treat up and savoring each bite of smooth, creamy, crispy, crunchiness.

i hope that these recipes will inspire you to get in your kitchen and be creative. i hope that the photos will inspire you to take better pictures than me. and with all of these recipes, just remember to follow your heart....these aren't set in stone, their guide lines to lead you into a blissful life of health!


  1. wow! i love all the recipes! going to make those mexican burritos!!

  2. i absolutely loved serving them to someone who wasnt familiar with raw