About Me

I started this blog to keep track of my kitchen creations. I love cooking and eating. In 2008 I was diagnosed with RA. Food started becoming a huge problem. I needed to find a better way to eat the flavors I love. All the recipes I create are driven by my desire to eat good food that won't create extra pain and inflammation in my internal ecosystem. While the recipes are wholesome, the language is not. I swear. I use the word 'fuck'. A lot! I make no apologies for that. It's just a fair warning. I'm raw and real. Happy cooking! Even happier eating! Cheers! Angie

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fiesta Salad

As I was trying to figure out what to have for dinner tonight, the yummy salad, Tomato Avocado Salad came to mind.  I decided that I wanted it again.  When I went to the garden to get what I needed, I noticed that there was lettuce was ready so I picked some.  The creative juices started flowing!

Make the Tomato Avocado Salad but use the whole avocado
Add in a handful of baby lettuce
Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a fresh lime or if you like, you can add the whole lime
Mix well and let sit for about 15 minutes

Check out this recipe and a ton of others on Allergy Free Alaska

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tomato Avocado Salad

I made this great salad today for dinner.  It was just enough for one.  Everything came from my garden except for the avocado.

1/2 Haas avocado diced
1 big handful of cherry tomatoes halved
1-2 cloves of garlic finely diced
12 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
The leaves of 5 stalks of fresh cilantro finely chopped
3 zucchini flowers chopped
3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt to taste

Put everything in a bowl and mix together.  Let stand at room temp for about 15 minutes before eating to let all the flavors mingle.  You can refrigerate this but it tastes best at room temp.

Check out this recipe and a ton of others on Allergy Free Alaska

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Raw Almond Zucchini Hummus

I am always at a loss when it comes to the left over pulp from making home made nut milks.  Usually I just dry it in a low oven and freeze it for flour.  The other day I Googled 'nut pulp recipes' and found this gem courtesy of Choosing Raw.  It is delish!  The base recipe is from Choosing Raw but I have modified it a little bit and added some other variations below.

1-1 & 1/2 cups of almond pulp
1 zucchini (clean well.  you can use the skin.)
Fresh garlic (use as much as you want for your taste)
The juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon, again depending on taste
Sea salt to taste
1 tsp of ground cumin

Put everything in a food processor or high-powered blender and mix until incorporated.  Chill for several hours or overnight.  Use with veggies, as a spread, or with crackers.

Roasted Red Pepper-roast 2 large red peppers until skin in charred.  Dice small and mix into hummus by hand after it's been blended.

Garlic-Add a whole head of garlic into the mixer.

Cracked Black Pepper-Add 1/8-1/4 cup of whole black peppercorns to the mixer.

Chive-Add 1/4 cup of fresh chives to the mixer

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Raw Cashew Milk

If you like thick, creamy milk, this is definately for you!  When I strained this, there was no pulp left! 

1 cup of raw cashews soaked in filtered water for about 2 hours

Drain the nuts and put them in a blender with 2 cups of cold, filtered water and the insides of a whole vanilla bean.  Blend for about 3 minutes and check.  If there are still nut chunks, blend some more.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in the fridge in a glass jar.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What The Flax!

Over the past several days, I have been listening to The Underground Wellness Show’s free on-line event called Real Food Summit.  One of many the speakers,  Yuri Elkaim, was talking about flax and how good it is for your body.  Well, we all know that, right?  What I didn’t know is that in order for our bodies to process flax properly, it must be ground!  I had no clue!  Here all this time I’ve been using whole flax seeds only to find that they have not truly been benefiting me.  I wonder how many others out there didn’t know this!

It's better to use ground flax because whole flaxseeds just pass right through your body undigested. Eating ground flaxseed allows your body to get the omegas as well as the phytochemicals.  Also, the meal contains fibers that our gut needs.

So short, and sweet, buy ground flax.  If you find that whole flax is cheaper, you can grind it yourself if you have a coffee grinder.

Recovery Monster

I started making this after my workouts. I wanted to give my body a huge dose of protien.

2 cups of water (more if needed at the end)
1 tablespoon of organic, extra-virgin coconut oil
1 banana
1/2 of a Hass avocado
1/2 cup of blueberries
1 scoop of Garden of Life's Super Seed Beyond Fiber
1 level tablespoon of hemp powder (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 level tablespoon of ground flax or flax meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 level tablespoon of ground chia
1 level tablespoon of spirulina
1 level teaspoon of maca powder
1 level tablespoon of cacao nibs
1 tablespoon (about 5 full-sized halves) of walnuts
1 tablespoon (10 whole pieces) of raw almonds
1 tablespon of raw cashews
1 level tablespoon of raw hulled pumpkin seeds
1 level tablespoon of raw hulled sunflower seeds

Put everything in the blender and mix thoroughly. I will admit, this doesn’t taste fantastic but it wasn’t disgusting either. If you want to sweeten it, you can add a bit of raw honey.  This recipe makes enough for 2.  You can either share it with someone or you can store half for the next day.  The best way to store it would be to put half in the freezer in ice cube trays.  When they freeze, pop them out and put them in a freezer bag.  Lable it as one serving.  When you want to use it, throw them in the blender with some water!

Recovery Monster

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Garlic Scape Pesto

This time of year, the long green tops of garlic start to appear in gardens.  Gardeners and chefs alike know that this is one of those limited edition spring treats that they have to jump on.  And you can't beat the price!  I paid a buck for a bag of 40!  Cutting back the long green scape from the garlic plants helps grow stronger bulbs.  It also makes a delish pesto!  Normally pestos have cheese.  But hey!  Who says you can't change the rules?

40 garlic scapes
2 cups of slivered raw almonds OR chopped raw walnuts (nuts should be plain...no seasonings!)
3 cups of good quality extra-virgin olive oil

Prepare the scapes by washing them in cold water.  Cut off the seed pod at the top.
Cut them into smaller pieces and put them in the food processor*.
Turn on food processor and slowly add nuts to the scapes.
When the almonds and scapes are well gound, start adding the olive oil in a steady stream.
Process thoroughly.

I used a small ice cream style scooper to scoop out balls and freeze them on a cookie sheet.  When they were solid, I put them in freezer bags.
This makes a great spread with Mary's Gone Crackers Products or as a dip with fresh veggies.  And of course you can always use it with pasta or risotto!

If you feel the overwhelming need to add cheese, no worries!  My Italian roots made it hard to leave it out.  (I made some for friends and I did put in the cheese for them.)  After you add the olive oil, slowly add 1 cup of grated parmesean reggiano or romano pecorino or a combination of both!  If you do choose to use cheese, I recommend a good quality Italian imported cheese made from pastured sheep or goat.

You can find this recipe along with many others on Allergy Free Alaska

*I did try to make this in my Vitamix and it didn't work so well.  It was too thick of a mixture to do it in there and the Vitamix overheated so I highly recommend a food processor for this!

PURPLE PLEASURE Smoothie **Green Monster**

You can just see the antioxidents swimming in this yummy smoothie! 

1 cup of water
1 heaping teaspoon of Spirulina
15 pitted cherries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup black raspberries or blackberries
1 banana

Put the water, spirulina, and banana in the blender and get it whirling.  If your fruit is frozen, add the rest of the fruit a little at a a time.  If it's all fresh, you can put everything in the blender at once and let 'er rip!

**The term Green Monster is a trademark of Oh She Glows