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My Garbanzo CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

1 cans (15oz) organic chickpeas, drained
1 cup finely shredded almond meal
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
dash of sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
Almond Extract optional
1-2 bag vegan chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor with S blade. When combined to a cookie dough consistency, take out blade and mix in chocolate chips with a spoon. Place on a cookie sheet. Use spoon and spatula to shape/flatten into cookies. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

I use the minimum cookie dough to hold together chocolate chips. As you can see from my video, I don’t really measure anything.

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Lettuce Wrap with Red Bell Pepper, Cucumber, and Avocado

A question on my facebook page requested what veggies to be added to her diet for the year. I came up with this recipe just for her. She has both health and weight loss goals.

red leaf lettuce
2 red bell peppers chopped
1 cucumber cubed (skin left on is fine, peeling is optional)
2 avocados
juice of 1 lemon
handful of cilantro, chopped
sea salt to taste

Place chopped vegetables in a bowl. Scoop out the contents of the avocados with a fork and add. Pour the lemon juice on and mix. Add salt. Keep in a large glass storage container so you can scoop the amount of filling you want in a clean lettuce leaf.

I chose this lettuce because it was not only beautiful, but on sale and organic at Ralphs. I buy all my produce organic, if possible- but with lettuce I can really taste the difference.

You can also add corn, chopped carrots, or any other vegetable you’d like to try. Sunflower seeds would add a nice crunch. Using lettuce instead of a tortilla has the benefits of being gluten free, having more vitamins and minerals, lower calorie, and I frankly find it fun. It is often even cheaper than tortillas- cheaper and healthier! Yay!

Keeping a head of lettuce plus a ready to go box of filling will be a quick and easy meal throughout the week. Remember- I don’t really believe in self control. I make lots of easily accessible options for myself that are healthy, and not that much work. The lemon is really effective in keeping the avocado nice, green, and pretty. Making food look delicious is at least half the battle.

Help! My child wants to be vegetarian

If you’re child has shown interest in being vegetarian or vegan don’t worry. Take a breath! It’s okay. You’re in safe hands with the Veggie Fairy.

In this modern age of google and instant cookbooks on Amazon: there isn’t a shortage of information. The trouble is sorting the essential from the nonessential.

Why Be Vegetarian Or Vegan

1. Google the phrase “why be vegan.” Of course you’ll get some haters out there telling you why it’s unsafe and you, your children, and everyone you know will die: but these claims are based on emotion rather than fact. A. It’s good for your body. B. It’s good for the environment. C. It’s obviously good for the animals.

Add more vegetables

2. Focus on what to add, not what to take away. Many people focus on the “not animal” rather than the “yes vegetables.” Almost everyone I’ve met gains weight when they become vegetarian: I believe it’s not only because they still eat potato chips like it’s a food group, but they end up eating bread and cheese as their main staples. They don’t have a predominant fruit and vegetable diet because they’re filling their craving for fat with white flour and dairy products. A craving for fat is good: go with it! Just choose plant sources such as unrefined coconut oil, hemp seeds, and flax seeds. But again: the bulk of your food should be unpackaged vegetables.

 

Read the Veggie Fairy

3. Read my blog. Okay- so I’m not a complete narcisist, but I am someone who’s been at it for over 13 years. I’ve read a sickening amount of diet books and cookbooks. I read cookbooks from cover to cover as well as all the major diet books. I read about the human body to no end: I’ve taken way more human biology classes than a non-doctor would ever require. But I’ve tried everything and have wittled down the good stuff for you. I’ll share my favorite recipes and cookbooks.

Try out vegan and vegetarian restaurants

4. Go to vegan restaurants. Though it may not be in your budget to eat out every night: if on special occasion you eat out at a veggie restaurant, find what your favorite foods are and recreate it at home. Google the recipe and you tube cooking instructions. The internet is our free university: though obviously not everything is accurate, trying new recipes is not the most risky behavior.

Drink Whole Green Juice

5. Switch your breakfast to a whole green juice to pack in as much goodness as possible as early in the day as possible. Found out how HERE

If all this free stuff doesn’t work for you, or you don’t have the time, I’m always happy to stop by and teach cooking lessons to you, your kids, or both. My illustrious educational career includes teaching preschool to becoming a credentialed high school arts teacher (and 6 subjects of adult school, if you must know.) I’m happy to teach any age, and make it fun, exciting, and easy. Just EMAIL ME to arrange an appointment!

Gluten-Free Vegan Bran Muffins

This recipe makes too many vegan muffins. If you don’t think you can eat thirty, I recommend you split it.

1/4 cup Flaxseed Meal (I keep the already ground Bob’s Red Mill type in my fridge)
3/4 cup Water
2 cups Rice Milk (soy, almond, or hemp work fine)
1 cup Canola Oil
3/4 cup Agave
3/4 cup Black Strap Molasses
3 cups oat bran
1 cup oat flour
1 cup gluten-free all purpose
1 cup potato flour
1 cup brown rice flour
2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons soy powder (optional)
4 cups raisins
2 cups chopped walnuts(optional)
1 cup vegan semi sweet chocolate chips (very optional)

1. Mix flaxseed oil and water in the blender for two minutes. You can put it in the fridge for one hour to let it get thicker like the fake egg it’s pretending to be, but if you’re in a hurry (which I usually am)you can just start mixing it into the wet ingredients straight out of the blender.
2. Mix the wet ingredients.
3. Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
4. Mix the wet and dry together. The dough will be thicker than you’d expect because I changed this recipe into gluten-free and it tends to seem crazy. It’s basically “play dough” thick.
5. At this point, I split the dough into the two containers and mix in chocolate chips for my daughter and raisins and walnuts for my husband. You could just use all the dough and mix raisins with or without walnuts or chocolate chips. If you’re a single person planning to eat all thirty, you may wish for variety- it’s your call.
6. I stuff the dough in level with my hands into regular or mini muffins tins sprayed with oil. I usually put my husband’s raisins and walnuts filled muffins into big-boy regular sized muffins and my daughter’s chocolate chips into mini muffins.
7. Bake at 375 for 22-25 minutes.

This recipe was originally taken here where it is not gluten free. If you want the original recipe, you can just substitute all the flours with whole wheat pastry flour. I’ve made it this way and it’s yummy, but this mixture I made including the potato flour make a very moist and yummy gluten free alternative. And I took out the honey and rewrote the recipe in fewer steps. Me and Cossette hope you like it!

Uncomplicated Raw Deliciousness

Dining in the Raw by Rita Romano

I first bought this un-cookbook when I was pregnant with Cossette. I was raw vegan for most of my pregnancy, and now she’s a giant genius. Maybe I could have eaten candy exclusively for my pregnancy and she would have been fine, but who’s to say? I ate meat twice because I tried to be a really intuitive eater, and I followed my cravings. But generally, my cravings and ideas about health coincided.

Anyway, when I bought a book that said “Raw” on the title and then found cooked recipes, I felt frustrated because I felt tricked. This feeling of feeling tricked caused this book to go directly on the shelf to gather dust. I just found it again recently, almost ten years later, and realize what a treasure it is.

Back in the day, I was just doing raw by myself with no books. I ate veggies and fruits as well as raw nuts and seeds. I loved doing it, but couldn’t keep it up much longer after I had a baby to take care of, as well as work and school. I found myself shopping every two or three days just to have fresh raw food in the house.

I read a book called “Vegan on the Cheap” which not only has awesome yummy recipes, but practical tips on how to plan. Since reading it, I have planned a weekly menu which got me into the practice of buying groceries once a week and sometimes only once every two weeks.

With planning on my side, I am now ready to take on “Dining in the Raw” with it’s over 700 recipes.

What a fool I was to not read it sooner! But then again, the recipes didn’t sound good to me at the time, and I was overwhelmed by the shear volume of the book.

I’ve made the Fennel Slaw which looks and tastes like a party with bright red cabbage and fennel. The poppy seeds are what push you over the edge to euphoria.

The butternut squash soup was amazing. I ate a whole batch myself. I felt like I couldn’t get enough.

I look forward to making Mint Jelly, Bechamel Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Lemon Pudding, and Excellent Key Lime Pie to name a few. All vegan and almost always raw.

There’s a guide on how to make your own sprouts and why they are a healthy choice. She talks about how sauerkraut is important to eat daily, and because raw versions are expensive, she gives an easy recipe for making a large batch.

Before every chapter, she explains in detail what ingredients are and how to use them. This book is full of glossaries, measuring charts, sprouting instructions, galore.

The only downside is possibly being intimidated by the encyclopedic size and you’ll put it on your shelf for ten years. Seriously: don’t do it. Read it. You’ll thank me.

My husband and daughter DESPISE celery: both the taste and texture.

I happen to love both, and today while they were at work and school I made Celery Soup (a raw cold soup) and it was delightful

Celery Soup
1 head celery
1/2 cup of tahini
1 garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon
4 scallions
dash cayenne
Braggs amino to taste (an unfermented, wheat free soy sauce, Whole Foods)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

Blend all ingredients, adding enough water to make a creamy soup. Garnish with parsley.

Because I made it only for me, I used a few celery sticks, about 1/3 cup of tahini, 1 clove of garlic still (I love garlic,)juice of one half lemon, and one scallion with the water and tamari. I genuinely forgot the cayenne and parsley, but it was still awesome!

Cashew Cheese

1/4 Chardonnay or water
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup Cultured Vegetables
2 Tbsp Miso
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Dry Mustard (the spice, not the condiment)
1 Cup Cashews (soak for 30 minutes, then drained)

Put water or wine in the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients in order, and add extra water to desired thickness. Let it sit on counter overnight to cultivate cultures.

The original recipe is called “Chardonnay Cheese” by Chef Tanya of Native Foods. I don’t find the wine necessary (and it kills cultures…) but it does bring a yummy funk. She also asks for 1 tsp of prepared Dijon mustard, but because I don’t buy packaged foods in general, I replaced it with mustard powder and apple cider vinegar. She also asks you to use sauerkraut, but I make my own “cultured vegetables” Donna Gates style (no salt or vinegar: just cabbage, carrots, garlic, and ginger shredded with culture starter in a huge jar for a week.)The recipe still isn’t quite “Body Ecology” because there are cashews in it.

Sometimes I use different seeds or nuts like almonds, pepitas, etc.

AND I usually double the recipe because we love it so much. We usually eat some right away because it’s too yummy to wait for and leave the rest in jars on the counter top for one night. I use mason type jars I label with a dry erase marker, “Yummy Cheezy Awesomeness” or some other cute name depending on my mood. It’s lovely to have in the fridge for a quick snack. Thinned out, it makes a yummy dressing and really counters the bitterness in a green salad. I make quesadillas and other various sandwich spread uses, but it’s best with carrots and celery or baked blue chips.

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Vegan Dinosaur Meatloaf

Get kids excited about food with fun dino shapes

• Half of a 14oz. package GimmeLean fake meat (the kind in a cylinder at Wholefoods)
• 3/4 cup finely chopped onions
• 5 pieces of bread crumbed (we save the ends of bread)
• 3 celery stalks finely chopped
• 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
• 1/2 tsp. thyme
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. black pepper
• 3 tbsp applesauce
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 tbsp all-purpose white flour (we use bob’s red mill gluten-free allpurpose)
• 1/3 cup ketchup (optional)

Mix all ingredients (except ketchup) together in a big bowl with your hands until they just come together.



Put in a lightly oiled loaf pan. Put the ketchup on top of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.



We like to put it into a dino loaf pan we found at bed bath and beyond (target also carries it at a slightly higher price.) Dinos are satisfying because you can growl before biting their heads off.

Another variation is to make into individual meatballs (omit the ketchup.) I like to put the meatballs in a muffin tray so they don’t roll off and bake easily, but my husband thinks a bake sheet is just fine.

And yet another variation is subbing veggie chorizo to make super spicy dinos that make you cry.

 

It really pays to slice up the onions very finely; big onion chunks change the texture in a strange way.

Give it a try and let me know what you, your child, and your inner child thought!

O.

The Art of Raw Living Food by Doreen Virtue and Jenny Ross

It would take the genius Jenny Ross, the owner and executive chef of the living-foods restaurant 118 Degrees and her psychic friend and author Doreen Virtue to come up with such a complete and easy to use un-cookbook.

Filled with full color photos and all the info you need to get started, if you only had one raw book, this would be the one to get. I happen to have a shelf full, but this is one of my favorites.

Her raw ice cream recipe doesn’t need an ice cream maker. It is so good, any word to attempt to describe the euphoria defiles the holiness that is her raw “Vanilla Gelato.”

Here is an excerpt:

This naturally alkaline-forming cheese is flavorful and saves for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

1 1/2 cups water
4 Tbsp. cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp. Himalayan salt
2 tsp. chili powder
2 cups almonds (soaked 8 hours)

Rinse and drain almonds. In a high-powered blender, combine all ingredients and blend well. Makes 2 cups.

Tell me what you think when you try it.

If you don’t have a high powered blender, I’d add the pulp from your almond milk at the end instead of whole almonds. It won’t be as smooth, but it will be yummy still:)

O.

Vegan Barbecue “Ribs”

My daughter and I are both vegan chefs in café Orchid Coco, AKA our small apartment in Westwood.

Vegan Barbecue “Ribs”
1 1/2 cup Vital Wheat Gluten (we like Bob’s Red Mill brand from Wholefoods)
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (supplement section at Wholefoods or other health store)
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
Generous amount of fresh cracked Black Pepper (I’d use about a half teaspoon)
1 cup of water (approximately)
3 1/2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 cup Favorite Barbecue Sauce (we like Trader Joe’s brand “All Natural Barbecue Sauce”)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Add about a cup of water and stir. The dough should be firm but completely mixed. Add more water if necessary, but really try to knead it in first. Knead it for about a minute and a half (I’m a very impatient person.) Stretch it out on a cutting board (it will resist you) as much as you can, to about a 7 inch in diameter, inch thick slab. Spread the peanut butter on top, and use about as much to make a thin coat (no need to measure.)Slice it into inch wide slices (makes about nine.) It’s okay that the slices are different lengths. Place each slice peanut butter side up on a oiled parchment paper lined bake sheet. Bake at 400 for ten minutes. Take the sheet out and carefully pour a stripe of barbecue sauce on each “rib.” Spread the barbecue sauce carefully with a silicone brush and attempt not to move the peanut butter. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake again for ten minutes. Remove the “ribs” with a spatula after they have cooled slightly as to not burn little fingers. Eat with your fingers to enable maximum enjoyment. Don’t tell your British husband you ate with your fingers.

Dane’s Onion Pie

This recipe is originally from the Body Ecology Diet and called “Heidi’s Onion Pie.” This is my twist on it especially for Dane.

In Small Pot with Lid
½ cup Amaranth
1 cup Water

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for approximately 15-20 minutes (until the liquid is absorbed.)

In Your Cast Iron Skillet
1 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil
4-6 large onions, thinly sliced into ½ inch rounds (food processor)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Italian blend or oregano, parsley, rosemary, basil, and celery seed
½ tsp. basil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
½ red bell pepper, minced or sliced
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced in rounds

Sauté onion, garlic, herbs, and pepper flakes in coconut oil. Reduce heat and cook until onions are tender, approximately 15 minutes.

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees at this point.

In Your Food Processor
2 cups amaranth flour
1 tsp. sea salt
4 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil
Approximately ½ cup water

Using dough blade, place in flour, sea salt, and coconut oil. Pulse until crumbly, gradually adding water until dough begins to form a ball. Remove from bowl and press into a round pizza pan. Crimp up edges.

For Your Oven
Bake crust for ten minutes (optional.) Mix the amaranth and the seasoned onions and place on the crust. Sprinkle with Herbamare, garlic powder, and/or pepper flakes if desired. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

This recipe was redesigned for you to start the amaranth, then the onions while the amaranth is cooking, then the crust. The original recipe asks you to do these three steps in a strange order separately that doesn’t make sense, but I know you’re into time efficiency (and so should everyone.) I also use a handful of fresh herbs from my garden instead of dried. You’re going to rock out this recipe, and soon you’ll want to replace every crust: whether sweet potato pie, empanada, or pizza crust with this high protein and gluten free alternative. It’s also unbelievably quick. Bon appétit!