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December 2013

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Superfood Hot Cocoa

13.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Superfood Hot Cocoa This year I managed to come up with a much healthier alternative to the sugar-laden, store-bought stuff, and they actually like it more. This hot cocoa has three great superfoods: raw cacao, raw honey and organic unrefined coconut oil. While there are too many benefits to list here, you’ll know you’re serving a treat that’s free of the processed junk that’s so often sold in stores. Ingredients: Serves 2 2 cups vanilla almond milk 1 Tbsp. (heaping) raw cacao 1 Tbsp. raw honey…

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Cucumber Kale Cleanser Juice

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Cucumber Kale Cleanser (aka “Green Juice”) Ingredients: 2 – Medium Cucumbers 3 – Large Kale Leaves Small handful of Fresh Parsley 1 – Peeled Lemon 1/2 – Granny Smith Apple Place all ingredients into your juicer. Use the machine as directed, then stir, and drink immediately. Yield: about 2 cups Recipe Source – NourishingMeals.com

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Spicy Dairy-Free Tahini Dip

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Spicy Dairy-Free Tahini Dip  Ingredients: The original recipe from the book, I Am Grateful, calls for 3/4 cup fresh coconut milk. Since I don’t have any young coconuts sitting around, I used canned, organic coconut milk and part water to replace the fresh milk. I also replaced the 1/4 cup of white miso called for with 1/2 teaspoon of Herbamare (or sea salt). The only gluten-free, soy-free miso I have in my fridge is a dark, rich adzuki bean miso. I didn’t think it would work here….

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Vegan Quinoa Seed Crackers

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Gluten-Free Quinoa Seed Crackers (Vegan) Crackers: 1 cup sorghum flour 1/2 cup sweet rice flour 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 3/4 cup cooked quinoa 6 to 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/3 to 1/2 cup water   Topping: 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 to 2 tablespoons flax seeds 1 to 2 teaspoons poppy seeds sea salt and cracked black pepper   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the sorghum flour, sweet rice flour, arrowroot, baking…

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Nut-Free Dark Chocolate Truffles

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Soft and chewy dark chocolate truffles that are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan! For the filling:
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped (preferably organic)
1 tablespoon honey or Grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates,
1/3 cup natural unsweetened sunflower seed butter (see note below)
2 tablespoons canned coconut milk (full fat), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,
and a pinch of sea salt   For the coating:
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (preferably organic)
3 tablespoons honey or Grade B maple syrup
1/4 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)…

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Vegan Ginger Cookies

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Date Sweetened Vegan Ginger Cookies I used 15 pitted medjool dates here which equaled 1 cup, packed. If the dough seems too dry then add more of the date soaking water, a tablespoon at a time. Store in an airtight container.   15 medjool dates, pitted (soaked for 15 minutes in boiling water) 6 tablespoons coconut oil (grapeseed would work too) 4 tablespoons date soaking water 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey, agave nectar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 ¼ c sorghum flour ½ c tapioca flour ¼…

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Cranberries

12.12.2013 in Healthy Recipes

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Cranberries Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 shallots, thinly sliced 1/2 cup slivered almonds 2 pounds Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise 1 teaspoon Herbamare or sea salt 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup water freshly ground black pepper Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I like to use an 11-inch skillet. Add oil then shallots. Sauté shallots for about 2 minutes then add slivered almonds, then add the Brussels Sprouts and Herbamare. Sauté Brussels Sprouts for…