Cranberry Carols | A Sugarless Sauce

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Stovetops sing, are you listening?

In our homes, food is glistening…

A beautiful sight,

We’re happy tonight,

Feasting in a winter wonderland! 

I’ve been shamelessly singing Christmas carols since summertime, but ‘TIS THE SEASON, my dear joy-givers!

Bright lights are magically appearing everywhere (elves, perhaps?) and even the skies are dressing up extra-festive in brilliant crimson and gold. And you know what that means… it’s time to cook up some Christmas cheer!

This healthy homemade cranberry sauce is rosy as Rudolph’s nose and as sweet as Santa’s smile. I’ve been using it in pies and wraps and stir-fried with my veggies (I know it sounds weird but it’s seriously delish… recipes coming soon!!) but here’s the super-simple star of the show!

Wishing you very, very merry almost-Christmas days!

Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 oranges
  • 16 dates (minced)
  • ½“ ginger (minced)

DIRECTIONS:

Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into saucepan. Toss all ingredients in and cook on medium-high until desired consistency, approx. 12-15 minutes. Listen to the cranberries pop, pop, pop and sing along!

Yes, it’s really this easy! Happy carolling! :D

**Update: For a fabulous cranberry muffin, head over to Bam’s Kitchen for a tasty treat! I love her creativity!

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Green Goodness | Juicing 101

“Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.” – Hippocrates

Our bodies are truly magnificent creations.

We are made to survive. We have epic armies fighting battles in our bods to keep us happy and healthy. And these hard-workin’ germ-whoopin’ wellness warriors need our support!

Our greatest responsibility is to keep ourselves bright, inspired and ablaze with life, because our energy affects everyone around us. After all, we can only give to others if we give to ourselves!

So take some time today to check in with yourself: physically, mentally and emotionally. Listen carefully to the signals sent to you by those on the front lines. Dis-ease is a sign of imbalance in the body, and prevention is the best cure!

Nourish your body with nature’s best. Sleep well. Soak up sunshine. Smile!

One ritual that empowers me is starting off every day with thoughts of gratitude, meditation, yoga, hot ginger tea and a fresh green juice (recipe below!).

Personally, I love juicing. It’s a fabulous way to get an abundance of nutrients that we may not consume otherwise, and it makes me feel fresh and clear. I could rave about this forever, but try it for yourself and see how you feel over the course of a few weeks! :D

Think of this superjuice as the ultimate multivitamin, courtesy of dear mama earth. All you need is a juicer, fresh greens, and an honest heart-to-heart with your inner guru about how you want to live the best life for you.

And regardless of whether you decide to juice or not, just make time to re-connect with your beautiful bodies. That’s the most important thing!

Wishing you health and happiness, from the bottom of my heart to yours. <3

Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

I like to mix and match from:

  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • kale
  • broccoli stems
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • dandelion greens
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • ginger
  • small piece fruit if needed (lemon, green apple, pear or cranberries)

Sample combination:

  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 3-4 stalks kale
  • 2 broccoli stems
  • 1 apple
  • ginger
  • a kick-ass attitude!

**Note: My staple juice is made purely out of green veggies and ginger. But if you don’t typically consume a lot of raw veggies, I recommend starting with a pure cucumber juice or a cucumber/ apple mix (which is deliciously refreshing) and slowly adding darker greens as you go to get used to the taste. You may also want to dilute the juices with filtered water if they are too strong to begin with. Always listen to how your body feels!

Lemons cut bitterness and apples and pears add sweetness to juices. But keep your juices mostly green to prevent sugar overload from sweet fruit juices. Also, as juicing removes the fiber, which concentrates both nutrients and pesticides, be sure to buy organic and rinse well!

For optimal results, consume immediately on an empty stomach. Let’s get started! :D

DIRECTIONS:

Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Cut thick veggies in half or thirds lengthwise if needed (depending on the size of your juicer’s mouth).

Push all produce through juicer slowly, alternating different types of veggies. To make it easier, push loose leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach) in at the same time as another firmer vegetable (e.g. cucumber).

Drink up delicious vitality, a delicious day! :D

**Note: Clean the juicer immediately to make it easier for yourself. I push my lemon through last to pre-clean, rinse all the pieces right away, and use dish sponges or old toothbrushes to scrub the filter well!

PS. Thank you to beautiful Éva for inspiring this piece by asking me about juicing. I am certainly not a health expert of any kind, but I am always open to questions and happy to share the little I do know. So feel free to ask me anything, and I’d love to learn from you too!

CHEERS to our healthy, wealthy lives! <3

Banana Brownie Bites | A Raw Dessert

Why did the banana go out with the prune?

Because he couldn’t find a date!

(But don’t you worry dearie, we’re saving ol’ buddy banana from this tragedy today. ;))

Both ice cream and brownies are yummilicious alone, but pair ‘em up and you’ve got a power couple in the house. And, oh baby, I am STARSTRUCK!

Plus matchmaking is just so fun, especially when you invite these sexy mamacitas in: pecans, pistachios, ginger, and chocolate of course…

I’m in a goofy mood today, but aren’t those just the best of days? When you let yourself be silly and free and stop worrying about what the world might think of you?

I’ve been blowing big, glittery bubbles made from dish soap, rolling ‘round grassy hills like an overexcited puppy, and squealing through pillow fights with my boyfriend. I walk around campus with leaves in my hair and a big, sappy grin plastered to my face, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to live any other way!

So join me in this bliss, will you? Take a big ol’ bite of delicious life (with extra sprinkles on top) and lick the icing off your fingers!

Happy living!! :D

INGREDIENTS (makes 1 full baking sheet):

Brownie Bliss:

  • 3 cups pecans
  • 2 cups dates
  • ¼ cup carob powder
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup shredded coconuts

Ginger Ice Cream:

  • 6 large bananas, frozen
  • 2 slices ginger (to taste)
  • few drops vanilla (optional)
  • glee!

**Note: I buy bananas overripe at my co-op because they’re always on sale. I peel, chop and freeze them immediately in little containers. Perfect to have ready for smoothies and ice cream!

DIRECTIONS:

For brownies: Grind up dates in food processor. Add pecans, pistachios, carob powder, maple syrup, shredded coconuts and mix till even.

Spread onto paper or foil-covered baking sheet. Use another sheet of paper to smooth overtop if desired. Refrigerate. Do a happy dance.

For ice cream: Blend frozen bananas in food processor till creamy. Add ginger and a few drops of vanilla if desired. Scoop generously onto brownies.

Indulge, darlings! Live freely. Giggle gleefully. Bless your beautiful hearts. <3

Sunny Siesta | A Raw Soup

Avocados aren’t red

And oranges aren’t blue

But this soup is sweet

And so are you…

Okay, okay. I’m not a poet and I know it. :P

But what I can do is serve you up a sunny smile and a yummy new raw soup. I like a little something sweet after my midday siesta, and this is a delightfully light re-energizer to freshen up any day!

It’s so important to make time for ourselves: to sleep, eat well, move, and worship our body temples. We can only brighten up the world if we keep our own flame lit, right?

So go ahead and treat yourself to some sunshine, a smile, a siesta and soup! Sweet dreaming! <3

INGREDIENTS (1 large serving | source organic and local ingredients if possible!):

  • 2 oranges (approx. 1 cup juice)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2-4 slices ginger
  • ¼ cup water (only if needed to blend)
  • cayenne (optional)
  • turmeric (optional)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • pumpkin seeds (to garnish)
  • sesame seeds (to garnish)
  • delight!

DIRECTIONS:

Squeeze fresh orange juice into blender. Toss in chopped carrots, avocado, garlic, ginger, water and blend till smooth.

Add a pinch of cayenne if you like it spicy, a pinch of turmeric cause it rocks your body, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle on sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and delight! Happy sipping! :D

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Melon Melody | A Raw Elixir

How do you like to greet the dawn? :D

My morning routine prepares me for the day: meditation in the dark, an activating yoga flow, and a feast of liquid love potions as the sun stirs.

As a surprise treat to myself today, I indulged in this delicious elixir outside under the rosy rising rays. Simple, sweet, and oh-so-satisfying!

(Because it’s the simple things that bring us the greatest joy, isn’t it? The universe provides us with everything we need, all we have to do is say YES!)

INGREDIENTS (serves 2):

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • ½ seeded watermelon
  • 1” fresh ginger root
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • gogi berries (for garnish)
  • generous amounts of love!

DIRECTIONS:

Blend cantaloupe and watermelon till smooth.

For super silky sweetness, strain out pulp: pour juice into cheesecloth and hold above bowl, using fingers to squeeze all that delicious magic out!

Pour back into blender and mix with ginger, basil, mint, and lots of loving energy.

Serve in cantaloupe shells and garnish with a few floating gogi berries.

Mmm… tastes like a beautiful morning! :D

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Pumpkin Prosperity | A Roasted Stew

Crisp autumn air lures in chilly nights, even here in the New Mexican desert.

But there’s something about sharp coldness that heightens my appreciation for the warmth of this world, a beautiful realization. It makes me more grateful for lazy walks underneath the sparkly stars, a loved one to snuggle up with after dark and steamy stews on icy eves.

I may be young, naïve and poor, but I feel rich everyday in this marvelous life. Wealth is everywhere: in the sizzle of a simmering soup, in the crimson curves of sinking sun, in the soft crinkles of your eyes when you laugh and in the sweet innocent of our eskimo kisses.

This recipe is made with the whole of my heart in hopes to warm both your body and soul. May the sunshine smile always upon you! <3

INGREDIENTS (makes 4 servings):

  • 6 ripe tomatoes (the quality of the tomato really makes or breaks the soup, try local & organic if possible!)
  • 4 organic baby pumpkins
  • 2 large organic yams
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 sweet yellow onion
  • 4 cloves wild garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • ginger
  • lemon
  • cayenne pepper
  • basil
  • smiles & sunshine

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Wrap yams in aluminum foil and lovingly place in oven.

Cut a cheery circle from the top of each pumpkin and discard seeds. Scoop out pumpkin meat and toss with chopped tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, pepper and mirth. Spread onto rimmed baking sheet and roast in oven till shrunken, approximately 30-40 mins.

Remove everything from oven, peel skin off yams and puree in the blender with almond milk, a few slices of ginger, a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of cayenne and a generous heaping of joy. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

Pour steaming hot soup back into pumpkin shells. Garnish with a basil leaf and serve with sunny smiles!