Simply Sprouting!

I was ecstatic this morning to find the cutest little eensy-weensy baby sprouties playing peek-a-boo in my glass jar. Yes, I see you!

I’ve been flirting with Raw Veganism for awhile. But last Monday, I committed to a month-long trial relationship to see whether we’re crazy ‘bout each other or not.

Our first awesomely epic date was sprouting, and boy-oh-boy, am I in love with this simple, fresh way to rock your healthiest self!

By sprouting, you “awaken” the dormant seeds. These sleeping beauties come alive with revitalized enzymes, vitamins, easier digestibility and dis-ease-fighting antioxidants. Hiiii-yah!

Oh, and they’re delicious, of course. Crispy and crunchy, perfect for salads and juices (recipes to come, I promise).

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get sprouting!! :D

MATERIALS:

  • 1 large jar
  • 1 large bowl to catch water
  • cheesecloth
  • rubber band

INGREDIENTS:

  • organic mung beans! (Or whatever bean/ seed/ grain you want, but this is a great starter. Just fill a small bottom layer in your jar, they will grow a lot!)
  • 2-5 days worth of patience

DIRECTIONS:

Soak beans overnight in filtered water.

Rinse beans and discard any hard ones that float to the top. Fasten cheesecloth over jar opening with elastic band. Flip jar upside down at 45° angle overtop bowl (for air).

Tuck them into a dark corner in your kitchen. Don’t worry, you can visit them lots so they don’t get lonely.

Rinse every few hours, taking care not to disturb the wee ones too much. Sing them a lullaby or two. Watch them grow with child-like fascination.

**Note: They are ready to eat as soon as you see a little tail peek out, but you can grow them however long you want.

Pat yourself on the back. Smile brightly. Crunch away! :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!

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Fruity Fiesta | Raw Pie in a Cup!

WARNING: This pie is seductive. Eating this may cause you to love raw, organic goodies!

Growing up, my brothers and I were always fed foods fit for royalty. Mama is an artist, and the infinite love and beauty in her meals nourished our spirits along with our bodies. Her food always looked good, tasted good, and made us feel good- and that’s what I aspire to create in the kitchen!

Our bodies are such magnificent temples. We must cherish our health and worship our senses with vibrant flavours that radiate vitality, energy and life!

INGREDIENTS (all raw & organic if possible- makes 6 scrumptious cups!):

Crust:

  • 2 cups dates
  • 1.5 cups pecans
  • 1.5 cups almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other nut milk works great!)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconuts

Two layers of fruit filling:

Red-purple fruits (can also be substituted with blueberries, blackberries, etc.):

  • 4 plums
  • 4 figs

Orange-yellow fruits (can also be substituted with mangos, oranges, nectarines, etc.):

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 banana

Optional to blend with fruits:

  • Ginger
  • Mint

Optional décor:

  • 2 kiwis
  • Gogi berries
  • Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Toss pecans, almonds & dates in the food processer to blend, baby, blend! Add nut milk to the slightly crumbly crust and mix it real yummy-like. Try to resist eating the whole delicious mess right away (but you can lick the spoon).

Divide crust into six cups and mold it to the insides of the glasses with a fancy little flat edge around the top. Sprinkle shredded coconut love around the edges.

Blend the purple fruits up together & pour them into each cup. Repeat with the orange fruits, adding ginger or mint if desired. Add another layer if you want. Make polka dots. Play with colours. Let your inner creativity go wild!

Optional décor (as shown in picture): Peel kiwis, cut in half & slice super thin.  Arrange in a pretty flower-like pattern around inner edges of crust. Add mint leaves in between slices of kiwi & two baby gogi berries in the shape of a heart.

Bless with a generous serving of love! Enjoy!!