Juli Makes Yogurt :: Alexis' Recipe

Today was so fun, I spent the morning making a really delicious, easy raw vegan yogurt. I have been trying all sort of different recipes lately and none of which were good enough to write about {seriously}. 

But today, I am unveiling a super delish one from the one-and-only Alexis {remember her, I did her raw juice/soup cleanse for a few days?}, who by the way, has a blog coming out soon. I will keep you posted on that. 

I didn't use the lemon juice because I think for the first time in my life, I had no lemons in my fridge {wink}. So, instead of making a trip to the store, I just left it out. And also note, I used strong acidophilus instead of the kefir mix.

I didn't culture it for very long before trying it and wow, it tasted good even without being cultured. 

I also used Alexis' yogurt to make a vegan squash parfait {recipe and pics to come} so, stay tuned.

Alexis' Cultured Coconut Yogurt Recipe

The meat from 3-4 young thai coconuts
1/2 cup of young thai coconut water
3 TBSP honey (Sage is my favorite)
1/2 TSP Probiotic Bio-culture master blend  (or Kefir starter)
Squeeze of Lemon juice
pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in high speed blender.  Then let sit out in a slightly cracked sealed container (so some air can flow through) for at least 12-24 hours.  The longer you leave it out the more sour and fermented it will become!

Then stick in the fridge and enjoy with fresh seasonal fruit and your favorite herbs, spices and superfoods.  I love it with Goji berries :) AHHHHmazing

About the Bio-culture master blend

It is a mix of highly stabilized species of Lactobacilli Bacterium: L. salivarius and L. plantarum. Two of the most important bacteria for maintaining a healthy colon, normalizing intestinal pH, relieving intestinal toxemia, and inhibiting growth of unhealthy bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, staph, and strep. 

Aids in balancing and restoring normal healthy intestinal flora, which research indicates could greatly reduce conditions that cause disease.

I love this brand in Particular because of the cost (I get it for pretty much wholesale) but ALSO because I can make all my cultured dishes with it: Kefirs, yogurts, kim-chi, etc!  

Spreadable Raisin Jam :: Kids Snack Ideas


raw vegan red sauce :: you'll never know it's healthy

This tomato sauce was amazing. I created it tonight, on whim, hoping to find something my kids {who are currently transitioning into a high raw diet} a great quinoa pasta sauce. I had just purchased organic heirloom tomatoes and also dehydrated some of them to make sun dried tomatoes. 

It was so good I had two bowls. And my son ate an entire bowl of this combined with an entire bowl of avocado mixed with sea salt and lemon. 

It is also GREAT to pour over shredded zucchini noodles {if you only eat mainly raw foods, you should try these type of noodles} as well. 

RED SAUCE RECIPE

2 heirloom tomatoes {juice removed - sqeeze and chop them first}
handful homemade dehydrated tomatoes {or store bought dried tomatoes}
4-5 Tbls olive oil
2 Tsp agave nectar
1/8 of an onion 
2 cloves garlic
sea salt, lots, to taste

Blend the above in ingredients in a Vitamix or blender until pretty smooth. 

Pour over quinoa pasta or zucchini noodles of your choice. 

 

Macaroni & Cheese Alternative For The Healthy Parent

Ok, so it's been a long couple of weeks for me. I have tons and tons of work to do and NO SITTERS! Our last sitter {that I talked about before} had to start her teaching career and has officially left us! We have been sitter searching and have found some lovely ladies but nobody has yet to start! 

So that means next week will be well over a month without any help around here and I'm starting to go CRAZY. It's been really fun at times, but mostly it's been 1 hour naps {just enough time to clean the house, or take a shower, MAYBE}, me falling to sleep in bed at night with my oldest, waking up at 5:30 and sometimes 6:30a every day to "mom, I want juice...can I watch a show? Where are my toys? Mom, I'm hungry. Can we have a treat?" and LITERALLY having NO time to myself.

We've had a biting episode {oldest biting youngest}; Older pushing younger child in the bathtub, clothes and all; House paint being dumped all over our nice patio floor and super exciting stuff like that. 

The TV, that I normally despise, has become my best friend. 

Having my house cleaned yesterday was the HIGHLIGHT of my week. 

And driving in the car has become a nice relaxing time for me too: "ok boys, we're getting in the car and driving to my office for kale chips and kookies!!!!!" 

I'm blogging now during nap time which means I'm in yet ANOTHER hurry!

I'd like to share with you a few snack and dinner ideas we have come up with over the past few days. 

First, I have blogged about our kale chips once before, this time, I'm going to just rave about the cheese. I have been using the kale chips cheese as a dipping sauce {my son dips his finger in it and thinks it's the best treat in the world} and also as a substitute for macaroni and cheese. 

Make up a big batch of this stuff and store in the fridge. Use it on rice pasta and then the rest on kale {then dehydrate the kale for some YUMMY crunchy chips!

My Cheese Recipe {easy amounts to remember}

1.5 red bell pepper 
1.5 Tbls nutritional yeast
1.5 lemons, juiced
1.5 cups soaked cashews 1.5 Tbls miso
1 heaping tsp sea salt {or to taste}

Add all to a Vitamix. I would suggest you soak the cashews first, for an hour. If you don't do this, you might want to add like a tablespoon or more of water to mixture so it blends well. Blend in Vitmix until super duper smooth {no chunks or any funky texture, should look like yogurt}!

I have also been trying REALLY hard to not only make sure the boys are getting enough vit D but also protein and B vitamins as well. Since they don't eat meat. Nutritional Yeast is a GREAT source of B vitamins! 

We've been turning a normal treat into an even more superfood rich meal. For example, sometimes I add a little New Zealand honey and high quality cacao powder to their milk. I did one today with hemp oil, hemp protein, probiotics and vitamin D drops! They gulped it down in seconds. 

I used a mix of almond milk, fresh apple juice and goats milk! Random. I know. But they love it. 

ANYWAYS! Youngest is up from his nap! 

Gotta run. Hope this post gave somebody a few fun new things to try out for their kids. Happy Thursday!

 

Happy Cinco De Mayo :: Mexican Food Basics

When most people think of Cinco De Mayo they think of calories, fat, cheese, debochery {headaches}, and well, good times! Trust me. I hear this all of the time and I never quite understand why. At my house Mexican food is one of our healthiest cuisines. 

And let me tell you, you really don't have to have all the bad food to enjoy the taste of Mexico. Plus, who says more than one margarita {or two ;) } is essential to a good time?

For many reasons you'll be thankful that you chose to not over indulge on this holiday.

Mexican food is not about cheese and dairy but rather certain spices and ingredients that are traditionally used in this type of cuisine. One being SALT of course and HEAT {chili peppers and jalapeno}. We also can't forget cilantro, onions, limes and tomatoes. And my favorite is of course AVOCADOS!

None of the ingredients I just mentioned are bad for you. In fact, they are so rich in vitamins, nutrients and vital to optimal nutrition.

Using such simple ingredients above you can create some awesome dishes with tons of flavor. You can have a margarita too if you really want one, but be sure to use ONLY my recipe when doing so - click here for my recipe for amazing simple margaritas {nobody can tell they are healthy}. 

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leafy green milk - now kids can DRINK their greens!

Even since having my son Roman, my 2 year old has been obsessed with drinking {pretty much anything} out of a bottle. He doesn't like smoothies as much anymore so I haven't been able to get him the greens he needs {except for when he takes his 'vitamins'}. 

My solution:

It's been the perfect solution for me. Now I can feel great that my boys not only got the 'bottle' that they wanted but they also got their daily green foods. 

Or, if your kids don't like bottles, put it on top of CEREAL in the morning - hot or cold cereals! They won't even notice the difference. Honestly. Try it and please send me an email if your child doesn't like it. 

This is especially awesome because then I don't have to worry so much all day about them eating their vegetables. 

Here's the instructions. Feel free to make a large batch and save it in the fridge for the next day. I wouldn't keep it around longer than a day or two though!

Good luck. 

Recipe:

1c almonds or cashews or a combo of them
4c purified H2O 
1 vanilla bean
1tsp cold-pressed coconut oil {optional} or flax oil with DHA 
2Tbls honey
2 handfuls greens, use the soft butter like romaine lettuce for optimal texture and taste

Blend all of the above in a Vitamix until milk in color and texture. About 1 minute. 

STRAIN with a good strainer or cheese cloth {cheese cloth is way too time-consuming and messy but if you like it, use it}. If you use a strainer, it has to be a really really tight mesh so that none of the almond or vanilla bean chunks get into the milk. 

Put milk back into the blender. add greens and more honey if you don't think it's sweet enough for your children. 

Blend until greens are totally mixed into the milk. You should see just a faint color of green, nothing too crazy and no chunks or signs of leaves. 

Enjoy. Drink it yourself - as your daily green drink!