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!  

Chocolate Peppermint Tea

My kids are obsessed with this tea. It's caffeine free and only has a touch of chocolate. It also contains peppermint leaves. Add honey or leave it plain. We add almond milk.

It's better for them than a hot chocolate and it's super easy to travel with. Keep them in your purse for a quick Starbucks treat - just order hot water and add some honey! 

It's perfect for the cold Fall-like days that we've been having. Also great idea for pregnant women and maybe a Winter holiday party beverage. 

Enjoy! 

Slurpee galore.

Slurpees were a favorite pass time when I was a little girl. Summertime, movies and slurpees. Then in college they were the perfect beverage to add vodka to. ;) Yeah, I know, terrible. 

Anyways, they really are just sugar, ice and unhealthy dyes. There is not ONE vitamin, mineral, enzyme, or ounce of hydration. Talk about negative calories. 

So, at home, we came up with the best natural version for your whole family to enjoy. Everyone from the picky kid to the parent with gourmet taste buds will approve. 

Please note that the amount of agave nectar is up to your family and your taste buds. It totally depends. If you like the fruit flavors, use less. If you like the traditional SLURPEE flavors {sugary} use MORE. So, I left the agave amounts up to you. 

Also, please note, you can also use XYLITOL or RAW HONEY in place of agave nectar. 

Go ahead, try it at home. And give me some feedback. 

BANANA SLURPEE RECIPE

2 frozen bananas
10 ice cubes
1/4 c water
3 Tbls - 1/4c agave nectar - depends on your sweetness needs and ripeness of fruit

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. 

Top with cacao powder, nutmeg powder & cacao nibs or NOTHING. My kids like it with nothing, of course. 

PINEAPPLE SLURPEE RECIPE

2 c fresh pineapple
10 ice cubes
4 Tbls agave nectar - might want to add moredepends on your sweetness needs and ripeness of fruit

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. 

note: add some fresh coconut for a pina colada taste. And even some rum, if you are feeling spicy. 

WATERMELON MINT SLURPEE RECIPE

{this is Wes' recipe, he does a great job at doing these}

1/4 large watermelon 
8 cubes of ice
3 Tbls agave nectar
5 sprigs mint {this in not optional - it's amazing}

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. 

note: top with mint sprigs. 

ALMOND VANILLA SLURPEE RECIPE

1/4 almonds and/or brazil nuts
8 cubes of ice
5 Tbls agave nectar
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp almond extract

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT ICE in a blender until smooth. Strain with a nut milk bag or a fine mesh strainer. Then use the milk and combine again in blender with ice. Add more agave if need be. 

ORANGE LIME ZEST SLURPEE RECIPE

2 oranges, peeled
1 lime, juiced & then skin zested
8 ice cubes or more
4 Tbls agave nectar or more

Combine all ingredients, excpet lime zest, in a blender until smooth like a slurpee. Add most of zest and blend again, on low until combined. 

note: use the rest of the lime zest to spinkle on top. The zest is optional but adds a little biterness for the adults. Kids probably won't like it.  

Kids Watermelon Slushy

Watermelon Tomato Basil Sorbet

1/2 small watermelon
1/4-1/3 c agave nectar
10-12 baby heirloom tomatoes
1 small squirt lemon
Tbls basil, thinly sliced/chopped {optional - leave out if making it for kids}

In a vitamix blend up everything but the basil until smooth and not chunky.

Pour into ice cream maker. Follow ice cream maker directions. Should only take about 30 minutes to fully freeze.

Your kids will love it on a hot day.


 

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!