White Gazpacho

I love the challenge of coming up with a raw, alkaline, vegan alternative to my favorite recipes. Ajo Blanco is another of my favorite recipes. It’s a White Gazpacho made with white bread cubes and milk along with grapes and apples. I used to love the taste of it…until I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I’ve tried making it with gluten free bread but it never really tasted the same. So, banished to the back of my cookbook file only to come out when I could try it yet again. And now it not only magically appears on the front page of my file, I’ve made it twice and both times got rave reviews.
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WHITE GAZPACHO (Ajo Blanco)

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 cups green grapes, halved
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews soaked overnight in good water
  • 1 cup raw cashew cream
  • Himalayan salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Whirl together in a high-speed blender.

Toppings: chopped cilantro, raw cashews, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds

Enjoy

Makes 4 servings

This will last about 2 days in the fridge.

Raw Up

I have been decluttering every area of my life from my living space to my work habits, from my social media presence to my simplistic existence, and it’s taught me what’s really important in life! All this decluttering has led me to downsize my cookbook collection. This year I gave cookbooks away as Father’s Day gifts to my sons along with a pound of unique coffee that represented their personality. But the ones I’ve saved I vowed myself to go through and Raw Up my favorite recipes within those pages and make them raw alkaline vegan for the 50 Day Cleanse and beyond. 

Velvety Beet Soup is the first one. 

Velvety Beet Soup

  • 4 small beets, scrubbed and chopped
  • 2 cups diced Italian plums
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon or mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Middle Eastern spice blend (recipe below)
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar 
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt 

Garnish

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions 

  1. Whirl first 7 ingredients in a high powered blender or nutribullet. 
  2. Pour into favorite bowl. 
  3. Garnish with onions and celery
  4. Enjoy

Middle Eastern Spice Blend

  • 1 teaspoon each: sweet paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, cloves

Mix together, store in glass jar for six months. 

Variation: Add a dollop of cashew sauce over the top and sprinkle on a bit more spice for heat. 

Changing the Legs of Our Relationships

How often do we think about food on a normal day? I used to think about eating, what I was going to make for dinner, for my husband’s lunch, and dessert all the time. I used to think about making sure our cupboards were overstocked with food items that I picked up really cheap because it was on sale and I had a coupon for it. Since I started the 50 Day Cleanse my thinking about food has changed. I now look at all that food I stocked up over the years as an anchor that was holding me down. This Cleanse is changing the legs of my relationships. 

I know “What on earth is she talking about?” Change the legs of a relationship?

Let’s take food, for instance, We all need to eat it to survive. We all have a relationship with food. We are making choices, thinking, eating, regretting, indulging, satisfying, giving in to our cravings for food. These are the legs in our relationship with food.

As someone who for most of her life has tried to lose weight or maintain weight loss to no avail, I have never tried to change these legs with this relationship. How many legs does my relationship have? It takes at least three legs to make a stool stand up. But my relationship to food has had at least seven legs at one time.

Food Relationship Legs

  • Craving
  • Rewarding
  • Thinking
  • Indulging
  • Satisfying
  • Dreaming
  • Stocking up
  • Buying
  • Eating

While at least four of these legs are still with me today. I need to eat. I need to buy food. I need, at times, to stock up. And in my case, I need to dream about recipes. But do I need the other ones? No. All my cravings for food are gone. I used to crave chocolate all the time. Now it hits me once in a while and I can talk myself out of it. I know that when a person craves chocolate, they are usually deficient in magnesium. So I take a couple magnesium tablets and the craving is gone.

Same with indulging. I just don’t do it anymore. The 50 Day Cleanse has given me the tools to listen to my body and give it what it needs instead of rewarding myself with a toxic, sugar laden treat. The first 5 days of this cleanse takes your mind off thinking about food all the time and helps you see where you need to change.

I used to spend hours weekly coming up with menus and grocery lists. While I still use a menu and grocery list, it no longer takes hours just about 10 minutes and I am ready to go. Eating raw alkaline meals and only once a day has dramatically cut our food bill down to almost nothing and we’re not eating only salads every day but they are yummy.

I’m also changing the legs on my other relationships as well during this time. Saving things to use someday is a leg I’ve used in rationalizing my skill of holding onto things I don’t need. Or how about this leg, “My kids might need/want it some day!” Ask the kids if they need or want whatever IT is. If they want IT and they’re old enough give it to them now or put it in a hope chest for them for when they move out. If they don’t want it, get rid of it. Family heirlooms are another leg. I’ve been going through my home with the eyes of my kids thinking about what they would keep and what they would toss after I’m gone. It’s eye opening. They probably don’t want the bottle collection with all the president’s faces you got from your mom. They’re not going to need or want 100 paper towel tubes or all the used gift wrap you’ve saved for the last ten years (which you never use anymore). Save the important things. Today is someday.  I am hoping that my children and grandchildren will want all the recipes I’ve conjured up over the years, like this one below.

Recipe of the Week

Taco Meat

Raw Sweet “Taco Meat” 

Always use organic

  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 mall red onion, shredded
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 ground habanero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and process until it looks like the texture of loose cooked ground meat.

Empty into a large bowl and add spices.

Serve in a wrap with mashed avocado or on a salad with an avocado dressing.

Enjoy

Makes about 6 cups.

 

 

 

50 Day Cleanse

For the last 26 days, I have been documenting my progress on my 50 Day Cleanse on Facebook and Twitter. Many have been interested, asked questions and given their support in this cleanse. Several people have embarked on this journey with me and the 50 Day Cleanse has changed their lives as well.

In these 26 days, I have lost 27 pounds and regained my life back from instead of living a life of extreme pain and uncertainty when it came to my health. I have no more pain points anymore. It’s all gone. My skin issues are gone. One issue that has really cleared up is the rosacea I have had for many years is gone. My skin tone evened out so much I have been able to go out with no coverup or foundation on. It feels like I’m getting younger by the day.

My 50 Day Cleanse sounds like a long time but if you read all the about habits and how many days it takes to replace a bad habit with a good one, you’ll learn that it takes 66 days, not the 21 we’ve all been fed for so many years.  The 50 Day Cleanse is a not a diet. After the 50 days, you can’t go back to eating the way you did before. This is a lifestyle change one that may add years to your life, may reverse disease, may help you lose unwanted fat and turn your body into a fat burner.

In doing this cleanse for the last 26 days, I have tweaked it a bit and then was told that several people how much how much they like this cleanse because it’s so adaptable. By that I mean if you feel like staying on the water fasting for longer than the initial 5 days then you can do it. If you feel like you can’t handle juicing and want to turn it into a veggie smoothie the second week, you can. You live in your body, I don’t. If you’re on medication or take supplements, please continue to take them. If you need to take them with food, then have a quarter cup of cashews when you need to take them.

Will you see results in the first 5 days?

Yes. And they might be profound, too. I lost 10 pounds in five days. Others have reported they have lost 13 pounds during the 5-day water fast. It’s motivating to see the scale moving down while doing the fast. And it’s good to know that you’re losing fat and not muscle like we’ve been told these many years. Fasting does not make you lose muscle. 

Here is the tweaked version of the 50 Day Cleanse.

First Five Days:  Drink water (electrolyte, ionized, distilled or reverse osmosis), green tea, Smooth Move tea, and other organic herbal teas no sweetener. If you choose to, you don’t have too, but it worked for me. First thing in the morning, have a serving of Himalayan Sole Water followed by a cup of warm lemon coconut water.

Lemon Coconut Water

Lemon Coconut Water

  • Juice of half organic lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • Warm water (see above)

Drink as soon as you can while coconut oil has melted.

This drink will help in eliminating (#2).

Days 6 – 12: Have two raw alkaline juices a day (4-6 ounces each) along with the water and teas. If at this junction you feel good enough to digest the fiber from the juice you can make a veggie smoothie. My favorite is beet, carrot, kale, and sweet potato. Another one that’s good is celery, carrot, kale, and half an apple. If you choose the smoothie route, only have one of them.

Days 13 – 20: This was a two-parter in the original cleanse. It’s now been condensed into a simplified version. The next seven days you’ll be adding a good raw vegan protein powder to the veggie smoothie. (I like SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend the best. ) You also want to treat this like a meal. Now you’ll be having one veggie smoothie and one protein veggie smoothie.

The timing of this is vitally important. This is where the intermittent fasting comes into play. You’ll want to make sure you are eating in a four-hour window. Example, at 1 pm have a veggie protein smoothie. then at 5 pm have a veggie smoothie.  Work out the timing for your schedule but try to maintain a four-hour window.

If you’re too full for two smoothies, you can tweak the plan by having a veggie protein smoothie as your second meal at 4 pm. I did this because I just wasn’t hungry.

Days 21 – 50 Eliminate the plain veggie smoothie and add a raw alkaline vegan meal, salad, wrap (organic raw coconut wrap). Continue eating in the four-hour window. If you are still too full, you can also have just one meal a day. I do this now. I only eat at 4 pm. And it’s whatever I am hungry for nutritionally. Some days it’s the protein veggie smoothie some days I’m having a salad with cashews, olive oil, lettuce, onions, and pineapple.

This is the 50 Day Cleanse. It’s helped my husband and myself gain back our health and energy while losing weight, saving money, and helping others.

 

This is the disclaimer portion of the plan.

The information listed above and on this is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The reader should regularly consult a physician, therapist or counselor in matters relating to his/ her physical or mental health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. In the event, you use any of the information listed here the author and blogger assume no responsibility for your actions.

 

 

FIND WHAT WORKS!

So many people are saying “This is the best diet out there!” Referring to the blood type diet. Then I’ve heard, “The Paleo Diet is the all time best diet!” There are so many diets out there it’s difficult to choose just one. I think as consumers we need to find what works best for our own bodies and our own lifestyles and just do it. I’ve been told on no uncertain terms that eating the fat-free vegan way is the only way to stop heart disease. And while I was a vegan for a good long while, I always felt like I was missing something. I was, it’s called fat.

I’m just speaking for myself but I’ve done the research. Our brains need fat, as a matter of fact our brains are made up of at least 60% fat. So if we’re not eating good fats then our brains are starving because we can’t assimilate the fat soluble vitamins and minerals. I’m not getting technical here about how our brains need fat. When I was a fat-free vegan I only ate nuts, and avocados as my fats. I always felt like I was in a fog. When I began to add organic chicken and wild caught, organic fish, I began thinking better but I also began to remember more things than I did when I was a fat-free vegan.

Find 2

Why am I telling you all this? Because I went out to find what works for me. Yes, I still have my vegan days at least 4 a week. But I make a conscious effort to choose foods that help me and my body. As to people touting one diet over another, I let them talk. We each need to find what works for us. Yes, I eliminated all sugar from my diet for almost two months then I went into sugar mode where all I wanted was sugary things. Granted the only sugar I use is Succanat (evaporated cane sugar), but it’s still sugar. But I’ve learned to have my sweets and still not wreck my life. I use dates and no sugar dried fruit for my sweets. I’m still feeding my sweet tooth, but I’m doing it responsibly.

Find what works for you and do it. This is not just about our health, it’s about our life. The point is to be the best you you can be and don’t let people walk all over you. When you find your niche in life, your whole life opens up! You begin to see things differently, and you’ll find that you like yourself a whole lot more when you are you and not trying to fit into a mold that someone else has for you.

FIND what works for you and you may just find yourself in your own life.

Versatile Salad or Pinwheels

Basket of goodness

I like to mix as many raw vegetables as I can into my food. While I am not an advocate for only eating food in the raw, I do think that many foods are better tasting and better for us when we eat them raw.

Bowl of Organic Color

This Versatile Salad is a melange of vegetables that both my husband and I love.  It’s easy to chop them all up and keep them in the fridge for when I need something quick to make, or when it is just too hot to cook.

Confetti in a bowl

It isn’t such a daunting task when making food for a non-vegan and a vegan, it just takes preparation, and much planning. So when I chop all these vegetable up I take some out for myself.

Mixed with chicken and avocado bliss

All my salads look green or orange because after making mayo once, I could not get past the sliminess of it. Plus I can’t buy the vegan versions since I don’t eat any soy. So my next alternative is is use my own mixture of Avocado or Mango Bliss.

Spread on a tortilla, Rolled up and sliced

With a little more time and patience I took the Versatile Salad and transformed it into Versatile Pinwheels.

Flat Bread Pesto Pizza

Flat Bread Pesto Pizza

I really think my husband could live on pizza now that I make it the vegan, yeast-free way. It’s so difficult when you are Italian, and you can’t have dairy, tomatoes, or regular wheat. When dealing with food allergies, it is difficult sometimes to work around those allergies without spending a fortune. This pizza has become a mainstay in our diet because I’ve learned to use cheaper forms of alternative foods that please both our diets and our palates.

Fat Bread Pesto Pizza

  • 1 recipe flatbread (recipe below)
  • 1 recipe spinach pumpkin seed pesto (or 1 jar of favorite pesto sauce)
  • 1 8-ounce package Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds
  • Toppings of choice (thin sliced tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, thinly sliced artichoke hearts, sliced red pepper, thin sliced red onions, etc)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread pesto over prepared flatbread. Top with veggies then cheese or cheese then veggies (which ever way you prefer).

Bake for 20 minutes, watching to make sure the edges of pizza do not burn.

Slice into squares .

Enjoy

My side of pizza

Husband’s side

Flatbread 

Flat bread still in Jelly Roll Pan

Flatbread

  • 2 cups flour (I used spelt, but you can use flour of choice or a combination of flours, even a gluten free flour mix with no leavening is good)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 cups water, veggie broth, juice, nut milk (I used veggie broth but you can use choose your favorite liquid and mix up the spices. *See variations below.*

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, salt, seasonings together in a bowl. Pour in the water and coconut oil. Mix together.

Spray a greased large jelly roll pan. Pour batter into pan.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Cool on wire rack, cut into desired size squares or leave whole to use as pizza crust.

  • Variations:

Apple Cinnamon: Omit Italian seasoning, oregano, and water; substitute 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 cups organic apple juice

Orange Vanilla (My favorite) Omit Italian seasoning, oregano, and water; substitute the grated rind of one orange, 1  1.4 cups nut milk, 1 1/4 cups orange juice, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Taco/Chili: Omit Italian seasoning and water; substitute 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 cup salsa, 1 1/2 cup veggie broth

Spinach Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Spinach Pumpkin Seed Pesto

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley, stems removed
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water or veggie broth

Whirl around in food processor.

Makes about 1 cup.

Use on pizza. Save left overs, to make a wonderful vinaigrette.