Recipe Dreaming

I have only met a couple of people so far in my 54 years here on earth who are like me and dream in recipes. Sometimes it’s a curse and sometimes it’s a blessing. I always find it fascinating to have the different flavors running around in my dreams colliding and becoming the “best thing you’ve made” dinners, cakes, muffins, and ice cream.

With every dream, I am awakened from a deep sleep only to find myself writing down the ingredients and formulating the steps as I saw in the dream. And so it goes with this one particular raw vegan meal. It has many stages something I am definitely not accustomed to. These flavors come alive together and compliment each other well.

I just wish I could share them all with you, oh wait I can. The 50-Day Cleanse has a Facebook group. We’ll be sharing our experiences and triumphs here. We’ll also be open to comments and questions. If you want to learn about this cleanse or have started the journey with me please join, we gain so much more when we’re helping each other.

The meal in my dreams

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Vibrant Veggie Tostada with a Radish Cucumber Salsa

Tostada

  • 1  16-ounce package Trader Joe’s organic cauliflower rice (or you can use a cauliflower and rice on a cheese grated to resemble rice)
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 6 ounces sundried tomatoes (soaked in good water overnight)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tablespoons ground golden flax seeds mixed with 4 T good water, let sit 15 minutes)

Whirl it together in a food processor.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a portion and flatten in your hands. Place it on the rack of a food dehydrator and dehydrate at 115 degrees (the maximum for being considered raw) for 5 to six hours depending on how thick each “tostada” is.

Remove and assemble for tostada’s or let them sit out on the counter overnight for a pliable tortilla shell.

Makes 12.

Lettuce Filling

  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 green onion, thin sliced
  • 1 red, orange, or yellow pepper, fine diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for topping

Mix together in a bowl. Set aside until ready to use

Avocado Spread

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 – 1/2 teaspoon Habanero pepper flakes

Whirl together in a Nutri bullet or ninja. Set aside.

Radish Cucumber Salsa

  • 1 English Cucumber, thinly sliced and quartered
  • 1 bunch radishes, shredded
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, ends removed sliced
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix all together in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Mango Mint Topping

  • 1 mango, chunked
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup good water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup cold pressed Spanish green olive oil

Whirl it together in a Nutri bullet or blender.

Plating

  1. Place Cauliflower Tostada on a plate.
  2. Spread Tostada with Avocado Spread
  3. Top with Lettuce Filling
  4. Top with another layer of Cauliflower Tostada
  5. More Lettuce Filling
  6. Drizzle Mango Mint Topping
  7. Garnish with Cilantro
  8. Scoop a side of Radish Cucumber Salsa
  9. ENJOY!

Makes 3 servings (2 Tostada stacks each).

 

 

 

 

Art of Contentment

When I started thinking about the subject of contentment a couple of weeks ago, I began to notice the questions that began surfacing in my dreams. My subconscious mind told me there’s an art to contentment and I needed to concentrate on it to have it in my life.

  • What is contentment?
  • Is it the same as happiness?
  • Am I content with what I have and where I am in life?
  • How do I contribute to the contentment of my family?
  • Is my family content?

In my dream, the questions ran on like a ticker tape one after another waiting for my answers. But as I’d answer one question another appeared more in depth than the one before until I got down to the truth of the matter. For me, this is remarkable because my word study for this year has been “Truth.” The truth is I am not content with everything and I believe none of us is content with everything in our lives which is why we are always striving to do better in the areas of discontent.

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With my areas of discontentment all around me, I’ve decided to go on a fast and change two big areas in my life and that of my husband’s. It’s interesting to note that whatever change I want to make my husband is always on board with and tells me so, “I guess I will have to follow your lead on this!” The two big areas in my life, I think, go together. Health and Wealth. For 50 days we will follow variations on fasting for health and wealth. How do you fast for wealth? You join the Buy Nothing movement. Fasting for health is easy if done correctly and with a bit of medical and common sense.

My 50 Day Health & Finance Cleansing Plan

Health is first because being healthy is a wealth all its own

First 5 Days: A water fast (Preferably electrolyte water or distilled water that has Himalayan Sole solution added to it). Drink as much as you want and as often as you want. These first five days will prove interesting as you’ll be cleansing your body of harmful toxins and turn your body into a fat burning machine instead of a carb burning one. (I plan on doing a 5-day water only fast while my husband who is on medication plans on doing a 5-day fast with one fresh veggie juice once a day so he can take his medication.) This beginning phase is to help switch our bodies into burning ketones and gently move the toxins out of our bodies.

6th – 12th day: Add two alkaline veggie juices to your day along with all the electrolyte water or Sole Water you want a day. Notice you are having veggie only juices. The only fruit that’s helpful at this point is lemons and limes. You can also heat up some water with the juice of one lemon in it first thing in the morning. This will also help when not fasting as it will alkalize your system.

13th – 20th day: This is a two-parter:

  1. Add one piece of alkaline fruit.
    • Lemons
    • Limes
    • Avocado
    • Tomatoes
    • Coconut (oil, butter, water, milk) *No sweetener or chemicals added to the water or milk
    • Pomegranate
    • Watermelon (pH neutral)
  2. Try to have your first meal, veggie juice five hours after you get up in the morning your second meal, alkaline fruit, four hours later, and your last veggie juice four hours later. Try to have all your meals within a 6-hour window and use water for fasting the remaining 18 hours as necessary.

21st – 27th day

Along with what you are already doing add 1 fresh made, plant-based alkaline veggie salad to your meals and omit one veggie juice. Also, add 2 ounces of alkaline, organic, raw nuts. These include almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. (I also recommend soaking nuts in fresh non-tap water overnight to aid in digestion.)

28th – 50th day

Continue with the eating plan as is and turn your veggie juice into a veggie smoothie with a scoop of plant-based protein powder. (SunWarrior makes the Warrior Blend that I like the best, but it does have some sugar in it. They also make Illumin8 blend which has brown rice in it. It’s a personal choice we have to make. I like both of them for different reasons.)

The Finance Cleanse

It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s enlightening.

Simple as this Buy Nothing. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Here’s what’s allowed: Food, medications, paying existing bills, and meeting your needs. Gone are multiple trips to the grocery store, cafes, fast food and everything we don’t need. When you go to the store, make a list ahead of time and only buy what’s on your list. If you’re in need of something and don’t want to purchase it outright, head to your local Buy Nothing Facebook group and ask if anyone has one that is willing to let go of it. I’ve done this with several items. I recently noticed that my four lonely wine glasses don’t cut it when I have a crowd of people over so instead of buying them, I found a set of 12 of them on my BN group on Facebook and asked if I could be considered for them. I’ve also found a 2 drawer filing cabinet for my tutoring business. I’ve even asked for a couple of items on there and people are willing to give up what they can in order to help. I had a friend who didn’t have a TV and I was able to get her a working one with a DVD player, so now she can watch her movies from the comfort of her recliner instead of an office chair. I’ve also given away the items I no longer use.

Besides buying nothing I need. I’ve also asked myself if I continually need the things I have. Do all these things make me content? Saving only those items that give me joy has helped us let go of the things and clothes we no longer wear.

Changing our health status has also allowed us to be more content with what we have. Change is a process it doesn’t end in 50 days or 50 years. Once we reach our goal we set another one and another one. The art of contentment comes from knowing we are progressing to what is of most importance to us. Find out what’s most important to you and work towards it.

 

 

 

The Joe Cookie

Everyone who knows me personally knows that I am married to the human Cookie Monster. He loves all kinds of cookies but can only enjoy certain ones at certain times of the year. Italian Donut cookies in the winter months, chocolate chip cookies for back-to-school and macaroons for the Spring Holy Days. Now with health conditions as they are and sugar not in his diet, we’ve I’ve been working on revamping recipes that are both sweet and satisfying but don’t mess up with his diet. Today The Joe Cookie was born.

I originally found this recipe online but tweaked it so much that it’s taken on a life of its own.


The Joe Cookie

  • 2 cups flaked dried coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Essential Seven Mix
  • 1/3 cup yacon syrup (coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup can also be used)
  • 1 cup full-fat organic coconut milk ( I love the Natural Directions brand)
  • 1/3 cup organic, virgin, fresh pressed, unrefined coconut oil (Dr. Bronner’s), melted
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Mix it all up in a bowl. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, flatten slightly. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 325* for 35 minutes. Cool on metal rack.

Makes 18 cookies.

A variation on this is using the cookie dough as a crust, which I did below then filled it with a coconut cream filling (I added 2 heaping Tablespoons of raw cacao).

The Joe Cookie is a big hit with my Joe and he also loved the pie too. I’m still playing with the recipe, not really satisfied with my first attempt. But will let you all know when it’s done. Recipe remakes are sometimes a big hit the first time out but some need time to gel both in my mind and in the final product.

Enjoy!

Getting Back Our Health

It’s been almost a year since I wrote my last blog post. Why? The simple answer is I let one negative comment and subsequent email derail my writing. That one negative comment cut me to the core, and I began to question everything I did. I stopped writing openly. I stopped sharing my thoughts. I stopped my healthy life journey. I stopped being me. 

We live in such a negative world where people are constantly at odds with each other and themselves. We think it’s our civic responsibility to point out other people’s faults without taking consideration of our own. We see each other as competitors instead of brothers and sisters. We don’t make the world better by constantly correcting each other. 

Getting from there to here. 

The last year has been filled with hills and valleys. Making adjustments and accommodations as life threw me curve balls and granted me with abounding blessings. As my health took a self-made detour, the scale went up and has remained at the steady unsightly number I am too ashamed to say outside my bathroom walls. I’ve missed out on life changing moments only to eat away my pain in silence. Until only recently, when my husband’s life altering health challenge has shown both of us the dire need of getting back our health. 

Taking control of our health 

Most people don’t make changes to their health until the whistle blows and they’re lying in a hospital bed wondering “How did I get here?” Putting the pieces together in your mind, they really knew how they got there. Opting to sit in front of the TV instead of going for a walk, sleeping in that extra hour instead of working out, eating all the wrong foods thinking “It’s okay, it won’t hurt me!” Drinking everything else except water. Sitting, working, sleeping, eating too much. 

Now our quality of life depends on us making the necessary changes so we can get back to being as healthy as we can. It’s not just about food choices, it’s about quality of life choices. We’ll never know how healthy we could have been but we can make these changes now and be as healthy as we can be possibly reversing the damage we’ve done thus far. 

I know this journey will have its highs and lows…I hope we can travel this journey together, taking it one step at a time. All I ask is your love and understanding in hopes that we may turn this journey into a friendship. 

Life’s health