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Vegan Caesar Salad with Sourdough Croutons

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Dairy, egg, and anchovy free, this salad still packs all the flavor of a conventional Caesar Salad.



1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 large clove garlic
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp. Dijon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons capers

Soak the almonds in ½ cup water for 15 to 20 minutes. Put nuts and soaking water in a blender with garlic, oil, juice, Dijon, salt, vinegar and yeast. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in capers. Toss with chopped romaine lettuce. Top with a few twists of fresh black pepper and croutons.

Sourdough Croutons

5 slices day-old sourdough bread
4 tablespoons grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder

Cut the bread into cubes. Whisk together oil, juice, and spices. Add bread and toss to coat. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, and bake at 375 for 5 minutes. Stir, and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes until brown and crisp.

Using your oven to Dehydrate

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Want to try out some recipes but don’t have a dehydrator? You can dehydrate in your oven if you have a temperature setting of 200 degrees or less. The food won’t technically be “raw” but it will still be healthy and delicious!

1. Set your oven on the lowest possible setting.

2. Use a non stick pan or line your pan with parchment paper.

3. Prop open the oven door.

4. Keep a close eye on your food. Cooking time will be much less, maybe as little as half the dehydrating time.

Chips, crackers, bars, and breads are excellent things to try dehydrating in your oven. Ready for a dehydrator? I love my 9 tray Excalibur. I can dehydrate a week’s worth of food while I sleep!


Super Crunchy Superfood Breakfast Toast

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Delicious and filling, this crunchy and fruity bread pairs well with nut butters and jam, a smear of coconut butter, or even goat cheese!

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2 cups buckwheat groats
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup white quinoa
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup dried currants
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup golden raisins
3 cups water
½ tsp sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Let sit for 1 hour until the mixture is thick and “gloopy.” Divide evenly onto two Teflex covered dehydrator trays. Spread batter evenly.


Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 5-6 hours. Flip and peel off Teflex sheets. You can score the bread with a pizza cutter or knife into 12-16 pieces. Dehydrate for another 1-2 hours. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


I’ve found several great recipes for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, but the trick is minimizing the coconut oil flavor so that non-raw and non-vegan eaters will love them as well. I’ve tweaked some standard recipes, using avocado and coconut BUTTER in place of some of the coconut oil. The consistency is creamy, and the flavor is a favorite with my vegan AND non vegan taste testers!

1 ½ cups almond meal
1/3 cup natural cocoa powder
¼ cup agave, maple syrup, or coconut nectar
2 tablespoons melted coconut OIL


1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut BUTTER
¼ tsp sea salt


½ cup natural cocoa powder
¼ cup melted coconut BUTTER
¼ cup mashed avocado (about ½ of a small avocado)
6 tablespoons agave, maple syrup, or coconut nectar
¼ tsp vanilla extract


Line an eight-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, making sure to leave some over hang on two ends.
In a medium bowl, combine the crust ingredients until a dough is formed. Press into the bottom of the baking dish.
Combine the filling ingredients and spread over the crust. Place in the freezer to set.

Combine the topping ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Cover the pan and freeze for about an hour until firm.

Lift the solid bar from pan using the edges of the parchment paper. Cut into small pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Quinoa & Polenta Cakes

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Quinoa & Polenta Cakes served with Pesto, Hummus, and Marinara Sauce

While visiting Chicago last month, I ate at a lovely little restaurant called Le Pain Quotidien. I’ve recreated a dish they served that I loved and couldn’t stop craving!



2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa

Combine vegetable broth and quinoa in a small pan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.


2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
½ cup instant polenta cornmeal

Bring water and salt to a boil in a small pan. Slowly add cornmeal while continuously whisking until slightly thick.

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Add quinoa to polenta and stir to combine. Press into a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment or waxed paper and let cool. When set, flip onto a cutting board and peel away the paper. Cut into 8 equal squares.
Fry in batches in a sesame oil over medium heat, about 5 minutes per side.

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Top with your favorite homemade or store bought hummus, pesto (raw recipe), and marinara sauce, and serve over baby greens.


Crispy Flat Bread Pizza Crust

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Crispy Flat Bread Pizza Crust

1 medium-large zucchini, cut into chunks
1 cup walnuts
*½ cup flax seeds, ground (I use a spice grinder or my Vitamix)
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
1 cup cherry tomatoes
**2 jalapeno stuffed green olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried parsley


Grind nuts in a food processor using the S blade. Remove to a large mixing bowl. Process the carrots into small pieces and then add the zucchini and olives and pulse chop until zucchini is in small pieces. Add to mixing bowl. Process the tomatoes and add to the bowl along with *ground flax seeds, olive oil and remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine.

Spread mixture onto one Teflex dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4 hours. Flip the teflex sheet over onto the mesh tray and peel away. Reduce heat to 105 and continue dehydrating for about 4 hours. You can dehydrate longer for a crispy cracker-like texture.

Cut crust into about 12 rectangles. You can top with a variety of things. Try hummus, olives, tomatoes and za’atar (a Lebanese blend seasoning) or guacamole and salsa!

*If you buy the flax seeds already ground, use about ¾ cup.

*Jalapeno stuffed olives are the secret ingredient, a trick I picked up from raw foods pioneer Alissa Cohen and her chef in Boston.

Fast & Fresh Cucumber Salad

Monday, August 18th, 2014

We have cucumbers in the garden ready to be picked, so I made a yummy salad last week. This is a lighter, more zingy version of the one my mom used to make.

Forgot to take a picture before the family dug in, but it was a pretty dish too!

2 medium/large cucumbers peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 of a small red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
1/3 to 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
Seasoned Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
2-3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

Let sit (or refrigerate) for 15 minutes. Stir in about 2 or 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Collard Green Taco Wraps

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

What to do with fresh from the garden collard greens?
Wrap them up!
I made these last night as an appetizer for a casual dinner party and they were gone in a flash.


Taco Nut Meat
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, pecans, or pistachios
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos or nama shoyu, or tamari

Process nuts into small pieces in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to mix well.
Wash about a dozen small collard green leaves and remove stems. Place in a bowl, and pour boiling water over. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water. Pat dry.
Place a heaping tablespoon of taco nut meat down the middle a collard green, top with avocado slices or guacamole, and your favorite fresh tomato salsa. Wrap and enjoy!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Today is National Hamburger Day (or so I’m told) so I’m sharing my easy recipe for Black Bean Burgers. These burgers come together fast and are full of Good Stuff. And somewhere, a cow thanks you!


Spicy Black Bean Burger

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
1 cup shredded zucchini (about ½ medium zucchini)
½ cup diced yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
1 to 2 small cloves of garlic, pressed or chopped
3 tablespoons wheat free tamari or nama shoyu
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ tsp each of the following spices: cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper
1 cup of rolled oats
olive oil for frying

Heat 1 to 2 tsp of olive oil in a medium skillet on medium to medium low heat. Add grated zucchini, carrots, onion, and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

In a food processor, pulse chop the black beans, tamari, and dried spices until semi creamy, but with some chunkiness. Add the cooked veggies and pulse until combined. Add the rolled oats and the cilantro and pulse until combined.

Heat 1 to 2 tsp oil in a skillet on medium to medium low heat. Use about a ¼ cup of the bean mixture to form each patty. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until slightly browned and heated through. Will make 9 to 10 patties.

Serve with sliced avocado and your favorite fresh salsa.

Coconut Bacon? Absolutely!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Want to enjoy the salty, chewy, smoky flavor of bacon without the artery clogging animal fat? You’ll love this coconut version!

Coconut Bacon

Image3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
3 tablespoons wheat free tamari, Bragg’s liquid aminos, or Nama Shoyu
1 tablespoon maple syrup, agave, or coconut palm nectar
1 tsp. Hungarian or smoked paprika
½ tsp. smoked sea salt (optional)

Whisk tamari, maple syrup, and spices in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add coconut flakes and toss to coat evenly. Spread on a large baking sheet brushed with coconut oil. Bake at 300 degrees 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on the coconut because it will go from perfect to burned very quickly! Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet. The coconut will continue to “crisp”. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for several weeks.

How to enjoy this yummy, chewy “bacon”?  It is delicious sprinkled on salads, over sautéed greens, as a pizza topping, and on sandwiches!

Avocado and Coconut Bacon Salad with
Lime Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake to combine.


  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup coconut bacon
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced

Divide lettuce between 4 plates, top with tomato, raspberry, avocado, and coconut bacon. Drizzle with Lime Vinaigrette.  Serves 4.