Kombucha_2.4.2013

Homemade Kombucha in 3 Steps

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Homemade kombucha has been on my kitchen wishlist for over a year now. For one reason or another, every opportunity I’d had to learn the process fell through, until recently when I reconnected with a good friend from herb school. Kombucha is a wonderful, cleansing, probiotic-rich fermented tea long celebrated in China for its many healthful and healing properties. It …

Cheesecake_12.10.2012

Raw Strawberry Basil Cheesecake

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This super-satisfying raw dessert is a slight variation on the lemon raspberry version I premiered last year. The fruit topping, a blend of fresh strawberries, lemon, and basil leaves, provides a bright, tangy note to cut the creamy richness of the cashew-based cake. Adapted from The Rawtarian and Loving it Raw Yield: 24 small servings Cook time: 30 minutes, plus time …

Smoothie_9.10.2012

Prickly Pear Fruit Smoothie

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Prickly pear fruit can appear intimidating, but it is sweet, delicious, and full of nutrients. This smoothie is made with ripe mango and well-hidden parsley, offering a tasty, colorful and healthful snack your little one will love. It can also be frozen into popsicle molds. Yield: 24 ounces, 6 (4-ounce) smoothies Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 5 fresh prickly pear …

Truffles_9.4.2012

Raw Mango Cacao Truffles

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These all-raw truffles are rich, creamy, stuffed with sweet, fresh mango and rolled in unsweetened cacao powder. With no added sugar and tons of health benefits, they’re totally guilt-free and, in fact, recommended in a dosage of one to three per day, as needed for joy and smiles. Yield: About 2 dozen truffles Cook time: 2 hours Ingredients: All ingredients …

Dip_8.13.2012

Creamy Raw Broccoli Spinach Dip

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This nutrient-packed spinach dip is made with broccoli, garlic, green onion, avocado, and lime. Soaked cashews and coconut milk lend a smooth creaminess and a bit of nutritional yeast gives it that nice cheesy flavor. Each serving packs about 6 grams of protein, with good doses of potassium and B and C vitamins. Yield: About 4 cups, appetizer for 8 …

Horchata_7.2.2012

Brown Rice Horchata Recipe

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Last week, I offered up a little tutorial on making your own horchata, or spiced rice milk agua fresca. While this creamy, sweet refreshment is traditionally made with long-grain white rice (and can be made with any number of other ingredients including basmati or jasmine rice, nuts, seeds, etc.), a recent experiment with just the opposite—short-grain brown—yielded surprisingly delicious results. The …

Horchata_6.25.2012

Homemade Horchata

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Horchata (or-cha-tah) has always been one of my very favorite aguas frescas, cooling flavored-water beverages popular in Mexico. It’s typically made by soaking rice with whole-stick cinnamon, blending it, sweetening it, and straining it into a refreshing rice milk. It’s sweet, cold, and creamy—a fantastic accompaniment to hot, spicy tacos. Although rice, cinnamon, and sugar tend to be horchata constants, …

PineappleGingerPops_6.18.2012

Pineapple Ginger Lime Popsicles with Serrano

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Sweet and spicy is one of my very favorite flavor combinations. In this sinus-clearing, breath-easy popsicle, the energizing powers of ginger and lime combine with sweet, tropical pineapple, spicy, floral serrano peppers and raw Mexican piloncillo. The result is a lovely layer of flavors that tastes great and really gets you going. Yield: 28 ounces; 7 (4-ounce) popsicles or 28 …

Hummus_4.16.2012

Chipotle Almond Hummus

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This is an addictively tasty variation on classic Greek hummus. The beans are the same  (it’s hard to go wrong with garbanzos), but it uses almond butter rather than tahini, which totally alters the flavor into something sweet and subtle. Chipotle peppers throw some smoke back into the mix, and of course give it a beautiful color and spicy kick. …

BananaCrepes_4.9.2012

Raw Banana Crepes with Coconut Marmalade Cream

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The idea for these wonderfully tasty banana crepes comes once again from the raw queens, my friends Misha and Tosca. I added chipped coconut and a couple of tablespoons of organic grapefruit marmalade to their cashew cream filling, which creates a few layers of complex, tropical flavors that all hit your tongue in different waves. Adapted from Raw Food Recipes. …