Raw Carrot Cake bites for Easter. How to use up your carrot pulp from juicing.

Tuesday is my day to get refueled from the weekend and a super busy Monday.  Mondays are one of my busiest times of the week, very rejuvenating but I am moving from one thing to the next.

I have an early morning Life coaching and Reiki session and right after, I teach my yoga class and then I am off to do B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies work, plus other things that my Creative Marketing Director, Kristina Millsaps has on the agenda. So, let me tell you when Tuesday rolls around I am ready to go and set in my yoga teacher’s studio and her peaceful presence, for 1 hour and 30 minutes and receive my healing and bliss. Tuesdays, also calls for a little work.  I really don’t consider this a work day, because I get to make raw food and let out some creative energy.  I love making raw foods for my clients,  because it sends healing to them and I always make enough for leftovers for me. 🙂

Today was all about the carrots. I juiced carrots for a yummy raw carrot and ginger soup, this juice also was used to make a raw carrot and ginger dressing for a beautiful cruciferous salad.  Cruciferous salad?

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Raw Carrot Cake Balls for Easter

Cruciferous vegetables have risen in popularity recently due to their apparent cancer-fighting properties. This large group of plants is diverse, each providing strong, unique flavors. It is named after the Latin word for crucifix because the blossoms of these plants resemble a cross.

Cruciferous vegetables include:

  • arugula
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • radish
  • turnips

Cruciferous vegetables are low-calorie, and rich in folate, vitamins C, E, and K, and fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient to incorporate if weight loss is the goal, as it helps keep you fuller longer.

Cruciferous vegetables are also good sources of phytonutrients, which are plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. SOURCE : HEALTH LINE CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES BENEFITS

But, hmm… what to do with the all the carrot pulp. I decided to make these yummy Raw Carrot Cake bites. I shaped them like Easter eggs, because I thought these would be so pretty on the table at Easter. Raw vegan or not, you will love these little bites. They are very versatile, you can use your favorite nut, add your favorite spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of clove. Also raisins or dates will work just find in this recipe.  I did not use nuts for this recipe. I love nuts, but sometimes we can have a love hate relationship and today my body said, NO NUTS! 🙂 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and maybe add it on your table for Easter or any day of the week. Happy Easter Everyone! Enjoy setting your table with love.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut, set aside 2 tbsp for garnish
  • 3/4 cup dried raisins
  • 1/2 cup carrot pulp
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼  cup water or more if needed
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Blend oats, sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup coconut  in vitamix (food processor should work too) until you get a fine consistency like flour.
  2. Add in dried raisins, pulse a few times to break them up then add carrots pulp, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.
  3. Slowly add in water. You looking for a consistency of nice slightly wet cookie dough
  4. Roll dough into balls, like the shape of Easter eggs and cover in shredded coconut if you want.
  5.  Enjoy!
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RAW Carrot Cake Balls for Easter

 

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If life gives you Lemons, Make Meyer Lemon Confit

I love trying new things.  My new love outside of poaching white fish in butter, is this making confits.  What does confit mean: Confit (/kɒnfi/, French pronunciation: [kɔ̃fi]) comes from the French word confire which means literally “to preserve,” a confit being any type of food that is cooked slowly over a long period of time as a method of preservation. Usually you hear this word in fine dining  restaurants, duck confit or goose confit, meaning the bird has been cooked in it’s own fat. Yes! Actually. I prefer making confits with citrus. A lemon confit is the same idea, but I am using olive oil to slowing cook the meyer lemon rinds in. It makes an excellent condiment to any dish. You can use it on toasted breads, drizzle on salads, vegetables and as I did today on a piece of broiled pacific cod. This is a very simple and easy recipe, that I adapted from Naomi Pomeroy Taste and Technique Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking. 

Meyer Lemon Confit
Meyer Lemon Confit

Ingredients:

Lemon Confit

Rinds of 3 lemons

1/4 teaspoons dried fennel seeds

1/4 teaspoons red chili pepper flakes

2 teaspoons organic cane sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic

Directions:

Cut away most of the spongy white pit of the rinds, leaving only the yellow peel. Cut the trimmed rind pieces into strips 1/8 inch wide and 1 inch long.

Place the strips in a 2 quart saucepan and add the fennels seeds, red chili pepper flakes, sugar, salt, olive oil and garlic cloves. Place over very low heat and slowly simmer. You want it simmer to point you see tiny little bubbles. You will need to stir this often, to make sure the sugar and salt dissolves. You do not want the mixture to fry the lemon rinds, so keep a close eye on it. I had to take mine off the heat at least 3 times and put it back on the low heat, so it would not fry. Naomi suggest using a diffuser, but I did have one of those. If you keep it on a low heat and just keep a good eye, it will be fine.  It takes about 20 minutes for the rinds to simmer and cook until they are soft. Take a fork and remove one out from the oil to check the consistency. Once they are soft, remove from heat and set aside, covered, at room temperature to allow the flavors to come together overnight. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

I poured my meyer lemon confit over this beautiful piece of pacific cod.

Broiled Pacific Cod with Meyer Lemon Confit, Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
Broiled Pacific Cod with Meyer Lemon Confit, Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

 

RAW Vega One Banana Pudding Breakfast Smoothie

Eat your skincare: Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin A,  B, C and E. Bananas help hydrate and moisturize the skin. They can help fight acne causing germs and also, control oil in the skin. Slather a mushed up banana on your face and allow to set for 10 minutes and thoroughly rinse off and use your cleanser afterwards, serum and moisturizer.  This mask will leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. Okay, back to the recipe.

RAW Vega One Banana Pudding Breakfast Smoothie in honor of my Granny
RAW Vega One Banana Pudding Breakfast Smoothie in honor of my Granny

I loved Granny’s banana pudding, it was rich, creamy, decadent and just plan delicious. I thought about her this morning and so this is in honor of her. Love you and Miss you Granny.

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

1 scoop of Vega One Protein and Green smoothie mix

1 cup non dairy milk

2 bananas

4 ice cubes

4 sliced banana circles for garnished and a dash of cinnamon

1 Belvita cookie or a vanilla wafer

Add all ingredients to your blender, Vitamix or Ninja, except the 4 banana circles, cinnamon and cookie or wafer. Blend until completely mixed. Pour in a glass. Add bananas on top, with a dash of cinnamon and add your cookie or wafer on the side. Enjoy. Hey, don’t forget to Set the Table with Love.

Vegan Gluten Free Mushroom and Sage Pizza with a Spicy White Bean spread

Enough is Enough. I had to go to the doctor and get my ears checked, bad cold. Lots of fluids, rest and some good soup and I will be back on the mend. I love my Emory doctors. They believe in helping me heal naturally. Well as I was driving through my neighborhood, I got to see all the winter wonder everyone has been talking about. The trees in our neighborhood is covered in ice. I feel like I am in the beginning of a Frozen movie. LOL. My granddaughter would appreciate that reference.  Here is a few pictures I took today in my neighborhood.

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Our Frozen in my neighborhood
My Frozen.
My Frozen.
My Frozen in my neighborhood
My Frozen in my neighborhood

It is still chilly and windy outside, so after my doctor’s appointment, I was very hungry and needed something warm and comforting. I wanted something that said wintery forest, like my neighborhood. So, I came up with this little gluten free and vegan pizza. It is so delicious. You will never miss the cheese or meat.  The Spicy White Bean spread is smooth, spicy and full of flavor. It pairs well on the earthiness from the mushrooms, fennel, sage and garlic. Please save some the bean spread and use it as a dip later with cut pepper, carrots and celery.  The mushrooms I used today were, baby bellas and porcinis. I love porcini mushrooms, they taste and smell like the woods to me.

Well here is the recipe. Enjoy! Oh yes, Please remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten Free Pizza
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Mushroom and Sage Gluten Free Pizza with a spicy white bean spread
Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten  Free Pizza
Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten Free Pizza

Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten Free pizza

1 gluten free small pizza crust

1 can organic white beans

1 cup mushrooms. I used a mixture of baby bellas and porcini mushrooms

7 sage leaves, one to chop and add into bean spread. The rest for garnish.

1/4 cup red bell peppers, chopped for garnish

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tsp dried fennel

1 tsp Montreal spicy steak seasoning, or cracked black pepper, garlic flakes, cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tsp salt for bean spread and season mushrooms and garlic sauté

1 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

Drizzle 1/2 tbsp olive oil over pizza crust and spread out to cover the crust.  Add the remaining olive oil in a sauté pan and add mushrooms and garlic cloves. Sauté on medium heat until slightly tender. Drain beans and rinse. Add the beans to a pot on medium heat. Add Montreal spicy steak seasoning, salt, garlic and one chopped sage leaf. Stir and Cook for 10 minutes. Add beans to a food processor and blend until smooth. Allow the bean spread to cool then add bean spread onto pizza crust and spread out evenly. Add sautéed mushrooms and garlic. Garnished with sage and peppers. Pop in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven. Cut into slices and Enjoy.

RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest ( Eat your skincare)

It’s the New Year and everyone is thinking about detoxing out all of that holiday feasting.  Did you know eating more Raw foods not only is awesome for your healthy, but for your skin, hair and nails as well. I did a diet of only Raw and Vegan for almost 6 months. My hair grew faster, my nails were so much stronger and my face had this beautiful glow. Well ,B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies also helped with that, but my eating gave me an extra glow.

So, today I woke up wanted something with blueberries. This recipe came to me. I think it will be one of my favorites. I am going to try making Raw Banana Nut muffins, and  Raw Orange and Cranberry muffins, and, and, and. LOL. Enjoy! Happy New Year! Oh yes, please this year Set the Table Love!   RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest
RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

INGREDIENTS 1/2  cup of distilled water as needed

2 ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup ground flax-seed

1 cup raisins

1  blueberries and half of cup for garnishing

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp

vanilla extract

1 tsp sea salt

RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest
RAW Blueberry and Oatmeal Muffins with Lemon Zest

INSTRUCTIONS In a food processor, process rolled oats into a flour. Add in  flax-seed and process. Add raisins and process. Add in the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well. If the dough is too sticky add a few more oats. If the dough is too dry add a little water as needed. I used about a tbsp of water to soften my dough. Add your mixture to muffin pan tray to shape. I placed mine in the fridge for 10 minutes to mold and removed from mold and topped with blueberries, lemon zest and dust of honey powder.