My Fav Sauce: Chimichuri!

photo-7I love sauces! They really dress up whatever is on your plate! One of the sauces that I just have to have on hand these days is my chimichuri sauce! I love it on grilled veggies, meats and even as a dipping sauce for my homemade sourdough bread. The possibilities are endless. I recently made a quinoa, sauteed veggie bowl and topped it with a poached egg and this chimichuri sauce. The outcome. So good!

Traditional chimichuri sauce recipes use a combination of parsley and cilantro, mixed with olive oil, white wine vinegar and some other spices and sea salt. I prefer to use cilantro without the parsley and really enjoy the flavor of balsamic vinegar. So here is my version of this yummy green sauce! Enjoy! Emma

Ingredients:

1 bunch cilantro
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon balsalmic vinegar
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground pepper
a pinch or more of red pepper flakes

Method:

Place cilantro and garlic in food processor and pulse until well chopped. Add sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and vinegar. Pulse for a couple of seconds. Add oil and pulse a little more until a sauce forms. Keep in fridge. It won’t last too long though….

-Emma

Raw Buckwheat Peanut Butter Treats

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I love to create foods that are packed with nutritious things and can be eaten on the go. These fit that bill!

In a recent podcast from KCRW’s Good Food, host Evan Kleiman interviewed Alice Merdich about her latest book Flavor Flours. In the interview Alice spoke about oat, buckwheat and cheasnut flour to name a few. I was intrigued.

Now, I love the idea of using buckwheat to bake with but I also love to create raw food. I also remember having tasted a raw buckwheat ball at our local Whole Foods. It used buckwheat groats as a base and then all sorts of other yummy things were added in, especially chocolate. So I thought how great would it be to create a no bake, completely raw treat with buckwheat groats, nuts, seeds and of course some cocoa nibs (granted these aren’t super chocolatey so if you wanted more chocolate you might even try adding some raw cocoa powder). I’ve also been on a peanut butter kick lately so I also included this as a main ingredient. If you didn’t want peanut butter you could omit and perhaps just add another tablespoon or two of coconut oil to get a dough like consistency.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw buckwheat

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup currents

1/8 cup sesame seeds

1/8 cup cocoa nibs

1/8 cup raw hemp seeds

3/4 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil

one organic vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch sea salt

Directions:

Place first nine ingredients (buckwheat through hemp seeds) in food processor. Pulse until completely ground up. Add peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla bean and sea salt. Pulse some more until a thick dough like consistency. Roll into balls.

Enjoy! Emma

p.s. These are great as is but I have also been just crumbling the treat on my homemade coconut kefir and it’s great that way too!

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These traveling treats were a hit with my son Liam and his buddies!

Green Dream Smoothie

greendreamI made some almond milk the other day. After that I started fantasizing about a green dream smoothie that I had at Isla Vista Food Co-op recently that was superb and it contained spirulina! Now there are a lot of health benefits to taking spirulina (check out the herb profile here). But, and this is a big BUT for our household, there is no way our kids will just eat a teaspoon of spirulina. If you have never tried it just give it a whiff. I can’t even eat it straight up. So when I had IV Food Co-op’s green dream smoothie containing spirulina I wrote down the ingredients in hopes of recreating something at home for our family. Their smoothie used raw almonds and not almond milk, but I like the flavor profile and consistency when I use almond milk and a little bit of almond butter. It also contained kale -which is growing quite nicely in our garden – banana, dates, vanilla and nutmeg.

This is what I came up with:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (preferably homemade — I use the recipe here)

1 banana

1 bunch kale (you can add more or less depending on how many greens you want)

2 medjool dates

1/2-1 teaspoon spirulina depending on your taste buds, obviously

sprinkle of nutmeg up to 1/8 teaspoon

dash of vanilla

ice (optional, but our family likes how it tastes)

2 tablespoons almond butter or raw soaked and sprouted almonds (optional if want thicker consistency)

Blend all ingredients in your vitamix or poweful blender and enjoy!

Be well, Emma

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Okay, I know I promised that my next post would be a sourdough bread recipe, but I have had more than one person ask me lately for a recipe that I adapted from Juice Well at The Public Market sooooo, here we go.

This summer when I stopped by Juice Well I noticed they had a caramel milkshake on their menu. Now, let me just tell you that one of my favorite things is caramel. It’s indulging, sinful and delicious to me. Especially if you mix dark chocolate to the mix. But this milkshake didn’t have any of the ingredients that “candy” caramel would have and it still tasted indulging, sinful and delicious. The ingredients were simple: coconut water, coconut meat, turkish apricots and dates.

I liked the milkshake but thought about replacing the coconut water and meat with cashew milk (true Cashew milk includes the whole nut, nothing is strained out so you are getting the entire creamy cashew nut) and add ice (I love to create the icy smooth consistency). The result. Pure yum!

1 cup cashew milk (store bought or I use this recipe but the only step I add is that I soak my nuts for 24 hours and then drain the water from the nuts)

4-5 turkish apricots

3-4 Medjool dates

1/2 cup of ice

Put everything in vitamix or powerful blender of choice and there you have it!

Enjoy!

Emma

Heavenly Garlic Sauce

A while back a friend of mine was raving about her favorite garlic sauce (spread really, but I am calling a sauce) that was raw and available at our local health food store. It was amazing. It was this garlicky spread that was bursting with flavor and the most important part was that the texture was like a thick mayonnaise and the ingredient list was so small. Really just garlic, oil, lemon juice and sea salt. The day she introduced me to the spread I almost ate all of her beet chips and garlic sauce it was so good. I immediately did some research to figure out how to make this at home.

Turns out, the closest thing I could find was a recipe for Toum, a Lebanese garlic sauce. Also turns out it was spot on! Yum! And yeah!

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So, with the help of the food blog (http://thefoodblog.com.au/2009/10/toum-lebanese-garlic-sauce-recipe.html) and their post on the subject, I created the most amazing raw garlic sauce ever.

First of all, it is so simple. Only takes 4 ingredients (note, although the recipe called for a neutral oil, I used my good EVOO and it turned out great). Secondly, once it is made, the possibilities are endless. Dip for veggies and lettuce slices. Use in recipes to garlic things up a bit (my favorite is to add to my lentil burgers and even put a dollop on my stir fries). Use as condiment in place of mayonnaise. Or, eat on it’s own. Yes, it’s that good.

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Bon Appetit! Emma

Healthy Raw Power Balls

Pure. Simple. And ooh so good. These are a staple in our household. Way healthier than the conventional store bought energy bar. Makes 2-3 dozen balls depending on the size you choose to roll. Stores well in the fridge.

1/2 cup ground raw organic almonds (preferably sprouted and dried for maximum absorption*)

1/4 cup ground raw organic cashews (preferably soaked for a couple of hours for maximum absorption*)

1/4 cup raw organic hemp seeds

1-2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened dehydrated organic shredded coconut

1 tablespoon ground flax

5-10 dates depending on your sweet tooth

1/2 tablespoon organic cinnamon

1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

dash of organic vanilla extract

pinch of celtic sea salt

organic chia and sesame seeds for rolling (optional)

additions: organic pepitos, raw cocoa nibs, bee pollen, maca powder, honey or maple syrup for more sweetness, oats, goji berries, raisins, peanut butter, the list goes on and on!

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First grind up almonds and cashews in food processor. Next add the rest of the ingredients except the seeds for rolling. Check raw dough. If not clumping together add more coconut oil until the mixture binds without crumbling. Form into tiny balls. Roll in chia and sesame seeds.

* It is thought that if you soak and sprout your nuts, you are lessening some of the phytic acid that naturally occurs and makes it more difficult to digest. Simply put, soak and sprout and your gut will be happier

 

Enjoy! Emma

Raw Power Balls

Raw Power Balls