Apples And Ginger

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Smoothie Tuesday! Orange turmeric creamsicle smoothie

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Hi there! My site has been a little quiet for a few weeks mostly because I haven’t had any recipe inspirations since I am trying to avoid sweeteners (even natural) and even too much fruit. But I do have some savory and raw recipes in mind that I will try to post soon. I guess you could say anti candida is what I am working on- or avoiding “dampening” foods as they would say in chinese medicine. I will continue with my smoothie Tuesdays but will use minimal sweeteners and lower sugar fruits.This smoothie is very thick so you could eat it with a spoon and call it pudding if you want! Or you can just add a little extra water if you like it thinner. Hope you are having a great spring and feeling healthy!


Orange turmeric creamsicle smoothie:

1 orange with peel
1 orange without peel
1/2 cup mango chunks
1/2 large avocado
1/2 can full fat coconut milk
20-30 drops vanilla stevia
2-3″ chunk fresh turmeric root

* Makes 2 small smoothies or 1 extra large 


This recipe is also seen here with many other yummy gluten free recipes.


Shiitake garden burger with orange honey ginger sauce

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This is my latest garden burger creation. I really like the meaty taste and texture that mushrooms give to garden burgers. Shiitake mushrooms have a long history of being a medicinal food and their many health benefits include: immunity, cardiovascular, and anti-cancer support. These are grain free as well and can be made raw by dehydrating them instead of roasting them. (You would also need to marinate the mushrooms instead of cooking them.)

Shiitake garden burger

1/2 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms

3 tablespoons chopped green onions

3 tablespoons of chopped yellow onions

2 garlic cloves chopped

4 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter

3 tablespoons finely shredded carrots

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce ( I use wheat free tamari)

Orange honey ginger sauce

Blend or process:

3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise

1 tablespoon avocado

1 carrot

2 teaspoons grated orange peel

2 teaspoons grated ginger

1 teaspoon orange juice

1 tablespoon honey

Pinch of sea salt optional

*Roast the mushrooms and onions in a little olive oil on medium  for about 5-10 minutes while stirring. 

* Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.

* Make a burger patty and cook on medium in a greased pan for about 5 minutes on each side.

*Makes 2-3 burgers


This recipe is also seen here  with many other gluten free recipes.

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Roasted plantain and black bean wrap


Plantains are my new favorite food! I love their flavor, texture, and their abundance of potassium. They make a great alternative to root veggies and squash. I had something similar to this years back at an authentic mexican restaurant in Seattle and have tried to make my own a few times. The original of course had ton of cheese and sour cream on it.

Roasted plantain and black bean wrap

1 cup cooked black beans

1 cup cooked black rice

2 cloves garlic

1/2 onion chopped

1 avocado

2 tablespoons salsa

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 red bell pepper chopped

2 plantains peeled and sliced

smart balance or ghee for cooking the plantains

 4 gluten free wraps ( I used small corn tortillas) 

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*Cook the rice and beans separately and as directed on package, then combine in an pan on low-medium heat.

* Add to the rice and beans the chopped garlic,salsa, sea salt to taste, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and simmer for about 30 minutes.(you may need to add a little water if it is dry).

*Roast the sliced plantains, chopped onions, red peppers, and honey in smart balance(or ghee) until plantains are slightly crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through and moist on the inside.

* Mash together the avocado with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, vinegar and salt to make an avocado sour cream.

* Place all ingredients inside a warmed up wrap/tortilla and you can add some cilantro or salsa and eat up!

* Makes 4 wraps

This recipe is also seen here many other gluten free .

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Smoothie Tuesday! Lemon mango smoothie

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Well my week fasting was a bust! I had a last minute road trip across a few states over to southern Idaho for a funeral. There was no way I was going to be able to do a fast in a car for 12 hours a day in a car with several other people. I was glad I was able to make my grandfather in law’s funeral because it was truly inspiring to hear about such a loved and positive man and learn about his life story. He was one of the few small farmers that actually made a good living out of only farming. It is amazing to see the effect one person can have on so many people.

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Driving through Montana and Idaho was gorgeous and always makes my husband and I consider moving to a smaller mountain town. I think as of now we are thinking Bend Oregon might be the place to raise our family. But we also haven’t really been there (I have only driven through it) so we will scope it out in a few weeks when we are down in Oregon visiting my sister in law. It seems like the perfect compromise- more sunshine for me and more snow for my husband:)

I have decided to discontinue my “Vegan Mondays Round Up” because I think it doesn’t really work on smaller blogs like mine. I Just don’t have enough bloggers posting their links. I will continue with it in the future if my page picks up with a larger audience. Thanks to Gluten Free Cat , Bite Sized Thoughts, and Sift ,Stir and Savour for supporting the round up!

Lemon mango smoothie:

1/2 lemon with peel
2 ” ginger
1 cup mango (frozen or fresh)
1/2 avocado
3 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups water
10 drops vanilla stevia
large chunk pineapple
2 tablespoons spirulina powder

* To make the layers just leave out the spirulina powder (or something green and leafy) and save half of the yellow smoothie before you add the green to the other half. Then gently layer using a spoon.

This recipe is also seen here  and here many other yummy recipes.

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Smoothie Tuesday! Pineapple goji sunrise


This smoothie made my belly so happy today! I loved this flavor combination! I think I am going to be doing a raw fast for a week or so and start my spring with a detox. I am missing sun here in the gloomy northwest and it starts wearing on me towards the 5th or 6th month of greyness and drizzle. Some how I plan to live in Hawaii for half of the year( or at least 4 months)  after I get out of  acupuncture school. I have no idea how it will work but I will find a way. But for now I can drink tropical smoothies and sit in front of my full spectrum light and dream of tropical beaches and the warm ocean breeze.


Pineapple goji sunrise:

1 whole tangerine with skin
1/4 pineapple
1/2 cup soaked goji berries
2 stalks celery
1″ chunk ginger
1/2 cucumber
1/2 cup strawberries (or about 8-10 strawberries)
handful of kale
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups water
10 drops of vanilla stevia


Raspberry vanilla breakfast pudding parfait

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I am really excited to start making breakfast parfaits! I discovered them last year but haven’t really made one yet. I know my kids will love these because they look like desert but are only sweetened with stevia and some fruit. Ok I know I was suppose to be studying and not blogging but….a girl needs a break from studying right?:) This can be cooked or made raw (just soak the groats over night)

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Raspberry vanilla breakfast pudding parfait

1 cup cooked or soaked buckwheat groats

1 cup cooked or soaked steel cut oat groats

3/4 cup of water or non dairy milk

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup water

15 drops vanilla stevia

1/2 cup thawed or fresh raspberries

1/4 cup soaked cashews

* Blend or process the oat and buckwheat groats, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, coconut, stevia, and milk/water.

*Mix up the chia seeds with about 1/2 cup of water, stir and let sit for a few minutes to absorb the water.

* Layer the chia seeds on the bottom, the oat/buckwheat pudding on top, then cashews, then the raspberries. I also put a few chunks of cacao to make it extra yum.

* Makes about 2 servings-Enjoy!

This recipe can also be seen here   and here  with many other gluten free recipes.


Smoothie Tuesday! Berry power protein shake

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Ok I am going to take a break for a few days after this and banning myself from my page! I have a midterm that I need to study for that includes knowing everything about over 200 acupuncture points and their locations. This smoothie was awesome if you love really creamy shake like smoothies like I do:) Enjoy!

Berry power protein shake:

1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
2-3 tablespoons shelled hempseeds
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
2″ piece fresh turmeric root
1 grapefruit peeled
1 stalk celery
2 tablespoons green powder mix (spirulina,chlorella etc)
1 tablespoon avocado
1 tablespoon chia seeds
15 drops vanilla stevia
2 cups water

This recipe is also seen here and here with many other whole food recipes.


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