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RAW ZUCCHINI PASTA MARINARA

This is something I have not tried yet, but it is on my to-do list as the next recipe!  Growing up, I loved eating pasta.  But pasta is so carb-heavy and makes me soo lethargic everytime I eat it.  If you haven’t tried the ground turkey zucchini skillet recipe on spaghetti squash, you must 🙂 This is a simple pasta recipe that is raw (unprocessed and uncooked) and healthy.

There are a lot of good variations of this recipe, I liked this video with Jennifer Cornbleet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLi5657CSos

Ingredients:

For marinara sauce:

1 medium diced tomato

1 diced red pepper

sundried tomatoes (I used about eight of these and tried draining off most of the oil)

dried basil

dried oregano

1 clove of garlic

For the pasta, all you need is peeled zuchini. You can either slice them in julienne strips or peel them as ribbons with a peeler.  If you have a spiruler or mandoline, you could use either of those too.  I will use a peeler and will save the core to slice as topping for my pasta.  Even though the recipe is raw, I would prefer to warm it up because cold pasta is kind of a turn off.  Aside from that, you can always add extra toppings such as grated parmaesan or vegetables

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July 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE BLONDIES

Two things in life that always make me smile: almond butter and dark chocolate.  This rich dessert hits the spot for me with its brownie-like texture and gooey goodness 🙂  This recipe makes 16 bars and goes perfectly with raw banana or coconut icecream.  I normally go to the bulk bins at Whole Foods to get the wheat bran since I don’t use it very often.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup wheat bran

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup smooth almond butter (you can do peanut butter too)

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325*F. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl until smooth and spread batter evenly into oil-sprayed 8-inch square baking dish.  Bake  for about 40 minutes and cool before cutting.

July 28, 2009 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

RAW BANANA ICECREAM

The raw foods diet has finally made its way into my life!  I normally try to have a raw meal once a day to keep in line with having processed foods at a minimum.  Some benefits include increased energy, better digestion, weight loss, and improved skin/hair appearance.  Anyways!  There a lot of great benefits, but I could never implement a 100% raw lifestyle because 1.) it would require too many trips to the grocery store to keep produce fresh, 2.) i like meat!, and 3.) kind of high maintenance and involves a lot of planning!  Nevertheless, it is still a great idea to try to include part of this diet into your lifestyle.

Here is some good informational links for raw diet/lifestyles: www.rawguru.com and www.kristensraw.blogspot.com

Now onto the banana icecream! I love icecream, but unfortunately for me I am semi-lactose intolerant… so sometimes this item does not agree with my body.  Moreover, a lot of today’s icecream are highly processed with additives like high fructose corn sugar along with saturated fat.  This is probably one of the easiest recipes ever, all you need are some frozen bananas.  This idea was taken from this raw food blog: Choosing RawTake 2-3 peeled frozen bananas (you can cut them before freezing) and put them in a food processor or blender. The frozen bananas create a creamy icecream-like texture, almost like soft-serve.   I can imagine throwing in some mixes into the blender like some cocoa powder, carob chips, or fresh fruit.

July 9, 2009 at 2:27 am Leave a comment


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