Kale Chips with Cashew Cheese (Raw)

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I came across a quote today stating “If you want to lose weight and get into shape, stop eating garbage and get off your ass.” Well isn’t that the truth!?!

Overall I eat fairly healthy. I’ll slip here and there when I get a craving for something that I know my body doesn’t need such as Wendy’s chicken nuggets, nachos, cookies and wings. Part of giving up processed and unhealthy foods is finding better alternatives to the junk in your past that you once loved. I was always a huge Dorito fan and can proudly say I haven’t purchased a bag in over 2 years. When I’m craving chips I tend to snack on Organic blue corn tortilla chips (Chips and salsa is one of my weaknesses). A much healthier alternative to lays potato chips or doritos is Kale chips. They are super easy to make and are packed with amazing health benefits. This recipe is fantastic and makes a great snack to take with you to work or on the road while you run errands. I bet you could even get your kids to enjoy them!

 

Raw Cashew Cheese:

 

3 pkg (6.5oz) Raw Cashews

1 ea Scallion

1 cup Water

1 ea Large Lemon

1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast

2 tsp Probiotics

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Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well incorporated.

Raw Kale Chips with Cashew Cheese:

 

3 bunches Kale, Washed and Stems Removed

3 cups Cashew Cheese

 

  1. Tare the kale into large pieces and place in a bowl.
  2. Add cashew cheese and massage the kale leaves.
  3. Once all leaves are covered with cheese, place in a dehydrator at 105 degrees for six to eight hours.
  4. If you do not have a dehydrator you can place in the oven on the lowest temperature for forty-five to an hour.
  5. Be careful not to over cook. They will burn quickly.

 

Raw Pad Thai

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One of my favorite things to eat is Pad Thai, a dish that is traditionally served hot. A friend gave me a recipe on a raw version of this dish. She follows a gluten free, unprocessed and sometimes raw vegan diet. I was interested in trying it even though its not traditional. Turns out raw is tasty.

I wanted to do a full post including all my raw recipes from our raw dinner party, but due to many failed attempts from technology issues, I am now going to separate those recipes into individual posts starting with this one. I will first give you a little information on the raw foods movement in case you haven’t heard of it.

The raw foods movement has been rapidly increasing over the last 10-15 years.  A raw food diet consists of eating uncooked, unprocessed and often organic foods and many of this movements followers are usually vegan or vegetarian. Raw food magazines, books and restaurants are continuously popping up across the United States. Devotees of this movement claim that switching over to raw foods is a “life changing experience that will provide you with extra energy and improved health.” This diet includes fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds. Although nothing is cooked, nuts and seeds can be made digestible by soaking and the use of a dehydrator adds variety to fresh produce. Raw foodists eat by theory that once food is cooked above 112 degrees, it loses its living enzymes and vitamins (nutrients). Many folks on this diet love the feeling of added energy and not feeling tired or sluggish.

Raw Pad Thai:

 

Noodles

2 each Zucchini

2 each Carrot

1 cup Purple Cabbage, Julienned

1 cup Mung Bean Sprouts

½ cup Cilantro

½ cup Crushed Almonds

 

Dressing

¼ cup Tahini

¼ cup Almond Butter

2 tablespoons lime Juice

¼ cup Tamari (Gluten –Free Soy Sauce)

2 tablespoons Raw Agave

½ teaspoon Garlic, Minced

1 teaspoon Ginger, Grated

 

  1. Using a spiralizer cut the zucchini and carrots into spaghetti shape.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the first six ingredients.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl add all the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk until smooth. If dressing is too thick add a few drops of water.
  5. Add the dressing to the first six ingredients and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for three hours. Allowing all vegetables to marinate in the dressing.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Superbowl Grub

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Lets be honest, aside from the commercials, the superbowl is a large get together for food and beer right? Unless your team made it that far, then its like chocolate covered bacon…pretty epic.

If you’re making plans to watch the game with some friends this Sunday evening, here is a list of some of my favorite recipes that are a little healthier than the packaged frozen foods or Papa Johns purchased game day foods.

Summer Rolls: Keeping them with vegetables is the way to go. If you want to make these rolls a little more football related, add some buffalo chicken inside with thinly sliced celery, carrots, chiffonade basil, and lettuce.

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Broccoli Salad: My favorite kind of salad! for better flavor, roast the broccoli first in a little EVOO, s&p until crispy.

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Black Bean Burgers: Forget grilling burgers and make your own veggie burgers, They are simple to make and very delicious. Did I mention they’re healthy too? These go great with your favorite burger topping!

-Roasted Portabella Burgers: Another tasty burger Idea. This is more for the anti-grain folks…minus the bun of course!

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Beer Bread: No football game is complete without beer. Pair your beer some beer bread! Another extremely easy recipe to make. Spread some butter on top and enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Apple Chips: Skip the Doritos and Lays potato chips. They are both loaded with msg’s, gmo’s, and other crap your body doesn’t need. Instead munch on these much healthier chips.

-Kale Chips: Only the best way to eat kale. I recommend starting these the Friday before the superbowl. They take up to 1 day to dehydrate…the wait is totally worth it!

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Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas: Words cant express how delicious these are. Dip them in buffalo sauce preferably Franks Red hot.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza: If your planning on ordering pizza, forget about it! Make this awesome crust and spread some pizza sauce along with favorite pizza toppings! Another healthy alternative.

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-Whole Wheat Pizza Dough: The cauliflower crust can be time consuming. This dough is a lot easier to make and just as tasty with your favorite toppings.

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Hummus: The best dip in the world. Why wouldn’t you include it at your superbowl party?? Just don’t forget the celery/carrot sticks and cucumber slices (pita and pretzels are great as well!)

Corn Salsa: Pick up a bag of blue corn tortilla chips! your going to need them for this black bean and corn salsa a better version of pico. (spread on your quesadilla if you want!)

Guacamole: Mashed avocado, whats not to love? Another great fixin for your quesadilla.

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Smoked Gouda Mac: Mac and cheese + football + beer = Awesome.

Mahi Tacos: I’m obsessed with TACOS! If someone doesn’t have tacos at their dinner party, then I’m leaving. if you don’t care for fish tacos, make up your own kind using beef, chicken, or whatever protein you prefer! TACOS!

Chili: I save the best for last. Every superbowl, chili has been a tradition in my family for many years. This recipe is vegetarian but if you enjoy a little chicken, beef or venision in your chili, feel free to add it in! Dip your beer bread in here! Just don’t forget the sour cream, scallions and cheese!

One last bit of advise, you should include margaritas at your super bowl party. I’m not talking about the real tart sour mix you buy from the store. Use this recipe and you will thank me later:

Margaritas: I mean, If your having tacos, chips and salsa and quesadillas….then you need margaritas. Not everyone likes beer but Everyone likes a good margarita. Cheers!

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Go Browns!

Lentils & Sausage

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I’ve been keeping my meals at home simple and under 30 minutes of cooking time. I’m mentally and physically drained from working so much that I literally have no motivation what so ever in conducting awesome 3 course meals.

This is one of my favorite meals that you can eat at any time of the day. The addition of the fried egg is a must! Just do it.

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Active Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Serves: 2

Mise en Place:

-1 15 Ounce can of Lentils (Feel free to cook your own if you have them on hand in dry form)

-1/2 Yellow Onion, small dice

-2 Garlic Cloves, rough chop

-1 Egg

-1./2 Pack Kielbasa Polish Sausage (or sausage of your choice)

-1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

– 1 Teaspoon Cayenne

-2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika

-1 Tablespoon Cumin

-Salt & Pepper, TT

Additional Tools:

-Sheet tray

-Foil

-Oil, butter, or fat of your choice!

Method of Prep:

-Turn oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet tray with foil. Cut sausage into 1/2″ rounds. Place on sheet tray and cook in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn sausage upside down and cook an additional 10 minutes.

-Heat up a medium pan with fat of your choice. Saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes.

-Add in can of lentils, including the liquid.

-Season with spices, salt and pepper.

-Allow lentils to simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring often.

-Once sausage is cooked, stir into the lentil mix.

-Fry your egg in a separate pan with fat of your liking in the last 2 minutes of your cooking time. (Don’t forget to season your egg with s&p!)

-Place sausage and lentils in a bowl, top with a fried egg and

Enjoy!

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