Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The next dish that she made was raw RICE! I was excited to see how this was going to turn out!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Then you make the Berrylicious Syrup which basically consists of fresh blueberries, some more dates and a bit of water. It makes this beautiful thick syrup!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 30th at 12pm!! The cost is $5 - Join Chef Olive as she showcases quick seasonal delights, a couple of easy recipes to get you in and out of the kitchen in a flash. Pre-register at customer service; space is limited. This event will be held in the Lifestyle Center Dr. Phillips store. The number to register is 407-355-7100.
I just signed up for it...anyone want to join me???
Unfortunately I was completely out of strawberries that I like to pile on with any other fresh berries I have on hand. This morning I cleaned out the blueberry and blackberry stash! Then I top it with Almond Breeze Vanilla "milk"! Oh my word. Have you EVER tried Almond Milk???? Seriously...it may just be the next best thing to bread! I've only tried the sweetened version, but I did buy the unsweetened Vanilla flavor and am waiting to crack it open once the other container is empty!
By the way...another one of my new favorites now...the homemade granola bars that I made last week! Seriously folks...these are out of this world! I think maybe next time though, I'm only going to use 1 stick of butter, not 1 1/2 sticks...perhaps THATs why they tasted more like a rich dessert than a "on-the-go" granola bar. My youngest wants me to forgo the dried fruit for chocolate chips...I told him we'd check out the Ghiradelli Dark chocolate chips.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It's basically a bunch of Kale, washed and cut off the stem, then chopped. In a bowl you pour 2 T of olive oil and massage it thoroughly until all the leaves are coated. The Kale will begin to soften quite a bit. Then scoop one fresh avocado into the bowl (de-pitted and skinned) and massage that into the leaves as well. Add diced cucumbers and tomatoes and the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon. ENJOY!
Although this salad is HIGHLY PRAISED on many chat boards and blogs across the internet, it was just "okay" for me. Perhaps because I am a big salad eater and I like to really unload the produce bin into my salads...this just seemed to be lacking something. Hubby wasn't all that impressed with it either. I did like the Kale though and was pleasently surprised how soft it became from all that massaging! :)
As I mentioned in a previous post...I love these Raw Organic Bars that several companies distribute. They are GREAT for midday snacks, or on the go. They are packed with awesome nutrients without all the junk that comes in so many of them. Amazing Grass was the very first one I tried, and loved, but I think I've found a replica of it, but cheaper, packed with MORE protein and actually a bit better tasting (if that was even possible!) Whole Foods has a generic brand with almost identical ingredients, but it tastes so much more "peanut-ty" and has 11g of protein!!! And at 1.99 it makes it that much more appealing!
Today I came across a yummy new salad dressing recipe which I'm all over since I eat salads quite a bit. I'm typically just a olive oil and splash of lemon kinda gal, but I'm always up for something to make my salad even that much more enticing!!! While I was juicing my oranges for the base of the recipe the boys asked for some freshly made lemonade with their lunch...ABSOLUTELY. I peeled one lemon, juiced it and added it to a shaker, poured 1 T of agave nectar, ice and bottled water...shake, shake, shake and VOILA - two incredible good, and healthy glasses on lemonade coming up!
Okay...back to the salad! Here is the recipe: Creamy Citrus Dressing
1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup + 2 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1 handful of cilantro
1 green onion, white and 1 inch of green, coarsely chopped
1 T chopped shallot
1/2 small jalapeno
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
In a blender, add the avocado, orange and lime juices, cilantro, green onion, shallot, jalapeno, and salt and blend until smooth. With the blender running, slowly pour in the olive oil, allowing it to emulsify for a thick, creamy consistency. Season to taste with pepper. Makes 2 1/2 cups.
By the way...Pixie Tangerines...oh my word! The produce manager opened one up for me on my last trip to Whole Foods and it's been love at first sight since then. They peel right off the rind with practically no effort whatsoever. There are no seeds and they are oh so juicy! My new favorite fruit to go!!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I feel like that is the sign I need in order to continue with this new, fresh, organic, raw way of eating that I have embarked on. Good grief!!!