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On top of an amazing Raw Food Dinner my friends gave me some of the best birthday gifts this year:
And…the words of warm birthday wishes from so many of you… thank you! June is not my favorite month anymore after Dennis passing on the 24th. But thanks to you all, you have lightened my spirit and got me through another year. oxox
I want to thank everyone who has participated in the RawFoodTalk.com forum. There have been some amazing exchanges there and so many words of wisdom spoken. But its time for me to close this board. I am moving on to new ventures and feel that its time for me to let this go. A forum of this size takes loads of money, time and energy. I have not been keeping up with the forum upgrades, the spam problems, etc…. which is resulting in many disgruntled emails and people calling the office daily. I’m sorry to disappoint the many of you who have spent your time and wonderful words of help and inspiration there. I hope that you have all benefited from the board and that it has helped you on your path to optimal health. I know many of you have made lasting friendships there as well. I will leave this board up for a month of so, so that you may copy what you need and any information you would like to save.
Thank you for being part of the RawFoodTalk.com community! It’s been a wonderful ride! I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for all of you and of course, you can keep up with my adventures through my blog, Facebook and twitter. I am continuing my certification trainings and there will be some exciting new classes, events and projects coming into fruition in the near future!
I was in the mood for something lighter this morning instead of my thick green raw food smoothie. I could smell the grapefruits on my counter and I remembered that I had some fresh burdock root so I combined the two for an amazingly refreshing smoothie.
3 Grapefruits peeled
4 small sticks of burdock root
Place all in a vitamix and blend well until frothy.
It made 2 large glasses so you can use 2 grapefruit and 2 burdock and you’d probably have enough for a normal glass.
My sister, Stacie, is here from Florida to help me with my April Raw Food Certification class that starts Friday. Its 5 days of non-stop set up for the class but she is finally over at the retreat house prepping food with 4 other amazing raw food helpers today. Its always an incredible experience meeting the people who come to the class. I think the furthest person coming to this one is Seoyull from Korea! Its always a life shifting experience for them and for me. I’m ready to be in the bubble of bliss that is created from each class! Ill be tweeting pictures throughout the weekend so make sure you follow me on twitter!
Stacie made these incredible plantains yesterday for us that are so easy to make and really unique. Just make sure you use really ripe plantains or they won’t taste good at all:
A couple of VERY RIPE plantains
Melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt
Slice the plantains into bit size pieces like you would a banana.Pour some melted coconut oil over the plantains. Use enough melted coconut oil to coat the plantains. Mix them around in the coconut oil and then sprinkle a large amount of cinnamon, curry and sea salt on them to coat them really well. They should look brownish-orange from the spices. Let sit and marinate for at least an hour. Enjoy!
Do you remember these?! I almost didn’t! With all the gourmet raw food floating around the internet and the popularity of raw foods now, I often crave the simplicity of my old, tried but true, basic raw food recipes like the ones in Living on Live Food. Give these a try and alter them to your liking. They are pretty simple and basic which I like because they can go with a variety of toppings or dips, etc…
Flax Seed Crackers
The basic cracker. I love these! They are simple, yet tasty and great for dipping or topping with avocado, tomato and onion. After you make these once, you can vary the amounts of garlic and ginger and lemon to suit your taste.
2 cups whole flax seeds (soaked in 2 cups water for 4 hours or overnight)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tablespoons Bragg liquid aminos or Nama Shoyu
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined, and until the garlic and ginger are completely ground.
2. Remove from processor and place on a Teflex sheet on top of a mesh dehydrator screen. Spread batter into a thin sheet about 1/8 inch thick (or less…I like to make these very thin: the ‘goopy’ substance from the flax seeds holds these crackers together even if they have holes).
3. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-16 hours, depending on degree of crispness desired. Flip crackers and peel off Teflex sheet after 7-8 hours.
Note: When you place whole flax seeds in the food processor with the other ingredients, the flax seeds will stay whole. This is suggested just to grind the other ingredients and to blend the flax seeds into the mixture.
Raw Chocolate Bark
I have been making this constantly. Its so easy and its so unbelievably good!
Its a basic chocolate recipe with added hemp seeds, chia, dried fruit and nuts. You can add whatever you like to it. Mix and match and experiment with different fruits, nuts, almond butter, shredded coconut and superfoods. You can even add flavors like vanilla beans and essential oils like peppermint, orange, etc… The cinnamon batch I made was the best so far.
Just use about equal parts raw cacao powder and melted coconut oil. Mix together (I use a hand mixer) and add a good amount of sweetener to taste (agave, honey, coconut syrup…) Just keep tasting until it’s not bitter and it is to your liking. I also add a couple of T of melted cacao butter but its fine if you don’t have any. Mix this well until there are no lumps and it’s smooth. It will be a chocolate sauce consistency. Next, add in your additions. For the picture above I added:
Chopped dried figs
Chopped dried apricots
Chia seeds (I love these in chocolate. It makes it takes like a nestles crunch)
Crushed and whole walnuts
Lots of Cinnamon
A little Himalayan sea salt
Mix this all together by hand. Then spread it out onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for an hour. It doesn’t take long for this to freeze. Don’t make this too thin but not so thick that you cant break into it when you bite it.
Spent the day with Leah yesterday, shopping at the Common Crow (amazing health food store in Gloucester, MA). She made us an incredible Caesar salad while we brainstormed about the new one day class. God do I miss her making food for me!!
Im so excited to be adding this day on to the training! You can read about it here rawteacher.com , if you haven’t read it in the bulk email already. There are only two spaces left in the April class!
Leah and I are planning some other crazy stuff so stay tuned…
And, Im going to be blogging a lot more… I know ive said this before but so many of you write asking what im up to and about differnt aspects of life. Not always the most thrilling, but I promise to be better at writing about my raw life and my adventures. Ive been tweeting like crazy so follow me there also. If your not familiar with twitter, its super easy to set up an account and follow my daily rants at https://twitter.com/AlissaCohen