Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Really Ridiculously (R)awesome Recipes


It's Tuesday again, which means another day of raw, vegan goodness!! There's currently an excess of strawberries and carrots in the Shanghai Monkey house, so all of the recipes will be incorporating one of these.

Breakfast: Fruity (slightly greeny) Raw Smoothie

Strawberries, banana, romaine lettuce and cinnamon. I've been making this smoothie since last week, and it's too yummy to give up.

Lunch: Carrot & Ginger Souper Raw Soup (recipe adapted from gone raw)

  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced for 2 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • few sprigs of parsley
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • water
Toss everything in the blender and mix until smooth. Add water until the desired consistency. My blender isn't very powerful, so I had to add quite a bit of water to make the carrots blend. Next time I make this soup I will juice the carrots first (in a juice extractor) so the soup isn't so watered down. I reserved half of the avocado for garnish.

Dinner: Souped Up Souper Soup

I made so much carrot & ginger soup for lunch, that I had it again for dinner. To mix up the taste, I added 2 tomatoes and 1 green onion.

Dessert: Raw Strawberry "Cheese" Parfait (adapted from Healthy Girl)

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons raw sweetener (depending on taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free or use seeds from a vanilla bean)
  • 2 handfuls of strawberries
  • water
Here's yet another crust-less raw dessert. The original recipe was for cheesecake, but I ditched the crust and just made the filling and sauce. One of these days I'll make a raw crust! Mix everything (except the strawberries) in a blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to blend, add a little water. Pour into cups and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, toss the strawberries in the blender and mix. Pour over the "cheese". This dessert came out so creamy and delicious. I will definitely be making it again in the near future!

In between these meals, I snacked on veggies with raw hummus (recipe coming soon ...).
Happy uncooking ...

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