recipe for you! my favorite salad and dressing

NOTE: If you read this when I first posted it—I typed in the wrong dressing recipe, oops! Please see changes below.

We could use a breather from the heavy topic of toxic dental practices! Here’s my favorite salad recipe, always a hit whenever I make it for my family or others. A big helping is a meal in itself, with the pasta in it. I took the idea from a recipe that used to be on Macaroni Grill’s menu, now discontinued—though I’ve made it healthier, of course! These are Ch. 2 and 3 recipes in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Enjoy!

Spinach-Orzo Ensalata

1 cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo pasta (boil in 3+ cups water, approx. 6-7 min., and rinse well to keep grains separate, then cool)

10+ cups spinach (about two 10-oz. bags), chopped

1 pkg. fresh basil, cut in ribbons

2 tomatoes, diced small

1 can black olives, sliced

2 oz. capers (half a 4 oz jar), drained

½ cup raw pine nuts (or toast them under the broiler—yum!)

Optional: shaved Parmesan to taste

Toss all ingredients except optional Parmesan. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top each plate with shaved Parmesan if desired. Serves 4 as a complete meal.

Tangy Dill Dressing

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. honey (raw)

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. dried (or 1/4 cup fresh) dill weed

Blend all ingredients well in a high-powered blender.

Nori Nachos!

When were in Cali, we bought lots of snacks at health food stores to stock the SunWarrior Party House. (I know, I know–I said I’d never do it again, but Tony Ricco and his water balloons weren’t there.) We bought these fabulous little things called Nori Nachos. So of course we saved the package with the ingredients, and we came home and duplicated it. It’s a great recipe if you like cheesy chips, and it’s a great way to get iodine-rich nutritional support for your thyroid. Here it is, ENJOY!

 

Nori Nachos

6 nori sheets (raw are the most nutritious, toasted have the mildest flavor)

1 tomato

1 carrot

2 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

¼ cup cashews

½ cup macadamia nuts

¼ cup sunflower seeds

1 tsp. sea salt

Puree tomato, carrot, vinegar and lemon juice until smooth in high-speed blender, about 60 seconds. Then add remaining ingredients except nori sheets and blend again until smooth, about 60 seconds.

Spread mixture in a thin layer on nori sheets. Cut sheets into desired shapes and place on racks in dehydrator. Dry below 115 degrees, for approximately 24 hours until crispy. Keep at room temperature in a paper sack.

Mother’s Day Blueberry Dessert

The more you eat raw food, the simpler it becomes. When I’m by myself, what I eat at home tends to be bare-bones, if I’m not in restaurants with friends. But when I have a Sunday dinner for my family, or a special occasion, I make it fancier. I’m not always the greatest at planning ahead, so sometimes I open the fridge and make something up, based on one ingredient I’d like to use.

Yesterday my two youngest kids made a lovely Mother’s Day dinner. I had a quick brainstorm about how to make the two pints of blueberries (currently in season) in the fridge into a dessert.

I put some young Thai coconut meat (1/2 cup?) and coconut liquid (1/2 cup?) into my BlendTec, with a little lemon juice (1 Tbsp?) and agave (2 Tbsp?), plus some cashews (1/3 cup?) and 6 frozen strawberries. I whizzed it up into a cream sauce and served it with ½ cup blueberries in each of five crystal glasses as a parfait. Yum, everyone gobbled it up.

(I put question marks after the measurements because I didn’t measure, so these are guesses–don’t hold me to them!)

Raw food weight loss

Raw food promotes weight loss in people who need to lose, and weight gain in people who are severely underweight from malnourishment.   Remember that unless you’re being excessive with nuts and seeds, raw food inherently is lower in fat and starch, which are what lead to weight gain.

To lose weight, following are a few ideas.   Put celery in your green smoothie.   It takes more calories to eat a stalk than you actually GET from it, so it’s bulk, to clean you out, bulk to fill you up, and great nutrition that actually nourishes the thyroid, which regulates metabolism.

Use cayenne, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon, too, to stimulate metabolism as you eat delicious raw food toward weight loss.   And don’t forget lemon juice in your water–it’s a great natural diuretic.

I got this great message on facebook recently from a Canadian reader named Karen.   She said she found GSG.com when googling 12 Steps for a friend in Alcoholic’s Anonymous!   As random as that seems, she called finding GSG “fate.”   She’s made some very significant dietary changes based on what she’s learned thus far, and has lost over 20 pounds.   She wondered if drinking a pint of green smoothie a day is enough.

Answer:   It’s enough for a wonderful first step!   Your body, mind, and spirit will tell you when it’s not enough any more, so listen to those cues and don’t stop your progress now.   My guess is you’ll want more sooner, rather than later.   Boutenko’s Roseburg study asked participants if they wanted to continue with their quart of green smoothie daily, and the vast majority said they wanted MORE, if anything.   I often drink THREE pints a day, though a quart is my average.

easy kale or collard “chips” you can make in your dehydrator

GreenSmoothieGirl.com reader Tonya C. donated  a recipe for yummy “chips” (I call them “crisps” because they’re really light and airy) made in the dehydrator. I have significantly  altered the recipe. Brewer’s Yeast is a good way for vegans to obtain Vitamin B12.

Cheesy Kale/Collard  Crisps

  • 1/3 cup cashews, soaked 1-2 hours (optionally)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2  tsp. Original Himalayan Crystal Salt
  • ¼ cup nutritional (or Brewer’s) yeast
  • 2 green onions (including the green part)
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp.  turmeric
  • 1  clove garlic

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients well in Total Blender. Press one side of 20-30 small kale or collard leaves (stems removed) in mixture and dry them for 4-6 hours in Excalibur dehydrator (until crispy).

Here’s a hilarious video of Tonya’s adorable 2-year old Emily making and eating the chips that her family calls “Emily’s Cheetohs.” They were disappearing during the night because Emily would wake up and wander into the kitchen to eat them:

http://raw100.ning.com/video/video/show?id=2170300%3AVideo%3A228864&xgs=1

Enjoy!

p.s. If you’ve been wanting an Excalibur dehydrator, here’s a link to another blog entry with another cracker recipe I really like, and a link to get a dehydrator.

Body Cleansing . . . part 8 of 9 on ELIMINATION

Many ancient texts speak of body cleansing, the need to fast now and then, for both physical and spiritual purification.   You don’t have to be a yogi to give your organs of elimination a chance to rest and repair.

I think that over time, if you eat a 60-80 percent raw diet that includes a quart of green smoothie daily, and if you virtually eliminate processed foods and meat/dairy, you may experience slower but equally excellent results.

Depending on what part you want to target in body cleansing, you can flush the kidneys and liver with the Master Cleanse (a very old regimen using fresh lemon juice, cayenne, and a bit of real maple syrup in water).   Dr. Jensen recommends several days of eating nothing but watermelon, when it’s in season.   Or grapes, up to several pounds a day.   The extra water and insoluble plant fiber are helpful in removing built-up waste.   I often will go a few days eating nothing but green smoothie (and/or some Ultimate Meal shakes, and lots of water), just for a quick and easy cleanse that fits into my busy life.

If you have a lifetime of eating anything close to the S.A.D., I do recommend you undertake full body cleansing. The GreenSmoothieGirl Detox is 26 days of the most productive rest-and-repair you’ve likely given your body in an entire lifetime. And you needn’t suffer or starve.  It walks you through several phases each cleansing a different organ.  Once you are done with our 26 day program you will have cleansed the whole body, not just one specific organ.  For more information on the GSG Detox program click HERE.

 (Edited Sept. 2014)