Makes: 6 Servings
Lentils are one of my favourite ingredients in the kitchen. They are extremely versatile and a great source of plant protein for those days when I cook vegetarian. Swiss Chard is full of rich anti-oxidants and goodness. This soup is one of my favourites as it was a staple at home growing up, and the combination of flavours is just delicious. I especially love all the coriander!
2 carrots diced
2 small potatoes diced
250g green lentils
4 garlic cloves crushed
60g coriander chopped
150g swiss chard
1 lemon juiced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tip: When Swiss Chard is not available, I have replaced it with spinach and found it worked well in this recipe.
This recipe has very little oil in it, but if you are avoiding fried foods such as during a detox, replace the oil with water. Simply put a little water in a frying pan and 'fry' your vegetables in water.
Makes: 20 vine leaves
Total: 1.5 hours
This recipe is usually made with rice but here is a version with fabulous Quinoa! Quinoa wins hands down when it comes to protein, fiber, and overall vitamin content. Vine leaves, whether freshly plucked from grapevines or bottled, can supply your body with a wide range of beneficial nutrients, from omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants to magnesium and calcium. This is a great recipe for enjoying the benefits of both.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/3 cup mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons dried dill
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup mixed quinoa (white and brown), uncooked
salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper to taste
12 to 20 jarred grape leaves, thoroughly rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
2 cups of water
Many of us are choosing to cut down our dairy consumption these days amidst evidence that its not good for our health. There are a lot of plant milks you can consume instead of cow's milk, but they are generally quite expensive or full of sugar, preservatives, additives and other unhealthy substances. The good news is that plant milks are really easy to make at home and you don't need any special equipment. You only need rice, water and your favorite sweetener to make this delicious rice milk and it's ready in 5 minutes!
½ cup cooked brown rice (100 g)
2 cups water (500 ml)
2 dates (optional)
Makes: 18 portions
Who doesn't crave something sweet once in a while? Here is a guilt free recipe that will definitely hit the spot! Home made mars bars made with healthy raw nuts, dates and a little Maple syrup. Full of Omega 3's, full of nutrients and so delicious!
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
3 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBSP water
1 TBSP almond butter
8 fresh medjool dates, pitted
2 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup – add more/less depending on how sweet you like it
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 TBSP water
Dark Cooking Chocolate for dipping
Makes: 2 portions
Low calorie, full of amazing omega 3's, and truly delicious!
1 zucchini, spiralized
½ lemon, juiced
2-3 cloves garlic (or less, if desired), minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper to taste
Makes: 4-6 portions
Kale is one of my favourite leafy vegetables and I always have some handy in my fridge. It is often referred to as the"Queen of Vegetables' and a 'Nutritional Powerhouse'. Kale is low in calorie, high in iron, high in Vitamin K,A, C and Calcium and is packed with powerful antioxidants. Its an anti-inflammatory food, great for cardiovascular support and is a great detox food. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite-sized slices
4 c. water
small bunch of curly kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
1/4 c. fresh dill, chopped fine
1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Makes: 1 portion
Traditional Lebanese Eggs and Sumac breakfast in clay pot, there is really nothing to this recipe and its extremely delicious. Eggs, contrary to what some people might believe, are very healthy for you. They contain amazing nutrients such as Choline that are vital for proper brain function. Eating eggs once or twice a week will add a lot of essential nutrients to your diet. Sumac is a spice made from the Sumac plant and the red dried crushed berries that grow on it. It adds a lovely mild lemon flavour to food, is full of amazing antioxidants and is just amazing with eggs!
Sumac powder (1/2 teaspoon per egg)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Makes: 1 to 1.5 quarts jar
Total: 3-10 days fermentation process
Are you getting enough probiotics? Fermented foods are super rich in good bacteria to heal your gut and boost your immunity. Remember that 80% of your immune system is in your gut so its very important to keep it healthy! Sauerkraut is basically fermented cabbage, it's beyond easy to make, requires very little equipment and is full of goodness. It's crunchy and delightfully sour, perfect as a side dish to your meat dishes, layering into a sandwich or simply eating on its own.
Sauerkraut is made by a process called lacto-fermentation. There is beneficial bacteria present on the surface of the cabbage and, in fact, all fruits and vegetables. Lactobacillus is one of those bacteria, which is the same bacteria found in yogurt and many other cultured products. When submerged in a brine, the bacteria begin to convert sugars in the cabbage into lactic acid; this is a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. Lacto-fermentation has been used for centuries to preserve seasonal vegetables beyond their standard shelf-life. The fermentation process itself is very reliable and safe, and the fermented sauerkraut can be kept at cellar temperature (around 55°F) for months, although those of us without cellars can make do with storing the kraut in our fridges! Besides preserving the cabbage, this fermentation process also transforms it into something incredibly tasty and gives it additional health benefits — fermented sauerkraut contains a lot of the same healthy probiotics as a bowl of yogurt.
Makes: 4-6 servings
Soup is always a great warm-up in the winter weather, and many of them contain cold and flu elixirs that will make you feel better in no time. This is one of my absolute favourites because it not only tastes amazing, I can also literally feel it working its magic. Made with super nutritious squash, ginger which acts as an expoterant, turmeric thats anti inflammatory, you'll be better in no time! I suggest you have a soup-making day and freeze enough to thaw out when you find yourself sniffling and coughing.
Tip: I make the coconut milk by mixing 3 teaspoons of coconut powder with 200ml of water. Incase you're wondering, the calories of 200ml coconut milk made this way is just 70kcal!
Makes: 12 pieces approx
Super tasty, super easy and full of amazing ingredients! Raw means that all the nutrients have been preserved so enjoy these guilt-free delicious deserts!
For the Filling:
For the Coating:
Tips: This recipe calls for cacao butter in the raw chocolate coating. If you can’t find it or don't want to use it, just go ahead and melt cooking chocolate alone in the same way and proceed as normal.
Source: Choosing Raw
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