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March 22, 2017

Sweet Potato Latkes (Pancakes)

 I love creating healthy, raw vegan versions of recipes that are connected to "comfort foods" from my childhood. Potato Latkes were a favorite that mom used to cook up. They always make me feel happy, and  remind me of a connection to family when we all lived nearby and could celebrate together. With my mom just passing recently, I'm revisiting some of her Traditional Recipes, and challenging myself to make a raw version. SUCCESS! While they look a little dry, they are moist, chewy and full of flavor. Once you put the raw applesauce on top, they soften and rehydrate the outside of the pancake.  The onion flavor and texture tingle my taste buds and really remind me of Grammy's Latkes!

November 25, 2015

RT's Quick and Easy Cranberry Relish

Wishing all all who celebrate, a fabulous Happy Thanksgiving. May you treasure time with friends and/or family. While I won't be with my entire family tomorrow, I will be with my adorable grandson Leo, my younger daughter, SIL, and their family. I know it will be a fabulous day!

Enjoy the day, eat as healthy as you can and you'll be happier the next day...but enjoy whatever it is you decide to eat...JOY and gratitude are most important tomorrow!! There is no room for guilt. Besides, it won't change anything. Decide ahead of time what you plan to eat and then let it go.  I give thanks to my friends and loved ones, near and far and send love to all of the amazing people in my life that are no longer with us. I know they will be with us in spirit.  Blessings!!!!

October 2, 2013

Meetup: Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

This delicious and refreshing salad is one of my all time favorites. Someone from my Meetup group brought this...I tweaked it a bit.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this salad. The fennel, orange and macadamia nuts marry exquisitely!!!

July 22, 2013

Linquine al Pistachio (Pistachio Pesto)

Super nutritious...and delicious! Linguine al Pistachio will take your taste buds into a new dimension.  Enjoy this satisfying dish with little effort. Combine with a simple salad and you have a gourmet meal that is sure to please your most finicky guest.

June 23, 2013

Magnificent Mango Hummus - (Raw Vegan)

After preparing a Coconut Mango Cream Pie that was to LIVE for, I still had some leftover Champagne Mangos (Ataulfo) from a case that needed to be used. I also froze a bunch to use for "ice cream" at another time. So today, I whipped up this Magnificent Mango Hummus and served it in a few romaine lettuce leaves. I could see this going really nicely on a salad, but would also make a great dip, if thinned out a bit. This is definitely a QUICK and EASY recipe!

February 22, 2013

Asian UnFried Rice

Prepare this delicious dish in minutes and gently warm it in the dehydrator, or, eat as is. It's colorful, delicious and so very light. I'm due for a trip to the store and used what I had available. I would add snow peas, fresh parsley, shredded carrots and sprouts. Select your favorite veggies and create this dish your family and friends will adore.

September 17, 2012

Hot Pepper Cheese Dip and/or Pepper Poppers (Vegan)

ZIPPPPPPPPPY! Lots of "Fooled You" peppers from the garden begging to be made into something yummy. This pepper is pretty cool. as it tastes a lot like jalapeno without the heat. The recipe is a lovely Popper Cheese, and since the peppers were missing heat, the cheese is not. What an awesome DIP!!! The Pepper Poppers are still in the dehydrator, but W and I both snatched one..and they were so flavorful, giving our taste buds a lovely jolt of spicy goodness . So either way...a zippy, cheesy dip for your veggies, raw crackers and chips, or a filling for your Pepper Poppers...

August 7, 2012

Garlic and Dill Sunflower Seed Dressing

Here's a quick and easy salad dressing made from sunflower seeds. Adjust the ingredients to your liking. Make it zippier, sweeter, or "dilly-er"! Yummers!

August 2, 2012

Horseradish, Garlic and Dill Cheese - Fermented

Fermented nut cheeses can be eh...and they can be RAWlicious!  This batch turned out super RAWlicious. A lot of you have asked for the recipe. I accidentally misplaced my notes and then found them, but had to decipher my own writing. This can be a daunting task. haha! Feel free to eliminate any of the ingredients you don't like. Use the base, and add your choice of herbs and spices. One should note that adding fresh herbs to fermented cheese will shorten the shelf-life of the cheese, but if it's good, no worries because it won't last that long. Taste it. If it tastes bad, it probably is.

July 26, 2012

Beet and Horseradish Dip/Hummus

For those of you following my blog, you know i'm on a root kick...and one of the roots my doc wants me to have a tiny bit of each day..horseradish root. I made some kick-ass horseradish, but it's really potent and I needed to come up with a milder alternative. The goal was to create a hummus, however, this could be used as a veggie dip, hummus, condiment in wraps, etc. Once you prepare the horseradish, you can make this as hot or mild as you like. Irish Moss Paste is optional, but I explain in another post how to make it and freeze it so you have it on hand when needed. Here's a great article on the benefits and cautions in using horseradish.

July 24, 2012

Smokey Backyard Tomato Soup with Hot Red Pepper Sauce

Like many of you, I've got an over abundance of tomatoes springing out of our community garden and thought it would be nice to make a summer tomato soup with a bit of a twist from our usual. OH YUM!  Just a pinch of smoked paprika gives this soup such a deep, smokey tone, our taste buds were dancing with delight! I was so involved in prep, I am not sure I got all of the ingredients written down. Not to worry, I'll be making this again for sure. We loved it!

July 23, 2012

Creamy Green Garlic 'N Dill Dressing

Tonight I made this HUGE salad for dinner and was in the mood for something creamy with a dill flavor. I came up with this very yummy garlic and dill dressing with a hint of horseradish. You can add more dill and more horseradish per your preference. Makes a great veggie dip or massage into a wilted kale salad. Add more cashews if you want to thicken it. Here's the basic recipe...

July 13, 2012

Creamy Red Pepper and Garlic Salad Dressing

Now that I'm eating huge salads every day with lots of roots and wilted kale, I'm playing around with creamier dressings to compliment the heavier salads. I had lots of leftover zucchini from the BBQ chips I made, so I tossed it in the blender and came up with this very light dressing. Leave out the avocado, and you've got a fat-free dressing.

July 12, 2012

Spicy BBQ Zucchini Chips (RAWBQ)

A friend gave us some overgrown zucchinis. Large circumference zucchinis do not spiralize well. So, how about making some "potato" chips? These are so crazy reminiscent of BBQ potato chips, I can't believe it! Warning - they are very spicy, so cut down on the hot red chili powder and cayenne if you want a tamer version.  You may want to double this recipe...they are amazing!

July 3, 2012

Creamy Orange Sesame Salad Dressing

A creamy, but very light salad dressing with a cooling citrus base. It also makes a wonderful veggie dip. This was the very first salad I made with the lettuce we are growing at the community garden. I'm so loving the garden. We lost our cucumbers - not sure why, but everything else is looking pretty fabulous so far!

June 13, 2012

Dill Hummus

Yep - it's made with nuts...and Yep, it's rich, creamy and just a little bit decadent. This dish can be used in so many ways, adding a bit of creamy richness to any meal. Add a couple of spoonfuls to a wrap, stuffed full with lots of greens and sprouts...maybe a side of kimchi or raw sauerkraut. It can also be used as a salad dressing, a dip with raw chips/crackers, or spread it on a juicy sliced apple. I even made a pizza using Dill and Caraway Wrap that I dehydrated as a flexible pizza crust, topping with Nut 'n Dill Hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, dulse flakes, etc. 

You will only need a small amount of this delicious treat to satisfy your hunger!

January 9, 2012


Last night I made a spectacular Mexican Style Cauliflower Rissoto.  Rather than waste any leftovers, I took the remaining "Sauce" and Rissoto and threw this meal together in about ten minutes!!!

January 8, 2012

Mexican Style "Rissoto"

Soooo good, I practically licked the plate clean. Yesterday, I posted Chef Russel Jame's Cauliflower Rice in a Creamy Cheese Sauce recipe video, along with my own version of the recipe. Tonight, I was on a roll and inspired to create a totally different flavor. You can do this. See how easy it is? Just changing up some of the herbs and spices, gives a whole new style to this dish. Thank you Russell James!

January 7, 2012

Cauliflower "Rice" and Creamy "Cheese" Sauce

I've been posting some real "Quick and Easy" recipes the past few days. W is still away, and when I prepare food for myself, I want it to be seriously simple. Chef Russell James is at it again and posted a few awesome videos. One of them contained this cauliflower recipe, and like me, he is encouraging you to PLAY in the kitchen and let yourself be creative. Take a basic recipe and run with it. This is what I did after watching his videos.

January 5, 2012

Creamy Carrot Soup

This was yet another quick and easy recipe that I threw together in a flash and was pleasantly surprised at how absolutely full-bodied and flavorful it turned out. I accompanied this lovely soup with some of my Veggie Pulp Crackers that I had dehydrated from the Creamy Veggie Sauce on Zucchini Pasta.

F A B U L O U S!!!! I will definitely make this again. When people claim raw food prep takes too long, they really have no idea. There are so many wonderful quick and easy recipes that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. The cumin and lime blended so well with the carrot. One of my favorite quick blender soups so far! (Select "Quick" in the CATEGORY drop down menu and see for yourself).

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