Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Favorite Raw Summertime Recipes!

These are some of our favorite raw recipes for summer ! These will not only delight your palates, but they’ll leave you, your friends, & your family feeling healthy & refreshed! Best of all, you’ll find that they’re light, & as easy as chopping, blending, & mixing—perfect for steamy nights when you don’t want to turn on the oven!

Strawberry Oat Breakfast Bars 

Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw, organic macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons cold rolled oats
Pinch celtic sea salt
1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

Directions:

Pulse dates, nuts, oats, & salt in a food processor until combined.  Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.  Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles.

Pickled Heirloom Tomatoes 

Ingredients:
• heirloom tomatoes (mixed varieties, including green & cherry tomatoes)
• 5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced (try using our super sharp Ceramic knives for easy slicing)
• 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (try our mandoline cutter for perfectly uniformed strips)
• 5 fresh basil leaves, whole
• 4 fresh oregano leaves, rough chopped
• 1 Tbsp celtic sea salt per cup of filtered water
• 1 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice (use our handheld citrus juicer to get the most juice from your citrus of choice)

Directions:
Slice your tomatoes into 1/4 inch rounds. You can leave some of the cherry tomatoes whole if you like. Tightly pack your jar with tomatoes, onions and herbs until roughly 3/4 full.

Dissolve sea salt in water to create a brine solution. Stir in lemon or lime juice (this keeps the tomatoes from becoming too mushy during the fermentation process).

Pour the liquid into the jar, covering the tomatoes and herbs. Add more cold water if necessary. Leave about an inch at the top.

Put the lid on the jar and leave on your counter undisturbed for about 7 days or until naturally pickled by fermentation. Refrigerate after opening.

Raw Vegan Mock Tuna Salad in Butter Lettuce Cups 

Ingredients:
• 1/2 c raw, organic sunflower seeds (soaked in water for 2 hours & drained)
• 2 pickles, chopped
• 2 large stalks of celery, chopped finely
• 1/2 c shredded carrots
• 1 T pickle juice
• 1 1/2 T lemon juice
• 1/2 t celtic sea salt
• 12 pieces of butter lettuce leaves

Directions: 
Place sunflower seeds in a food processor fitted with the S blade and pulse till they’re well combined but not totally smooth. Add remaining ingredients and pulse again, till everything is broken down and uniform. Divide “tuna salad” evenly into the 12 butter lettuce cups. Serve!

Note: If you don't feel like making these at home & are local to the Mount Airy, MD area - stop by Superfoods on Main (106 S. Main Street Mount Airy, MD 21771), a vegetarian cafe offering these & other vegan/vegetarian salads, sides & options. Check their Facebook page for current offerings.

Raw, Tangy Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:
• 5 stalks of broccoli
• 3/4 c red onion (finely chopped)
Dressing:
• 1 cup veganaise

Directions:
Cut the broccoli heads into bite-sized pieces. Peel the stems and cut them up also. Put the broccoli into a bowl together with the onion and the raisins. Combine the dressing ingredients two hours before serving and pour over the broccoli. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over just before serving.

Sweet Summer Raw Peach Crumble

Ingredients:
• 5 fresh peaches
• 9 raw, organic dates
• 1/2 t raw, organic cinnamon powder
• 4 T water (or desired amount to reach a syrupy consistency)
• 3/4 c raw, organic almonds or raw, organic pecans
• 2 T raw, organic, virgin coconut oil
• 1/4 c raw, organic rolled oats

Directions:
For the Base -Place sliced peaches in a large bowl & set aside. In a blender or food processor, blend 5 dates, cinnamon, and desired amount of water to reach a syrup consistency. Pour the date syrup over the peaches & refrigerate for at least one hour.

For the Topping -When peach/date mixture has chilled, in a food processor blend almonds, 4 dates, & coconut oil to desired consistency. We liked the topping a little chunky so we only pulsed the food processor a couple of times. Top peach/date mixture with this topping & enjoy!

Note: You can substitute your favorite fruit in place of the peaches in this recipe. Also works great with blueberries, strawberries or apples! Use whatever is in season, you can buy local, or what you have on hand.


 


Monday, June 24, 2013

The 4 Best Coconut Oil Face Masks & Scrubs Ever!

Coconut Oil Scrub

This recipe is moisturizing and works to exfoliate dead skin cells. The grains in the sugar and salt lift off skin & the coconut oil helps your skin to glow helping you to look refreshed!

1 tablespoon of raw, organic, virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey
1 teaspoon of organic coconut sugar
half a teaspoon of celtic sea salt

Mix these ingredients together well, & apply to your skin in a gentle circular motion. You can leave this recipe on for a few minutes for extra moisturizing & then wash off. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Coconut Oil Face Wash

This is an antibacterial, soothing & calming wash to support acne & help cleanse.

1 tablespoon of raw, organic, virgin coconut oil
3 drops tea tree oil
2 drops lavender or neem oil

Optional: a teaspoon of raw, organic honey or for oily skin add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (juiced with our handheld citrus juicer)

Mix together well and use like you would your standard cleanser. Leave on for a minute then wash off and pat dry with a clean towel.

Coconut Oil Moisturizing Mask

This is a very moisturizing mask for normal to very dry & mature skin types. It's a synergistic blend that makes the most of every ingredient giving your skin the most bang for the buck so to speak.

1 tablespoon of raw, organic, virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey
Optional: half a teaspoon of organic avocado oil
Half a mashed avocado or banana for moisturizing (or also use mashed fruit, carrot or sweet potato as antioxidant ingredients)

Blend these ingredients together well and apply to skin. Leave on 10 to 20 minutes then wash off. If you want extra hydration & nourishing benefits add a few drops of rosehip & carrot seed oil. You can also use neroli & rose oil for very dry or mature skin.

Coconut Oil Skin Serum

This is a beautifully hydrating & nourishing moisturizer serum to make at home. Depending on what skin you have any issues you want to address you can add other base and essential oils to this mix.

1 tablespoon of raw, organic, virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon of almond or sweet apricot oil
few drops of organic avocado oil (optional)
5 drops of carrot seed & rose hip oil (also optional but makes your skin feel amazing)

Blend these ingredients together & store and a glass bottle. Apply a few drops a day. This blend should last you a long time & a stated above can be adapted with the addition of other base oils & essential oils.

Additional recipes & ideas can be found in our books; Coconut Oil for Health & Beauty , The Coconut Oil Miracle, & The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil .