I’m eating lots of yums at my parents’. My mom made this wonderful amazing stir-fry tonight for dinner.
I don’t know the recipe, but I know it had lots of peanut butter. It was delicious. Maybe I’ll ask her how she made it sometime soon. It had all of my favorite veggies – broccoli, mushrooms, carrots (which I actually avoided because I’m trying not to turn orange), and red peppers. She’s not scared to use enough oil to make it taste good either.
This morning (and yesterday I think) for breakfast I made a really good bowl of hot cereal. I mix together…
- ~1/2 cup of quick cooking oats
- a few tablespoons of farina
- cook it in water & almond milk
- cinnamon, almond or orange extract (or both!), dash of salt
I like to top it with milk (whole cow’s milk or more almond milk) and maple syrup or honey. My facial lady told me to avoid sugar and see what happens (I know what will happen – my face will be clear), so today I had it with no syrup (but extra milk).
Uh oh. I think I have a new addiction. It sounds like kabocha, but it’s more expensive – kombucha.
The one I tried was $3.39 (yikes) and it was "GT’s Organic Botanic No. 7 Kombucha". I specifically got the one with probiotics to help with my digestion. This one was raw.
Kombucha is a fermented Chinese tea. It takes about 30 days to make; during the process various nutrients are formed (enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants, and polyphenols). It’s basically the healthiest thing you could possibly drink.
Some people say it tastes like vinegar; I thought it tasted a little bit like wine, only fizzy and better (I don’t really like wine). I’ll definitely be buying this again as soon as I can wrap my head around the price. It’s so darn pricey. I will absolutely try to make this in the future. Tips?
Speaking of yummy things, I did these 5 videos yesterday for exercise. They are each 10 minutes. Try them out! My sister loves Polly’s videos too.
Do you like kombucha? Have you tried it? Have you tried Polly’s videos yet? (It’s her birthday week by the way!)
P.S. Check out Clare’s Positivity Giveaway. She’s so sweet
This is the other recipe that Jill and I got to try at the raw foods demo at Whole Foods. It was served with raw flax crackers (yum). You just need a good blender to make it (which I don’t have, but I will try with my food processor). The recipe is raw, vegan, and vegetarian.
Raw Zucchini Hummus
- 2 zucchini
- 3/4 cup tahini (raw)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil (cold pressed, if you want it to be truly raw)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2.5 teaspoons salt (I would cut down on this)
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
Chop the zucchini and blend everything in the blender. Add the lemon juice and garlic (and salt) a little bit at a time to get the flavor that you want.
I thought this was really yummy. I might use a little less garlic and salt. I few other substitution ideas might be…
- nut butter instead of tahini (like a yummy Thai peanut sauce)
- experiment with other oils – sesame oil would give it a nice Asian flavor
- other spices instead (or in addition to) cumin – chili powder, Asian 5-spice, cinnamon
- add in some herbs – oregano, basil, dill, etc…
- vinegar in place of lemon juice
- add some Bragg’s liquid aminos (cut out salt, cut down on lemon juice)
Of course you could do beans instead of the tahini, but then it would be a more standard hummus.
What’s your favorite hummus? I really like Tribe’s Olive Hummus. So good. I know Sabra is a popular one as well. I love putting hummus on crispy fruit like apples. I don’t know if that’s common or not…
HERE is my recipe for simple homemade hummus.
I made these on Saturday night, right before Bobby and I went out to dinner with the cousins. They are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or even a snack. They’re fairly healthy, but they are really flavorful and delicious. I had them for breakfast 2 days in a row. You could veganize them by using an egg substitute.
I say this about a lot of things, but you *must* make these. You will not be disappointed!
Goji Nut Biscotti
Ingredients (makes ~12 small biscotti)
- 1 cup oat bran
- 1/3 cup quick cooking oats (instant) (can sub with flour or oat bran)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 dashes of salt
- 1 teaspoon spice (cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)
- 1 egg + 1 egg white
- 1/3 cup sweetener (I used Trader Joe’s stevia)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup goji berries
- 1/4 chopped nuts of choice (see notes below)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Soak the goji berries in hot water.
- Mix together the oat bran, oats, baking soda, salt, and spices.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Beat this pretty well.
- Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Drain the berries and add them, and then add the nuts. The dough should be dry enough so that you can work with it. If it’s not, add a bit more oat bran (or don’t add all of the egg mixture).
- Spray a cooking pan with non-stick spray and shape the dough into a long log shape, about 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch high. You can top with extra nuts or oats. Bake this for 20 minutes.
- Remove the log from the oven and reduce heat to 300F. Cut the log into pieces and bake them on one side for 15 minutes. Take them out, turn them over, and bake them for another 15 minutes. If they are still not hard, turn them again and cook for 10 more minutes.
- Enjoy dipped in coffee, tea, peanut butter, or plain.
For the nuts I used these things I found in the Asian grocery store called “olive kernels” (seen above). I recognize the flavor, but I have no idea what they really are, or if maybe they have another name. The nut is definitely used in a Christmas cookie that I have every year, but I cannot remember which cookie and I have been unable to find out anything online.
Help! Do you know what these nuts might be?