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Delicious lentil patties

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Recipes | Posted on 16-12-2014

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So the other day I was finishing up my 9 day cleanse.  Yes, I decided to cleanse at the biggest holiday time of the year.  I am doing great though.  Today I am starting my last two liquid cleanse days and I feel fab!  I wanted to make a meal using what I had in the cupboard without going out for anything at all and I managed to come up with these delicious little treats.  I am always surprised how good lentils taste.  This was made with green lentils, I usually use red ones but the green turned out great!
Here it is:

1 cup of green or red lentils rinsed
Boil in 2 cups of water and when they reach boiling, turn down to simmer for 15-20 mins until all the water is soaked up and the lentils begin to look dry.
Sautee a large chopped onion and 5-7 cloves of garlic in coconut oil – I love garlic so this may be too much for some people.
Add in 2 tsp of cumin seeds to the onions and some chopped cilantro – I had about 1/4 of cup on hand.
Flavor with salt and pepper
Once cooked, mix the lentils in into the onions and mash.  I kept my onions chopped, rather than minced and I think it gave it a nice chewy, crunchy texture.  You could also add brown rice or some sunflower seeds if you wanted.  I didn’t.
Add in 1/2 cup or more ground oats and mash. Coat your hands with oat flour and form small patties.
The smaller the patties the easier they are to handle so don’t make them too big.
Cook until golden brown on each side either in the oven at 350 or on a skillet in coconut oil.
I served this with a homemade peanut sauce and a side salad.  They were delicious, quick and easy to make. They are also a good source of protein and fiber.  Makes 8-10 patties.

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Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Recipes | Posted on 04-11-2014

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This past Thanksgiving I wanted to make a healthy, gluten free vegan pie crust.  It was a bit of a tall order but I figured it out.  It was delicious and super easy, I didn’t even need a rolling pin.

  • 1 1/2 cup ground oats – I ground regular oats in the vitamix until they were in powder form.
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup solid coconut oil kept in the fridge so it is hard
  • 8 tablespoons ice water

Blend the salt and oats in the food processor, add the coconut oil, add a tablespoon at a time of ice water so that it forms a ball – you may not need all of the water.  Pat into the pie plate.  Bake as you would any pie crust.  I made a pecan pie and put the filling into the pie2014-10-18 19.48.25 as the recipe called for.

 

Gluten, refined sugar, egg & dairy free banana bread – adapted from The Purity All Purpose Flour cook book

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Recipes | Posted on 24-10-2014

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Before I left home, my mother gave me a signed copy (signed by her) of The Purity All Purpose Flour Cook Book.  I used to love to bake and did so regularly.  When I was in university and broke, I would spend my evenings either at the gym or baking.  Thank goodness one balanced out the other.I recently resurrected this book when I wanted to make a morning bread on a drizzly fall morning.  I used only what I had in the cupboard and adapted it, which I always find fun. Here is the recipe. Use all organic ingredients whenever possible.  OR stands for Original Recipe.

Preheat Oven to 350 F

2 cups of oats – I ground these to a flour in the vitamix – original recipe (OR )= flour
3 large pitted dates –  OR = 1/2 cup of sugar
3 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Stir all of this together

Add in 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts.  My first choice would have been walnuts but I only had almonds and they were a nice addition.

1 TBSP of ground flax – mixed with 3 TBSP of water =OR 1 egg
3/4 cup of juice – my mom had given me some homemade crabapple juice – she said it had no sugar but it tasted sweet so use something with sweetness if you only put in 3 dates or increase the dates and use something else like almond milk. OR = milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil = OR vegetable oil or shortening
3 bananas  = OR 1.5 cups mashed – I am guessing that 3 is close to 1.5 cups
Mix the above together, then combine with the dry ingredients.  Put in a greased pan, I used coconut oil spray.  Could also use muffin tins.

Bake for 60-70 mins or until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
I also added 5 chopped unsulphured apricots on top and I think next time I would blend them in.
This recipe may be easily modified to be banana and blueberry or strawberry and rhubarb or apple and cinnamon, you just need to adjust the moisture to ensure that the batter isn’t too thick or too runny.
Last note: I made this the evening before and asked my boyfriend who gets up 2-3 hours earlier than me to pop it into the oven an hour and a half before I woke.  It was awesome waking up to fresh baked bread and felt very decadent to have it served in bed with tea!

Raw, vegan, chocolate truffles

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Recipes | Posted on 27-05-2014

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This is a deeeelicious little treat when you want something sweet but want to keep it relatively healthy.

1 cup of medjool pitted dates
1 cup of nuts – I used half almonds and half chia seeds.  If you use really oily nuts the truffles will drip with oil.  Be creative.
Use a high powered blender like a vitamix to powder the nuts.
Blend in the dates
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of maple syrup
Mix in 1/2 plus 2 TBSP of cocoa powder
If too dry, add in a small amount of water to the mixture but not too much.

Once mixed, I divided this recipe into thirds and then spiced it up a bit by adding the following:

Batch one: 1/4 tsp of Saigon cinnamon and a dash of cayenne – the type of cinnamon is important to the taste.
Batch two: A couple of grinds from the salt grinder of himalayan pink salt
Batch three: I kept as original.
Wet hands and form into small balls and keep in fridge or freezer.
You may add other flavours as well, such as organic orange zest, grated ginger or add other natural extracts such as almond or coconut.  You may also roll them in crushed nuts of some type, maybe a soft nut like pecans, shredded coconut or roll in cocoa powder.

Cleanse day beans in a bowl meal

Posted by clstevens | Posted in cleansing, Cleansing & Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 26-02-2014

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This is one of my favourite meals.  It is super easy and really tasty.  I don’t usually measure things so over time you will figure out what works best for you.  I will give a guesstimate as to what measures to use.

Soak black beans over night – about 2 cups
Rinse and cook until tender.
1 medium to large onion
6 cloves of garlic
juice of 1 large lemon or 2 small limes
1/2 tsp corriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 a hot pepper serano or jalapeno – may use pepper flakes instead.
1 pepper – green or otherwise
1 can of corn – must be organic non GMO or forget about it! 😉  Honestly, do not add it.
You can also add chopped cilantro to the base or mince and put on top.
I do not serve this with rice but that is also an option.

Chop onion and grill in coconut oil.  I like the spray from Trader Joe’s.
While grilling add in the corriander and cumin, stir
In food processor chop the garlic and pepper and lemon – I use a vitamix so I put the entire lemon in without the rind and blend it well.  Often people will chop and juice by hand, if you have a vitamix why bother.
Add this and simmer on low.
Add the beans and simmer
This is when you start tasting to see if it needs more spice.
Add in the colored pepper – you don’t want this to get mushy so you leave it near the end
Add in the can of corn with the juice.  You also want this to be a bit crunchy.
Simmer on low for awhile and serve.

If you are on your Isagenix cleanse and are having a meal day, you would eat it just like this with maybe a little chopped tomato or salsa and a 1/4 of a chopped avocado on top.  If you are not cleansing and want to fancy it up, add a dolop of organic sour cream, some salsa, chopped avocado and a few organic corn chips.  Use the corn chips as a spoon. This is a really easy, quick and tasty dish.  All vegetarian and all good!  It also keeps well for a few days and may be frozen.

Use organic whenever possible and if you can’t get organic corn or corn chips, skip them.  Watch the movie Genetic Roulette.  You will understand why.

To your health!

 

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