Last night, our local vegan/veggie group here in Shreveport had our first potluck! The turn out might not have been insane, but it meant that we were able to chat more intimately with each other, and I personally am all about that kind of interaction 🙂
Also, vegans usually know how to rock a kitchen and there was no disappointment in the offerings- even considering that Dan and I don’t eat wheat! So much gluten- free vegan goodness. My friend Nancy even made gf vegan crab cakes and remoulade sauce!
We brought a Spanish Omelette and Raw Superfood Brownies. It is a real basic raw brownie recipe, but I pimped it out and wanted to share!!
Raw Vegan Superfood Brownies with Chocolate Coconut Ganache
3 cups walnuts 1/2 cup cacao powder 1 tbsp lucuma powder 1 tbsp Maca powder 1 tbsp mesquite powder 2 tbsp Sacred Strawberry Pura Vida Powder (or any other green superfood powder you like!!) Pinch vanilla powder Pinch kalahari or Himalayan salt 3 cups dates
2 tbsp coconut oil
In food processor, process walnuts until just crumbly. Add everything else except dates and coconut oil and pulse until combined. Add dates and process until the dates are fully broken down and homogenized with the mixture. Add coconut oil and pulse a final time. Press mixture into pan and leave in fridge to set while you prepare the ganache.
Chocolate Coconut Ganache
3 tbsp coconut oil 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 tbsp cacao powder
Blend in high speed blender until smooth and drizzle or spread over brownies. Let set in fridge.
I happened to have some of my raw Chicha chocolates left over from an order, so I melted those and drizzled that on, too! Yum, total decadence!!
My weekend was great. We had a super-relaxing weekend, and also spent a lot of time organizing and cleaning our space. Yesterday afternoon, we finally made it out to swim in the river again! It was so refreshing and relaxing to do on a lazy Sunday. It also made me realize that I need to have more faith that things will always work out as they should. No matter how many times the universe tries to teach me this lesson, I still haven’t learned (yet!)
I think maybe it was having such intimate contact with the Earth yesterday, but I woke up this morning feeling super groggy. I didn’t really want to have coffee, so I made this drink that I also had on Saturday afternoon when I felt my energy flagging a bit. I don’t want to call it a coffee substitute, as it is what it is in its own right, but it does share a similar flavor profile. Whatever you want to think of it as, give it a try when you need a pick-me-up!
Energizing Superfood Elixir
- 2 cups nut milk (I used a combination of pumpkin seed, cashew and sesame- amazing!)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. he shou wou extract powder
- 1 tbsp. chaga powder
- 1 tbsp. lucuma powder
- 2 tbsp. carob powder
- 2 tsp. maca powder
- 1 dropperful English Toffee stevia (raw honey would also be incredible in this- I would use 1-2 tbsp.)
Blend it up and enjoy! Serves 2.
Elixir Energetico con Superalimentos
- 2 tazas leche de frutos secos (Yo usé una combinación de sesamo, anacardo y semillas de calabaza- salió rico rico!)
- 1 cucharada aceite de coco
- 1 cucharadita extracto en polvo de he shou wou
- 1 cucharada chaga
- 1 cucharada lucuma
- 2 cucharaditas maca
- 2 cucharadas algarroba
- 20 gotas estevia líquido English Toffee (o bien miel cruda- 1 a 2 cucharadas al gusto)
Batir y disfrutar! Sirve 2
Well, I survived my yoga retreat weekend thankfully although I was exhausted at the end of it. I am noticing that I sleep more and that I really have to conserve my energy much more than before. For example, if I decide to sweep the floor AND make a meal, then I will surely need a nap after that, LOL. For some serendipitous reason, my body has been craving much more raw food. During the yoga retreat, we ate a mostly macrobiotic vegetarian diet with LOTS of bread! The portions tended to be quite small, and even though I knew it wasn’t optimal for me, I partook in the bread and felt awful for it. I guess my body is just crying out for some light detox and fresh foods. I am not going to complain, I am really enjoying it!
To me, summer means fruit! Just look at all this bounty! All organic, as well, from the Maharishi Vedic Agriculture farm here in Spain! So delicious!! Not pictured is another watermelon which I promptly ate half of and juiced the other half, a kilo of figs that had to go in the freezer immediately and about a kilo more of peaches which were really soft.
Fuji apples, limes, lemons, cantaloupe, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, apricots, nectarines, peaches, paraguayos (donut peaches), bananas and avocados.
I want to share my breakfast yesterday. I had a similar thing today, as I loved it so much! Now, the idea of buckwheat porridge isn’t new to me, but I have always been partial to oats. At the moment, oats really wreak havoc on my blood sugar (again, the joys of pregnancy!!) so I decided to give it a go.
Raw Buckwheat Porridge
- 1 cup sprouted buckwheat
- 2 tbsp. lucuma powder
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- 6 drops vanilla stevia (or 1 tbsp. other sweetener)
- 1/4 cup almond milk or water
Place everything in a food processor and process until smooth. Top with thawed frozen berries and bee pollen. (Today, I used sliced banana and chopped peaches and that was delicious too!
Today, I decided to break out one of my cookbooks, so I chose Raw Taste Sensations, from Unlimited Health Café and Shop in Amsterdam. I decided on Beetroot and Apple in Ginger Sauce and Cucumbers in Creamy Dill-Mustard Sauce. We had those two dishes for lunch along with another little side salad of beet greens, cherry tomatoes and olives in a hemp oil/lime juice dressing and some of our home-made sauerkraut and lacto-fermented pickles. I DID have a picture of our beautifully colored plate, but my camera ate it! 😛
I’ll leave you with a picture of my ginormous belly while I go sip on some more Green Chai Yogi Tea. Yum!
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