I had the pleasure of making a meal with my fabulous new intern Junghwa of An Apple A Day and together we prepared 2 raw recipes. She picked out the Spanish "Rice" from Unprocessed by Chef AJ and I chose the Marvelous Minestrone from Ani Phyo's new book 15-Day Fat Blast. These are great recipes for summer, whether you're trying to lose weight, get healthier or incorporate more fresh, whole foods into your diet without unecessary additives like salt, oil and sugar. In fact, these are acceptable for the 80/10/10 diet as well.
I often receive questions from readers via email and I love them - keep 'em coming! Here is a recent question and my answer.
"I was hoping you may have some advice for my friend. She recently was told that for two weeks to a month she has to be completely gluten-free, yeast-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free to cleanse her body because she developed a yeast infection in her intestines. That means she cannot have her usual fruit, oatmeal and whole-grain breads, so pretty much she is at a loss for what to eat. She is also taking a host of herbal remedies and acidophilus, but I thought I would try to help as much as possible and do research and ask others for some help. If you have any information or suggestions that may help her, I would so greatly appreciate it."
There is a lot of talk about the scrumptious food at Vida Vegan Con this past weekend, but I was especially excited to hear about the chia seed pudding, a dish many attendees experienced for the first time. Yesterday I posted my favorite recipe for it, Mint Chocolate Coconut, and today I decided to try making the version from the conference, despite it's lack of chocolate. I found a recipe from The Svelte Kitchen and adapted it a little based on my dietary preferences - replaced the agave nectar with stevia powder, the almond milk with cashew butter, skipped the salt, and added in a little coconut oil - pure bliss! Whether you were at VVC and want to mimic the incredible dessert you had or are just looking for something new to do with chia seeds, you're gonna love this!
I love the challenge of making creative meals with limited ingredients, especially when they're extra healthy. This recipe was adapted from Cafe Gratitude's "Raw Veggie Rice", which is a raw dish I've never made before, nor is it common in raw recipe books. I added a little oil and salt to it, but those could easily be left out. The taste is savory and refreshing - a cross between rice and a salad.
Way back in 2009 Nik Tyler (aka, the man who inspired me to be vegan) went to "two transformative weeks at The Rancho De Sol-Ph Miracle Ranch" and came back with incredible enthusiasm and energy. So much so that he sent me daily emails of the foods he had been making, with beautiful pictures. I posted these on Eco-Vegan Gal and they are some of the most popular recipes on the site.