fall is tea time

Fall: crisp air, sweaters, colored leaves, pumpkins, and the coziest drink, tea. I like to say I just became a tea drinker. I always wanted to be a tea drinker, because it’s so idyllic (one of my favorite words I hardly get to use). I would try to like tea, but it always ended in painfully downing the last bitter gulp and wondering why I put myself through that…again.

However, last season, as the temperatures gradually dropped I tried a new tea. I like to call it a yummy flavor. Chai and other spiced teas. Mmm spiced teas are delicious with a little coconut milk or almond milk and stevia. Since my new appreciation for tea other flavors have become palatable as well. My current picks are green chai tea, yerba mate, and chicory root. Loose leaf, in a cloth tea bag, because it’s cute that way.

See more pictures here.

Next week: warm buckwheat cereal.

Chocolate Pudding

This week has been non.stop.busy.busy.busy. One of these posts I will tell you all a little bit more about myself, but all this busy has resulted in a brief “hello”, an encouraging resource, and chocolate.

I’m kind of brutal when it comes to music, and when I first listened to a snippet of Music Inspired by the Story on iTunes I moved on quickly. I give the top rated song a try, and if I don’t like it I don’t give the others a chance. However, when my friend sent me a link to another song on the album I listened and was blow.away.wow. I’ve been listening to almost every song on the album over and over. This one, this one, and this one are my favorites. Go check it out (and give it a chance) and let me know what you think!

Ready for the chocolate?

Chocolate Pudding
4-5 avocados
1 c coconut nectar/honey/maple syrup/stevia
1-1 1/2 c cacao powder
2 T vanilla
pinch of Celtic Sea salt

It’s safe to say that my favorite food is chocolate. I recently ordered 5.5 lbs of the best cacao powder because it is that essential. To continue with another simple recipe, this pudding is a classic raw food dessert. Using avocados was one of the first tips I learned when I started learning about raw food preparation.

Just combining all the ingredients in a food processor and or blender. I used both for some reason : ) Blend and blend until super creamy. That is very important!

Next week: tea.

red cabbage & apple salad

So I noticed most of my recipes so far are just a bit on the complicated side. Except maybe the juice, cobbler, or porridge, everything so far has been complex and probably not as helpful to someone who is new to raw food. With this post I start a series of simple recipes! I want to share things that I like to make when time is of the essence, which is almost always. To be honest the very complex recipes I share are treats for me, too. I don’t make pizza every Friday night : )

With that, here is a fall salad that most everyone likes. I recently served this at a large gathering and it was gobbled up by health foodies and non health foodies a like.

Red Cabbage & Apple Salad
4 c shredded red cabbage
2 medium apples, chopped (I used gala)
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c walnuts
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c honey
1/2 t salt
black pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl toss cabbage, apples, walnuts, and raisins. Pour liquid ingredients, salt, and pepper over the cabbage mix and toss. Enjoy!

Next week: chocolate pudding.