Raw Recipes

strawberry spinach salad recipe with poppy seed dressing

Summery Strawberry Spinach Salad

Sweet, tangy and perfect for a summer picnic – this salad recipe gets families to eat their spinach!

-Jessica

4 cups spinach, loosely packed
1 cup strawberries, sliced
2-3 green onions, sliced
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

DRESSING
1/3 cup oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp honey or agave (or 1/4 cup sugar)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp salt
1 tsp poppy seeds

 

BLEND: Blend all dressing ingredients together in a blender until well mixed and frothy.
COAT: Place spinach in a large bowl.  Pour just enough dressing over the spinach leaves to lightly coat all the leaves when tossed.
TOSS: Add the strawberries, green onions, and toasted slivered almonds.  Lightly toss.

 

 

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mango sorbet with lime recipe

Mango Sorbet

Sorbet is predominately frozen pureed fruit, and this sorbet recipe is just about as pure as it gets.  It is like slurping up a fresh mango!

-Jessica

 

2 1/2 cups fresh mango, pureed
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1 Tbsp lime juice (approx. 1/2 lime)

 

HEAT: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer until all the sugar is dissolved.  Pour into a separate container and cool in refrigerator for 1-2 hours until completely cooled.
MIX: Stir together the sugar water mixture, the pureed mango, and lime juice.
FREEZE: Pour into a 1-quart ice cream maker and freeze as directed by manufacturer.
FINISH: Serve with fresh berries.

NOTE:  Sorbet can be made with many different kinds of pureed fruit.  Try pineapple, strawberry, and any other kind you think would work well!  Lemon juice can also be substituted for the lime, which makes for some more variation.

 

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Vegetarian sandwich with avocado peppers cucumber tomatoes and sprouts

Avocado Veggie Sandwich

Avocado is truly the king of veggie sandwich recipes.  It is easy and outrageously delicious.  There are quite a few variations of this sandwich that I have sampled in different  natural foods cafe’s while on my travels.   I have made these for guests on many occasions and it always goes over in a very big way.   This is a fairly simple sandwich to make.  It starts with layering a whole wheat bread slice with a seasoned avocado spread.. then is topped with layers of cucumbers, green pepper, and tomatoes, monterey jack cheese and alfalfa sprouts… all on whole wheat bread. It’s totally outrageous!

-Curt

 

Whole wheat bread
Cucumbers (peeled & sliced)
Tomatoes (sliced)
Green and /or red peppers
Alfalfa Sprouts
Sliced Monterey Jack Cheese – (or vegan cheese)

 

PREPARE:  Scoop out avocado and mash in a bowl till smooth.  Season with garlic salt and chopped green onion to taste. Slice remaining veggies and cheese and set aside for the construction of sandwiches.
FINISH:  Layer a slice of whole wheat bread with avocado spread… then simply layer remaining veggies & cheese on whatever order captures your imagination.  Top with sprouts and last layer of bread and cut diagonally.  Pierce with a toothpick and serve!
OPTIONAL:  Spread a bit of low-fat mayo on top layer of bread. (watch out for the fat!)

 

Cabbage salad recipe with cucumber, red pepper, and tangy poppyseed dressing

Cabbage Salad

I remember my dad making this salad in order to entice his social teenage son to stay home and eat dinner with the family.  He would call out, “Justin!  I made coleslaw!” and my brother would run down the stairs and say, “Really?!”  And he would eat with us.  True story.  It is that good.  This is an atypical coleslaw recipe in that the dressing is oil-based instead of mayo-based.  Its sweet tangy-ness has a real freshness to it.  A perfect side dish for a picnic or barbeque.  Or to get your teenagers to spend time with you.

-Jessica

 

½ green cabbage, chopped small
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1cucumber, sliced and chopped into triangles
1 red bell pepper, chopped

 

Dressing
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar or ¼ cup warmed honey
½ cup canola oil
½ tsp ground mustard
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp poppy seeds

 

Chop all vegetables and place in a large salad bowl.  Put all dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until well-mixed.  Pour dressing over salad and toss.  Cover and store in refrigerator for several hours before serving for maximum flavor.

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Quick & Easy Trail Mix

Trail Mix

Here is a simple, basic snack recipe idea BUT always a goodie! It’s summer time, people are hittin’ the trails, heading to the pool and this makes for the perfect tag-a-long treat.  I like to mix up a big batch and then scoop about 1 cup into the mini snack size zip lock bags, and store in the refrigerator. Perfect for kids, or that afternoon pick me up.

– Jessica

 

Here’s a list of ideas for the mix:

 

sunflower seeds

raisins

dried apricots

cashews

almonds

dates

DARK CHOCOLATE (for good measure)

shredded coconut

pumpkin seeds

naturally sweetened cranberries

sesame seeds

and so forth and so on.

No Bake Raw Almond Peanut-butter Cookies

No Cook Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the ultimate quick & healthy no bake cookie recipe. Filled with flax, oats, wheat germ, fresh ground peanut butter, raw almonds and pecans, it is filled with energy and super tasty. I add a little dark chocolate chips for a hint of decadence. I make a batch and leave them on the counter and before long, they are gobbled up. That said, these store quite well. You can make up a batch and have them ready to eat for a week or two in the fridge without them going bad.  – Curt

2 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup sesame seeds (optional) 1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup wheat germ* (optional) 1/2 cup flax meal
1 1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup raw agave nectar OR honey 1/2 cup canola or grapeseed oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or carob chips

 

  1. CHOP NUTS: Finely chop almonds and pecans and add into a large mixing bowl.
  2. COMBINE AND FORM: Add all other ingredients mix well. Form into small balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place on serving dish. If needed, wet hands to make the cookies so that the dough does not stick to fingers. Also, use a tad of water and/or a bit more peanut butter if the cookies aren’t sticking due to lack of moisture. That is it! Just create little cookies and serve.

 

 

Note: The key to making these cookies is to have enough of the moist ingredient to make the cookies bind together. Peanut Butter is the key ingredient for binding. If the cookies aren’t sticking together add a bit more peanut butter. I get fresh ground peanut butter from the health food store when possible. If you haven’t tried that before, it is amazing! ALSO it is very helpful to keep your hands wet when forming the cookies so they don’t stick to your hands. And, the water on your hands will add a little moisture to the outside of the cookies to keep them together.

 

* Omit Wheat Germ to make Gluten free

quick & easy delicious fruit salad recipe

Easy Fruit Salad

This fast simple fruit salad recipe is the ultimate refreshing snack or side dish. When you are in a hurry and just want something healthy to snack on in front of the tv and want to feel refreshed and energetic, try cutting up simple fruits into bite size pieces of happiness. It is so quick to do, it is surprising we don’t do it more often. You can really use any fruits. These are the basic ones that people usually have on hand. Live uncooked fruits are so good for your health. Full of vitamin C and enzymes, you’ll want to make a habit of making this snack or side dish for your health.

Banana

Watermelon

Orange

Any Melons!

Pineapple

Pomegranate

Apple

Strawberries

Grapefruit

Blueberries

Cantaloupe

Any Berries!

1. CUT FRUIT: So easy. Just cut up the fruit and serve in bowls. Grab a fork and dig in!

2. DIP: You can serve this with a side of flavored yogurt or fruit dip as an option.

Note: It is so important to eat raw fruits and vegetables. But, sometimes it is just hard to grab an orange or apple or banana and just eat it straight. But, if you can cut it up in little bites and mix it with a few other fruits, somehow it becomes this fun exotic experience of fruit indulgence! Give it a try! Make it a regular in your snacking and cut up whatever you have on hand. You’ll feel refreshed and healthy! 

Vegan Raw Chocolate Pudding recipe with avocado, bananas & cocoa

Raw Chocolate Pudding

This delicious healthy Raw Chocolate Pudding recipe made with avocados, cocoa and bananas will amaze you! The recipe is not only quick and easy but vegan too. My co-worker Jodi brought this pudding to a party at my home and we LOVED it! Give it a try, I bet you won’t be disappointed.   – Curt

1 avocado

1 banana

1 T + 1 tsp honey or agave nectar (for vegan friendly)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup vanilla soy milk

3 strawberries or 3 T shredded coconut for topping (optional)

Blend avocado, banana, honey, cocoa powder, lemon juice and soy milk in food processor. Chill 1 hour. Serve topped with strawberries & bananas or shredded coconut. serves 3-4

Note: For a tropical taste, you can substitute soy milk with coconut milk.

Southwestern easy salad recipe with avocado & cilantro lime dressing

Southwest Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

The colors, flavors, textures are perfectly pleasing in this southwestern-style entree salad recipe.  But the Cilantro Lime Dressing is really what makes it special.  It is a sweet, tangy blend of cilantro, lime, honey, and jalapeno.  The corn, beans, and avocado provide enough substance to make this salad a meal in itself, but it also goes well with a quesadilla.
– Jessica

1-2 heads lettuce (I like to mix romaine with spinach or red leaf)
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced avocados
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup white corn (fresh or frozen and thawed)
1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin (so pieces look like half circles)
1 bunch cilantro, (coarsely chopped and most of the stems removed)

Dressing:
1 large jalapeno, seeds and rinds removed
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp fresh ginger
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

  1. SALAD:  Combine all salad ingredients and toss lightly.
  2. DRESSING:  Place all dressing ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  If you have a high powered blender, you can put the ingredients in whole.  Otherwise, it may be wise to mince the jalapeno, garlic, and ginger first.  If you plan on eating all the salad in one sitting, pour on just enough dressing to coat as you lightly toss the salad.  You probably won’t use it all.  If you plan on having left over salad, serve the dressing on the side.

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raw gazpacho with tomato cucumber red pepper v8 juice

Quick and Healthy Gazpacho

There are some recipes that are categorized as “super healthy”. This is one of them. I created this for times when I needed super nutrition. Freshness and the most live healthy ingredients for when I needed a boost. Most of this I gathered from other recipes. I just added a few things that gave it an extra zing. I also wanted this to be fast. Easy. For flavor an optional ingredient is spicy V8 for added body. I also add a super immune superhero, apple cider vinegar which also ads zest. This is mostly all fresh live foods, and will give you an instant pick me up. – Curt

 

7 tomatoes

2 Cucumbers

3 Stalks Celery

3 Red Peppers

2/3 cup parsley chopped fine

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 – 8 oz cans spicy V8 Juice

3 cloves garlic minced

1 Red Onion

Salt to taste

 

1. Chop all vegetables super fine and combine in a large bowl and mix well.

2. Add minced garlic, V8 and salt.

3. Blend roughly about a half of the mixture in a blender on low which creates a fine texture and body to the soup. Pour back into the bowl and stir in.

3. Stir Apple Cider Vinegar at the last. Allow to chill for a few hours.

 

NOTE: In the summer months, when you have lots of veggies and fresh tomatoes, this is one of the most flavorful fresh dishes in the world. When I want to go on a healing cleanse, I always make a fresh batch of gazpacho and keep it on hand. You an eat it for a few meals a day. You feel great and the live fresh ingredients bring healing and cleansing. There are many variations of gazpacho – the apple cider vinegar and parsley are superfoods that work well with this traditional recipe.

 

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sweet and savory salad recipe with nuts cranberries pears and apples

Woodhouse Salad

I have a friend, Ammie, who is THE salad queen.  She has given me several different salad recipes that are all unique and incredible.  What I love about this one is that it has a really nice blend of sweet and savory.  The nuts and lettuce provide the savory, and the fruit and dressing provide the sweet.  If you would like to make it an entree salad, you can add some cubed chicken to it. This makes LOTS of salad – perfect for a pot-luck or social, but you may want to half it if only a small family will be eating.  – Jessica

 

1-2 heads Romaine lettuce
1 cup cashews, toasted (I used almonds – any nut will do)
2 apples, cubed
2 pears, cubed
1 cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
3 Tbsp agave or honey (or 1/4 cup sugar)
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp prepared mustard (I like Dijon)
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil (choose your favorite)
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

 

1.  SALAD:  Tear or slice the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.  Top with nuts, apples, pears, and cranberries.
2. DRESSING:  Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or cruet with a lid.  Shake well.  (You could also blend it).  There will be more dressing than you need for this salad, so don’t pour it all on.  Right before serving, pour on just enough dressing to coat, and then toss the salad.  OR, if you expect to have left over salad, serve the dressing on the side so that the lettuce doesn’t wilt.

Healthy fruit smoothie for breakfast or a snack

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are sweet, delicious, and very refreshing without any added sweeteners! They are excellent for breakfast or for a summer treat.  All one really needs to make a great fruit smoothie is fruit and a good blender.  All the rest is optional!  Experiment with combinations of fruits and juices. The most economical way to make good smoothies is to buy fresh berries and bananas when they are on sale and then freezing them yourself.  Any time you are ready for a smoothie, you can draw from your frozen fruit stash and make one within minutes!  Another reason to use frozen fruit is that it makes a nice, thick, smoothie without adding any ice, which dilutes the flavor of the fruit.  We personally like to include a frozen banana in most smoothies which gives a full body and texture.  Fresh squeezed lime juice adds a lot of dimension, as does coconut milk.  Which is your favorite combination?

-Curt and Jessica

 

FRUITS
Banana
Strawberries
Pineapple
Peaches
Apricots
Apple
Raspberries
Cherries
Blueberries

 

LIQUID
Apple Juice
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice
Coconut Milk
Plain Yogurt
Cows Milk
Soy Milk

 

EXTRAS
Orange Juice (or other fruit juice) Concentrate
Lime juice
Lemon Juice
Chopped nuts (raw & unsalted)
Freshly ground Flax seed

 

EXPERIMENT & BLEND: Start by placing all of the fruit needed to make the smoothie into the blender.  Add about a cup of liquid and blend until the consistency is smooth.  You may need to add additional liquid if blending requires it or until the desired consistency is obtained. Obviously, more liquid will create a thinner smoothy, while less liquid will make a thicker smoothie.  A twist of lemon and/or lime will add a little zing.  Using yogurt or milk will add some protein to help keep you full longer.  If using a liquid other than juice, adding some orange juice concentrate will add more flavor without using too much liquid. Experiment and come up with combinations that work best for you!

 

healthy and refreshing green smoothie drink to renew energy

Green Drink

I learned this recipe from an old herbalist years ago who used to tell anyone who was sick to drink lots of these to renew their health. It is a real easy way to get deep green veggies into your diet without having to tediously chew them up. You will feel the healthiness immediately after drinking one of these! They are also good for helping our overly acid bodies become more alkaline, which is optimal for ideal health! – Curt

 

BASE JUICE
1 1/2 cup pinapple juice
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup ice

 

GREENS
KALE – about 3 leafs

OPTIONAL GREENS
Spinach
Parsley
Beet Greens
ANY DEEP LEAFY GREENS!

 

Just blend it all up!

 

NOTE:  Adjust pinapple juice, water and greens to your desired consistency. I like to dilute the pinapple juice as straight juice without halving it with water gets to sweet. But, you can adjust the proportions to what you like. The main thing is you are drinking a great dose of pure green energy!

 

Raw vegetarian wrap sandwich recipe with avocado bean sprouts and carrots

Raw Veggie Wrap

These raw vegetable wraps with avocado are super easy to make on a hot summer day.  Light and refreshing they are also very nutritious.  Very handy when you don’t have much time or are on the run.

-Curt

2 large tortillas
4 leaves romaine lettuce
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
2 green onions, sliced
mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated raw sweet potato
6-8 leaves fresh basil
Juice of 1 lime
garlic salt to taste

 

PREPARE: Microwave tortillas for around 15 – 30 seconds, until soft.
FINISH: Remove tortillas from microwave and cover each tortilla with lettuce leaves.  Place equal portions of avocado, grated veggies, sprouts across each tortilla. Sprinkle with garlic salt, Lime Juice and top with basil.

Guacamole Perfection easy avocado recipe

Guacamole Perfection

Avocados made into this Guacamole recipe are just amazing. I believe a good easy guacamole recipe with some hearty tortilla chips can be a meal in itself. Or, the perfect compliment to a good healthy well made Mexican main course. We make ours with fresh avocado mashed just enough, but leaving nice chucks of raw avocado. The additional flavors of cilantro, tomato, green onion and lime juice achieve guacamole perfection!  Adjust the following ingredients to make your own excellence in guacamole creation!

-Curt

 

4 medium avocados
few tablespoons of fresh minced cilantro
1 tomato finely chopped
1 stalk of green onion finely minced
lime juice from one lime
garlic salt to taste

 

PREPARE: Cut avocados and spoon out into a mixing bowl.  Mash just enough, but leaving some nice chunks of avocado.
MIX: Chop remaining veggies and gently stir in along with lime juice and garlic salt. Mix in the amount of ingredients to your tastes. There is no right or wrong – just variations!

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