October 30, 2012

Freekeh Salad With Cranberry Dressing

Salad:

Freekeh (Green Freekeh wheat) - 3/4 cup
Spinach - 1 1/2 cups
Strawberry - 1 cup
Fresh Cranberry - 1/2 cup
Raisin - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1/2 cup

Cranberry Dressing:

Fresh Cranberry - 1/2 cup
Raisin - 1/4 cup
Almond-pumpkin seed - 1/4 cup (coarsely ground)
EV Olive oil - 1T
Salt/Pepper - as per taste

Cook Freekeh with 1 1/4 cups of water and let it cool
Saute onion in a tsp of olive oil.
Chop strawberries and cranberries.
Arrange everything on salad plate.
For dressing, blend all ingredients well, you can add little water if needed.


October 26, 2012

Raw Almond Chia Fudge Bars

My son had been asking for the fudge bar I had made for him a few months back which I made from a raw food recipe. I could not track that recipe now, but I knew it was quite simple. So figured I can just give it a try right away. He just had a piece and gave the thumps up !! Yes !!, and took one more piece :-)


Almonds - 1 cup (soaked in water for 3-4 hours)
Medjool dates - 8 (pitted)
Chia seeds - 2 T
Raw Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
Virgin coconut oil - 1 T
Sea Salt - a pinch






Using a food processor or blender, process almonds and chia seeds to a coarse powder.
Add dates, cocoa power and salt and blend them well. 
Grease a glass shallow dish with little bit of coconut oil.
Mix in the remaining the coconut oil into the fudge mix and press it into the glass dish.




You can cut them into bars immediately or refrigerate for couple of hours before cutting them. 






October 24, 2012

Mediterranean Inspired Whole Grain Salad


Whole Grains - 1/2 cup (see notes)
Baby Spinach - 2 cups
Onion - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Raisin - 1/4 cup
Apple - 1

Dressing :
Olive oil - 1 Tbsn
Lemon juice - 2 Tbsn
salt'n'pepper - to taste

Cook whole grains and let it cool down. (I used about a 1 cup of water and pressure cooked the whole grains)
Meanwhile, mix chopped onion with lemon juice and salt and let it sit for 5- 10 minutes so that the raw taste goes off. If you think you still cannot handle raw onion, you might want to give it a quick saute in olive oil.
Wash and chop baby spinach.
Roughly chop apples.
Make the dressing.
Once grains are cold enough, mix in the spinach, apple, raisin and onion. Add the dressing and serve immediately.

Notes:
I use a mix of whole grains (Rice, wheat, whole oats, Faro and Barley)
Can be substituted with any combination of whole grains.


October 7, 2012

Thai Inspired Pumpkin Soup

Since I had stopped using any canned/processed products in my kitchen, I was not making my Thai recipes for a long time. With the addition of VitaMix in my kitchen, I have reinvented coconut milk. Coincidentally WholeFoods has started selling great coconuts in the recent past. This is again an adaptation of a VitaMix recipe.


Pumpkin - 1 cup (skinned and cubed)
Tomato - 1 small
Onion - 1/2 cup (roughly chopped)
Fresh Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 1 clove
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tspn
Coconut milk - 3/4 cup (see notes)
Lemon juice - 1 tbsn
Salt - as per tastes
Virgin coconut oil - 1 tbsn

Heat coconut oil on medium heat and saute onion and garlic for a minute, add pumpkin, ginger, tomato and red chilly powder along with 1 cup of water and bring to a quick boil.
Add this along with cocounut milk, lemon juice and salt to VitaMix and puree to get a silky smooth soup. Serve immedietely.
This makes about 3 cups of soup.



Notes:
1. I use VitaMix to make my coconut milk. 1/2 cup of coconut and 1/2 of water will make about 3/4 cup of coconut milk.
2. If you do not have VitaMix or do not have the patience to take coconut milk using a traditional blender, try with regular milk.
3. If you are using a traditional blender, you might want to wait till the soup is cooled down to puree and then warm the soup before serving.