Hello! I hope you’re enjoying these first days of spring! The weather has been pretty wonderful around here and I’ve been enjoying the outdoors and seed starting and all the bright, shiny, hopeful things that happen this time of year.
Here are some raw recipes that take advantage of some of the things coming into season.
Pineapple Green Smoothie
serves 2 ~ $1.75 per serving
- 3 cups chopped romaine (or favorite green) ($1.00)
- 1 cup cubed pineapple, frozen ($2.00)
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen ($.20)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional) ($.20)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla ($.10)
- 1 cup water
- 10 ice cubes
- stevia to taste (optional)
- In a high powered blender, puree the greens until liquefied and very smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth.
nutritional information: calories: 156 fat: 0 gr carbs: 42 gr protein: 3 gr
serves 1 ~ $1.50 per serving
- 1 avocado, chopped ($1.25)
- 1tablespoon finely chopped celery ($.05)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion ($.05)
- 2 teaspoons mustard ($.05)
- 2 teaspoons mayo (use something like Veganaise or make your own) ($.10)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Lettuce and optional tomato for serving
- Coarsely chop the avocado, add the remaining ingredients, then stir gently until evenly incorporated.
- Store leftovers for up to a day or two in an air tight container.
nutritional information: calories: 280 fat: 37 gr carbs: 15 gr protein: 3 gr
Red Pepper Pasta
serves 2 ~ $2.80 per serving
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced ($.70)
- 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced ($.70)
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced ($1.50)
- 1 cup black or kalamata olives ($1.50)
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion ($.20)
- 1/4 cup olive oil ($.20)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.40)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ($.20)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave (optional, for those who like a touch of sweet) ($.20)
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- 1-2 medium sized zucchini, spiralized
- Prepare the red and yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, olives, and onion and
place in a medium sized bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive
oil, vinegar, syrup, onion powder, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and
pepper. Pour over the prepared vegetables. Allow to marinate for at
least a half hour, but it can marinate as long as a day.
When ready to eat, simply pour the marinated veggies and marinade over a portion of spiralized zucchini noodles and toss.
nutritional information: calories: 389 fat: 23 gr carbs: 35 gr protein: 11 gr
Chocolate Orange Truffle
makes 24 ~ $.54 per truffle (a serving is three truffles)
- 2 cups almonds ($8.00)
- 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped ($4.00)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder ($1.00)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- Cocoa powder for rolling
- In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the
almonds until finely ground. This takes about a minute.
- Add in the pitted and
chopped dates, cocoa powder, vanilla and orange extract.
- Process again until
the mixture begins to clump together.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out even sized
balls, and roll between hands to shape.
- For the final finish, roll each truffle
lightly in cocoa powder.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 24
nutritional information: calories: 105 fat: 6 gr
carb: 12 gr protein: 3 gr
Total cost for the day: $7.67
total calories: 1,140
total fat: 78 gr
total carb: 128 gr
total protein: 26 gr
What does a mostly raw, some cooked vegan grocery cart look like? Well, mine looks like this …
How about you?