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Pink “Rice”

Published March 19, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Pink Rice

This is so easy, so colourful and goes well with all sorts of dishes!

Ingredients:

Organic Beetroot

Organic Parsnip

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil (optional)

Method:

Peel the vegetables if the skins are tough, otherwise just wash them and snip the ends off.

Chop into manageable pieces and put into food processor with S-blade.

Process until kibbled into rice-sized pieces.

Turn the kibbled veg into a bowl and stir in salt pepper and oil to taste.

Voila – pink rice!

Power Bombs

Published March 18, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

These are a perfect “pick-me-up” if you’re flagging a bit, or in our house, they’re more of a “get-me-through-this-all-nighter!”

Mix the following together in a bowl or food processor:

2 tsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp raw carob powder

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp purple corn flour

2 tsp raw agave nectar

1 tsp goji berries

1tsp coconut oil (melted)

1 tsp ginkgo tincture

Roll into little balls and chill in the freezer for an hour.

Nom as required.

Wheatgrass & Wasabi Kale Chips

Published March 16, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I had some Wheatgrass & Wasabi Kale Chips From Inspiral Foods and wanted to create my own version.

Equipment

Bowl

Blender

Dehydrator

Ingredients

1 cup Cashew Nuts (soaked)

1 dsp Wheatgrass Powder

1 dsp Nutritional Yeast

1 tsp Wasabi Powder

pinch Sea Salt

pinch of Ground Pepper

splash Olive Oil

A large bag or several big leaves of Kale

Method

Blend the cashews in a little water.

Add the Wheatgrass and Nutritional Yeast and seasonings.

Stir in the oil.

Wash the Kale and remove large stalks.

Massage the sauce all over the kale until it is thoroughly covered.

Dehydrate on a non-stick sheet for 24 hours or until dry and crunchy.

Remove from non-stick sheet half way through and place directly on mesh to speed drying time.

Planet of the Ood

Published March 15, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

If you’re not a fan of Doctor Who, you won’t know what I’m talking about, but if you are… you’ll know what I mean when I tell you that the humble Celeriac is know as an “Ood” in our house! They just look like them, don’t they? And “Ood” is so easy to say.

We’ve had an Ood in our veg box every week this month so I have needed to be creative in coming up with things to do with them.

Here are three ideas… or is that Ood-eas… (sorry!)

OODLES

Ingredients

1 Ood (Celeriac)

Olive oil

Soy sauce/ Tamari/ Miso

Nutritional Yeast

Seaweed sprinkle

Method

Cut the Ood into manageable pieces and spiralize into a large bowl.

Marinate with the rest of the ingredients to taste.

Best served about an hour after making so all the flavours have mingled.

Ooh… lovely! =)

MASHED OOD

We compromise here sometimes by partially cooking part of a meal.

Here, I’ve gently steamed the Ood in the process of creating a soft mash.

Method

Chop your Ood and place in the food processor with the S-blade. Process until it is kibbled into small pieces.

Transfer the kibbled Ood into a sieve and place over a pan of boiling water for a few minutes with a plate over the top.

Stir regularly. The steam will escape around the top of the sieve and gently steam the Ood.

Transfer the steamed Ood to a bowl. Mash with a potato masher and season to taste.

This warm dish is a great complement to the rest of the meal, especially on a really cold night.

OOD SOUP

Another warm dish for the winter months

Ingredients

1/2 Ood (Celeriac)

3 carrots

2 Sweet Potatoes

Olive oil

Liquid (nut milk/ water, stock) as required

Seasonings

Method

Chop the vegetables and then kibble in a food processor (omit this step if you have a high-speed blender)

Transfer to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients.

Blend until the mixture is as smooth as possible.

Warm in a pan over a low heat unit blood temperature is reached.

Serve immediately.

I like to sprinkle dried seaweed, dried leek and nutritional yeast on mine!

Super Flapjack

Published March 14, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

These are popular with adults and children alike… well they are here anyway!

Ingredients

1 cup cashew nuts

1 cup goji berries

4 cups whole oats

1 dsp hemp protein powder

1 dsp baobab powder

1 dsp honey

3 dsp agave nectar

2 dsp melted coconut oil

Method

Soak cashews and goji berries for an hour

Drain and add the rest of the ingredients

Spread into a tray and score with a pizza cutter

Place in freezer until firm

Keep in the fridge. Will last a couple of weeks if kept covered.

Brownies’ Honour

Published March 12, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Honestly, these brownies taste divine! And they are a snip to make!

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Ingredients

1 cup dates

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1 dsp/tbsp honey

1 tsp cinnamon

1 pinch sea salt

Method

Mix everything together in a food processor (with S-blade) until a fairly smooth (with a few nutty lumps) texture is reached.

Spread out in a silicone square cake pan and dehydrate for 1 hour.

Turn out, cut into 6 “fingers” and dehydrate a further 2-3 hours to create a crispy outside, leaving the centre soft and creamy.

Alternatively, try freezing the mixture in the pan, scoring the bars first and enjoy after a few hours’ firming in the cold.

Cheezy Sauce

Published March 10, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

This quick and easy sauce goes with lots of things. I like to have a jug of it in the fridge for those emergency cheezy recipes.

Ingredients

1 cup cashews, soaked for at least half an hour

2 or 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

pinch salt

water to blend

Method

Blend everything together until nice and smooth. Adjust the quantities as required. You could add some herbs for variation. Parsley and basil are nice.

It’s also really nice with some red pepper and chilli added.

Will keep about a week in the fridge if covered up.

Flour Power

Published March 9, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I do have a bit of an issue with “all purpose” things – how can something be good for everything?

Well, I have developed a type of raw “flour” that I can use for most things – generally in place of flaxseed (which I’m not terribly fond of) in cakes, crackers, granola etc.

Here’s my recipe for Most-Purpose Flour and two recipes using it.

MOST-PURPOSE FLOUR

Ingredients

Almond pulp (from making almond milk)

Oats

Maca powder

Baobab powder

Optional sweetener

Method

Dry the almond pulp on the dehydrator until it is really dry.

Place in the almond in the food processor, with the S-blade. Add some oats, a spoon of maca and a spoon of baobab.

Process until the mixture it a uniform texture and store in a sealed jar until use.

Quantities are vague for this recipe because it really depends on how much you have. I used about half-and-half almond and oats and a tablespoon of each of the superfoods.

For variation, try using other nut pulp, seed pulp, alternative superfood powders, etc…

Now for the recipes:

MACANOLA

Ingredients

Dried fruit (I used apricots, figs, cranberries, pineapple, plum and mango) soaked until nice and squishy

Most-purpose flour

Mixed seeds, soaked overnight or for several hours.

Method

Place the soaked seeds and fruit in a bowl and add sufficient flour to coat everything. Hang on to the fruit soak water for other recipes, but discard the seed soak water.

Spread the mixture over non-stick dehydrator sheets and place on rack in dehydrator on 115℉ overnight.

In the morning you with have a lovely crunchy granola which can be eaten as-is or as a cereal with milk.

Store in a sealed jar or box for up to a week.

CREPES D’AMANDE

These are like crispy, slightly wholemeal crepes.

They’re not light and fluffy as pancakes should be, but serve a similar purpose.

Ingredients for each crepe:

1 Banana

4 dsp/tbsp Most -Purpose Flour

A drop of water, fruit juice or fruit soak water

(multiply quantities to as many crepes as you want to make)

Method

Chop the banana and place in food processor

Add the flour and process with S-blade

Add liquid if required to form a smooth, just-pourable consistency/

Spread into a circle on a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 4 hours.

Flip and dehydrate for a further 2-4 hours until the right consistency is reached.

The crepe should hold together and roll around a filling without breaking.

Serve with your favourite filling.

I ate mine with cashew cream and fresh raspberries. They were absolutely divine!

Cashew Cream

Published March 8, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I like to mix up a batch of this and keep it in a box in the fridge.

I use it in smoothies, sweet recipes and as a creamy side dish with fruit and sweet treats.

CASHEW CREAM

Ingredients:

1 Cup Cashew nuts, soaked and rinsed

1 Banana

1 dsp/tbs Baobab Powder (this is optional – I use a lot of baobab!)

1 dsp/tbs Honey or Agave syrup (again optional, but gives a lovey taste)

Fruit juice/ Water or Fruit-Soak Water as required.

A pinch of Vanilla Powder or a bit of chopped Vanilla Bean

Method

Blend or process everything until really smooth. Use  little liquid if required.

The consistency should be that of a thick cream, but make it thinner if you want to pour it.

Keeps for about a week in the fridge.

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