Sunday, July 28, 2013

7 days Juice Fasting

Been few month since I have last written anything on my blog. Life has been busy, between a new job, my own company, my family and social life, time flew by. Although some updated, smoothies, juices and others are being tweeted and available on my Facebook fan page. But not details and full recipes on Raw Love Recipes.

Today, July 28, is my 7th day of Juice Fasting - I can't state yet my exact feeling, as some days I feel great, and others I feel tired, sleepy, and mostly hungry!

Last Monday, I have decided to jump into this kind of fasting, for the sake of my acne... been trying for the past 2 years to be acne free - this being adult acne... Unfortunately, it is not yet happening. I am giving myself another week to hopefully notice some results, but my challenge should go to 3 weeks! (Worried that I might not be able to handle it)

Family, during this month, are gathered everyday for dinner, and my mother is cooking all kinds of delicious meals, not only vegan or vegetarian, but still, when you can't eat anything, your mouth drops just by seeing FOOD.

I am drinking the food, that is the difference, mostly all kinds of Leafs, Vegetables, and Fruits. Looking for recipes online, and sometimes creating my own -

The first few days I juiced and I blended, juices, smoothies and soups, but in total I have prepared 24!
It is important to have all your ingredients Organic or Local. I can't say that such a diet is cheap, on the contrary, you use a lot more ingredients that you think you need... and when you get hungry, you will need to juice right away.

Drinking water all the time is also important, so keep a bottle at hand all the time. I add lemon to my water from time to time. I will need to buy jars in order to prepare natural flavored water.

One problem I have been having for the past few days, even with all the juicing, is constipation.
It is not a subject you want to know or hear about, but this is a major importance for your body to function. When we were young, my father used to tell us the story about the body organs, asking us the Question: "who is the most important organ in the body?", giving us a choice between the "Brain" and the "Anus". We thought it would be the Brain, but not exactly, as if the Anus decided to stop functioning, then most of the body organs fail to do their job.

I have done few readings, tried yesterday warm water with Lemon, added castor oil in my juices, it worked a bit for a day, I am worried that this doesn't work later in the coming days... as the body needs to eliminate all the waste, and surely I don't want my skin to get irritated by this ... I prefer to start having a clearer skin.

Anyhow, that last part was a bit personal, but I am sure you mostly have this problem too from time to time.

Looking forward to juicing for the coming week, hoping I won't loose lots of weight as this is not my aim as I weight only 123.4 pound.

I will post all the juices, recipes, ingredients and pictures for you if you wish one day to give it a try - best timing is spring, summer or Autumn, don't do it in winter as it is too cold, and our body needs to be warm.

Here is a preview of what I have prepared so far:















Friday, February 1, 2013

Finally my Dehydrator!

Yes!!! Finally I have received a dehydrator. My amazing mom bought it for me as a gift so I can start creating new recipes which needs dehydration like bread, burgers, chips, fruits, etc... .

And, to challenge me, the family has decided that I prepare the lunch for Sunday, a raw vegan lunch which needs dehydration.

This  dehydrator holds 5 plates, and has different temperatures. I mostly might use 40 degrees tops.
 
Dehydrator
 So the menu for tomorrow will be:
Om Burger by Crudessence, which needs a chapati bread, and the meat, both dehydrated, the bread for 5 hours and the meat for 8 to 10 hours.
Stay tuned for the recipes!

La Reina

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dragon Fruit


 

Have you ever seen this fruit before? You might have while shopping at the grocery store, but have you had the curiosity to taste it? Well, I have, it has a sweet good taste, and the fun is that I can add it to my smoothies!

The story is that I didn't buy it, it was my lovely brother-in-law, who knows that I like to try new fruits and discover new tastes so while he was shopping the other day, he thought about buying some.
Dragon Fruit

What do you know about the dragon fruit?

It is know as Pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species. "Pitaya" usually refers to fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while "Pitahaya" or "Dragonfruit" always refers to fruit of the genus Hylocereus.

It comes from a cactus called the dragon fruit cactus plant, which only blooms at night. This fruit typically grows in tropical, dry or subtropical environments. The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried, and both forms are full of nutrients and health benefits.

Fiber

According to NaturalFoodBenefits.com, dragon fruit is a good source of fiber, with nearly 1 g of fiber for every 100 g of fresh dragon fruit. When dragon fruit is dried, the fiber content rises even more, with 10 g of fiber or more found in 100 g of the dried fruit, depending on how much water the dried fruit has. Eating the skin of this fruit adds to the fiber content--just make sure the skin is free of mold and dirt.

Cholesterol and Fats

Dragon fruit has low amounts of cholesterol, and has minimal amounts of fats that raise cholesterol levels, states the Diabetic Life Diet website. The cholesterol in dragon fruit comes from the many seeds that are in the fruit, sometimes thousands of seeds in one piece of fruit. When you eat dragon fruit, the seeds are extremely small and diffused throughout the fruit, so it is impossible to remove all of the seeds prior to eating. These seeds add fat and protein to the fruit, but the majority of fat in the seeds is the good kinds of fat called monounsaturated fat.

Vitamins and Antioxidants

The dragon fruit is chock-full of vitamins, including vitamin C and antioxidants. The amount of vitamin C in each fruit can vary, depending on soil nutrients and differences in dragon fruit cacti, but the website Dragon Fruit Pitaya Fruit estimates that approximately 50 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement can be met by eating 100 g of dried dragon fruit or 1 kg of fresh dragon fruit. Other nutrients in dragon fruit include carotene, phosphorus and vitamins B1, B2 and B3, according to Agriculture Business Week. Antioxidants help destroy free radicals in the body, which are molecules that may cause cancer, cardiovascular issues and other health problems.

Effects on Diabetes

Dragon Fruit Pitaya Fruit notes that the fruit can help control glucose levels in some people with Type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is best to talk to your doctor about the possible health benefits of dragon fruit.




Reference: Livestrong 

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Tour de Tomates Guacamole"

"Tour de Tomates Guacamole"

Emporte-Pièces Rond
Preparation: 10 Minutes
Portions: 4 appetizers or 2 main dish
Equipment: Emporte-Pièces Rond / cookie-pieces

Raw Organic Ingredients:
2 medium tomatoes

Tartare avocado and corn
2 avocados
1/2 cup corn
2 tb.s dried tomatoes, minced
corn
250g celery, minced
1/8 t.s. sea salt
1/8 t.s. cumin, ground
1/2 t.s. chili powder
Zest and juice of 1 lime
120g arugula sprouts



Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and drain the excess liquid.Put it aside to be used in the process. Put, in a bowl, all ingredients of the tartar avocado and corn. Mix delicately.
 

Place a cookie-pieces in the center of the platter surrounded by nest Arugula sprouts.

Deposit 3 tb.s of
tartar avocado and corn in the bottom of the cookie pieces. Press with the back of the spoon to pack all without crushing. Add 3 tb.s of the small tomatoes pieces, then again 2 tb.s tartar avocado and corn. Finish it with 2 tb.s of the tomatoes pieces and pack everything with the back of the spoon to form a compact tower, but not crushed.

Repeat the process for the other 3 plates.

Eat fresh


Bon Appétit!
La Reina
Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book  



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tagliatelles au Pesto

Tagliatelles au Pesto


Preparation: 10 Minutes
Portions: 4 appetizers or 2 main dish
Equipment: Mandoline

Raw Organic Ingredients:
2 medium zucchini
1/4 cup Pistachios and Basil Pesto
1/2 t.s. sea salt
1 tb.s olive oil
1 garlic clove
6 kalamata olives
2 tb.s pine nuts


Tagliatelles style zucchini
Using the mandoline, make long, thin strips of zucchini
In a bowl, bring together all the ingredients; zucchini tagliatelles, pesto,  sea salt, garlic clove and olive oil.  
Place the tagliatelles in plates and garnish with the olives and pine nuts

Eat fresh


Bon Appétit!
La Reina
Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book  



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Smoothie Exotique

Spinach is my favorite green leaf, as you might notice I use it a lot in my smoothies.
Since I was very young my favorite dish was Lebanese made spinach with meat balls and rice, the times where I used to eat meat, with yogurt along the side. Those were the days, but luckily I can still mix my spinach with my smoothies, salads, and other raw dishes.

Smoothie Exotique

Raw Organic Ingredients:
Handful Spinash
1 Banana
1 Orange
1 Mango


1 cup of Water

Equipment:
Vitamix or a blender

Add all the ingredients in the Vitamix, and mix until smooth.
Serves 2


Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fruits Alors!


Raw Organic Ingredients: 
1 tb.s. coconut oil
3 Grapefruits 
4 Strawberries
3/4 cup Mango
1/2 cup Raspberries
1/2 t.s. ground cardamom
3 t.s. Date paste or 3 seedless dates
1 1/2 Water


Equipment:
Vitamix

Add all the ingredients in the vitamix, and mix until smooth.
If you want it cold, use ice with the water.   

Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mango and Grapefruit


Mango and Grapefruit

Organic Ingredients:

Seeds:
1 tb.s of Flax seeds
1 tb.s Pumpkin seeds

Dried Fruits:
1 tb.s Goji berries

Fruits:

1 Mango
1 Grapefruit
1 Banana
1 Apple

Equipment:
Blender or a Vitamix

1 cup of water


Mix all in a blender, or a Vita-mix

Serves 3 cups

Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Friday, January 11, 2013

Pad Thaï

My first-time home made Pad Thaï. It is DELICIOUS, even when my mother tried it, she was humming while tasting it, which means she approved it, and I felt so proud. Try it yourself, and get the Thaï flavor with the vegan "cuisine"!

Pad Thaï

Preparation: 20 Minutes
Portions: 4
Utensils: Mandoline or Spirooli Coupe Spirale

Decoration and Sauce:
1 small Lettuce, cut into pieces
1/2 cup Pad Thaï Sauce (check recipe)
1/2 cup cashew nuts, coarsely ground
1/2 lime, cut in 4
Coriander leaf

Raw Organic Ingredients:
1 1/2 zucchini, spaghetti style with the Spirool
1 medium Daikon a Japanese white Radish, spaghetti style
1 cup red cabbage, sliced
1/4 cup green onion, sliced
1 cup red pepper, cut in strips
1 cup yellow pepper, cut in strips
2 cups sunflower sprouts
1/2 cup fresh coriander
Daikon



In a bowl, bring together all the ingredients; mixed vegetables. Add the Pad Thaï Sauce
and mix well.

Place the mixture in a mountain style. Spread the crushed cashews. Decorate with a wedge of lime and coriander leaves. Eat fresh





Bon Appétit!
La Reina
Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book  

Pad Thai Sauce


Pad Thai Sauce

Preparation: 5 minutes
Serves 2 cups

Raw Organic Ingredients:
1/4 cup Tamarin Paste
1/4 cup Agave nectar
1/4 cup Tamari Sauce
2 tb.s. chili flakes
1 tb.s. Garlic, glove
1/4 cup Sunflower oil
2 tb.s. water

Reduce all ingredients in a blender into a thick sauce.

Can be kept for 2 weeks in the fridge in a container.

Add to Pad Thaï


Bon Appétit!

La Reina


Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book 


Recipe with Pad Thaï

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Spinach & Pineapple

Fresh and cold to start a good morning with the greens. I chose Spinach and Pineapple to boost my body and energy after my meditation and yoga and jump into my daily overload of work. 
Spinach & Pineapple



Organic Ingredients:

Fruits:
4 Pineapple slice, frozen
1 Banana
1 cup Spinach
1/2 Mango


Seeds:
Hemp seeds

Equipment:
Blender or Vitamix

1 cup of water

Add all ingredients in the blender.

Decorate with hemp seeds
Or choose your own decoration :-)


Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kale Soup

A nice and fast dinner idea, Kale Soup
Kale Soup


Preparation: 5 Minutes
Portions: 4
Equipment: Blender or a Vitamix

Raw Organic Ingredients:
5 kale leaves and/or spinach and / or chard leafs
1 Avocado
1 cup sunflower sprouts
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 1/2 cups water, (hot if you want a hot soup)
1 lemon, peeled
1 t.s. ground coriander
2 tb.s. tamari sauce or nama shoyu




Kale
Avocado
Nama Shoyu


Hemp seeds





Put all the ingredients in the blender, or vitamix until obtaining a smooth soup.






Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book  



Monday, January 7, 2013

Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms

This recipe is to be used with the "Spaghettis au Pesto"


Prepare 1 cup

Raw Organic Ingredients:
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
4 t.s. sea salt
4 t.s. olive oil
1 t.s. ground black pepper



In a bowl, mix the mushrooms with the sea salt, ground black pepper and olive oil.  
Leave it for 15 minutes, then throw the water left in the bottom before using the marinated mushrooms.
Eat fresh


Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book  
Recipes used with: Spaghettis au Pesto

Pistachios and Basil Pesto

Pistachios and Basil Pesto
Soaking: 4 hours
Preparation: 15 Minutes
Portions: 1 1/2 cup
Equipment: Blender

Raw Organic Ingredients:
1/2 cup pistachios, soaked

1/3 cup cashew nuts, soaked
1 cup basil leafs

1 1/2 garlic clove
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 t.s. sea salt

pistachios
cashew
Basil and Garlic


Olive Oil
Sea Salt










Soak the pistachios and the cashews for 4 hours. Rinse them well after soaking.
In the mixer, blend all the ingredients into a creamy paste.


Can be kept 1 week in the fridge, or 6 months in the freezer.



Bon Appétit!

La Reina

Recipe from: Crudessence Recipe Book  
Recipes used with: Spaghettis au Pesto