Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

I don’t know about you guys, but when its real hot out, I’m not in the mood for a huge meal that is gonna make me feel even more sluggish than the scalding temperatures already does. I want something light, maybe crispy, certainly cold and often times utensil free.

Eating with my hands means less dish washing and its more acceptable for me to lick my fingers in the process.

I know ya’ll understand how great that is.

Summed up, summertime is a time for snacks. But chips leave little more than cheese powder on your fingertips and cellulite on the back of your thighs. No thanks.

I want a snack I can come back to throughout the day.

Wait, isn’t that quintessentially a snack is? Oh nevermind, you get the point.

So what is the best gosh darn snack? HUMMUS

Not just plain hummus (delicious as that may be), but sun dried tomato hummus.

Remember when I made RAW Hummus? Well, the basic recipe is pretty much the same.

Seriously, one of the quickest recipes out there

What you’ll need:

2 cans ckickpeas (garbanzo beans)

Liquid from 1 can of beans

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup of sun dried tomato oil OR just 1/2 cup of olive oil

1/3 cup sun dried tomato, minced (or put through a food processor)

3 cloves garlic

Salt

Pepper

What to do with it:

Here’s where it get’s real tricky

1. Put everything in a food processor or blender

2. Turn on

I know, this is a super complicated recipe, I apologize.

Paired with some toasted whole wheat pita triangles, you got yourself a most wonderful summer snack!

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RAW Food Challenge Day 2

Hello all!

Today is Day 2 on my raw food journey, I’m jazzed!

I woke up at 7 this morning feeling great, just a little tired since it was 7 and I went to bed late (pretty much the story of my life).

I made a tasty batch of Almond Milk with the almonds I’ve been soaking and was so captivated by the taste I decided to build my breakfast around that!

This is what my almond milk looked like before I strained it

Since I’m not a breakfast person, I wanted something that wouldn’t feel too breakfast like, something that I like eating any time of the day. Then it hit me, a smoothie!

Breakfast: Banana and Two Nut Smoothie

This recipe is great cause it takes literally 5 minutes and is so simple!

This smoothie consists of

2 Frozen Bananas (or fresh bananas, and then include ice. I used frozen to kill 2 birds with 1 stone)

1/2 cup Raw Peanut Butter

2 cups Raw Almond Milk

1/4 cup of Raw Almond Meal, optional (I did this to get a little more texture and protein)

I love the color banana skins turn when they’ve been frozen, its the perfect mustard yellow!

The one thing I hate about frozen bananas with the skin still on is what a pain in the butt it is to take frozen skin off!

Toss those 3 (or 4, if you include the Almond Meal) ingredients into the blender and let it run for a minute or so

Then pour it into a glass and enjoy!

Lunch: Kale and Good Stuff Salad with Sweet and Seedy Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

Tuesdays are my long day at school, so I decided to buy lunch on campus. We have a salad bar that I frequent about 2 times a week, so I know they have a nice selection of produce to eat. The one thing I was worried about was the dressing situation.

Def haven’t seen anything raw in that department. So I made my own and packed it in a tiny 1 oz glass jar this morning.

My recipe is not exact but roughly it goes like this:

2 parts raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

2 parts Cold Pressed Olive Oil

1 part Agave Nectar

1 part Chia Seeds

Mix together in a bowl, adjust quantities if needed, and put in glass jar for transportation

As I was packing up my dressing, I started thinking about all the things I could have on my salad today; corn, green beans, carrots, peas, edamame, chickpeas, raisins, sunflower seeds…and then I realized NONE OF THAT IS RAW! The place on campus blanches all the veggies, the raisins are probably not sun dried, and the sunflower seeds are toasted.

SHOOT.

So I hurried my butt up and threw together a salad. Here’s how it went:

Started with some Kale then added:

Diced Cucumber I had leftover from yesterday’s lunch

Clover Sprouts

Blueberries

Halved Grape Tomatoes

Broccoli Florets

Mushrooms

Avocado, lots and lots of avocado

And a big handful of Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds

I inhaled this, that’s how good it was. I eat every single one of these things raw all the time so it just made sense to make them into an awesome salad!

Snack: Sliced Watermelon and Kombucha

Breakfast this morning seriously filled me up, so I didn’t even need to eat my snack until the interim between lunch and dinner, and even then I wouldn’t have classified myself as starving. Protein early in the morning is the way to go.

Sidenote: I will be drinking a Kombucha everyday with my snack, because I like them, they are raw, they are good for you, but mostly ’cause they were on sale at the market, $5 for 2, when normally they are $4 each.

Today I went with GT’s Trilogy, which has a nice pungent gingery taste

I had half of that baby watermelon left over from yesterday as well, so I sliced it up to go along with my drink.

Dinner: Fiesta Stuffed Bell Peppers

Growing up, my mom used to make these amazing stuffed peppers that I crave to this day. She would take a bell pepper; red, orange, yellow, or green and fill them with a mixture of beans, rice, onions, corn, and ground beef or turkey, all of which was cooked in a slightly spicy sauce. She would top with a generous amount of shredded cheese and then put them in a deep skillet with a couple inches of water and let the steam slightly cook the bell pepper which simultaneously melted the cheese.

That was my inspiration for dinner tonight.

I found these adorable tiny orange bell peppers at my corner market for only 59 cents!

I cut the tops off of them and cleaned out their guts

Then I stuffed it in layers, starting with some raw garlic hummus I made

After the hummus went:

Green Onions

Sprouts

then some homemade Pico de Gallo

I made my Pico de Gallo with:

Grape Tomatoes

Cilantro

Red Onion

Lime Juice

The best part about the stuffed peppers my mom makes is the melted cheese on top. One of the hardest parts about going raw is not eating cheese, since I love it so much.

I was sorely craving some cheese on top when I remembered…Nutritional Yeast! It’s known for its cheesy flavor! A few of my friends reminded me that it’s raw so I bought some a few days ago. A healthy sprinkling of that on top, and my fiesta peppers were finished!

Today’s meals were great and minus the prep work of the almond milk and hummus, the construction of my each one took less than 20 minutes. Having the extra protein this morning certainly made me feel more alert, however, my lack of sleep caused my body to ache all over. I’m gonna head to bed soon and get a proper nights rest to circumvent feeling like this tomorrow!

My goodnight questions to you are, what are some of your favorite hummus flavors? And how do you use nutritional yeast?

Raw Hummus

I’ve gotta say, after a few days of practice from my raw food challenge, I’ve really gotten into all the things you can actually do with just raw foods!

Sometimes, it’s just the prep work that kills me.

Like for this recipe for raw hummus.

I had to soak dried chickpeas over night

Then let them soak at room temperature for another 3 days.

I wanted my hummus to be bursting with flavor so I thought I’d spice it up, literally

Olive oil is a must, I love garlic, and Cumin may just be the best spice ever.

Seriously.

My boyfriend, Matt, swears by it and pretty much puts it on everything.

Broken down, the recipe looks like this:

3 cups soaked Chickpeas

1/4 cup of soaking water

1/2 cup of Cold Pressed Olive Oil

2 handfuls of peeled garlic cloves (or as much or as little as you like)

1 Tbs. Ground Cumin

Salt to taste

Pop that all in your food processor and let it blend everything for a few minutes

Voila!

I’ll be honest, soaked raw chickpeas and cooked chickpeas taste WAY different. I admit I much prefer them cooked, but hey, raw is better for you, and the raw version is pretty delicious once you stop trying to compare it to the cooked version. Just a little crunchier and almost nuttier tasting. The garlic and the cumin were excellent flavor partners and the olive oil helped to smooth everything out.

RAW Food Challenge

Hello everyone!

After a few days of contemplation, and lots of Google searches, I have decided to embark on a new challenge. One that doesn’t involve 6 hours of baking, or 4 sticks of butter. No, this challenge will be much different.

I was first inspired by this blogger because she just completed this challenge as well.

Beginning tomorrow, I will be going RAW for a week. 7 days. 21 meals + snacks.

Raw Fruits. Raw Veggies. Raw Seeds, Nuts, and Sugars.

Nothing cooked over 116 degrees. But for the sake of keeping it somewhat simpler, I’m just gonna keep things cool.

When I first started thinking about this, I was apprehensive, really really apprehensive. I read a lot of informational websites, and what I learned was shocking. According to some experts in the field women who eat a raw food diet should be consuming about 6 pounds of food a day!

One of their “suggested breakfasts” was 3 pounds of watermelon! I don’t think my stomach could hold that much at once! I understand that because there is little fat in what I’ll be eating my body is going to burn through it much quicker, but oh my goodness. If I try and eat 6 pounds every day, I’ll always have food in my mouth!

I kept searching, and eventually I found some REALLY intriguing recipes that I can’t wait to try (no, I won’t tell you now and spoil the surprise). Just you wait and see, I think some of the stuff will really knock yours socks off!

For the past few days I have been stock piling the things I will need, since school and work are going to be pretty demanding this week I wanted to make sure I have just about everything I need beforehand.

I have been thinking a lot about the things I will miss over the next week, my list includes:

Sauces

Milk

Bacon

So, in an effort to not go without, I have been prepping my alternatives for 2 out of the 3 on this list (sorry bacon, I couldn’t find a good alternative for you. I love you. I’ll miss you).

In my kitchen at this very moment I am soaking:

Raw Sesame Seeds for Tahini Sauce

Raw Almonds for Almond Milk

Raw Chickpeas for Hummus

and Raw Oats for my breakfast tomorrow

In addition to these goodies that are already underway, I have about half a produce market worth of fruits and veggies in my fridge and on my counter right now.

See!

Among the things I am most excited to use is this gorgeous Kale

And Chia seeds! I never knew you could eat the hair off your Chia pet!

As far as protein goes, I’ve made sure to stock up on the following (all raw):

Sesame Seeds

Chickpeas

Hulled Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Chia Seeds

Hulled Hemp Seeds

Almonds

Walnuts

Pecans

Raw Almond Butter

Raw Peanut Butter

For grains:

Raw Oats

Almond Flour

To sweeten things up:

Agave Nectar

Raw Honey

Coconut Flakes

To drink:

Kombucha (because it was on sale at the market)

Am I a little scared? Yes. But, more so, I’m excited for what’s to come. I will be blogging everyday about my experiences, my mood, my food and of course all the recipes!

There are 2 exceptions I’m making to this whole “only raw” plan of mine.

1. I am not giving up my morning cup of black coffee

2. Nor will I be giving up my option of having hot tea, since the nights in SF can get realll chilly in this old apartment of mine.

Other than that, RAW ALL THE WAY, BABY!

Wish me luck!

I am waking up early to finish my almond milk and tahini sauce, so off to bed for this blogger!