Food Dehydrating

We are all on our own journey. Some may want to eat a high raw diet and some are just looding to incorporate more raw foods into their diet but are basically happy with their present way of eating. I found raw food by looking online for new and interesting healthy recipes. When I came across fantastic sites and blogs with amazing, fresh, beautiful pictures of raw food, I was hooked!! I have always loved healthy foods but I have to say that healthy foods cooked do not look as vibrant, colorful and wonderful as raw food dishes do.

It is easy to incorporate more fresh, raw veggies into your diet, but I was a lover of crackers, granola (I would make my own) and all things crunchy! I loved crisp toast and crunchy crackers and cereals so I knew one of the first raw food appliances I would need (besides a good blender) would be a dehydrator.

Dehydrated food is not as pretty or vibrant as fresh fruit and veggies, but for those of us that love bread, muffins, biscotti, crackers but want to get rid of gluten, cooked grain products and sugar, raw food dehydrating recipes are the way to go!

I do not eat a lot of dehydrated food. Most of my diet consists of fresh, raw food but I do add it when I crave the crunch or I feel like something savoury and heavier like pizza or a burger.

I have posted the recipes for some of these raw food treats below.

Here are some delicious raw burgers (made from carrots and pecans, etc). They were great wrapped in a lettuce wrap with a bit of mustard, cashew cheese and some veggies.

These would also be great crumbled into a salad or on some raw pasta.

Usually when I make pizza I use a buckwheat cracker (which is the pizza base) and use fresh ingredients and sauces and do not dehydrate it. For this class I did the works and served a pizza that was warm and topped with cashew cheese, marinara sauce and marinated veggies. It was so good and it truly tasted like a “cooked” pizza. Anyone would love this.

As you can see so far, raw food is not boring. One thing I love about making dehydrated goodies is the creativity involved. I love experimenting and blending ingredients and coming up with fantastic creations of my own. If you are someone who loves to cook then you would probably love raw food prep because the combinations and recipe ideas are really endless.

RECIPES
Seedy Crackers
1/2 C whole flax
1/2 C sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds combined
1/4 C sesame seeds
4 Tbsp thick chia gel
1 tsp agave nectar
Sprinke of black sesame seeds
Himalyan salt (a few shakes)
Pepper (a few shakes)
The sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds were soaked first then rinsed. The whole flax seeds were soaked.

Healing Kids With Nutrition And Love

Becky Blake from Creating Super Kids who helps kids breakthrough Autism, ADHD and other neuro delays. Sarah Choureiry, who I met in Costa Rica at Finca de Vida Raw Food Retreat, is a speech therapist who shows parents how they can “Be a speech therapist while cooking in the kitchen”. Her blog with great recipe videos is www.speechfoodie.com.

These two very special ladies are making a huge difference in the lives of children.

They are living their passion and helping kids overcome special difficulites. They have compassion and a whole lot of love that shines through which makes them shine in their fields.

Below is a video from Sarah Choueiry, the Speechfoodie. Here she is working with two adorable 2 year olds showing them how to make dairy free banana frozen chocolate yogurt. Sarah is a Speech Therapist who helps kids with their speech issues through cooking. She has a great blog, she has a channel on ifood.tv and has videos on YouTube you can check out.

Another great resource is a lady named Becky Blake who has dedicated years to helping kids rise above challenges such as Autism, ADD, ADHD and other neuro delays. She runs a school that assists children that were not able to be helped anywhere else. She does it amazingly fast also.

Check out her very important site, Creating Super Kids, and sign up for a free 1 hour interview call that she does where you will here for yourself what she can do for kids. I have listened to it and it is truly amazing!

Here is a video of Becky explaining more about her program and gives her contact information.

I hope you enjoyed these and if your kids, or if you know of anyone who has kids with any type of challenge, please check out these ladies and remember – KEEP IT NATURAL! Good nutrition and a whole lot of love and understanding can do miracles with your kids and you!

Thai Dipping Sauce for Veggie Pasta

Dips for collard or lettuce wraps, as a salad dressing, dip for veggies or as a sauce for veggie pasta.

I didn’t because I had no idea what to do with it. I love the taste of lemon grass so it would be good to learn how to incorporate it in some raw sauces.

I highly suggest finding some of those lime leaves. They are cheap. You can probably buy them dried but the man at the Asian store told me that they are much better frozen fresh and I have to agree.

Below is a picture of a kelp noodle salad I made a while ago – this one had a light dressing which was fine but I think a heavier sauce would have been better and given the salad more flavor.

I hope I have inspired you to try one of these sauces. It may be something you wouldn’t make all the time but it is really nice for a change.

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1/4 C Water
  • 2 Tbsp Nama Shoyu (Braggs or Tamari)
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  • 3 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Corriander
  • 1/4 – 1/2 inch of Fresh Ginger
  • 1/4 Piece of a Thai Red Chilli Pepper (de-seeded)
  • Less than 1/4 Piece of a Jalapeno Pepper (de-seeded)
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

This was so wonderful!!!!! I recommend making this one. I think it would be fantastic on Kelp Noodles. I made all of these sauces last night and tried them all.

The Raw Thai Dipping Sauce is great mixed with the Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce! I mixed them together and wow!! so good!! I think you could add some Kaffir Lime Leaves to the Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe and that would add a lot to it.

I didn’t have kelp noodles last night so I made a raw stir fry with thinly sliced veggies. These are what I used:

  • White Cabbage
  • Green Onions
  • Red & Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Mung Bean Sprouts
  • Cucumber

Recipe How To Make Raw Thai Sauce & Peanut Sauce

RAW THAI DIPPING SAUCE

  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 4 Kaffir Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Nama Shoy (or Braggs or Tamari)
  • 2 Red Thai Chilli Peppers (I used only 1 and took seeds out)
  • 1/2 C soaked almonds (I took skins off)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (Mix of lemon and lime are great)
  • Himalayan Salt (to taste)
  • 1 C water or coconut water (I used water and some coconut milk that I made from a real coconut) You will not need this much unless you want it thin.

Put almonds, lemon and/or lime juice, nama shoyu (or braggs), oil and some water in a blender. Blend it until mixed then check consistency and if it is too thick add more liquid. Add kaffir lime leaves, red chilli and a bit of salt. Blend well and taste and check consistency again. You may need to add more lemon or lime or more Nama Shoyu.

This sauce is really nice and I have never used the lime leaves before.

NOTE: Kaffir Lime Leaves: They add incredible flavour and used in so many Thai dishes.

You will recognize the smell and tatse right away. I bought them at an Asian store called “ManLee” they were really cheap. They were in a vaccuum packaged bag and frozen. I had to ask the man that ran the store for them. They would be great added to many sauces and any noodle or stir fry dish or soup. Fantastic when combined with the red chilli pepper, coconut milk and lemon grass (when cooking the sauce).

I also made a cooked Thai sauce that my boyfriend absolustely loved! I used coconut milk (I had a real coconut and blended the water and meat). Added some kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, red chilli peppers, onions, garlic and fresh ginger. Below is how I made the cooked sauce:

COOKED THAI COCONUT SAUCE

  • I started with coconut oil in a pot and then added ginger, garlic and onions.
  • Sauteed that for a bit and then added the coconut milk and large chunks of the other ingredients including more ginger.
  • I let that sit on a lower heat for the flavours to get absorbed into the coconut milk.
  • Once that sat for 20-30 minutes, I removed the large chunks – thai chilli peppers, ginger, garlic, onions, kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass. The sauce tasted great but it was missing something.
  • I added some lime juice and it was so good!!!
  • I didn’t really measure because I had never made this before and had no recipe. I used 2 red chilli peppers, 1/4 – 1/2 piece of lemon grass and about 4 kaffir lime leaves.

Schedule A Day of Eating High Raw

I had a great day yesterday. I did a Raw Food Introduction session in Nanaimo. I had 6 wonderful women attend along with the help of Alison, my great assistant!

At the end of the session when we were chatting, I was asked what I normally eat in a day. Because I have been eating this way for a long time, I don’t really need to think or plan what I am going to eat. It has become easy and natural for me.

I do realize how someone who is just starting down this path may wonder what my meals look like. I was raised eating 3 meals a day, plus an after school snack and evening snack. We were not really allowed to eat before meals and supper was the largest meal of the day. I think most of my generation (and before) were raised like that so that is what “meals” look like for most.

I think that is the difference between eating a high raw diet and a diet that consists of all cooked food (some which may be processed, packaged and fast food). I have to say I did eat “more” then. More meaning larger portions of cooked food.

Eating more raw foods, my body gets nutrient-dense food full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, etc. so it gets what it needs from less food. I do not eat packaged, processed or fast food.

I have done my best to summarize a day of what I eat below. Of course every day is different, but really not that different. I like things simple and easy. Even though I may instruct and teach how to prepare a wide variety of great tasting recipes and foods, I do tend to stick with my basics and favorites during the week when I am working.

I will try to write it out the best I can and give you an idea. I have always eaten a bunch of small meals instead of 3 large meals. Just the way my body feels best.

Morning:
Warm water, squeeze of organic lemon
Green smoothie or a veggie juice (I make)
In a small glass I pour some green smoothie and add Marine Phytoplankton (a high quality pure powder) and some Vita-Mineral Green Powder. Both of these are extremely nutritious, full of protein, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. They help keep my immune system strong.
At about 9:30 I usually have apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Around 11:00 I may have either:
Chia gel with blueberries
Soaked oat grouts with chopped sun-dried figs (or raisins), cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup
Buckwheat crisps, chia gel, nutra-cleanse (fibre mixture), coconut chips, cinnamon, chopped sun-dried figs, touch of maple syrup

Lunch:
Lunch – Salad – My salad usually contains greens (I change these), wakame seaweed (soaked), cucumber, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, celery, shredded carrots and 1/2 avocado. Dressing: Olive oil, lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar and braggs.

With my salad I sometimes have:
Dehydrated crackers or bread (I have made) plain or with some guacamole, avocado or tahini
Veggies sticks on their own or with pate, dip, tahini or almond butter
Around 2:30 or 3:00 I have either more of my salad (as listed above) or another salad I brought (I often bring 2 salads), which could be a coleslaw, or a salad that contains:
Quinoa (cooked), grape tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt

Afternoon / Supper
Around 4:30 I may have more crackers or veggies with pate, dip or tahini. Or just some cut veggies on their own. I may have a juice that I have brought that I made in the morning.
I usually go to the gym, for a walk or to yoga and then after I have a green smoothie or juice that I have brought (made that morning). I bring these in glass mason jars which work great.
When I get home if I have had a good workout or walk I may be hungry and saute or lightly steam some veggies such as beets, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, beans, etc. I LOVE beets cooked lightly then topped with coconut oil and a bit of salt or with avocado and a bit of salt.

When I get home if I have had a good workout or walk I may be hungry and saute or lightly steam some veggies such as beets, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, beans, etc. I LOVE beets cooked lightly then topped with coconut oil and a bit of salt or with avocado and a bit of salt – very good!!
I may also have any salad I have left over from the day or make another salad.

Evening:
I may have a snack in the evening if I just had a green smoothie or juice but nothing else. My snack may be fruit or mango/banana ice cream (frozen mango & bananas blended in food processor), a dehydrated cookie or bar (if I have some made) or a couple chocolate truffles.
This is just an example, each day is a little different. If I have a day where I am not very active then I am not that hungry.

I take supplements to ensure my body gets all the nutrients it needs. I take Gesundheit brand Marine Phytoplankton, VitaMineral Greens powder, Vitamin B12, Vit D, Flax Oil, Zinc, Selenium, Folic Acid and probiotics.

I hope this helps if you are on the road to eating healthier and incorporating more raw foods into your diet.

I have to say that what I consider the most important part of my day is my green smoothie or veggie/greens juice. I have 2 a day and they make a HUGE difference in how I feel, what else I eat during the day, my energy levels, my immune system, and they control my hunger and cravings for sugar and simple carbohydrates.

Tips To Make Dehydrated Instant White Rice

Rice, what would we do without it? It is the second most widely cultivated cereal in the world after wheat and is a staple food of over half the world’s population. In much of Asia, rice is so central to the culture that the word is almost synonymous with food. In Chinese the line in the Lord’s Prayer is translated as “give us this day our daily rice,” and a Japanese proverb states that “A meal without rice is no meal.” The attributes that have long attracted Asians to this grain are now becoming better known to Westerners. Fans of rice cite its flexibility, and its ability to absorb flavours while retaining its texture. Little wonder then that many of the world’s finest dishes have been based around it.

With this background on the established popularity and fast growing possibilities that emerge from rice as a product, foods & flavours have developed an Instant Rice which has all the characteristics of a naturally cooked rice. The Instant Rice is made from natural whole grain rice and not from pre-formed or extruded rice. Once the Instant Rice has been re-hydrated, the palate feel, taste and importantly, visual appearance are almost indistinguishable from that of conventionally cooked rice.

It is also possible to control the characteristics of the rice, such as firmness or softness of the cooked grain. Our Instant Rice can be made from a variety of rice types including Japonica and Indica, glutinous and non- glutinous as well as raw and par-boiled rice and white polished and even brown rice. The process we have adopted ensures that the Instant Rice is 100% free from preservatives, chemicals and additives. The Instant Rice developed by foods & flavours strictly adheres to international norms governing quality.

How To Make Dehydrated Instant Brown Rice

We have also recently achieved a break-through, in so far as our process is now capable of producing Instant Rice from brown rice. Such rice is notoriously difficult to cook, as it requires prolonged cooking. This has been completely eliminated, as our Instant Brown Rice is ready in three to four minutes after boiling water has been added.

Rice dishes can be spicy or tangy, savory or sweet. Rice soaks up gravies and sauces and cools and refreshes the palate when served with spicy food. Cooked with milk, sugar and spices, rice transforms itself into one of the best-loved creamy desserts. This makes the case for Instant Rice all the more convincing. The usual bother associated with cooking of rice is almost eliminated, bar the boiling of water. It thus makes it an attractive option for buyers with little or no time to spare, but for whom rice is a staple. Another potential group of customers is those who do not eat rice on a daily basis, and when they do, would like for it to be as convenient as possible. Instant Rice from foods & flavours perfectly fills a gap in the current market scenario. It is eminently possible for our Instant Rice to be used in every recipe that contains rice since it looks and tastes just like normally cooked rice. We can also combine our rice to give complete meals, like Instant Sambar Rice, Instant Dhal Rice, Instant Kheer, Payasam and Instant Rice Pudding or based on combinations to suit your individual preferences.

Recipe For How To Make Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce

Recipe For Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce

2 1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter
1/4 C Water
2 Tbsp Nama Shoyu (Braggs or Tamari)
1 tsp Agave Nectar
3 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp Ground Corriander
1/4 – 1/2 inch of Fresh Ginger
1/4 Piece of a Thai Red Chilli Pepper (de-seeded)
Less than 1/4 Piece of a Jalapeno Pepper (de-seeded)
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

I recommend making this one. I think it would be fantastic on Kelp Noodles. I made all of these sauces last night and tried them all.

The Raw Thai Dipping Sauce is great mixed with the Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce! I mixed them together and wow!! so good!! I think you could add some Kaffir Lime Leaves to the Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe and that would add a lot to it.

I didn’t have kelp noodles last night so I made a raw stir fry with thinly sliced veggies. These are what I used:

  • White Cabbage (purple would be great also or a combo of both)
  • Green Onions
  • Red & Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Mung Bean Sprouts
  • Cucumber

Healty Tips For Children Food

I often get asked how parents can get their kids to eat healthier foods. My daughter is 22 and so it has been a long time since I had a little one to cook or prepare foods for. So I went to the grocery store and looked at the foods that are there for kids. I have to say I was so surprised and shocked when I began to read all the labels on the cereals, granola bars, crackers, cookies and drinks that are sold for kids.

It is a crime that a grocery store can carry foods that could directly harm children. Packaged foods that contain dangerous chemicals, food dyes, sugar and preservative. These are our children!

Kids need nutrition as they grow. When did we get so far away from this. When and how did it all go so wrong. These “foods” that are packaged for kids lunches are not just devoid of any nutrition but are actually harmful!

DETOX DAY – Are You Understand It?

When I woke up yesterday I decided to have a detox day. I didn’t really know what that would look like but I thought I would start and see where it leads me. Why you ask?

Of course I over-ate at Christmas and had some things that didn’t really agree with me and too much of what I love – chocolate! But that was not really the reason. Why I choose to eat super clean was because I have been suffering a lot from throbbing and stabbing muscle pain around my right shoulder blade and mid back for about 5 days. Because I need to function each day, I have been taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen, which I do not like taking. Because of the pain I could not do my normal walks and exercise routine. I have been sitting around – A LOT! Something I do not like to do.

When I am inactive and unable exercise my appetite decreases. I may crave a food, or want to grab something because I am bored but I am able stop myself, check in with how I am actually feeling and realize that I am not actually hungry. I have developed the skill of tuning into how my body feels and not eating out of habit or boredom. Of course, when I am stressed – that is a whole different story.

Each time I felt like reaching for food, I sat back, tuned into my body and asked myself “am I really hungry? or am I bored? or am I reaching for something to comfort myself or is because it’s lunch time so I should be eating?” I have to admit that it felt good to have this control. I wasn’t always able to do this, it has taken a long time and lots of practice.

So how did I do yesterday? I think I did great, even though I did not do a full day with just water, I was very happy with how I did. When I felt I was hungry, I sat back and asked those questions and if I felt I really needed to eat, I had something. What I consumed throughout the day is: a small green smoothie, 1 apple, 4 slices of cucumber, about 2 tbsp of soaked and rinsed Wakame (seaweed), 2 fork fulls of salad (leftover in the fridge).

During the day I drank a lot of water. Sometimes with the water I would add chia seeds and a bit of lemon juice. I also had a couple of teaspoons of a high quality Marine Phytoplankton. The marine phytoplankton I take is a pure, freeze dried powder. I took more than usual to help with the detox.

The amount of food I actually ate would not fill a small bowl. This helped my digestive system to take a bit of a break.

With my body experiencing this strange pain in my mid back, I knew it needed energy to heal. Digestion requires a lot of energy from the body, so I thought I would eat as little as possible so that my body would have more energy to heal.

I was happy with how I did yesterday so I kept it minimal and clean today also. I have eaten a little more than yesterday but have continued to listen to what my body needs. My back is still bothering me but I am going to do all I can to help it get better.

I really recommend you give this a try. Do not put pressure on yourself or over-think it. It might work better if you don’t plan the exact day you do this and please don’t focus on what you will be denying yourself.

One day you will wake up and know that “today is the day” to have your own detox day. When that happens, take it hour by hour, continually tuning into your body and listening to what it is telling you.

Feel what your body needs and how it is reacting to what you are doing. Don’t get fooled by habit, cravings or boredom. If there are times when you cannot get food off your mind (if that lasts for a while) then eat something. Eat Something light and small (preferably raw) and then say “enough” and stop at that.