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Jicama & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit

Jicama & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit

I am on vacation. My hope is that this salad brings you on vacation with me because it’s really nice here and I’m sure you could use a break too. There are grapefruits, lemons and limes growing outside my bedroom window, local avocados that have no business being as good as they are and lots of sunshine and good books.

Jicama & Avocado Salad with Grapefruit

I love to cook while on vacation, especially when the local produce is different than it is at home. It’s like playing in someone else’s sandbox for a while, it helps to bump you out of routine.

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Celery Root Rémoulade with Green Apple & Walnuts

Vegan Celery Root Rémoulade with Green Apple & Walnuts

Did you know that you can eat celery root raw? If you have ever cozied up to French cuisine you probably did (the land of cooked cucumber and raw egg yolks, so bizarre and brilliant). It does however, seem as though celery root is more famous these days in its roasted, caramelized state, or as a creamy soup (both great). It has a nice bite when left raw though, it’s not weird at all, and it holds up well to a heavier dressing. It tastes like celery but with less of a watery crisp and more of a dull crunch.

Vegan Celery Root Rémoulade with Green Apple & Walnuts

Celery root is actually the root of a celery plant, but not the same sweet celery that we have come to know and love (more bitter and hard to find unless you grow it yourself). Aesthetically, celery root belongs in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth (minus the scary). It has roots for days (and so much dirt trapped in those roots) that you literally just cut away and discard while you peel the rest, exposing the smooth, pale interior.

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Spiced Almond & Brazil nut Chia Pudding

Spiced Almond & Brazil nut Chia Pudding

I recently learned that ‘chia’ is the Mayan word for ‘strength’. It only makes sense to start off our day with a bowl of ‘strength’ and a cup of ‘love’ (the Mayan word for green tea) (just joking, the Mayan word for love is kimchi).

Almond & Brazil nut Milk

But seriously, what is for breakfast once croissants, toast, yoghurt and an elephant-sized spoonful of peanut butter are off the menu? Unless it’s chilly out, I do love the idea of raw foods in the morning. Starting off your day with lots of energetic enzymes and clean, undamaged fats and nutrients is a really good thing. I also like the idea of a hydrating breakfast, because water in our food is some of the easiest water to consume.

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Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Balls

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What I really wanted to make for you this week was peanut butter balls. Either a version of the creamy, sweet ones from your childhood, or the rich and perfect ones from The French Laundry cookbook. That was my jumping-off idea, and although the recipe I have created is indulgent in many ways, I could include close to zero of the ingredients from these original recipes and still keep it crushing-cancer appropriate.

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There is still chocolate, which we can all applaud for. Dark chocolate with 70% cacao or higher is a great source of antioxidants and magnesium, and is low in the other stuff, which includes sugar, cocoa butter and possibly other additives. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the lower percentage of other ingredients, which means the darker the chocolate the better, in the health department.

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