What a treat! Girl Gone Raw & Kids Gone Raw are hosting “Dave the Raw Food Trucker” & the Whitings for a fabulous evening of inspiration. The evening includes a gorgeous raw vegan dinner buffet & a 2 hour talk with Dave Conrardy & the Whitings about the healing powers of raw vegan living. We hope you will save the date & join us. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon!
Vegan Chef Chad Sarno is coming to Portland to do a demo & share his new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen & I cannot wait! The book is very appealing–it’s beautiful, colorful and has yummy recipes in it. One thing I love about it is that each recipe has a code below it so you can tell in an instant if it is raw, gluten-free, soy-free, etc. Love that feature!
I have my copy of the book in hand & on Sunday I made 3 recipes from it for our monthly raw vegan potluck. I picked the kale salad, cucumber cups with an olive caper tapenade & the falafel, all of which were RAW-licious! The kale salad was simple … kale, red pepper & diced avocado with a little lemon juice, flax oil & salt. Everything just got tossed in the bowl & massaged together. YUMMM! The cucumber cups were a fun appetizer–very flavorful, stuffed with olives, capers, oregano, tarragon & a little hot pepper heat. And I had fun with the falafel–I got to use the blank for my Champion juicer & put soaked almonds & walnits through to create a gorgeous nut butter that was then tossed with tasty seasonings & fresh herbs and then dehydrated for several hours to firm them up. I served the falafel in romaine lettuce leaves with greens, red cabbage, shredded carrot & a yummy cucumber dill cream sauce. It made for a great feast & I recommend the book to everyone!
Chad will be in Portland, Maine on Monday, March 4th for a demo & book signing at Whole Foods Market. There are still spots available in the 7:30 pm seating, so call customer service at 774-7711 to reserve your spot. Only $25 & you get an autographed copy of his $30 book & a gift bag from Whole Foods Market. What a deal! Hope to see you there! 🙂
Creamy Dill Beet Ravioli
serves 4 (approx 32-36 raviolis)
1 cup cashews, soaked 1-2 hours
1 Tbs nutritional yeast -optional
1 Tbs lemon juice
¼ cup fresh dill or 2 Tbs dried dill
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2-3/4 cup of water
1-2 medium large beets
2 Tbs- 1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
pea shoots- optional
Ravioli filling: Place all filling ingredients in a high speed blender & blend until smooth & creamy. Place mixture in a bowl & set aside.
Beet Rawviolis: Wash your beets & trim of tops & bottoms. You can leave your beets as they are or you can square them (or heart shape them), by slicing a little off each side to shape them into a square. Set your mandolin to a very thin setting (1/16″) & slice away. You will need 60-64 beet slices. Save leftover beet pieces for a salad or the juicer.
Assembly: Get out 4 plates. Drizzle 1 Tbs of olive oil onto each plate & then mince a little garlic onto each plate. With a spoon, mix olive oil & garlic together. Place 8 beets slices on each plate. Spoon a little ravioli filling onto the center of each beet piece & then place another beet piece on top to seal it. Repeat until done. Be sure to leave 1-2 Tbs of rawvioli filling in the bowl & mix in 2-3 Tbs of water with it. Mix well & then drizzle mixture on top of raviolis & then sprinkle a little fresh dill & pea shoots on top to garnish. Serve & eat up! RAWLISH!
I am so thrilled & honored to have been nominated for a 2013 Best of Raw awards. WOW! 🙂 I encourage you to visit www.bestofrawfoods.com & vote for all of your favorite raw foodies & raw food products … and I hope you will take a minute to vote for me in the Best of People category under “Raw Educator > 5 years.” AND vote for me & my rawsome biz partner, Maggie Knowles of Kids Gone Raw in the “Raw Educator < 5 years.” It’s so exciting to be included amongst some of my favorite raw food folks.
Thank you in advance for your support! You are a RAWK STAR!
2013 is here & it’s time for a RAWvolution! 🙂
Come experience the joy of raw & living foods with me in one of my raw food classes. I’ve got lots of exciting things on the calendar & there is room for you to join in … so grab a friend and sign up for some RAWsome fun today!
The classes in my studio are intimate (generally 4-6 people), hands on & include a detailed recipe handout & lots of gourmet sampling, so be sure to bring your appetite! We make between 6-8 recipes in each class & they are sure to rawk your world!
The classes at Whole Foods also make for a fun night. There are generally 14-20 people there & we make 4-5 recipes & you get to sample everything.
And don’t forget about potluck! We host a fabulous raw vegan potluck on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 5:30-7:30. Hope you can join us. Details on the class calendar.
Make your health a priority this year and add more plant-based foods to your life each day and remember that “the gift of health is keeping you alive.” (quote from The Magic by Rhonda Byrne)
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year! How are you? It has been awhile since I have posted. I turn into one of Santa’s helpers in December & disappear into my art studio. Check out this post on my art blog to see some of my holiday creations.
I just wanted to wish you all a RAW-MAZING 2013!
May the year ahead be filled with nourishing food, lots of green drinks, love, peace & laughter.
I am so grateful to have you as a part of my raw food family.
I had the best time with Lauren of Lola Studios last weekend!
I went in for a stylized Girl Gone Raw photo shoot and Lauren nailed it! 🙂 Lauren had a creative vision of playing off of Rosie the Riveter and it was really fun to see her bring all of the pieces together to make it happen!
It all started with a little makeup by makeup artist Caylee Patenaude. Caylee did a great job of keeping the makeup fun and light with an extra punch of color on the eyes.
Once the makeup was in place, we put on my bandana and then headed to the bathroom to put on the veggie tattoos from tattly.com. I had never wanted a real tattoo before I saw these veggies falling down my arm. Is there anything cuter? I LOVE THEM! 🙂
With the veggies in place we headed back to the studio for the shoot. Lauren made it easy, fun and natural and after a few minutes of a few different poses, we were done!
The stylized photo shoot was so much fun and I love the photo that Lauren captured. It says everything I wanted it to about raw food & my business … fun, radiant, passionate and healthy! I encourage anyone with their own business or a theatrical idea that they would like to bring to life to contact Lauren for a RAWsome shoot!
In November my partner & I attended a workshop on Therapeutic Breathwork with Anna Maria Tocci & Becca Demers at the Awake Collective & it was fantastic! Ahhhhhh … breathing feels so good, doesn’t it? (I just remembered something one of my yoga instructors said while challenging us in a pose … “breathe as if your life depended upon it.” Ha! Those words crack me up and I think of them when I find myself in an intense place). 🙂 Breathing is important and it is something most of us do without really thinking about. To really benefit from our breath, it is a great idea to take time out and focus on it. We have been enjoying monthly group breathwork sessions since our introduction to breathwork & it feels so good, that I just had to share it with you.
What is breathwork? I think of it as intentional, guided breathing that results in a huge release. Here’s the description from Anna Maria’s website ourclearintentions.com: “THERAPEUTIC BREATHWORK uses the technique of connected, conscious, diaphragmatic breathing to promote relaxation and the release of stress. It also has the powerful capacity to release deeper emotional and mental patterns, freeing the breather to live a more open, happy, energy-filled existence. Often times, the reason that we are not fully living the life we desire is that we have an emotional or energetic block in one or more areas of our life. Breathwork is an incredible tool for clearing these blocks.”
Winter is here & we can all use a little something to take the chill off, right? Well, I have the perfect thing for that … Crazy Dick’s Cajun Seasoning. It puts a little spice in your step.
My friends Rich & Lori are behind Crazy Dick’s & it’s a fabulous product … an ALL organic cajun seasoning with ZERO sodium. It’s made here in Maine & I love adding a teaspoon to my chili or warm soup recipes or veggie smoothie drinks. Oh ya, & and it tastes great as a seasoning for candied nuts. They have 2 flavors, regular & smokey, so I recommend getting both! 🙂
I hope you’ll take a minute & check out their website to learn more about this fun