Thursday, August 30, 2012

Simple Vegetarian 'Meatloaf'

Until we decide to go on a grain free diet, we are pre-soaking our rice and lentils for 24 hours prior to cooking. Pre-soaking grains, seeds and nuts releases enzymes that are needed for digesting. Even though we still have grains in our diet we make sure to have a good portion of raw foods daily. Our recipes always consist of raw and cooked foods or simply raw! Our latest recipe is Vegetarian 'Meatloaf'. We cooked our gluten free brown rice and lentils with some vegetables and topped it off with a new tasty raw tomato sauce! The loaf is tender and flavorful. See recipe below. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Learn About Yourself

'Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life, perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy, if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation.' - Jiddu Krishnmaurti
Below: Photos from the park. Enjoy!

'So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of birds or looking at the face of your wife or child.' - Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Spicy Kale and Mushroom 'Cannelloni'

For our brunch, we prepared a dairy free and  grain free 'cannelloni', made with free range happy chicken eggs instead of pasta. Cannelloni is another one of our favorite pastas. This new recipe is very tasty with a touch of spice! The egg cannelloni is stuffed with fried onions, garlic, oyster mushrooms, raw pumpkin seeds and raw kale*. We topped it off with a spicy raw tomato sauce. Raw foods contain enzymes needed for a healthy immune system! See recipe below. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Grain Free Kitty - Follow Up

Back in May, we decided to change our cat's diet because we became concerned about the grain content that is found in most cat foods. We decided to try an organic grain free meal that was made up of meats, not grains. We changed her food from 'Science Diet' to 'Nature's Variety Instinct' dry cat food that is made with natural meat based products. Cats need animal based foods such as meats and organs, not plant based foods like whole grain! Check out Nature's Variety Instinct website here.
Below: Photos of kitty taking in the late afternoon sun. Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yam Gnocchi With Kale

If you love gnocchi but are on a grain free diet, this new recipe is worth a try. The gnocchi is not cooked in water because we used coconut flour, which would break apart in water. We decided to fry them in a tasty rosemary, garlic and shallot butter. We also added raw kale with a side of tomato beet sauce that brought the dish together really well. Kale is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Vitamin K is a key nutrient in regulating our body's inflammatory process. See recipe below. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cauliflower 'Rice' With Fish

Cauliflower has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. It is an excellent alternative to rice and a great choice if you are on a grain free diet! We created a 15-20 minute recipe for fish and cauliflower 'rice' that incorporates raw foods. The fish and onion mix are the only food that has been cooked. The rice and corn are raw and energizing! It's a tasty and simple recipe - give it a try. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rooibos Tea and Date Ice Cream

The benefits of Rooibos tea includes minerals and antioxidants! For our latest dairy free ice cream recipe, we created a 'Rooibos and Date Ice Cream' that is not only healthy but also sweet and refreshing. Dates contain nutrients and are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3 and B5! (Recipe is below.) Does not require an ice cream maker to create recipe. Enjoy!
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Raising Backyard Chickens

In January the city of Toronto ruled on banning the practice of raising chickens in your own backyard, on the basis that the chickens are a possible health risk and noisy! 
Does the city not pose a health risk due to toxins and pollution?! Is the city not noisy from people, cars and ongoing construction?! 
Hopefully the city will overturn their judgement on banning chickens in the city, based on more accurate information/facts that can be provided to them. Paul Hughes may be such a man - you can read about his story here
We want to live a sustainable life and one day raise our own chickens - for eggs. If you live outside the city, and are interested in raising backyard chickens, there is a website called Backyard that provides information on successfully raising your own healthy 'backyard chickens'. Here is one great article we came across. Enjoy!

Image by Brett Gundlock/national post
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Zucchini - 'Spaghetti' and Meatballs

Our latest zucchini pasta is 'spaghetti' and meatballs! We rarely eat meat, but when we found grass fed beef, we decided to buy some. We are still incorporating raw foods daily, so we combined raw zucchini with healthy and juicy meatballs (see recipe below.) This recipe is very tasty! You can feel energy from the raw zucchini. The meatballs were baked in the oven after marinating in an onion, spice and pepper mix for 20 minutes. It is a great choice for meat lovers who are on a grain free diet. Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

See The 'Mountain'

'The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain.' - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Below: Photos from the park. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simple Date Tarts - Nut free

Dates are naturally sweetened and healthy for you. They contain nutrients such as calcium, fiber, amino acids, sulfur, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and potassium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3 and B5. We love the flavor in butter tarts and noticed that our dried dates tasted similar to butter and sugar, so we decided to make some simple date tarts that consist of only 4 ingredients! The date filling is raw and nut free so it is a good choice for those who presently have nut allergies. The tart crust is gluten free and grain free so they are very healthy! See recipe below. Enjoy!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

The Benefits of Barley Miso Soup

In Japan, those affected by radiation sickness from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were treated with miso soup. Miso neutralizes toxins and alkalizes the blood. It contains an excellent source of digestive enzymes, probiotics, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals! We wanted to make miso paste from scratch but were uncertain about the exact process of fermenting. We decided to purchase some barley miso paste for now, until we can learn how to ferment it ourselves. Miso soup is very healthy and tasty! See our simple recipe below. For more information on miso and radiation sickness click here.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Red Beet And Carrot Cookies

Juicing is healthy! We made some beet and carrot juice and used the leftover pulp to make some cookies! We use a Breville juicer for our vegetables and save the pulp because it still contains about 20% of the juice after juicing. We followed most of our Beet Carrot Cacao Mini Muffins recipe but we added more beet and carrot and didn't add the cacao powder. The cookies are gluten free and dairy free so they are healthy and tasty! See recipe below. Enjoy!

TIP: Shape these cookies into hearts, using a heart shaped cookie cutter, for your love ones on Valentines Day!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Red Latté

Red rooibos tea is caffeine-free and rich with minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc and magnesium. It contains anti-oxidants that have been shown to increase when you grind the tea and make it into a Red Espresso. We love lattés, so after we made our espresso shots, we added steamed milk that we frothed. Unfortunately, all the milk alternatives that we have tried so far (coconut, soy, rice and oats milk) can't produce foam so we're still unable to make cappuccinos. We used oats milk for our 'Red Latté' and it tasted amazing! We love that it's caffeine free and that it provides us with health benefits! Give it a try. See process below. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

'Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.'

Quote by Lao Tzu
'Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?'- Lao Tzu
Below: Photos from the park. Enjoy!

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Zucchini 'Fettuccine Alfredo'

One of our favorite pasta dishes is Fettuccine Alfredo. We had some coconut cream available so we decided to create a dairy-free version of the Alfredo sauce and incorporate it with some zucchini pasta. Although it didn't taste like the Alfredo sauce we were used to, because coconut cream is sweeter as opposed to Parmesan being saltier, the results were still very tasty! It's worth trying out! (See recipe below.) The health benefits of coconuts include fiber, vitamins and minerals. Coconuts are used in modern medicine to kill viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and to kill bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia and other diseases! Enjoy good healthy eating!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beet and Kale Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The super-nutrients found in kale include glucosinolates, which help to activate detoxifying enzymes in the liver that neutralize carcinogenic substances. It is an excellent source of vitamin K - a key nutrient for regulating the body's inflammatory process. Since we are incorporating raw foods daily, for our latest dairy free pizza recipe, we baked a cauliflower crust topped with raw kale and red onions that were oven dehydrated (at 130°) for 30 minutes. Oven dehydrating at a low temperature of 130° removes the water content, but keeps the enzymes, vitamins and minerals in place. The pizza crust and other ingredients were baked at a regular temperature (of 325°F) for about 15 minutes in total. We also had a side of raw avocado soup. See pizza recipe below. Enjoy!

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