Lentil Sprout Salad

I am extremely happy as of late, Just waves of happines through yoga, chi, during watering. Graces graces. 

Recipe of the Day – Sprouted Lentil Salad

1/2 c. diced cucumber

1/2 c. chopped tomato

1/3 c. chopped green onions

1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 T. olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 T. apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. curry powder

1 tsp. prepared mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: To sprout lentils, soak them in water for 12 hours. Pour off the water and let for 12 hours. Water and drain again. Do this every morning and night until sprouts are the desired length. These in the picture above took 2 full days after soaking.
In a medium bowl, combine the lentil sprouts, cucumber, tomato, green onions, cilantro and radishes. Toss lightly.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, curry powder, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over salad.

Word of the Day – lentajes – lentils

Tip of the Day – Boy, i know I am very lucky to have such long periods of silence, but that is truly when grace, or happiness comes. And other times, too!

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Chocolate Carob Brownies

Yikes, all of a sudden it really is the dry season and I have to water again. I have to remember to be grateful for the …almost 8 months of not having to water, wow! And also in having enough water to water!

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Carob Brownies

Ingredients:
1 c. walnuts
1 c. dates, soaked for an hour

the date soak water
1/3 c. raw almond butter
3/4 c. shredded coconut
1/8 c. cacao powder
1/8 c. carob powder.

dash cinnamon

pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: Process the walnuts first. Then add the other ingredients. Process until creamy. Fold into a brownie pan or pie dish. Cut into squares. Chill. Delicious now!

Word of the Day –  recuerda – remember

Tip of the Day  – Top with cacao nibs and coconut, or coconut icing, or strawberry chia jam, the recipe found on this blog. Type it in to the search engine!

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Dandelion Pesto

A reader/watcher from my youtube channel just asked me for some dandelion recipes. Which is an opportune time, because I’ve just begun actually blowing on the dandelion blooms, like we did as a child, to sprinkle the seeds everywhere. They are so powerful for you! And so easy to grow, a green, ready for your smoothies, immediately and always growing.

Recipe of the Day – Dandelion Pesto

Ingredients:

1-2 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp. prepared mustard

2 c. dandelion greens dandelion greens
1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive oil
Salt

Directions:
Puree all the ingredients together. You can add nuts or Parmesan,  if desired. I use it as my pizza sauce!

Word of the Day – dientes de leones – Lion’s Teeth (Dandelions)

Tip of the Day – Don’t pick them where they spray chemicals.

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Almond Chipotle Sauce

Hey, Duolingo says I learned 2920 spanish words! That’s pretty good, huh? About 1000 per year.

Recipe of the Day – Almond Chipotle Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. Almond butter
  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 3/4 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. dried Tomatoes
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 c. kale or spinach
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro chopped

Directions:

  1. Place the almond butter, water, chipotle, garlic clove, roasted tomato, and lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Shred or slice zucchini or sweet potato noodles for pasta. Steam the kale or spinach for just 3 minutes, if desired, and stir into noodles.
  3. Pour chipotle sauce over pasta and mix well. Top with mango and cilantro.

Word of the Day – tres mil – 3,000

Tip of the day – This sauce is best served immediately. . . while warm from the blender.

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Creamy Almond Truffles

Poor me. No one showed up for yoga at the Raw Food Retreat tonight. They were exhausted from their Steam session, Podocarpus hike, change of diet, and very few even showed up to eat! I had to do yoga alone in the Bamboo Pavilion, walk in the Enchanted Forest, hang in the yoga swing, sweat in the sauna, and then eat the raw food feast. Sigh. What a day. But I’ll be back tomorrow!

Recipe of the Day – Creamy Almond Truffles

Ingredients:
  1. 1 c. ground almonds or the pulp from making milk
  2. ½ c.  almond butter
  3. 3 T. coconut syrup or honey
  4. 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. ¼ tsp. salt
  6. For Coating:
  7. ¼ c almonds, ground
  8. ¼ c. cacao nibs, ground

Filling

  1. 1/4 c. cashew butter
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the truffle ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well until fully incorporated.
  2. Roll round balls in your hands to form the truffles.
  3. Chill the truffle balls slightly before rolling them in either ground almonds or cocoa nibs. Cut each in half, and fill with cashew butter. Put the top on each truffle.
  4. Keep the truffles refrigerated in an airtight container.

Word/Phrase of the Day – pobre de mi – poor me

Tip of the Day – It’s easy to get spoiled with daily beauty. Good for me to let something be cancelled and take time to sit and breathe and remember this gorgeous setting I’m in.

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No-Bake Macaroons

One of my three kids has just made the statement, after wanting children forever, that she and her partner can’t quite, with all integrity, bring a child into this world in the state that it’s in. Quite a disheartening statement, for our earth isn’t it.

Recipe of the Day – Quick and Chewy Macaroons
Ingredients:
5 c. shredded coconut
2 c. coconut milk
1 pinch vanilla powder, 2 tsp. vanilla
Directions: Mix together all ingredients. For raw macaroons, roll into balls and drop into your container. For cookies: Drop 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 ˚ for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool.
Word of the Day – raices – roots
Tip of the Day – This country is full of a culture who remembers their roots. It’s what makes them strong.
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4-Ingredient Sour Lemon Tart

Find Wilson, my gardener, in this tree. He’s cutting the fice, (mesquite) branches from over the roof, where the little needles were turning the roof grey. The guest thought it was mold, but whew! It was grey needles that were covering the tiles – much easier to deal with,just sweep them off, yay!

Recipe of the Day – Sour Lemon Tart

Ingredients:

2 c. dates (or 1/4 c. coconut syrup/honey or raisins)

1 c. lemon juice

1 1/2 c. walnuts

1 T. lemon peel

Directions: Soak dates  or sweetener in lemon juice. Process with the walnuts and stir in
the lemon peel. Press into a  pie pan. Sprinkle with 1/8 c. sesame seeds. Chill.

Wor od the Day – jardinero – gardener

Tip of the Day – You gotta keep up on the rain gutters, the roof, and a lot of other things in Ecaudor, it’s so wet!

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Cashew-Onion Creme Cheese

I started teaching yoga for the Raw Food Retreat again Sunday And I got to enjoy their raw food breakfast of cashew cheese and crackers, granola, almond milk and stevia, and  gynostemma tea! I haven’t had that in years; used to live off it. Wed. I get to have dinner with them after an afternoon yoga and enjoy Karl the Chef’s Raw Food Feast!

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Creme Cheese

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large green onion, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp. Italian herbs: cilantro, oregano, rosemary
  • pinch powdered garlic or 1 minced clove
  • salt, to taste
 Directions:
  1. Soak the cashews in the water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain off water. Add to the blender with the onions ,lemon juice, Italian seasonings and garlic into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, stop and scrape down the sides and repeat until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Word of the Day – comi – I ate

Tip of the Day – This is incredibly good on raw crackers, and also mixed with avocado, yum and creamy!

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Peanut Butter Fork Cookies, Gluten-Free

I haven’t had the use of my washer for a few months, right? Wilson tried to fix it, the one guy, Vicente, the only washer guy in Vilcabamba, never came out. And while the guest family was here, I came home to find that Jim Royer, my neighbor and guardian fixer for everyone’s mechanics in Vilca, had taken the part. He stopped me on the road to say he took it to Loja, got the part, and would put it in Saturday. Which he did, ANd cleaned all the little filters on my faucets, whoa. Oh, my gosh. Just in time to clean all the sheets and guest towels. Now, don’t you be calling Jim for help!

Recipe of the Day – Fork Cookies

Ingredients:

1 c. peanut butter

3/4 c. coconut oil

1 c. coconut sugar

1 pinch stevia powder

2 T. flax seeds soaked in 4 T. water, or 2 eggs

2 c. gluten-free flour (I used oats and platano)

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 ½ c. coconut

1 c. chopped walnuts

Directions:  Cream peanut butter, oill, sugars, and flax/eggs. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in coconut, walnuts, and oatmeal. Chill dough. Take a small amount of dough, 1 to 2 teaspoons, and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and flatten each ball with a fork which has been dipped into cold water. Bake at 375 ˚ for 15 -18 minutes.

Word of the Day – washer – lavadora

Tip of the Day – You gotta take the help when it comes here, and don’t say, “no!”