Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

At the Juice Factory here in Vilcabamba, they have a sign holding the three types of maca and their uses. Isn’t that a nice thing to do? Yellow maca is for hormone balance and mood-enhancing. I’ve been taking that one, five days a week for many years, and recommend it to my daughters and their friends for emotional support                                                                                                                                  Red maca is for prostrate problems and bone support. Black maca is for stress, fatigue and adrenal stress. I could probably use all three!

Recipe of the Day –  Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 large frozen bananas
1 c. oat coconut or nut milk
2 T. peanut or other nut butter
1 T. maca powder
1  pinch vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.

Word of the Day – signo sign

Tip of the Day – If you want to cut the richness you can substitute water for some of the nut milk.

4 Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

 If you’re having a Hard day… make pancakes. Pancakes + coCao = Comfort.  Yes ,definitely make pancakes. These ones are so good for you!

Recipe of the Day – 4 -Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 large green/ yellow plantain (7oz or 200g after peeled)

3 whole eggs or 3 T. flax seed in 9 T. water

1 T.  coconut oil, liquid

3 T. cacao or carob powder

optional–few drops stevia if you want sweetness Directions

Peel plantain. Place peeled plantain into food processor or blender. Add in eggs and raw cacao powder. Mix together. Next add in coconut oil. Continue to blend together. Heat up skillet or griddle on medium-low heat. Scoop about 3-4 tablespoons of batter and cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. Top with your favorite pancake toppings.

Word of the Day –dificil – hard

Tip of the Day – Serve with the cherry syrup from yesterday!

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Sugar-free Cherry Syrup

Geeez, the goodness of some people. My gardener, W. in gratefulness for work, came by just to say hi. I had to go teach, so, since it was raining, he gave me a ride into town. Then, while I was gone, tightened the mirror on my bike, fixed the brakes and the wobbly kickstand. Then, did something I mentioned at least a year ago. He brought his dad over and together they started training the beautiful magenta flower vine to climb over my entrance sign. Wow! When I came home and he showed me everything, he wouldn’t take one centavo! All in gratefuleness for his new job.

Recipe of the Day – Cherry Syrup

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. fresh cherries (pitted and sliced in half)
1 c. water or coconut water
1/4 c. coconut sugar or other sweetener

DIRECTIONS: Blend all ingredients.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Word of the Day – gratitud – gratitude

Tip of the Day – Sometimes you’re so grateful that goodness just spills out of you. Let it spill! And let others spill as well,

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Blue Granola

Lately my walking meditations, or blessings, or emptiness, if you will, are so profound while I’m walking. And watering, Better than anything one could ask for.                                            Thich Nhat Han, my favorite author on walking meditation, says, as a boy, he would meditate while eating a cookie and petting his dog with his toe. I love that.

Recipe of the Day – Blue Granola

3 c. oats

1 c. blue corn flour

1 banana, sliced

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/4 c. coconut sugar or other sweetener

1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. berries

1/4 c. chocolate pieces

1/8 tsp. salt

Directions: Mix all together with a spoon and pour onto oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until desired crispness, or dehydrate at 105 degree for 4-24 hours, as you like it. Flip granola half-way throught cooking.

Word of the Day – caminando – walking

Tip of the Day – I like it chewy, with coconut milk or tea on top! Add shredded  coconut or raisins, if you like!

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Dried Choco-Coco Bananas

I filled my freezer with bananas, and am now dehydrating the next batch. Last season I did them with orange, lemon or lime squeezed on them, and sprinkled with cinnamon. Or covered them with chocolate. This batch I sprinkled with coconut extract, then cacao powder and cinnamon, yum!

Recipe of the Day – Dried Choco-Coco Bananas

Ingredients::

6 ripe bananas

1/2 tsp. coconut milk or  extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cacao powder

Directions: Peel and slice bananas once lengthwise down the center, then twice more down the halves, Lay them on your dehydrator trays, then sprinkle with coconut milk or extract, cinnamon and cacao powder. Dry ar 105 degrees for 24 hours until bendable but not damp.

Word of the Day –  deshidratador – dehydrator

Tip of the Day – Don’t let them get crisp!

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Rose Petal Chia Jam

Someone in town told me you can just cut off the thick part of a rose bush, stick it in the ground and it will grow, with a little comfort food for the soil. I’m doing it!

Recipe of the Day – Rose Petal Jam

Ingredients:

1 c. fresh rose petals, white base trimmed off

1/2 c. coconut sugar, divided, or other sweetener of choice

juice of 2 lemons

3 c. water

1T. chia seeds, soaked in water

Directions:

Toss the rose petals, lemon juice, seeds and sugar together in a bowl until the petals are evenly coated. Let stand at room temperature overnight. Blend until creamy or a little chunky, as desiredadding water while blending, if needed. Chill.

Word of the Day – rosas – roses

Tip of the Day – Taste a little of the rose petals to make sure they’re not bitter, before mixing with the other ingredients. Make sure that little white base is cut off!

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Sprouted Rye Essene Bread

My sister’s son and his wife just had a baby, wow! Can you believe, that’s the first grandbaby in our family? There were eleven of us, seven boys and four girls, and this is the first grand-baby, Sophia Marie. Isn’t she beautifu! She looks like she just came down from the Divine.

Recipe of rhe Day – Essene Bread

Ingredients:

3 1/2 c. rye berries, soaked 8-12 hours, rinsed,then sprouted for one day

2 c. sunflower seeds

2  1/2 tsp.. ground caraway seeds

2 1/2 tsp. ground dill

2 tsp. herbs (I like thyme and marjoram)

1 tsp. salt

Directions: Soak the rye and sunflower seeds overnight. Drain and let sit until they sprout little tails, about one day. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a ball. Or you can mix by hand. Form into loaves the size you desire, 2 medium or 4 small. Put on an oiled baking sheet or dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for at least 6 hours, if you like it chewy, or up to 16 for drier, crusty bread. Or you can bake in your oven for 39 minutes at 350 degrees f., 180 c.

Word of the Day – hero – héroe

Tip of the Day – Fight for your health!

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Veggie Taco Wraps

I miss Paco, my kitty cat. First he started leaving for three days, and would always come back fat-bellie. Every time he came back, we would sit and he would purr and be petted to his heart’s content, and mine. Now he’s been gone for two weeks, Ithiuht I heard him mewing yesterday, and ran out with some cat food, but it was only the wind creaking the mesquite trees. I sure hope he’s with a happy family, not poisoned or something. But I won’t think about that.

Recipe of the Day – Veggie Taco Wraps

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c. lentils, sprouted or cooked

1 tep. mesquite or taco powder

1 T. cumin

1/4 c. chiles

2 T. olive oil

1/2 tsp. pepper

salt to taste

Directions: Blend all in the blender or food processor until you have a chunky, taco-like filling.Fill your wraps and cover with cashew cheese, salsa and guacomole. Nothing better!

Cashew Cheese :

1 c. casheew, soaked for an hour

1/2 c. yellow peppers

juice of 1 lemon

salt to taste

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – te extraño/estoy perdido – I miss you

Tip of the Day – You gotta have a cat here, to eat the mice or rats and bugs. Dogs are food, but not as stealthy as the cat!

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Carrot Corn Cookies

I find myself singing. Yay! For several weeks now. And I find myself singing the songs that only came out with the births of my new babies. Isn’t that something? Dare I write this! Yes, I do.                                                                                                                           My friend, Marli came in just now to trade sunflower seeds for bananas while I was taking these out of the oven, and said “Great cookies!”

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Corn Cookies

1 c. carrot pulp from making carrot juice

2 c. oats

1 c. soft yellow corn flour

1 egg

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. almond milk

1/2 c. coconut crystals

1 tsp. vanilla, or pinch vanilla powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions: Preheat the oven to 18o degres C./350 degrees F. Mash the oil, egg and vanilla together.,Add all the dry ingredients and stir well. Bake on an oiled baking sheet for 12-15 minutes, or 20 for high altitudes.

Word of the Day –  canto – i sing

Tip of the Day – You could make these with other gluten-free flours, but the soft pale corn flour works surprisingly well here.