Crystal Blueberry Breakfast Cookies

Standing around after yoga, when students and teacher felt a great sense of well-being, we stood talking, It was about living a full life and being ready to go. From the 78-year old to the -58. Three out of four women said they had lived such a full life, complete, and were ready to go. One of them said it’s partially because we have time…and no pressure of anyone telling us we have to be someone, be somewhere, or do anything. The relief of that pressure is nothing comparable.

Recipe of the Day – Crystal Blueberry Cookies

Ingredients:

3 small carrots

1/4 c. blueberries, sliced

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water or 3 eggs

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c.  coconut crystals to sprinkle in top.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder

1/8 c. cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Directions: Juice the carrots and apple and use the shredded material for the granola. You can use a little of the juice, or all of it, unless you want to drink it. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want them raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. Spoon onto oiled cookie or dehydrator sheets. Sprinkle cacao nibs and coconut crystals on top. Slice blueberries into each cookie, If tiu want it faster, bake at 350 degrees F. 10-13 minutes.

Word of the Day -bienestar – well-being

Tip of the Day –Keep the cookies soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Coconut Cream Granola

Three days of gas smell in my house, yikes! Turns out there was a bug under the cap of the propane tank! It’s all gone now!

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Cream Granola

Ingredients:

1 c. coconut cream

3 mashed bananas

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. sweetener of choice. I used coconut crystals.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder.

Directions: Wach and chop the apple and mash the banana. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want it raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. If you want it faster, bake at 225 degrees F. until toasty, about 40 minutes.

Word of the Day – tanque – tank

Tip of the Day = Keep the granola soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Blueberry Fig Smoothie

On a sunny, 7 a.m. morning, with a beautiful sun-lit hill above the land, I did my sun-gathering and early yoga, ending by digging a soft indentation in the sand and raising my feet to the sky in a Vilcabamba headstand. Tiko respectfully sat right near me, the whole time, patiently waiting for the stick-throwing about to come next.

Recipe of the Day – Blueberry Fig Smoothie

C gave me the figs, J gave the blueberries, The bananas were from my land!

Ingredients:

1 fig, the gel scooped into the blender

1 handful blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 drops chocolate or vanilla stevia

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 c. water or coconut milk

Directions : Blend.

Word of the Day –– suporte para la cabeza – headstand

Tip of the Day – Use only 1/4 c. liquid, add a T. of chia seeds, and you’ve got yourself an amazing pudding!

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Carrot Apple Granola

Hey, a hummingbird flew in my kitchen window as I was making the granola. He peeked into the granola bowl but didn’t try any! He came last week, as well! And then he came a second time, but the window was closed as he flew back and forth in front of my face. I feel so honored!

Recipe of the Day –  Carrot Apple Granola

Ingredients:

6 small carrots

1 apple

2 c. oats

1 c. coconut meal

1 T. flax soaked in 3 T. water

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. sweetener of choice. I used coconut crystals.

pinch salt

1 tsp. vanilla or dash vanilla powder.

Directions: Juice the carrots and apple and use the shredded material for the granola. You can use a little of the juice, or all of it, unless you want to drink it. Add the other ingredients and mix well. If you want it raw, dehydrate at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours or until desired crispness. If you want it faster, bake at 225 degrees F. until toasty, about 40 minutes.

Word of the Day  – colibri – hummingbird

Tip of the Day = Keep the granola soft, if you like. That’s what I do for a hot breakfast. Add shredded coconut or cacao nibs, and eat with coconut or almond milk, tea or apple juice.

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Raw Chocolate Mousse

It’s good to have a mission when traveling. Ours was to find the perfect chocolate mousse for Joy’s birthday in Cuenca. Too bad I had to eat all the other chocolate I could find along the way! Sometimes I stick to my diet and eat purely when I’m away. This was not one of those times.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Raw Mousse

ingredients:

1/2 c. water

2 T. cacao powder

1/3 c. cashews

3 pitted dates, soaked for ten minutes

dash vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. nut, seed or oat milk

Directions:

Blend. Pour into four dessert dishes, warm. Chill.

Word of the Day –misión–  mission

Tip of the Day – You can eat this every day, it’s so good for you!

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Lemon Cinnamon Dried Fruit

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success… none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. – Ram Dass

Recipe of the Day – Dried Fruit

Ingredients

Several bananas, apples, mango and papaya

Juice of one large lemon

1 tsp. cinnamon per tray

Directions: Wash and cut up the fruit. The thinner it is, the faster it will dry. I like mine in lengths, lately. Squeeze lemon juice overall and sprinkle with cinnamon. Dry in your dehyrator at 105 degrees F. for 24 hours. Keep checking. There should be no feeling of moisture, yet a hint of bend-ability to your fruit. That’s how I like it. You could do them ’til they’re crisp, if you like.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Eres amado – You are loved

Tip of the Day – It’s great to have dried fruit around,w ithout sugar, for an evening snack…anytime you don’t want to eat but need something to satisfy your tummy and palate.

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Kale Banana Papaya Orange Smoothie

In the moment – reflections after three years of living : It’s awesome not working for others more than a few hours a week.How did I ever live without a machete! What would I do without Wilson the gardener? I never knew what it was like to miss a country.  I miss my kids so bad, my heart aches for weeks at a time. With more time I cry more, and am a little more still and quiet inside.                                                                                                         

Recipe of the Day – Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 c. kale

1 frozen banana

1 c. papaya

1 c. orange juice

Directions:

Blend.

Word of the Day – reflexiones– reflections

Tip of the Day – You can make this with spinach or any other greens, if you prefer them.

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Energy Fudge Bars

Hey, look i was made top-blogger again! just when I’m posting less, ha ha. I’be made these fudge bars to celebrate!

From: Maxwell Salo
Subject: You’ve been featured as a top blogger!

Message Body:
Hi Dorothy,

Just a quick email to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named:

Top 30 Most Inspiring Expat Bloggers in 2017.

Here’s a link to the article:

Top 30 Most Inspiring Expat Bloggers in 2017

Recipe of the Day – Fudge Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 c. sunflower seed

1/2 c. raisins

3/4 c. oats

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 hpg. T. coconut oil

pinch salt

Directions: Blend in your food processor until mixture forms a ball. Press unto a pie plate or shape into bars. Chill.

Word of the Day – speciál – special

Tip of the Day – Try with walnuts instead of sunflower seeds, yum!

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Cherry Goji Kiwi Smoothie for Sleep

Says my sister’s Doctor –“Kiwi is one of the fruits I’ve prescribed to my patients with insomnia (two an hour before bedtime appears to significantly improve sleep onset, duration, and efficiency) and also to help with constipation-type irritable bowel syndrome (two kiwifruit a day seem to significantly improve bowel function).”

Recipe of the Day – Sleep Smoothie
Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
2 T. goji berries
1 kiwi
1/2 c. pitted cherries
1 c.  water, tea or coconut milk

Directions: Blend in a blender until smooth.

Word of the Day – duermo – I sleep

Tip of the Day – Kiwi certainly seems like a better option than the leading IBS drug, which was pulled from the market for apparently killing too many people. Kiwifruit also appear to benefit immune function.”

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Sweet Beet Salad

From my friend, Sharon, who sells her basket of Middle Eastern cooking in Viocabamba-

Hello there!

Here´s the improved version of my cooking workshop offer. I have emphasized my request to use phone communication rather than email due to compu problems. If you know of a Microsoft lap top for sale etc, pls inform me!
Thank you for helping me lift this new bird off the ground…

SHARON´S VEGETARIAN MIDDLE EASTERN COOKING

WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE COOKING

MENU

Chickpea Soup w/ vegetables *
Tahini-Chickpea Soup*
Lentil Soup
Bulgur Wheat Soup w/ hot pepper & cinnamon

Cooked Beet Salad with fresh onion & spices
Lentil Majadra with rice/quinoa
Chickpea Rice / Quinoa *

Fava Beans & Tahini dish
Beans & Greens (Fava / other beans are the freshly peeled kind)
Couscous
Eggplant w/ spicy tomato-pepper sauce
Sauteed Eggplant w/Tahini Sauce
Red Cabbage Dish w/fried onion & caraway/cumin seeds
Tunisian Pumpkin Squash Dip w/cilantro , cumin & hot peeper

Tabouli Salad w/ Bulgur Wheat/ Quinoa

Stuffed Tomato / Squash/ Pepper ( counts as 2 items)

Sweet Semolina Cake

*recipes marked * require simple pre -cooking ( as for chickpeas)

Dear client, please call me regarding the 3 items you desire to cook in workshop, and when you would like it to happen. Sundays are my preference. You will then recieve a shopping list.
Please be responsible for the shopping and collection of payment to be delivered upon the beginning of the workshop.

SHARON 096 709 8467. I prefer communication via phone whenever possible:You may also find me Fridays at the JF selling products between 11:30 and 13:30.

PRICING:
Couples………………….$30
Groups of 3 – 5 ……….$10 per person
Individuals………………$20

Pricing covers 4 hour workshop including recipes, tips, hands-on experience and sampling of the food we create.
Food items will be purchased separately by the group organizer ( ie the client), as mentioned.

 

Recipe of the Day – Sweet Beet Salad

Ingredients:
4-5 red beets

1 c. shredded sweet ootatoes or carrots

1/2 purple onion
2 T. coconut sugar or honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

Directions: You can do this raw by washing and shredding the beerts, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions, or
1. Wash beets. Cut off their stems and bottoms, but do not peel. Cut them into quarters and place in a pot of water (enough water to cover the beets). Bring the water to a boil. Turn the flame down to low, cover, and cook for 45 minutes or until tender,

2. Drain and cool the beets. Then peel and slice. Add the sugar, lemon juice, oil and salt, according to taste, Stir in raw or cooked sweet potatoes or carrots and onions. Chill..

Wors of the Day – remolachas – beets

Tip of the Day – Sharon says, “Please contact SHARON 096 709 8467. You may also find me Fridays at the JF selling products between 11:30 and 13:30. LET´S GET COOKIN’!”

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