Pizza-Flavored Kale Chips

How’s Tiko doing? Well, it’s interesting. Ever since he’s been on the leash more, in the house and not running around except on the run lines, he’s much more obedient. He has specific times for playing catch when he can run. He comes when called, even when I’m holding the leash. When he puts his paw on my arm, I cover his with my hand, to impose the dominant. All out of love.

Recipe of the Day – Pizza Kale Chip Snacks

Recipe of the Day – Pizza Kale Chips

1 lb. fresh kale

3 sweet white onions, sliced

juice of three limes

6 T. Nutritional Yeast

1 T. Olive oil

1 T. Paprika

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:

  1. Wash the onions and kale and pat dry.
  2. Slice the onions into thin pieces,
  3. Put all in a bag and pour the olive oil in.
  4. Massage well, with your hands, and let sit for ten minutes.
  5. Squeeze the lime juice over all.
  6. Sprinkle the yeast or Raw Parmezano and spices/herbs over all and dehydrate on trays at 105 degrees for 24 hours or more, until crispy.

Word of the Day – obediente – obedient

Tip of the Day – Have these around for a late-night snack, when you want something salty!

DIY Easy Coconut Butter

Since the Coconut Cheese Post, people have been asking me where to get coconut butter. In the States, it’s easy…it’s in the health food store. But here, not so easy. But this recipe is!

Recipe of the Day – DIY Coconut Butter

Ingredients:

2 c. shredded coconut or coconut flakes

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of salt

A little extra coconut oil if you need it for the right consistency

Directions:
  1. Add the shredded coconut or flakes to the blender of food processor with a pinch of salt.
  2. Scrape the sides down every minute or so with a spatula. Continue until the coconut has turned to coconut butter and is liquefied. Store it in an airtight container like a mason jar. The blender is fast, but the food processor could take up to 10 minutes, if you’ve got a little one, like mine. Worth the wait, though! You’ll use this for everything!

Word/Phrase of the Day – Vale la pena –  it’s worth it

Tip of the Day –  Use coconut butter for anything you would use butter for. Great in gluten-free brownies, cookies and other baked goods, popcorn, potatoes, and as a spread for your breads!

Coconut Parmezano Cheese

Clare’s here, my daughter! The place has my orders: Tiko, not to bark too much. The banana tree not to give the yellow bananas ’til she got here, and the roses to produce the most they ever had! The rain to do it’s thing every day so I don’t have to water four hours while she’s here. So far, so good. Thank you, Nature!

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Parmezano

Ingredients:

1 c. shredded coconut

1/8 c. coconut milk

2 tsp. coconut oil, for blending

1 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. In your food process or blender, blend shredded coconut, coconut milk, and salt.
  2. Add the oil last and blend briefly until it’s the texture of parmesan.
  3. Pour into a baggie or glass jar and use as you would parmesan!

Word of the Day – naturaleza – nature

Tip of the Day – Put this cheese on potatoes, rice, veggies, chips to make nachos!

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Lollie’s Avo Blue Mousse

Well, Lollie mentioned my ratty-old backpack so many times, these last months, that she finally gave me one for my birthday. And she remembered the exact one I liked from the exact store from months before. How could that be? Amazing friends, is what it is. And aren’t my friends beautiful? Here’s her recipe for Blueberry Mouse.

Recipe of the Day – Lollie’s Avo Blue Mousse

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

1 c. blueberries

1 frozen banana

touch honey

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – hermosa – beautiful

Tip of the Day – For an even more gelatinous mixture, I would add 1 T. chia seeds and let it sit. Maybe cacao powder. When I told her this, she said, “Of course you would. You’re the cacao lady!” Thanks, Lollie!

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Joy’s Blueberry Ice Cream

Joy is the town’s blueberry seller here. Fresh, beautiful organic blueberries from Peru. And here is her Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe!


Recipe of the Day –
Blueberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 c. frozen bananas

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. frozen coconut cream from the young coconut

Directions: Blend. Freeze again.

Word of the Day – vendedor – seller

Tip of the Day – The fruit must be frozen in this recipe. Of course, I put cacao powder in mine, ha ha.

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Peanut Butter Date Truffles

Look at what local women here are doing:You are invited to participate in providing food and encouragement for  Extremely Poor Families. Dr. Sonia Romero and Sheri Yohe are leading a community outreach to extremely poor families.  We will help 10 families in Vilcabamba, 10 families in Malacatos and 10 families in a pueblo close to Sheri’s home called Chinguilamac.

Dr. Sonia will locate the extremely poor families in Vilcabamba and Malacatos and Sheri will locate the families in Chinguilamaca. *If you know of a family in extreme need in these areas please contact Sonia at Jardin Escondido or Sheri, sheriyohe@gmail.com

  • Please bring all monetary donations to Dr Sonia at Jardin Escondido by November 28Sonia and her husband Marco will purchase bulk food supplies on Thursday November 30.
  • Please bring all food staples (non-perishables) to Jardin Escondido by December 2nd
  • Come and help fill the food baskets on December 2nd at Jardin Escondido, from 2:00 pm – 4:00.
  • Join us: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido – deliver baskets to 10 homes in Malacatos
  • Join us: Sunday, December 102:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Chinguilamaca (50 minutes from Vilcabamba)
  • Join us: Saturday, December 162:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Vilcabamba
Needed: 
Cars/drivers – willing to transport people and food baskets
Musicions – Sheri and Sonia play guitar – Song sheets will include guitar chords. More musicians to sing or play an instrument – WELCOME!
Advertise this event. Please help us spread the word and join us.
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm assemble the baskets at Jardin Escondido – practice our songs
Sabbath, December 9, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Malacatos
Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Chinguilamaca
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Vilcabamba
 
At each home:
Hand out;
·      Basket of food staples 
·      Coloring pages and color pencils to each child
·      Sing a Christmas Hymn of encouragement
·      Pray for the families needs
Follow-up for these 30 families will take place once every 3 months. Example: We plan to re-visit the same 10 families in Malacatos one Saturday in January, the same 10 families in Vilcabamba one Saturday in February, and the same 10 families in Chinguilamaca one Saturday in March and continue to re-visit these families once every three months throughout the year to bring encouragement, sing with them, pray for them and bring food staples. Our goal is to enable and encourage – not to make them dependent but to express compassion and love. Not just once a year.
 
Please help us.
Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Date Truffles
Ingredients:
  • 19. soaked dates, pitted. Save the date water for additional liquid
  • 2-3 T. raw cacao or carob powder
  • 3 T.  Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 c. oats to roll or add to the mix
  • pinch salt
  • options: 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, sea salt to taste, shredded coconut, berries, cacao nibs

Directions:

Directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients until they form a large ball.
  2. Add salt to taste and stir in the cereal.
  3. Shape into small balls (I made about 16).
  4. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.

Word of the Day – pobreza -poverty

Tip of the Day – Share and you’ll feel so much better. It will lighten your heart.

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Aji Sun Sticks

These ones I did with the beautiful aji sauce, the tomatillo salsa they make here. It gave it just the right amount of saltiness for a non-sweet snack. Tons of protein, too!

Recipe of the Day – Sunflower Aji Sticks

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, soaked, then sprouted for 1- 1/2 days (You can omit this sprouting, if you like.)
1/2 c. aji sauce  (salsa) (find recipe in the search engine of this blog, on the first page)

1 tsp. olive oil, if baking

Directions:
Combine all in a food processor and roll/pat into 2″ sticks onto a dehydrator sheet at 105 degrees for 18-24 hours until slightly crispy on the outside. Eat while warm. Or, oil a pan with coconut or olive oil and bake or toast at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes, until toasty.

Word of the Day – arena – sand

Tip of the Day – These Sun Cheese Sticks are so addicting. They have the crispy saltiness that makes the perfect snack, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The lemon gives it a tangy edge that satisfies your sweet/salty addiction.

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Rosemary Tea

Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pain and spasm, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. This herb contains two key ingredients — rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid — that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. which minimize damage to your body’s cells from free radicals. Thus preventing cancer. 

Recipe of the Day – Rosemary Tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of rosemary

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the rosemary. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – Drink daily to improve your memory and ease muscle pain.

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Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

My sister, M uses this on her Kale chips, wow! It would also be great on brown rice with veggies, or zucchini noodles!

Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

This sauce is so yummy, you’re gonna want to eat it on everything!
My sister and her niece’s invention!

Ingredients:

  • Juice of one lemon or lime
  • 3 T. rice vinegar
  • 2 T. Bragg’s aminos, soy sauce or fish sauce
  • 1 T. water
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • 1 T. coconut crystals or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. powdered or minced garlic
  • cayenne or red pepper to taste
  • Directions: Whisk all  ingredients in a bowl until well-mixed. Pour over your salad, rice or kale chips!
  • Word of the Day – invención – invention

Tip of the Day – Use almond butter, or cashew, for variations, yum!

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Orange Cacao Truffles

Watching a friend of mine eat straight stevia leaves, and hearing how much he eats them, I was interested again, in what the benefits are, and why the body would crave them. Stevia can help regulate blood-sugar levels, as a hypoglycemic aid for diabetics. Stevia may also help in lowering high blood pressure but won’t lower normal blood pressure levels. This plant may also curb sugar, tobacco and alcohol cravings.

The leaves contain vitamin C and A, rutin, zinc, magnesium and iron, according to Dr. Sanjeev Gupta in the book “Kick Your Sugar Habit.” It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to safeguard the body from free-radical damage as a result of metabolic and environmental factors. A particular enzyme present in the leaf, called superoxide dismutast, may also help to inhibit cancer cell growth, although further research is needed.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Cacao Truffles

Ingredients:

1 c. Raisins, soaked 10 minutes (save the soak water to add to other dishes)

1/4 c. orange juice

1/8 c. orange rinds

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. cacao powder

pinch stevia leaves

Directions:

  1. Soak the raisins ten minutes.
  2. Then grind in a food processor with the orange rinds, coconut and cacao, adding a little of the orange juice  at a time to create a stiff dough.
  3. When the dough starts to form a ball, shape into balls by rolling between your hands.
  4. Chill for an hour, or so.
  5. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – beneficios – benefits

Tip of the Day – Get a little plant to keep in your kitchen. Then you can pluck off a leaf or two, as you need it.

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