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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Pumpkin Pear Salad With Saffron Vinaigrette

A reader writes on the way to maintain a good sleep pattern in your life – ”
“I do everything I can to make sure I sleep – I get up really early, exercise, eat healthy, meditate, stick to an evening schedule, cut off caffeine very early (there’s a free Iphone app called UpCoffee that can track your caffeine and tell you when you’re about to get to the point where sleep is impacted). I also have soft sheets and a comfy bed because I really really want to sleep badly. And no light in the bedroom – not the window, not a lighted alarm clock, nothing.

Probably an overshare but I really value my sleep. The one thing that still can keep me awake is fear of not sleeping!”

Recipe of the Day – Pumpkin Pear Salad

4 c. greens, washed, dried
1  pear, halved lengthways, cored, cut in slices

2 sprigs fennel
1 T. red wine vinegar
4 slices gluten-free crusty bread, to serve

Directions:
Heat the oil in a toaster oven or broil. Add the pumpkin and cook, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden and tender.Place on a plate lined with paper towel.
Add greens and pear to the bowl, toss lightly. Add fennel to decorate. Top with pumpkin.

saffron vinaigrette –

Juice of one lemon
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. coconut  sugar or sweetener of choice

Pinch saffron
1/4 c. olive oil

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions: Combine lemon, mustard and sweetener, by hand or in a mini food processor, Add the saffron. Then slowly add the oil in  a stream to mix. Season with pepper to taste.

Word of the Day –  azafrán – saffron

Tip of the Day – I find saffron a difficult spice to use, so taste and use sparingly.

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Sprouted Quinoa Beet Arugula Salad

“Do you make all your own recipes?” a friend asks. “I so want to come live with you.” He always asks that, ha ha. The answer is that, no, but most of them are mine, Every blog piece that begins with someone’s initial is their’s. (Like, ‘M’s Tahini Salad, Or C’s Cookies.) Some are other readers’ great ideas, my kids, my sister, who helped me start the blog. We originally did it as we became raw foodists together. We were living on opposite sides of the U.S . and needed an easy forum to share our recipes. So a lot of them are from the past, especially, as you see, the youtube ones, where I look younger. Anything I post is something I really like or that really interests me, and I hope helps others keep motivated on finding ways to eat healthy. We all need help remeberinf our own good recipea. It’s just for fun, so have fun and send me your recipes! 

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Recipe of the Day – Beet Quinoa Arugula Salad

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. arugula

2 latge beets, peeled and sliced

1 c. sprouted or cooked quinoa

2 c. water, if cooking the quinoa

1/ 2 c. olive oil

1/ 2 c. apple cider or red wine vinegar

1 tsp. coconut sugar or honey

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tsp.  salt

1/ 4 tsp. pepper

2 green onions, sliced

This one in the pic above has nispero, a berry-type friit here

DIRECTIONS: To sprout the quinoa, soak in twice the amount of water for one day. Pour off the water through a fine sieve or sprouting bag, You will see ths sprouts within a day, if it’s good quinoa. If not, you can cook it.. Bring quinoa and 2 cups water a saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fill another pan with water and bring  to a boil. Add beets, cover pan, and steam until just tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.  While the quinoa and beets are cooking, whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a large bowl. Remove quinoa from heat, then immediately add half of the vinegar dressing while fluffing the quinoa with a fork; reserve remaining dressing. Cover and chill, at least 1 hour. 5. Stir green onions, arugula,p, beets, and remaining dressing into cooled quinoa mixture. Toss lightly before serving.

Word of the Day – recetas – recipes

Tip of the Day – Some of my nieghbors and friends on the mountain really like goat cheese in this salad. Sounds good with the beets!

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Spanish Onion Dressing

A group of us were talking downtown, everyone commenting on their social security benefits. Then i realized, and I spoke, with utter amazement, “The thing about my life is, not being old enough for retirement, is that EVERYTHING, everything  in my life is a friggin’ miracle. Every. Single. Penny.” 

Recipe of the Day – Spanish Onion Dressing

Ingredients:

6 T.. olive oil in bowl

add gradually 3 T.  lemon juice and

1 T. Spanish prepared vinegar

1/2 white onion, minced

1 tsp. coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 T. red chile pulp

Directions: Stir until creamy. Serve immediately on salad.

Word of the Day – retiro, jubilarse – retirement

Tip of the Day – Most people live off their retirement here as it’s difficult to find work.

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Spanish Vinegar Dressing

Oh my gosh, Tiko did a great job the other morning. I came home from market with 12 lbs. of meat and my other goodies in my arms. My neighbor and friend, C, pointed out that the  bulls, about 8 of them, were in my yard. I must not have secured the gate properly! “Do you want help?” C shouted! “No, Tiko and I can do it, thanks!” One bull was shaking a big banana tree mightily, and another tree was already crushed. I threw my bags and purse down, and grabbed two long branches to swing with my call, “Vaca” I say with a loud growl as I shout at them like their owner does. Tiko, without even touching the meat on the ground, ever, barked and nipped at their heels. Those great grey, looking-like Brahma bulls would turn around in anger, stamping their feet at him, like they’re about to charge. IWould be dead in a second if they wanted to. Not Tiko, he’s too fast. But me, yes, He would jump back and circle, never letting himself be kicked or bullied until they were all out the gate.Boy, they did not want to go, with all these banana trees bearing fruit and the lush grass. C, my good friend, stayed until all was clear. 

Recipe of the Day – Spanish Vinegar Dressing

Ingredients:

1 clove garlic

large slice cucumber

slice onion

1 T. parsley

2 T. taragon leaves

2 c. apple cider vinegar.

Directions:

Put all into 2 c. apple cider vinegar. Put in to a bottle and let stand several days, strain and keep for salads and dressings.

Word of the Day – bulls, cows – toros, vacas

Tip of the Day – You have to be confident and in charge here to take care of the bulls and cows. The Eucadorians take a somber approach, as well.

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M’s Power Bowl with Tahini

Thanks for the “no-wind” situation right now. Sure is peaceful.

Recipe of the Day – Power Bowl with Tahini

INGREDIENTS
3 c.  leafy greens
1/2 c.  shredded carrots
1/4 c. tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c. guacomole
1/2 c.roasted camote, sweet potatoes matchsticks

1 c, hummus

1/2 c. sauteed mushrooms
1/2 c. cooked black beans
1 T. nutritional yeast

Lemon-Tahini Dressing:

1/3 c.. tahini
juice of one lemon
1 T. sesame or olive oil
2-3 T. water, or more as needed to thin
1 clove garlic, minced
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk until well-combined.
Place greens in a large bowl. Arrange remaining veggies and toppings on top of the greens. Drizzle with tahini dressing, Top with hummus.

Word  of the Day – paz – peace

Tip of the Day – M – 904 calories and 82 grams of fat!

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Walnut Chili Dip

“My meditation master looked at my seat and laughed, “What time are you leaving to teach yoga, Dorothy?” “In eight minutes” i answered. “Oh, you want my seat?” I said, jumping out of the shaded seat to offer mine to him. “Of course! Anything for my meditation master.” At that he started to tell the story of a meditation master, of course, and his ability to go into that emptiness, that space of nothingness and love, at any second. And he gave me some parting words. “Anything outside of that emptiness is illusion, is grasping, is clinging.” Wow.

Recipe of the Day – Walnut Chili Dip

Ingredients:

1 c. walnuts

1/2 c. peppers of choice

2 T.Braggs Amino Acids or soy sauce

2 tsp. chili powder

Directions: Put all in your food processor and blend until desired chunkiness.

Word of the Day – silla – seat

Tip of the Day – Make this dish a mainstay in your diet, if you like it. It’s so amazing for you.

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Cheesy Chipotle Dip on Youtube

A reader asks, “What is ORMUS. again, Dorotea?”

Ah, I did a post on it a while back, but this is better:

ORMUS, also called ORMEs (Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements) and m-state materials, is a group of substances exhibiting many miraculous properties, such as healing powers and superconductivity at room temperature. They were discovered in 1975 by David Hudson, a cotton farmer from Arizona.

Chemically, ORMUS is a group of precious metals (gold, platinum, iridium, etc.) in an state of matter where the metals do not form any bonds or crystals but exist as separate single atoms. At the same time, it is supposedly the material that the soul (or the life force) of all organisms is made of, an “essence of life”. When mixed with water, it forms a gelatinous suspension that is drinkable.

Reported effects of ORMUS on the human body:
Cures disease, including cancer and AIDS
Corrects errors in the DNA
Acts as a superconductor
Emits gamma radiation

Levitates in the Earth’s magnetic field
Encourages deep meditational states
Has a “weigh-ability” different from mass, which probably means an inertial mass, different from the gravitational mass

Balances the body either way; if you’re tired you receive energy, when over-stimulated it calms you.

Recipe of the Day – Cheesy Chipotle Dip

Ingredients::
1/2 c. water
2 c. cashews
1 yellow bell pepper
juice of one lemon
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder

Directions: Blend the cashews for 7-10 minutes until creamy, Add the other ingredients and blend again until creamy. Serve warm.

Word of the Day – energia – energy

Tip of the Day – Drink the ORMUS daily, if you need it. I use mine for meditation, but only need to encourage the state every three days or so. Improves my energy and oitlook on life, too!

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M’s Best Sesame Noodles

What are these huge red mushrooms called! 

Recipe of the Day – M’s Best Sesame Noodles

Ingredients:

1 box rice noodles

1/2 cucumber

2 1/2 T. soy sauce

2 T. peanut butter

2 T. tahini

1 1/2 T. crushed ginger paste

2 tsp. garlic, minced

1 T. sugar

2 T. sesame oil

2 T. rice vinegar

Directions:

Word of the Day – sesamo – sesame

Tip of the Day – We don’t get rice noodles imported here anymore, for the last year or two, so I use zucchini pasta,

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