Puffed Rice Bars

I got this bag of puffed brown rice from a gal at the Friday Market, in front of the Juice Factory. Nice to have something different and crunchy in my recipes!


  • 6 dates (soaked for 10 minutes, pitted and mashed, save the date water)
  • 1/2 c. tahini
  • 1/2 c. almond butter
  • pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp.vanilla extract
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 c. puffed brown rice 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3 heaping T. chocolate pieces or nibs

Directions – Combine everything in your food processor and pulse until you reached the desired consistency. Some people like to see all the little chunks in there. Press into a parchment-paper covered, or oiled brownie pan, and cut into squares. Chill.

Word of the Day – ausencias – absences

Tip of the Day – Add cacao powder if you want them more chocolaty!


Carrot-Rice-Nut Loaf

My sister says, “Tonight I’m making a variation of that old carrot rice nut loaf we used to make. I’ve added spinach,arugula, and sesame seeds.”

And these flowers in the picture cost $1.50 at Sunday Market. There’s an orchid in there!

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Rice Nut Loaf


  • 2 c. brown rice
  • 2 c. sunflower or almond cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. oats or gf breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. spinach or arugula
  • 1/4 c. walnuts
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian herbs
  • optional – 2 c. spaghetti sauce


  1. Combine all into a  greased 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees 50 to 60 minutes until firm. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and slice. Serve with heated spaghetti sauce, if desired.

Word of the Day –hoy dia – today during this day/all day

TiP of the Day – Put the cheese and avocado on top, if you want, too!

Rice Noodles with Apple Slaw

So, I have this bump on the outside of my big toe. Same as my mom and grandma, right? So, I assumed it was hereditary. But Thkm, the body worker, was working on my back, and mentioned it. He said a lot of people think it’s hereditary but it’s actually a wek muscle. All you have to do is ke working it ou to the side, engaging that muscle again, and the bone will go down! I’m writing it here so I can look back and see how long it atkes to go down,

Recipe of the Day –Rice Noodles with Apple Slaw

2 c. rice noodles or brown rice

1 T. sesame oil

2 heads fermented garlic, minced

1 green onion, sloces

1″ lemongrass stalk, sliced and smashed

1/4″ ginger root, minced

1 tsp. Turmeric

1 apple, washed and sliced

1 c. Cole slaw

optionsl – Braggs or soy sauce

Directions: Saute the onions, garlic and lemongrass in the sesame oil 3 minutes or until tender. Add the slaw, apple and turmeric and stir gently. Cook th noodles according to package instructions. Darain and top with your sauce and soy or Bragg’s, if desired.

Word of the Day – dedo – toe

Tip of the Day – Use zucchini, shedded or as noodles, instead of the pasta!


Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata


Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Tofu-Fried Rice

When I returned home from my trip, I was met by a 2-meter dangerous snake, killed by the neighbors while eating a possum! There were people staring at, but it was all mangled before I could take a picture. Then I opened the gate to the mot-mot, greeting us in the first tree. He’s never done that before! The driver expounded, “Look at that rare bird!” I swear he knew I was home, the mot-mot.

Recipe of the Day – Tofu Fried Rice


1/2 onion sliced, carmelized

Tofu block crumbled (regular size container)

1 T. nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp. black pepper 

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 c. cooked brown rice

1/2 c. peas

1/2 medium carrot small cubes


2 T.  Bragg’s or soy sauce low sodium 

2 T. rice vinegar

2 tsp. sesame oil

2 T. panela or coconut crystal

1 tsp. smoked paprika 

4 T. water 

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tsp. red chili flakes

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Carmelize onion by sauteing for 15 minutes or so until crystal and sweet. Add tofu scramble. Move to bowl. Heat sauce, peas, carrots. Add rice. Reduce heat. Add scramble. Mix and serve.  

Word/Phrase of the Day – te conoci – i met you

Tip of the Day – Add avocado!

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M’s Black Beans and Sprouted Rice

M – “This turned out surprisingly good! Sounds normal but it was so tasty. Not sure why. Guacamole on the side helped too. “

Mary DelaneyRecipe of the Day – M’s Black Beans and Rice


1 c roasted corn

2 roasted garlic

1 pkg roasted mushrooms

2-3 diced tomatoes

2 cups sprouted rice cooked in veg broth

1 double can rinsed black beans

1-2 cups Diced spinach

Cilantro diced

1 tbsp Green onion diced

Chipotle in adobo sauce to taste

Juice of 1 1/2 limes


Garlic powder

Celery salt

Sides: guacamole and grated cheddar


Word of the Day – observar – to observe

Tip of the day -M – Oh I also put in a cup of chickpeas that had been roasted in a sauce of chipotle in adobo sauce, nutritional yeast and water.”

Papaya Rice Bowl

A neighbor asked me how I cut down my papayas which are too hard to reach. I told her I watched some guys do it along the road. Without a ladder, they used a forked stick. It works great. You put it under the apex of the fruit and the stem, and give it a twist, just as you would with your hand. Be prepared to catch it!

Recipe of the Day – Papaya Rice Bowl

1/2 sliced papaya, de-seeded

1 c. cooked brown rice

1 fresh banana

1/2 avocado

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. coconut crystals

Directions :Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Ladle the brown rice inside, and top with sliced bananas, avocado, and sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut crystals.

Word of the Day – twist – Torcer,

complain – quejarse

Tip of the Day – Eat a spoonful of those papaya seeds before you discard them. They remove parasites?

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Lime Rice

If you get the documentary, Wild South America on Netflix, it sure is powerful and beautiful and so interesting! Like, did you know South America has the world’s longest mountain range, the Andes? In Amazonia, the mightiest river and the greatest expanse of rainforest on the planet! The driest desert on earth, the Atacama, which lies besides one of the world’s richest seas!

Recipe of the Day – Lime Rice


2 1/2 c. water

1 c. brown rice

1 tsp. coconut oil

2 whole limes

1 tsp. lime peel/zest

juice of one lime

1/2 c. cilantro


Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the oil and rice . Add the whole limes. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in the zest,  juice juice and cilantro after you turn off the flame,

Word of the Day – gratefulness – gratitud

Tip of the Day – Don’t throw those dried limes away. You can always throw the limes into something cooking, or use the peels!

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Ayde’s Turmeric Rice

My son, Keith’s car was stolen. He came out of work in Portland and thought for a second he’d parked his car elsewhere. Then, in a flurry, did three laps around the huge parking lot to look for it. AAgh! Three days later:

On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 10:19 AM, my daughter wrote:

The police found it yesterday. It’s trashed inside. The steering column was broken and he has to fix it before it’ll start properly. It was on E and the battery was dead. The guy was in it when the cops found it so he’s in jail. He had a stack of his police reports in the car, as he’d just gotten out of jail. Plus it’s just gross. Some meth head was living in it. Underwear, condoms, drugs, antibiotic ointment, etc.
  A guy from jiffy lube helped us by jumping it, lending Keith a gas can, and hotwired it to get it started. Now Keith uses a screwdriver to start the ignition, and holds the hanging turning signal on while he turns. Because a sheriff found it, he can get the police report for the insurance company in three days! If the police had found it, it would’ve been five weeks!
Keith’s roommate is a mechanic by trade, so he’s looking it over tonight. Blessings abound!

Recipe of the Day – Ayde’s Turmeric Rice


2 c. brown rice

4 1/2 c. water

1 T. olive or coconut oil

1 tsp. ground curcuma (turmeric)

2 handfuls parsley

1 tsp. ground oregano

2 cloves crushed garlic

Directions: Heat the oil, and stir in the turmeric. Mix well to a paste. Put the rice in the paste and stir well to combine. Cook for three minutes while stirring continuously. Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer, with the lid on for 40-45 minutes until tender and water is absorbed. Stir in the parsley, oregano and garlic.

Word of the Day – curcuma – turmeric

Tip of the Day – Add spinach, onions, she says. This lady Ayde, sat down to lunch with us the other day, an absolutely wonderful chef. When she has a birthday, she insists on cooking for everyone!

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Leon’s Skillet Coconut Curry

Does it seem that there is an inordinate amount of suffering latley? Everyone is going through their hurt, in my family and friends, in animals, in the world, My body hurts. I don’t want to hurt. I don’t want any being to hurt, So my question is, “How do I not suffer when others are suffering? How can i not?

One of my guests’ creaions which came out as perfect as his music, beautiful and delicious!

Recipe of the Day – Leon’s Skillet Coconut Curry


1 onion

3 cloves garlic

1″ ginger root

1 T. Coconut oil, butter or lard

2 c. Cooked rice with coconut and curry

1 c. Coconut meal

2 tomatoes, diced

1 avocado

1 T. Curry powder

1 tsp. Cayenne

1 c. Chopped pineapple

Directions:Heat the oil in a skillet.Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook until soft, about three minutes. Add the cooked rice, coconut meal, tomatoes, curry and cayenne. Stir well, sprinkling with pineapple to finish. Delicious hot or cold.

Word of the Day – sufro – i suffer

Tip of the Day – Meditate more, and watch the sensations of suffering pass through the body. It’s hard to sit with suffering. But then, it goes, too, like everything else. You know what my teaxher would say, “Don’t cling to it.”

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