Sesame Oat Crackers

One of my sister, Mary’s favorite raw crackers. And mine! So good with guacomole, plain avocadoes, nut butters, salsa or almond yogurt. (See recipes this blog.) I’m having them right now with my morning lemongrass tea, and they feel so balancing to my body. 

 

Recipe of the Day – Sesame Flax Crackers

  • 1 c. flax/chia seeds
  • 2 c. tea or water
  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 T. dehydrated onion flakes or green onions
  • 1  1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. black sesame seeds
  1. Soak flax seeds in 2 cups water for 6 or more hours.
  2. Mix together with oat flour, 1/2 cup water, onion flakes, salt.
  3. Spread on non-stick dehydrator sheets about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and score with knife with your desired cracker shapes.
  4. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4 hours. Remove non-stick sheets and place top up on screens. Dehydrate at least 4 more hours or until dry.

Word of the Day – valiente – brave

Tip of the Day – Every day I balance myself. Every day of my life. And I realize that greens are so much a part of that. Every day, to feel good, and happy, I have my greens. And sometimes I put greens in my crackers!

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Spicy Chocolate-Covered Pecans

Okay, I moved fifty stones! Even though I told Christian, the taxi driver, I would do one a day, and in 100 days we could play volleyball. On the same day he asked, my friend Mark asked me to teach him the rules. So now everyone wants to play volleyball, finally! I love it so much, but really want to play for only 20 minutes, then watch everyone have fun. So soon, they will come! I have a lot more than 100, though. I did 50 today and barely made a dent in the pile. Probably good for me, or something.   

Now I hear that the Ecuadorian rules are different. They get to kind of, hold the ball before hitting. So this should be interesting! And a lot easier on the arms. I better go watch a tournament! Plenty are in town, all the time. Pretty fun town.

Recipe of the Day –Spicy Chocolate -Covered Pecans

Pecan halves are completely covered in chocolate.

Ingredients:
1 c. pecans, set aside
1/4 c.coconut oil, melted
1 /4 c. raw cacao powder/carobSpicy Chocolate-Covered Pecans
1/4 c. coconut nectar, honey or sweetener of choice
dash of vanilla powder
dash of salt
Directions: Melt all ingredients except pecans, gently over a double boiler, and whisk until creamy. Then add the pecans. Use a slotted spoon to remove the nuts from the chocolate, and lay on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Salt again. Chill/freeze 10 minutes or more.

Word of the Day – pacanas – pecans

Tip of the Day –Make at least double, they’re SO addictive.

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Apple Oat Snack Bars

Someone asked me lately what my diet was, and how I stay skinny. Well, the diet definitely keeps me skinny. It’s an anti-candida diet, as I had that candida systemically a year or two ago, and probably long before that. You basically starve the candida growth by not giving it sugar or fat. Pretty intense! But anyway, I told them that mostly I’ve lived off something I made up myself: the “Do Better Than Yesterday,” Diet. It seems a big part of eating is so emotional. And when people get ashamed of themselves, and can’t break out of the constant eating, you eat one bit better than you did yesterday, in any way! If you eat a bag of chips yesterday, eat a bag, but leave one chip left. Or, if you drank 5 glasses of water, drink six. That way you always feel better as each day progresses, because you are continually doing better, each day. It really works! Just do it every day, going off of what you had yesterday. That’s the only rule. Do better than yesterday.

eRecipe of the Day – Apple Oat Snacks

Ingredients:

1 c. oats

1 c. coconut flour

1 banana, mashed

1 c. applesauce

1/4 c. prune syrup (3 soaked prunes with the soaking water)

1/3 c. raisins

1/4 c. coconut

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Stir all together by hand, or in a food processor and press into a square brownie pan. Eat now as fudge, or/and dehydrate the rest at 105 degrees 2-4 hours until warm. Yummy on a cold rainy day! You can also cook this at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Word of the Day – ciruelas pasas – prunes

Tip of the Day – You could add chocolate bits or cacao nibs to this, cacao/carob powder, dried fruits, sunflower seeds or nuts, ginger and molasses for ginger cookies. It’s a good fall-back recipe to have every week. The panela syrup here is like molasses.

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Dried Papaya

“Hey, thanks for visiting me and my fire,” I yelled to everyone as they left the yoga platform where we were all perched, watching the fire in case it took a sudden turn. The fire was wild. My neighbors were so worried. The firemen came and did a good job, but then I had an outbreak on the hill to the right.

The winds were pretty big but have ceased now. I can see the red smoke from over the ridge, but the fires on this side of the hill seem to be gone for now. That’s good we have a good fire dept. huh? Three trucks were here. it’s still billowing red smoke pretty darn close, so that’s not good.

Jose, the maestro, came back shortly after work to sit with me on the yoga platform and watch the fire. We could hear the neighbors on the opposite mountain yelling hi to us and Tiko, and two neighbors at the highest viewpoint, and then Wilson the gardener came on his motorcycle with his wife. Everyone sat around with me, to Tiko and Cuko’s enjoyment. I was so tired I was wishing they would go, but it was so incredibly nice, their support, and I doubt I could take a nap with the crackling so close!

And then…just as the fire was thinking of rounding the bend which would carry it to my house, it started to rain. Jussssst enough to put out most of the fires. This morning one was left smoldering up by the furthest house, my neighbors. They had been worried enough to keep soaking their rooftops! I’m so glad all of our houses  fine today. Whew, that was a little too close for comfort!

Recipe of the Day – Dried Papaya

Ingredients:

1 large papaya

1 lime

Handful mint leaves.
Directions:

Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Eat a few to ward off cancer! Cut into strips the papaya and lay on dehydrator sheets covered with wax or other paper. Sprinkle the juice of the lime onto the strips. Throw a few mint leaves on each sheet to give flavor to the papaya.Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4 hours or until it reaches your desired texture. You can eat it at any stage.

Word of the Day – incendio – fire

Tip of the Day – Keep your hoses and plenty of water available on your land. It sure is worth it to have it nearby!

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Rawtitos – Tortilla Chips

I forgot to tell you the story of how I found the Shaman for my son-in-law! I was walking around Vilca with my friend, trying to book the horses, the massage and nails for my daughter, and the Shaman ritual for her husband. So I went to the horse place, and the owner wasn’t there, but his mom was! Whom I’d met up by my house, and she is a dear soul, mourning for her husband after a year. She showed us her house, we left a note about what day to ride horses, and then on the spur of the moment, after she’d mentioned she’d lived here thirty or sixty years, can’t remember….I asked her who she thought was a good Shaman around here. She said how so many were charlatans, but that there was one here, one person, one person only, who was a very powerful Shaman – and that was Sylvia! My gal who owns the Vegetarian restaurant and the woman who did the Shaman healing for my other daughter and I ! So I went over there – she needs Lorena, who’s at the coast right now, to help interpret and set us up, but I messaged Lorena and she’ll be back in a day or 2 and set it up for us! That all felt so right! Yeay! To end up with the Shaman my instinct had gone with a year ago.

Recipe of the Day – Rawtitos – Raw tortilla chips

3 c. Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
4 c. fresh or frozen corn, thawed
1/2 c. Coconut Aminos, Bragg’s or Nama Shoyu
1/2 c. orange juice pulp or barley water
1/8 c. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder

Topping:

2 T. taco seasoning
2 T.  chili powder
1 – 2 T. nutritional yeast

Blend  all ingredients well , except the taco, chili and nutritional yeast, in food processor and spread on dehydrator sheets covered with parchment paper. Score into desired shapes and dehydrate at 104 degrees for 24 hours until nice and crispy. Flip them halfway through and sprinkle them with a mix of the seasonings. I use a little shaker and use a lot of shake.

Word of the Day – curandero – spiritual healer

Tip of the Day – Ask around before setting up a Shaman Ceremony. There are so many charlatans now-a-days. Ask around and then go with your instinct. You want to be safe, but most of all, start your healing!

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Buckwheat Crunchies

Tiko and I went for our morning walk, down the road past the house for sale. Then we climbed up to the top of the hill where we can sit and see the whole neighborhood, from the kids in their houses to the sugar plantation. A guinea scurried further up the hill, wild. And then I noticed the empty house had it’s porch lights on! Weird! First time in the year I’ve been here and seen the lights on- we walk there nearly every day. The surroundings are still a mess and look like no one’s touched it.  it looks empty. I mean, it could’ve been a worker or something, but sure is coincidental, day after the Blue Moon, when my yoga lights were going on. Hmm…..

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Recipe of the Day –
Buckwheat Crunchies (These taste great in chocolate, like Chocolate with Rice Krispies in it!)

Ingredients:

4 c. buckwheat

8 c. water

sprouting jar or bag

dehydrator

Directions:

Soak buckwheat for two hours, then drain and let sprout 1.5 days. If possible, wash every few hours, as the seeds get slimy.  I use a sprouter bag for this, not the jar. It seems easier to me. Dehydrate 105 degrees for 4-6 hours.

I do four cups at a time, dry them and put them in a jar, to eat as a non-fat raw snack, then  throw in cereals and on top of salads.

On one of the dehydrator layers of buckwheat, I sprinkle Bragg’s Amino Acids over all. Oh, my gosh, they taste so good!

What an awesome snack! I like them better than lentil party sprouts!

Word of the Dayalforfón – buckwheat

Tip of the Day – Carry these on your travels. What a great snack to have something crunchy like this!

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Cardamom Pistachio Honey Bites

I was about to leave Willson with some emergency money, while he takes care of Tiko. And I did, but then I realized, Ecuador’s emergencies sure don’t need the money we think of. If Tiko has a Vet emergency, Dr. Pablo will wait for the money, or charge $5. The hospital charges $15 for a day’s stay. House, plumbing, landslides, water, electric…those are all taken care of more efficiently by the workers, than me. So wow, they know much better about emergencies than I. I feel so spoiled living here. I know that, even when I’m back in the U.S. with my kids, everything will just be okay.

Recipe of the Day: Pistachio Honey Bites

Ingredients:
1 c. pistachios, ground into a paste
3 T coconut butter
3 T raw honey
2 cardamom pods, seeds only, ground (or 1/8 tsp cardamom powder), or 2 drops Cardamon Essential Oil
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves
1 pinch vanilla powder
2 pinches Himalayan salt

add cacao nibs, raisins, or chocolate chips if you desire!

Instructions:
1. Grind the pistachios into a paste.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined fully.
3. Roll into tiny balls, mold into squares or other shapes.

Word of the Day: pistacho – pistachio

Tip of the Day:  Pistachios grow here, wahoo! We can find them in our neighborhood Vilcabamba markets! And cardamom has a warm, lemony flavor that goes well with many of the cinnamon-ginger-clove combinations we enjoy this time of year. Also, just FYI, Honey and cardamom paste is very good for the eyes. Mix cardamom seeds with one tablespoon of honey and consume it regularly. It is one of the most effective and very simple home remedy for improving eye sight.

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HomeMade Fruit Roll-Ups

I miss my son so much today. He’s 19. And I wonder if he’s okay. But my friends say that I have a serious case of “Empty Nest Syndrome.” I don’t know if that’s true. I’m not lonely or wondering what to do with myself. I love my life. I just seriously love my son, and miss being with him! Here’s one of the recipes he likes. When he was 14 he said these fruit roll-ups were better than store-bought!

Recipe of the Day : Fruit Roll-UpThe 2 good recipes I made lately are:

5 apples
2 red pears
8 large strawberries
OR
2 apples,
2 red pears
2 c. raspberries
1 banana

OR
2 bananas
handful strawberries
handful raspberries
handful peaches

Directions:

Puree all the fruit together or fruits of choice in the food processor. Spread on lined dehydrator sheets 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Score into long rectangles. Dehydrate at 95 degrees for 12 hours, then flip, if they’re relatively dry, not mushy. Flip the parchment paper over and dehydrate again, probably another 8 hours, until bendable, not crisp. You can also spread these with almond or other nut/seed butters, roll up and slice for a great party dish!

Word of the Day:  cocinar – cook

Tip of the Day: When you’re obsessing over someone, send them light and love and move on, right? I learned that from “Eat, Pray, Love.”

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M’s Sprouted Oat Crackers

     My friend S, says, “Let’s meet after meditation at noon, I am leading that, would you like to come for meditation? Or just meet at Agave Blue?”  I’ve been thinking what a nice invitation that is, to come for meditation. It’s free, its fantastic, and its at the most wonderful meditation place, where I teach Tai Chi and Soodie teaches Yoga. Sometimes no one comes, which is THE BEST, as the silence is wonderful. And then we’ll go to lunch!

 

Recipe of the Day – M’s Sprouted Oat Cracker

Ingredients:

-1/3 of a ½ gallon Mason jar full of raw rolled oats, soaked, drained and sprouted if possible
¾-1 c. of raw sesame seeds, soaked for an hour at least, drained and ground with a cup or so of water to make tahini

1 – 1 1/4 c. water
2 cloves garlic
1+ lemon (all the juice and a little of the rind)
2 soaked Medjool dates
1 stalk celery

Directions:

Fill the rest of your Blend Tec or Vitamix holding the oats with shredded carrots and zucchini.
Add enough water to keep the blender from overheating but not enough to make it watery – about 1 to 1 ¼ cups. That’s it. Spread out on 3 dehydrator sheets and cook on 104 degrees until thoroughly dry. Flip them over halfway through the time period if you are around; no big deal.

Word of the Day – meditación – meditation

Tip of the Day – Do it. Meditate. Anywhere, anytime. When I meditate on the street, waiting for a taxi, I realize a person is passing and has the nicest smile on her face. Or in front of the Vet’s, waiting for Tiko, same thing. And the people are waiting to say hi, and they look so friendly and so fun.

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