We will be sharing our tips and tricks to creating delicious raw food, as well as discussing some of the products, superfoods and things we do in our day to day lives to improve our health and wellbeing.
At the same time we were prepping for this blog challenge we were contacted by some friends of ours who were planning a wellness event called "Hippies in the City". They were keen for us to demo some raw food recipes and to share our stories.
I thought wow an event where we don't have to wear shoes, and where we will get the chance to share our passion and knowledge of raw foods with others, it doesn't get any better than that!
So for our raw food demo we chose both a savoury and sweet option that would be delicious, full of flavour and yet quick and easy to prepare. Plus they are dishes that we love to make and share in our own home :)
For the savoury option we went with a classic zucchini pasta, or 'zoodles' as they are often called, with an Alfredo type sauce.
Check out the recipe below.
A spiraliser for the zoodles, and a blender for the sauce.
Ingredients (serves two) - 2 Large Zucchinis
- 1 cup of cashews (pre soak the cashews in spring water for at least 4 hours)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tbsp of freshly chopped chives
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- 1 tsp of fresh thyme -1/2 cup of filtered water (more if needed) - 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt - 1 tsp of coconut nectar (or a drop of stevia) - 2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast (optional)
For the zucchinis, give them a wash with fresh spring water and trim the ends. Choose the type of blade for your spiraliser and get spiralising! We like to use the medium sized blade to make spaghetti like pasta.
For the sauce, rinse the soaking cashews with some fresh spring water and pop them into the blender with all the other sauce ingredients (except the chives). Blitz until smooth. You may need a dash more filtered water to get the right consistency.
Remember to taste and find that nice balance between fresh herbs, saltiness and a hint of sweetness to balance it all out.
Once you're happy with the taste, then put the chives in and pulse lightly to mix them through but not too much as they will add some nice texture.
Then just pour the sauce over the fresh zoodles, stir it all though and top with some fresh herbs and you're done! We like to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast and hemp seeds on top.
This is a great option for quick lunches or dinners, and you can even spiralise things like cucumbers, carrot, beetroot, daikon and more to add some great texture and variety to basic salads.
NOW FOR DESSERT!!!!
Nothing better than ice-cream for dessert right? Wrong! Well kind of...
Ice-cream is such a popular dessert option but there's a lot of people that are lactose intolerant, or find that dairy bloats them and they end up feeling pretty terrible after eating it.
So we decided to make up a simple Nice-cream. The concept of nice-cream is to get the same texture and taste of ice-cream but using all natural ingredients that are completely dairy free, refined sugar free and cruelty free.
Here's how we do it.
A food processor or thermomix, or even a blender will work too.
Frozen fruit of your choice - banana is the most common so we decided to make banana and strawberry. Just remember to cut up your bananas and other fruit into small pieces before freezing. As for the amount, use as much as you want to eat At least 4-5 bananas is a good start with a handful of the strawberries.
Cacao powder - 2 Tbsp
Coconut nectar - 1 Tbsp (could also use maple syrup or agave)
Coconut oil - 1 Tbsp
Put the frozen fruit into your machine of choice and start blitzing.
A thermomix is pretty quick and will only take a minute or so.
However if you're using a food processor (which works just as well) it will take a little longer.
First it starts to look like its 'crumbly' and doesn't really resemble ice-cream, but give it time and it will start to whip just like ice-cream.
For the sauce, simply mix the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon and then drizzle the sauce over the nice-cream.
It will set just like ice magic!
Another treat that kids (and adults) will love and is so simple to make!
You can use a variety of different fruits for the nice-cream as well as heaps of fun toppings such as crushed nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries and more. We love bananas but when it's mango season we go mango nice-cream crazy!
Give these recipes a shot and let us know what personal touches you've added to make it your own.
Aside from some delicious raw food and a chance to share our passion we also did some henna tattoos. This event was all about taking some time out to find your inner hippie, and henna is a great way to do just that.
|Song of India Henna supplied from The Blue Buddha|
|All eyes on us as we demo our raw pasta and nice-cream|
We were very blessed to be a part of this event and can't wait to get some serious blogging done over the next 30 days to help add some good health and happiness to your life.
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Much love and many blessings!
Todd & Courtney