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Refreshing Recipe~ Avocado Salad September 14, 2010

Mmmmm…. I made such a simple snack for us this afternoon and it turned out sooo yummy! And beautiful too!

Fresh Avocado Salad with tomato and basil. I think this is a great one to share, I hope it inspires you. I love this salad when you want something refreshing, tasty, filling and fast!

Avo from Haiku, Tomato, basil, fennel from our garden 🙂

Everything was sooo perfectly ripe and tasty. I love all the colors.

I know this one is pretty common salad, however here is our version~ Enjoy~ xoxoxoxo

Avocado Salad with Tomato Basil

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Fennel (leafy green part)
  • Fresh Garlic Clove chopped
  • Dulce Seaweed Flakes
  • Apple Cider Vinegar or Umi Plum Vinegar
  • Sprinkle of Olive Oil
  • Dash Salt/Pepper

LOVE IT~

 

Best Way to Start the Day…. Magical Fruit Bowl September 6, 2010

Holy Panini Dragon Fruit!!!! Way to start the day! It was such a beautiful Maui morning here and we have our friend Michelle visiting from San Diego… so we are immersing her into Mother Maui. We started early with a green smoothie and a beach walk on Baldwin Beach, took a nice dunk in the salt water then enjoyed some powerful Power Yoga outside on our lanai, followed by this delectable tropical treat!!!! It was an amazing morning. She absolutely loved it! And Im still freeking over this magical fruit bowl.

This is by far the BEST tropical fruit bowl I have ever tasted! Chris made it for us with LOTS o’ LOVE as you can tell . This tropical treat had SO much succulent yumminess, I couldn’t resist a photo and a post! Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!!!!! I am sooo thankful and grateful. I will list the recipe for you it is worth tracking down the ingredients. Even if you have to come and get them. 🙂

We have been aiming to eat mostly local foods and we did pretty good on this dish. Its harder than you realize but we are pretty lucky living here on this bountiful tropical island. A lot came from our property or from our friends properties.

This particular bowl included ~

  • Panini lime lilikoi base (blended and strained)
  • banana
  • papaya
  • a crazy Maui apple/pear thingy??? dont know name?
  • dragon fruit (the hot pink stuff)
  • fresh sliced coconut and fresh mint!!!!

It was THE perfect sweet hydration after that power yoga.

Here is Michelle and me at the beach~

Heres wishing you a beauteous day, too.

Lots of love,

Chris & Sara & Michelle

 

Creamy Whipped Hummus & Pesto Recipes July 5, 2010

Filed under: Gardening,How To,Raw Foods,Raw Recipes,Recipes — rawkyourhealth @ 10:46 am

Aloha!

I just had a special request  from my mom,  for my Hum-azing Hummus and  Pesto Recipes. I have to admit, these are 2 quite DELICIOUS concoctions. I thought you might enjoy trying them. Super TASTY, easy and so versatile. I didn’t invent these, but I sure have perfected them! We like them as a spread in our wraps and also yummy just as a dip with veggies or anything.  These are 2 staples we like to keep on hand at all times. Its all about the sauces!! 🙂  (In this pic, I actually put the parsley in, however, I recommend keeping it creamy and just garnish with it)

Hope you enjoy.

Also, don’t forget how easy it is to grow basil. Just take a stem from your bunch and plant it. It will grow!!!!

…into a plant that you can use for a long time… I love it. Still amazes me!  It is so awesome to be able to just go outside and get some basil from my yard.  (See my purple basil pic)

So the main thing I use in these recipes is the food processor. I couldn’t live with out it. So if you have that, these are really easy.  

Hum-Azing Hummus- Whipped Creamy

1 Cup Garbanzo Beans (Soak overnight, rinse, then boil/simmer until very soft/drained)

1/2 Cup Tahini

4 Large Cloves Garlic Minced (extra if you want spicy garlic topping)

1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

1/3+ Cup Olive Oil

A little water

Parsley for garnish

3/4 Tsp. Ground Cumin

Salt/Pepper

The important first step is to process the tahini and lemon juice. Make sure you really cook the beans SOFT. Then add the beans, garlic, olive oil, salt pepper cumin, and a little water to get it going. Drizzle in olive oil until super creamy. Process until very smooth. I like to garnish with parsley and add a few tablespooons of minced garlic soaked in olive oil and cayenne pepper to the top of the fresh batch once its in your bowl. This definitely has a kick! YUM!

Hope ya like it!

Pretty Pesto

4 Cups Basil (Use a variety if you have)

3-4 Garlic Cloves Minced

1/2 Cup Parmesean Grated (omit if desired, still very tasty without)

1/ 3 Cup Pine Nuts (soaked  30 min)

1/2 Cup Olive Oil or any oil

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

Salt / Pepper

Love…

Have your garlic minced.

In the food processor- chop the basil with a few pulses.

Add parm, nuts, lemon juice. Secure your lid.

Process while you drizzle the oil in through the opening. Use as much oil as you want until it reaches the ultimate consistency for your taste buds!

… mmmm

Then, stir in the salt and pepper and I know you are sure to enjoy this one. One of THE best!

Wishing you fun in the kitchen!

Aloha~

Sara

 

Garden Harvest & Raw Recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil Soup- May 10, 2010


Aloha! Well we had a beautiful harvest  from our garden. Fennel, Carrots, Beets and tons o’ greens! We also had a huge ration of tomatoes. So I decided to make a quick and easy, DELICIOUS Creamy Tomato Soup. It was so yummy and simple, that I figured I had to share it with you.

I used some dulce seaweed for a mineral rich saltiness and avo for the creamy heartiness. A little touch of fresh basil, and topped with licorice like fennel seeds.  Mmmmm.

I used:

  • Large bunch of tomatoes
  • 1/4 Large Avocado
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice (oops and a few seeds)
  • 6 or so leaves of basil
  • Small handful of Dulse Seaweed (Raw Wildcrafted- I used Earth Circle Foods) You can order it and more yummy nutritious food staples at http://www.therawfoodworld.com/  We love this store and the owners are amazing.
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Pinch of Seasalt (be careful here depending on how much seaweed you used)
  • A few dashes of Volcano Spice or cayenne seasoning

Put all that in the blender and blend until it gets to the consistency you like. Top it off with a drizzle of EVOO, fennel seeds, a touch of dulse flakes and a few sprigs of fresh basil.

It literally took me longer to write this recipe than to make it. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Hopefully we will post more this week for you, as we have a TON of great stuff to share with you. We have had some amazing hikes, beaches, trip to Hana, Haleakala Crater, Taro Festival and more! I will put together some slideshows and get them up asap! I know some of you are feenin for your Maui blast. Sorry to keep ya hangin’! Just catching up on house chores, gardening etc.

Chris’s Mom and her hubby Don came to stay with us from Arizona, so we got to play around a bit!! Whooo hoo!!! That was a fun trip and glad you guys made it out for a little rest and rejuvenation~ON MAUI~

Love –
Chris & Sara

 

Cherimoya Fruit/Custard Apple- a.k.a. Romantic Fruit April 25, 2010

Aloha!!

We are sooo excited to share this most succulent tropical fruit with you ~ The heart shaped Cherimoya Fruit (also known as “Romantic Fruit” ).   It is pretty much the epitomy of tropical fruit (in my opinion) … It seriously tastes like a custardy blend of pear, banana, mango, pineapple, lilikoi, vanilla, coconut HEAVEN! All mixed into one!!!! You’ll have to try one to believe us~

It is said to be enjoyed with a loved one … so we wanted to eat it with YOU! 🙂

Here is the video so you can see its succulence in person! (so to speak..)

The cherimoya tree is a native of the Andes Mountain range in South America, the mountain area between Colombia to Bolivia, at an altitude of 1000 to 2000m. But we got ours LOCAL here on Maui, from Mana Foods, our local Organic Store. I am soaking my seeds now and will plant them soon. I guess they grow pretty fast. Now for the meantime, I need to find us the supply tree! Possibly trade some bananas??? ….

Cherimoyas are a rich source of Vitamin C, Calcium, and Niacin. The Incas enjoyed these in ancient times. They used it as an aphrodisiac and to improve fertility… hmmm…. be careful with this one! LOL.

This would be an awesome  base for a creamy green smoothie or even as 5 Star Raw Ice Cream treat! Ooo la la… Or just slice into wedges and scoop out the meat. Loving these!!!

Here is a picture of it growing on the tree Thanks to tradewindsfruit.com. (where you can purchase these seeds!) This was one of the few pics I could find of the whole tree, believe it or not. I will definitely be looking for the tree here on island for more fruit and some personal pics for you guys!

 

Harvesting Bananas on Maui & Green Smoothies March 24, 2010

Aloha!! We are going BANANAS over here in the jungle!!!! LOL!  Look at all our bananas!!

Have you ever seen what your bananas looked like on the tree before they got to you? Ever seen someone harvest bananas? Well, here’s your chance! Because Chris loooves to harvest bananas and we loooove to EAT bananas!!! We are very lucky to have a pretty good size banana orchard here on our property. We go through a lot of bananas as they are a wonderful base for the PERFECT GREEN smoothie. And we loooove green smoothies! 🙂

So here is a video of Chris harvesting bananas: (and the property dog, Bella) <—– No I didn’t name her!!!

And here is a DELICIOUS Green Smoothie Recipe (for 2) for you to try: Share it with someone you love~

  • 1-2 Large Bananas (or 3 small local variety)
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 4 Large Kale Leaves
  • Large handful of Spinach
  • Large handful of Sunflower Sprouts
  • 1/2 Cup Ice
  • Water as desired (more for thinner smoothie/less for thicker

Blend and enjoy!~ This smoothie is chock full of yummy nutrients that your body will thank you for! Try one! You will LOVE it.  PROMISE!!!

 

Plant a Quick & Easy Herb Garden March 18, 2010

Aloha!! We have been really enjoying our Fresh Herb Garden lately. Our friend Mike brought us over clippings of his herbs, and thats how we started ours! It is so easy we had to share it with you. You can do this anywhere!!

Next time you buy herbs at the grocery store or farmers market, pinch out a few stems and plant yourself a quick and easy herb garden. You will be glad!  Thats the last time you will need to buy that herb. Seriously. Check out our video – We show you how to get started clipping some herbs and goji berry starts….ON MAUI~  EnJOY!

Love ya!

PS. How do ya like my HOLY BASIL picture!!! Check out the eye that was lookin back at me!!! WHoah!

And here is the video~

Oh yeah! Check out this recipe for Pesto Pate….  Our raw food chef friend Jason gave us this one. It is sooo yummy you wont even miss the cheese! Try it out!

1/4lb Fresh Basil

2/3 cup lemon juice

3 cloves Garlic

7 leaves Lacinto/Dino Kale

1 cup pumpkin seeds (organic/soaked 1-4 hrs)

Pinch of cayenne and sea salt

Blend all together till creamy. Add a little water if necessary.

Enjoy it as a dip or a spread or even a dressing~ Thanks Jason!