Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Healthy Festive Raw Chocolates

I do not know many people who do not like chocolate, but even those who love chocolate sometimes voice concern about the sugar content and the caloric value of sweets. 


Anyone who makes his own sweets and desserts knows that one can improve the nutritional value of home-made concoctions. This is not difficult, everyone can do it. I hope you have time and the means to try out my recipe. My festive chocolates might be the healthiest sweets recipe you have ever tired. All ingredients are not only organic, they are really good for you.


Recipe makes 22 delicious chocolates

Ingredients: 

for the filling
  • 12 large Medjool dates, soaked in purified water until soft
  • 1 cup raw, activated pecan nuts (soaked in water for 5-6 hours, then dehydrated)
  • 1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2/3 cups powdered raw cacao
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 tsp fine pink Himalaya salt
  • 1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract
  • freshly pressed juice of 1 orange
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
for chocolate ganache
  • 1/3 cup melted raw cacao butter
  • 1/3 raw honey (use maple syrup if you are a vegan)
  • 2/3 cups powdered raw cacao
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

for garnish
  • 1/4 cup crashed pecan nuts


Method:
  • To make the filling place pecan nuts in a food processor and blend until they almost turn into a butter. Remember to scrape the walls of the food processor bowl and push the nut mass down from time to time.
  • Add soaked dates and process until smooth. Add melted coconut oil and all the spices. Blend until well combined. Add orange juice, orange zest and the vanilla extract. Blend again. The "dough" should be very smooth and firm enough to work with. If it is too flowing, place the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes.
  • Cover a tray or a flat baking from with a sheet of parchment. Take about 1 Tbsp of the "dough" and roll it into a ball between your palms. Set on the parchment. Proceed until you used up all the "dough." You may want to refrigerate the tray until your ganache is ready.
  • To make ganache use bain marie or a bowl placed over a hot water. Mix melted cocoa butter with raw cacao. Stir well. Add honey and mix well until very smooth. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix well. The ganache should be very smooth and liquid, but not too flowing.
  • Using a dipping tool immerse each of the balls in the chocolate ganache making sure that they are well covered on all sides. Place each chocolate on a parchment or a cooling rack and sprinkle some crushed pecans before the ganache sets completely.
  • Once all the chocolates are made you may want to refrigerate them overnight. They will not only set and become firm, but also taste better the next day.
  • Serve as a delicious treat after your festive dinner and enjoy in good company!


As I mentioned above, these chocolates are not only delicious, they are good for you. All the ingredients come with incredible benefits, but I will discuss only a few:
  • Pecan nuts -rich in magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids, and the alpha- and gamma tocopherol versions of the Vitamin E. They also contain Vitamins A, C, the B-complex, and vitamin K, calcium, zinc, and potassium. They have anti-aging properties, help prevent cancer, and balance weight.
  • Turmeric - contains curcumin, a substance that is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Coconut oil - contains healthy combination of fatty acids that can help improve blood cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, and the Alzheimer's disease.
  • Raw Cacao - contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and has the ORAC value abput 20 times higher than that of blueberries. It contains protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, various antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Raw cacao can help lower bad cholesterol, improve cardiovascular function, and reduce cancer risk.

Tip: To speed up things a bit you can use raw pecan nut butter. You can also add a shot of Grand Marnier or any other orange flavored liquor to make an adult version of these chocolates.


In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Also of interest: Health Benefits of Spices

Dominique Allmon©2015


         


*The health information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to Fight Winter Blues with Raw Food

Winter blues! Many people living in the Northern hemisphere could write books about it. It usually begins in November when the days are getting shorter and darker, and seem to be filled only with work and sleep. By the time we finish our regular workday, the day is almost over. It is dark and cold outside and our moods may swing a bit. And while some people seem to be emotionally resistant to the changes in the outside world or even enjoy the season, others may get affected and feel sullen most of the time.

Kale in Snow

Winter depression, also known as the Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, is a disorder that affects normally mentally healthy people during the winter months. It typically occurs in the Northern hemisphere and women are more often affected than men. The serious mood changes that set in with the change of seasons are recurrent and usually last from November until March or April. Most sufferers have a weakened immune system and are more susceptible to winter infections. The SAD symptoms include: 
  • mood swings
  • depressed mood
  • lack of energy
  • lethargy
  • decreased concentration and memory function
  • withdrawal
  • cravings for sweet and starchy foods that might eventually result in weight gain
  • increased need for sleep and difficulty to wake up in the morning and start the day
  • decreased libido
  • irritability
  • in some severe cases, suicidal tendencies. 

These symptoms are very much the same as the symptoms of clinical depression and some people with SAD may even require hospitalization.

Typical treatment for SAD normally includes bright light therapy, medication with antidepressants, supplementation with melatonin and Vitamin D, and behavioral therapy.

The reasons for SAD are still widely disputed. Some researchers postulate the serotonin connection. Serotonin which is considered to be the mood neurotransmitter, reaches its lowest levels in the brain during the winter months and women are more affected by its fluctuation than men. Serotonin affects sleep pattern, appetite, and metabolism. The imbalances of serotonin can be easily corrected with nutrition and nutritional supplements. Serotonin is synthesized in the body from the essential amino acid tryptophan. Diet rich in tryptophan helps to maintain high levels of serotonin. People on raw food should add more bananas and wheatgerm to their diet. These foods are rich in tryptophan and should be consumed on daily basis. One can also supplement daily diet with L-Tryptophan or 5-HTP which is a precursor to tryptophan. It is important to remember, however, that 5-HTP should not be taken together with Vitamin B6 supplements as it might convert into serotonin before it crosses the blood-brain barrier. There should be about six hours time interval between ingestion of these two supplements. 5-HTP is best taken on empty stomach about 30 minutes before bedtime.


Most people normally tend to eat more fruits and vegetables during summer, but there is no reason why one should not eat them during the winter. On the contrary. Putting more fresh raw fruits and vegetables on your plate will help you maintain high energy levels and deliver vitamins and minerals that your body need to function optimally. The cold season offers a multitude of colorful fruits and vegetables. Try adding more beets, cabbages, pumpkin, pomegranate, persimmons, and citrus. The colorful food on your plate brings light and joy to the dark season.

Include raw nuts in your diet, especially walnuts and almonds. If necessary, supplement with high quality multivitamin to make sure that you are getting enough vitamins of the B group. Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Cyanocobalamin (B12), and Folate (B9) are all very important when you want to enhance your mood. Additional supplementation with Vitamin C does not only strengthen the immune system, but it may also help balance the mood. Studies demonstrated that low levels of Vitamin C in the cerebrospinal fluid adversely affect brain function and mood.

Researchers agree almost unilaterally that Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA in particular, might actually be more effective against depression than traditionally prescribed antidepressants. This nutrient is abundant in sea food and cold water and people on raw vegan diet may become deficient. Foods such as leafy greens, walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseed contain ALA fatty acids which the body can convert to the vital EPA and DHA. In severe cases of winter blues supplementation with a whole spectrum of Omega-3 fatty may be necessary.


Chocolate is considered to be a pleasure-giving food. It contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA). Phenylethylamine is chemically related to amphetamine. It tends to rise the blood pressure and increase the secretion of endorphins. This gives a feeling of alertness and contentment. Research demonstrated that phenylethylamine acts as fast as amphetamine. The dose, however, does not have to be increased continually as it does not produce tolerance. Phenylethylamine helps to elevate mood and brings relief to even very depressed people. Additionally, the pleasant smell, taste, and texture of chocolate may help release additional endorphins in the brain. When buying chocolate, choose the one with the highest level of raw cocoa and very little or no sugar. There are wonderful products on the market made of organic raw cocoa with addition of different health-supporting superfoods. Some of them may contain as much as 85 - 99 per cent cocoa. Remember that chocolate also contains the stimulating caffeine which may cause agitation.

If you suffer from SAD or mood swings, or know someone who does, remember that it is vital to keep blood sugar levels well balanced. Do not skip meals and avoid stimulants such as coffee and other caffeine containing drinks. Eliminate as much sugar from your diet as you possibly can. To curb the sugar craving add cinnamon to your diet and take chromium supplements.

Whenever possible, spend some active time outdoors and enjoy the occasional sunny day. Exercise regularly and take time to relax and pamper yourself. And no matter what, keep in mind that next Spring is only a few months away.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015


         


*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Raw Vegan Thanksgiving "Turkey"

I eat my turkey raw and you could too! This is not to say that eating raw poultry was a good idea even for those raw food lovers who are not vegan. Gosh, no! 


Turkey is central to the celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States, but nobody really knows how this tradition originated. It might have started with a hunt for wild turkeys, but there are no real historical records. Except, maybe, for a mention of a turkey hunt in a letter by a pilgrim Edward Winslow.


I created a very attractive raw vegetable platter that you can make no matter what tradition you follow or what your nutritional beliefs are, especially if you are invited to a Thanksgiving celebration where roast turkey is served. Just bring your own and be grateful that you are able to celebrate. 

My raw turkey platter is very easy to make. You only need a few ingredients. You can make it a a central platter with range of dips served on a side, or as individual salad platters with a salad dressing that complements the vegetable you are using.  


Ingredients: 
  • 1 baby Romain lettuce
  • 1 witloof chicory (Belgian endive)   
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4-5 radishes
  • 1 small carrot

for the garnish
  • 1 blueberry cut in half
  • tip of a yellow hot pepper
  • 2 2-inch pieces of green onion


Method:
  • Wash a pat dry all the ingredients. Arrange Romain lettuce and chicory leaves in a semi-circle on a large platter so that they resemble turkey's tail.
  • Cut off the bottom of red bell pepper and save it. It will be used for the turkey's head. 
  • Cut all three bell peppers lengthwise and discard the seeds. With a sharp knife cut each half into thin slices. Arrange the slices on the lettuce to create colorful decorative pattern.
  • Cut the cucumber into thin slices. Arrange the slices in a semi-circle at the bottom part of the platter. 
  • To create turkey's head place the bottom of the red pepper almost in the center of the dish. Add halved blueberry for the eyes and a tip of the yellow hot pepper for the beak. Add green onion pieces to create the legs. 
  • Slice radishes and the carrot into thin slices. Arrange the slices in a decorative pattern to make the turkey look as pretty as possible. Serve with a salad dressing or a dip and enjoy in good company! 

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. - Henry David Thoreau

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving - in radiant health, passionately raw - Dominique 


Dominique Allmon©2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekend Detox Juice

This is one of my favorite juice recipes. The ingredients are simple and the juice itself very tasty and effective. 


As the metabolism slows down during the cold season I find it important to detoxify more often than during summer. A detox weekend at least once a month works miracles.

Root vegetables are in abundance right now and they are my primary choice for this effective detox juice. 


Ingredients: 
  • 1 pound carrots (orange, purple, yellow)
  • 2 large pieces of fresh ginger root (thumb size or bigger)
  • 1 large piece of fresh turmeric root (thumb size or bigger)
  • 2 large beets (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp virgin olive oil 

Method:
  • Wash and clean the ingredients. Peel if necessary. 
  • Pass all the vegetable through the juicer. Add olive oil and stir well.
  • Pour the juice into glasses and sip slowly. Enjoy in good company!


Tip: This is my basic detox juice. To make the detox less monotonous you can make variations of it by changing the proportions of ingredients used and adding other ingredients. You can add
  • beets
  • parsnips
  • horse radish root 
  • purple onions
  • garlic
  • hot peppers
  • lemons
  • blueberries
  • tart apples
  • fresh cranberries
  • and herbs such as parsley and cilantro. 

Use organic ingredients whenever you can. Drink this juice a few times a day instead of your regular meals and remember to drink a lot of water. Rest as much as you can.

After two or three days of juicing you will end up with a lot of juice pulp. Use it to make crackers, patties, soups, smoothies and deserts. For suggestions please click here.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon@2015

         




Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

I simply cannot believe that it is already end of October. Thanks goodness the contemplation of all shades of yellow, orange and red in nature brings me back to may senses. It is, indeed, autumn. Still very warm outside, but the days are definitely shorter.


To satisfy my cravings I made fruity, spicy smoothie. I took everything that I could put my hands on in the market and juiced, blended and spiced until it tasted just the way I imagined it should. This actually is a recipe without a recipe. Depending on what fruits and vegetable you decide to use you may come up with a very different result. The good thing about raw food is that you cannot really go wrong. Experiment. It is such a fun!

Ingredients:

for the smoothie base juice
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 cup diced Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 red apples
  • 2 inch chunk fresh ginger root
  • 1 inch chunk fresh turmeric root

for the smoothie
  • 2 ripe bananas 
  • 2-3 ripe persimmons
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice (add more if needed)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cold pressed flax seed oil 
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • 2 cups freshly made smoothie base juice 
  • 2-3 ice cubes  (optional)


Method:
  • Pass all the juice ingredients through a juicer. Save the pulp for other raw recipes.
  • Pour the juice to a blender. Add all the smoothie ingredients and blend until velvety and smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more juice or some coconut water.
  • Adjust the taste to your personal liking. Add one or two Medjool dates or a spoon of maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter. Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy in good company!


Tip: If you have a high speed blender you can skip the juicing part and blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add enough liquid, though. I took the juice as a base because I wanted to use the juice pulp for my new pumpkin spice raw cookies. I still have to experiment a bit to get it right. The pulp is also great as a base for a spicy raw soup. I am sure that you will come up with your own ideas. Have fun!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique 

Dominique Allmon©2015

         


Friday, October 23, 2015

La Joie de Citron or What A Pretty Yellow Mess!

I do not often write a product review, but some products deserve more attention than others. The market is full of products that really make our lives easier and the food preparation more enjoyable.


I recently bought a tiny citrus juicer that I can now take with me whenever I travel by by air. All people who travel by air know that there are certain liquid restrictions for passengers. One can only take a small amount of liquids that have to be presented for inspection at the airport security.

For years  I traveled with a bag of organic lemons or limes that I cut at home in halves in order to squeeze them into a bottle of water that I normally bought at the airport short before my flight. I mostly managed not to make a big mess, but I always had seeds in my bottle. With this tiny citrus juicer things are so much better:
  • you will be able to squeeze more juice out of your citrus fruit
  • the seeds will not fall into your water glass or bottle
  • you will not splash any lemon juice on your new cashmere sweater
  • your tray table will stay clean
  • you can measure the exact amount of juice you want to have in your water glass  or bottle
  • you will attract curious looks from fellow passengers and will engage in conversation about health and nutrition
  • you can do all the juicing at the airport terminal, before you board the plane, which means you can actually clean up the juicer before your flight
  • the juicer is very easy to use.

Most importantly, you will enjoy your flight even more with your refreshing, alkalizing drink. Your liver will thank you as well.


Most people understand the importance of hydration during the air travel, not many, however, know that hydration alone is not enough when you are at 30,000ft. Air travel may be hazardous to your health. Depending on the destination and the size of the aircraft you may be stuck for up to twelve hours with hundreds of people. People cough and sneeze and you are breathing recycled air that has very low humidity. Unless you brought your own food, you are eating food that has very little nutritional value. You have to sit for a long time and you are also exposed to a slightly higher dose of radiation.

All these factors make air travel a rather unpleasant experience if you cannot afford a first class fair every time you travel. But traveling first class does not change the fact that you have to take care of yourself during the flight.

Starting your day with freshly pressed lemon juice and drinking lemon juice during the day, whether you are on the road or not, is most beneficial and still underestimated by many people.

Citrus fruit in general comes with incredible health benefits and since it is so versatile, make sure you are using it daily:
  • Lemons are rich in flavonoids that have been shown to stop the division of cancer cells in many types of cancer. High in vitamin C, lemons have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lemons help improve digestion, support the liver function and help balance blood sugar and cholesterol. 
  • Limes like all the other fruits from the citrus family contain vitamin C that is known to be a very potent antioxidant. They also contain unique flavonoids called flavonol glycosides as well as compounds called limonides that have demonstrated strong anti-tumor activity since they stop proliferation of the cancer cells. Limes also offer protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and help improve liver function.
  • Pomelo (Citrus maxima) is a large fruit from the citrus family native to South and Southeast Asia. Like all the other fruits from the citrus family, pomelo comes with countless health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, fiber and potassium, pomelo is a useful home remedy since it can help boost the immune system, help improve oral health and digestion, can help manage weight and contain urinary tract infections, lower the blood pressure, and prevent various cancers. Pomelos contain carnitine pamitoyl-transferase - a fat-burning enzyme - that may help obese people loose weight.
  • Yuzu is a citrus fruit that was originally cultivated in the Yangtse River region of China. The fruit was introduced to Japan during the Nara period (around 710 A.D.) where it was grown as a culinary delicacy, as well as a medicine. To this day the whole ripe yuzu fruits are used for therapeutic baths. The aroma is very relaxing, but the essential oil of yuzu also contains a compound called nomilin that helps improve the blood circulation. Yuzu has three times as much vitamin C as lemon and the highest amount of bioflavonoids (vitamin P) among the citrus fruits.
And of course there are oranges, Mandarin oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and kumquats. I will write about these fruits at some other time, but right now I simply hope that you will use this information to improve your health and well being.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Disclaimer: To clarify one thing, I did not receive any money to write this review, and I actually own one mini citrus juicer. I bought mine in a store in Roswell, NM, but you can buy yours online, at amazon, for instance.


Dominique Allmon©2015

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


      

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kiwi Salsa with Green Onions and Pomegranate

I love Mexican food and the New Mexican variation of it. I make raw salsa as often as I can lay my hands on all the ingredients needed for in the recipe. It is quite amazing to know that with a little experience you can turn any fruit or vegetable into this exotic condiment. 


Like most of my October recipes I created this one with breast cancer in my mind. Full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other valuable phyto-chemicals this fruity salsa is a healthy addition to a cancer preventing diet.  Research shows that people who eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily are healthier and have lower cancer rate. 

Ingredients: 
  • 4-5 kiwis, peeled and cubed
  • 1 firm avocado, cubed
  • arils from 1/2 pomegranate
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 minced jalapeno chili
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper

Method:
  • Toss all ingredients into a bowl and mix gently. Adjust the taste to your personal liking. If needed, add more lime juice, more salt or more pepper and mix again. 
  • Serve right away and enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


Dominique Allmon©2015

            

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Golden Good Morning Smoothie

This wonderfully light, golden smoothie will make your heart sing. I used very ripe fruits to make it and did not need to add any additional sweetener. In fact, I waited until my bananas got their brown spots.


Ingredients: 
  • water of 1 young coconut (mine produced almost 2 cups)
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 3 very ripe golden kiwis
  • pinch powdered turmeric
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 ice cubes, optional
  • 2 Tbsp dried mulberries for garnish


Method:
  • Toss all ingredients, except mulberries, into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour smoothie into tall glasses and garnish with dried mulberries. Serve right away and enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


Dominique Allmon©2015

         


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hormone Balancing Raw Cacao and Avocado Mousse

October! Let's begin with something delicious and healthy. If you like avocados like I do, you are probably eating them at least s few times a week. Their neutral taste makes them one of the most versatile ingredients a raw cook can use.


Ingredients: 

for the mousse
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao
  • 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalaya salt


for the crumble
  • 5 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt 


for the garnish
  • 2 ripe plums, pitted and sliced


Method: 
  • In a food processor pulse blend dates, almonds and nuts. Add salt and spices and blend again until well combined. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. If your crumble is too thick you may want to add a tablespoon of freshly pressed lemon juice. You can make it a day ahead and dehydrate it if you prefer. In fact, you can make granola-like bars and crush them for this recipe.
  • To make the mousse place all the mousse ingredients in a blender or a food processor and blend until creamy and smooth. Adjust the taste to your personal liking.
  • Place a generous amount of crumble at the bottom of chilled bowls or tall glasses. Portion out a thick layer of mousse. Garnish with crumble and sliced plums. Serve right away and enjoy in good company!


Avocados are a fantastic source of healthy, unprocessed, completely raw, fat, that is missing in most people's diet today. Avocados contain around 20 essential nutrients in addition to plant sterols, such as beta-sitosterol, that have anti-estrogenic properties. They are able to block the estrogen receptors in our cells and reduce absorption rates of the the "bad" estrogen. In this way, avocados help increase progesterone levels in women and testosterone levels in men, thus helping to reduce a chance for estrogen-dependent cancers such as the breast cancer and the prostate cancer.

Moreover, avocados help boost the body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other fruits and vegetables, such as the alpha and the beta-carotene, and lutein. They are rich in fiber, minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium; B vitamins and the vitamin E.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. 

         

Friday, September 18, 2015

Almonds with Chile Verde

If you visited New Mexico at this time of the year you would be greeted by a scent of freshly roasted green chili, or chile verde, almost everywhere you went. Green chili is mostly used in cooked Mexican and New Mexican dishes, but I add it to my raw salsa, to salad dressings and roughly chopped to my salads. In this recipe I used it to spice raw almonds. Green chili is only slightly hot and nothing like jalapeno or habanero peppers. This makes it much more versatile than the other two.


Almonds and nuts make a perfect snack. I love to make a large batch of spiced nuts and keep them ready for my next trip across the Atlantic. They are so much nicer than the roasted nuts airlines offer with the drinks, and so easy to make.

Green Chili Marinade

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup almonds, soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 2 large green chili peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt


Method:
  • In a blender or a food processor blend green chili, cilantro, garlic and lime juice into a smooth marinade. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.
  • Remove the skin from your soaked almonds. This is very easy, but a little time consuming. You can, of course, leave the skin on if you prefer. I actually left the skin on about one half of my almonds.
  • Toss the almonds in to your marinade and let them sit for at least one hour.
  • Spread the almonds on a dehydrator tray, sprinkle with salt and dehydrate at 105°F for about 10 hours. If you are completely satisfied with the crispiness, transfer almonds into an airtight container and store in a cupboard or any other dark and dry place. Consume within a week.
  • Enjoy in good company as a snack or a topping for a salad. 


Tip: If you do not have green chili peppers, you can use a green bell pepper and a jalapeno. The taste will differ just a bit, but your almonds will be just as delicious.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


Dominique Allmon©2015

         

Monday, September 14, 2015

Savory Raw Vegan Juice Pulp Burgers

This is another frugal recipe. I will never get tired of repeating that nothing should go to waste in raw food kitchen. I am holding this argument to all opponents of juicing who claim that juices are waste of money and nutrients. I also know people who make juices and usually throw away the juice pulp. They do not throw it away because they are wasteful. They throw it away because they actually do not know what to do with it. Over the years I created many recipes that helped me save a lot of money since the produce I am using most of the time is bio-dynamically grown and very expensive. 


I dehydrated my juice pulp patties in the hot New Mexican sun. You may have to use your dehydrator if you live in a climate that is less arid.


Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable juice pulp
  • juice of 1 lemon (add more if needed)
  • 1/4 cup raw rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup activated flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup activated sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup activated pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil (add more if needed)
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper

Method:
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl of your food processor and blend until they turn into a fairly firm dough. Add more liquid if the dough seems to hard. Adjust the taste to your personal liking.
  • To make burgers take about 1/2 to 1/3 cup of the dough. Roll between your hands and flatten to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  • You can eat the burgers the way they are or place them on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for about 4 hours. Serve with a nice green salad and enjoy in good company!

The juice pulp!

The taste and appearance of these burgers depends very much on the vegetable you used to make the juice. You may want to serve them with a creamy cashew or avocado sauce if they seem too "dry" to you. My recipe is a suggestion that is here to inspire you to your own delicious creations. Experiment. It is such a fun!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

         

Monday, September 7, 2015

Exotic Carrot Coconut Salad

This delicious carrot salad was inspired by the Sri Lankan carrot sambal recipe. It is exotic, nourishing and rather easy to make. 


I used freshly shredded flesh of aged coconut, but if you cannot find coconuts  in your grocery store, use shredded coconut that has not been sweeten or roasted. 

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp minced bird pepper chili, seeds removed (you can also use habanero or jalapeno)
  • 1 Tbsp minced cilantro
  • 1/2 purple onion, cubed
  • 4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (use raw honey if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • juice of 2 limes


Method:
  • In a small bowl mix coconut oil with honey and lime juice. Add minced chili pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl combine shredded carrots, coconut, onion and cilantro. Add the dressing and mix well. 
  • Serve the salad in individual bowls and enjoy it in good company!


Tip: I used halves of a freshly cracked coconut to serve this delicious salad. This made the experience of eating it even more exotic.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

         

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Creamy Vegan Cashew Habanero Salad Dressing

Nothing complements a good salad like a home-made, clean dressing. Without a dressing no salad is complete. And nothing can beat it, provided, of course, you used high quality ingredients including a healthy dose of cold pressed vegetable oil. Many people forget that fatty acids are needed to support many functions in the body, especially brain health and cognition. Fat also helps absorb fat soluble nutrients from food.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked in purified water for at least 3 hours
  • 1 Tbsp chopped habanero pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • freshly pressed juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp thyme (fresh or dried)

Mixed Greens and Fennel Salad 
perfect with Creamy Cashew Habanero Dressing

Method:
  • Whiz all the ingredients in a blender into a smooth, velvety dressing. Adjust the taste to your personal liking and serve with leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, arugula, kale, dandelion, spinach or mixed baby greens. Enjoy in good company!

If you are on a law fat diet you may want to reconsider your choices. Healthy fats support many bodily functions including cognition, liver and gallbladder function, and cardiovascular health, to name only few. Law fat diet deprives you of these health benefits.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

         

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Basil and Pistachio Pesto with Young Garlic and Jalapeno

With the incredible abundance of basil in my garden it is a pesto time! I hope you share my love for this aromatic herb. The most popular basil pesto recipe is the Pesto Genovese. It is raw, but not necessarily vegan since it uses parmigiano reggiano cheese. If you are a strict vegan you can change any recipe to suit your nutritional needs and beliefs.


Making a herb based pesto is very easy. You can use any fresh herb you wish and raw nuts of your choice and garlic. Add your preferred raw, cold pressed oil, lemon or lime juice. Salt and pepper are optional.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 1/2 cup raw pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 chopped jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 clove young garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup virgin olive oil 
  • juice of 1 medium large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt


Method:
  • Place all the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and pulse blend until all ingredients are blended, but still slightly coarse. Add more lemon juice or olive oil if you prefer.
  • Serve with pasta of your choice, as a dip with raw vegetables, as a salad dressing or sauce for any raw dish. Enjoy in good company!


Freshly made pesto stores well in the fridge for couple of days. I prefer to make small batches rather than store it for more than two or three days.


Using vegetable peeler I made zucchini linguine and served them with this delicious pesto and chopped cherry tomatoes from my garden. This was really delicious! I hope yours will be too.


In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2015

         
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