Sunday, November 4, 2018

Creamy Raw Vegan Butternut And Orange Soup

Wow! November already. The months started with fog, drizzle and a rather cold weather as if to help us reflect on the intricacies of life and death on the All Souls' Day. But we don't want to get lost in melancholy, do we? So let us size the day and bring some light into the kitchen at least. 

Fall is a perfect time for a soup, so let's make some. The only difference is that raw soups are not served steaming hot, but they are just as tasty and nutritious as any other comfort bowl out there.

  • 1/2 medium large butternut squash 
  • freshly pressed juice of 3 oranges (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup cashew nuts, soaked in water for ca. 4 hours
  • 1 thumb sized fresh turmeric root
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or small hot chili pepper)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • 1 Tbsp virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tsp raw pumpkin seeds for garnish

  • Wash, peel and chop the butternut squash. You should have at least three cups.
  • Toss cashew nuts into a bowl of a blender or a food processor. Add orange juice and blend until well combined. Add butternut, garlic and turmeric and blend until the consistency is nice and creamy. If the soup is too thick add more orange juice or some freshly filtered water.
  • Add cayenne pepper, salt and olive oil and whiz again. Adjust the taste to your personal liking and serve. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and enjoy in good company! 

Tip: On a warm day you would probably serve this slightly fruity soup in chilled bowls. On a cold November day, however, you may want to gently warm it up to 108°F or 42°C and still eat it raw. Experiment with spices. I added just a bit of cayenne pepper and used raw turmeric. The outcome was perfect for me, but you may want to add powdered turmeric root instead and skip cashews altogether. You can add liquid coconut aminos and crashed red pepper to make the soup a bit more pungent, but do not fall into the coconut and ginger pattern. This is not what this soup is about.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Wickedly Good Black Halloween Smoothie

I usually encourage my readers to eat the rainbow, but rainbows are somehow out of place on Halloween. Just look around. You find ghostly whites, blacks, purples, and electric greens next to the vibrant orange of the pumpkins and persimmons. This color palette dominates home decor, costumes and even the Halloween menus in coffee shops and restaurants.

I decided to tune in and created my black smoothie. I hope you can get the ingredients to try it out. I made it slightly less sweet that most smoothies because there are already too many sweets everywhere. You are welcome to make it a little sweeter if you want to.

  • 1 cup raw black sesame paste
  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • 1 small hot pepper or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup purified water
  • 3 soft dates or a few drops of liquid stevia
  • 1 tonka bean, ground
  • 2 vanilla beans, cut lengthwise and scraped (vanilla bean caviar)
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice

Black sesame paste, tonka beans and vanilla.

  • Whiz all ingredient in a blender until smooth. Add a little more water if too thick, or two, three ice cubes if too watery. 
  • Adjust the taste to your personal liking and pour smoothie into chilled glasses. Garnish with whole vanilla beans and enjoy in good company. Boo!

Tip: Black sesame seeds have a very strong, nutty taste and will dominate this smoothie no matter how much tonka, vanilla, or pumpkin spice you add to it. You can make it taste a little more fruity if you add freshly pressed lemon juice.  Also, use frozen blueberries if you do not have blackberries.

As you are dusting off your ouija boards and preparing treats for the big day, take a moment to consider the health benefits of black sesame seeds. They not only look great in all kinds of Halloween recipes, but are incredibly good for you.

Rich in B vitamins, especially thiamine; vitamin E; fiber; minerals such as copper, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, calcium, magnesium, and zinc; lingans sesamolin and sesamin; and the essential amino acid tryptophan; black sesame seeds are powerful superfood whose anti-aging properties were known for centuries.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they were used to slow down or reverse such symptoms of aging as poor memory, grey hair, hearing loss, and poor eyesight. Research shows that black sesame seeds promote bone health, digestion, respiratory and cardiovascular health. They help fight inflammation in the body, protect against cancer, help increase libido, promote well being and help reduce anxiety.

All other ingredients in this smoothie are packed with health promoting nutrients. You can truly indulge without  guilt.

~ Happy Halloween! ~

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

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

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