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Herb-Banana Smoothie + Raw Spaghetti + Raw Key Lime Pudding

Recently, I have been reading a lot about the benefits of a raw food diet; boost in energy, weight loss, anti-aging and some people believe it can reverse cancer, type 1 and 2 diabetes, etc.

This curious little vegan wants to know what all the fuss is about so I've instituted a 14 day Raw Challenge for myself.
Today is Day 1 and this is how it's unfolded...
Breakfast: Large herb-banana smoothie 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, minced 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, minced 2 bananas 1 cup of water
Blend all ingredients
Snack: Rawma Bar Pumpkin Agave
Lunch: Big "A" Salad 6oz of romaine 1/2 red bell pepper 1 cucumber 1 celery stalk 6 black olives 1 carrot 3 cherry tomato A heaping handful of alfalfa sprouts Salad dressing: Oil, balsamic and dill
MidDay Snack: Smoothie
1 peach
1/2 carton of strawberries
1/2 carton of raspberries 
raw vegan hemp protein powder
Dinner: Zucchini Pasta with Marinara
The sauce: 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes 4 medium tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup of sun dried tomato powde…

Alpenglow Cafe

A handmade patty that consisted of potato, carrots, caramelized onion and cilantro on a homemade whole wheat bun. It was heavenly.




Location:Bend, OR

CommonTable

"Common Table is a nonprofit social entrepreneurship for the betterment of the community...Common Table's menu includes fresh and wholesome food with vegan options...The Common Table Token Program distributes over 500 tokens per month to provide free meals to the community...Volunteers are the engine that males Common Table work. Volunteers work in the kitchen to help prepare food or wash dishes. They are also servers and bartenders."

My experience:




I seriously loved this joint! The atmosphere was so warm and inviting; radical hospitality. Great, affordable, healthy, vegan and meat options. They have, what they call, a "smart kid's menu"; it was a refreshing change from the typical mac-n-cheese or grilled cheese, Aubrey usually gets. She ordered a peanut coconut butter (<-- homemade) and caramelized banana panini with fresh fruit. Apparently, it was delicious (I was not offered a taste, ha). I ordered the sushi salad (I substituted the non-vegan citrus…

Angeline's Bakery

Angeline's Bakery is nestled in the middle of the closely knit, exclusive club known as, Sisters, Oregon.

They bake their handcrafted goods daily and have a wide variety of tasty gluten-free, dairy-free and raw options.

Their menu offers:
Coffee cake and sweet breads










A variety of vegan muffins; I sampled the zucchini-marionberry muffin and my heart grew two sizes.













Lunch offers up:
Tofu curry "Wraptures"
A variety of salads and soups
Polenta Pizza- Polenta crust, marinara, loads of veggies and vegan cheese.

For dessert you can enjoy:
vegan cookies, brownies and carrot cake.

Since it was breakfast time when we stopped in, I treated myself to a vegan cinnamon roll (also, a zucchini-marionberry muffin and a blueberry-cranberry bran muffin to go). There were heavenly voices serenading as I savored my first bite.




Dear Angeline's Bakery,
Do you do overnight shipping?
I anxiously await your reply, Amber.
Location:Sisters, OR

Cashew Cream Sauce

My cashew cream sauce owns the vegan kitchen! It's got an amazing flavor, it's versatile, super easy to make and its inexpensive. Even my non-vegan friends LOVE this stuff!

What you need:
1/2 cup of cashews
1/2 cup of veggie broth (or water if you want it raw)
1-2 cloves of garlic


What you do:
Throw all ingredients in a blender.

Easy, no?

I love this sauce as the base for my pizzas or any other dishes that call for any creamy sauces. Tonight I used it as my gravy on some frozen butternut squash raviolis. I didn't actually realize these were vegan until a non-vegan friend of mine, whom I was visiting, pointed out the cool (but not very noticeable) "certified vegan" sticker on the package.

This is great!" I thought, "especially for the times I don't have time to cook". I immediately said to her, "I have the best sauce for this!"














Peach Upside Down Cake

Today I was craving pineapple upside down cake. I was only missing one ingredient, pineapple! You think something as little as a main ingredient can stop me? Think again! I opened up the fridge to find 5 peaches. 

So here we go: Peach Upside Down Cake.
























What I used:
Dry ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup natural sugar (I used demerara for all the sugar in this recipe) 1/8 teaspoon salt
Liquid ingredients: 1 cup vanilla soy milk mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups peeled and sliced peaches 2 tablespoons natural, raw or brown sugar 1/4 cup natural, raw or brown sugar 2 tablespoons water
What I did:
Preheat oven to 350.Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Combine the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Set aside without mixing them together.Combine the peaches with the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Wipe or spray a 10-inch, well-seasoned cast iron skillet with oil. (This step is very important if you want to be …

Chili-Stuffed Peppers

If you're like me, you'll have extra filling; which is great because it tastes great stuffed in corn tortillas. Hello, enchiladas!


What I used:
4 bell peppers
1 onion, chopped fine
Oyster mushrooms, diced
1 jalapeƱo pepper, minced (or more to taste)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well (or 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans)
1 1/2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 15-ounce can can fire-roasted tomatoes
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or more, to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
3 red bell peppers
2 green onions, thinly sliced


What I did:
Heat a large non-stick skillet or saucepan. Add the onion and cook, stirring often until it softens, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and jalapeno and continue to cook until mushrooms soften.
Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, and seasonings. Cook for a few more minutes to allow most of the tomato liquid to cook off.
Preheat oven to 400F.
While the chili is cooking, prepare the peppers by cutting them in half through the stem end, remov…

Easy Peezy Stir Fry

Everybody loves a good stir fry, but most folks I talk to aren't hip to the two things that are imperative to a stir fry. It's not soy sauce; it's not chicken, beef, broccoli, or any other ingredient and it's not chopsticks. The key components to a great stir fry are heat and movement. You want your wok as hot as you can get it and you want to stir, stir, stir! Hence, the name...Stir Fry (am I right?).

Whipping up a stir fry can not only be affordable but it can also be healthy, nutritious, filling and most importantly, it's FAST!

Also, no need to worry about ingredients or measuring. You can use whatever foods you have in your fridge and play with your flavorings until your palette is happy.

In my stir fry tonight, I used onion, red bell pepper, celery, carrot, minced garlic and minced ginger.

For protein I added some Smart Strips by Lightlife (I strongly suggest this product for wraps, salad, stir fry, etc.)



I used some bouillon for flavor as well as a splash o…