Category Archives: Grain-Free

My Favorite Soup: Cauliflower Leek

This is bar none my favorite soup.  It’s yummy, healthy and really easy to make.  And what’s even more fantastic about is that my mom and I just made up the recipe on the fly.

Ingredients:

– 1 head cauliflower, chopped up

– 1 container soft tofu

– 1/2 cup soy milk (make sure you’re using unsweetened) (Note: used 1 cup – too much)

– 4 cups vegetable stock (Note: used 5 cups – too much)

– 2 leeks, white parts only, or one whole leek, chopped

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– 2 cloves garlic

– Dash cayenne pepper

– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

– Heat olive oil in the bottom of a large soup pot.  Add leeks and saute until soft.  Add garlic.

– Add vegetable stock and cauliflower

– Simmer until cauliflower is soft

– In a separate bowl, combine tofu and soy milk and mix with stick blender until smooth, then add to soup

– Use stick blender to mix everything until creamy

– Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

Variations:  added 1/3 cup  frozen peas before blending and cooked wild rice after.  Yummy.  Or add a chopped potato in with the cauliflower.

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Raw Persimmon Cheesecake with Pomegranate Coulis

I am really proud of this cheesecake – I think it might be the first raw persimmon cheesecake to hit the interwebs! I couldn’t find a recipe for raw persimmon cheesecake so I made my own based on Sweetly Raw’s Mandarin Orange Cheesecake on a Pecan Ginger Crust with a Cranberry Pomegranate Compote, and Candied Pecans. I give it a 4/5 Happy Monkeys.  The texture is spot on and it makes a nice, healthy treat.
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Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup!

This soup came together in a heartbeat when I didn’t have much time to make lunch.  All it took was some previously pureed roasted pumpkin, a can of organic bpa-free coconut milk, vegetable stock and a liberal hand with the spices. A quick and easy 4/5 Happy Monkeys, and a recipe that is completely of my own devising to boot!

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Red Potato Salad

I loooove this potato salad from allrecipes.com.  It is my all-time favorite potato salad recipe.  It has fairly simple ingredients but it does take a while because you have to boil everything and then chill it in the fridge, not to mention peeling the eggs!

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Raw Blueberry Smoothie

I just had to post this blueberry smoothie recipe because it is freaking delicious.  My usual blueberry smoothie recipe is a banana, frozen blueberries, lots of soymilk, water and ice.  But I thought it would be good to try to cut down on the massive amount of soy I’m eating these days, so I tried a new smoothie recipe based on the one in Ani Phyo’s Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Cookbook.  And I like this one even better than my usual smoothie.  I threw the strawberries in at the last minute because they were just hanging around in the fridge, but I think they totally made this smoothie.  Before I put them in, it was a bit too sweet from the dates.

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Ani’s Raw Garden Scramble

I was listening to Ani Phyo on Raw Mom, Cooked Dad today (which has been awesome, by the way) and was inspired to pull out her Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Cookbook and make her garden scramble.  It’s a recipe I’ve only made once before last year but I made the full recipe and was really sick of it by the time I finished multiple meals of it.  This time, I only made a half recipe, which still makes a lot.  I ate two bowls and still have just as much left over.  Maybe next time I’ll only make a quarter recipe.  It’s good but it has a strong tumeric, almost mustardy taste, so a little goes a long way. I give this 3/5 happy monkeys.

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Yummy Broiled Tofu

This recipe isn’t very hard to make but it tastes best when you let it marinate overnight, so it takes a while.  It is super yummy though when you take the time to make the effort.  I like to have it with sauteed greens on the side. I give this recipe a 4/5 happy monkeys.

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