“Meaty” Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna

Another phenomenal recipe from Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs! My midwife wanted me to choose a special meal as my first “celebration meal” after giving birth. I chose this recipe and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it delicious, but it is complex and time-consuming, making it perfect for ultra-special occasions. This easily gets a 5 out of 5 happy monkeys. My everything-eating husband said it was just as good as traditional lasagna, and coming from him, that’s saying a lot.

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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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Raw Pumpkin Pie With Vanilla Cream – OMG!

Another recipe culled from EachPeachPearPlum’s Thanksgiving 101 thread.  Oh my god, is this good.  Wow, wow, wow.  This was the highlight of our Thanksgiving dinner.  All my cooked friends loved it and you’d never know it was raw. It also freezes well so you can enjoy it later.  No question 5/5 happy monkeys.  This freakishly delicious recipe was also submitted to The Nourishing Gourmet’s awesome Pennywise Platter Thursday.

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Virgin Pina Colada

Boy, how old is this post!  Time to get it off the draft shelf:

Just got our new Vita Mix in the mail!  We were super excited so we made a yummy homemade pina colada to celebrate.  We got a fresh young coconut and pineapple from whole foods – the guy who worked there was so nice, he helped us pick out good ones and even cut the pineapple in half for us.  I give this a 3.5/5 happy monkeys because I looove pina coladas, but I still want to perfect the recipe.

Ingredients:

– fresh pineapple
– fresh young coconut
– fresh young coconut water
– shredded dried coconut,
– bit of orange juice
– ice

Directions:

Throw in Vita Mix and blend away. Enjoy!

Next time: I would use water instead of oj because oj has too strong of a sweet, oj taste.  Also, wouldn’t use the shredded coconut because it made it kind of gritty.  Also I want to experiment with regular fresh coconut, instead of the young ones to see if that gives it a different flavor.

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