posts tagged "vitamix"

Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream

Posted on July 13, 2009

This Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream is naturally-sweetened, vegan, gluten-free and made with only five ingredients (don’t be scared by all the descriptors). I’ve based this healthy ice cream recipe on one from Karina’s Kitchen.

This ice cream is fairly easy to make; there are just a couple of steps involved. And I can tell you Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream is mighty tasty and my children love it –we hid it from my husband because we wanted more for the […]

Blueberry Cherry Crumble

Posted on July 10, 2009

I chose to go with a messy “action” photo of this crumble to demonstrate just how much my husband liked it!  He came home from work and devoured the section you see missing above.  I was somewhat surprised since it was another one of my experiments making a purely fruit sweetened dessert.

While this crumble is not as easy to make as my usual desserts, it’s super healthy and also deliciously satisfying.

Blueberry Cherry Crumble

print

Filling:

4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
1 pint blueberries
1 […]

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Posted on June 18, 2009

My boys love this vegan Strawberry Ice “Cream.”  I made a batch and it was gone in a couple of hours.  So I made more and my husband got in on the act, consuming his share.

It is made with a coconut milk base and I added quite a bit of vanilla, in hopes of drowning out the coconutty flavor, as I did not want to make a coconut ice cream.  I think I succeeded, though you all can be the […]

Pear Parsley Salad Dressing

Posted on June 8, 2009

I have a huge parsley plant in our backyard that came back from last year and so have been looking for ways to utilize this super nutritious green herb in different dishes.  I came up with this Pear Parsley Dressing which my family enjoyed quite a bit.  The inspiration for this delicious gluten-free dressing came from the lovely Daniela of Daniela’s Kitchen.

While she served her Pear Dressing over arugula and fennel, I chose to serve mine over a bed of […]

Umeboshi Cucumber Dressing

Posted on May 30, 2009

We are having friends over tomorrow evening for a small barbecue and I will be serving this easy, delicious, tangy salad dressing over fresh greens from our garden.

We started our garden very early and have planted literally dozens of green veggies in it.  The boys are enjoying the many different types of kale that are now growing like weeds.  I am particularly fond of the bitter greens –mustard and arugula.  My husband loves them all and asks for a bigger […]

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted on May 23, 2009

This is my favorite ice cream. It’s vegan. It’s vanilla. And it’s yummy.

I’ve been making this ice cream for the last couple of years.  Way back when in my New York days, my raw food friends turned me on to the fact that cashews make an amazing substitute for dairy.  While I love this ice cream and have been known to chow on it late night, be forewarned that my husband (who is my ultimate taste tester) does not like it.

Vegan Vanilla Ice […]

Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake

Posted on April 27, 2009

Here’s another flourless cake for those looking for an alternative to almond flour or in search of a nut-free recipe.  My husband and older son loved this fruity chocolate cake.  I was thinking that with a nice strawberry frosting this cake would make a delicious banana split type dessert.

This gluten-free, grain-free cake is quick and easy.  You’ll just want to make sure that your bananas are quite ripe to ensure its sweetness.  If you can do dairy, this cake would […]

Sesame Dip

Posted on April 21, 2009

Garnish this Sesame Dip starter with pieces of carrot and celery for dipping and you have an instantly satisfying salty and crunchy snack.  This dip is a hit at parties and was enjoyed at our Passover Seder (thinned out with a bit of water and) served over roasted asparagus.  It’s quite versatile and makes a great salad dressing as well.

Unfortunately, we devoured all of the Sesame Dip at our Seder.  I was determined to make another batch the next day.  […]

Purple Velvet Torte

Posted on March 17, 2009

It’s amazing what you can do without any flour!  I made this gluten free chocolate cake using beets.  Being “Deceptively Delicious“ I fooled my husband.  While my children are game to eat pretty much anything I make, my husband is known as the “picky” eater around here.

Because of his strong critiques and my perfectionist bent, I often find myself testing a new recipe four, five or more times.  Though this one I nailed the second time, it was that […]

Raw “Tapioca” Pudding

Posted on January 23, 2009

Chia seeds are my new favorite food!

Rich in fatty acids, these seeds contain more omega-3’s than any other vegetarian source. They are also quite high in anti-oxidants, minerals and fiber.  Further, I find that they are quite soothing for my digestive system (and I’m always looking for a boost in that realm).

I got the idea for this smooth and tasty recipe from yoga teacher extraordinaire and raw foodie, Jess Price.  I give her full credit for turning me on to […]

Salmon with Mushrooms and Red Pepper Sauce

Posted on December 9, 2008

Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods.  I bought some recently on a trip to the store, though I had no idea what would become of them.

The next day I took out one of my favorite cookbooks, A Cook’s Book of Mushrooms and began to flip through the pages.  I found a great recipe, made a few changes (replacing sugar with stevia, etc.) and whipped it up for dinner.  Although it looks complicated and has a few steps, this recipe […]

Pumpkin Custard

Posted on October 22, 2008

Getting into the spirit of the season, I whipped up this no bake gluten free and vegan pumpkin custard. Quick and easy to make, it is also dairy free and the perfect way to end an autumn meal.

I am on a major pumpkin kick right now as is the rest of the family.  Last weekend, my husband took the boys and their friend Josh to purchase pumpkins for Halloween; upon return the three little ones spent hours in the back […]

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Posted on October 17, 2008

These gluten free Pumpkin Pie Muffins are, of course, a favorite of my younger son. When he was little, he ate so much pumpkin and winter squash that he turned a slightly orange hue. Luckily, he’s back to normal now.

I often forget how much I love cooking with pumpkin until fall arrives.  Well, fall is back and I have been using this vegetable with a vengeance.

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

print

1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ […]

Hot Cocoa

Posted on October 8, 2008

There was a distinct chill in the air last night which lead me to put on slippers and make a cup of gluten free, dairy free hot chocolate.  This quick and easy beverage can be simply made from scratch in a matter of minutes.

Hot Cocoa

print

¼ cup (raw) cashews
1 cup water (room temperature)
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
20 drops stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Place cashews and (room temperature) water in a vitamix; puree on high until […]

Vanilla Plum Jam

Posted on September 16, 2008

As fall approaches, my attention is shifting to our fruit trees. A few years back we planted a peach and two apple trees along the perimeter of our packed yard; they are now bursting with fruit, as is our dwarf plum. While we eat the peaches and apples straight off the trees, each fall we make a habit of picking the tart little plums and making our own homemade jam from them.

During this last weekend, the boys commenced […]

Raw Tomato Sauce

Posted on August 15, 2008

Is your garden overflowing with tomatoes? Mine is. It’s a jungle out there. The zucchini plant is on the offensive, overtly attacking its neighbors in a battle for square footage while the tomatoes surreptitiously creep and cling to everything they can. At this point, they are huge sprawling bushes, heavy with fruit.

The boys go out to jump on the trampoline and come inside bearing gifts, their little hands laden. I too venture out to pluck […]

Raspberry Smoothie

Posted on August 5, 2008

My birthday party last weekend was great fun. The only snafu? Excess victuals. There must have been 1 pie per person in attendance at our gathering. And while a good time seemed to be had by all –a couple handfuls of children jumped on the trampoline with the sprinklers going under it –my refrigerator was still overflowing by the evening’s end.

Luckily, our friends Chris and Larry had their own soiree the next night and were kind […]

Green Goddess Dressing

Posted on July 25, 2008

I confess. I ate the photo shoot. I made a huge salad this afternoon, drizzled it with Green Goddess Dressing and proceeded to devour it. The food prepared for photographing was instead inhaled. As in, scarfed immediately.

Now normally, I’m a fairly disciplined person, so this was a bit odd. Maybe I exercised a little too hard this morning and worked up a bigger appetite than usual. Maybe the dressing is delicious on a hot summer’s day. Who […]

Lemon Cooler

Posted on July 18, 2008

Looking for some cool refreshment? Then look below, not to the “recipe” above. I found this little yellow post-it in the kitchen today after my husband made the boys breakfast. It seems my younger son did a bit of cooking (when dad went upstairs to take a shower) and has also apparently begun to create and record his own recipes.

Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend this dish which I believe is called, “French Toast Scrambled Eggs.” My […]

Flapjacks

Posted on June 10, 2008

UPDATE: Check out my revisited Gluten Free Pancakes recipe!

Baseball is finally over. We lost in the semifinals yesterday to the Rockies. It was a good game; we fought to the end.

This last week, the tournament had virtually taken over our lives with 7 games straight, all during dinner time. This successfully disturbed the rhythm and routine in my household, so I must confess to some relief that the season has come to an end. To celebrate […]