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Cinnamon Cantaloupe Shake

Cinnamon Cantaloupe Shake


Ripe cantaloupe
vanilla stevia (especially great for bland Winter produce)

Halve, peel, and remove seeds from the cantaloupe (or cantaloupes! I used several). Blend cantaloupe flesh and add cinnamon and stevia to taste.



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Chocolate Peppermint Green Smoothie and Giveaway Winners

We have our winners! We also have an amazing new product that I’m SO excited to have discovered! I got a delicious box of samples from the wonderful people at NuNaturals and among them was this…Cocoa Bean Extract. The only time I ever branch out beyond my favorite brand is for the flavored stuff (almost exclusively chocolate) and I’m so excited to see them bringing they’re signature non-bitter yumminess to my favorite sweetener. I’ve never done a green smoothie recipe here though I’ve knocked back plenty of them in my kitchen. Here’s a festive one I whipped up this morning:

Chocolate Peppermint Green Smoothie

2 cups water (or nut milk for richer smoothie)
1 avocado
a big handful spinach
2 dropperfuls NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
3 dropperfuls NuNaturals Cocoa Extract
a few drops peppermint extract or a small handful fresh peppermint leaves
ice, as desired
spirulina (optional, for color)


Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway this past week, here are the winners:

and Jess

Enjoy your stevia! and hop on over to NuNaturals for some Cocoa goodness.


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Mac & Kabocheeze

Mac & Kabocheeze

I could have attempted this vegan macaroni and cheese recipe with sweet potato, acorn squash, or many of the other lovely root vegetables out there…but I felt the need to title it “Mac & Kabocheeze” so kabocha squash it was.


1 cup baked and mashed kabocha
1 cup water
1 cup nutritional yeast
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp plus one tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper, to taste
1 bag kelp noodles

Soak the kelp noodles in water for an hour (I used to always skip this step but it’s so worth it!). Blend the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pour over noodles. I threw in a few whole kabocha chunks and some avocado which was quite tasty.

One of my favorite gourmet grocery stores was having a close-out sale recently and had the most amazing sale which practically required a shopping spree. I wasn’t about to turn down the normally too-expensive dark chocolates, and herbal teas, along with some great organic marinara and nori sheets for nearly half the price. Evidence of a good time:

Now go buy yourself some kabocha and whip up some vegan comfort nomz. Happy weekend.


Filed under Potatoes, Squashes, and Starchy Things, Recipes

Balsamic and Dark Chocolate over Arugula

Balsamic and Dark Chocolate over Arugula

Another day of simple, whatever’s-left-in-the-fridge meals was a success! I don’t do vinegar often as it’s quite acidic but I found myself craving it after Thanksgivings Oregano Balsamic Vinaigrette and thought I’d try out a sweeter version. Bittersweet chocolate and arugula are such a win and you don’t need a lot of the dressing to bring it all together. I ate the salad along with a big hunk of baked kabocha which made for a lovely airplane dinner 🙂


A big bowl of baby arugula
balsamic vinegar
NuNaturals liquid stevia
a handful of 70% dark chocolate chips
salt and pepper

Sprinkle a bit of vinegar and a few drops of stevia over your greens and chocolate and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss and you’re good to go!

Winter and the Holidays tend to be the most challenging times for people to continue to eat well and stay healthy and I am no exception. I’ve been lucky this year as I’ve done most of the cooking and entertaining but the busyness, chilly weather, and frequent company (extreme introvert over here ) have left me putting a lot of effort towards not falling into old patterns and bad habits. Interestingly, I did quite well over the holiday weekend but once the guests went home and I started to unwind, I let work stress get to me and made food choices (airplane food…oy…) that were other than life generating. Processed “food” hits me pretty hard these days and while recovering I returned to a couple of helpful resources to assist in not falling into these patterns repeatedly this season. I have a huge history of disordered eating and I’m so proud when I look back over the last couple of years at how much I’ve healed and grown. That said, there are days when I realize I still have a long way to go. I’m re-reading Natalia Rose’s Emotional Eating SOS and am amazed once again at the different perspective I have this time around. I’m “getting” things I didn’t before. I also listened to last years holiday audio recording from the Detox the World blog and found it to be very helpful. If you find yourself dealing with emotional eating over the holidays or anytime I would recommend these highly!


Filed under Dressing, Recipes, Salad

Raw White Hot Chocolate

Half of my life these days is spent in Seattle with my ladyfriend and the other half is spent in Bellingham (just south of the Canadian border) where I work and have an awesome roommate. I’m lucky that both of these fantastic ladies are open minded and adventurous when it comes to my food experimentation as I’m often asking them to taste test. Yesterday however, I got to be the guinea pig! Here is my mysterious roommate, we’ll call her Wilson (ok, her name is Sylvia), with a raw “cookbook” that she put together for my birthday several years back.

Wilson aka Sylvia. Roommate Extraordinaire, Photographer, and White Hot Chocolate Maker.

Wilson aka Sylvia. Roommate Extraordinaire, Photographer, and White Hot Chocolate Maker.

Britney and I were the lucky recipients of this deliciousness.

1 cup water
1 Tbsp raw cacao butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 dropperful NuNaturals liquid stevia (on my request, everyone else had 1 Tbsp agave)
1 cup raw cashews

Soak cashews overnight. Blend cashews with the water and strain through a nut milk bag (thats how she made mine but for hers she went without straining). Add cashew milk back into blender with remaining ingredients and blend until mixture is warm and frothy. Top with cinnamon.

It was the perfect holiday drink after a day of Thanksgiving leftovers, this stew, and Christmas light watching. Chocolate Covered Katie’s No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie may also have been involved.

You should probably go try this goodness now and while your at it go check out Sylvias photography blog! Happy weekend.


Filed under beverages, Dessert, Other People's Recipes, Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving

Any day that I can spend poking around in the kitchen for hours and not feel like I’m “wasting time” is a good day. Today was a good day. My dad is here from Colorado, my ladyfriend is up from Seattle, and my roommate was in the kitchen until I kicked her out 😉

I started my day with Cinnamon Ginger Green Juice and my favorite herbal chai.

The day’s menu didn’t go exactly as planned. Our Herbed Cauliflower Couscous passed its “couscous” stage in the food processor and had to be made into a raw mashed “potato” dish instead (it was alright). I also threw in a not-so-living Sprouted Grain Stuffing which was a hit with everyone and really worked wonderfully with the other dishes.

Dorian enjoyed another day atop the open oven while the pesto stuffed mushrooms (thanks, roommate!) were dehydrating. He was also appreciative of his organic turkey dinner (the only turkey served here today!).

Appetizers were placed out mid-day: fruit with raw chocolate fondue (a simple mix of agave and cacao powder) and veggies with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette. I thought I’d share the recipe since it turned out so well (though it may be better for dressing a salad than dipping veggies).


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coconut aminos
1 clove garlic, minced
big pinch dried oregano
pinch of salt and pepper
2-3 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia

Mix together gently.

After noshing on veggies and a glass of red wine we sat down to holiday movies (Living Thanksgiving tradition!) and dinner. Today I felt so thankful for my wonderful girlfriend who willingly took TWO emergency trips to the grocery store for me, my dad for fixing things in the apartment I didn’t even know were broken, and my roommate for cooking (un-cooking? rawking?) half the food today until I made her hand the kitchen over to me.

We unanimously agreed that this was the most successful Living Thanksgiving yet. While we spent the last two with aching stomachs and a lump of nuts that took forever to make it through our digestive systems, this year we still managed to eat a lot and not suffer from the usual post Thanksgiving dinner coma.

I hope everyone else had a lovely T-Day as well with desserts as delicious as ours. And since it’s now its officially OK to play Holiday music (and apparently sing it too as at the moment I’m falalala-ing with the roomie while trying to type) I’m off to enjoy Lady Gagas newly released wonderfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Filed under Dressing, Recipes

Mashed Yucca with Cilantro and Lime and a Cookbook Favorite

I used to be a big cookbook reader (yes, just reading for pleasure :)) and owned way more than I actually used. These days I’m just an obsessive food blog reader which is a handy space saver in my kitchen. It’s probably a sign that I actually do need to make a purchase when I check a book out from the library THREE times, which has been the case with Appetite for Reduction. I’m not strictly vegan nor am I looking to lose weight but I LOVE this cookbook. If you appreciate vegan recipes that aren’t all about soy, tofu, and traditional dense and processed vegan things (though there are a few of those) and you’re looking for a fairly veggie-centric cookbook, I’d highly recommend this one. Buying it would be the way to go though, even after three check-outs I still have a mass of dog eared (ooooh, am I not supposed to do that to library books?…) pages that caught my attention. Here’s a slightly adapted version of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Mashed Yucca with Cilantro and Lime.


2 large yucca roots (I found mine at our local Asian Grocery)
juice of one lime
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Peel and chop yucca into two inch chunks. Boil until soft, 20-30 minutes. Pour off most of the water, add remaining ingredients and mash with a potato masher. This will be reminiscent of mashed potatoes but much heartier.


Filed under Book Review, Other People's Recipes, Potatoes, Squashes, and Starchy Things, Recipes