Hearty Spaghetti (low fat raw vegan)

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1 cup sun dried tomatoes
1.5 zahidi dates
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
2 large basil leaves
Oregano from one stem
2 Tbs water from soaked tomatoes/dates
1 Tbs water

Pasta:
2 cups zucchini
Lime juice
1 cup spinach
2 basil leaves
chopped cherry tomatoes
1/8 cup of pine nuts soaked for 10 min.

Soak the sun dried tomatoes and dates to rehydrate (you can use the same bowl of water and be sure to save 1 Tbs. of the water. Combine all sauce ingredients in food processor and process until you get the desired chunky texture. Remove the skin from zucchini (if desired) and spiralize. The spiralizer I have can be found here: Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable
Add to a bowl filled with water and some juice from a lime to soften. While the zucchini softens cut the spinach, basil, and tomatoes. Remove the zucchini from the water, add the spinach, basil, tomatoes, and sauce and toss to combine. Process the pine nuts in the food processor and top the spaghetti.

Tips:
To keep this dish truly raw use dried tomatoes that have been actually sun dried and it’s best to avoid sulfates and salt. Here is a source I found but have not used yet.
Process nuts right before serving so that it doesn’t dry out. For a crunchy topping don’t soak the pine nuts.
Spaghetti tastes even better as it sits.

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Challenges as a new 80/10/10 raw vegan

I want to share some challenges I have faced while trying to follow 80/10/10. Although it’s been a great experience for me everyday isn’t easy. I really enjoy being able to eat all the fruit I want but during the winter the fruit choices aren’t as appetizing, so I’ve been struggling. I eat and a lot of things won’t have a taste to me or I can’t even bring myself to eat it. Difficulty doesn’t seem to be a topic that many are talking about as a normal thing that comes along with transitioning to the lifestyle, so here is the first video I made on the topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AryL08eSons

Having support helps so please let me know if you are transitioning to this lifestyle and would like to stay in touch.

Instagram/Twitter @itsafronique

Email JourneyToAHealthierYou@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Low fat raw vegan and vision

Raw vegan and vision

Video I made talking about my eyesight improvement since following 80/10/10 for a couple of months.

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Carob Mac Cookies

I purchased some in shell macadamia nuts at the farmer’s market a few weeks ago. I’ve been buying nuts in the shell in order to get raw nuts that haven’t been opened using heat, so that I can eat the freshest nuts possible, and so that I eat less of them since it takes work to open them. When I bought them the woman asked me if I was up for putting in the work to open them and I replied yes but I was unaware of how tough the shell is. They are a very fatty nut and since I aim to keep my fat intake under 10% of my caloric intake a day, the difficulty of opening them will help me do just that. I searched online for methods to open them and tried a few before going back to the market to ask the women who sold them to me the best way to open them. I froze them because that was supposed to weaken the shell and they seemed unchanged when trying to open them with my nut cracker, then I whacked them with a hammer. I got one open with the hammer but wasn’t really encouraged to continue with that method. The woman at the market said some use a hammer but she has a special nut cracker she sells, she opened one and let me try it and I was sold. The buttery fresh taste of the nut was amazing. After trying to open my nuts at home with the tool I still struggled until I remembered some special instructions on opening macadamias with another tool that I came across online called crack a mac where you find the white dot on the nut and a particular line on it then place the nut in the special cracker with that on the top, turn the knob and it cracks. So I tried it with the one she sold me and it still wouldn’t open, so I flipped the nut to put the white dot at the bottom and finally it opened. Mine didn’t taste as fresh as the one she let me sample so I’m not sure if its because they were frozen or because they are older. Nevertheless I did all the work to get them open and got in a good forearm workout so I made some cookies. This cookies aren’t low fat so I have to eat them in moderation but they are a special yummy treat.

2/3 cup dried mulberries
1/4 cup sprouted walnuts (can try with unsprouted)
6 zahidi dates
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
1tsp carob

Chop the macadamia nuts in the food processor, the smaller the cookies the more the nuts should be chopped. Some pieces will be more flour like and others will be larger chunks. Remove the macadamia nuts and put to the side. Process mulberries, walnuts and dates in food processor until it sticks together in the bowl to form a dough then add in carob. Hand stir in the macadamia nuts. With wet hands pick up about a spoonful of the mixture, firmly press the dough together, to form balls and then flatten into cookies.

Makes 8 mini cookies.

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If you try this recipe please let me know how you like them.

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Strawberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup dried mulberries, 1/8 cup raw pistachios, 5 soaked small pitted dates (I used barhi and zahidi) . For strawberry filling just 2 large frozen then slightly thawed strawberries and four soft pitted dates (makes more than needed).

Process cookie ingredients in food processor until sticky then form in ball and press thumbprint. Refrigerate while you process filling. Pour filling in thumbprint and refrigerate to set. Makes 6.

I’ve been struggling with mono meals so it’s encouraged me to get creative in the kitchen. Low fat raw vegan can be as simple or complex as you want but even the complex end of it isn’t really that complicated or time consuming. This was just four ingredients, didn’t require a mixer or any baking time. I love how easy it is to be raw!

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My first recipe video

So I have been playing around with the idea of making uncooking videos. The other day I thought of a recipe, my kitchen was looking good and my daughter was asleep so I decided to film the process just to see how it looked. The pizza turned out delish and although I know some things I would do differently I don’t think the video turned out too bad either, so I decided to post it. Warning, once the camera was on a different side of me appeared, lol.

I’d love to get feedback to see if I should continue to make recipe videos and what ways I can improve them. Thanks for watching. If you try this recipe please let me know how it turned out.

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Crust:
1/2 cup zahidi dates (or other raw organic dates) soaked and pitted, Save soak water
1 cup sun-dried unsulfered organic calimyrna figs (or figs of choice)

Sauce:
1 cup whole organic strawberries (makes extra sauce but need a larger amount of berries to blend in Vitamix, or try in food processor)
Soaking water from dates, as needed

 

“Cheeze”:
1/2 cup skin removed chopped jicama

Toppings:
Sliced organic strawberries
Chopped and cored pineapple
(or fruit of your choice)

Process jicama in food processor until shredded and set aside. Next process the figs (with tips removed) and pitted dates until you have a well blended sticky texture. Spoon out mixture onto a plate or pizza pan and form into the shape of your choice with wet hands. Blend strawberries and a small amount of water from the soaked dates until the strawberries are broken down and the sauce is as thick or thin as desired. Top crust with sauce, “cheeze”, and desired toppings. Enjoy!

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Making transitions to eat healthier

It took a lot of small steps to get me to the point where I enjoy eating low fat raw vegan. I could not have went overnight from eating meat with little to no fruits and vegetables to a lifestyle choice of mostly eating fruits and vegetables. With time I learned how to prepare foods and my taste buds adjusted to experiencing new foods. Also by slowly introducing different foods I didn’t totally shock my body so I detoxed slower and I didn’t crave the old foods as much because I had replaced them with something else.

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