Vanilla Coconut Icing and Fruit Dip

Vanilla Coconut Icing and Fruit Dip

This simple and natural recipe is a GREAT topping as whipped cream or icing on cookies, pies, puddings, fruit and anything else you can think of! ;) 

Ingredients:

·       1 can (15 oz) full fat coconut milk

·       3 tbsp honey, agave syrup or maple syrup (or to taste)

·       1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator and leave it there until well-chilled; at least a few hours. 
2. Open the can of coconut milk. There will be a firm, waxy layer on top.
3. Scoop out this firm layer coconut cream that has solidified at the top of the can.
4. Stop as soon as you reach the water at the bottom of the can; don't include anything but the solid cream. (You can use the water in smoothies, or just drink it straight.)
5. Place this cream in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl.
6. Turn your mixer or hand beaters to high speed, and whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes.
7. Whip until it becomes fluffy and light, with soft peaks. Mix in maple syrup and vanilla, if using.

Enjoy on whatever your heart desires, including muffins, such as carrot muffins!

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Swiss Chard Pesto

Easy and prolific grower, a gardener’s staple.    Swiss chard is fresh and in abundance during this time of the year! I tend to turn to the same smoothie, sautes (usually over pasta) and salads, but I was ready for a new take on swiss chard. And so... the swiss chard pesto was born, a quick and easy food processed way to add greens to your pasta:   Ingredients:   · 3 cups swiss chard (tightly packed), washed and pulled off stem  · 3 cloves garlic  · 1/2 cup walnuts  · 1/4 tsp salt  · 1/4 tsp pepper   Directions:   Blend ingredients in food processor until smooth. Yields about 1 & 1/3 cup pesto.  Boil 3 cups (dry) pasta - for gluten free, I used brown rice pasta. After cooked, mix pesto and pasta.   Optional garnishes: For some spice, try crushed red pepper flakes, and add nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese to add a little "cheese" flavor.

Easy and prolific grower, a gardener’s staple.

Swiss chard is fresh and in abundance during this time of the year! I tend to turn to the same smoothie, sautes (usually over pasta) and salads, but I was ready for a new take on swiss chard. And so... the swiss chard pesto was born, a quick and easy food processed way to add greens to your pasta:

Ingredients:

· 3 cups swiss chard (tightly packed), washed and pulled off stem

· 3 cloves garlic

· 1/2 cup walnuts

· 1/4 tsp salt

· 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

Blend ingredients in food processor until smooth. Yields about 1 & 1/3 cup pesto.

Boil 3 cups (dry) pasta - for gluten free, I used brown rice pasta. After cooked, mix pesto and pasta.

Optional garnishes: For some spice, try crushed red pepper flakes, and add nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese to add a little "cheese" flavor.

Summer Broccoli Slaw

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This is a great twist on a summer salad

- loaded with more cancer fighting antioxidants and dairy free! :)

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews

¾ cup coconut water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chili powder

¼ cup cilantro

⅓ cup lemon juice

⅓ cup spicy mustard

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

+ 1 package of broccoli slaw

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Save time and buy a bag.

I like to use a pre-cut bag mix from Trader Joe's.

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Pour "sauce" onto broccoli slaw and stir in. Enjoy! :)

Blend the cashews, coconut water, cilantro, lemon juice, mustard, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and salt in a food processor.

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Stir in a can of tuna for some extra protein!

*Recipe inspired from DAMY's Raw Zucchini Pasta Alfredo.

Simple Summer Green Smoothie

With an abundance of fresh fruits in the summertime (especially fruits like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc), it is the perfect time to blend in to a delicious green smoothie! A great way to add an extra dose of cool is to use frozen berries!

 

Ingredients:

·       2 cups leafy greens (kale or spinach are my favorites)

·       1 cup fruit (berries, pineapple, mango, etc) 

·       1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

·       3 tbsp hemp seeds or other non-dairy protein powder (If using this smoothie as a meal, make sure to include a source of protein. Can also eat nuts or seeds or eggs alongside smoothie and not blend it in).

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together and ENJOY!