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Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Cashews

Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Cashews

The inspiration/idea for this recipe came one evening as I was sitting out on my balcony reading through Burma by Naomi Duguid. Burma is more than just a cookbook. It is a book filled with beautiful pictures of food as well stunning visuals  of Burmese life.  You can actually learn quite a bit from this book and I find it incredibly interesting.  So much detail is provided about the country’s traditional food, you can’t help but want to learn more and most of all taste some of it!  I would recommend this book to anyone. It is simply amazing.

The recipe that inspired me for this green bean recipe was a simple dish called long-bean salad with roasted peanuts.  It called for fish sauce, roasted peanuts, fried shallots, shallot oil and lime. As you will see I changed the recipe by using cashews instead, using sesame oil, dropping the fish sauce and adding cilantro.

You may notice that in the instructions the beans are cut in half but in the picture they are whole. After having made and eaten the dish I decided I thought it was better to cut them in half. Cutting them in half will allow you to get more cashews and shallots with the beans in each mouthful. Isn’t that the point? Get all that delicious stuff in your mouth at the same time and enjoy.

Green beans are in season now so get on those fresh local beans while you still can.  Continue reading

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Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding with Strawberries

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The original idea for this recipe came from Anna (a coworker) who asked if I was making a special smoothie for Canada day (July1). She had been disappointed when I had made nothing for our provincial holiday on June 24 (St. Jean Baptiste). I loved the idea and was excited to create something yummy that was red and white like the Canadian flag.

When Anna made the suggestion, I immediately thought of strawberries since they are in season. I liked the idea of making a dessert, a change from smoothies, not to mention it’s difficult to make a smoothie that is 2 colours. Thank you Anna for inspiring this dessert! I love it! (and I hope you do too!) Continue reading

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Raw Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts – Vegan Chocolate Mousse & More

Let’s be honest, Valentine’s day eating is really all about dessert. Chocolate to be more specific. However, most tradiotnal desserts aren’t what most people would consider healthy. While indulging once in a while is fine, there are tons of healthier dessert recipes out there that will still make you smile. These vegan desserts are incredibly delicious and made with whole foods. They are made with natural sugars, healthy fats and yummy ingredients such as raw cacao, and cashews. Most of the recipes are completely raw which means the nutritional value of the ingredients aren’t lost in the baking.

I wouldn’t recommend indulging in these vegan Valentine’s day treats every day, because yes, many of the desserts are high in calories. However, because the ingredients used are whole foods, you can feel good about what you and your loved one are eating.  You can also feel great about feeding these to your kids.  I am pretty sure they will love them and be none the wiser.

I was sure to select recipes that are relatively simple and straightforward, so that success is almost guaranteed. You can either surprise your Valentine by making one of these vegan Valentine’s day desserts ahead of time or plan on making one together. Making food together can be very romantic. If you are a man who doesn’t cook often, suggesting an evening of preparing food together might be just the thing to thrill your wife/gf/date.

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Peach, Cashew, & Baby Spinach Salad Recipe

Peaches are good, really good.  It’s that simple.  Sadly peach season is pretty much behind us now.  This is a salad I made a few times with the last basket of peaches I bought a couple weeks ago.  If you can still find some in season peaches give it a try.  Otherwise it will have to wait until next year.

This is so good, a real treat. Cashews and peaches.  This salad has the makings of a yummy dessert, but it’s a salad!  Go ahead and indulge.

Peach, Cashew, & Baby Spinach Salad Recipe

Makes a salad for 1 person. Multiply proportions by number of people.

1 big handful of baby spinach
1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped and toasted
1 ripe peach, pitted and cut in slices
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
a pinch of salt and pepper (optional)

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix everything around and enjoy.

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Raw Peach Tart with Strawberry Cashew Cream Recipe

Nothing screams summer like fresh, sweet, juicy strawberries and peaches. This raw peach tart with strawberry cashew cream is a great dessert for summer. No baking required which means you don’t have to use the oven.

It is refreshing, incredibly delicious and healthy. No added oil or sugar. Just delicious natural whole foods to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Go ahead. No need to feel guilty. Continue reading

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Raw Berry Tart Recipe

This is a recipe I found on a blog called Oh, Ladycakes.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it.  It looked and sounded delicious.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. Probably because I don’t make a lot of desserts.

The crust is made with almonds and dates. Pretty simple. Then comes the cashew cream. Soaked cashews, dates, nut milk, lemon, salt. Pretty simple. Then fresh berries. Pretty simple. Topped with some coconut. Amazing. Continue reading

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Heavenly Raw Chocolate & Mint Smoothie

If you love chocolate you are going to love this smoothie. I just tried this for the first time and wow. What a treat. A healthy treat at that. It is by no means a low fat or sugar free treat. However it contains healthy fats and natural sugars. So treat yourself and nourish your body at the same time.

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