Friday, August 19, 2011

Raw Chocolate

This is way too yummy. I have to make a 1/2 batch of it because I usually eat all of it within a day.

Raw Chocolate

  • 1 cup almonds-blend into flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (warm to liquid)
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • Blend until incorporated
  • 1/2 cup cacao pwd.
  • Blend until incorporated.

Put wax paper in 8x8 pan, pour mixture in and freeze.

*A friend told me you need to follow the blending directions because adding the cacao powder earlier will make it separate? Also, this is a treat to leave in the freezer until you're ready to eat it, since the coconut oil melts easily.

Tuscan Kale Salad

Kale is my new favorite base for salads. But it is really tough and a little bitter until you learn the following trick. Instead of lightly tossing kale, you almost massage it with the dressing. I squeeze it and rub it with my hands for a couple of minutes. You will feel the texture change and see it diminish in volume by almost half. Then your salad is ready to eat!

This recipe is modified from

Tuscan Kale Salad

1 bunch Tuscan kale (for ex: black or lacinato)
2 thin slices country bread, or two handfuls good, homemade coarse breadcrumbs
1/2 garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a pinch
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly squeezed juice of one lemon (scant 1/4 cup)
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Trim the bottom few inches off the kale stems and save for green smoothies. Slice the kale into 1/2-inch ribbons. You should have 4 to 5 cups. Place the kale in a large bowl.
If using the bread, toast it until golden brown on both sides and dry throughout. Tear into small pieces and pulse in a food processor until the mixture forms coarse crumbs, or crumbs to your liking. Mix the minced garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into a paste. Add 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the kale and mix/massage it very well (the dressing will be thick and need lots of tossing and rubbing to coat the leaves).. Let the salad sit for 5 minutes, then serve topped with the bread crumbs.

Melissa's Roasted Eggplant Pesto

I love pesto! Even though olive oil is good for you, I probably get an excess when I'm on a pesto kick. This recipe uses a roasted eggplant to replace most of the oil. I love this pesto served on pasta, on top of a tortilla as the basis for a pizza or veggie wrap, and served over roasted zucchini strips or raw zucchini noodles.

Melissa's Roasted Eggplant Pesto

1/4 c. almonds -blend first
1 large eggplant, roasted and peeled
2 sundried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 cups spinach
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeats
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2-3/4 tsp. salt
pinch red pepper flakes

Hot water
olive oil

Blend all ingredients. I used maybe 1/4 cup hot water and 1 Tbs. olive oil, but just add those ingredients to achieve desired consistency. Enjoy!

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