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Carrot-Almond-Kalamata Spread – Unlikely Yet Delicious Combination

Sometimes I just play around with foods that I have available or what I am craving at the moment.  One day I had some soaked almonds that I was going to use to make milk but I wanted to make some kind of meatless pate for dinner to pair with some flaxseed crackers I had […]

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TLT Sandwich – Tempeh-Lettuce-Tomato

   Ideal  Gluten-FreeVegan Sandwich When I am craving something cooked or creating a Meatless Monday meal for my family, this sandwich always hits the spot. Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans, much easier to digest and considered a better alternative to tofu and textured soy-based “meats.”  Always source out organic to guarantee that the soy […]

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5 Unique Earth Day Celebration Ideas

earth day 1 Fun Family-Friendly Ways to Honor the Earth

Today is Earth Day!  What can you do to express your compassion and commitment to our beautiful blue-green planet?

The typical Earth Day activities include environmental pledges to recycle, planting an herb garden, participating in a local clean-up or beautification project — all wonderful and commendable pursuits!

If you are looking for some unique ways to celebrate with friends and family,  here are 5  “off-the-beaten-track” ideas I’ve come up with:

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Angel’d “Eggs” — Better than their Devilish Cousins!

  Raw Vegan and Gluten-Free Meatless Monday Fare for the Family A few years ago I developed this recipe for a raw foods pot luck luncheon.  It is so surprisingly similar to deviled eggs in both appearance and taste that it has been a requested favorite by friends and family. The Raw Fusion Lifestyle is […]

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Eggplant Hot Pockets – Meatless Monday Vegan or Vegetarian Fare

Vegan or Vegetarian Options, Grain or Gluten-Free for Meatless Monday

With lots of people avoiding gluten and grains, I thought I’d invent a comforting and delicious faux sandwich in the Raw Fusion Kitchen for my sandwich-loving hubby.

Food combining has always been a tried and true way for me to maintain a healthy weight; While I believe that occasional indulgences are de riguer for a long-term successful weight management program, for the most part avoiding combining starchy carbs with animal protein is better all-around for proper digestion and weight loss.

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Portobello Pesto Pizza

A Meatless Monday recipe

When I travel around the country on book tour giving workshops and doing demo’s of the deliciousness of raw foods and raw fusion, the two recipes that are the most requested are this Portobello Pesto Pizza and my Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Creme Sauce. 

Attendees are invariably astounded at how sensational this dish tastes – it has a very rich combination of textures and flavors, starting with the crust which is both sweet and savory.  You can vary the herbs in the crust, even making a “south of the border” version, swapping out the Italian herbs for cilantro, cumin and adding diced jalapeno peppers to the “rawcotta cheeze.”

A great advantage of this dish is that it does not require anything more than a food processor and a blender – in fact you can make all of it in a food processor.  I will be posting later this week on some recommendations for your raw fusion kitchen.  When I first started my raw journey I only had a tiny Cuisinart food processor and had to make the crust and cheeze in small batches (although the size was just right for the pesto.)

And here’s a word to the wise:  This is a very dense and rich dish!  A little goes a long way (same with the Flourless Chocolate Cake.  Serve it with a large green salad, perhaps with the Goldenberry Vinaigrette  dressing in a previous post, or try blending some frozen (defrosted) mango chunks with olive oil, garlic and powdered mustard.  Something fruity and refreshing combines beautifully with the richness of this amazing dish.  Leftovers still taste good on the next day or two.

Here’s some feedback on this dish from  food critic, Lynn Kessel  of the Tampa Tribune who came to one of my presentations where this was one of the dishes served:

I made your Portobello Pesto Pizza for dinner tonight.  Even my “doubting Thomas” that doesn’t think meatless can be filling OR tasty, went back for a second sliver.  Two thumbs up!

So, try this for a Meatless Monday or a company dinner and be ready for rave reviews.

Recipe here

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Southern Peas Raw Fusion Dinner

A Meatless Monday Vegan Recipe

I was on the search for some shelled English peas the other day for a recipe I am developing for Living Tree Community (CLICK TO SEE:  Pistachio Pesto Raviolis)  I remember seeing a vegetable stand sign that said “shelled peas” a few weeks back so I stopped by.  Evidently the English peas are not in season, but they had these interesting peas called “conch peas” (pronounced “Kahnk” just like the Atlantic shellfish) that had just arrived from Georgia.

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Vegan for a Day – Dr. LJ’s latest Daytime appearance

Have you ever considered cutting back on animal protein?  In this segment of the Daytime show I discuss the “flexitarian” approach of going a day or two a week without any meat or animal products, what is called a “vegan” lifestyle.  I also make some very tasty and easy recipes – you can find thes […]

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