Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Simplicity from The Tao of Daily Life Inspires Watermelon and Ginger Essential Oil Elixir

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

In my search for a more calm life, I find myself immersed in books and teachings of the Tao.

While reading this week from the book The Tao of Daily Life (<— it’s so good), I came across the story of Empress Tz’u-hsi and the teaching of simplicity.

Essentially, the story told that if Empress Tz’u-hsi wished to experience the joy of simplicity, she had to reduce complexity in her life.

I took that to heart. So often I’m making recipes and adding a little of this and a little of that… then more of something else, and more of something like that. The result can be good, but the process elaborate and time intensive. And, sometimes, the individual simple flavors cease to shine as they become muddled and mixed with everything else.

I was inspired to make a watermelon elixir where I blended watermelon with only one other ingredient: Living Libations Ginger Root Essential Oil. (<— the best essential oils)

The result was a delicious marriage where I effortlessly experienced both flavors, two of my favorites: watermelon and ginger. The drink was beautifully pink and vibrantly refreshing. It taught me that, yes, some things (probably most, in fact) are better left simpler.

I’m eager to apply this to other areas of my life outside of the kitchen. It bears repeating that The Tao of Daily Life is great. It’s one of my favorite books right now.

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Guacamole: “This Shit Is TOO Easy!” (Recipe)

by Kristen Suzanne in avocado, flax, gluten free, MCT oil, paleo, recipe, vegan
Guacamole - such an easy lunch.

Guacamole – such an easy lunch.

I whipped up some organic guacamole on Sunday for lunch. As I was making it with lightening speed I was reminded of the funny movie White Men Can’t Jump where they’re running around exclaiming, “This shit is too easy!”

Guacamole is that for me. Easy.

My guacamole always includes some garlic powder because it adds depth. <– That’s one of my guacamole secrets. 

I also use cilantro (super healthy and flavorful – sometimes I even add one drop of coriander essential oil from the one and only Living Libations).

I also add organic ground coriander (I prefer it’s brightening floral-ness over cumin).

Of course there is chopped organic green onion, diced celery, sea salt, superfood vinegar, and I usually add some Brain Octane to energize my brain and lubricate it up nicely (lube up the guacamole, that is).

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

(Recipe) Carrot Ginger Blended Soup

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

I love soup. They’re (usually) easy to make, easy to digest, and fairly portable. I can carry my lunch around the house in a mug, while I get everything done. Multi-tasker extraordinaire here. (Though we really should be more mindful when we eat – relaxing, noticing the flavors and textures with each bite and swallow. Sigh, a girl can dream.)

Speaking of portability, you could make this soup on the road while traveling, if you travel with your blender and a cooler full of food like I do. :)

So, you might be wondering why I’d post a warm soup recipe like this in the summer, when it would clearly be awesome for the fall and winter. Well, besides calling me a planner so I’m already experimenting with fall-flavored soups, I knew I’d be drinking it again in spite of the hot weather. I plan on putting it in my travel coffee cup and sneaking it taking it into the theater so I can keep cozy and warm in the blasting air conditioned theater.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

A Salad to Brighten A Dreary Winter: Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, lemon, paleo, raw dressing, recipe, salad, vegan
Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad - Ready to dive in.

Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad – Ready to dive in.

I wrote recently that mom’s backyard is turning into an organic citrus orchard. I also mentioned that one of the things I make from the barrels of citrus she gives me is Fennel Orange Salad.

I decided that name didn’t do the dish justice, so I changed it to Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad. It’s quickly become a favorite of ours, including Kamea’s. It offers a delightful brightness to a dreary winter with the seasonal citrus and the fabulous fennel. It’s sweet with oranges and savory with little bites of red onion. It’s a salad you should definitely make.

If you need any citrus, we have plenty. ;)

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Recipe: Rooibos Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan
Rooibos Coconut Milk

Rooibos Coconut Milk

A couple of posts back, I shared a way to quickly make Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk.

Today, I share a delightful twist: Rooibos Coconut Milk.

This unique treat is a gorgeous color, reminding me of the fall season. Rooibos Coconut Milk is also creamy, fun, and delicious. Rooibos is a great tea for everyone in the family and has a nice reputation for health. Making coconut milk with it makes it even better.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Recipe: How to Make Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan
Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (Paleo. Vegan.)

Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk (paleo. vegan.)

Making your own coconut milk is galaxies better than buying it from the store, at least in most cases. The reason is that when you make your own it’s: 1) fresh, 2) doesn’t have any preservatives or additives, and 3) it tastes so much better. Give yourself and your family a real treat by making it yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

I like my Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk heavily doused in my coffee, tea, and used in preparing raw or cooked foods. And, of course, a big ol’ glass of it straight up.

Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Coconut Milk

Vanilla Coconut Milk

Vanilla Coconut Milk

Yield 1 quart

  1. Soak the shredded coconut with the hot water for about two hours in a large bowl.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, and blend for a minute.
  3. Strain through a good nutmilk bag (discard the pulp). <– I haven’t used that bag but it gets nice reviews.
  4. Enjoy! This keeps for a few days in the refrigerator. It will separate so simply shake it up before consuming.

* I use freshly boiled water from my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Recipe: Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten-Free)

Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad #Raw #Vegan #Paleo #GlutenFree

Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad #Raw #Vegan #Paleo #GlutenFree

Making your own coconut yogurt is fun, really yummy, and only has three ingredients. I teach you how to make your own here. Check it out. Or, you can use grass-fed organic whole milk yogurt, not vegan. A great way to enjoy your homemade coconut yogurt is delivered via a salad with sauerkraut. I sometimes make my own sauerkraut, which I used in this salad ,and it’s the reason it’s all pretty-in-pink (from the purple cabbage sauerkraut). I teach you how to make your own sauerkraut here. Check it out.

This raw and plant-based (gluten-free) Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad is creamy, a bit crunchy, with a hint of sweet to offset the savory. Too often people eat breakfasts loaded with so much sugar that they crash, gain weight, and feel crappy. Well, here’s a wonderful salad to eat in the morning that will help you start your day right (after you have coffee, of course). Eating well is worth the time and effort. You’ll end up spending less time sick in bed and more time enjoying life.

Coconut Yogurt Breakfast Salad

  • homemade raw coconut yogurt
  • sauerkraut (that’s the pink color, in mine)
  • 1/2 to 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cucumber, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Onion powder, to taste
  • Kelp granules, to taste
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Squeeze fresh organic lemon juice

Toss everything in a bowl and enjoy.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Herbal Medicine: Turmeric n Ginger Tincture (How To)

by Kristen Suzanne in ginger, herbs, recipe, tinctures, vegan
Organic grated turmeric and ginger for a tincture. #HerbalMedicine

Organic grated turmeric and ginger for a tincture. #HerbalMedicine

Making tinctures is so easy it’s ridiculous. Jar. Herbs. Alcohol. Label. Wait. Strain. Ingest. For more detailed instructions see my How To on Tinctures here.

Turmeric n Ginger Tincture

Turmeric n Ginger Tincture

Today, I’m sharing a quickie mixture I made that can help so many things: brain health, digestion, inflammation, longevity, and more. I was at the farmers’ market and they had organic turmeric. I couldn’t resist. I bought a bunch and decided to make some awesome tinctures from it (and Longevity Bone Broth).

Turmeric n Ginger Tincture

  • Fresh organic turmeric root, grated
  • Fresh organic ginger root, grated
  • 80 to 100 proof alcohol

Place the ingredients in a glass mason jar. I’d say you’ll end up filling the jar no more than halfway with the turmeric and ginger. Add alcohol and fill to the top. Place a lid on it. Place a label on it with the ingredients and the date. Set it on your counter for 6 to 8 weeks, shaking it daily.

Strain off the liquid and toss the ginger and turmeric. Store the liquid elixir in glass tincture bottles (you can buy them here), or any bottle or jar, in a dark cool cupboard. These last for years.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Recipe: Spicy Aloe Beauty Salad (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty, gluten free, paleo, recipe, vegan
Spicy Aloe Beauty Salad (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

Spicy Aloe Beauty Salad (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

I’m into beauty. I’m a girly-girl. I like beauty products, anti-aging goodies, sparkly things, makeup, and all things pink. And, as someone who closely watches what I put in my body, I do the same for what goes on the skin of my body.

Enter: Superfood Aloe.

Aloe is an amazing superfood that can be used externally and internally for amazing beauty results including fighting wrinkles when taken internally. Yeah, who knew?! Trouble is… fresh aloe is bitter so it’s not easy to find ways to consume it.  Sometimes I drop a chunk in my smoothie, other times I add to soup (like my Beauty Soup Recipe), and yet other times I add it to salad. (Be sure to consume only the clear gel/flesh part, and avoid the yellow part or you’ll get a sick tummy and be running to the potty more than you want.)

Here’s a refreshing and energizing salad that brings you beauty internally and externally with the hydrating cucumbers, circulation-boosting jalapeno, beauty enhancing raw honey, and skin loving aloe. Enjoy.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Recipe: Minted Mango Salad

Minted Mango Salad

Minted Mango Salad

I love cooking on the spot, where you take a look at what’s in the kitchen and throw things together. That’s what I did today when I made this Minted Mango Salad.

I recently bought a few potted herb plants so that I can always have fresh herbs whenever I need. I bought rosemary, basil, and mint. I saw the mint this morning and was drawn to it. It was breakfast time so maybe that was the attraction… something minty. I was also in the mood for the mango and avocado I had in the fridge.

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