I love my Food Saver! Here is one the best tips ever for Raw food. Get a Food Saver® and make your life a million times easier with Raw food prep. This is more than just a “food” saver, it is practically a “life” saver, a “time” saver, a “money” saver. I love my Food Saver because it adds a longer shelf life to Raw food. For example, when I make a soup that would normally last a few days, I use my Food Saver and I now have a shelf life that is longer…up to a week (they say it’ll last longer than that, I just always end up eating the food before I can see how long it could actually last). I use my Food Saver for salad dressings, soups, desserts, fresh juices, smoothies, sauces and so much more. Now, I can make a large batch of green juice with my Green Star Juicer and have it to drink for a few days, which saves me time.
The easiest and healthiest way to store these foods is with glass mason jars, so you’ll need the mason jar attachment from Food Saver. You can find this online at FoodSaver.com. The Food Saver is also great for things like pesto, burgers, breads and crackers. I use the Food Saver bags for these things and then freeze the items. I save money because food doesn’t go to waste now that it can last longer. I can’t say enough about how fantastic this tool is in your kitchen. With the Food Saver, you can make extra batches of things and “Food Saver” them so they last longer, meaning you can spend less time in the kitchen.
I just created a most delicious soup! I named it Kristen Suzanne’s Harvest Soup because the colors and flavors subtly remind me of a fall harvest. It’s an easy and delicious raw vegan food recipe that the whole family will love (just like all the recipes in my raw food recipe ebooks). With raw being this easy and delicious, who needs cooked food?
Kristen Suzanne’s Harvest Soup
- 1 cup water
- 1 large zucchini, chopped
- 2 medium tomatoes, quartered
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 cups carrot, chopped
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1 clove garlic
- 1-2 teaspoons Himalayan crystal salt
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup raw flax oil or raw olive oil (or mix them both)
Move over Old School and Wedding Crashers! I just saw what might be the funniest movie ever. I laughed so hard, I almost peed my pants! In fact, I had to force myself to curb my laughing so that I didn’t miss the next funny line. Are you ready for the name of the movie yet? It’s Death at a Funeral. If it’s playing near you and laughing is one of your favorite things to do, then go see this movie straight away! With studies showing that laughter is the truly the best medicine, go get your dose.
On a Raw note, when I go to the movies, the choices for snacks are slim to none. Well, none actually (there’s nothing slim about it!) So, my favorite snack for the movies is a big fresh organic smoothie. Sometimes it’s green and sometimes it’s all fruit. I’m a big advocate of using glass over plastic, so I take a purse and put my glass mason jar filled smoothie right in (we ladies are lucky to carry purses). Ssshhhh…don’t tell the movie police on me. Truthfully, if the movie houses actually offered healthy snacks, I wouldn’t have to bring my own.
While I understand that alcohol destroys pretty much every cell it comes in contact with, I also understand that not everyone is going to swear off alcohol for life. Wine would be the best choice for your alcoholic beverage since it’s considered Raw. In fact, I created some amazing and fun beverages with wine in my book (boy those were fun to make and test!): Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks. Once you go Raw though, expect to feel the effects of alcohol more quickly and strongly, as your body will have become very efficient at absorption. Until you discover your new, lower tolerance for alcohol, be very careful when you drink. And…don’t drink and drive.
Look for organic wine that is low in sulfites or without added sulfites. This is sometimes a point of confusion because sulfites occur naturally even in 100% organically produced wine. According to Professor Roger Boulton, Ph.D., of UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology, even if no sulfur dioxide is added to wine, fermenting yeasts will produce SO2 from the naturally occurring inorganic sulfates in all grape juices. Thus, says Boulton, it is impossible for any wine to be completely free of sulfur dioxide.
But, just because the wine is Raw and even Organic, doesn’t mean it’s Vegan. If it says “vegan” on the bottle, then you’re good to go. Does yours? If not, you might want to contact the company and ask, although I suspect it won’t be vegan unless it says so on the bottle. Here is one that I have tried and enjoyed. It’s organic and vegan: Organic Vintners Mendocino Pinot Noir (pictured here). This is what they had to say about vegan and biodynamic wines:
AND! Since I’m all about voting with my dollar….here is my plan when visiting restaurants. I’ll ask if they offer an organic (and vegan!) wine selection. If they say, “no” then I’ll tell them that I’ll just drink water. That’ll teach them, eh?
Here’s a fantastic recipe from my book, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Sides & Snacks, available on my website by clicking here. This great recipe is so easy and takes very little time to prepare, like most of my recipes. I like to call my recipes “No Excuse Recipes” because they’re so delicious, nutritious, easy and quick to make that you really have no excuse not to make them and, therefore, always have fabulous Raw food on hand whenever you’re hungry.
Yield 4 servings
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked 2 hours in enough water just to cover, reserve soak water
1/2 cup fresh basil, packed
1/4 cup pine nuts (or pili nuts, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, etc… you can pretty much use any you want)
1 teaspoon garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil, adding a little of the sun-dried tomato “soak” water, if necessary. While the mixture is pureeing, add the olive oil. Enjoy!
~ Stuff 1/2 of a seeded tomato or bell pepper (yellow or orange are especially beautiful) with 1/4 cup of pesto, topped with fresh sprouts
~ Serve on top of zucchini angel hair pasta or kelp noodles for an awesome meal
- Moroccan Gazpacho…You have to try this!
- Recipe Six-Minutes Lasagna Stack (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)
- Jamaican Me Hot & Crazy Dressing – (VIDEO, Raw Vegan Recipe) – Plus Food Journal
- Recipe Sunflower Seed Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free. Raw Vegan. Paleo.)
- Recipe “Give Me More” Stuffed Bell Peppers Gluten Free Vegan
Hi Friends :)
I found a great article illustrating simple tips to help make habits stick, and I thought it was perfect for applying to Raw. Check it out and see if some of the quick tips in the article can be used to HELP YOU STAY RAW!
Here is the link: Making Habits Stick
Today is going to be an AWESOME DAY!
I decided to start making it a point to eat at least one rainbow a day. Every day I’m going to attempt to eat something from each color of the rainbow. On my refrigerator, I have a list of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and let’s say Purple. So, today I had watermelon (red), orange (orange), banana and pineapple (yellow), parsley and basil (green), blueberries (blue), and raspberries and blackberries (purple). Yay! I did it! That’s not all I ate…of course! I want to accomplish eating at least one rainbow a day, so that I truly eat a balanced diet filled with all kinds of phyto-nutrients. (I love that word, phyto-nutrients…it’s so bad-ass). Booh-yah!
I’ll be up late again tonight making food for my delivery clients. Let’s see…some of the things on the menu are Bell Pepper Diane Soup, Savory Mustard Bread, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, Pineapple Cheesecake, Big Garden Fresh Salads with Creamy Ranch Dressing, Decadent Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Garlic Bisque, Zucchini Pasta Marinara with Parmesan Cheese, and Pecan Pate Wraps. Yum….leftovers again for me :)
Until later….have a beautiful and FUN day!
Let’s see….I thought I’d write about what I’m eating today. When I woke up at 2pm…yes, 2pm. (I didn’t go to bed until 8am though! I was up all night working on my next ebook, Kristen’s Raw: The EASY Way to Get Started & Succeed with Raw Food and I just kept going and going. I was the energizer bunny!)
But, that wasn’t all I was up to last night. I was also up late because I made a middle-of-the-night Raw food delivery to a few of my clients. I made them (all Raw and Organic, of course) my Amalfi Coast Pizza, Fresh Garden Salads with diced red bell pepper and Garlic Italian dressing, Spicy Thyme Soup, Moroccan Gazpacho (recipe posted below), Savory Mustard Bread, Fresh Herb Cheese Spread, Orange Blossom Sweet Stuffing, Cranberry Candy, Fudge Balls, and Vanilla Cheesecake.
Sooooo….what that means for me….is LEFTOVERS! YAY!!! Today, I’ll start my day off with some Moroccan Gazpacho (I love that stuff!), a small fresh Garden Salad, and then follow it with a serving of Amalfi Coast Pizza. YUM! Tonight, I will finish off the Spicy Thyme Soup and any leftover Cheesecake. I love being Raw…..it’s simply delicious.
What are you eating Raw today?