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I’m very excited that my raw vegan hot chocolate recipe was selected as the recipe of the week on Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life!

Thanks to Kris Carr and her team for promoting healthful vegan options at every turn. I am happy that my humble brew may now reach the lips and tummies of more lovelies!

Check it out here:

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A few of my closest childhood friends are admirably, remarkably, brilliantly, several years sober. I am so proud of them, and though I do not abstain from all things alcoholic all the time, I wish to support them in their healing journey.

This year, for them, and for those of us who are avoiding alcohol tonight either out of necessity or personal reasons, or wish to include something healthy before getting soused, I hope my top five healthy beverage ideas will provide you with some delicious alternatives to enjoy when the ball drops!

Top Five Healthy Beverage Ideas For New Year’s Eve:

1. Coconut Water

Hydrating, sweet, and it goes down smooth! Available at health food stores, Trader Joe’s, and even some supermarkets!

2. “B Healthy” Lemonade

This is a year-round favorite drink of mine. My recipe: add liquid  b-12 (MaxB by Premier Research Labs is the kind I use), lemon juice, and liquid stevia to pure water. You could also use limes or omit the B if you haven’t got it on hand. It’s a delicious way to get your essential b-12 supplementation!

3. Green Juice

Drinking green juice on New Year’s Eve is a wonderful excuse to get in your yearly dose of greens, and a superbly healthy way to usher in 2012. It’s pretty much a goddess-send, as far as your body is concerned!

4. Kombucha

Kombucha is fizzy, expensive, and culturally important–what more could you ask for when it comes to champagne alternatives? Note: I’m not totally sure kombucha is non-alcoholic, so if this is a concern for you, please check! It’s best to brew your own, but you can stop by your local health food store to grab a bottle or four in a pinch.

5. Water

Go for it, champ! ;)

Happy New Year’s Eve 2012, Queer Vegan Foodists! Remember: If you are going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly! xo

I’d love to know: What are you favorite non-alcoholic healthy beverages?

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Try this festive nori veggie rice bowl if you’re in need of a quick recipe to whip up for yourself, your family or the in-laws. Feel free to experiment with tossing in different vegetables that you have on hand. For this version, I included nori strips, but spinach would also work very nicely.

Holiday Festive Nori Veggie Rice Bowl (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

1-2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup raw sauerkraut

1/2 cucumber, diced

4 stalks celery, diced

1 tsp corriander

1 tsp curry powder

2 carrots, diced

2 Tbs miso (I used chickpea miso)

4 raw nori sheets ripped into shreds OR spinach

1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)

1-2 cloves garlic (optional)

Instructions:

Cook brown rice using whichever method most pleases you. When cooked, remove from heat and add in onion, garlic, chopped veggies, nori raw sauerkraut (we make our own batches of raw probiotic sauerkraut, but store-bought kinds will work, too) miso, and spices. Serve, eat, love!

Happy holidays, friends!

 

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Raw vegan hot chocolate is an incredible treat for the holidays. It’s cozy, warming and wonderfully delicious. This morning, in the festive light of our home’s cute miniature (real!) Christmas tree,  I whipped up a batch of delicious raw hot chocolate spiked with just about every “superfood” I had on hand. (P.S. If you haven’t already, definitely check out Gena Hamshaw’s take on superfoods. I really appreciate her perspectives on the topic!).

I have grown fond of tossing a bunch of “super” ingredients into my recipes when I can. I hope you’ll enjoy this fun nutrient-dense hot chocolate recipe, featuring reishi mushrooms, raw cacao, chia  seeds, maca, mesquite, and Vitamineral green.

Raw Vegan Superfood Hot Chocolate (Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup soaked Chia Seeds

1 Tbs Cacao powder

1 tsp reishi mushroom powder

1 Tbs Cacao Paste (optional)

1 tsp Mesquite powder

1 tsp Maca powder

Pinch high-quality salt

8 drops stevia (or, to taste)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tsp Vitamineral Green or other green powder (optional)

pinch of cayenne (optional)

Instructions:

Toss all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender. Mix until smooth. Meanwhile, heat up a pot of hot water. Add 2 cups hot water to the mixture and enjoy!

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Most brands of Hanukkah gelt, the traditional foil-covered chocolate coins that are used to play games of Dreidel, are either non-vegan or are made with non-fair trade chocolate and yucky fillers. This Hanukkah, don’t settle for sub-par store-bought Hanukkah gelt! Make your own! This recipe, which is an adaptation of the raw chocolate I usually make, is solid at room temperature, and can be wrapped in foil, if you’d like!

Raw Vegan Hanukkah Gelt

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cacao paste (or 1/2 cup raw cacao powder and 3 Tbs coconut oil)

1/4 cup xylitol (optional)

2 droppers ful of liquid stevia

1 Tbs maca

2 Tbs mesquite powder

1 pinch vanilla powder

drop mint extract (optional)

Instructions:

Melt chocolate using a double boiler on low heat or in the dehydrator. Once melted, stir in other ingredients and mix until a smooth consistency. Remove from heat, place in chocolate molds and put in freezer or fridge. When hardened, enjoy immediately or during a game of cover in foil (optional) and use for a game of Dreidel.

Happy (early) Hanukkah! What other festive recipes would you like to see veganized for the holidays?

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I have only cooked with wild rice a handful of times, but each time I have I’ve felt that it would make a fantastic substitution for white or brown rice in risotto. I love working with chickpea miso, as it adds a depth and umami flavor to all kinds of soups and raw and cooked dishes, and I thought that it would help improve the texture of the risotto. With these two ingredients as the base, I whipped up a batch of some super queer risotto on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

Wild Rice Sweet Potato Onion Risotto (Serves 2-4)

Ingredients:

Wild Rice

2 Sweet Potatoes

1 Onion (optional)

3 Cloves garlic

2 Tbs Coconut Oil

2 Tbs Chickpea miso

Instructions:

Bake 2 sweet potatoes. While these are baking, cook a pot of wild rice. Chop an onion and garlic and sauttee in coconut oil until pleasantly browned. Once sweet potatoes are done, chop them up into little pieces and add to the rice, which should by now be almost fully cooked. Stir in onion and garlic the rice. Add in miso. Let cook for another 5 minutes or so then enjoy. Yay!

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Raw nori strips make delicious croutons!

On this sunny winter afternoon in Patagonia, Courtney and I were craving soup for lunch. We had a lot of freshly harvested garden greens that Courtney picked in the veganic garden this morning, including the sweetest-tasting kale, cilantro and spinach, and had some fresh cucumbers that we’d already chopped. This was the base for an amazing cucumber soup that pleased our palates and even wowed two of our other raw vegan housemates!

Raw Green Gaia Cucumber Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

3 medium-large Cucumbers

1/3 Sweet Onion (optional)

1 Cup Greens (Kale, Spinach, etc. will work)

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1-2 cloves raw garlic (optional; you may substitute Hing or Cayenne if you’d like)

1/2 Lemon’s juice

1/2 cup raw chickpea miso

2 Tbs Chia Seeds (optional; can also substitute 1/2 Avocado if on hand)

1-2 Pitted Dates (optional)

1 medium apple, cored

Instructions

Place all ingredients in Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Blend until desired consistency. Top with Nori strips, avocado slices, apple slices or even chopped cucumber!

 

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