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Green beans are an ideal vegetable snack. Great fresh or chopped into raw salads, they’re a versatile summer favorite. They are also wonderful when made into raw dehydrated crisps. Shoestring shaped, this easy-to-make healthful treat pairs well with hummus, bean or salsa dips, guacamole. Also great when enjoyed by itself as an energizing snack. Requires only a few hours to dehydrate, and takes very little prep time. Enjoy:

Dehydrated Green Bean Crisps

Ingredients:

Green beans

Coconut oil

Salt

Garlic powder

Herbs and spices (optional)

Instructions:

Lightly coat green beans with coconut oil, salt, garlic and other herbs and spices if you wish. Dehydrate for 3-5 hours, depending on desired texture. Enjoy!

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From Top: Savory raw vegan breakfast crepe and raw vegan scallion creme cheese rolls at Quintessence, sea veggie salad, moon pies, and dessert case from One Lucky Duck, coffee with almond mylk and green juice at Whole Foods in Union Square.

From the rugged streets of Williamsburg (my grandmother, who grew up in pre-hipster Williamsburg, is incredulous that any of us “young folks” would ever want to spend time there!) to the fantastic raw eats in Manhattan to the brilliant and timeless art at the Met to a “songs-inspired-by-the book” concert in Bushwick to performance/mixed media art exhibit in Greenwood, Brooklyn, my dearling Courtney and I had quite a lovely and whirlwind time in NYC!

Vegan lovelies Ivory and Courtney!

The rad vegan singer-songwriter Jonathan Mann!

Hosted by dear vegan friends Jonathan and Ivory in a posh spot in Williamsburg, we were delighted by the experience and hope to return soon.

P.S. Yes, we drank coffee and green juice. At the same time. May dogma never rear its ugly head at the dining table!

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Delectable bbq zucchini chips, fresh from the dehydrator.

When my generous and amazing older brother gifted us a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, I had no idea how much I would grow to love each weekly dose of random veggies. The element of surprise is a great motivator to try new recipes! This season, our CSA has been blessed with a great zucchini harvest. Although July 4th has passed, barbeque season is still in full swing–enjoy these zucchini barbeque chips and savor the flavor of summer–healthfully!

Oh, and by the way: if you do grill, watch out for bristle brush residue! This NYT article says that some grill-cleaning bristle brushes have been getting stuck in grills and are ending up in food, causing medical issues for BBQ lovers around the country.

Stay safe, and enjoy this grill-free recipe!

Zucchini chips in the dehydrator.

Raw Vegan BBQ Zucchini Chips

(Serves 1-3)

Ingredients:

Zucchini (1-2 large zucchinis, or 3 small)

Barbeque sauce (Confession: I used a store-brought kind! check out these links for ideas: here, here and here)

Instructions:

Thinly slice zucchinis. Use a special slicer gadget (mandolin, etc.) if you have one on hand. Lightly coat the zucchini in BBQ sauce, and place evenly on dehydrator trays or sheets. Dehydrate for 5 hours. Enjoy!

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This bright smoothie features blackberries, strawberries, a hint of blueberries and freshly made raw almond mylk. A perfect start to a busy weekend.

Raw Blackberry Strawberry Smoothie (Serves 1-2)

1 cup Almond mylk

1 cup strawberries

1 cup blackberries

1/4 cup blueberries (optional)

Stevia (to taste)

Vitamineral Green or other green powder (optional)

1/2 cup ice

Enjoy 😉

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735991_351465048285557_250974881_oThese dark green kale leaves were beautiful when I picked them up at the Glendale Farmers’ Market near our new home, but wow, did they look crazy amazing after being doused in their spirulina-Vitamineral green coating! The above photo represents my first-ever attempt to make dehydrated kale chips with an algae coating. The Spirulina Junkie and I agreed that the recipe was a huge success.

I am pretty sure you’ll want to make these immediately. Here is the recipe:

Raw Spirulina-Garlic Kale Chips (Serves 1-3, can be easily doubled)

Ingredients:

Raw kale

2 Tbs Hemp seeds

1 Tbs Spirulina

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup Lemon juice

1 Tbs Miso

1 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove raw garlic

1 tsp Vitamineral green

1/8 cup water

Instructions:

Vitamix all ingredients except the kale. Coat the kale evenly, using your fingers to get into all the little leaf grooves and so the kale is well-covered in topping. Dehydrate for 4-6 hours. Enjoy.

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The cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, Calif.

I just returned from a beautiful little trip to Southerner Southern California! Not too far away from LA (approximately 2.5 hours drive), San Diego and the surrounding ocean-side cities are super cute! This was my second time in the area, but my first time partaking in its awesome vegan cuisine and exquisite nature.

Some highlights:

Evolution Vegan, a drive-through all-vegan restaurant in San Diego, Calif. also packages and sells some of their products in grocery stores throughout California. Their restaurant features raw wraps, gluten-free homemade veggie burgers, raw vegan soft serve, juice and soup specials. Highly recommended if you’re in the area–especially if you’re on the go and need something quick! Note: we did not drive-thru when we dined at Evo, so if you have and would like to share about the experience, please do!

Vegan drive-thru! Evolution Cafe in San Diego, Calif.

Another gastronomic highlight was Peace Pies raw vegan restaurant in Encinitas, Calif. I absolutely loved the decor, outdoor seating, and very reasonably-priced organic raw vegan food!

Peace Pies Cafe--Raw vegan food in Encinitas, Calif. That's Courtney walking in!

Raw vegan sauerkraut, kelp noodle and kale salad from Peace Pies.

Green Juice From The Lotus Cafe in Encinitas, Calif.

That's me, enthusiastically drinking green juice!

It was also very lovely to visit the beautiful SRF gardens in Encinitas, Calif. and spend time by the beach.

The Self-Realization Fellowship gardens overlooking the ocean in Encinitas, Calif. Photo courtesy of Jeff Dowler.

After spending a few days in the area, I stayed for five nights at Deer Park Buddhist Monastery in Escondido, Calif. Deer Park, founded by Vietnamese monk Thich Naht Hanh, is 100% vegan, organic, and sustainable monastery that is solar-powered! It is also absolutely gorgeous:

Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, Calif. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.

At Deer Park, I enjoyed going inwards to enjoy healing silence and nature. Meals included simple Vietnamese vegan dishes like steamed veggies, greens, rice, noodles, and plenty of pho. Breakfast was oatmeal, fruit and almond butter, which is easy to make in bulk and hearty. It was quite nice to enjoy it a few hours after waking up for pre-dawn morning meditations!

Thanks for reading! I am now back in LA, enjoying being back in the city and taking with me the peace and ease of the trip.

xo

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Hi, Queer Vegan Foodies!

Savvy writer, nutritionist, blogger and doctor-to-be Gena Hamshaw recently wrote a series of posts on her blog Choosing Raw that shed light on the problem with conflating health with beauty, offering insightful commentary on these topics. Here is an excerpt:

Do I think there’s some truth to the idea that healthy lifestyle habits can help to keep one looking trim and youthful? Sure. Do I think there’s any sort of guarantee? No, not really. I’ve met incredibly healthy women and men who did not necessarily emanate youth, and I’ve met many more women and men who have lifestyle habits I’d call pretty unhealthy (processed food, no exercise, alcohol/nicotine/drug addictions) who appear to be the picture of youthful beauty. Healthy habits may offer some promise of youthfulness and beauty (whatever “beauty” means), but there’s certainly no direct cause and effect relationship.

I highly encourage you to check out the post on Choosing Raw!

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This smoothie rocked. It was one of those rare occasions when I had frozen bananas on hand, which worked wonderfully with the cacao and maca. Court and I enjoyed it very, very much. And yes: there are indeed shaved raw chocolate pieces on top!

Raw Chocolate Blueberry Hemp Smoothie

Ingredients:

3/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1 frozen banana

1 tsp maca

1tsp hemp seeds or ground hemp

1 tsp cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia

1 tsp raw cacao powder

Raw chocolate shavings (garnish, optional)

Instructions:

Toss in blender. Enjoy with shaved chocolate on top, or perhaps a sprinkling of cacao nibs, goji berries, or raw granola!

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If you’ve got a juicer, a juice bar, or a raw restaurant nearby, you’ve probably figured out how to get your hands on nutrient-dense liquid nutrition. But did you know that you can also make juice in your blender? With the help of a nut mylk bag (available at health food stores and online) or even cheese cloth if you’re in a pinch, you can use your plain old blender to make delicious juice. To be fair, I tend to make blended juice in a Vitamix and it’s been awhile since I’ve used a less advanced blender to get the job done, but I have done it, and yes, it does work.

This weekend, while visiting my brother Asher in Los Angeles, he took a few breaks from working on exciting projects at his film studio Pollution Studios to drink juice and hang with me. Here is the technique and recipe we used to make juice together!

Juice In A Blender! (Serves 1-2)

1. Chop all veggies, fruit, greens.

2. Blend all  ingredients.

3. Pour smoothie mix into a bowl with a nut mylk bag or cheesecloth. Pictured is a cheesecloth straining system.

4. Remove pulp-filled nut mylk bag or cheese cloth (freeze or immediately use in other recipes, if you’d like!) and pour strained juice into vessels of your choice.

My brother…enjoying fresh juice!

Voila! Enjoy! How do you like to make or get your juice? 😉

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I am so thrilled to tell you about THE SPIRULINA RECIPES EBOOK, a new cookbook published by the vegan goodess Courtney Pool! This cookbook is packed with beautiful recipes and photos featuring the superfood spirulina, which is high in plant protein and other nutrients.

Courtney writes: “Spirulina has a very distinct flavor that requires specific combining with other flavors.The Spirulina Recipes Ebook will share how you can incorporate spirulina into desserts, chocolate, entrees, soups, salads, smoothies and more, with 30 unique recipes! Top healthy chefs have contributed their tried-and-true, personal favorites for recipes incorporating the incredible superfood spirulina.”

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SPIRULINA RECIPES COOKBOOK!

 

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