Meatless Monday’s!

  If you are anything like the hundreds of people I have talked to about food prep, you simply don’t have time to stand in the kitchen preparing a gourmet meal every night. You want simple, you want tasty and you want it now!  Well, if you prepare in advance, a healthy, filling, nutrient dense meal like this is only ten minutes away!  And if you aren’t sure if a vegan diet is right for you, why not try something new and try this Meatless Monday meal 🙂 This was a simple meal one night, lazy, lazy! Black bean burger in the toaster . . . 4 minutes Salad: romaine & spring greens, grapes, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar . . . 4 minutes Zucchini sliced in half, tomato sauce poured on top, Daiya cheese sprinkled on top, broiled until melted . . . 4 minutes If you do it in that order, you can make dinner for 2 in less than 10 minutes, whole food = fast...

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Blackberry Currant Layered Cheesecake

If you saw my FB post yesterday, you saw my oh-so-yummy noncheese cheesecake! Part of what I am doing this year is a sort of gradual detox to rid my body of harmful chemicals from all the medicine I took last year through my illness. As of the first, I am eating no cooked foods. I made this as a treat for New Year’s Eve, knowing I’d have enough left for a “go-to” if I had to have a treat. I don’t usually have hankerings for particular foods anymore, but it’s not hard to want a piece of this!  And it’s pretty simple too, aside from straining the blackberries through a sieve, you can probably make the whole thing from start to finish in under 20 minutes! To start, you will need 3 cups of soaked cashews.  The best way to do this, is to purchase RAW nuts the day before, and place in a jar or bowl big enough to hold the cashews covered in water, plus an additional cup of water and still have some space left in the container.  I use a 2 liter mason jar to do this, it’s just easiest for me.  The reason you want to do this, is that the nuts will absorb the water and expand.  It’s also important to note, to ensure you don’t get bloating or discomfort,  drain and rinse the nuts and soak again halfway through soaking time.  You want a minimum of 4 hours, but 24 hours is superb.  The longer they soak, the creamier your cheesecake!  The reason you drain and rinse is because nuts have enzyme inhibitors that are released when they touch water.  Those inhibitors can cause intestinal discomfort aside from the fact they will keep you from absorbing all the goodness!  So, the recipe takes a little forethought, but is quickly made! For the pie crust: 2 cups raw nuts (I use pecans mostly, with some walnuts and almonds) 5 tablespoons cacao nibs (can use non-dairy chocolate chips) 2 T. cocoa powder Some himalayan sea salt ½ t. vanilla 5 medjool dates, pitted (room temperature works best)   For the filling: 12 – 20 oz. fresh blackberries This reminds me – I went to Cracker Barrel with my family not long ago, and the only thing on the menu that I could eat was the fruit bowl – fresh blackberries and pineapples. I’m not a big blackberry fan because of the seeds, but o.m.g. . . . . these blackberries were HUGE and JUICEY and so good, I had to ask the chef where he got them from locally. That’s kind of what...

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