Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Raw Food Group Potluck

If you are interested in improving your health and lifestyle then a raw food group is a great way to learn more about raw foods and healthy living.  Our raw food group meets at my house the third Wednesday of every month.  These people are always interesting and interested.  We bring potluck where we share our favorite raw food recipes, and we encourage each other to live as healthy as we know how. Those that can't bring a raw food dish for one reason or another pay $5.00.  Good people and good food.  What a combination!

Here are some pictures from our last raw foods potluck.

Serving lunch buffet style.

Me and our new holistic doctor, Dr. Russ.

Visiting around the table.

There is always plenty to talk about.

Linda and me.

Pam and Letizia
The ones of us that come to the raw food group are at various levels of raw, but we all agree that raw foods are good for our health and they taste good.

Here are three of the recipes I contributed.  These are very plain recipes that I modified from Dr. Fielder's Farm Recipe book.  I need to eat as clean as possible right now and that is why I selected these recipes. 

IN THE PINK OF IT – SALAD (The Farm Recipe Book) - modified
1 beet
¼ or less of cabbage
6 parsley sprigs
3 celery sticks
1 sweet apple

Grate beet and apple.  Shred the cabbage, finely chop parsley and celery.  Toss all ingredients together.  Serve with raw milk cheese.

CORN SALAD (The Farm Recipe Book) - modified
1 package of frozen organic corn
1 red bell pepper
1 onion
A few green leaves – I used parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey

Place thawed corn in bowl.  Dice red bell pepper and onions.  Tear greens in to small pieces.  Juice lemon, stir with honey and thyme.  Pour over salad and gently mix.

PEARS A LA TROPIQUE (The Farm Recipe Book) - modified
6 soft pears
½ of a fresh pineapple
¾ cup grated coconut
¾ cup soaked sultanas or raisins (optional)
Mash pears, chop the pineapple into small pieces.  Mix fruit together with coconut and sultanas.

To health and happiness.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

Hot Springs Village is being forced to add flouride to the drinking water even though many are opposed to having medications added to the water whether you need it or want it or not.  Our state legislature mandated that all towns with over 5000 population must add flouride.  We hope this can be over-turned in some way.  If not, then we will have to find a way to remove the fluoride.  Fluoride is a poison.  If you don't believe it, read the back of your toothpaste package.  I searched Dollar General last week to find a toothpaste that did not have flouride added.  They had only one.  So this is what I bought.

Orajel makes a toothpaste that does not have fluoride added.
The back of the tube states the following:  You'll love having your child brush with Orajel Training Toothpaste because it helps clean teeth with a special ingredient.  Best of all, it's fluoride-free so it's safe if swallowed when used as directed.

The Orajel was $3.00.  That's better than paying $8.00 at the health food store for a fluoride-free brand.  Sometimes I make my own toothpaste, but this Orajel is pretty nice.  I like it.

To health and happiness.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Raw Food Potluck with Karen Hall

Last week my friend, Karen Hall, visited with us for eight days.  I met Karen last year at The Clohesy River Health Farm in Australia when I was interning with Dr. Fielder.  She spent a month at the farm detoxing and learning from Dr. Fielder.  Now she is traveling around the world doing all sorts of interesting things.  She recently completed Matthew Kenney's Raw Food Chef course in Oklahoma City.

While she was here visiting with us we went to church, toured Hot Springs Bath House Row, visited the Clinton Library, prepared more dishes than I can remember, and hosted a raw food potluck/dinner party for 19 people.

This is a lovely fall juice made with beets, apples, sweet potato and ginger.

Here I am trying my hand at making a sushi roll.

Karen Hall and me at the raw food potluck.

We made zucchini spaghetti with Red Pepper Marinara, Pistachio Pesto, and Cashew Cheese Filling.
Here is the recipe for the spaghetti toppings:

Red Pepper Marninara:
1 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked
2 tomatoes deseeded and chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 tsp. lemon juice
4 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red chile flakes
1 red bell pepper
Squeeze out extra water from the sun dried tomatoes.  Process all in the food processor.

Pistachio Pesto
1 cup basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup spinach, packed
1/4 cup pistachios
2 T olive oil
1/4 T salt
1/2 T lemon juice
Pinch of pepper
Process in food processor.

Cashew Cheese Filling
1-1/2 cups soaked cashews
2 T lemon juice
2 T water
1/2 T lemon zest
2 T nutritional yeast
1 green onion, minced
1 tsp salt
1 T fresh parsley
Process in food processor.

We made Sushi Rolls with Jicama Sushi Rice.
 Here's the recipe for the Jicama Sushi Rice
2 cups jicama, peeled, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp agave
Put jicama in food processor and pulse until the pieces are the size of rice.  Use an almond milk bag to squeeze out the extra water.  Mix remaining ingredients in  bowl with a fork.  Mix together with the jicama in a bowl.  Place on teflex sheet and dehydrate until slightly sticky...2-3 hours.  Check every hour for stickiness.  It should be like sticky rice.

The carmelized onions were a big hit.
 Recipe for Carmelized Onions:
Slice 2-5 onions on the mandolin.  Coat the onions with the sauce and dehydrate.  Make the sauce with 1 cup dates, 3 T tamari, 2 T olive oil, and 1/4 cup water.  Blend in blender.
The marinated mushrooms were delicious.
 Here is the marinade recipe for the mushrooms:
2 T olive oil
1 T tamari
1 T agave

Gaylon, Dr. Russ, Ruthe, and Pam at the raw food potluck.

My grand-daughter, Ashlyn, finished off the raspberries at the potluck.
To health and happiness.