It's that time of the year again..... bumping this Foodie Friday up from last year:
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2 cups water 1/2 cup + agave nectar or honey 1 tbsp grated lemon zest 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 pint fresh strawberries 2 cups cold sparkling water fresh mint sprigs, for garnish whole strawberries, for garnish
Combine the sweetener, lemon zest & lemon juice into a pitcher. In a blender, puree the strawberries and add them to the pitcher. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until well chilled. Add the chilled sparkling water before serving and pour into pretty glasses filled with ice, garnishing with fresh mint & a strawberry.
A delicious chilled fruity soup that can also be thinned and enjoyed as a smoothie. From Raw Food Cleanse
1 Young Coconut, just the meat Coconut water, reserved for blending 1 pint fresh strawberries, reserve one or two for garnish 4 - 5 oranges, juiced 1 tbsp raw honey 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Crack open the coconut and pour out the water, reserving the water and extracting the meat. In a blender, place this meat with the strawberries, orange juice, honey and vanilla, blending well until smooth and creamy. Add a bit of the coconut water as needed to reach your desired consistency. Garnish with a few sliced strawberries and mint leaves.
Strawberry Fields Salad
For the salad: 6 cups mixed spring greens (I am using arugula & butter lettuce) 6 large strawberries, washed, tops removed and sliced 1 small bunch of fresh basil or mint leaves, chopped 1/3 cup candied nuts* 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, optional 1/4 cup rawmesan cheese sprinkles
For the dressing: 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp honey 1/4 tsp dry mustard sea salt & pepper to taste
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, dry mustard and salt & pepper. In a large bowl combine the greens, strawberries, fresh herbs, pecans, red onion and rawmesan cheese. Toss with the dressing and serve.
Pretty as a Strawberry Pie
For the Crust: ½ Cup Almonds ½ Cup Shredded Coconut 1 heaping TB of Cacao Powder 1 tbsp coconut butter (or oil) Pinch of Sea Salt 2 - 3 soft dates, chopped 1-2 TB Cacao Nibs Seeds from ¼ of a Vanilla Bean
~ Process the brazil nuts, shredded coconut, salt, cocoa powder and vanilla bean seeds in a food processor until fine crumbs. ~ Add the dates and cacao nibs and process until the mixture just starts to stick together. ~ Press into the bottom of 1 9-inch springform pan. For the Filling: 2 young coconuts, meat only coconut water, used only for blending 2 cups fresh strawberries 1 tbsp agave nectar (substitute dates or honey) 1 tbsp coconut butter (optional)
For the topping: sliced strawberries, spritzed with fresh lemon juice
Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. Freezes well too, but you may want to add fresh strawberries to the top before serving.
2 cup mixed nuts (walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, etc.) 1 cup maple syrup or agave syrup 1 ½ tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt
Wisk together the syrup, cinnamon and salt until you get a smooth consistency. Stir in the nuts until they are well coated. Allow to sit for an hour so nuts can soak in the syrup. Dehydrate overnight (8 to 12 hours) at 105 degrees. Flip them and dehydrate another 4 to 6 hours.
In the above clip, I mention an extra freebie that might be of interest to some of you. You likely remember the darling Julie Morris who was our "stand in Foodie Friday girl" the weekend I was away. Well, Julie has a free superfood e-book that includes 5 healthy plant-based recipes that are nutrient dense, easy and delicious. Julie is about 80% raw, so 2 recipes are totally raw (and includes - Strawberry-banana hemp seed parfait), another can be made raw by substituting a raw sweetener of your choice in place of the palm sugar and the 2 others are healthy vegan : ) I really appreciate Julie's approach as she offers nutrition packed recipes which can help as we transition ourselves and our families into a diet that includes more raw & living foods. Click here to check out her website & to get the hook-up for her free e-book offer.
Thank you Penni! There's a little family-run organic strawberry stand just down the road from us and "Granny May" just started putting them out for sale last week -- yahoo! So fresh and incredibly full of flavor. My son and I devoured a flat of them last Saturday and are ready to buy 2 more for my daughter's pajama party this weekend. If we can resist eating them straight from the box, I'll try these recipes out! They look so pretty.
Where to start? Well, I am going to definitely be preparing the Strawberry Cloud, Strawberry Pie, and the Candied Nuts. How exciting! I can't wait! I still need a nutmilk bag--can't seem to find one around here. Anyone know where you can get a nut-milk bag online with free shipping?
Anyway, these look fantastic and I cannot wait to bite into them. Thank you for sharing. :)