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Be inspired by the kinds of things I'm eating everyday.
I baked a vegan chocolate birthday cake for my daughter recently, and it turned out surprisingly well. I learned a few handy things along the way too.
Just look at the rainbow of colour and vitality that I got to eat for dinner last night, when we had vegan burritos and tacos. So fresh and delicious!
I've finally discovered the perfect use for overgrown zucchinis - make them into a raw zucchini sandwich. Just chop them into slices of "bread" and add your favourite fillings. Too easy.
Who could resist such vibrant, seductive strawberries like these ones? Especially when they taste so darned good. And when you pair them with the sweet and tangy taste of raw coconut cream (yoghurt), it really doesn't get much better than this. Brilliant with bananas, moreish with mangoes and stunning with strawberries.
I've wanted to try making my own homemade raw vegan chocolate for ages, and on the weekend I finally took the plunge. So far, so good. Sooooo good. This stuff is incredibly edible, totally addictive and wildly dangerous.
My latest green smoothie is SO thick that it really deserves to be called a "Green Ploppie". I've developed this technique for making as many green smoothies as humanly possible in one go. Getting 2.5L of smoothie out of a 2L jug? That's efficient.
I've gone a bit mad recently for coconut water kefir. It tastes awesome and is great for you, so I've been attempting to make my own, using fresh coconuts. I'm going to keep opening coconuts and fermenting stuff until I figure this one out!
I LOOOOOVE sweet chili sauce. So I decided to have a go at making my own raw sweet chili sauce. It was really great for a first attempt, but I'm sure I can do better, so it's back into the kitchen for me!
Just look at these cute little "mice in jackets" - baked potatoes, filled with cheesy mashed potato and decorated with vegetable pieces. Before you know it, your kids are happily eating a bunch of fresh vegetables. How can they resist such cute, edible creations?
Yesterday for lunch, I made a quick fruit salad, with one sliced banana and two sliced strawberries, added a few generous spoonfuls of my tasty coconut yoghurt, and topped it off with a drizzle of raw orange marmalade. Yum.
I'm currently exploring ways to eat sauerkraut that don't involve hot dogs. So I paired wholegrain brown rice with a couple of tablespoons of sauerkraut and a grated apple. I call it "Brown Rice with Sauerkraut and Apple". Delicious, healthy and filling. Yum!
I picked up a vibrant bunch of fresh chicory from my local organic greengrocer yesterday, and made a salad with kelp noodles, sauerkraut and red capsicum. It was tangy and bitter, with a hint of sweet from the red capsicum, and the lemon juice pulled it all together nicely.
So what does a raw vegan eat on a daily basis? Well, it varies tremendously, but there's always a central theme of raw, vegan, whole foods that I keep coming back to, no matter how much I play with other ideas and recipes. Here's a sample of my recent raw vegan daily diet.
My current experiment is making raw flax crackers with dates instead of agave. The mix turned out frothy and thicker than I expected, but the mix still spread and scored well. I think they might just turn out OK.
Did you know that you can make your own homemade, raw almond butter? It's easier than you think and definitely worth it, because you know exactly what's going into your precious butter. No added anythings.
I've been drinking my own version of Bulletproof coffee, which I call "fat coffee", using chicory coffee substitute and a generous teaspoon of coconut oil. This is definitely not a low-fat drink, but it is full of healthy fats, and it is rather delicious.
When I was making raw hot cross buns at Easter, they seriously reminded me of mum's date scones. So I'm currently adapting a them into a recipe for raw date scones, and the experiment is definitely headed in the right direction.
I admit it. I'm a BIG fan of Brussels sprouts. I look forward eagerly to Brussels sprout season every year, and there's nothing I like more than a big bowl of steamed Brussels sprouts, lightly seasoned with a pinch of salt.
I artistically arranged raw date coconut macaroons on a plate to make a raw coconut macaroon birthday "cake", and I think it came up pretty well. It was definitely enough for a candle, and for us to sing happy birthday.
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~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly