Superfood Raw Egg(less)nog

Superfood Raw Egg(less)nog

Yeah that's right, superfood. Why not?
Nuts, spices, and honey. Sounds pretty super to me.

While I am neither raw nor vegan, I do like to substitute healthy alternatives on occasion. This raw/vegan drink is a lighter and healthier version of the classic, and totally hits the spot!


1 cup Raw Cashews (+ water for soaking)
2.5 Cups Water
1 tbs Raw Honey (or other sweetener, to taste)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (or Vanilla Bean)
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1. Cover cashews in water, and soak for 6-8 hours.
2. After cashews have soaked drain and rinse.
3. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender, and blend well. If you do not have a high speed blender, you may wish to consider straining through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag after blending.
4. Store in the fridge.

Hey, by the way: This recipe was featured in the latest issue of Raw Food Magazine!!

Do you like eggnog?

Thanks for stopping by!

Citrus Brussels Sprout Salad Guest Post

Citrus Brussels Sprout Salad Guest Post

Hey all!
Today I'm a guest poster over at an awesome Canadian site, Standard Issue! You can head on over to check out the recipe for this tasty salad.

Have a wonderful day!

Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips

Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips

Purple vegetables are the bomb diggity.
Seriously awesome! (Like here)
I'm a little obsessed.
I also like chips. A lot.
Making them yourself is pretty easy and delicious.
Also, they should start selling this flavour. (Hear that, chip gods?)
So good.

Rosemary Garlic Potato Chips
- Potatoes (Purple, or not)
- Coconut oil
- Chopped Dried Rosemary
- Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2. Slice potatoes thinly.
*Using a mandolin slicer would make this way easier, but unfortunately my cheap one does not slice thin enough for my liking.
3. (Note: I am usually too lazy for this step, but people seem to think it makes for a better chip) With water, rinse the extra starch off your potato slices then dry them using a clean dish towel.
4. In a bowl mix chips with enough oil to cover them, then line them in a single layer on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
5. Sprinkle rosemary, garlic powder, and salt to your taste over the sheet of potato slices.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes. I usually check on them at about 10 - 15 minutes and start taking out any crispy chips.

Happy Monday, may your week be filled with purple veggies!

Summer Fruit and Thyme Kvass

Summer Fruit and Thyme Kvass

Sometimes I feel like a sheep. Following food trends. Is it just a coincidence that I am brewing kombucha while everyone else seems to be? I like to think I'm just curious, and enjoy trying new things. Especially when they promise health benefits!

In the spirit of trying something new: Kvass is similar to kombucha, in that it is also a fermented beverage. I came across it on Green Kitchen Stories (A fabulous and georgeous blog!). While kombucha takes at least a few days, kvass only takes 48 hours! It's light, fresh, tangy, and a little bubbly! This particular brew is a lovely shade of coral. Easy, healthy, delicious - count me in!

Check out Fermented Fruit Kvass for the method, the comments are also informative!

Summer Fruit and Thyme Kvass
- Peach
- Plum
- Apricot
- Blueberries
- Couple sprigs of Thyme
- Tsp Honey
- Water

Exact measurements will depend on the size of your jar. Make sure your fruit is washed well. Also a good idea to wash your jar with vinegar and hot water.

Happy fermenting!

This and That

This and That

Just some tidbits of my life recently. Lots of plants involved.

In March I was getting sick quite a bit, which is very unusual for me. So to kick my cold in the butt, I did a two week clean eating cleanse. It seemed to do the trick, plus it felt great! However, at exam time I kind of fell of the healthy food wagon, so maybe another effort at clean eating would set me back on track!

The beginning of this month brought incredible unseasonably warm temperatures. Allowing us to enjoy sunny Sunday brunch on the balcony!

Lovely smelling lilacs, brought indoors to enjoy.

Plants are taking over my table, even more so now. Plus, I'm growing a lemon cucumber plant in the middle of my table!! (Excited to see how that turns out, so far so good!)

Tender plants, being brought in for the night.

Call me crazy, but I think I'll give growing dandelions on purpose a go. Apparently salad greens are easy to grow, but I have had no such luck. Since dandelions "grow like weeds" I'm thinking that should work well instead! (And I'll know they haven't been sprayed with any chemicals!)

My other usual juice: carrots, lemon, ginger, and sometimes yam.

Well hey there cutie-pie!

Sunsets from our bathroom skylight.

Happy Sunday!

Mojito Green Juice

Mojito Green Juice

Hello dear friends.
Blog world, how I have missed you so! Back from the books, and ready to share :) First up is my favorite juice of the moment (maybe all time?), Mojito Green Juice!
So light and refreshing. No surprise it is my favorite, really. I adore mint. As far as juices can go this one is quite simple, with only a little prep!

All you need is:
1 Long English Cucumber
1 Lime
1 Apple
Mint(A few decent sized leaves)
Kale (I use one large leaf)

*If you are hesitant about the kale, then leave it out. I don't mind/notice it, but if you are new to green juices you might. Though if you like the juice without it, I encourage you try with it. Not all that different, but more nutrients!

Juice all ingredients in your juicer!

I have also read that you can juice with a blender and some water, straining the mixture after. However, I have never personally tried this method. Have you? Does it work well?

Do you juice? What's your favorite juice?

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Do It Yourself: Green Cleaner

Do It Yourself: Green Cleaner

It's no secret that chemicals are everywhere. It's unfortunate.
I'm always excited to find new (and cheap!) ways of reducing my exposure. So obviously this post on pintrest captured my attention!

It's ridiculously easy too, bonus!
Just add a bunch of orange peels into a jar (I added a lemon peel too), fill with white vinegar until the peels are covered, and let it sit for a week or two. After it has steeped, strain out the liquid and store it in a jar or spray bottle.
*I've actually added a few sage and rosemary leaves to the strained mixture to add an extra umph.

So far I've used it successfully to clean my kitchen counters, my kitchen floor (diluted), my bathroom, and it worked quite well getting the icky smell out of a travel mug that had coffee in it for too long (just put a little in and shake it around).

I'm actually getting a little low now, and if I keep using it at this pace I'll need to make more soon. These are some options I'm thinking about for the next batch:

Cinnamon Stick

And I'm sure the list could go on, do you have any ideas?

Hope you're having a fantastic Sunday!

Greek Poutine

Greek Poutine

Or Greek fries. Whatever you want to call it, it's delicious.
Not entirely terrible for you either!

I love these fries. I had never had much success getting crispy yet fluffy fries in the oven. Then I discovered Leanne's recipe, a godsend. They are fan-freaking-tastic. I make them slightly different than her's: I chop, soak, dry, coat with tapioca starch and coconut oil, add some salt, spread on sheet, bake, and finally burn my tongue because I am too impatient to let them cool.

Greek Poutine

Leanne's Fries
Feta Cheese
Kalamata Olives (pitted is easier, but either work)
Balsamic Sauce

Balsamic Sauce

1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Minced Garlic Cloves (1 large or 2 med/small)
1 tsp Italian spices

1. Prepare and start baking the fries, using either Leanne's or my method.
2. Half way through baking the fries, start making the sauce. Mix the vinegar, garlic, and spices in a sauce pan. Heat on low/med for 10-15 minutes. You are just warming the sauce and letting the flavours mingle.
3. Once the fries are done, place in a bowl, sprinkle feta cheese on top, toss on some olives, then drizzle some sauce over it all. Sprinkle some more dried spices on if you'd like.

*If it were summer and I had more fresh herbs available I probably would have added them to the sauce, rather than dried herbs.
*Next time I think I'll add some spinach and diced tomatoes into the mix!
*You'll probably have left over sauce, unless you use a lot on the fries. Use it as salad dressing!!

Enjoy! Happy Saturday!