Friday, January 7, 2011

Peanut butter noodles & raw chocolate cake


Today's breakfast was a collard green shake. I didn't get a picture of it though. I added blueberries, bananas, collard greens, hemp seeds, chia seeds, spirulina, maple syrup and enough water to incorporate. 
I also had some lovely red pomegranate. Pomegranates are so good for you! They help to prevent different types of cancers, illnesses and heart attacks! They are also packed with antioxidants!

Isn't it beautiful? I think avocados are so beautiful.

Lunch was Sesame Ezekial Bread with sliced avocado and nutritional yeast.

My husband took me to Trader Joe's and I picked up a few things. I got 2 batches of bananas, organic sugar, almond meal, vegetable pasta, sweet chili sauce, organic marinara sauce, thai green curry sauce, mango ginger chutney, cocoa powder, organic peanut butter and medjool dates. 

We got these to try. I MUCH prefer fresh pineapple. 

This stuff on the other hand, I LOVE! There is a thai brand I use to buy in Hawaii but haven't seen it here yet. It's so good! I used this in my peanut butter noodles for dinner.

Thai Peanut Butter Noodles

Coconut oil
1/2 sweet onion
3-4 cloves garlic
1 inch sliced ginger (more or less depending on your taste)
1 can organic coconut milk (I used light, regular is better for creamier though)
1/4 - 1/2 cup plain organic peanut butter (more or less depending on taste)
4-5 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
Himalayan Salt
Pepper
Basil leaves
1/2 package Thai rice noodles

Precook rice noodles and set aside. Saute onion, garlic and ginger in a little coconut oil. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, salt, pepper and sweet chili sauce. Add a few fresh basil leaves last. Once everything is blended together well, mix in noodles. Serve with peanut on top if you wish. I ate mine with some fresh cauliflower and broccoli.



I made raw chocolate cake for dessert. This is a shot of the cake before I added the frosting. 

Pretty Much Raw Chocolate Cake

1 cup chopped dates
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp vanilla
Himalayan Salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder (cacao nibs are best but more expensive)
1 1/2 cups almond meal (Trader Joe's carries this and it's fairly cheep)
1/2 cup cashews (that have been soaked overnight in water to soften)
1 cup shredded coconut

Blend together all ingredients. Add water, just enough to blend.

Frosting:

1/2 cup cashews (presoaked)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts (presoaked) 
1 cup canned organic coconut milk
1/8 cup organic agave
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla
Himalayan salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp psyllium husks

Blend everything except last two ingredients. Add coconut oil and psyllium husks last. Blend. Let this sit in the refrigerator for an hour before adding to cake. After it sits, frost cake and then add sliced bananas. I really enjoyed this cake, but my husband didn't prefer it. He is picky about this kind of thing though. I already ate three pieces since yesterday! Give it a shot guys.
 I got this recipe from the Sunny Raw Kitchen, but just changed it a little :) Please visit her blog as well.

~Goodnight my friends~

PS...
Thanks Rose!!! I love it :)




24 comments:

  1. Thai peanut sauce dishes are my favorite! As are avocadoes.

    I just noticed in your profile that you're an INFP. I'm an INFJ! :)

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  2. That's so cool! No wonder I like you :) I really like that book Please Understand Me and I think it's pretty accurate. I love psychology.

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  3. Oh, I'm going to have to check out that book! Psychology is fascinating and yes, I think that we "clicked" for a reason! :)

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  4. rose sent chocolate too? lol nice!

    the psyllium husks made it gel a little?

    i think veggies and fruits are beautiful also.

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  5. I know! How sweet of her right?

    Yes the psyllium thickened it actually and made it into an actual frosting consistency. I loved it!

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  6. Ooh, theo chocolates. I've seen a few photos of them (reviewed on the Wayfaring Chocolate blog), and I absolutely love the packaging. I wish they were sold in Australia!

    I can't get enough peanut noodles. I'm planning on making up a big batch to bring with me for lunch at work this week :)

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  7. Carissa, sounds like a great food day! I'm sure coming from Hawaii that fresh pineapple is the best! We love it, too. Your noodle dish looks really good.

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  8. Avocados are beautiful, I totally agree. So, are pomegranates. Wow, what a yummy healthy food day! I love the noodle recipe, and that cake sounds great too! Raw desserts are so cool, and the few that I have tried have been really yummy.

    Glad the package arrived! :)

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  9. Nice blog : ) You're funny...if I wasn't married I'd be eating things like ezekiel bread w/avo and nutr yeast, too. But I can't go completely to the dark side...or he won't eat my food.

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  10. I thought about buying that Chili Sauce. I'll pick it up next time. I love PB Noodles. Never had them w/Coconut Milk.

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  11. I haven't tried collards in a smoothie yet. I'm just learning to like the kale but I will have to give the collards a try sometime

    The Thai peanut butter noodles sound very good! I've been wanting to make something similar.

    That chocolate cake sounds yummy...I don't think my husband would go for it either...but hey, that just leaves that much more for you since your husband didn't care for it. :-)

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  12. I could go for some chocolate cake right about now but I've yet to venture in the raw direction. I'm so curious to know what it tastes like!

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  13. Eventhough I am not a fane of chocolate, raw chocolate always appeals to my inner girl...lol
    I want you to know I must go buy some pomegranates now...at 7:17pm...eventhough it is going to take me 45 minutes to get to town...
    :)
    I am so lame...Loved the post, very nice!

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  14. Hi Carissa,
    I like your blog! The Raw Cake and Thai Noodles sounds like too dishes I would make:-))
    Have a nice weekend,
    Aimee

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  15. I have most of those ingredients (TJ too of course, holla!) for the raw cake base - how do you think it would taste without the frosting? I definitely want to try to make it.
    Thanks for the info on the dried pineapple - I have a habit of snatching up all the dried fruit I can but you're right: fresh is so much tastier with certain fruits. At least I know not to bother with the pineapple.

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  16. Both the noodles and raw cake are very interesting recipes :-)

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  17. Theresa- I bet your noodles will be great! I'm sorry they don't sell it there. I wonder why not?

    Blessed Mama- We love fresh pineapple. In Hawaii at Dole they have this pineapple sorbet type of stuff and it's soooo good.

    Rose- Yes, thanks and thanks a lot for the chocolate too! I am enjoying it right now :) I really like raw things.

    Stephanie- It's so funny cuz my best friend in the bay area is named Stephanie too! Weeeeeeird. And I tried to make things my husband would like at first too, but he pretty much hated all of it, so I just eat whatever I want now :) I make him his stuff and me, my stuff :)

    Shen- Yes buy it! Let me know if you like it. I am sure you will.

    Michelle- You should try collards inside. They are so good for you! I alternate collard and kale. They are pretty similar I think when they are in a smoothie.

    Jess- I love raw. If I could afford it, I would eat a lot more raw :)

    Vivacious Veg- You are so funny! I am glad I inspired you to go buy some pomegranates sorry it was so late though, hahaha. Was it worth the trip?

    Aimee- Thanks! Let me know if you try them :)

    Foodfeud- HOLLAAAA! haha, I love TJ's now. I think it would be just fine without the frosting. My husband is totally making me second guess myself though. He said tonight and I quote, "That cake might possibly be the worse thing you have ever made." Soooo.....make at your own risk I suppose. I like it!

    Alessandra- Haha, thanks. They both weren't bad :)

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  18. I love shopping at Trader Joe's - I'll have to look for some of your pickups next time. The peanut butter noodles sound great.

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  19. What an awesome Trader Joe's loot! Is their almond meal reasonably priced? I get tired of paying $12 for a little bag at the regular grocery store.

    To answer your question, I gave up caffeine when I realized it was making my "mystery pain" worse. I've already wasted too much money on incompetent doctors, so now I'm just trying to manage the mystery pain with diet. Caffeine was really working against me! I had already cut down on soy about a year ago, but now the only soy I eat is whatever little soy-lecithin is in packaged foods. I miss my tofu!! :)

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  20. Jessica- Definitely! And show me what you get too so that I know what to get next time!

    River- I think that cutting down on coffee has definitely helped with my headaches that I used to get every day. I still get them but it's pretty occasionally now. So what you are saying makes sense :)

    The almond meal was pretty cheep! I want to say...$3? No more than $4 I think.

    Also, I have been cutting out soy as much as possible too. It's hard at the beginning because it is in everything!

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  21. Geez, everything looks good! I think my mouth watered from the moment I saw the avocado until the end ;)

    Peanutty noodle dishes are great. There's a really good one we tried from Speed Vegan last night. I will post about it soon.

    I definitely need to make that raw cake!

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  22. Cassie- You and I my friend are some crazy avocado lovers! I love those things. They are just creamy green goodness!

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  23. i absolutely love avocados! they are great.

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  24. White Flower Oil (embrocation.50webs.com) was introduced to me by my mother. During one of my headaches, she gave me this tiny bottle of oil and told me to massage it on my temples and forehead. Amazingly, it worked! Somehow the oil penetrates into the affected area and relieves the pain.

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