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Strawberry Fennel Green Juice 

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Strawberry Fennel Green Juice 

  
Strawberries have come back in season here in sunny Southern California, so I decided to incorporate them into my juice Monday today. The juice doesn’t LOOK so gorgeous, but sure tastes lovely!! 

    

 When I make my juices Sunday afternoons I try and remember to write down what all I put in them. So, below is what the juice looks like without being mixed as well as my post it note scribble down.  

    

     

This makes two 16oz juices. 

  • 3/4 container of strawberries, about 2 cups worth (probably more)
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 small fennel bulb, including its prongs
  • 2 large long ribs of celery (if small and thin, do 4)
  • 4 medium kale leaves (include the stem)
  • 1 medium lemon, peeled

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Tart

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Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Tart

After I posted some pictures of the fun I had in the kitchen last night, I got a good amount of requests for the recipe. So, generally when that happens, I try to make it so I post the recipe online. So, here we go.

I wanted this to be somewhere between a tart and a cheesecake. The base of the filling is young coconut meat, but it doesn’t taste like coconut. It’s all raw except for the brown rice syrup that I used. I would usually use maple syrup in something like this, but I was aiming for more of a cheesecake taste. My favorite no bake cheesecake that my mom used to make every Thanksgiving, and was my favorite thing ever (I literally licked my plate off every time) used cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Brown rice syrup gives it some of that taste and feel. So, now you know my reasoning behind it, do with it what you please (maybe you want to use maple syrup, or coconut sugar or dates in it’s place)

raw cheesecake tart with fresh fruit

all decorated

 

raw vegan pie crust

here is just the crust pressed in

 

and now the filling

 

crust, filling and topped

plated raw fresh strawberry cheesecake tart

what can I say? i like more fruit! This is the next day and the filling is a little pink from the strawberries

 

fresh fruit cheesecake tart

I ended up adding some mango over the top

 

Crust
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw pecans
½ cup raw buckwheat groats
½ cup raw white (dried) mulberries
3 medjool dates
UP TO 2 TBS coconut water (depending how moist your mulberries and dates are)

Filling
Meat from 2 young coconuts (equaling at least 2 ½ cups)
3 TBS brown rice syrup
Juice from 1 ½ lemons
1/8 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medjool dates (pitted)
1/3 cup coconut water (from the coconuts you just popped open)
1 tsp stevia powder (optional, but it just brings up the sweetness a little bit, it doesn’t make it taste like stevia)

Topping
Sliced peaches (I only used 1)
Sliced strawberries (I used 7 large, but wished I would have done more)
(optional additional) sliced mango, pineapple, or blueberries

DIRECTIONS
For the crust: put all the ingredients, minus the coconut water, into a food processor or high power blender. For this I used my food processor and let it run for about 2 min until it was all mixed and crumbly. Test the mixture to see if it needs to additional moisture by grabbing a bit of it and pressing it between your fingers. If it holds together well, you don’t need the coconut water. If it seems dry, add in a little coconut water and mix again.

Put crust contents into a pie container and press evenly throughout the pan, getting some up along the sides of the pan. Make sure it’s pressed pretty firm so that it will hold together when you go to plate it. Now put the pan with the crust in it, in the fridge to chill. Mulberries get harder when they are cold, that helps it stay together more as well.

For the Filling: Pop open two young coconuts, separate the water from the meat. If your meat is really thin and almost gel like you are going to need an additional coconut. If your meat is really stiff and hard (and you didn’t have much water come out) you are going to need more water than the recipe calls for. Both of my coconuts were average to slightly thick, just so you are aware of what I was working with.

SIDENOTE: If you get a coconut that has only a little meat and it’s very runny, just use that with 2 other coconut’s meat. If you don’t have an additional coconut, you will want to soak some shredded coconut in hot water for 15 min. Probably ½- ¾ cup. Then drain the water and blend that in with the other ingredients. You will also have to blend longer.

Blend all ingredients together in a high power blender on high for 2 minutes. You may have to pause 1 min through and scrape down the sides then blend again.

Pour blended coconut filling into chilled crust, smooth out and put back in the fridge while you clean out (and maybe lick clean) your blender. It will set up more while it’s in the fridge, so let it.

Now chop your fruit. I used a peach in this one because they were local, organic, ripe and in season. I was so stoked, so had to incorporate it! Strawberries are also in season here and taste amazing right now. But I’m sure this could be topped with whatever fresh fruit combo you wanted to do. Admittedly, this one in the picture needed more fruit, so after I ended up chopping up a champagne mango and adding that in. Blueberries would be great with it too, or even pineapple. Decorate it how you see fit. If you are wanting to serve it quickly after you add the fruit, I suggest you pop it in the freezer for like 10 min to make sure that the fruit it chilled, and the coconut-filling is completely set up.

ENJOY!!

 

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Strawberry Kale Quinoa Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

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One of my suggestions when making a kale salad is to tear the kale into small pieces but rub it together and through your hands while you are ripping it apart. It breaks the kale down and makes it much less rough & bitter, it will make the kale brighter green too.
I promise the coconut bacon on this just makes it THAT much better. You want to put it on there. Make some & have left overs!
I don’t put lots of dressing on the salad when it’s in the large bowl, I kind of wait until I’m about to eat it and put it over the top then add the coconut bacon.

strawberry kale & quinoa salad with homemade strawberry vinaigrette and coconut bacon

plated salad with coconut bacon on top

strawberry kale & quinoa salad with homemade strawberry vinaigrette and coconut bacon

strawberry kale & quinoa salad with homemade strawberry vinaigrette

strawberry kale & quinoa salad with homemade strawberry vinaigrette and coconut bacon

Salad in the big bowl, before being plated.

1/2 cup quinoa, cooked in 1 cup water
1 bunch kale, torn into small pieces
6-8 strawberries, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
2 green onions including white part, sliced
1/2 avocado, diced
coconut bacon to taste (for topping)
1/2 red bell pepper, small dice (optional)

 

Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
1 1/2 cups strawberries (fresh)
1/4 cup coconut vinegar (not coconut flavored vinegar) can sub white wine vinegar or lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup coconut sugar

Salad: In a large bowl, put the torn kale. After the quinoa is cooked and has cooled for at least 5 minutes, add it over the top of the kale and toss with 1/2 cup of the strawberry vinaigrette. Now add the rest of the salad ingredients over the top, except the coconut bacon (save that for when it is plated). Drizzle with a bit of the dressing.

Dressing: Throw it all in the blender and blend for 1 minute.

Strawberry Shortcake Green Smoothie

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