Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Mash and Green Herb Cauliflower Rice~ Happy, healthy holiday dishes!

Just out!  A new addition to our Green Team Family!  And, it's not GREEEEN!

What?

CAULIFLOWER~
The white cauliflower has won entrance onto our approved list for The 40 Day Green Cleanse.  It's patiently waited all year on my "maybe" list to be recognized and added to our green family next to its sister romanesco (green cauliflower).  Romanesco worked well for our green family in the past but it is seasonal and impossible to find in the west coast during the holidays. 

And, with a gentle suggestion from a member, it is here!  Thanks, Marlene for the push :)

Yup!  A super delicious and nutritious vegetable that is alkaline, full of vitamin K, anti-inflammatory, and highly cleansing.  Cauliflower is a super amazing addition and can be made into our 2 holiday favorite faux potato and rice dishes for people that really like rice and mashed potatoes but prefer a healthier option or are on our cleanse. 

Here are two of many possible ways of cooking with cauliflower that you will find on my upcoming e-book.  

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Mash
1 head of of cauliflower 
4-6 garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary 
and/or
2 Tablespoons fresh chives
2 Tablespoons olive oil
dash of pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the garlic cloves in foil and drizzle them in olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.  If you are using rosemary you can create a separate pouch for the  rosemary as well so it becomes aromatic and easier to eat.   Close the corners on both of them and create an airtight pouch for roasting and place the pouches on a baking sheet.

Chop the cauliflower into florets and spread them out on the same baking sheet as the garlic and/or rosemary.  Roast them for about 35 minutes stirring them occasionally or until they are slightly browned.

Allow the cauliflower and the garlic to cool for 5-10 minutes.  Peel the garlic and place both the garlic and cauliflower florets in a Vitamix or a food processor.  Add salt, nutritional yeast, and olive oil.  Pulse until the texture looks like mashed potatoes.  You may have to use a temper to get it evenly mashed.

Once you achieve the desired texture, add the rosemary and/or chives and fold into the mash.  You may roast the mash one last time to brown the top (optional).

I love to drizzle them one last time with olive oil!  

~take a deep breath and savor each moment~

enJOY~




Green Herb Cauliflower Rice 
1 head of cauliflower
4-6 garlic cloves
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
a dash of fresh black pepper
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
Juice of 1 small lime
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)


Chop the head of cauliflower into small pieces.  Add the pieces of cauliflower in 2-3 batches to a Vitamix or food processor and pulse until the consistency look just like "rice".  I take a small portion at a time to make it easier until all the cauliflower is done.    

Heat a skillet on low/medium heat with 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil.  Add the green onion and garlic for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add the other Tablespoon of coconut oil and cauliflower rice and stir for 5-7 minutes until the rice feels soft. 

Add the cilantro, parsley, salt, black pepper, lime juice and red pepper flakes and stir for 3-5 more minutes until you see the rice looks fully cooked.  

Remove from heat and serve.  

mmmmmm, just like rice~!

enJOY~

Yve Hart


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday goodies: "Matcha Green Tea Balls"

This is the coziest time of the year to commune with friends, family members, and your favorite foods.

A common question I get asked by people that are on The 40 Day Green Cleanse program or from  people that are health conscious is,  "Yve, what foods do we eat around the holidays?"

My response is "Cleanse or no cleanse, the first priority should be to focus on the heart connection between loved ones."  The energy of love fills our heart with warmth and reduces stress levels.  We tend to eat heavier foods when we're under stress.  So now we have another reason to be in LOVE!

As far as food goes,  choose the foods that are organic, delicious, whole foods that are abundant in healthy energy and that keeps your body feeling alive and vital. 
Oh yeah~ and it has to be tasty too!

Below is a recipe for our (level 2) food list on The 40 Day Green Cleanse that will soon  be released on my upcoming my e-book :)  enJOY

Matcha Green Tea Balls

 I just love the combination of Matcha Green Tea and cardamom together in a bite size green dessert.

What you need:
1 1/2 cup raw pistachios
1/2 cup sultana raisins (soaked in hot water for 20 minutes to remove any toxic sulfur)
2 Tablespoons brown rice syrup slightly melted
1 tsp. coconut oil
2 teaspoon Organic Matcha Green Tea powder
Seeds from 3 pods of cardamom
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup of hemp hearts for the outer coating of the balls


Food Processor/Vita Mix, cookie sheet,  one glass plate,wax paper, medium glass or plastic bowl, small spoon.

Start by pulverizing the nuts in a food processor or Vita Mix on low speed.   Grind them for a few seconds to leave them evenly chunky vs. too powdery.   Remove the sultana raisins from the water and pat dry with a paper towel before adding them into the blender.   Then add raisins and all the rest of the ingredients all but the hemp seeds.  I like to melt the brown rice syrup beforehand in a glass jar immersed in hot boiling water for 3-5 minutes so it mixes easier with the rest of the ingredients.

Blend the mixture of ingredients on a medium setting.  You might need assistance with a tamper to get it even.    It will be thick and sticky.

Spoon out the ingredients onto a bowl.  I use a small spoon to measure each serving as I start forming each ball one at a time.  Set them aside on a clean plate.   When I have all the balls complete I pour the hemp hearts on a baking sheet covered in wax paper so I have a clean, flat working space.  I then place each molded ball over the hemp hearts covering them completely.  I am rolling and pouring hearts over each ball as I continue to work with each one like I am working with clay.

When all of the balls are complete I roll each ball once more making sure they are completely round and perfectly covered in hemp hearts.

Then place them on a serving dish.  Chill for at least one hour before serving.
Keeps in refrigerator up to one week.

close your eyes~take a deep breath~savor each moment~

enJOY~
Created by Yve Hart


***Find out about our new addition to the Green Team food list next Monday!
Clue:  Something that tastes like mashed potatoes?

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