So simple and so effective. I had a cough lingering for a little over a week. Any thing that lingers for over 24 hours has overstayed it’s welcome. And I take serious action to get back to my fully functioning self.
I went on a field trip with my gardening class to a local farm and as we were walking through the orchard and admiring all the fruit trees my teacher starts talking about the Loquat tree and the healing properties of the leaves. As soon as he said “it is known to help alleviate coughs”, I grabbed a few leaves and asked him how to prepare it. As soon as I got home I made a batch and within a couple days of drinking my cough was completely gone! Not that I am surprised that nature works so well, I am just continuously amazed at the simplicity of healing myself naturally.
So I am sharing this with you, in case you believe in the power of nature as well and you can get your hands on some loquat leaves!
Loquat leaves have this fuzz underneath them. You need to rub that off gently as it would be unpleasant to drink it.
3-4 large loquat leaves, fresh or dried
5 cups water
rub the fuzz off the leaves
chop up in large pieces
add to 5 cups of boiling water
simmer for 5 minutes with a lid on
let it cool
drink a small cup 3 times a day until the cough is gone!
I found the tea to be a subtle and pleasant flavor. Very easy to drink. You could add fresh lemon and honey to add to the benefits of healing, but I found it effective and tasty as is.
Another persimmon pudding? Yes. I am shamelessly posting another persimmon pudding recipe. Mostly because I just made this today, faster than it took my boys to destroy the living room. That’s how quick this recipe is! And also because I love persimmons and my husbands client just gave us a huge bag of the Hachiya kind, which are the ones that need to be super ripe before eating, which means the best way to eat them in my opinion is prepared, not just as is, as they are so messy when they are ripe enough.
This isn’t even a recipe. It’s really just an inspiration for you guys 🙂
4 really ripe persimmons
1/4 cup liquid (I used coconut milk)
1 chunk of fresh ginger (optional, but with people getting sick everywhere I throw ginger in everywhere I can to boost our immune systems!)
wash and stem the persimmons
add everything to a blender
blend on high, serve and enjoy!
I enjoyed mine over some warm buckwheat porridge with a bunch of spices added to it (cardamom, cinnamon and fresh grated ginger). Had a cup of chai tea with it, the perfect warming rainy day fall breakfast 🙂
Thick, creamy, silky, rich and unctuous, this little pudding got our tastebuds dancing!! I made this for our in house date night treat. When we feel like it’s been too long since we’ve gone on a date, we satisfy our need for connection with a little in house intentional time. It always includes a home made treat 🙂
It’s persimmon central at my house. I just can’t seem to ever buy enough at the farmers market, and just like bananas, when they start becoming too ripe to eat as is, there are so many fun recipes to create with them!!
This pudding was so easy and quick to make. A few ingredients, a blast of the blender and some spoonfuls later you are on your way to gastronomy heaven. And then, to really bring this dessert over the top, I added a square of some divinely tasty and healing chocolate. A Purified Life makes beautiful artisanal chocolates infused with healing and medicinal mushrooms. If you need an extra reason to eat chocolate other than the fact that it’s amazing, has numerous health benefits and lots of nutrients (antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, to name a few), eat A Purified Life’s chocolates, because she brings it over the top with her masterfully blended ingredients in order to provide us with the most satisfying cacao experience while healing our bodies at the same time.
The smell filling the house this morning is autumnally divine 🙂 The combination of the sweet persimmon puree, mixed with the subtle spice flavor from the cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander create a wonderful home for the soft chunks of apples that easily melts in your mouth. Add to that the occasional date bite surprise and you got yourself a beautiful fall muffin treat, healthy enough for breakfast, sweet enough for dessert.
I just thawed my last bag of muffins this week, so I had been pondering what muffin flavor I was going to start with to work on filling up my freezer again. While I had a few other flavors in mind, when I looked at my fruit rack this morning and saw the abundance of ripe persimmons, there was no doubt that was going to be the flavor of the week 🙂
For this recipe, either persimmons will work, but I used the fuyu, the small squatty ones that can be eaten hard. I had some soft ones so I used those. If you have some super ripe hachiya, those will work great as well, but just make sure they are super ripe. These are the tear drop larger ones. Those are pretty much inedible unless they are fully soft to the point of almost falling appart in your hand. I learned this the very hands on way.
While I am typing this, it is quiet in the house as the kids are busy eating all the muffins that are barely cool enough to grab, but I made sure to put a large batch in a box out of reach. It makes me happy that my kids love my cooking this much, yet at the same time, it’s hard to not have them eat all the baked goods in one day!
3 cups flour (I mixed spelt, rice and teff. Don’t use spelt if gluten free)
1 cup small oats (regular works fine)\
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground coriander
3/4 cup coconut sugar
4 large dates chopped really small (I used medjool because I love how juicy and thick they are)
2 ripe persimmons, pureed
1 small apple, chopped small
1 cup water (or more if you find your dough too dry depending on what flour you use)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup ground flax seeds soaked in 1/2 cup water
preheat oven to 350*F
grind your flax seeds and put them in a small bowl in water, set aside
mix first 9 ingredients in a large bowl
blend the persimmons in order to make a puree
add all the remaining (wet) ingredients in another bowl and mix well
combine wet and dry ingredients
grease muffin tins
pour dough in tins and bake for about 10-12 minutes for mini muffins, probably around 18 minutes for larger ones, or until a toothpick comes out clean
let cool in pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks
eat at will or store out of sight so you are not tempted to eat at will!!
Note this made about 56 mini muffins. I like to make mini muffins because it’s easier for the kids to handle and good to transport. Also, I make this many because I like to freeze some for later use so I can have an easy snack to grab, or a quick breakfast on the go.
Thick, rich and creamy, not only is this yogurt delicious but it is good for the body with it’s probiotics and healthy fats. I have been seeing homemade yogurts for a while now. First at Nouveau Raw, if you have never checked this woman’s blog yet and you are in to raw foods, you MUST go now!!! She is incredible. Her creativity paired with her skill, knowledge and presentation leave me speechless. She is like the Martha Stewart of raw food.
Then I’ve seen this yogurt done several more times. But the one that finally got me doing it is Larice over at Feeding Your Beauty. Larice and I don’t know each other but reading her feels like we have been friends for a while because we seem to feel the same way about raising nutritionally conscientious children and have the same taste in food 🙂 She just made it all look and sounds so simple that I decided it was time for me to give it a go. And I am SO glad I did!!! And so are my kids!
Other than breaking open the coconuts, the yogurt in itself was so quick and simple and came out great the first time!
Will be making this often 🙂
Here I am showing you the yogurt turned into a delicious morning treat, by layering fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey and some homemade raw grawnola.
Ingredients for the yogurt:
5 young thai coconuts
2/3 cup of coconut water
2 capsules of probiotics
open all the coconuts and sac the water aside. Larice shows her step by step system, in her post. Which is slightly different than mine but since hers is photographed you might as well check hers 😉
put the young coconut meat in the blender with the water. Blend on high until a rich and creamy consistency is achieved. Add water if you want a slightly thinner yogurt.
pour in a bowl, open the probiotic capsules and dump them in. Mix with a wooden spoon.
put a towel over it and let it sit somewhere dark and warm for 12-24 hours. I left mine in my unopened, turned off stove.
Taste it and if it’s to your liking, eat right away or store int he fridge where it will become a little more tangy.
I have no idea how long this will last as we ate the whole batch in one sitting, my little family of 5.
Just as the title states, luxurious, hint of chocolate, creamy and decadent, this beverage is a weekend treat. After making my Black Tea Mocha a few months back, I knew I was on to something with replacing coffee for tea in all the specialty coffee drinks. I like coffee, but I prefer tea. My warm beverage drinking world has opened up even wider!
This is a perfect fall beverage. While I enjoy chai tea at any time of the year, I feel more drawn to it during the fall and winter months because of all the warming spices. And if you’ve been following me for a while now, you have surely caught on to what a chocoholic I am, so naturally finding ways to sneak that delicious superfood in where ever I can has become quite a skill 😉
And lastly let’s not forget about what makes this drink so luscious: coconut butter. That’s right. I’ve been using coconut butter in drinks for a while now to add healthy fats and decadence. A winner every single time.
While I would love to say I get to enjoy this beverage quietly in a cozy chair while reading a book, the truth is, I generally have 3 minutes to myself before I have to brace the cup and raise it high above my head while I get jumped on by one of my children, or shoved off my seat by another or even just have the cup grabbed out of my hand because “Can I have some?”. In any case, how ever you get to enjoy this Latte, it is well worth it and will put a smile on your face 🙂
2 cups steeped and strained chai tea (I buy mine in bulk and prefer the slightly spicy kind)
1 cup almond milk (or any other milk), for this drink I used almond coconut milk that I had just made, and it was such a divine choice 🙂
1.5 TBS coconut butter OR 3TBS coconut cream (the rich stuff from a can)
1-2 tsp cacao powder (Depending on how chocolatey you want it)
Put everything in blender and blend on high until you get a little foam at the top
I love the fall for all the cooking/food making inspiration!!! It’s my favorite season when it comes to kitchen time 🙂 My very first seasonal recipe was this Salted Caramel Chai tea infused concoction I made. The kids and I have been devouring that one with sliced apples, soooo tasty!!!
And now I am looking forward to all the pumpkin and squash recipes I will be coming up with and getting inspired by!! This was another semi-accident. It was late and I needed to get dinner ready fast. I had this leftover baked pumpkin and it only took a few moments for me to realize that the fastest way to eat that (other than straight out of the skin with a fork), was to throw it in the blender with a few other ingredients to create a soup. No wait! I’ll make it a sauce so we can have it over pasta 🙂 And there it was, minutes later, our tasty family dinner.
I topped my bowl off with some homemade spicy seeds.
1/4 cup fresh raw pumpkin seeds, not dried or cooked (I just keep the seeds after taking them out of the raw pumpkin)
3/4 cup almond milk or coconut milk
3/4 cup cooked pumpkin or squash
1/4 cup coconut cream (from a can, organic toxic free if possible)
1/4 tsp real salt
2 TBS fresh parsley minced
1/4 tsp dried sage
if you dont have left over squash, then bake it in the oven for about 45 minutes
put first 3 ingredients in blender and blend on high until nice and smooth
add other ingredients and blend until the herbs are nicely incorporated but not fully blended
serve how ever you like!
we did it over zucchini pasta for a light yet satisfying dinner
Delicious caramel free of refined sugars, butter and health concerning ingredients? Ummm yes please! Creamy and sweet, with a hint of saltiness paired with the subtle chai tea flavors make this caramel sauce a winner in my sweet indulgences lately. Not only that, but it is (almost) raw, vegan and super quick to make!
I’ve had this caramel in some almond milk for a sweet drink, on top of homemade ice cream, with strawberries dipped in it, but mostly just out of the jar with a spoon.
This sauce was an accident. I had set out to make some chocolate creation. After putting the dates, mesquite and coconut oil in the blender, I realized that I was out of cacao powder (gasp!!!) How did I let that happen?? AND I was out of almond milk. I was sipping on some chai while I was making this, so I figured I would use that to get the blender going. After tasting it I quickly recovered form my chocolateless upset. It was delicious. Salt came to mind very quickly and in a matter of seconds the blender was going again to create this beautiful concoction that I have made a few times already.
While I am proud of my creation, I must admit, it’s hard to screw up when using such wholesome and delicious ingredients.
1/4 cup Coconut oil
10 soft Medjool Dates (approx 1 cup)
1 tsp mesquite
1/4 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup chai tea (more or less depending on the consistency you like)
boil some water and pour over chai tea, let steep for 5 minutes and strain
add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until a nice and smooth texture is acheived
store in an airtight container int he fridge for at leaf a week (maybe more?)
Note: Depending on the ingredients and how things got mixed, the caramel may or may not harden while in the fridge. The first time I made it it got hard in the fridge but quickly soften when put in some warm water. The second time it kept it’s creamy texture but I needed to put it in some walt water to be able to pour it over ice cream. No matter the texture though, it will become liquid again when warm and it will always taste delicious 🙂
Simple and delicious. Nutritious and filling, these are the perfect little muffin to put in my kids snack bag, or as a quick grab-and-go breakfast. We just had our first week of school here and you know what that means?? Muffin time!! I find muffins to be so convenient during the school year as I can pack them with all kinds of nutritious foods and they come conveniently shaped in a ball that fits in all my kids hands! Making them an ideal food. And whether I choose to make them savory or sweet, I usually find a way to sneak in some veggies in there.
For my little 2nd graders first week I decided to make these simple-in-flavor banana carrot muffins. I made a huge batch and froze about 2 dozen for an easy last minute snack in the weeks to come, ad still had enough to feed all my kids all week.
One big baking batch saves me time in the long run.
I hope you try these and enjoy them as much as we did!
3 cups flour (I mixed teff, rice and coconut)
2 tsp baking soda
1/4tsp nutmeg, (I would’ve used cinnamon but ran out)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup packed shredded carrots
1 cup packed mashed bananas
3/4 maple syrup
1 cup milk (I used almond
3 TBS ground flax soaked in 6 TBS water (flax “egg”)
preheat oven to 350*F
soak the flax seeds in water
In a large bowl combine the first 3 ingredients
in a blender combine all the other ingredients and blend just enough to mix everything together
combine dry and wet ingredients
grease some mini muffin tins with coconut oil and fill them up
bake for about 10 minutes for mini muffins, and about 18 minutes for larger muffins
let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
Creamy and slightly sweet, this sauce dresses any salad beautifully. I whipped this dressing up in less than 5 minutes and drizzled it all over one of favorite summer time salads. My good friend Christina had brought a similar salad to a camping trip last summer, and ever since, I mindfully choose the sweetest perfectly ripened organic peaches form the market so I can make a version of that salad.
For this lunch in particular I combined about 3-4 cups of greens (arugula and spinach), with a large handful of sliced red cabbage, a large peach, 1 very large avocado, 2 TBS pecans, 3 TBS minced dill. Everything organic, everything local.
The nice crunch from the cabbage, combined with the juicy peaches pair wonderfully with the mild bitterness of the arugula and rich creaminess of the avocado. Add to that the sweet tahini dressing and pungent dill, and you got yourself a party of the senses in your mouth!!
Ingredients for Tahini dressing:
1 TBS tahini
1 TBS lemon juice
3 TBS olive oil
1 tsp raw honey
dash of salt
put everything in a bowl and whisk well until combined
I used up this whole batch for my one salad.
Make more to store for future use if necessary! I know I will!