Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Raw snack bars

12 organic mejool dates
1/2 c raw organic almonds
3/4 c organic raisins 
3/4 organic gluten free oats
1/2 c organic hemp seeds
1/2 raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 c sunflower seeds
2 tbs organic natural peanut butter
2 tsp raw agave nectar 

In a food processor, toss in the almonds and process until a meal forms.  Then toss in the dates,  (with their pits removed), and 1/2 cup raisins.  Process.  Add the agave and peanut butter and process until a chunky paste forms.  
Scrape the processed mixture into a large bowl. Add the oats, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and 1/4 raisins.   Mix well with a sturdy spoon.  Pour the mixture into two small square pans or a 9X13 in pan.  Press down on the mixture with a rubber spatula until even.  Cover and put in the refrigerator to harden.

I can't wait to have my hubby try them out......what is your favorite snack to make for the ones you love?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Butter Bean Marinara

Easy, Vegan, Gluten Free, Delicious, and 
Kid Approved!
  • one jar of your favorite organic GF tomato marinara
  • one can Eden Foods organic butter beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1/2 organic onion chopped
  • 1 c raw organic cashews
  • 1 tbs basil 
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy your family likes it)
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • 1/4 c red wine (or water)
In a food processor, process the cashews until they form a meal.  Pour 1/2 c of the jar sauce into the processor with the cashews and process for about 30 seconds until combined.  Set aside.

Saute the chopped onion,  basil, salt and red pepper in 1/4 cup red wine until the onion softens.  Add the butter beans and saute for a few minutes, stirring frequently, add more wine or water if needed.

Stir in the rest of the jar sauce and cashew mixture into the bean/onion mixture and stir well.  Leave on a low heat for about 15 minutes to let the flavors incorporate.  (stirring frequently)  Serve over your favorite gluten free pasta.

We used quinoa pasta because it has a firmer bite than the rice pasta.  I also steamed some fresh organic broccoli to go along with this dinner.  The kids all really loved it!!