Creamy Chilled Cucumber Pea Mint Soup

Creamy Chilled Cucumber Pea Mint Soup
(Serves 6-8) – Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
I made a Cucumber Dill Garlic sauce the other day and was inspired to make this chilled soup. This soup is raw so I treat this dish just as if I were juicing it, which means we eat it right away. Enjoy!

Creamy Chilled Cucumber Pea Mint Soup

  • Servings: 6-8 ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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1 English Cucumber, diced
A Bunch (handful) of Fresh Mint, chopped
½ Green Pepper, chopped
1 Cup Water
1 Avocado, pitted
1 Cup Peas
2 Scallions, chopped (white/light green part only)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Sea Salt/Pepper to taste

-Blend all ingredients together using a high speed blender. Chill and Enjoy!

Notes: I blended the first four ingredients together and then the avocado, peas and scallions separately then stirred together and added salt/pepper to taste.
-To serve up instantly – Use refrigerated Cucumber/Scallions and use Frozen thawed Peas.

Black Rice and Adzuki Bean Salad

Black Rice and Adzuki Bean Salad
(Serves 10-12) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Can be prepared Raw
I love learning about new foods and trying new ingredients. There are times when I’m just browsing through the aisles and I’ll grab an item that I’ve never tried before. I’ll read about it, learn about it, and then I’ll create a new recipe in my mind. Of course I’m always interested in the nutritional value as well.
I came across Black Rice (Chinese) in the store the other day. Originally I was looking for an ingredient to add into a salad, I considered Couscous or thought about making another pasta salad. Then I came across this black rice. I learned that Black rice is very nutritious. It’s a Rich source of Iron, Protein, Fiber, Antioxidants and Vitamin E. There are more antioxidants in this rice than berries. The flavor was incredible also. The rice on its own had a rich almost nutty flavor, very delicious. I cooked this rice and grilled all the veggies – you can grill an ear of corn then cut the kernels off the cob or use canned corn or frozen thawed corn.
Alternatively, this salad can be made all raw. Soak the rice overnight or for about 10-12 hours, drain then rinse and allow the rice to dry before adding the veggies raw.
It’s Memorial Day today – thank you for all the people who have died in service. This weekend is also a popular day for BBQ’s as a kick-off to the summer season. This recipe makes a nice side dish, main dish (hell my husband had some this morning with his breakfast, lol); it is also great as a potluck item to bring also. Enjoy!
Below are some links that include some nutritional facts about two main ingredients in this recipe that may not be too familiar. Use it as a starting point for your research.

Raw Preparation Tips/Links – Black Rice and Adzuki Beans


Black Rice and Adzuki Bean Salad

  • Servings: (About 10-12) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Can be made Raw
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 (15oz Can) Adzuki Beans
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tsp Sugar
½ Hothouse Cucumber, chopped
1 Carrot, shredded
½ Pint Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
1 Cup Black Rice, dry
1 ¾ Cup Water
1 Tsp Salt + Pinch of Salt for Rice
1 Tsp Course Black Pepper
½ – 1 Avocado, chopped
½ Red Onion, diced
½ Red Pepper, diced
1 Can of Corn or 1 ½ – Cups Frozen, thawed
Juice of ½ Lemon
A handful of Parsley, chopped
¼ Tsp Cayenne
¼ Tsp Cumin

-Rinse Rice under cool water. Combine Rice and Water with a pinch of Salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cover then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with fork and set aside until other ingredients are ready.
-Drain and Rinse Adzuki Beans. Combine in a bowl with Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil.
-Optional: Grill Red Onion, Red Pepper and Cherry Tomatoes set aside to cool then chop.
-Combine and toss all ingredients together to combine. Top with additional Avocado before serving. Enjoy warm or cold!

Next Day 🙂


Chive Pâté (Cashew and Sunflower Seed Dip/Spread)

Chive Pâté (Cashew and Sunflower Seed Dip/Spread)

(Makes about 2 Cups) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Almost Raw
While I was in the process of creating a recipe the other day (Chive Sauce for Potato Cakes) there was a point during the recipe development that I needed to add a little more water since I was creating a sauce and all. Just before adding more water at that moment the consistency resembled Pâté to me, so I made a mental note at that moment that I wanted to remake the recipe as a Pâté. This dip is phenomenal on crackers, tortilla chips, pretzels, celery etc. Warning – this is addicting. 🙂  Enjoy!

1 Cup Cashews, soaked
Juice of ½ Lemon
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3-4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
(.75 oz) Chives, chopped (abt ½ cup packed chopped)
½ Cup Water

-Soak cashews, I soaked for about 1 hr or overnight, then rinse and drain.
-Combine all ingredients in high-speed blender (I used my nutribullet). Refrigerate for a couple hours, if you can resist, to allow it to firm up. Serve and Enjoy!


Chive Pâté (Cashew and Sunflower Seed Dip/Spread)

  • Servings: Makes about 2 Cups~Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Almost Raw (Nutritional Yeast)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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1 Cup Cashews, soaked
Juice of ½ Lemon
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3-4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 ½ Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
(.75 oz) Chives, chopped (abt ½ cup packed chopped)
½ Cup Water

-Soak cashews, I soaked for about 1 hr or overnight, then rinse and drain.
-Combine all ingredients in high-speed blender (I used my nutribullet). Refrigerate for a couple hours, if you can resist, to allow it to firm up. Serve and Enjoy!

Reflections in a cup of Juice!

A toast to Reflections (A-Z Blog Challenge) and bloggers – Happy Juicing
(Serves 1) – Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

2-3 Stalks Kale, stemmed removed
2 Carrots
½ Cucumber,
1-inch piece Ginger, peeled
½ Lemon
1 Granny Smith Apple
-Juice the above ingredients and enjoy! – Remember Organic is always best.

Good Morning my beautiful juice! I love juicing – feels revitalizing in the morning. What a great breakfast of Antioxidants, Nutrients and Phytonutrients.
I wanted to take a moment to touch on a couple things. First, I want to say thank you again to my fellow bloggers out there for the follow(s) and support, the comments, the likes and anyone who has perused my blog or tried any of my recipes too. It truly means a lot to me. I enjoy reading everyone else’s blogs and posts also. The amount of Vegans that are out there still amazes me sometimes and even the non-vegans too – just the amount of people out there that are looking for healthier alternatives…I think that is fantastic. I believe in my heart that one can heal through food, aside from the animal cruelty factor and ethical reasons, this world is really changing. We’re a long way from the vittles our parents and grandparents grew up eating. The food quality has changed over the years so drastically. So take care of yourselves out there.

Finally, I’d like to talk about the A-Z Blog Challenge that I participated in April 2015. It was a fun challenge for me to come up with a new recipe for each letter. I had a ball participating and enjoyed every minute. Posting everyday alone was challenge in itself, but I’m so glad I got it accomplished. 🙂  I’m newer to blogging so this challenge pushed me that much more to post daily and to get creative and even better to learn about blogging and meeting new people! I have enjoyed reading so many blogs – stories, posts, recipes and learning so much.

Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
(Serves 1) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, can be Raw
O is for Oatmeal. Oatmeal is so versatile and healthy for you. It’s been known to lower cholesterol, its heart healthy, great for diabetics (stabilizes blood sugar) and reduces high blood pressure. It’s filling too, this smoothie easily tide me over until lunch. Oatmeal is great for you and my mom makes the best – I’ll have to blog about her recipe one of these days. Oatmeal is flexible too, you can make Oatmeal (porridge), Oatmeal Cookies, Oatmeal Bars, Granola or add it to a smoothie. This smoothie is a simple feel good breakfast recipe. Maca powder has been known to not only put you in a good mood, but to get you ‘in the mood’ also. This superfood has been known to boost the libido, helps with fatigue, it’s a stress reducer among others benefits. If not in this smoothie, I’ll mix maca straight in a bowl of oatmeal or other foods too. If the Oatmeal and Maca weren’t extraordinary enough, this also has Turmeric, Almond Butter, Coconut Water and Chia seeds. Chia seeds are packed with an excellent vegan source of Omega 3’s, as well as, protein, antioxidants and fiber. You can prepare it the night before and refrigerate so all you have to do in the morning is blend it up. And if you prepare it that morning, it takes no more than 5 minutes. Serves 1 – but can easily be doubled or tripled for a family breakfast on the go.


¼ Cup Rolled Oats –GF (I use Bob’s Red Mill) or raw oat groats (raw)
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tsp to 1 Tbsp Raw Agave Nectar (to taste)
1 Tsp Maca Powder
¼ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Maple Almond Butter (I use Justin’s)
½ Cup Almond Milk
¼ Cup Coconut Water
½ Cup Water

Blend together and Enjoy! – You can substitute for all coconut water if you prefer.


Raw Lemon Tart

Raw Lemon Tart
(Serves 4-6 depending on pan size) – Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
Chia Cream:
1 Cup Cashews, soaked
½ Cup Macadamia Nuts, soaked
1 Cup Water
2 Tbsp Blue Agave Nectar
Juice of 1 Lemon
3 Tbsp Chia Seeds
¼ Tsp Turmeric, optional for color

-Soak nuts for at least 3 hours. Rinse and drain. –Blend nuts, water and agave in high-speed blender for 3 minutes until creamy and smooth. Remove then place in bowl – stir in Lemon, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight until mixture sets.

Lemon Crust:
1 Cup Brazil Nuts (about 5.5 oz)
½ Cup Macadamia Nuts (about 2.5oz)
1 Tbsp raw Blue Agave Nectar
Zest from 1 Lemon
1/3 Cup Finely shredded coconut, optional
-Blend nuts in high-speed blender separately. –Brazil nuts first, remove and set aside. Then Macadamia nuts remove and set aside. In a bowl, combine nuts with remaining ingredients.


-Press crust into bottom of mini spring form pans. Stir in Chia seeds & Tumeric to Lemon Cream mixture. Then top crust with Lemon Chia Cream and freeze for about 45 minutes until set. Remove from pan and serve immediately.



Kiwi Parfait

Kiwi Parfait – Raw
(Serves 4) – Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

K for Kiwi! Kiwis are loaded with Vitamin C as well as antioxidants, dietary fiber and potassium. I love when ‘mistakes’ happen in the kitchen and creates something new and better! Originally when I created this recipe, I envisioned a layer of coconut milk with chia seeds, however, the coconut milk coupled with the chia seeds didn’t set as I intended – it was very loose. The cashew/macadamia cream goes a long way, it turned out that I didn’t really need the additional cream after all. – I still made the coconut whipped cream as a topping, you can easily omit. So with regards to the ‘mistake’ there’s no way I was to get rid of the coconut milk or the precious vanilla beans I used…so I made ice cream! Enjoy – I’ll be sharing my coconut ice cream shortly. 🙂
6-8 Kiwi, chopped
1 Cup Cashews, soaked
½ Cup Macadamia Nuts, soaked
1 Cup Water
½ Vanilla Bean, scraped
3 Tbsp Blue Agave Nectar, divided
1 Can ( 13.5 oz) Coconut Milk Whipped Cream, optional (omit for raw)
Raw Walnuts, optional

-Soak nuts for at least 3 hours. Rinse and Drain.
-Blend nuts, water and 2 Tbsp Agave in high-speed blender for about 3 minutes until creamy and smooth. Remove then place in bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
-Split the Vanilla bean open and scrap the pod to remove the seeds.
[At this point to keep the recipe raw – just add the vanilla bean to the cashew ‘yogurt’] or add coconut whipped cream to top.

Easy Coconut Whipped Cream:
-Refrigerate can of Coconut milk overnight. Remove from refrigerator – open can: cream should have separated from coconut water.
-Remove the cream and reserve the water/liquid for smoothie or other preparation.
-Add the cream to a bowl with vanilla beans and 1 Tbsp Agave then whip with hand mixer.

Coconut Whipped Cream!


-Begin to layer parfait: Kiwi, Cashew/Macadamia cream, Walnuts-optional. (I use 1 to 2 kiwis per parfait. You can top with coconut cream, if using.


Juicing – Apple, Lemon, Cucumber Cleanse

Juicing – Apple, Lemon, Cucumber Cleanse
(Serves 1) – Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

Juicing…what an invigorating and refreshing way to start your day! Two quick basics to keep in mind are organic is always best and juice on an empty stomach – this is the reason why most people juice first thing in the morning. Juicing is a great meal replacement (like breakfast) and if you’re hungry in an hour or two grab some nuts to snack on or another healthy snack. Juicing gives your body a shot of Vitamins & Nutrients, Phytonutrients, Antioxidants, Chlorophyll and can balance your pH. Just take a moment to stop and think of how many fruits, vegetables and herbs there are out there, now think about how many variations you can come up with…the possibilities are endless 🙂 . This quick three ingredient recipe is cleansing and delicious, not to mention simple. Drink up – Enjoy!



Iceberg Wedge Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing – Vegan

Iceberg Wedge Salad with creamy Italian Dressing
(Serves 4 – 1 Head Lettuce) Vegan, Gluten-Free

Iceberg lettuce is regularly accused of being boring and bland. Usually hidden in a burrito or wrap, maybe chopped in a salad or placed on top of a taco. But Iceberg has great potential, it can be luxurious and classy. If you’re looking to change your seemingly boring salad, next time try a wedge salad! I love this recipe because it is very simple but looks fancy. Partnered with a creamy classic. This Italian dressing is magnificent. It’s pretty bold to say something is the ‘best’ but this salad dressing is supreme! Enjoy!

Iceberg Lettuce
Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
Red Onion, sliced thin
Walnuts, chopped
Cucumber, diced
Coconut Bacon, optional (Find Recipe Here)

-Remove outer layer of Iceberg lettuce and cut in half. Cut out core of lettuce and then cut in half.
-Rinse under cool water and drain on a paper towel until ready to serve.
-Add toppings and dress salad. That’s it!

Creamy Italian Dressing – Vegan
(Makes 2 Cups) – Vegan / Gluten-Free
1 Avocado, pitted
½ Cup Vegenaise
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
5 Basil Leaves, chopped roughly
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of ½ Lemon
2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Raw Blue Agave Nectar
½ Tsp course Black Pepper
½ Tsp Sea Salt
½ Tsp dried Oregano
½ Tsp Italian Seasoning
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
2 Garlic Cloves, minced

Combine all ingredients in food processor until creamy. Refrigerate any unused portion. Enjoy!

Note: Raw Option for this recipe – omit Vegenaise and replace with another Avocado.



Chilled Gazpacho with Watercress
(Makes about 12 Cups) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw

I’m celebrating “G” today with Gazpacho a tomato based cold soup. This version is delicious, light and airy. Although it doesn’t have that bright ‘red’ color as some which could be because I do not use tomato juice which is commonly added. I wanted as close to nature and raw as possible with this recipe. It’s packed with lots of flavor and you can taste the freshness. Enjoy!

1 Red Pepper, seeded/chopped
1 Green Pepper, seeded/chopped
1 Hothouse Cucumber, chopped
½ Red Onion, chopped
1 Celery Rib, chopped
½ Serrano Pepper, seeded/chopped
5 Basil Leaves, chiffonade
5 Tomatoes, chopped (I use Hot House or Vine Ripened)
3-4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 Tbsp Vinegar
Juice of 1 Lime
½ Tsp Sea Salt
½ Tsp course ground Pepper
¼ Tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Blue Agave Nectar
1 Cup Watercress
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Avocado for garnish, optional


-Combine all ingredients in food processor, blender or high powered blender (Vitamix, Ninja or Nutribullet) depending on consistency you prefer. I typically blend the first 9 ingredients first to combine then blend in the remaining. Chill for a couple hours then enjoy!