Friday, December 28, 2012

Brown Rice Farina

Breakfast this morning was Brown Rice Hot Farina with about a 1/2 cup of Mixed Berries, Flax Meal, Unsweetened Coconut and Chopped Almonds. Yummy!
My weight was down another 1/2 pound!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Spicy Nut Butter Sauce

Sauce for Steamed Veggies or Salad Dressing

2 T almond or cashew butter
1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional, just changes the flavor a little)
1 scoop pea protein powder (optional)
1 T fresh grated ginger
2 cloves fresh crushed garlic
1 T chili-garlic sauce (I love Sambal or the Vietnamese chili sauce with the rooster on the front).
Add water - Thin to desired consistency. If you make it too thin, add some flax meal to thicken it up again.
Salt to taste (the original recipe used soy-sauce)

This works great on a salad with spinach and coleslaw mix (I buy the already shredded mix). Add some chopped pea pods, green onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, and whatever else you like. If you want to up the protein/fiber even more, add white or black beans, they work well with this sauce. I would do this if I didn't have the protein powder in the sauce.

The above mix can be stir-fried or cold. Put the sauce on top and serve in a bowl. If served hot, you can add 1/2 cup or so of brown rice to the bowl before adding the veggies and the sauce.

Raw Cashew Butter

I have been looking all over for cashew butter in my town.  When I found it, it was $10 a jar!  I just found a recipe for it...easy!

Raw Cashews
Food Processor

It takes awhile, but you can make cashew (or any other raw nut butter) in your food processor.
Raw cashews actually blend to this point pretty fast.

Here are a few more pictures taken at different intervals (click on any picture to see a larger image):
At this point it was nice and soft, but firm.
It started to get sticky here.
Now it was more spreadable.