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Half Raw and Half Cooked: Avocado, Corn and Tomato Salad over Beans

21 Apr

Corn Salad over Beans

We got to our local health food shop just in time the other day to buy the last 5 ears of local and organic sweet corn.  We were excited because we love our Avocado, Corn and Tomato Salad!  We enjoy the salad plain, or in lettuce as wraps… or even in a half-raw/half-cooked meal.  Today, we enjoyed them over Mashed White Kidney Beans.  Yummy!

For Mashed White Kidney Beans (the easy for Mama way): 

1. Soak 3 cups of white kidney beans in water overnight.

2. Drain and rinse the beans the next morning.

3. Place in slow cooker on high until soft (usually around 9 hours).

4. Drain.

5. Heat a pot and add 1/2 cup of water.

6. Sweat 1 chopped sweet onion in the water until softened.

7. Add 2 tsp ground cumin.

8. Add all the cooked beans and mash.

9. Season with some sea salt and your choice of herbs.

Raw Corn Salad on top of Cooked Mashed Beans, served with Flax Crackers

To Serve:

1. Place some mashed beans on a plate.

2. Top with Avocado, Corn and Tomato Salad.

3. Garnish with cilantro or a flax seed cracker.

4. Enjoy!

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Raw ‘Cream’ of Corn

31 Jul

Cream of Corn

If you want Cream of Corn that is simple, clean, low-fat and tasty, this is it!

Puree together:

pinch turmeric

1 tsp onion powder

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tbspn honey or maple syrup

2 tbspns flax seed meal

2 tbspns raw almond butter

Mix with:

4 ears of corn, shucked and corn kernels removed (you can get more ‘juices’ from the corn by running your knife along the edges after removing the corn kernels)

Puree half of the mixture and return to the rest. Serve.

Picnic Wraps

18 May

Corn Picnic Wraps

For the past 2 weeks, our health shop has had organic corn, which my boys both love raw.  Lately, we’ve had a lot of plain raw corn.  The weather has been great for eating outdoors too and we’ve enjoyed our corn in Picnic Wraps.

Mix all together:

1 – 2 tsp sea salt
1 – 2 garlic clove, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 tbspn lime juice
2 tbspns extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 handful of cilantro leaves
1 avocado, cubed
4 ears of corn, off the cob (organic please!  no GMOs for us)

Serve in lettuce or Napa cabbage leaves.  You can also try collard greens

My Boys will eat up their RAW Avocado, Tomato and Corn

19 Oct

One of the easiest ways to get my husband and son to eat raw is by serving up raw corn and guacamole!

My local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program has sent me fresh corn for the pass few weeks.  My son will eat the fresh raw corn on the cobb.  My husband likes his raw off the cobb with garlic. 

Mix together:
corn off the cobb
garlic powder
sea salt
extra virgin olive oil
cilantro, optional

Fresh corn eaten in moderate quantities balances all constitutional types according to Ayurveda. It is a warming food that strengthens the body and aids in kidney and bladder functions.

At the same meal, I will serve a simple guacamole with homemade raw chips.  It is a great way to get younger kids active in the kitchen – especially when they get to mash avocado with a mortar and pestle!
Have your child mash with mortar and pestle:
1 garlic clove, first then
2 avocados
Chop and add:
1 tomato, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 lime, juiced
1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped 
salt, to taste
scallions, to garnish

Serve with homemade flax seed chips.

Avocados strengthen the body and restore the liver, lungs, plasma and skin.  They are considered a heavy food, however, and therefore must be eaten in small amounts.