Homemade Pizza - Oil Free

One Bowl GF Oil-Free Flax Meal Pizza Crust

On Monday we made a flax meal pizza crust infused with herbs. I had leftover carrot mash from carrot juice and was unsure how to use it when I had a brilliant idea, to use it in the pizza as an oil replacement. I tried it and had glorious success. The idea was inspired from the baking gods and goddesses and I am thankful!

Homemade Pizza - Oil Free

The dough was light, airy and easy to work with. I kneaded it with love so it would turn out very good for my husband. He had worked hard spreading his homemade compost around our new plants! I wanted to show my appreciation so I tried very hard to make this pizza to his liking!

Pizza Pizzza

Once kneaded I rolled the dough into a big plump ball that made my heart smile. It looked just right! I placed it on a pre-greased cookie sheet and pressed it into the shape of a pizza pie with a hearty crust. I baked the pizza for about 30 + minutes as I prepared homemade pizza sauce and toppings. My personal preference is to get the pizza crust brown around the edges and almost completely done to where the center pops back up vs. sinks. Then I add the sauce and toppings and bake for another 15 minutes give or take until done, slice and serve! I used to only bake it for 15 minutes but then had to bake the pizza for sometimes 40 + minutes waiting for the center to be done and not be soggy! This works for me and I hope it works for you!

This crust was dare I say almost perfect. It even formed a big bubble in the center as if it were from a pizza shop! There is no yeast, oil, sugar or refined flours here only really healthy ingredients so you can enjoy more than one slice and still feel great! :)

To make this delicious pizza pie you will need:

  • 2 cups flax meal
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup carrot pulp (from carrot juice)
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash: Red pepper flakes, oregano, rosemary, basil, sage and pepper.
  • Opt: I used a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Dukkah Blend which is a mixture of almonds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, anise seeds and salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat a pan with olive oil (or line with parchment paper)
  3. Combine the flax meal and warm water in a large bowl, mix well. Add the balance of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Roll up your sleeves and begin working the dough, kneading for 1-2 minutes until completely worked together. I find getting my hands wet first and along the way helps.
  5. Roll the dough into a ball, place it in the center of your pan and begin to form your pizza. I like to leave a high edge for a thick crust!
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until it is almost completely done. While it is baking prepare your sauce and toppings.
  7. Pull it out of the oven, top with sauce and your favorite toppings and bake for another 10-15+ minutes until done. Serve hot and enjoy!!!

CC’s Homemade Pizza Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp oregano and 2 tbsp basil

Directions:

  1. Saute the onions, garlic and jalapenos in 1-2 tbsp of water until soft.
  2. Add the balance of the ingredients and simmer on low, heating throughout, while the pizza is cooking.

Pizza!!

I hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we did!!!

May you have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

Christa

Our Little Garden

Gardening is therapy for my heart and soul. First hard work is done to prepare the space, sweat, blisters, bug bites persist yet glorious hard work overcomes all bringing a great sense of joy and inner peace. As the weeds come out of the ground they also come out of my soul.

Mung Beans

Then come the rows, carefully prepared with love hoping the hard work has paid off. Seeds are picked out, planted, covered and blessed.

Then the 3 w’s:

  1. Watering
  2. Waiting
  3. Weeding

I wonder will the seeds take…will they grow. When I don’t see anything I doubt for a moment and am overjoyed to find growth on a new day.

Tomatoes

Gardening is like anything else, if you don’t succeed the first time try again! I’ve already re-seeded a few areas and thankfully I did because now new growth is coming up. I have a few more to tend to. ;)

Garden - Pepper

We planned our rows out this time.

Garden Plot A

Can you tell I am married to an engineer? He helped organize us and I learned quickly documenting it on an excel spreadsheet. Fun!

Garden Plot B

Fingers crossed what we planned actually comes to fruition!

Garden Plot C

Garden Plot D

I am hoping the garden produces so much we have plenty to share!!!

Sweet Basil

Here are some of the beauties coming up!

Melon

Do you have a garden? We hope to have a big piece of property someday, an earth ship home and a permanent garden spot but for now we are so happy to have the go-ahead to plant where we are. We’ve done container gardening in San Diego on our patio and it was fun to see how much we could grow. Whether big or small in a kitchen window seal or a patio growing plants brings much joy!

Urban Gardening San Diego CA 2012

With love and dirt under my thumb,

Christa

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

 

Dehydrated Beet Powder

Homemade Beet Powder for Beet Juice, Smoothies, Natural Make-Up and More

Beets are a nutritional powerhouse loaded with immune boosting qualities!

Benefits of Beets

Once I learned how good they were for us I couldn’t help but keep some around for our smoothies. We even planted seeds for some fresh organic heirloom beets (hopefully!)

Did you know 1 tsp of beet powder is equivalent to the nutrition of 1 whole beet???!!! I didn’t! I learned about it on Instagram from @rawgrandma.  Dehydrated beets, ground into a powder can be used in smoothies, sauces, soups, treats and more adding a gorgeous color and an instant shot of health.  To make some for yourself wash and peel some beets…

Beets- Fresh

Slice thin with a knife or mandolin…

Beets

Place on a dehydrator rack. I love our Excalibur!Dehydrated Beets

Dehydrate overnight at 104-105 degrees until completely dehydrated. I let ours continue until mid-day.

Dehyrdated Beetz

Remove and grind into a fine powder. I ground ours in our coffee grinder. I will try our food processor or blender next time for a more refined powder. You can also purchase beet root powder online. :0)

Dehydrated Beet Powder

I even used the beet powder as a 100% organic and raw blush and lip-gloss! Place the beet powder in a clean make-up container for powders or tap some in the lid of a jar (I chose this option) dab your brush in the powder, tap it to remove any excess chunks and apply, adding additional layers as preferred to reach a beautiful glow! For lip-gloss use a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil and apply to lips, rub in. Dab your finger in the powder and rub your lips together or use your finger to rub in. The moisture in the oil will unleash the color for beautiful kiss-worthy lips. Simple and pretty! I found an awesome lipgloss recipe here that I can’t wait to try: http://yumuniverse.com/easy-diy-beet-powder-cream-blush/!

I hope you enjoy the health benefits of beets or even beet powder.

With love,

Christa

 

Burrito Bowlz

Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls offer a complete balanced meal that’s easy to make, attractive to your eye, nourishing to your body and super delicious! For a vegan or non-vegan this meal is sure to please! It is a great meal to kick off National Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Burrito Bowl - Vegetairan awareness mo

I honestly didn’t know it existed! It was established by North American Vegetarian Society in 1977! FIX.com is spreading the awareness about the benefits of vegetarian lifestyle. Read all about it here. They even created the beautiful image below.

vegetarian-month-final

Simple.

Satisfying.

Nourishing.

Burrito Bowls!

Burrito Bowlz

 

To make this bowl start 1 cup of cooked brown rice in the center of a bowl. Surround with a layer of guacamole.

 

Burrito Bowls for 2

Cover the guacamole with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”! Opt to add “refried” beans. We took soaked and boiled beans, added a dash of oil, seasoning and placed it in the food processor for a homemade version. (Props to my hubs!) Then surround the plate with your favorite leafy green, we used amaranth leaves. :0) Opt to top with a heart of Sriracha sauce!

 

Burrito Bowl - Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 Batch Guacamole
  • Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
  • Homemade or purchased beans (your fav – whole or blended)
  • 1-2 cups fresh leafy greens
  • Dash of Sriracha sauce
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes and cilantro.

Directions:

  1. Pre-cook the rice on the stove or in a rice cooker. Place 1 cup each in a bowl for 2 servings.
  2. Create a fresh batch of guacamole, surround the rice. Rinse and whip up some raw walnut taco “meat” and place on top of the guacamole.
  3. Place beans around the base of the rice and fresh greens around the bowl. Serve with a heart of Sriracha on top and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and cilantro, dig in! Serve as is or with tortillas or chips.

Burrito Bowls

 

Healthy and Delicious!

Burrito Bowl

EnJoY!

Christa

xox

Raw Tacos - Taco Tuesday

100% Raw, Gluten-Free Tacos with Walnut Taco “Meat”

100% Raw, Gluten-Free Tacos! The “meat” is made from a walnut base and is absolutely incredible. We both were blown away at how it tasted like the “real thing.” We loved it so much we had it for dinner two nights in a row. The first night we enjoyed it in cabbage wraps with fresh fruit on the side.

Raw Tacooos

Tonight for Taco Tuesday we had it on a corn crisp with all the fixings.

Raw Taco Tuesday

I served it with a big platter of food, sometimes it is more fun to make it yourself!

Raw Taco Tuesday Platter

Homemade Guacamole

Raw Tacos - Guacomole

Homemade Salsa

Raw Tacos - Salsa

With walnut taco “meat” that is out of this world! The recipe was inspired from The Rawtarian who I’m just beginning to follow and love!

Raw Taco Meat

Stack it, stuff it, sprinkle it, scoop it, enjoy it any way you please!

Raw Tacos Tuesday

To make the Walnut Taco “Meat”  all you will need is a food processor and the ingredients below. Combine all of the ingredients and process until desired consistency. I displayed the recipe as 2 servings but it could be 4 small serving as well, each time we had enough left for a late night snack. :)

Raw Walnut Taco Meat Ingredients

Raw Tacos Nutrition

Raw Tacos - Taco Tuesday

I thought it would be fun to end Vegan Month of Food and September off with a bang! A new raw, vegan and gluten-free recipe that is sure to please. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

With love,

Christa

xo

Hummus Turtle Bowl

Garlic Hummus

Today for lunch we enjoyed homemade hummus dip! I started playing with it shaping it in a round shape and then Gerald started shaving a carrot. Before we knew it we had a Hummus Turtle! :0)

Hummus Turtle

It was a fun way to enjoy a delicious dip! We both LOVE hummus and it’s been way too many moons since we last enjoyed some. We recently soaked and boiled chickpeas so it was the perfect occasion for a fresh batch of hummus. We couldn’t help but enjoy every last bite.

Hummus Turtle Bowl

The recipe hails from our Blendtec Cookbook with modifications for a garlic, herb and seed blend with red pepper flakes for a pinch of spice. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

Hummus Ingredients

Hummus Nutrition

Hummus Turtles

In Joy!

Christa

xox

 

Raw collage

100% Raw – Vegan – Gluten-Free Recipes – Week 4 Vegan Mofo!

This week was all about Raw & Vegan creations!

Raw collage

It was really fun to try and learn new things. Enjoying raw vibrant food really makes me feel great. I hope you enjoy one or more so you can feel the transformational effects yourself!

Healthy Glow Smoothie

Healthy Glow Smoothiez

Raw Gluten-Free Vegan Sandwich Bread

Raw GF Sandwich Bread

Granola Girl Smoothie

Granola Girl Smoothsation

Chocolate Raspberry Delight

Cholate Raspberry Delight

Fully Raw Lasagna

FRLasagna

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Dream for Longevity!

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Dream

Today we foraged vs. cooked!!! We washed, de-seeded and prepped each and every date with care and they are now dehydrating. I can’t wait! :)

Fresh Dates

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

Lots of love,

Christa

 

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Dream for Longevity!

Creamy Cantaloupe mixed with coconut milk and agave for a divine and refreshing pick me up!

Creamy Cantaloupe

I haven’t purchased a cantaloupe in a long time. Last week while at the market I couldn’t help but pick one up. I could smell it walking down the isle and new it would be sweet! We both forgot how much we love cantaloupe, I have a feeling they’ll be appearing in recipes more often. So sweet, so healthy and really good frozen, who knew? Once frozen and whipped with coconut milk and a dash of sweetener it is a soft, creamy, cold, icy, orange mellow cool smoothie!! Creamy Cantaloupe Cream

About a month ago I had someone write me offline asking about measuring their telomeres. They were excited to try our Starfire Gold and wanted to know if we had heard of anyone getting their telomeres measured. We hadn’t heard of anyone following through or up with us directly. It turns out there are companies out there who do measure your telomeres! You can even order a DIY kit. I found this company and there are more.

If it weren’t for my husband I would be reading this asking..okay so what are telomeres?

Press Release

Telomeres.

Telomeres are comparable to the caps on our shoelaces for our DNA or genes; they protect them from shortening and fraying. Recent research is providing evidence for a connection between telomere length and lower incidence of disease and better aging. Meanwhile, others are studying how we can either preserve the length or elongate our telomeres with diet. They have found that a plant-based diet that is rich in folate, antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium), omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D is associated with longer telomeres.

Telomeres

WHOO-HOO – Insert Happy Dance here! I read it to my husband and gave him a high five!

Eating a healthy diet, getting regular movement and exercise, reducing stress, yoga, meditation and positive lifestyle changes can lead to a longer life and longer telomeres!

Telomeres

There’s a little-known nutrient that can help.

It will give you a younger immune system, make your cells act younger, and you’ll be able to keep doing what you love no matter your biological age.

I’m talking about citrulline.

Citrulline is an amino acid. And it’s the main facilitator in the process that turns on a natural telomere protection factor called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide protects your cells and your telomeres, maintaining their length.3

Citrulline helps and improves the process that makes these telomere protection factors work.4 In fact, when researchers looked at citrulline’s effect, it increased your telomere protection factors by 300 percent! 5

…Watermelon juice also has more citrulline than the flesh, but you have to drink three glasses a day to get a good amount of citrulline for a telomere boost.6

…The easiest way to get citrulline is through a powder or an extract.

…Just 50 mg a day of citrulline should provide you an additional telomere protection boost. – Al Sears, MD

Starfire Gold has been used for thousands of years for longevity. “The white powdered starfire gold was consumed by high-ranking Anunnaki, knowing that it activated the pineal gland, subsequently producing DMT which is somehow correlated to the production of the enzyme telomerase, tempering the damage to telomeres during cell division. A solution to the rapid aging process due to the short solar cycles on Earth had been found.” [pg 106] – Gerald Clark

Telomere

It turns out cantaloupe contains Citrulline! Not a lot but I figure every bit can help! ;)

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Dream

To make this healthy dreamy alchemical creation simply blend the following ingredients in a blender, scraping down sides as needed and sip to a healthier you!!! Cheers!

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Ingredients

Creamy Cantaloupe Coco Nutrition Facts

Creamy Coco

With love,

Christa

 

Fully Raw Lasagna

Fully Raw Lasagna

Today we enjoyed Fully Raw Lasagna!

Fully Raw Lasagna

It was a very fun way to enjoy a LOT of raw vegetables and herbs, combined together layer by layer with love to create a big slice of flavorful raw lasagna!

FRLasagna

The recipe comes from FullyRaw Kristina! It was sent to me by a sweet friend and boy am I glad she shared. Here is the video with full instruction on how to make it.


I subbed a few ingredients based on what I had in the kitchen. Making it work as Lindsay with Happy Herbivore would say!

Mine looked something like this:

Fully Raw Zucchini - Layer 1

Fully Raw Lasgna- Layer 2

More Zucchini Layers, a green layer, and raw marinara layer!

Fully Raw Marinara Sauce

More zucchinis, a green layer and then a cucumber nut layer…yum!

Fully Raw Lasagna Cucumber Nut Layer

More zucchini, a green layer, a red marinara layer topped with red bell peppers. Another zucchini layer topped with the cucumber nut blend and topped with cucumber, red bell peppers and red onion.

The end product:

FULLY RAW LASSAAAGNNA!

Very nourishing, healthy, satisfying, fun, filling and tasty! We couldn’t wait to slice into that beauty and dig in!

Fully Raw Lasagna -

The results? Fantastic! Fully Raw Lasagna..

I hope you enjoy this healthy fun way to eat raw vegetables! I was curious what it would take like cooked… I know I know it’s supposed to be raw! With curiosity I heated the balance for dinner at 350 for an hour and it was insanely delicious. Oil-free, vegan and loaded with vegetables! We ate about 5-6+ cups of dark leafy greens, cups of herbs, onion, garlic, tomatoes, nuts, zucchinis, cucumbers and red bell peppers between lunch and dinner….wow…! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Thank you FullyRaw Kristina for your fantastic recipe and all you do for humanity!!!

To healthy transformational food!

Christa

 

Chocolate Raspberry

Chocolate Raspberry Delight

Cacao and raspberries are blended with bananas for the ultimate lip your lips luscious treat.

Chocolate Rasp

It tastes like a chocolate raspberry candy bar but it’s healthy for you!

Chocolate Raspberry

We enjoyed this for breakfast, yes breakfast! It could be enjoyed as a snack or dessert as well. With 1 extra cup nut milk create silky smoothie. This is a new favorite!  Cholate Raspberry Delight

 

Raspberry Delight Ingredients

Blend all of the ingredients except for the last two. Pour on top of banana coins and serve with a raspberry on top ~ divine!!

Raspberry Delight

Raspberry Delight Nutrition

Tonight my sweetheart did a show that aired out of SAN DIEGO! As he was sharing divine information, this painting flowed out naturally!

Chakra Painting!

Love love love!
Christa

xo

Begin your alchemical transformation here!

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