Archive for June, 2011

Guilt-free Cheesy Kale Chips

In the summer, I always find myself looking for healthy snacks to take to the park and healthy alternatives to chips to serve with sandwiches! These chips are packed with nutriton and are gluten-free and dairy-free!

This recipe is so incredibly easy and takes no time to prepare- all good things when we want to spend more time doing fun things outdoors instead of being chained to the kitchen!

Cheesy Kale Chips

1 head Locinato kale
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup tahini
1/2 red pepper
6-8 tablespoons Raw Parma (or nutritional yeast)
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of sea salt
Optional: cayenne pepper if you like spicy (I didn’t use it in mine!)

Combine all of the ingredients (aside from the kale, of course) into a food processor and run until smooth. Add water very slowly until mixture reaches desired consistency.

In a bowl, chopped the kale into 1/4 inch slices and put in a bowl with cheesy mixture. Flatten on a sheet and place in your dehydrator for approximately 12 hours (I did it overnight) until crispy. Depending on how goopy you make your chips, it may take a shorter or longer amount of time.

If you do not have a dehydrator do not despair…you can place the chips in your oven at 175 degrees with the door open for a hour or so (checking frequently of course.)

For more detailed information on this and other recipes, go to Raw Mom and Hot Dog Kids.

Strawberry Banana Coconut Yogurt Parfait

Summer is finally here and since I know we are all busy and perhaps traveling with our families, I am going to keep it simple with some go-to recipes that our family loves!

Breakfast is always tricky and I find that I get stuck in my cereal or toast ruts and I am always looking for more healthy breakfast ideas to spice things up.

One idea I have tried recently is doing a healthy, breakfast parfait. All you really need is fruit, some granola and a good creamy yogurt . Of course, I recommend a dairy-free yogurt such as So Delicious Coconut Yogurt, which even adds a richer taste but it is also easy to make your own Creamy Dairy-Free Coconut yogurt.

My kids, husband and I ALL loved this parfait and it felt decadent having “dessert for breakfast!” A nice change of pace…

Strawberry Banana Granola Parfait
4 strawberries (diced)
1/2 banana (cut into thin disks)
1 cup of yogurt (So delicious makes a delicious, creamy yogurt)
Granola (I used the gluten-free, raw Cherry Ginger Walnut from Laughing Giraffe)

Dice the strawberries and cut the bananas into very thin disks. Place a few heaping spoonfuls of yogurt in your cup, sprinkle granola on top covering area, then place a layer of sliced bananas on top then the strawberries. Continue until you have made the amount you desire. I did two layers and that was great for me.