Thursday, January 30, 2014

Juicing


Been on a major juice kick lately. So much so that I think I'm about to retire my trusty Breville Juicer and finally buy the Omega VRT 350. I think in the long run I'll save $$$ because the Omega can extract so much more juice than my old Breville. Just hard to spend another $350 ( plus ) dollars on another appliance but like my Vitamix, I know I won't regret it. As for my favorite homemade juices, I actually prefer green juices ( kale, spinach, celery ) that have a punch of citrus and that are not too sweet.

Favorite Green Lemonade
- makes about 16oz-

2 cucumbers
2 celery stalks
1 lemon ( peeled )
1 apple
1/2 bunch of kale or spinach ( about 2-3 cups )
1" fresh ginger ( optional )

Besides juicing my own fruit and veggies I've been indulging in some cold pressed juices from Suja and from a local vendor called, Glow Juice Maui. These are both fantastic and perfect for when I just don't have the time to whip out the juicer.

Tons of lilikoi from our yard this season!

100% Pure homegrown lilikoi juice. I used a nutmilk cloth to strain the seeds. Pure lilikoi juice is very strong so I've been freezing it in ice cube trays for smoothies or mixing it with juiced pineapple and oranges. 

Love Suja's Green Juices.

All local...abiu, starfruit, sapodilla, manderins, meyer lemons, and banana

An occasional non-green  smoothie made with lilikoi, banana, Kua oranges, and ice.


ALOHA

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Love

{ This warming MisoTahini Soup from 101 Cookbooks } 

{ Buddha in the Meditation Garden in Makawao }

{ Raw vegan Eskimo Pie from Maui Kambucha }

{ Lipstick pink Hibiscus }

{ Rediscovering Kanaha }

ALOHA

Butternut Squash and Chipotle Quesadillas


 Back in October I was fortunate enough to dine at Cafe Gratitude in Venice, CA. Ever since, I've been obsessing about the Butternut Squash Quesadillas I had for lunch one afternoon. I'm not sure what took me so long to re-create this dish? It was actually pretty easy to throw together. I added some chipotle chilles to give the dish a bit more heat and depth.

Butternut Squash and Chipotle Quesadillas

-enough for about 6-8 mini quesadillas-

6-8 corn tortillas
1 small butternut squash or 1/2 large
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce mashed with a muddle
sea salt
vegan chipotle sour "cream" (recipe below)
guacamole
 (I bought some pre-made guac from my local health food store)
store bought or homemade chunky salsa fresca
chopped green onions
chopped cilantro
roasted pumpkin seeds

Vegan Chipotle Sour Cream
1/2 cup raw cashews soaked about 3-4 hrs. Drain.
1/2 lemon juiced
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 -1 tsp mashed chipotle with abobo sauce
pinch of garlic salt
4-7 Tbs of pure water depending on desired consistency.

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and start mixing on low. Gradually start adding water while increasing speed. blend on high until very smooth consistency is achieved. 


Pre-heat over to 400F and line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Spray with a high heat oil.
Cut squash in half length wise and scoop out seeds. Place squash cut side down on cookie sheet and bake until you can easily poke holes through the skin with a fork. About 40 minutes to an hour depending on size of the squash.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Scoop squash from skin and place in a bowl with mashed chipotle. And a generous pinch of  sea salt and whip with a fork or potato masher until fully combined.

Place about 1/4 cup of squash puree on one side on a corn tortilla. Fold into a half moon and grill on  a grill pan ( or skillet ) until tortilla is heated through.

Top with vegan chipotle sour cream, green onions, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds. Serve with guacamole and salsa.

Enjoy and ALOHA!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Aloha 2014

I'm still here! Just super busy these days....
 Still sticking to a high vegan(almost raw)/gluten free diet these days and staying very active. I plan on posting some new recipes very soon!
Here's a few Maui pics taken over the last few days. 

{Kanaha}

{Cows in the fog Upcountry in Kula}

{Lilikoi harvest from our yard}

{Looking out towards Specklesville}

{Beautiful Peahi area}

{I spy "Jaws" breaking}

ALOHA