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6/27/12 5:38 P

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Yup, I usually eat it raw in salads or slice thin and use as "chips" for guacamole. I have not tried to dehydrate them. emoticon I never knew you cooked jicama, always thought it went in salads or coleslaws.



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6/27/12 5:35 P

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JULESRULES, jicima is awesome in salads! A lot of the Mexican restaurants in Arizona routinely add it to salads. I'm not sure how well it would puree, never tried.

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Jicama is wonderful raw... very sweet and crunchy and juicy. I love it cut into sticks.

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6/27/12 7:49 A

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Please excuse my ignorance, Travelnista. I didn't know that you could eat jicama raw. In fact, I've never had jicama. I guess I need to put it on my list of things to try. emoticon

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6/26/12 8:11 P

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I think you are probably right Julia. Let me tell you that if I ever decide to go High Raw instead of 100% that recipe is 1st on my list to make. I used to love cooked dandelion greens. I'm thinking the potatoes cut part of the harshness in the soup. I think making it Raw the cauliflower may still make it too bitter as cauliflower is not sweet like a potato. Perhaps jicama may do the trick as to me Raw jicama is sweet.



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So glad to hear you enjoyed it, PETALIA!

It was easy to convert to vegan. I'd like to find a way to convert to raw, for TRAVELNISTA (and because I like eating a high percentage raw).

I'm thinking homemade almond milk and perhaps pureed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

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6/26/12 6:54 P

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DESERTJULZ, that Dandelion Greens Soup is delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I made similar substitutions to yours. Also, I pureed into the soup the stemmy 1/2 of the dandelion greens and added the leafy 1/2 after the blending. I used my homemade broth made from vegetable scraps. Wow. Once again, thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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6/25/12 12:20 P

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You could sub in pureed cauliflower for the potatoes, I do believe. Maybe juice some flavorful veggies to replace broth. If you do it, post what you do. I love to incorporate more raw meals into my daily nutrition!

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6/24/12 2:59 P

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Desertzules that recipes sounds really good. I need to play around with it and see how I can make a Raw version as I am following a 100% Raw Diet.

Here is clickable link for the recipe Desertjulz's shared with us:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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6/22/12 12:43 P

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I will love to hear everyone's thoughts after they try the Dandelion (or Arugula) Soup! I had the leftovers last night and it was every bit as yummy rewarmed.

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6/22/12 6:56 A

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Oh the ordinariness of the humble dandelion. Yes, you can eat the leaves and the flowers and the roots. Google it and you'll find plenty!

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6/22/12 5:05 A

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Is that ordinary dandilions found in the garden???

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6/21/12 9:14 P

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Julia, that dandelion soup sounds really good. I also like all your changes. I have never cooked arugula. The leaves are so delicate. The bitterness of the dandelion greens and the contrast in colors, oh I look forward to making it. If you pick dandelion greens when they first come up, before the flowers appear, when the leaves are still little, they are not bitter at all. I feasted on baby dandelion leaf salads this spring. Delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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6/21/12 12:04 P

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emoticon Can wait to try it! I have some fresh, super peppery arugula in my fridge right now that I got at the farmer's market.

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6/21/12 11:40 A

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Last night I tried this Dandelion (or Arugula) Soup recipe:

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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It was flipping amazing! I changed it up to be vegan by using coconut oil margarine instead of butter and flax milk instead of milk. I also chose to add the dandelion greens *after* blending the other ingredients, which made it a gorgeous soup. The creamy part was a beautiful pale orange (from carrots) and the dark dandelion greens floating in it were just gorgeous.

I love the bitterness of dandelion greens. They are so good for you, and a good liver-cleanser.

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6/21/12 2:33 A

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6/20/12 7:48 P

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Made this delicious baked black bean recipe for dinner. So yummy!

www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/baked-bl
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k-beans-143274/


Here are the substitutes I used:
1. Half a package of Lightlife Smart Deli Bacon for the turkey bacon
2. Quarter of a large red pepper for the jalapeņos (I was out)
3. 1 cup of reduced sodium, organic vegetable broth for the beef broth
4. reduced sugar ketchup instead of regular (trust me, there is enough sugar)
5. Malt vinegar instead of cider (again out)
6. Cooked (dry) black beans instead of canned (from my batch cooking this weekend)

I didn't use the pepper or cilantro, but it is probably good too. Enjoy!

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6/19/12 3:10 A

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Didn't feel like going shopping, so I made this chilli from what I had at home. Very easy, and feels fresh and spicy:
http://unusuallyordinarymum.wordpress.co
m/2012/06/19/cupboard-chilli-vegetarian/

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6/12/12 11:47 A

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6/12/12 9:51 A

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Yum! Looking forward to trying the mousse!!
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Thank you for sharing! I haven't tried this one yet but cannot wait to. I cannot remember where I pulled it from...

Chocolate Mousse

2 ripe avocados
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp or more maple syrup
4-6 Medjool dates (soaked overnight or in warm water for 20-30 minutes
2 tbsp of pure raw cacao powder
1-2 tbsp almond butter, coconut butter or other seeds based butter (sesame,
sunflower, pumpkin)
1 banana, ripe
1 tsp cinnamon



Instructions
1. Combine the ingredients in a blender and whirl on high until well blended
into a thick creamy pudding.
2. Divide the pudding into two or more servings.
3. Top with cacao nibs, cacao powder or shredded coconut
4. Enjoy!





Edited by: JULESRULES78 at: 6/12/2012 (09:47)
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If you liked a little Mediterranean flair... it can be eaten warm out of the crock pot, or after preparing, cooking, and chilling (for an appetizer).

1 pkg (lb) Extra Firm Tofu - cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1 TBL balsamic or red wine vinegar
1 TBL dried Italian seasoning
4 cloves of garlic - pureed
1/2 tea salt
1/2 tea cracked black peppercorns

1) Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. I like to toss it together the night before I'm gong to cook it. 2) Put in small crock pot and let it cook on low for 5 hours or high for 2 1/2 hours. Enjoy!!

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