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Collard Wraps with Sunflower Seed Tu-No salad

spring crocusGreetings Health Fans,

Happy spring to everyone. The gardens and greenhouses are coming alive here at Camp Rawnora. I’m really enjoying the wild foraging, looking forward to finding some morel mushrooms. The retreat season is underway here at the camp. Here are a few of our upcoming events:

Here’s a timeless classic the Tu-No salad collard wrap.

The recipe is pretty simple. Dulse, which is a sea vegetable, gives it the “tuna” taste. Other sea vegetables can be substituted. Sea veggies are a great source of trace minerals including iodine which is important for thyroid function.

Tu-No Salad

2 C sunflower seeds – soaked

1 – 2 T miso (organic, unpasteurized)

2 T apple cider vinegartu-no salad

2 T lemon juice

1/4 – 1/2 C olive oil

1/2 C onion – diced

1/4 C dulse flakes

1 C celery – diced

2 T capers – add at end

1 – 2 t paprika

1/2 t salt or to taste

Place all ingredients except the capers, onions and celery into the food processor and process smooth.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the onions, celery and capers.

Serve in romaine lettuce or collard leaves with other fresh fixings.

 

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Winter Travels 2013/2014

Carl in KitchenTime flies when you’re buried in snow. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was down in Florida enjoying the ocean and the sun. Months have passed but the memories remain. I took a road trip with my former girl friend and now good friend Stacia down to Bradenton, Florida in mid December. We spent Christmas with her cousin Tess Challis and family. Tess is a vegan chef and author who is also the co-founder of Get Waisted, a healthy vegan version of weight watchers. Tess’ husband Carl is the head chef at a raw food cafe in Sarasota called Ionie. I spent a day in the kitchen Tess and Carl… tasty good times.

 

raw pizzaNow I’m back in Michigan at Camp Rawnora. There’s no shortage of snow in these parts. I’m looking forward to the start of the 2014 season here at the camp. We still have 2014 Raw Recipe calendars available. It’s never too late to pick one up.

2014 Raw CalendarOur first event this year is the March Maple Water Fast beginning on Wednesday March 19th through Sunday March 23rd.

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Maple Sap Madness at Camp Rawnora

Maple sap Rawnora

Greetings Health Fans,

March Madness finally has meaning in my life once again and I’m not talking about watching college kids running around dribbling a ball either. March is typically the time that the maple sap starts flowing in Michigan and right now the flow is upon us. The picture above shows how the professionals tap a tree. This year I decided to actually tap some trees as well. My set up was a bit more creative and DIY, but I got the same results… gallons and gallons of maple tree sap. Watch the video below and see.jars_of_sapSince tapping the trees I’ve been on a steady diet of maple sap for all of my hydration needs. If you have never experienced drinking a chilled glass of maple sap I encourage you to do so. The sap is 97-98% water when it comes out of the tree and from all appearances you would assume it is just plain water but you would be mistaken. It’s living water complete with organic minerals. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a slight maple syrup sweetness to it. I drink 2 glasses first thing in the morning. The first glass I drink straight and use it to throw back an MSM pill or 2. In the second glass I add some Oceans Alive marine phytoplankton. That’s the way to start the day. My only issue is that I have to keep the sap chilled in the refrigerator to keep it from spoiling. I’m not big on cold drinks in the middle of winter but I’m able to make this exception.

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Sprouted Oat Cookies

Here are some of the other creative ways I’ve integrated maple sap into my daily diet:

  • Smoothie base, use the sap instead of water
  • Tea base, I use an electric kettle, be sure to rinse it out because the sugar can collect inside the kettle
  • Raw granola and cookie recipes, I use the sap instead of water when making these recipes that will eventually be dehydrated
  • Kombucha starter base, my first attempt at this wasn’t exactly successful but I’m sure it was something I did and not the maple saps fault

Enjoy this video on how to harvest maple sap gadgetarian style. – Keep it Live!

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Raw Vegan Sham-Rawk Shake

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No waste in this shake

This month I caught a glimpse of a highway billboard featuring an over-sized Shamrock Shake and it made me think of the dark days when ignorance was bliss and industrial waste was food. Those days are gone but not forgotten and I imagine that the Shamrock Shake of my youth was actually a little healthier than the current incarnation. Regardless, I was inspired to make a recipe that is a tribute to the green minty sludge I was so eager to drink down in my youth. This version is made with all top shelf ingredients and is possibly a shake you could thrive on for the rest of your life.

Keep in mind I have switched out petro-chemical food coloring, polysorbate 80, wood pulp, sodium benzoate and mono/poly-glycerides with real food ingredients. Besides, I wouldn’t even know which aisles of the grocery store to find sodium benzoate and polysorbate 80.

I’d like to extend an open invitation for all of you out there to visit me at Camp Rawnora, a raw food wellness center in Watervliet, Michigan. Weekend retreats start in April. Find out all the details at the Camp Rawnora website.

Raw Vegan Sham-Rawk Shake

Raw Vegan Sham-Rawk Shake

Ingredients

  • Sham-Rawk Shake
  • 2 C water or seed milk
  • 1/4 C hemp seeds - if not using pre-made nut milk
  • 3 oz @ 3 Cups spinach
  • 2 TB chia seeds
  • 8 oz @ 1 1/2 C frozen banana
  • 2 tsp maca
  • 1-2 TB Vitamineral Green or Spirulina or Chlorella
  • 1-2 TB palm sugar or agave or maple syrup
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 4 drops mint extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs - topping

Instructions

  1. Blend the water, hemps seeds and chia first. Blend smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend.
  3. Pour into a glass and decorate with cacao nibs and mint leaves.
  4. Substitute avocado for banana and use a low-glycemic sweetener instead of palm sugar if you are on a low/no sugar diet.
http://www.livefoodexperience.com/2013/03/raw-vegan-sham-rawk-shake/