I decided to make a lentil loaf today, for New Year’s Eve, since I had not made one in over a year! It was definitely time for another one! There are usually different versions of my loaves each time because I like to add different ingredients for added flavor and or added nutritional value. I also had a lot of garlic, potatoes, and brussels sprouts laying around, so I decided to use them as well. This meal is flavorful, filling, low fat, and packed with nutritious ingredients!
Note: I used different types of grains for benefits that comes with the consumption of the different types. I also added some nuts for added essential fatty acids and protein.
1 and 1/4 uncooked green lentils
1/4 cup of wheat berries
1/4 cup of multi-grain hot cereal mix (rye, barley, oats, and wheat) note: you can just use oatmeal if you don’t have this…
1 cup of diced shallots (2 large)
4 cloves of minced garlic (fresh)
1/2 cup of walnuts
3/4 cup of Ian’s whole wheat panko bread crumbs
4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds/flax meal
3 tablespoons of raw wheat germ (optional…I added this nutritional purposes)
On Christmas morning, I treated my family with some delicious carrot, walnut, and raisin Belgian waffles! Notice below, I added “teff” flour into my batter. This is because teff is very nutritious. It has more protein than wheat, it is packed with calcium, and it contains iron and thiamine. I also added carrots for beta-carotene, walnuts for added protein and omega 3s, and raisins for added antioxidants.
These waffles have a crunchy outside and the inside is fluffy, sweet, and nutty. I hope you like it as much as we did!
1.5 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup of teff flour
2/3 cup of shredded carrot (1 carrot)
2/3 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of coconut oil
4 tablespoons of sucanat or muscovado sugar
2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 teaspoon of sea salt
2 and 1/4 cup of hemp milk, almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, or soy milk
3 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
olive oil spray
Combine all of the dry ingrediets: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
Add the rest of the ingredients: non-dairy milk, flax seeds, carrot, raisins, walnuts, and coconut oil.
Heat the waffle iron and spray with olive oil.
Follow directions in the manual to cook the waffles.
Top it off with hemp seeds, chia seeds, fresh fruits, and or maple syrup.
My sister, Ivy, wanted to share this recipe, so she sent me photos and the recipe below (cut and pasted from my email).
I haven’t tried this yet, but will be making soon. She makes awesome raw vegan desserts, and I am pretty excited about trying this one!
5 CUPS OF CARROT PULP FROM 3 LBS OF JUICED CARROTS (IF THERE IS NO JUICER, PAINSTAKINGLY SHRED 3 POUNDS OF CARROTS AND THEN STRAIN CARROT JUICE)
1 3/4 CUPS OF WALNUTS
2 3/4 CUP COCONUT SHREDS
1 1/2 TSP GRATED NUTMEG
3 TSP GROUND CINNAMON
ALLSPICE TO TASTE
1/3 to 1/2 OF A CUP OF RAISINS (adjust to taste preference)
*PROCESS WALNUTS, RAISINS, DATES, COCONUT SHREDS INTO A CRUMBLY TEXTURE. THEN HANDMIX WITH THE CARROT PULP, ADD SPICES
*1 1/2 CUP CASHEWS
*JUICE 1 AND A HALF LEMON
*RAW AGAVE TO TASTE
*DASH OF COCONUT OIL
*WATER AS NEEDED
*BLEND. SHOULD COME OUT THICK AND CREAMY IN TEXTURE
*AS A RAW FOODIST, I GENERALLY DON’T USE MEASUREMENTS. THIS IS ONLY TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE AMOUNT, BUT PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MODIFY TO YOUR TASTE. WHEN MAKING RAW DESSERTS, IT’S HARD TO GO WRONG. AND REMEMBER: YOU DON’T NEED MEASUREMENTS TO KNOW HOW TO RAWK!!
So, my little sister kept telling me to start making raw vegan food. At first I was a little intimidated by it, but after preparing a few raw vegan entrees and desserts, I realized that it was super easy….not to mention delicious!
The following recipe is from my sister Ivy. Seriously, I am hooked on this stuff. And, so is my daughter.
RAW NUTS (1 cup soaked in distilled water for a few hours)
DATES (15 pitted dates or so)
COCONUT OIL (a few table spoons)
RAW CACAO POWDER (a couple of table spoons)
RAISINS (1 table spoon or so)
:::PROCCESS TOGETHER::: THEN PRESS DOWN ON A PAN OR PLATE, THEN REFRIGERATE WHILE YOU MAKE THE FROSTING…
1 to 2 table spoons of COCONUT OIL
1 to 2 table spoons of RAW AGAVE
2 to 3 tablespoons of CACAO
DATES (3 or 4 pitted dates)
…:::PROCESS::: THEN PUT ON BROWNIE…
TOP WITH CRUSHED WALNUTS….THEN REFRIGERATE FOR AN HOUR OR SO…
——–>I used raw almonds and raw walnuts. Also, you may add raw cacao nibs to the brownie. It gives it a bit more crunch.