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Happy August! (I can’t believe it’s August already!) I have been keeping you updated on the broken links that you may come across within the recipes. An old plugin broke on the site which caused this. After my IT guy spent months fixing it, I am now at the stage of HAND fixing each broken link so it’s taking me some time. In the meantime, if you see a link with a line through it, still use that ingredient (the line just means that it is broken) Blessings, amie sue

― April 04, 2020 ―

How to Use Herbs (fresh or dried)

 Members Only, Spice Blends, Substitutions - how, with what, and when (7 lessons)

Adding herbs and spices adds a depth of flavor that turns any dish from ordinary to extraordinary. This post is about how to substitute herbs and spices but I will also spend a little explaining how they are used in raw food applications. There is a little different approach then we use(d) when cooking.

― April 04, 2020 ―

Almond Flour – from Almond Pulp / skins removed

 Members Only, Homemade Raw Flours, Ingredient Directory

If you need a white, fine, raw almond flour… this is the next best thing to what you find commercially made. As you may or may not be aware, the almond pulp is the by-product of making nut milk. You can’t purchase almond pulp at a store… Yet. I am…...

― April 02, 2020 ―

Sweet and Spicy Mustard Cheese | Vegan | Nut-Free |Oil-Free

 Members Only, Seed & Nut Cheeses, Vegan Cheese —

Sweet and Spicy Mustard Cheese Do you ever have one of those days where everything is a little fechatted?  I sort of had one of those days in the kitchen, but in the end, it was to my benefit. My mind was clear on the cheese recipe that I wanted…...

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― March 31, 2020 ―

Nourishing and Quick Snack Ideas

 Members Only, Quick Nourishing Meal / Snack Ideas

Throughout the years, I have been a snacker, and then at other times, I haven't. I go through phases. Right now, I don't have any fast rules about snacking, some days I do, and some days I don't. The key to snacking is to have healthy snacky foods readily available in the pantry, fridge, or freezer.  There are a LOT of things that I love about a raw whole food diet, but one thing that is a huge bonus is that most raw recipes can be easily frozen. Click on the link above and let's explore the world of healthy snacking! blessings, amie sue

― March 28, 2020 ―

#2 – Do I HAVE to Soak Nuts & Seeds?

 Members Only, Soaking Nuts, Seeds and Grains

Do I HAVE to soak nuts, seeds, and grains? All this soaking and dehydrating makes food preparation so hard and time-consuming! I get this question often and hear this complaint even more so.     I would love to be standing in a beautiful meadow of delicate yellow flowers, surrounded by the impressive…...

― March 26, 2020 ―

Vegan Sweet and Spicy Mustard Cheese Chips | Oil-Free

 Members Only, Snacks —, Vegan Cheese —, Vegan Cheese Chips, Vegan Cooked Recipes

Crispy, crunchy, flavorful, cheesy chips! Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free! They are not 100% raw due to the agar, but if you don't have an issue with that, you will be pleasantly delighted by this recipe. I coined this technique years ago while experimenting in the kitchen. I will never stop playing with my food because there many more discoveries to be had!

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close up of buckwheat

― March 24, 2020 ―

Buckwheat | Soaking and Sprouting

 Members Only, Soaking Nuts, Seeds and Grains, Sprouting

Buckwheat Groats are one of the quickest sprouts around.  You can soak ’em for 20-30 minutes, rinse a few times and enjoy. Or you can continue the process to fully sprout them which can take up to 48 hours, which will unlock a powerhouse of nutrients. Buckwheat groats are nutty, plump…...

― March 21, 2020 ―

Foods that Shouldn’t be Eaten Raw

 Members Only, #2 - Successfully Transitioning Your Diet, Ingredient Shopping Basics (7 lessons)

The options are almost limitless when it comes to the types of foods you can enjoy in the raw form. Of course, almost all fruits and vegetables are enjoyable when consumed without cooking. But, there are a few foods that we need to be aware of and shouldn't be eaten raw.

making vegan raw Coconut Jicama Rice stuffed Jackfruit

― March 20, 2020 ―

Coconut Jicama Rice stuffed Jackfruit Pods

 Members Only, Main & Side Dishes, Small Bites

One of the pleasures of home cooking is discovering that favorite, longed-for foods are not so out of reach, after all... even if they need to be sugar-free, raw, grain-free, and dairy-free.

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― March 17, 2020 ―

#7 – Knives that I Recommend

 Members Only, Knife Essentials - everyone needs to learn this (6 lessons)

Knives are a valuable tool to have in the kitchen... a sharp one that is. Some of you may not be aware of this, but a dull knife can cause more harm than a sharp one. When you have to saw back and forth and use downward pressure while cutting, there's a chance for the knife to slip and knick a finger or two.

― March 14, 2020 ―

Fight Food Waste – How to Store Produce

#1 — Introduction | Free, Storing and Caring for Ingredients (5 lessons)

Start off on the right foot after purchasing the ripest, freshest produce. Below is a list of fruits and veggies that I put together. I realize that I hardly scratched the surface, especially for those of you who live in other countries. Use the “best by” time frames as suggestions. The timing will be determined by how fresh and ripe they are once you bring them home.

― March 12, 2020 ―

Natures Path Pear n’ Oat Granola

 Members Only, Breakfast, Granola

I believe in real food made from simple ingredients that taste amazing and carries a pack of nutrients.  This granola is dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free. Real food from nature. On top of that, it has NO fillers. NO artificial anything. Preservative-free.  It is crunchy, perfectly sweetened, and packed full of nutrients. If this resonates with you, keep reading.

― March 11, 2020 ―

#3 – How to Grip a Chef’s Knife

 Members Only, Knife Essentials - everyone needs to learn this (6 lessons)

This may seem odd, but before you start preparing food in the kitchen, before wielding a knife in your hand... take a moment to ground yourself. Become present and get a grip (pun intended). If there is chaos around you (kids running, dogs barking, your husband has a cold, etc.), take a moment to calm the situation before picking up the knife.  Being flustered and distracted can lead to injury.

vegan oil-free gluten-free nut-free brown rice tortillas

― March 07, 2020 ―

Brown Rice Flour Tortillas | Cooked | Oil-Free | Gluten-Free

 Members Only, Wraps | Tortillas —

Today, I created a soft, pliable, flexible, and delicious brown rice tortilla wrap. Well, not just one tortilla but MANY. Not every recipe is a home run on the first try. Some take several renditions to get it right, and this recipe was one of them. I have many demands…...

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― March 07, 2020 ―

Bread Recipe Template

 Members Only, Artisan Breads, Recipe Templates and Guides (12 lessons)

A clean take on creating and enjoying raw, gluten-free alternatives   To say that I am a bread lover is an understatement. The ONLY bread that I don’t like is bread with mold on it. That’s a game-changer for me. ;) Throughout the years as I embarked upon a healthier…...

― March 05, 2020 ―

Vanilla Cream-Filled Pumpkin Doughnuts

 Members Only, Pastries

Wake up to these Vanilla Cream-Filled Pumpkin Doughnuts... moist, cake-like texture, gently sweetened, with the belly warming spices of Ceylon cinnamon and a pumpkin spice blend.

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― March 03, 2020 ―

#1 – Juicer – Why and What I Recommend

 Members Only, Juicing - types of juicers, health concerns (12 lessons)

Looking to ramp up your daily intake of fruits and veggies? Looking to cleanse your body? Juicing feeds us with high concentrations of antioxidants, antimicrobials, chlorophyll, and many other wonderous nutrients. Owning a juicer is a wonderful tool for saturating your body with nutrients. I recommend that you invest in…...

― February 29, 2020 ―

How to Read and Tackle a Recipe

 Members Only, How To Tackle a Recipe (3 lessons)

A recipe is like a map, and we need to know how to read it, or we won't end up at the final destination. If you are new to preparing food, or you are following the work of a new chef (recipe developer) you should always (at first) follow a recipe closely. If you are an experienced cook, you can substitute ingredients and even change the proportions a bit. But too much change can cause problems in texture, flavor, and the total outcome.

― February 27, 2020 ―

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Walnuts

 Members Only, Sweet Treats

These Pumpkin Pie Spiced Walnuts are sure to satiate you. They will fill your tummy with a wholesome yumminess and charge your nutrition batteries. I have provided directions on how to either dehydrate or bake them in the oven. These spiced nuts make for wonderful snacks and also good for gift giving. Have a blessed day, amie sue

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raw vegan ice cream

― February 25, 2020 ―

#1 – Ice Cream Machine – Why and What I Recommend

 Members Only, Ice Cream - tools of the trade & knowhow (5 lessons)

I don't know a person that doesn't enjoy ice cream. Oddly enough, I consumed more ice cream while living in Alaska then I ever did living in warmer climates. What's up with that?  During my heavy ice cream eating days, I never dreamed of making homemade ice cream... that didn't happen until I started learning about the raw, whole food lifestyle.

― February 22, 2020 ―

#1 – Organizing the Kitchen – Declutter and Tidy Up

 Members Only, Kitchen Organization Basics

One comment I often get about switching over to a whole food diet (raw or not), is that's too time-consuming. And of course, everyone wants things simplified, which I totally get, living in this day and age that we do. Did you know that just by being organized in the kitchen, that you can reduce the amount of time being spent in there and become more efficient? The kitchen is an area of your home that gets used more often than most. So it stands to reason that if your kitchen were more organized and simple to use, your life would feel easier.

raw vegan

― February 20, 2020 ―

Cinnamon Date Hand Pies

 Members Only, Pastries

When I set out to create these slightly sweet mini pies, my goal was to create them with minimal ingredients, make them nut-free, dry to the touch and sturdy so that they would travel well, nutritious, and downright delicious. According to my taste buds and my taste testers, I did just that.

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― February 19, 2020 ―

Rubbing Alcohol Pest Treatment

Plant Care

I always have a spray bottle ready and waiting for the next houseplant pest attack! Rubbing alcohol is the kind of alcohol most often recommended as an insecticide, and it usually is sold as a mixture of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and 30 percent water.  Luckily, I haven’t had to… read more »


― February 19, 2020 ―

Aphids | Plant Enemies

Plant Pests

Hold on. I need to find a piece of wood, because what I am about to say is going to require a good knocking. I have never had an issue with aphids  (knock. on wood). I try to discourage myself from saying such things out loud because I genuinely don’t… read more »

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― February 19, 2020 ―

Spider Mites | Plant Pest

Plant Care, Plant Pests

Spiders, in general, are enough to make a person’s skin crawl. I often find that if I don’t make eye contact with them, I will survive the encounter. The problem with spider mites is that they are nearly invisible to the naked eye. You usually need a magnifying lens to… read more »