NOT Tuna Pâté - Dara Dubinet

Happy Thursday! Last night I made the most amazing dupe for tuna salad. Seriously - if you make this you will NOT believe your taste buds. This is a raw/vegan dish that tastes like tuna fish. I followed the recipe in the below videos by Dara Dubinet. Pictured above is my take on the NO NUTS version. I also used olive oil (very little and not coconut oil). Watch the videos to learn how to make this!

NOT TUNA Pâté (with nuts)

NOT TUNA Pâté (without nuts - lower fat)

Dara is an amazing raw foods expert and chef, and she's also an inspiration to me. She not only talks about raw food, but also how to be the best version of yourself. From decluttering topics to finding inner peace, this woman has changed my life and I've never met her. Well, not in person. I do however subscribe to her YouTube channel and her More With Dara community. This is an amazing community of people interested in raw food, decluttering, and over all living the best and healthiest life possible. Dara is very vocal in the community too. She comments on your photos, videos and answers questions. I've learned so much from her and I encourage you to check her out. I promise you will learn something and make positive changes. Her approach is easy, friendly, and fun! Find out more here.

Her main website.

Enjoy this recipe!


RAW Stuffed Peppers - Low Fat

Hello! Another RAW recipe coming at you - this time it's stuffed peppers. I love stuffed peppers - especially cooked. I wanted to figure out a cool way to make them raw and this turned out pretty decent! I will definitely experiment with different flavors down the line but these were great, especially if you are in the mood for Mexican flavors.

RAW Stuffed Peppers
(serves 2 for a side or 1 for a whole meal)

2 yellow peppers (medium-large size -cut in half and cored. save tops for garnish)
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2-1/4 head of cauliflower (processed in food processor to a grain/rice consistency)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
pinch of red pepper flakes, extra for garnish if you like spice
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/2 avocado (chopped)

For the filling - chop up the cauliflower and process in a food processor until it's a rice like consistency - grainy. Set aside in a bowl. Then add the tomatoes, cilantro, lime and spices to the processor and process until it's a chunky sauce. Combine with the cauliflower rice in a bowl. you may find that you don't need all of the rice for a nice combo.

Assemble - Cut the top off peppers (save top), core the seeds, and cut in half. Spoon the mixture into the little pepper cups (you can also leave the peppers whole but I like to eat it this way). Garnish with some avocado, chop up the remaining pepper flesh from the top of the pepper for more garnish, and then some extra pepper flakes. If you want a creamier filling, just blend the 1/2 avocado into your sauce mixture before adding to rice and it will be thicker. I actually did this after eating one and I thought it was better. *Not pictured. Sorry!


Simple RAW Mushroom Salad

I've been eating more raw food lately (no I am not a raw vegan or a vegan - I just like my veggies). But, if there is one vegetable that I cannot stand eating raw, it's mushrooms. I'm not sure why, but the flavor and texture of a raw mushroom irks me. Then I started seeing raw recipes where people marinated the mushrooms for a bit before eating. Perfection! And you really only need to prep these at the most 20-30 minutes in advance. So make this first, then you can prep the rest of your dinner.

Raw Mushroom Salad
(serves two)

-2 very large portobello mushrooms, chopped
(scrap the flaky part off from underneath and peel the top layer off too if possible)
-2 tsp olive oil
-1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
-1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
-1 shallot, minced
-3 scallions, thinely sliced
-1 tsp garlic powder
-4-5 basil leaves, chopped
-pinch of sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
-1 tablespoon hemp seeds
-1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
-1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Clean the mushrooms with a rinse, then take a spoon and scrape the flaky under part of the mushroom off. You can also peel the top layer of the mushroom off. It's very simple to do and I think this makes it taste better and marinate quicker. Then chop the mushrooms and place in a bowl.

Add the oil and vinegar and coat all the mushrooms.
Add the chopped tomatoes and mix through.
Add the shallots, scallions, garlic powder, basil, salt, pepper, and red pepper and mix all together.

Let sit and marinate until you are ready to eat.

Before eating, add in the seeds and toss once more. This will add a crunchy texture. I served these with a side of kale, and I just put spoonfuls onto the kale and wrapped it all up and ate. Yum!



Setting Goals for Fall

I can't believe it's September already - I actually welcome Fall with open arms, regardless of the fact we still have the dog days of Summer left. Fall is so special to me. Some of the best and most heart-wrenching things have happened to me in the Fall. I married my soul mate, lost a parent, traveled the world, and so many other discoveries and life offerings seemed to have happened in the Fall. You could say it's magical in a way, even the more negative sides to life. Everything happens for a reason, right? I suppose Fall is the time for things to fall into place and it's up to us to take the reigns and take everything to the next level in Winter. Let things gestate/be reborn so we are ready for Spring's awakening.

Ha, are you still with me? Did I lose you on this little spiritual endeavor I'm having right now? That's ok. As I get older I'm trying to be less cynical and more enlightened. I keep telling myself I have to retrain my brain and declutter from what usually surrounds me so that I can think differently. Judge less, love more. We are trained a bit in this society with the opposite. I'm not going to lie it's hard (that's what she said). The first place I go is Judgementown. Not so much the judgement of others - it's more a reflection of my own judgement of myself. When we see flaws in others it's usually just a reminder of how we are flawed. We don't like to have flaws, but it's ok for OTHERS to have flaws. See where I'm going with this?

This Fall, take a step back and find out who you really are. This might piss some people off but that's ok. If you have good intentions they will come around. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish by January 1st. Set your goals NOW - don't wait for 2015 to get here because it's going to happen in a flash. Set some goals, get inspired, surround yourself with like-minded people, get out of your comfort zone. That's all really vague but that's because YOU have to figure this out. What does getting out of your comfort zone actually mean? Is it skydiving (there's one for me), starting a Youtube channel (there's another), etc.

Keep searching. You'll find the answers.