+ vanilla, lavender rooibos ice tea

vanilla rooibos iced tea

2 teaspoons vanilla rooibos tea
1/4 teaspoon lavender
2 cups hot water
8 cups ice water
fresh mint leaves for garnish

vanilla, lavender rooibos ice tea

vanilla, lavender rooibos ice tea

method

    Fill a large tea ball with rooibos tea and lavender. Allow to steep in 2 cups hot water for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired strength is achieved. Pour concentrated tea into a large pitcher; add ice water and mint leaves.  Relax, breathe deeply, and enjoy.

+ salad platter

salad platter

6 leaves of organic lettuce
2 organic carrots, julienned
1/2 organic English cucumber, sliced
20 organic cherry tomatoes
4 farm fresh eggs, hard boiled
1 avocado, sliced
1 organic lemon, halved
3/4 cup black beans
1/2 cup mixed olives
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon grapeseed or coconut oil
Celtic sea salt and ground pepper

salad platter

salad platter

method

    Clean lettuce leaves and allow to dry. Rinse black beans, peel eggs, and pat dry lettuce if needed. Arrange lettuce on two large plates, and top with remaining ingredients, dividing all ingredients equally between the two plates.  Drizzle balsamic vinegar and oil on salads and squeeze lemon over each plate. Season with salt and pepper.

+ taco bites

taco bites

10 organic cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
5 spears of asparagus, tough ends removed & sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup black beans
1 large carrot, julienned
6 leaves of butter or Boston Bibb lettuce
1/2 lemon or lime
homemade taco or tandoori seasoning to taste

taco bites

taco bites

method

    Rinse lettuce leaves and allow to dry while preparing the tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus. Rinse black beans. Gently towel-dry lettuce if needed, and arrange leaves on a plate. Place one tablespoon of black beans in each lettuce cup, arranging asparagus, carrots, and
tomatoes on top of the beans. Squeeze lemon or lime over each lettuce cup and sprinkle with homemade taco or tandoori seasoning.

+ raw energy bites

energy bites

1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground chia seed
1/2 cup nut butter
1/3 cup raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dairy–free chocolate chips (optional)

raw energy bites

raw energy bites

method

    Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly. Chill in the refrigerator for one half hour for easier rolling if desired. Roll into balls of any size according to your preference. Store in an airtight container.

helpful tip: The honey holds the ingredients together. Substituting other sweeteners will compromise the stability of the mixture.

+ tomato gazpacho

gazpacho

1 1/4 pounds ripe yellow tomatoes, stem ends trimmed
1 1/4 pounds ripe orange tomatoes, stem ends trimmed
1 four-inch piece English cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
5 tablespoons grapeseed oil
Freshly ground pepper

tomato gazpacho

tomato gazpacho

method

    Using the large holes of a box grater, grate yellow and orange tomatoes, starting on the trimmed side, into a large bowl; discard skins. Using the small holes of the box grater, grate cucumber into bowl with tomatoes.
    Add garlic, vinegars, salt, and oil. Season with pepper. Whisk well to combine. Refrigerate gazpacho until chilled, at least 1 hour (or up to 1 day).