Mushroom Walnut Loaf Supreme

Dinner with my honey was an unexpected tastebud explosion with this new recipe. I couldn’t stop eating and I couldn’t eat fast enough. O M G !

Super savory, nutty, with a hint of baby bellas (but without the slimy/smooth texture I hate), the generous amount of seasonings I used was a highlight and created an overall tastebud delight. Good thing I took the photo prior to the first bite, as after that there was no putting the fork down. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3 cups Baby Bella Mushrooms – rough chopped
  • 2 cups Walnuts
  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp Fresh Rosemary (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Blend in food processor until desired degree of smoothness is reached. Serve and ENJOY! ?

 

I served with a simple greens salad of arugula and lettuce greens from the garden, sesame seeds, asparagus, carrots and celery drizzled with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon and some olive oil. Kerwin added Balsamic Vinegar to his but I was good to go with a few grinds of black pepper.

I think of additional ways to use this loaf and can’t wait to try them! ….

Adding Red Pepper Flakes, rolling it into small marble size balls and dehydrating it to make “sausage” for a pizza.

Adding diced onions, shaping into patties and dehydrating to have “burgers”.

Spreading onto flax crackers and topping with a slice of tomato and some arugula microgreens. Yum!

I’m sooooo excited for this recipe! I hope you love it too! Please share how you enjoy it and the creative ways you use this loaf!!

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In The Kitchen…Barefooted

This, my 2nd, episode In The Kitchen was so much fun! And all the recipes turned out amazingly delicious! I hope you enjoy watching! 🙂

Here are the “tweaked” ? directions for each recipe:

Paul’s Pâté

  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 6 scallions
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbl Liquid Aminos (soy sauce or tamari work too)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Blend Cashews and Sunflower Seeds in food processor until fine. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until the texture you prefer. I saved half of the scallions to add at the end to leave add a little more chunky texture.

Sesame Ginger Sauce:

  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbl Apple Cieer Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Ginger (or even a little more wouldn’t hurt, surprisingly)
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Aminos
  • 1/2 Tbl Sesame Oil (toasted is fine too)
  • 1 cup Water

Add all ingredients to blender and process until creamy. Make take a bit to break down the ginger.

Can be used as a salad dressing, a dip for apples / veggies or with rehydrated seaweed like Arame and Hijiki.

Flax Crackers:

  • 2 cups whole Flax Seeds (soaked in 2 cups water for a 2 hours or more, if you leave overnight that’s fine)
  • 5 cloves Garlic (I love garlic!)
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 – 3 Tbl Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tbl Fresh Ginger

Blend ingredients EXCEPT the Flax Seeds in a food processor until broken down. Then add the Flax Seeds and blend until well combined. The Flax Seeds will not grind up but you want the flavors to be well mixed.

Remove from food processor and place on a Teflex sheet on top of a mesh dehydrator screen. Spread batter thinly 1/8 – 1/4 thick. It will take 2-3 trays to use all the batter. The goopy texture will hold the crackers together even if there are holes.

Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-16 hours, until crispy. Halfway thru test them for firmness and flip them over onto another mesh tray and remove the Teflex sheet so they dry on both sides.

The sound of flax cracker crunch…

 

If you like these recipes you can pick up Alissa Cohen’s book here

Raw Pepper Cashew Cheese Pate Recipe:

  • 1 cup Raw Cashews (soaked in water for 30 min – 4 hours)
  • 1 cup Bell Pepper (red, orange or yellow)
  • 2 1/2 Tbl Lime Juice (or lemon)
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 tsp Salt

Place all ingredients into a food processor and puree into a smooth pate. This will take a bit, the texture will become smoother and thicken a bit after blending for longer than you think you need to. 🙂

Enjoy! ?

Please share your favorite paté or cracker recipe! If you have questions or requests for recipes you’d like to see made Raw, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

The Joie Chronicles Day 23 – Inspiration and Dreams

It’s Day 23 of my 31 Day Live Video Challenge….

I was blessed to chat with Roberta Reeves on her magical European Quest to find lost family members and the Black Madonna.

Who/what IS the Black Madonna anyway?? She explains about the legend. Plus, she shares about her new love (it’s not a guy) and what adventures are next on the horizon!

I was so fired up and inspired afterwards, my head was exploding with ideas and excitement. I hope you feel the same way after watching! 🙂

3 Questions

Simply put, this quote, that popped up in my newsfeed today, is why I started #my87dayadventure.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

I’m not saying to DO what I did, I didn’t even know it would work for me when I began it LOL and I certainly didn’t have any kind of “forever” attached to it. Still don’t. 

Instead I suggest asking yourself the same 3 questions I asked myself before beginning: 

1. At the heart of it all, what do I really desire to have, do or be? 

In Life, in Love, in Finances, in Business, in any area that matters to you. 

2. What can I do to get me there, that I have NEVER done before? 

Be creative! Think outrageous! Multiple answers work too.

3. Am I willing? 

Am I willing to do something I’ve never done before? Am I ready to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone? Am I willing to making potentially major lifestyle changes that may make me uncomfortable?

If the answer to #3 is “No”, then stop right there. No point in moving forward as that only sets you up for failure. Understand though that it is now your CHOICE to stay where you are and NOT have what you identified in question 1 that you truly desire. 

This has been a 2017 standout ah ha moment for me. 

How to finally have, do and be all that I want. It’s not easy. Nope. In fact, doing what you’ve never done can be quite tough, depending on what answer you came up with for question 2. ? 

I’m a work in progress, not perfection, and I have tons of things I desire to have and do and who I am becoming is a never ending journey…the road is long but I’m glad to be on it and boy have the incredible results in such a brief period of time ever been worth it! 

I wish the same for you! Please share your thoughts ? or questions in a comment below! ☺️

Raw Dinner for Two

Dining is such a fun, creative experience nowadays, bringing so much Joie.

Used to opening the fridge and seeing “things” ready made to eat, now when I open the door I see what seems like “nothing”. Jars filled with random dressings and dips and an assortment of whole fresh veggies and leafy greens. Lots of food but umm…what exactly to eat?

I have fresh tomatoes ?, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley and salt but no recognizable jar of spaghetti sauce, ready to pop open and pour into a saucepan for warming up.

It now takes imagination to put an unprocessed, fresh meal together, if I want something that is more than a plain salad. And yes, I definitely want more. There is real Joie in unique and different flavors, textures, a variety of colors and overall vibrancy.
It starts in my head before I ever open that door. What do I feel like? Sweet, salty, leafy, crunchy, rich, dense, crispy, soft, spicy…etc. Then I go from there and think what ingredients I have in that category, what is ripe in the garden and how you could build a meal from it. It’s quite a visual experience. A world away from how I used to prepare meals. I do still do meal planning, try out new recipes and shop for the needed ingredients but I also now shop for Raw & Living food staples: veggies, leafy greens, nuts and seeds to have a foundation upon which to create.

Just yesterday Kerwin is scrounging for a snack, opens the fridge door and sees “nothing”. I suggest a bowl of cereal. But the catch is we don’t have any sugar laden, fake food cereal boxes or a carton of ? milk?. Instead I say to grab one of those random, unlabeled jars that has fresh cashew milk, take out some home-made & dehydrated granola from the jar on the counter and add one of the ripe bananas that didn’t get frozen for smoothies yet, to make a bowl of cereal. But it took running through an inventory in my head of ingredients to come up with “cereal”. Getting into the spirit, he added goji berries – bonus! ?

Dinner tonight was an especially beautiful thing! Highlights were:

  • The most amazing leftover Basil Vinaigrette, I didn’t think anything could beat my Basil Pesto recipe but this absolutely does.
  • Crackers I’d dehydrated earlier in the week.
  • Micro Arugula harvested from the garden
  • Raw, Vegan, Sulfate Free Wine ?

Thanks to some prep work (gardening, dehydrating, leftovers) I had a couple of things on hand and was able to whip together a simple dinner that was simply delicious and eye-catching too.

A take away from my trip to Japan ?? is that eating starts with your eyes and as such, attention to presentation details is very important. It makes such a difference in your overall enjoyment of the meal. It’s like you eat less too when the meal is so pretty. ??

For example, storing the flax crackers standing up in a cute basket makes me smile. It’s a lovely display and it’s so fun to choose your next perfect cracker.

Drinking a glass of wine in pretty, well made wine glasses instead of the cheap stemless ones we have takes it up a notch. (Found the glasses at a garage sale! ??)

Pausing to snap a picture actually helps you take a step back and appreciate what you have in front of you. Odd as it sounds!

I am grateful for this journey we are on together. Sitting down to a lovingly prepared meal, that tastes AMAZING and is absolutely nutritious and healing for our bodies makes me pinch myself – is this real???

How far we’ve come!

I hope my sharing our story inspires you! I NEVER saw this coming and if it looks impossible from where you are, that’s okay. I was there too, scared to commit to anything past this immense challenge of 87 days without meat, added sugar or processed flours. It seemed almost insane! Definitely crazy. That is if you call deciding to listen to yourself this time, for the first time, crazy. To do it my way, win or lose, and just see what happened.

All you need to do is start. Start something. Start anything. ??

Here’s a look back at my Day 1 of 2017’s Year of Transformation, if you’re looking for a place to start.

You are also warmly invited to join my Joie to Your Health group on Facebook for more inspiration, recipes, tips, support, challenges, fun and of course JOIE! ?

2017: The Summer of My Transformation

It’s been a Summer To Remember, that’s for sure!

I came across this, to me shocking, 3 year old video and was struck by the changes in my life, not just the physical but my overall wellness, mental health and the brighter light of life and passion in my eyes.

So I decided to start this blog post to highlight some of the standout moments of my transformation.

I ? in the mirror and as of yet, I still don’t recognize myself, it’s all so new, so being able to look back on where I came from will help me to never GO back.

This video is a year before EHT was launched, 3 years before the release of Youth Factor and almost 3 years before I decided to do something I’d never done before to become someone I’d never been before.

Yes, I was still happy and yes I was still grateful but listen to WHAT I was happy and grateful for! ?

Stay tuned for more transformation updates….

 

In the meantime, check out this new Power Couple!

Forget Finding Your Passion!

Have you struggled to FIND your passion?

Do you feel like there’s something wrong with you because you don’t have an overarching mission in life, as compared to others who appear to be on fire with making a dent in the universe?

I’m happy to share that you haven’t lost “it”! Instead, here’s what I propose…

For more information, check out my blog post: 4 Switches To Turn ON Your Passion

4 Switches to Turn ON Your Passion

Are you looking for your passion?

Have you ever said “I’m just not passionate about what I do”?

Heck, I personally have expressed part of the reason why I left my career in the Corporate World as that I no longer knew what I was passionate about and I wanted to take some time to figure it out.

Well, thank goodness! I have been disabused of that terrible notion. ? I’ve learned that you don’t ‘lose’ your passion. It’s not something that can be found. Its always there inside of you but like electricity, you may have just turned the light switch OFF. So then, how do we flip the switch and get the lights back ON?

If you’re ready to have your “lack of passion” excuse (yup, I’m calling it like I see it) for not taking action or making progress taken away….(mine was!) then continue reading and as you do, ask yourself- Which light switch is MINE? Ready?…Read on!

4 Light Switches you can flip to turn ON your passion—-

Switch #1

Being Passionate about WHAT you do.

Contrary to common belief, and mine too until recently, this isn’t where all of passion lives and dies. WHAT you do IS a switch but needs a dose of reality thrown in.

Work is going to suck 95% of the time. But that other 5% is freaking awesome! – Darren Hardy

You can’t say it much plainer than that! ?

There’s so much I do really love about the company I’ve partnered with, Nerium International. Way more than 5% worth! Why have I chosen Nerium, why will I never leave and why do I have dreams again? Listen in!

But following the system day in and day out, mastering the mundane, dealing with disappointment, the foibles of people, sigh….now that is not what I love.

Switch #2

Being Passionate about WHY you do it.

What is your mission? What do you want to accomplish with what you’re doing? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My WHY is to enable my husband to walk away from his J.O.B., create a magical life of Personal Freedom for us both and help others to Dare Greatly and achieve their Dreams.
Its been said more times then I can count, that if your why doesn’t make you cry it’s not strong enough. If you truly love the results of what you do, then you’ll be able to get thru the other 95% of the time.
If this is YOUR switch then drill down deep into your WHY and be crystal clear on it, write it out and hang it where you will look at it daily.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

Switch #3

Being Passionate about HOW you do it.

Do you bring all of your passion and enthusiasm to doing quality work, regardless if it is a seemingly mundane task? If you aren’t fueled by recognition, applause and gratitude in order to execute the HOWs with excellence then this may be your switch.

Its not the how’s- its HOW you do the how’s that matter. – Jeff Olson

That a seemingly insignificant HOW is so powerful was a wonderful surprise for me. I do the HOW by putting ME into everything thing I do, being Real, being Happy, having Fun and doing it the way it feels right, always being true to myself. I AM happy, excited and passionate because of what I do and why and who I do it for. And yes, there’s a tiny bit of perfectionism in the mix too. 😉

Switch #4

Being Passionate about WHO you do it for.

The WHO could be your family, your children, anyone or any group of people, even a country, as long as it’s NOT you.

If you haven’t found something you are willing to die for, you aren’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King JR

If this is YOUR switch when you refocus on WHO is being served by what you are doing, why and how you are doing it you will be LIT UP inside and ready to do whatever it takes to get it accomplished.

Which switch will you flip? Actually, which one really doesn’t matter…….as long as it matters to you— PASSIONATELY.

For more information on this topic check out Darren Hardy-

Have your What, Why, How & Who figured out? Great! I’d love to hear what it is that you’re passionate about! ? Please share in a comment below.

 

Raw Marinara Sauce

Enjoy this most delicious and simple raw dish!

Yum!!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Tomatoes
18 Sun-dried Tomatoes – soaked (less if they are big)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic (I double or triple this!)
3 Medjual Dates (pitted & soaked)
2 Tbl Parsley
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt

Throw all ingredients in a food processor or blender till it’s the consistency you prefer and you’re set! Serve with spiralized zucchini noodles. Or freeze for later for to go meals for work or school.

Optional toppers: capers, yellow tomatoes, chopped walnuts or raw Parmesan cheese.

(oops, need to watch my camera angle a little better. If you were wondering it’s the end of the water spout that is showing at the top of the screen. LOL ? Sorry!)

Launching! The Joie Chronicles

Introducing: The Joie Chronicles! ????

Thus begins the next 30 Day Challenge.

Oops! I forgot to mention, I’ll be doing a giveaway this month for a Nerium shopping spree! How does $150 sound?!?? You’ll be able to enter lots of different ways, just watch each days video for the details as they’ll change! ??

First entry is thru this blog post! Simply share it to Facebook timeline and use the hashtag: #thejoiechronicles. (The # is how I’ll find your post and be able to give you the entry into the Shopping Spree!)

Have a great story?
Great question you’d love me to answer?
Idea for a topic of discussion?
Is there a place in town you’d like me to livestream from?

Comment below! ☺️

I’m excited to be on this journey with you! See you tomorrow!