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The Secret Ingredient in My Crème Brûlée….

Crème Brûlée is one of my favorite desserts.

The crunchy sugar topping, the beyond decadent cream.

It is my go to after a fancy meal at most restaurants.
It is a special occasion treat. An Anniversary dessert..
Well, I wanted to create my “Naked” Version, so it didn’t have to be a once in a while kinda thing.

It could be a whenever you want kinda thing.
I am really proud of these 2 recipes, they just turned out perfect.

This has become a permanent recipe item down at The Retreat.
And you’ll never guess the start ingredient…. Cauliflower.
That’s right, I created Cauliflower Crème Brûlée and it is perfection.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Caramel Crème Brulee

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Ingredients
2 cups steamed cauliflower
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup lucuma powder
3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut sugar for topping

Directions
Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes and then mash, you can use a food processor.

Combine the maple syrup and the lucuma powder in a small bowl and stir until smooth.

In a small pot preheat the coconut milk. Add the unflavored gelatin, salt, vanilla and caramel paste made with the maple syrup and the lucuma.
Mix all these ingredients with the mash cauliflower and put in small containers approximately 3 oz each and put in a fridge at least 4 hours.
When is ready, put a little bit of coconut sugar on top and melt with a torch making a crust. Or you can place the ramekins in the oven on highest rack and turn on the broiler to high. Broil for five to 10 minutes, watching very carefully and rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly. Serve immediately.

Coffee Crème Brulee

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Ingredients
2 cups steamed cauliflower, mashed
3/4 cup coconut milk

½ cup concentrated coffee or espresso
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut sugar for topping

Directions
Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes and then mash, you can use a food processor.
In a small pot preheat the coconut milk and then add the unflavored gelatin, salt, vanilla, coconut sugar and maple syrup.
Make the concentrated coffee using less water to make a stronger flavor or espresso.
Mix all these ingredients with the mash cauliflower and the coffee. Put in small containers approximately 3 oz each and put in a fridge at least 4 hours.
When is ready, put a little bit coconut sugar on top and melt with a torch making a crust. Or you can place the ramekins in the oven on highest rack and turn on the broiler to high. Broil for five to 10 minutes, watching very carefully and rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly. Serve immediately.

Red Bean Ceviche

This recipe was developed down at The Retreat. Our whole philosophy down there is “Tico Fresh” and Farm to Fork, basically we want to give you the freshest foods from what we have locally available. And if you know me, you know I love taking familiar recipes and making them “Naked”. When you are craving something fresh and filling, this recipe is perfect. It’s also a great dish to bring to potlucks and picnics.

Red bean ceviche
Red Bean Ceviche
Ingredients
• 1 can of Red Kidney Beans, rinsed thoroughly
• ½ cup red onion, chopped finely
• ½ cup bell pepper, chopped finely
• ¼ cup cilantro, copped finely
• ½ cup fresh lemon juice
• ½ cup fresh orange juice
• salt and pepper to taste
Directions
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for an hour before serving to allow all the flavors to combine.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

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Did you know Avocados and Dark Chocolate are two of the most perfect foods? Avocados are packed with the good kind of fat that helps lower cholesterol. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants. So I’ve combined them into this decadent powerhouse of a dessert. This will have your whole family asking for seconds.

Ingredients
• 2 ripe Avocados, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
• ¼ cup Cacao Powder
• 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
• 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
• 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
• 2/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Directions
1. Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).

2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high for 15-20 seconds. Add the melted dark chocolate and pulse for another 10-15 seconds. Spoon into 4 serving cups and chill for an hour before serving.

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Popeye’s Passion

When people think about detoxing they often imagine worst.
Long prep time, gross tasting foods that leave you empty and unsatisfied.
It has been my goal to make detoxing fun and easy!
I’ve created so many delicious recipes that I would love to share with you.
Today, I am making my famous Popeye’s passion.
With just 3 simple ingredients it couldn’t be easier.
Best part is, spinach is a main ingredient and you can’t even taste it in the smoothie!
Spinach is a muscle-building plant protein with high levels of calcium, iron, vitamins A, C, E, as well as tons of antioxidants. This is one of our favorite, power-packed green smoothies.

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Ingredients
-2 cups fresh pressed apple juice
-2 cups fresh organic spinach
-1 frozen banana

Directions
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender for 30-40 seconds until creamy. Enjoy immediately.

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Why are we buying expensive, pre-made juices?!

Good morning friends,

Today I saw something quite disturbing!

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken notice of all the juice cleanses available at stores.

I’ve been making my own juices for so long, I never buy the bottled, pre made juices.

But today I was walking through Whole Foods and finally noticed.

Those juices are EXPENSIVE!

I get that it may be worth the cost for the ease of simply purchasing a bottle.

But today I saw this Cashew, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Agave drink and thought, “What the heck”!!

This juice sells for $12, while I’m selling my Cashew Hemp Seed Milk Mixes for 10$ a BAG!

Not to toot my own horn but not only is my milk mix cheaper, it lasts longer and is HEALTHIER!

The health benefits of each single ingredient in the mix are AMAZING for your skin, digestion, and overall health.

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My goal is to make health easy and accessible to all people.

Please, ditch the expensive juice bottles and give my mix a try!

Get them here, for the limited time price!!

In health and love,

Diana Stobo

P.s For more recipe books, digestive bitters or my exclusive triple stitched nut-milk bags visit my STORE.

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How to make Raw, Vegan Veggie Cream Cheese

Yesterday I told you all how to make delicious grain free bagels. Here is the recipe on how to make the perfect Paleo Cream Cheese to go with the bagel. Like any cream cheeses, feel free to add more veggies to the blender, lox, or whatever you may like in your cream cheese. Make these as a Saturday morning treat for you and your family and friends. No need to start the weekend feeling bloated and slugging, and I promise they will be a hit!

Paleo Cream Cheese

Paleo Veggie Cream Cheese

** Let cashews soak 2 hours prior to making cream cheese

Ingredients
o1/1/2 cup raw cashew halves
o1 ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
o2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
o2 tbsp. water
o1 tsp. coconut oil
o2 tsp. salt
o½ cup chopped chives
o½ cup chopped onions
o½ cup chopped tomato

Directions
oPlace raw cashews in a small bowl and fill with water. Let soak for 2 hours.
oDrain and rinse cashers
oPlace soaked cashews in a food processor. Add all ingredients in to blender and blend on medium-medium high for 5 minutes or until creamy and smooth
oUse cream cheese as is, or place in a container and store in fridge.

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Soothing Non-Dairy Turmeric Milk

Not only is this warm drink delicious, it is also soothing for sore throats and stuffy noses. Ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The black pepper boosts those properties. You can make this with any fresh nut-milk you have on hand or even store bought coconut milk. Make sure you heat it gently to not curdle the milk.

Non-Dairy Turmeric Milk

2 cups homemade almond, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk of your choice
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1″ piece of ginger sliced
raw honey to sweeten, if desired

Combine all ingredients and whisk on low heat until milk is warm but not too hot. Serve immediately.

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Soothing Turmeric Almond Milk

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Root Vegetable au Gratin with Crispy Leeks

I’ve been getting so many request for root vegetable recipes. Especially celeriac roots and turnips. Basically, I use them instead of potatoes. You can roast them, you can mash them. They are so versatile.

Don’t be afraid of new produce!

I created this dish from my Kale Casserole recipe and it was a revelation!

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Root Vegetable au Gratin with Crispy Leeks

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoon ghee, melted

• 1 cup thinly sliced leeks

• 11⁄2 teaspoons Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning

• 2 teaspoons tamari wheat-free soy sauce

• 1 each parsnip, celeriac root, turnip, sliced thin

Sauce

• 1⁄4 cup cashew butter

• 1⁄2 cup water

• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

• 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

Crispy Leeks

Ingredients

2 cups thinly sliced leeks (about 2)

2 teaspoons olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Peel and slice root vegetables into thin slices using a sharp knife or a mandolin.

In a 9-x-9 inch baking dish layer sliced root vegetables, using a pastry brush, brush thin layer of melted ghee on each layer of root vegetable mixture.

In a high-speed blender, mix cashew butter, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt until incorporated. Pour over root vegetables, cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes. Top with Crispy Leeks (below) and bake at 375° for an additional 15 minutes.

Crispy Leeks

Directions

Thinly slice leeks, using the tender whites up to the pale green of the leek.

Toss leeks in olive oil and sea salt. Spread evenly and thinly on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Toss and bake an additional 5 minutes until almost completely browned. They will continue to brown on top of casserole.

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Coconut Curried Pumpkin Soup

My girlfriend on the East Coast just called and asked for a recipe for Pumpkin soup.

She always calls me when she wants to make something yummy and healthy.

When we were little girls growing up, she used to come over to my house after school and watch me play in the kitchen.

I was a latch-key kid and was in charge of making dinner for my brother and my mom.

And one of my specialties was soup.

So, I took one of my favorite soups and played with it a bit

here is the recipe I gave her:

Coconut Curried Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients

3 cups fresh pumpkin, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 tablespoons ghee

1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 quart organic vegetable broth, either — •

  • Store bought (e.g., Pacific Natural Foods)•
  • Homemade •
  • 1 quart water and organic vegetable bouillon cube

2 cups coconut milk, either — •

  • Homemade (see recipe below) •
  • 14-ounces of organic store-bought coconut milk

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

 

Directions

 

In 4-quart saucepan, sauté onions and pumpkin in ghee until they sweat but do not brown. Add curry powder, sea salt, and broth. Cook on medium-low for about 20 minutes until vegetables are soft. Take pot off heat and add coconut milk. Using hand blender, blend until desired consistency. (Or cool and transfer to blender and blend for 20– 30 seconds.) Stir in cilantro and serve.

Coconut milk

1 1/2–2 cups coconut water 8 ounces coconut meat (or meat of 1 coconut, depending on size)

Place both in high-speed blender and blend on high until ingredients are emulsified.

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The Benefits of Meditation

Is focus an issue?

Do you find that you can’t fall asleep at night?

Do you get bouts of Anxiety?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone….

A busy mind is one of the biggest causes of dis-ease and weight gain.

It’s time for you to Relax…

Relaxation …

Who has time for that?
What does that mean?

Does that mean watching a movie on television? Does it mean listening to live music at a local bar? (Both of which are entertaining and stimulating — they take us away from ourselves and fill us with euphoria — but I am talking about going into ourselves.) It means making time for YOU. Quiet time. Mindless relaxation. Don’t worry if this sounds like an impossible task. I remember when I felt that way.

There are so many ways to get that mindless time. Some call it meditation, and I know that’s a scary word for a lot of people. I remember when I was told to meditate some years ago. I jumped at the practitioner who suggested it, “I don’t know how!” But, of course, I did know how, we all know how, instinctually. We just forget that we have that option.

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Meditation doesn’t have to look a certain way. It doesn’t have to look like a yogi in meditation pose, chanting OMMMM with their hands resting gently on their legs, palms up with forefinger slightly touching thumb. But it can. I was extremely intimidated by the thought of meditation when imagining that scenario. It was a ridiculous-looking position and I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that, I thought to myself. I had really created a story around why that wouldn’t work for me. But, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to sit in any particular position — there are no rules for how you quiet your mind.

Unless you wish to take meditation to the next level, or wish to one day teach it, you can meditate however you like. Sometimes when I go on a walk, I pick a focal point on a long path and stay tuned into that and not distracted with other elements. My body keeps moving along the path, and all I hear is my breath while focusing on this pinpoint of nothingness. It’s just plain good practice to “give it a rest,” once in a while.

I also like to take a few minutes to do a simple meditation at home. In the video “How to Balance the Mind,” I show you how to do a 10-minute meditation. It is simple and quick enough to do every day.

ps.  Your health/weight management  is more than just food.

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