Little French Girl

{August 16, 2010}   Mesquite: what’s not to love

Here’s an alter written by an alter ego of sorts in which you can learn about the many health benefits of mesquite. The ground pods is becoming one of my favorites as a flour and a sweetener. And my carrot patty recipe is at the bottom of the article…Enjoy!


Ingredients for 2:
1/2 bunch dandelion leaves, rinsed, dried and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 zucchini, washed and diced
1/2 cup ground raw unsalted cashew nuts
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons hemp butter
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 pinch salt

Mix all spices, vinegar and oil with hemp butter until you have a smooth and fluid dressing. If it’s too thick, add a little water.
Toss in with dandelion, carrot, crushed cashews and zucchini. Let the leaves and vegetables soak up the dressing a bit so wait around minutes before serving.

{July 17, 2010}   Chewy Carrot Coconut Cookies

This was my second experience with a dehydrator, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients for 10 cookies:
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup coconut shavings
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
1 cup raw unsalted walnuts, ground (a coffee grinder is great for it)
2 teaspoons mesquite powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 pinch clove
1 pinch nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well, making sure the honey is spread evenly throughout the batter. You can use your clean sprightly fingers, or a wooden spoon. Once you have an even, dense and sticky paste, make ten little disks (of the cookie shape you like) and flatten them on a dehydrator.
Turn the dehydrator to 105F (41C) and dehydrate for about 4-6 hours. My advice is to check at 4 hours and see how chewy you want them to be (the denser you like them, the longer you want to keep them in).
You can serve them as soon as they’re out of the dehydrator, or keep them in the fridge for a few days.

{July 16, 2010}   Carrot Salad Boost

I just made this two days in a row: the first time with chicken, the second time replacing the chicken with coconut meat. Both times were delicious, slightly sweet, refreshing… and a nice energy boost!

Ingredients for 1 (main course) or 2 (appetizer):
1 small cucumber, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1/3 cup shredded cooked (not fried) chicken breasts or 1/3 cup coconut meat
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon shredded fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ginseng honey (or 1 teaspoon honey with a pinch of powdered ginseng)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch clove
1 pinch salt

At the bottom of a bowl, whisk honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, cinnamon, close, salt, chili and turmeric together. Add, cucumber, carrots and either chicken or coconut meat. Place covered in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Stir a little and serve nice and cold!

et cetera