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Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

GF Recipes, New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

9 Comments 20 January 2014

I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen since beginning this New Year’s Juicing Challenge. A lot. I can spend anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon or evening washing, peeling, chopping, bagging, and then I make a dinner juice for the evening. Then I clean the juicer.

In the morning I make 3 different juices to take to work. I have the juicing part down to 30 minutes. The juicing itself doesn’t take that long. It’s washing the juicer between each batch that is beginning to drive me up the wall.

I also lack a garbage disposal in my baby NYC kitchen, so my dirty juicing parts swim in a pulpy sludge making the cleaning process even more complicated.

I am getting so tired of this process! I’m definitely not tired of the drinking process, just the preparing process. So I’ve turned to my favorite juice shop in Manhattan. Organic Avenue.

Organic Avenue

Organic Avenue had a New Year’s sale that I’ve been watching for the past 2 weeks. 30% off any of their cleanses. So at the peak of my kitchen frustration, I got out my receipts for two weeks of produce and figured out just how much I’ve been spending on juicing. With my mad math skills I learned that yes, it is cheaper to juice on my own, but only 5 dollars cheaper ($10 if you factor in a tip for the delivery guy). YES, there is a delivery guy!

So I made the decision. For the next 7 days someone will bring 7 bottles of juice daily to my home before I leave for work. No washing, peeling, chopping, pulpy sludge draining will be happening for an entire week. Mentally, I need this break. I’m putting a $10 per day price tag on my sanity.

One of my favorite Organic Avenue indulgences is their Cashew Hemp Mylk. While theirs is far more decadent, sweetened with coconut sugar, mine is simply sweetened with a few dates.


You don’t even need a nut milk bag. This is pretty much nuts and seeds blended into a creamy milk.


A glass before bed and I sleep like a baby.

Cashew Hemp Milk

by Heather


  • 1 c. raw cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 1/3 c. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • 6 c. filtered water
  • 5 dates
  • pinch of seasalt


1. Soak cashews for 4 hours or overnight.

2. Drain cashews and rinse well.

3. Put 6 cups of filtered water in a Vitamix or high-powered blender and drop in 5 dates allowing them to soften in the water for 10-20 minutes.

4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.

Yields 7 cups


***Money saving tip: Buy raw cashew pieces for recipes like this. They’re cheaper and they’re going to be crushed anyway!

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite nut milk?
  • Have you ever made cashew milk?
  • Would you pay to have fresh juice delivered daily?


This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursdays. Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

GF Recipes, Healthy Living, Vegan

My Power Juice: Day 5

3 Comments 07 January 2014

Balanced PlatterIt’s Day 5 of my New Year’s Juicing Challenge, and I thought you might be wondering how it’s going. In general, it’s going remarkably well. So far it has been one of the easiest cleanses I’ve ever done. I just try not to do the math often. 30 minus 5 equals 25. WHAT? I committed to 25 more days of this????

I did start to wonder a bit about brain function when I had two space cadet moments at school today.

1. I walked into the wrong classroom. I justified this with the fact that I did switch classrooms 3 days ago. Old habits die hard.

2. I thought I saw a pigeon in the classroom. Just for a split second. It turned out to be a kid’s foot, but my justification is that I must be on my way to becoming a New Yorker. Dodging pigeons on the sidewalk is just a part of daily life!

I’ll share more about the cleanse tomorrow, but today I’m sharing a long time favorite juice recipe over at The Balanced Platter, and I’d love for you to swing by and check it out. In fact, it’s this one:



So come on over and check out my Power Juice!

Reader, dish!

  • Share a space cadet moment from your day.
  • How is your juicing coming along?
What to do in Snowy Central Park

New York City

What to do in Snowy Central Park

5 Comments 05 January 2014

Many of us have had lots of snow and bitterly cold temperatures lately. Old Man Winter is hitting hard this New Year. We got 6 inches of snow last Friday, but I was very impressed with how quickly NYC shoveled out. Since it was our first substantial snowfall in the city we just had to explore Central Park once the temperatures rose back to double digits.

What is there to do in Central Park on a snowy day? It turns out, you can do a lot.

You can go sledding.



You can build snowmen.

Snowman_Gluten-Free Cat


You can make snow angels.


Or decorate the trees.


You can play snow football.


Or snow soccer.


You can pick a snowball fight.


Or just see how far you can throw a snowball.


You can play tug of war.


You can walk on snow-covered paths.


You can see the sites.


Or just enjoy a peaceful moment.


You can eat a nut.


Or just be one.


This is my backyard.


Can I have a ride home too?


Readers, dish!

What do you  like to do on a snowy day?

A Dream Come True

New York City

A Dream Come True

8 Comments 29 November 2013

For the few of you who came for Raw Foods Thursday yesterday, I’m so sorry that it wasn’t up! I was a little preoccupied fulfilling a life-long dream! I’ve always wanted to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, and this year my dream came true! So instead of creating a post on Wednesday night, I was out watching the Balloon Inflation. Here are a few shots of my experience there and at the parade the next morning.


Freezing, wet, and super excited


One of my favorite characters!


Finn and Jake coming to life


Gorgeous day for a parade


Elf on the Shelf


Papa Smurf and Mama Cat




Low Flying Gluten Monster!


Festive Bands


Happy people of all ages


My favorite float!


Let the Christmas Season begin!


And we’ll be back with Raw Foods Thursdays next week!

Readers, dish!

  • Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?
  • What’s one dream event on your list?
Raw Mexican Corn Chips and my lighting woes

New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Raw Mexican Corn Chips and my lighting woes

6 Comments 25 November 2013

It has been a while since I posted a recipe. I have all sorts of posts in my head to share. I even have recipes scrawled in my kitchen journal to tell you about. But I have a serious case of blogging aversion. After analyzing the situation I think I figured out what the problem is. I’m struggling with a crucial piece of my creative process.

(If you don’t want to hear me complain, skip down to the first photo to read about some delicious chips.)

While I’ve enjoyed playing in the kitchen, despite it’s small size, I have not had fun photographing my creations since moving to NYC. Why? Because I have one window with limited light due to the tall building behind our house that blocks the sun for all but 2 daylight hours. And that one window has a narrow windowsill. I can’t fit much on a tiny windowsill, so creating a well-lit, mouthwatering food scene is out of the question. I did try to balance my cutting board on the windowsill with my foot for a little extra play space. It wasn’t pretty. And everything is backlit which is not my favorite lighting effect. I have some awesome light stands which are inconveniently in a storage unit. So I need to figure out a solution, a small solution since every square inch of storage space has been filled.

Until then, please forgive my uninspiring photos!

I’m done complaining. Let’s get on to the food.

Every time we go to one of my favorite vegan restaurant we order Living Nachos.


And every time, the Husband asks if I could make raw chips like these. Thin and crispy yet scoopable.  Just as I was experimenting with a corn-based chip for the first time, Janet of The Taste Space linked these babies up to Raw Foods Thursdays.


She calls them The Best Raw Corn Chips, and the name fits perfectly! They meet all of my requirements for a corn chip without any added fat. Plus, they have the most delicious corn flavor I’ve ever tasted in a corn chip. One bite makes me think happy summer thoughts like corn on the cob, picnics, and warm sunshine. These chips truly are The Best Raw Corn Chips, and I suggest you hop over to The Taste Space to get the recipe!

So while I was fiddling to replicate Living Nachos I had a little help from Janet! I love her idea of using a bag of frozen corn as the base. So easy during the winter months!

My version is called Raw Mexican Corn Chips as I added a little spice. I also added some sunflower seeds for durability.


They’re extremely hearty and easy to scoop with.



You can either break them apart in a variety of shapes, or score them into triangles part way through the dehydrating time to make the perfect “tortilla chip” shape.


And they’re still thin enough to be considered a chip and not a cracker.


Raw Mexican Corn Chips

by Heather (with inspiration from Janet of The Taste Space)


  • 1 lb. frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. ground flax
  • 1/4 c. water


1. Place all ingredients except for the water in a food processor and process. Slowly add up to 1/4 c. water until the batter is spreadable.

2. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the ground flax to gel.

3. Spoon onto 2 teflex-lined dehydrator trays, and spread the batter to the edges of the tray with a flat spatula, leaving a 1-inch borders. Be patient. This may take up to 10 minutes to spread evenly.

4. Dehydrate at 118 for 6 hours or until dry enough to flip and remove from teflex sheets and place on mesh trays. You can score it into triangle shapes with a knife.

5. Continue dehydrating for 18-24 more hours or until desired crispiness is attained.

6. Break along score lines and store at room temperature in a sealed container.

Makes a big bowl scoopable happiness.


Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever made raw chips?
  • What’s your favorite kind?
  • What inspires you to write?

GF Recipes, GF Resources, Healthy Living

Tips for Handling the Holidays Gluten-Free at TBP!

1 Comment 05 November 2013

As we approach the holiday season it’s time to start gathering tips for enjoying our celebrations while staying healthy, stress free, and gluten free.

I’ve shared my Tips for Handling the Holidays Gluten-Free at The Balanced Platter today. Come on over and check out strategies for:

  • Making traditional holiday foods gluten-free
  • Finding great gluten-free desserts for every occassion
  • Educating friends and family about your gluten-free diet
  • Keeping perspective (and your sanity)

Hope to see you there!


Healthy Living

A Taste of the Weekend

9 Comments 01 September 2013




Cornbread at Angelica Kitchen


Tired Feet


Adorable Sprouts


For Salads This Week


Thai Falafel Salad at Spring Kitchen


Saturday Night Appetizers at Home


Radishes at Union Square Farmer’s Market


Sweet Peppers at the Market


An Unexpected Gluten-Free Treat


Much Needed Juice Break


Surrounded by Beauty in the City


Fall is Coming

I hope you had a delicious weekend too!

My NYC Kitchen

Healthy Living

My NYC Kitchen

22 Comments 19 August 2013

This is my New York City kitchen. I hear it’s pretty big for a kitchen in these parts, but I’m still adjusting to its smallness. There were lots of crashing and grumbling sounds coming from this room as I made dinner the first few nights, but I’d like to think I’ve made a little progress since then. Both in attitude and organization.

Let me give you a little tour.

I can’t tell you the exact size of the kitchen as it’s a triangular nook. Does anyone remember how to figure out the area of a triangle? 1/2 base x height? But to give you an idea of the size, take 2 steps in and you’re at the sink.

I’m very thankful for all new appliances that make everything sparkly shiny.

This is my skinny oven.

I love that it has a gas range.

This is my sink.

I love how deep it is.

This is my dishwasher, a rarity in the city.

I placed a dinner plate on the counter so you could see just how skinny it is!

This is my workspace.

I’ve never had a granite countertop before, so I’m really excited about that!

But there’s only one counter. That means that I’ve had to get really creative with my workspace. Thankfully my cutting board will fit over the sink to create another place to work. I just have to remember to wash all of the veggies before I start chopping. (Learning from experience…)

I also have a rolling cart around the corner that can create additional workspace for those times when washing, drying, chopping, peeling, soaking, whisking, and processing get a little out of control.

This is also where the dehydrator and the slow cooker live, which leads me to another challenge. I had to get really creative with my storage space as well.

I was prepared for small, so I only brought the appliances that would be absolutely necessary.

For a food blogger.

Since this raw food lover won’t be using the oven much, it is creating nice storage space.

I’ve also decided that I won’t be using the luxury item.

For anything other than storage.

And the front hall closet is a great place for quick access to crucial items like the juicer, spiralizer, rice steamer, and a few odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else.

(Don’t let the term front hall closet fool you. There is no back hall. And it’s not really even a hall at all, although we do like to call it the North Wing Foyer. But it’s really just a coat closet two steps from the kitchen by the front door.)

The kitchen itself does have several nice cupboards that have been filled and rearranged at least 5 times now.

There are no drawers in my kitchen, so the bottom shelf here holds silverware and high-use tools. Other drawer-like items are kept in the dishwasher.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time at the hardware store looking for space-creating shelves and gadgets so that I don’t knock things down while looking for specific pantry items.

One of my most important kitchen tools is this fold-up step stool.

Following New York thinking, you can always expand up.

The top of the fridge seems to hold more than the inside. Slight hyperbole. The shelves are only 10 1/2 inches deep! Go ahead. Measure that out with your fingers. Less than a foot. But I’ve noticed that it forces me to use up everything in the fridge. Nothing goes bad because there’s no room for leftovers to hide. There’s also no room to put an extra bunch of kale because “it looked so fresh at the market”. I have to stick to the list. Plus, whatever I buy I have to carry home.

So is this going to work?

Of course it will!

I’ve already made almond milk. The stove top is a perfect place to soak and sprout nuts and seeds. The deep sink is a great place to milk the almond cow. I’ve even sprouted buckwheat to make these Raw Buckwheat Strawberry Cookies.

I’ve prepared whole foods meals in a large kitchen, a medium-sized kitchen, and now a small kitchen. If I can prepare healthy gluten-free, high raw, vegan food in this tiny space, anyone can. I knew that this was going to be a challenge, and I’m up for it!

Thanks for coming on The Gluten-Free Cat Kitchen Tour. Two steps to the left and you’ll find the exit.

Readers, dish!

  • Do you have any tips for me? I’m all ears!
  • What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
  • What’s one thing you wish your kitchen had?
  • How have you created extra space or better organization in your kitchen?
***UPDATE! The Husband found great shelves for the front hall closet yesterday. After a little  lot of reorganizing I can now use the dishwasher too! Woo hoo!!
Raw Cherry Cream Cups at the Balanced Platter for a Special Day

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Raw Cherry Cream Cups at the Balanced Platter for a Special Day

5 Comments 08 July 2013

Tomorrow is a very special day, because I’ll be celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary! It’s hard to imagine that 19 years ago, two kids with lots of hair, madly in love, were ready to face whatever God had in store for them.

Actually, we weren’t all that open minded. We thought we had it all figured out and that life was in our control. If I had looked 19 years into the future, I never would have imagined that I’d be hunting for a shoebox apartment in New York City with my husband and a cat. By choice. I was so in love at the time that I couldn’t have possibly understood the deeper, truer, soul-entwining love that was ahead. The kind of love that makes you leave everything comfortable and safe to pursue a dream together.

Today is special too, because I am sharing a tasty raw foods dessert at The Balanced Platter. This is my anniversary dessert for my sweetie.

Hop over to The Balanced Platter today for:

  • This Raw Cherry Cream Cup recipe
  • Reasons why I eat raw
  • And absolutely nothing sappy or reminiscent about my anniversary!

This recipe was also shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free WednesdaysRaw Foods Thursdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Healthy Vegan Fridays.

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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