Saturday, 21 June 2014

Raw Vegan Lemon Cranberry Ice "Cream" {3 ingredients}


It's been such a miserable winter (& equally miserable Spring here in Canada), that I am so very excited to say these next two words:

"IT'S SUMMER!"

And to celebrate the first day of summer, here's a special treat that's super quick and easy to whip up for the hot summer days ahead.


Here's what you'll need (only three ingredients):
  • 2 bananas, peeled & chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 2 handfuls of dried cranberries (extremely precise measurements are always used here on Shanghai Monkey)
The taste of the ice "cream" will very much depend on both the ripeness of the bananas and how much lemon juice you add.  I had very ripe bananas, so I used half of a very large lemon to give the final dish a sweet, but also tart flavour.

Mix the bananas and the lemon juice in a freezer safe container.  Mix well and make sure all the bananas are coated in the lemon juice and place in the freezer overnight.

The next day simply toss the mixture into the food processor along with the cranberries.  Combine in the food processor until the mixture begins to resemble soft serve ice cream.  Remember not to blend for too long or you'll end up with a smoothie.

Use an ice cream scoop to serve.

I love the bright red cranberry flecks in the yellow mounds of ice "cream"

The variations on banana soft serve style ice "cream"s are only bound by your imaginations.  Here are some of the others featured on my blog:

The original raw serve ice "cream"

Triple Berry raw serve ice "cream"

Blueberry Pie raw serve ice "cream"
Cinny (cinnamon) raw serve with walnuts

Double Strawberry raw serve ice "cream"

Wishing you many happy & sunny days of summertime fun and festivities.  The sun is already shining it's mighty beams on my newest dessert creation ...






Sunday, 18 May 2014

Check Out the Newly Updated "My Fav Things"

I've been keeping a list of my favourite (vegan, organic, eco-friendly) things on the right side of my blog for years.  Over the years some of the links had moved or the website had disappeared, so I recently updated the list and added in some of my new favourites.  By the way, I am not being paid for mentioning any of these products on this lil' old blog of mine. 

Here are some of the highlights:

Think & Write & Grow eco journal with a plantable cover that grows wildflowers (January Edition)

Certified Organic Canadian maple syrup (February Edition)

Boskke Sky Planter to ring in the first days of Spring (March Edition)
Organic cotton plush Easter Bunny (April Edition)




Country Home soy candle for Mom (May Edition)


Stainless steel popsicle molds for those hot summer days (June Edition)


Organic cotton t-shirt for Canada Day (July edition)


Organic, fair trade coconut water for those tropical smoothies (August Edition)

Crazy Crayons Eco Stars recycled wax crayons for back-to-school (Sept Edition)

Trick-or-Treat FEED bag which donates proceeds to global child hunger (October Edition)

Organic cotton Hanky Book for those nasty winter colds (Nov Edition)
Unicef holiday cards (December Edition)




Check out the whole list of my favourite things in right column of this blog.


What are some of your favourite things for summer?





Monday, 21 April 2014

Quick & Easy Recipes | VEGAN Round-up

Here are a few of the lovely looking vegan recipes that have been popping up in my news feed recently ...

Raw Coconut Lemon Bites from The Vegan Pact


Gracious Living Banana Maca Chai Pudding

Sweet n' Succulent Kale & Avocado Salad by Karen Knowler via Better Raw

Raw Pear Berry Swirl Cheesecake by Sweetly Raw

Get Glowing Superfoods Breakfast Pudding by Healthful Pursuit

Raw Coconut Bok Choy Spicy Soup by Rawmazing

Ginger-Peanut Power Up Greens Salad Rolls by Healthy.Happy.Life
Sweet Zen Popcorn by The Simple Veganista

My mouth is watering looking at all these wonderful dishes.  I hope I can photograph my creations this beautifully one day.



Friday, 4 April 2014

Raspberry Pomegranate Smoothie | Vegan | Raw | G-free



Here's a quick and easy recipe for a pick-me-up smoothie with tons of health benefits:
  • seeds and juice from 1 pomegranate
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • juice of 1 fresh orange
  • raw honey (or other sweetener) to taste
Swirl everything together in the blender until smooth.

Renown as a "super-food" pomegranates have a long list of health benefits, including:
  • Polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that aid in heart health and anti-cancer benefits
  • These polyphenols may also help prevent plaque buildup in arteries 
  • The seeds have more antioxidant power than cranberry juice or green tea
  • Lowered blood pressure and delay the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in patients with coronary heart disease
  • Improved blood flow
  • May slow the progression of prostate cancer
  • An excellent source of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium
  • One pomegranate supplies one-quarter of a day’s worth of folate (a B vitamin needed to synthesize and repair DNA) and one-third of your daily vitamin C
  • One medium pomegranate contains: 3.5 grams fiber, 9 milligrams vitamin C, 14 micrograms vitamin K and 205 milligrams potassium, as well as being an excellent source of polyphenols.
So go ahead and add a little pom to your next smoothie.



Sunday, 22 December 2013

Orange Cranberry Pecan Holiday Cookies (Raw & Vegan)


Remember my self-proclaimed horrible photography skills?

Well the photos of these Holiday cookie balls prove I am getting better, right?

(I do hope so ...)

Here's a quick and easy raw vegan cookie to serve this Holiday season.  I think the cherry red cranberries give it a festive look.  Here's what you'll need:

loving this font by Jenna Sue Design Co.

Into the food processor goes:
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • zest of 1 orange + a squeeze of the juice
  • raw honey, to taste (I used approx. 3 tablespoons)

Since I was using whole pecans, I pulsed them in the food processor first and then added everything else.  If the mixture seems too goopy, add more pecans.  Roll into balls or flat round cookie shapes.

I hope these sweet treats bring a little joy to your holiday season.


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Smoothie Catalog Now Available

I finally have a visual catalog of all my favourite smoothies featured on the blog.  I separated them by green and non-green varieties.  I never realized until I saw all the smoothies side-by-side, but it's pretty much just green and pink smoothies.  I'll have to post an orange one soon ;)

And if you're not a smoothie lover, there's also a section at the end for juices, teas and other drinks.  I sure could use a homemade vegan chai tea on this cold and wintery morning. 

Check out my new SMOOTHIE page now!



Friday, 1 November 2013

2013 Eco Holiday Gift Guide


  1. Enchantmints' wooden fairy forest lodge toy
  2. Organic & fair trade Holiday Spice Set (cloves, nutmeg & cinnamon) from The Spicy Gourmet
  3. Vegan lip tar and nail lacquer set from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  4. TOMS+ Grey Serpentine Desert wedges for women
  5. Mosey working girl bag (made from 35 plastic bottles)
Have you started your holiday shopping yet?


Sunday, 6 October 2013

After 5 LONG years I am finally posting this

I can hardly believe I am going to say this, but ...

Sunday, 15 September 2013

What does HEIRLOOM mean?


The first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the term heirloom is tomato.  But recently I started to wonder: What exactly is an heirloom tomato?  It sounds like it's a really old tomato from your great great grandmother ...
... well actually it kind of is, but not in a pin cushion way.

Heirloom plants (there are many, not just tomatoes) are grown from seeds that have been passed on for generations.  Most importantly, these seeds have not been modified.  Heirloom seeds are grown using traditional gardening techniques, and relying on a process called open pollination.

Over time farmers save the seeds of their best plants - the ones that are the most vigorous, disease resistant, and flavorful. They then save the seeds from these plants and use them again the following year. This careful selection process ensures that only the best plants available are grown.

Why is HEIRLOOM important?
  • superior taste
  • promotes bio-diversity
  • utilizes eco-friendly and sustainable farming methods
  • not genetically modified (non GMO)
  • seeds are hand cultivated over the years to ensure resistance to local diseases, pests, and weather extremes, which yields heartier crops with less pesticides
  • supports family owned small farms
And now for the question on everyone's mind:

Is HEIRLOOM the same thing as ORGANIC?

No, the two terms are not the same.  However they are very closely related and frequently appear together.  Organic has nothing to do with using seeds from 50 generations ago, however organic produce, like heirloom cannot be genetically modified.

Another important note is that farmers of heirloom plants can spray their crops with whatever they like.  Although farmers who are interested in heirloom seeds are probably the type of people who purposely would not use artificial pesticides and fertilizers. While browsing the farmer's markets you might find most of the heirloom plants out there are grown according to organic standards, but are not certified organic, (which is a costly and sometimes lengthy process).

Now is the time that the farmer's markets are stocked with heirloom tomatoes, so go get 'em and enjoy!    


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Updated Recipe Page (& embarrassing photos)


 Updated!

It took hours upon hours of HTML code and re-uploading photos from 2008-2010, but I finally have a modern and up-to-date list of my recipes (mostly raw and vegan) featured here on the blog.

I have a separate page for smoothies and other drinks, which I am currently working on updating as well.  I'll be sure to announce when everything is done, so stay tuned.

As all you fellow bloggers know probably just about the worst thing about having a blog is looking back at your photography from when you first started ...

Oh my!  
This is a raw vegan apple pie from my Raw Thanksgiving Post, which incidentally (and also incredibly embarrassing) is currently the most popular post on my blog!  Looking at the photo makes me cringe ... I think I might have even photographed it IN the fridge!!  I mean I couldn't even arrange the apple slices in a decorative way??!!

Anyhow as a result, I now have an irrational urge to re-photograph EVERYTHING!  I think the yogi in me can "let it go and let it be" ... except for the apple pie.  It has to be re-done.

Have you ever gone "back in time" on your blog?

  

Friday, 16 August 2013

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Peta's Blueberry Pie Recipe List

 
It's blueberry season!  

It seems that no matter where I go these days, I see a big ol' pile of luscious blueberries.  Why not whip up one of the vegetarian and/or vegan recipes from this list on Peta's Food board?  You might just see a familiar blog or two on the list.


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