Butternut Squash Pizza, with Brown Butter Brussels & Carmelized Leeks- Vegan

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Its a couple of days before October so according to the calendar it is fall but the weather is only changing slightly so it is hard to really notice except by the date on the calendar. However, as I look out the window into the cloudy Sunday morning, listening to the birds churp, it feels like fall and I am calm and happy. I am house sitting at some friends for the next couple of weeks while they are in Europe which means I get to enjoy all the benefits of an actual house that my studio apartment does not offer including: washer and dryer, backyard with hammock, garden with organic vegetables, a TV, a driveway to park in, and two KITTIES! Oh, #lifeperks! Yes, I just started a new hashtag. Hopefully it catches on more the Gretchens attempt at making “Fetch” happen. 

Speaking of happenings! This pizza, although is still a work in progress, is delicious and I wanted to share the recipe. I was attending a potluck with my girls and I knew I wanted to bring something with brussel sprouts and butternut squash. I had planned on making a roasted dish of veggies but decided to step outside of the culinary comfort zone and turn my dish into pizza because really, what is better than wine and pizza with your girlfriends? nothing. 

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Cara’s Cabbage Salad- Vegan, Gluten Free

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Cabbage is under rated in my opinion. It might not be known as super healthy when compared to kale or spinach but it helps prevent against cancer, is great for weightloss and is food for your brain. Cabbage is also very hydrating and the crunchy texture has me grabbing for it whenever I want to make a delicious and refreshing salad. I tend to keep it pretty simple and balance out the flavors and textures with fresh herbs, almonds and avocados. 

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Blueberry Babe Smoothie- Raw, Vegan, Delicious End of Summer Recipe

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Who doesn’t love smoothies? Clearly that is a rhetorical question because I am hoping that everyone likes a good smoothie from time to time. Its a great way to get all sorts of nutrients into your body in an easily digestable way. By blending up the fruit and veggies, you are in a way starting the digestion process by breaking it down in to a liquid form. One more reason to love smoothies!

This is a smoothie I tossed together with some summer fruits that are unfortunately on their way out of season! I am really sad for summer to slip away but fully ready to embrace fall as I love everything it brings. 

What you need: 
1 1/2 cup blueberries
5-6 figs
1/4-1/2 cup water – for desired consistency
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2-3 big mint leaves
juice form one lemon
pinch cinnamon

Method:
Combine everything in a blender, turn on high until smooth and creamy. Garnish and serve. 

I hope you love this end of summer smoothie! What do you love most about transitioning to fall?
Xoxo,
Cara

Raw Food Recap- 3 Day Raw Vegan Food Cleanse

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I, like many passionate foodies, have been inspired by the crazy beautiful energy that is Fully Raw Kristina. I am inspired by her committment to what she believes in and her constant generosity towards all life. I recently was watching a couple YouTube Videos of hers and decided I wanted to give raw food a try. My boyfriend and I decided to do a 3 day raw food cleanse together. What I learned not only about my diet, but about myself was surprising.

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Movie Theater Concessions Caras Way- Raw, Vegan & Healthy

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Growing up I used to go the movies almost once a week. I absolutely loved every aspect of seeing a movie from the massive screens, buttery popcorn, a soda as big as my head and a box of my favorite candies; usually Snickers, Milk Duds or Raisinets. Unfortunately, I rearely make it to the theater at all anymore but last weekend my boyfriend, Jaime treated me to Gardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome and I got so inspired that I wanted to remake all my childhood favorites in the CaRawr’s way: raw, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and delicious! Obviously the popcorn is not raw, but I made it vegan and healthy!

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Movie Theater Butter Popcorn

What You Need:
-3/4 cup popcorn kernels- organic
-2 Tbsp vegan butter
-1 tsp coconut oil
-pinch pink salt to taste

Method:
1. In a large pot that has a lid, melt the butter and oil then add the kernels put on the lid and let the magic happen.
2. As the popcorn is popping shake the pot to mix up the kernels and prevent them from burning.
3. Once the popping is 1-2 seconds apart turn of the heat and leave on the lid until the popping completely stops.
4. Transfer to a bowl, spinkle with pink salt if you’d like and enjoy!

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Rollin With The Homies- Rice Paper Rolls

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Do you remember that part in Clueless when Ty hits her head on a light at a party and Elton helps her feel better by singing “Rollin with the Homies” to her? She sings it back to him and creates a wave like motion with her hands. Its the moment when Ty totally falls for Elton. Everytime I make rice paper rolls this scene runs through my mind and then I really want to watch Clueless. I sort of feel like Clueless is the 90’s cult classic that Mean Girls has become of the early mellinial. It’s one of those films that resonates with us Generation WHY-ers and reminds me what a special place in time we all grew up in. 

We have more freedom than any generation before us and an abundance of information is only a touch screen away. I also think about how lucky I am to have an abundance of healthy food available almost all the time. Maybe that readiness of organic vegetables is unique to sunny California where farmers markets occur daily but instagram sure makes it seem like organic veggies are accessable around the globe all the time. Either way, I am so grateful everyday for it; Healthy food is the key to a healthy life. 

So getting back on topic: Rice Paper Rolls…

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Rice Paper Rolls are like a more healthy and trendy version of a sandwich. Everything taste good and makes sense between two slices of bread just as everything tastes good and makes sense in a rice paper roll. Seriously, think outside of the box and put sweet potato in a rice paper roll and chances are I am gunna say “cool, I want to eat that.” Heck, I do want to eat that. If you want to put doritos in the rice paper roll more power to you. (I don’t actually eat doritos but who remembers those kids at lunch who put french fries and chips in their sandwiches? I can’t be the only one who had friends who did that)!! Anyways, I have become obessed with these things. Anything that is mean’t to be eaten with your hands is a favorite food of mine.

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 This post is an ODE to the Rice Paper Roll!

Lets be real though, rice paper rolls are gluten free, lower in calories and carbs then a slice of bread. They might not have the nutritional value of some whole grain, sprouted varities but the ingredients inside can surely make up for it. These little guys are gaining traction and I sware it is only a matter of time before they are available next to the egg salad sandwich at 7-Evelen. Ok, that might be a stretch but it’s totally possible.

Some of my favorite rice paper roll ingredients:
The Greens: Romaine, Spinach, Red Lettuce, Micro Greens, Sprouts
The Veggies: Cucumbers, Avocados, Carrots, Beets, Jicama, Sweet Potatoe, Zuchinni , Bell Pepper
The Grains: Quiona, Rice noodles, Brown Rice
The Herbs: Basil, Mint, Cilantro
The Protien: Tofu, Shrimp

My Favorite Dipping Sauce:
4 Tbsp tahini or raw peanut butter
1 Tbsp raw honey or agave
1 tsp sesame or peanut oil
1-2 Tbsp boiling water
whisk vigorously until emulsified

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Neapolotian Ice Cream Cubes & My FIrst Recipe Feature on Empowered Womens Channel!

 

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It is with great excitement and joy that I write this post.  Today, for the very first time, a recipe of my mine is featured on another site (not including instagram). I am so happy to finally share this recipe with you all! Its one of my favorites.

Empowered Womens Channel has a mission and vision similar to that of my own. I want to inspire women (and men, heh) to live a life that they love where they are free to fully express themselves. I want to inspire people to treat their bodies with care and love making sure to feed it with beautiful, whole foods. Neapolotian Ice Cream Cubes fits the bill for the mission wholeheartedly! It is a fully raw, vegan, gluten free & paleo recipe that will not dissapoint.  You and your body will smile as you eat it.

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Monster Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Fudge- Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo

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Oh Crap. These are good. I mean like really good. Its funny how you can taste all the ingredients individually and all at once with one bite. The coconut hits, then the macadamia nuts, them the chocolate, woah. Party in your mouth. Anyways, the boyfriend and I were experimenting in the kitchen together coming up with recipes for his new resturant which is opening up later this summer (stay tuned)! Although, he and his chefs decided this recipe still needs work for the cafe, I think it is wicked good and perfect for the bloggy blog! I would love to know your thoughts on it should you recreate it. As I am writing this my stomach is growling so I think I better wrap up and go eat one. nom nom.

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Superfood Energy Bars- Gluten Free, Raw, Paleo

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Portability of food is a very attractive attribute in my opinion, so these superfood energy bars are freakin sexy if you ask me. I love having healthy snacks that I can grab quickly since I am always on the go. Not only are these bars extremely healthy for you but they are so easy to make and taste great! It was a typical Tuesday at my apartment, the man and I were in the kitchen whipping up goodies galore and we hapened to make these antioxidant loaded bad boys! Feel free to make them for yourself and bring them on your next adventure!

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Strawberry Basil Ice Cream with Balsamic Reduction and Grilled Peaches. Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo

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Strawberry and basil go together so well. In fact I think basil goes well with almost anything. Maybe that’s the Italian in me but I can’t agrue with anyone if they want to add basil to a drink or dish. I bought some new plates this past weekend and they have really raised the bar in terms of what I want to create in the kitchen (the plates and maybe the fact that my boyfriend is a professional chef and he is inspiring me to step outside of my culinary comfort zone…?). hah. This dessert or light meal for an raw foodie/vegan/801010 is summer time bliss if you ask me. Backyard BBQ, anyone? Its super easy to make and is made with 100% whole pant food, oh boy!

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