The Avocado Queen Welcomes You

This blog is mostly about raw vegetarian/vegan recipes, many of which incorporate avocados. Since I became a raw/live food vegan several years ago, avocados became an important part of my diet. I'd even say that they are my favorite food, and as it turns out, they are also considered one of the world's healthiest foods. While my primary purpose here is to showcase avocados and how awesome they are, I will also share some recipes that are just plain good raw/live food as well as vegan food.

Most recipes are accompanied by a meditation or reflection - posting as "food for thought."

Wishing you peace, love, joy, and blessings wherever you are in your journey towards health...

All recipes of the Avocado Queen are original creations. In some cases, variations on other recipes have been made and credit of that original source has been given.

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The Raw Food Kitchen

A lot of good information is out there on creating a raw food kitchen.  In my opinion, although you do not need to be entirely a "raw foodist" or even a vegan to enjoy these recipes, there is some basic equipment that you should have.

©       A good chef's knife and cutting board
©       A paring knife
©       A vegetable peeler with a serated blade
©       A lemon/lime juicer
©       A food processor (at least a medium-sized one)... Often you can find gently used food processors that are still in good condition at yard sales or thrift stores.
©       A blender, preferably a Vita-Mix or something similar
©       Large mixing bowls

Other fun stuff...
©       A spiral slicer
©       A mandoline slicer
©       A food dehydrator, perferably on that is front-loading, like Excaliber
©       A centrifugal or twin-gear juicer, such as Jack Lalanne or Champion
©       A garlic press
©       A coffee grinder, to make your own flax meal
©       The Magic Bullet Blender, yes "as seen on t.v." - excellent device for grinding flax seed/herbs and making recipes that serve one or two people...if you get one of these, you won't need a coffee grinder

    What's in the pantry?

    ©       sea salt
    ©       garlic
    ©       onion
    ©       raisins
    ©       Bragg's Liquid Aminos
    ©       extra virgin first cold-press olive oil
    ©       dry herbs and spices (Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb)
    ©       certain nuts and seeds (sunflower, cashews, pine nuts, brazil nuts)
    ©       extra virgin cold-pressed sesame oil
    ©       seaweed (wakame, nori sheets)
    ©       medjool dates
    ©       raw unfiltered honey (local)
    ©       raw agave nectar

    What's in the fridge?

    ©       nama shoyu/tamari
    ©       soaked and dehydrated nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
    ©       flax seeds
    ©       dried lentils, black-eyed peas, chickpeas
    ©       white miso (vegan)
    ©       unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (Bragg's)
    ©       lemons
    ©       fresh greens (kale, spinach)
    ©       fresh vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, squash)
    ©       fresh fruit (apples)
    ©       mushrooms
    ©       raw almond butter
    ©       tahini (from Neomonde)
    ©       nutritional yeast*
    ©       grade B maple syrup*
    *Although nutritional yeast and grade B maple syrup are used in some raw food recipes, they are not, by technical definition, raw.  Personally, I like the cheesy flavor that nutritional yeast adds to foods as well as B vitamins.  Also, I prefer using grade B maple syrup because I believe it is healthier than agave.  All sweeteners should be used sparingly.