Tahini "Cesar" Salad & Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

How are you doing today?  Now that the week is playing out and moving right along towards the weekend, we can all let out a sigh of relief that some R & R time is right around the corner!  I’m going to be teaching a yoga class Saturday morning and am beyond excited!  As I had mentioned I was going to be doing, I took a yoga class at the studio today that I am going to be teaching at it and I love the vibe, the energy, the practice space.  It was wonderful!

Then I took Skylar to the Mommy & Me Pottery Painting activity we had planned.  It was too cute watching her paint.  Like a bad Mommy, I forgot my camera but I will post pictures of her plates after they are fired.  They were pretty much a smeary hodge-podge of paint; the paint-your-pottery equivalent of scribbles, but to me, it’s Picasso.  She also kept asking for Blue.  I am a pink girl but she was loving blue.     

I’m glad to hear yesterday’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs were a hitYeah, num-num in my tum-tum!  Shout out to my lovely friends, Lil Veggie Patch and Raw Juice Girl who both made these.  I hope you enjoyed your balls as much as I do, girls.  TWSS

And of course the Raw Vegan Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Raw Vegan Creamy Tahini Dressing Recipe

And your reports on whether you deem yourself to be creative and telling me about your creative outlets with everything from knitting to jewelry making was really fun to read about, too!

For today’s greenery, I made another salad and flooded it with the Creamy Vegan Tahini Dressing.  Romaine, Carrots, Cukes, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, and the Tahini Dressing.  Then I added some spicy sesame-coated almond bits on top.

It’s my Tahini-ized Version of a Cesar Salad

Who needs anchovies and Cesar dressing or croutons and gluten when you’ve got Raw Vegan Creamy Tahini & Sesame-Coated Almonds?  Not I.

For Dessert, here’s a recent Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls episode.  For full recipe info, click right on over to here!  5 minutes til heaven in your mouth if you get started now, just sayin’.

Cashews & Oats

Grind

Add the Liquids (Maple and/or Agave or both, Vanilla Extract)

Add the Chocolate Chips

Blend for a Second

Make your balls

After refrigeration they looked like this

And as I got closer to inhaling a ball it looked like this…

And unstuck balls look like this (TWSS)

Couple Shopping Finds Now..
For all you MAC users, I recently picked up the Magic Mouse.  It’s only been out about 2 weeks and I have to say, I love it.   It took a day or so to get used to, but now I am in mousey heaven.

Lightweight, responds with a light finger touch, wireless and rather than clicking the Back Button on your browser to back out of webpages, you can finger swipe across the top of the mouse and back out of webpages that way.  Great little gadget if you’re a MAC user.

In light of the fact that I’m going to be teaching some yoga classes, I wanted to spruce up my workout duds a bit.  I found a Lululemon Sports Bra on sale, in pink, in my size.  Score!  That baby had my name written all over it!

And with my purchase I got a re-usable Lulu bag.  They must’ve known I had just been talking about all the green lifestyle choices I make.  It’s nifty to be thrifty.  Sorry, that just popped into my head and I had to write it.

Yoga Today is Hanumanasana (Full Splits or Monkey Pose)

And after all that shopping, I just had to pop a few 3-Ingredient 5-Minute Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls, too.   Yum.

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Second Tip of the Day: My Yoga Mat is the Manduka Black Mat Pro,  all the way.  People have asked me what I use, and in my opinion, that’s the best.  It will last you a decade whereas other mats will shred and erode and wear down but not the Black Manduka.  It’s a quality investment in your practice that will pay off.  

What’s your favorite brand of workout apparel?  Are you brand loyal or do you bounce around?  Do you shop based on price, function, cuteness factor, or what?  Gimme the dish!  I am Nike brand loyal to my running shoes.  For my yoga clothes, I love Be Present, Prana, Lulu, and there are some tiny niche lines that sometimes have cute pieces, but that’s very hit and miss.  And regional, at best, distribution on some of those.  For Sports Bras, that is extremely hard and hit or miss for me.  Target ones are too flimsy, some of the high-tech ones are too restrictive, so I am always on the hunt.  What kind of workout apparel do you buy?  Or do you just sport a hanes tshirt and call that your “technical fabric”?  Does it matter even?  What do you think?

Stay Tuned For A Great Use for Apples…

   

121 Responses to “Tahini "Cesar" Salad & Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls”

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    claire — May 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    my fave nut butter is definitely naturally nutty vanilla almond butter or trader joes raw creamy almond butter

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    Amanda (WannaBe Chef) — May 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    My favorite nut butter is Naturally More PB!

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    zoe — May 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    my favorite nut butter is justin's maple almond butter! SO. GOOD!

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    lisa — May 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    My favorite is Maranatha smooth almond butter.

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    Ashlei — May 24, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Picking a favorite nut butter is like picking a favorite veggie. I just can't do it ;) Nuttzo is a new favorite though it's so expensive! I wish I could find it somewhere for less than $12 a jar. Naturally Nutty is great. WFs organic pb, Maranatha raw AB! TJ's sunflower seed butter. Fresh ground raw cashew butter. Smart Balance crunchy pb. I can't think of a natural/organic nut butter I don't like ;)

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    Cara — May 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    So far my favorite nut butter has to be the Nutty Vermonter's Maple & Cinnamon Triple Nut Butter (almonds, pecans, cashews.) Amazing :)

    http://thenuttyvermonter.com/nutbutters.html

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    Beth — May 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    My favourite Nut Butter of all time is Nuts To You Organic Almond Butter.

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    Meghan — May 26, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I make my own nut butters 99% of the time so my fave would have to be either my homemade raw almond butter, or my homemade vegan nutella.

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    shirley — May 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    difficult to say since i've had little experience with nutbutters outside of PB, but my fave would have to be trader joe's unsalted creamy natural PB!

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    Emily J — May 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I haven't tried a lot of nut butters, but I must say that smooth Barney Butter (Almond butter) is very hard to resist.

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    Kelly @Mama Eats Plants — June 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Oh wow!!! These look AMAZING! I am a major lover of Reese's PB cups..so happy I can make my own that have fewer ingredients now, thanks to you!! Thanks!!!

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    Rebecca — September 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I love your blog :) and all the food you have posted! Tonight, my sister and I are trying out vegan peanut butter cups so we'lll see how they turn out.. :)

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    Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama — September 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I featured this recipe on my blog! Have a wonderful weekend! http://www.thecleaneatingmama.com/2010/09/weekend-treats.html

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    Abigail S. Bean — September 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    These PB cups look SO good, but I'm kind of afraid of adding the nooch. I don't want cheesy cups!

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    Mali K — October 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

    The PB cups look delicious! Is nutritional yeast the same as Brewer's Yeast? I live in South Africa and haven't found a product labelled nutritional yeast.

    What ratio would you recommend if using the cocoa/agave/coconut oil variation?

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Murray Marie — October 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I lurve the sound of the peanut butter cups. I'm going to try it out tomorrow. Buuut you use a microwave? And you're into raw food?? Girl, get rid of that thing!

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    Sylvia — October 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    What?! I thought Reece's peanut butter cups were vegan.. I read that on a blog, along with Oreos. Am I wrong?? Guess I'll start making these instead.

    -Sylvia
    ioLite Vaporizer

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    NannyDani — November 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I just came across your blog today as I googled peanut butter cup recipes, since I had an incredible craving (Its been about a year since Ive had chocolate!!!) and I love everything about it! I agree with Michelle, you should open a shop, I know I'd be there lining up!
    Anyway, I am just curious as to why yeast is added to the peanut butter. I dont usually cook with yeast.. and was wondering if it was nessisary to add it?? I made them tonight with Carob chips and no yeast in the peanut butter and they seemed to turn out okay (just cooling now)! But am I missing out by not adding it???

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    Susan — December 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Wow, I didn't know you can make so many foods while staying veggie! Yum. I absolutely have to try some!

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    The Monreal — December 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Maybe try to find a way to be constructive in your comment to the mom or smoker. Like bring a little bucket with some sand for the smoker to put out his cigs and say nicely, "hey, I noticed there is nowhere safe for you to throw away your butts, how about using this?" If he's a jerk then, hey, at least you tried. And to the mom, maybe offer a nice comment or try talking to her son – like, "wow, I really like your shoes, I bet they're good for hopping!" and then hop with him for a bit. Sometimes distraction can help both mom and child reset. Helping, or trying to, would be a much better way to approach, and would seem much less judgemental – which would, of coarse, put people on the defensive.

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