Cabbage “crostini” with homemade ginger squash hummus

Cabbage “crostini” with homemade ginger squash hummus, avocado, dill, carrot zest and cracked black pepper.

I love to eat light and fresh. This recipe is perfect as a quick appetizer to impress guests or enjoy whenever you please.

What you need:

Cabbage 3 large leaves cut into small squares (any type is fine, napa cabbage or purple cabbage are my favorites for this recipe.

Half an avocado

1 Carrot sliced into small strips with a vegetable peeler or julienned

A few springs a fresh dill coarsely chopped

Ginger squash Hummus: This part you will need to make ahead of time. 1 cup cooked butternut squash, 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, 1 clove of garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tbsp tahini, 2tbsp olive oil, pink himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste. Place all ingredients in the blender and viola you’ve just made a bean free hummus with less fat content and fresh taste in no time!

Once you have everything prepped start by laying out your cabbage squares and put about a tablespoon of hummus directly on all of the pieces. Next layer a slice of avocado on top of the hummus. Top the avocado with your freshly chopped dill. Sprinkle on the small shreds of carrots and finally top of with freshly ground black pepper, enjoy!

This is entirely, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, bean free and always %100 Vegan.


The Raw Food Diet


What is the raw food diet that everyone has been buzzing about lately? “Rawism” as it is sometimes referred to consists of eating only raw, fresh, living, organic unprocessed foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. This concept is based on the fact that once food has been heated above that temperature it begins to break down and loses nutrients and enzymes. These natural occurring enzymes aid in the digestion process, help to boost the immune system and fight chronic disease. So what does that mean? In short by eating raw foods that are full of their natural enzymes your body does not need to work as hard to process these foods and absorb all of their powerful nutrients. A proper raw diet eliminates constipation, and the transit time of waste matter shortens to 24 hours or less, avoiding the buildup of toxemia from the recycling of toxins from the colon. Many people on the raw food diet or a diet that consists of mostly raw foods say that they have more energy, sleep better, feel clear headed and have had an easier time shedding unwanted pounds. The very best quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, co-enzymes, fiber, water, protein, carbohydrates, and fats come from fruits and vegetables. They are complete nutritional packages and provide the body with everything it needs to function properly. Of all foods, fruits are richest in vitamins and water, and second richest in minerals and fiber, while vegetables and leafy greens are richest in minerals and fiber, and second richest in vitamins and water. The other two nutrient groups, proteins and fats, are needed in smaller quantities; so, while fruits and vegetables are not high in protein and fat content, they still remain their ideal source.

You can find many raw food products at your local health food store such as grab and go meal bars, raw chocolates, raw dehydrated crackers cookies, wraps and more.

If you find yourself in Orange County looking for a juice bar with amazing healthy options the Sejuiced is your place. Get your juice to go and walk across the street to the Corona Del Mar state Beach.

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Corona Del Mar State Beach, CA

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