Spinach Cheese Dip

As a raw food chef, I’m always looking for new ways to be inspired when making the food I love. I’m sure with any cuisine it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine… same spices, similar dishes, obvious go-to flavors.

I was sent Matt and Janabai Amsden’s new recipe book: The Rawvolution Continues. It’s absolutely beautiful. The moment I received it I broke it open and began pouring through it, absorbing the gorgeous, colorful photographs and salivating as I read through the recipes.

I think this would be an amazing first book for anyone interested in starting down the path of raw food. Maybe someone wanting to eat more living foods or someone wanting to transition to eating completely vegan.

I love that Matt explains how to stock your raw pantry and tips on how to travel and eat raw. I’m constantly asked how to eat high raw and healthy foods when I travel and I really like his advice to bring nori sheets because they can instantly turn any salad into a wrap. It really isn’t that hard to pack healthy foods when you think about all the new options. From dried goji berries and raw nuts + seeds to fresh fruit and veggies and raw chocolate bars, the options are really endless. Obviously my favorite advice he gave is to pack “green powder” which to us Philosophie lovers is Green Dream! He says to:

“pour green powder directly into a bottle of orange, apple juice or water. This simple mixture can supply concentrated vitamins and minerals when you haven’t been eating the most nutritious foods, supply extra energy while you’re on the go, and even replace a meal in a pinch.”

Yay Philosophie Green Dream!

“It can combat jet lag or make up for a bad night’s sleep on an inflatable air mattress.”

yes, Matt, it sure does! :)

A really great tip for going out to a mexican restaurant is to order the largest guacamole, the largest salsa and a large plate of shredded lettuce with cilantro to make your own raw taco salad! Love that!

They also shared that in a 2010 Huffington Post article, addressing air travel, Dr. Joseph Mercola stated, “if you fly at night you can reduce your radiation risk by 99% because nearly all of the radiation from the sun is being blocked by the earth.” really amazing.

I obviously loved all the creative new recipes and ones that I’ve been doing for years (like truffles/energy balls, kale salad, smoothies) with a new, fresh twist. I’ve been so lucky throughout the years to visit Matt’s amazing raw food restaurant in Santa Monica (Euphoria Loves Rawvolution) so as I was reading through his book, I could almost taste the dishes asI read the recipes!

One of my favorite new recipes from this book I will share with all of you is for Spinach Cheese Dip. YUM! Super easy, quick and simple ingredients.

Spinach Cheese Dip

 

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  • 2 C chopped avocados
  • 1 C chopped spinach, briefly marinated in 1 T olive oil
  • 1 C raw walnuts
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T coconut aminos
  • 1 t nutritional yeast (use 1/4C cashews if you don’t have nutritional yeast)
  • 1/2 t ground black pepper

in a high speed blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with basil just before serving.

serve as a dip for bell peppers, celery and carrots or with raw flax crackers.

My absolute most exciting recipe I made was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls because I buy them ALL the time (and they are expensive!) and can finalllllllyyyy make them EXACTLY like the ones I buy for myself! SCORE!

My other favorite recipes from the cookbook were: the Hot Chocolate (would be so taste with Cacao Magic in it!), Strawberry Sangria, Big Nachos, Cucumber Summer Rolls, Sea Cakes with cilantro chutney and all the sushi rolls (especially the atlantis rolls!). My husband (Israeli man!) loved the Falafel Wraps and Kai (our almost-3-year old!) loved the “Cheesy” Broccoli (which we call “trees”. That was the only new idea for kids stuff… I do wish there were more creative ideas for kids but luckily my boys are pretty good eaters so I’ve been doing ok :)

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Baby Leo (almost a year old) ADORED the Fluffy Pudding Parfaits and we made them a few days in a row because they were such a hit!

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I’m so excited to try more and post pretty pictures from my creative play! Stay tuned… and go get this amazing raw food recipe book!

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Kai and I made these cookies together when we were both CRAVING chocolate chip cookies. They are so soft and coconutty (courtesy of some unsweetened shredded coconut)—you'd never know they are grain-free + gluten-free!

For this recipe, swap regular ol’ wheat flour for amazing almond flour! This wheat flour alternative is gluten-free, high in fiber, a good source of protein, and chock-full of iron, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and calcium. Quite the upgrade.

The Cacao Magic gives the cookie a lovely hint of chocolatey-ness, while also providing an energy-lifting burst of nutrients. Then sneak some serious detoxification powers into your treats with a spoonful of Green Dream. A serving of this superfood blend packs more protein than an egg, more iron than a serving of beef, less sugar than a stick of gum, and more fiber than bran cereal!

Once you’ve gathered all of the beautiful ingredients for your cookies, click play on the video below and get baking with me!

 

Gather This:

Do This:

Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the superfood blends.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Add chocolate chips.

Using a tablespoon, drop the batter evenly onto the prepared baking sheets; repeat with all of the batter to make 6 cookies on each baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cookie comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.  

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Cacao Magic Zucchini Smoothie Recipe

Philosophie VIP Ambassador Blair Flynn dreamt up this chocolatey green smoothie featuring a nutritional powerhouse of zucchini, avocado, spinach, AND Cacao Magic
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I absolutely love that Blair snuck a dinner veggie into a breakfast (or dessert) smoothie. This beautiful squash is packed with potassium, a mineral that helps reduce blood pressure, as well as manganese, which safeguards your tissues from pesky free radicals. Zucchini also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients that protect your eyes from harmful light rays. Gotta love those phytonutrients! 
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Gather This: 
  • 1 frozen small zucchini 
  • handful of frozen spinach 
  • half of avocado (if you love avocado + like it extra creamy!)
  • 1 cup (or 1 1/2 cups) almond milk
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend 
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Magic Coconut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla 
  • few shakes of cinnamon 
  • handful of ice
Do This: 
Blitz all ingredients in a high-speed blender. (Pro tip: If you want to make it a Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie, add peppermint and cashew butter.) Pour into a gorgeous glass and sprinkle on bee pollen + cacao nibs OR your favorite superfood toppings! 
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Cacao Magic Ice Cream Recipe

I love eating ice cream in the winter just as much as I do in the summer – especially when I’ve whipped it up myself at home with dreamy, nourishing superfoods!

And if you scream for ice cream (especially the chocolatey variety), but don’t love the high sugar levels and energy crash that come with this decadent treat, this is the recipe for you.

The Coconut Magic Coconut Butter, coconut oil, and MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) are easily absorbed by the body and actually supply quick + lasting energy (not something your average ice cream cone can do). You also get a natural energy boost courtesy of the organic cacao powder in our Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend!

Plus, I’ve added 8 drops of apple cider vinegar to help balance your pH levels + promote a healthy heart.

And even though this Cacao Magic Ice Cream is super healthy, it doesn’t lack in flavor! The vanilla bean perfectly complements the chocolatey goodness of the cacao, and the Cacao Bee Honey adds a lovely touch of superfood-charged sweetness.

I also like to use beautiful organic eggs, which provide a healthy-dose of protein, create that creamy texture, and help your treat stay frozen and last longer in your freezer – so be sure to make extra :) 


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Do This:

Blend all ingredients, except the ice in your high-speed blender, making sure they’re blended thoroughly. Add the ice cubes and continue to blend well. Pour the mixture in your ice cream maker and follow that particular model’s instructions from there!

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I LOVE sneaking nutrient-dense veggies into smoothie bowls. While leafy greens like spinach and kale are easy go-to's, sometimes it's fun to venture out and try something different. Like cauliflower! 

This snowy white cruciferous plant is perfect for ramping up the nutritional benefits in your brekie. Beyond supplying antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber, it offers up cancer-fighting compounds called glucosinolates. 

And while these phytochemicals are also behind the slightly bitter taste of cauliflower, when you blend it up with the chocolatey deliciousness of Cacao Magic, Cacao Bee, and Coconut Magic (not to mention 'nanas, almond butter, cinnamon, and vanilla), you're left with a dreamy, "I can't believe there's veggies in here!" treat to kickstart your day! 

Gather This:

Do This:

Blend all ingredients and top with cacao nibs, blueberries, coconut shreds, and crumbled Elemental Superfood Granola.

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Now that you've got the nutritional low-down on this beautifying brekie, get toastin'! 

Gather This:

Do This: 
Toast your slice of bread, spread on the cream cheese, and top with the strawberries, Berry Bee Honey, and hemp seeds. Enjoy!
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Sophie’s 6 Love-Filled February Dinner Recipes

I believe a home cooked-meal created with beautiful, nourishing ingredients + joyful energy is one of the greatest expressions of love.

Whether you’re planning an evening with a close friend, looking to make something special for your partner (or kiddies), or pampering yourself (why not?!), here are 6 delightfully delicious dinners to dream up in your kitchen this month with Philosophie Superfoods!

 

1) Organic Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

 

Gather This:

  • 1 pound lean ground organic pork
  • 10 leaves of butter lettuce or romaine lettuce
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 8 teaspoons plum sauce (look for gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Green Bee Honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • sesame seeds

 

Do This:

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add pork. Cook, stirring until it starts to brown. Drain excess fat.

Stir in green onions, Green Bee Honey, ginger, garlic, and tamari. Cook for 3 minutes. Place lettuce leaves on plate and 1/2 cup or so of the meat mixture on each leaf. Add a sprinkle of cilantro and top with a dash of sesame seeds!

 

2) Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

 

Gather This:

  • 12 ounces chicken breast, grilled or baked
  • 5 cups chopped kale
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • sprinkle of Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

 

Do This:

In your blender, toss the anchovies, garlic, egg yolk, lemon, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper, and salt, plus 1/4 cup water if needed.

Rinse and chop kale, and add the dressing. Massage the kale until the leaves start to soften. You can leave it in the refrigerator too for a bit if you like (the kale won’t wilt much!). Top with roasted chickpeas and/or roasted chicken for an added protein boost and a sprinkle of Green Dream for a savory kick!

 

 

3) Pesto Chicken and Veggie Skewers


Gather This:

For the Pesto:

  • 1 cup of basil
  • ¾ cup cashews
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the Chicken + Veggies:

  • 1 pound organic chicken, cubed (your butcher can cube it for you too!)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

Do This:

Combine all pesto ingredients in a blender on medium, until the texture is smooth. Chop the peppers into 2-inch pieces. Thread your chicken and peppers, alternating between the two, onto the skewers. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken + veggie combo, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Place the skewers over a grill on medium-high, cooking for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and spread the pesto on the chicken and veggies. You can also enjoy this with quinoa or wild rice!

 

 

4) Quinoa Mushroom Risotto

Gather This:

  • 2 ½  cups beef stock
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Bee Honey
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • shredded parmesan (optional topping)

 

Do This:

Warm beef stock in a pan on high until it begins to boil. Add quinoa, and then turn to medium-low heat and leave to simmer covered for 25 minutes or so (until all the liquid has evaporated).

Chop the onions and mushrooms, and add both to a pan to cook on medium-low heat, with the butter. After 3 minutes, add the thyme, wine, and garlic. Keep cooking until the mixture evaporates, for another 5-10 minutes. Add in Cacao Bee and stir. Combine everything together and top with shredded parmesan, if you like!

 

5) Mexican Shrimp Cauliflower Bowls


Gather This:

For the Bowls:

  • 1/2 pound shrimp
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup blackened corn (Trader Joe’s frozen section)
  • 1 cup fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Bee Honey
  • pinch of salt

 

Do This:

Cook the cauliflower in a pan with the olive oil for about 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. In a separate pan, cook shrimp for about 4 minutes, stirring often. Top the cauliflower with the black beans, corn, tomatoes,  jalapeno, shrimp, onion, and chopped avocado. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing. In a bowl combine all ingredients and whisk together.

 

 

6) Butternut Squash and Sage Soup

Gather This:

  • 3 cups of organic chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups of butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 organic red apple, chopped and seeded
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • Shaved parmesan

 

Do This:

Cook onion for 4 minutes with the olive oil. Add in garlic, onion, sage, apple, chicken broth, and squash. Bring to a boil on high heat. Once your soup is boiling, put the lid on, turn it down to medium low, and let simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 25 minutes, add the Green Dream and blend with an immersion blender. You can also pour the whole mixture in a regular blender as well. Serve in your favorite bowl (or mug if you’re enjoying it on the sofa!) + top with parmesan!

 

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