Author Archives: Murtopia

Matthew Kenny’s RAW Express Cookbook

I can’t make enough of these recipes! Finally someone has come out with a raw cookbook that uses everyday ingredients and has a prep time of 30 minutes or less. He’s like the Rachael Ray of raw eating. I dog eared the recipes that I wanted to jump on right away and there are about 15 in my queue. Once I get those done I’ll work my way through the rest of the book. Here’s the cover and a link to Amazon:


Everyday Raw Express: Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less


My Badass Vegan Sugar Free Caramel Corn

Okay, so this started out as a plan to make popcorn balls for my daughter, but it wasn’t as sticky as I hoped and wouldn’t hold shape. So instead I put it on a sheet pan and damn, it turned out as some pretty badass caramel corn!

Recipe and Directions:

1. Make a thing of air popped corn

2. Blend all this stuff in a Vitamix or food processor until smooth:

Six or so soaked dates for about 4 hours (Do this before you pop the friggen corn okay? Or use the dates and a bit of water to smooth it out.

1/2 Cup Agave Syrup

2 TB Raw Peanut Butter (I might use more next time)

1 tsp Vanilla

3. Pour the mixture over the corn and gently stir, fold or whatever until it’s all coated.

4. Put it on a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper because I hate cleaning) and cook for 45 mins or so at about 200 degrees.

I took it out when a sample just tasted right. It got crunchier as it cooled. But after a few hours it wasn’t as crunchy so eat it right away.

My First Vitamix Smoothie

I just unpacked my Vitamix and made my first smoothie! When you select “Smoothie” mode it starts out slow to not make a mess, gradually speeds up into haul ass mode, then shuts down when it’s finished. This is going to be fun!

I just used what I had laying around. A banana, a handful of ice cubes, a cup of Silk Coconut Milk, a scoop of Vega plant based protein powder and a fat tablespoon of peanut butter. Yum! It’s green because of the protein powder I think.

Two Moms in the Raw

I found these at a coffee shop in Santa Monica. The ingredients are things I like and it tastes pretty good too. Find them here:

My Baddass Vegan Street Tacos

Okay, these may exists somewhere, but I’ve never seen them anywhere so I’ll take credit for now. The idea hit me while looking at a picture of taco meat and thinking that the meat looks a lot like quinoa.

So I cooked up some black quinoa, since it looks the most like ground beef. I used a little less water than normal so that it was stil a bit less cooked and chewy.

Then I put the cooked quinoa in a frying pan like I would have with ground beef. Then I mixed up taco seasoning like I would have with meat and simmered it until the liquid was absorbed. These are unreal good. My daughter ate them up!

For the first batch I just used my taco meat, tomatoes and onions on corn tortillas. My second batch I added vegan refried beans and had some guac. Yum. Next time I might add the taco seasoning to the water when I cook the quinoa and see how that goes. What do you think?

Badass Bars

These bars are badass, kind of raw and used just about everything I had laying around as leftovers from other recipes.

I coursely chopped most of the larger nuts in the food processor:

Uh… I’ll get back to you. I can’t remember the ingredients and the amounts! Sorry!

Badass Vegan Ceviche

I was taking a mini vacation in Scottsdale, AZ and stayed at the fabulous Valley Ho. People at the pool kept ordering Ceviche so I came home and made my own version. It’s amazing!

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