Dairy Free Yogurt

I love yogurt. The taste, consistency and benefits. During the summer I can’t have it as much because my skin doesn’t react very well to it. Instead of buying ‘dairy-free’ I thought I’d try to make make some for a few days and store it.

I didn’t go looking for a recipe. I figured it’s close to a smoothie without the ice. It worked.

You want to get fruit not really high in water content otherwise you end up with a smoothie or chunky juice.




  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 8oz strawberries
  • 1 pint of blackberries
  • 1 mango(consistency)

Put the fruit in a blender and pulse/blend until the fruit holds the form of yogurt. There’s no need for fillers or ice. This was quick, easy and quite frankly my answer to cutting out dairy.

**Option of adding Benefiber powder or Chia Seeds. I didn’t use it in this one, but the option is there. **

**Wash your fruit…really well**


Jicama & Cucumber Salad

I love a papaya salad as much as the next person. I decided to make one but didn’t come across any papayas in my search. I did find a nice sized jicama and thought that was just as sufficient. I honestly just wanted a reason to use my new vegetable mandoline chopper so I would’ve made a slaw too.  

Mandoline Chopper 

I used what I had available for a fresh salad to conquer the papaya craving.

Jicama Cucumber SaladIMG_20170811_183754_273


  • 1 large jicama
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 mangos
  • 2 avocados


  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4c white wine vinegar
  • 1t grated ginger
  • 1t grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • pinch of sugar in the strawberries
  • salt & pepper

I Crave Pico…Sometimes

They say cravings come from some nutrients your body is missing. Maybe that’s true. I hear people say they crave pie, bread and pasta. Are those missing nutrients? I’m not sure but craving, the STRONG DESIRE TO HAVE, that’s textbook and  there are certain cravings I have to satisfy; chocolate, peanut butter, onions, mushrooms and parmesan. Some would say I have a very savory palate. I would agree.

Today wasn’t any different. I had an intense craving for onions, crunchy and lemony juiciness like you’d find in ceviche. All the makings of a good buljol…yummerz. I’m home already so I have none of the ingredients for either. I do have a bit of leftover crab meat from quiche I made earlier in the week and a small container of pico(HAPPY DANCE).

Instantly I recalled being at Cala in San Francisco and having kampachi ceviche and the crab tostadas and the trout tostadas….yes please. The flavors, smells, tastes and the freshness. I just wanted to relive that moment, or as close as possible.

Yumminess from Cala San Francisco


I used every spice and herb I could to make sure it satisfied my craving.


~My Quick Crab PicMeUp~

  • 8oz lump crab
  • 10oz container of pico de gallo(onion, tomato, jalapeno)
  •  avocado
  • cilantro(not a fan I seasoned with coriander instead)

    Boss Jumbo Lump
    I prefer this brand or Phillips
  • parsley
  • lime juice
  • salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin

Key is to let it chill overnight. You can add a little cream(mayo/sour cream) to change the body a bit.

  • Enjoy on top of a tostada or stuff in an avocado half
  • You can make your own pico. Make sure your ingredients are fresh.
  • The use of fresh parsley along with coriander in place of cilantro
  • If you decided to use cream in this pico, season it before adding…i.e. coriander, cumin and chili powder
  • Add some mango to lift the sweetness and add to the juiciness.