Hello everyone! My name is Christine. To those of you that have not met me yet, I am Rachel’s assistant. I have been working with her to build content for the website and help with the business end of things. Before working with Rachel, I went to school for and graduated with a degree in Architecture. Prior to this I worked in the restaurant business and even spent several years working in the kitchen.
As a cook I started out in the back peeling potatoes and picking beans. From there, as I learned more, I worked my way up to being in charge of the pantry station on the line. From how to use a knife to proper seasoning and flavor combinations, I learned almost everything I know about cooking from my experience there. I have taken those skills, developed them further and applied them to my now vegetarian diet.
I have been a vegetarian for several years now. It has taught me to be very conscious of what I am putting into and onto my body. I do most of my cooking from scratch and try to use whole, unprocessed ingredients. I have also begun learning more about using natural cleaning and skincare products. I create many of my own cleaners and products out of natural and inexpensive ingredients that you can get just about anywhere.
I am very interested in learning to make and do things for myself. I enjoy spending time in my backyard gardening. I have a beautiful vegetable garden where I am growing tomatoes, zucchini, and kale, amongst other things. I also am planting an assortment of perennial fruit plants, that will provide more and more food every year. In addition to my garden, I also keep chickens in the backyard. They are adorable and entertaining in addition to providing me with delicious eggs.
Something fun and new that I will be beginning is writing as a contributing author for the RachelFit blog. I will be sharing many of the things that I have learned from my experiences in the kitchen and garden that will help you to live a more healthy life. If you ever have any questions you can contact me at [email protected].
To start things out I wanted to share my recipe for raw vanilla almond cookies. These are super easy to put together and are made with basic ingredients that aren’t horrible for you. Thanks to the almonds, they have a good dose of healthy fats and protein in them that you won’t find in most cookies. As an added bonus, you don’t even need to turn on your oven!
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies
2 c + ½ c shredded raw coconut
1 c almond flour
¼ c maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients except the extra ½ c of coconut in a food processor. Blend the ingredients together until it has a thick dough like texture, about 2 minutes. If it appears to be dry continue to blend, it will eventually it will come together.
In tablespoon size portions, roll the dough between your hands to form a ball. Roll the cookie ball in the additional ¼ c of coconut until the outside is lightly coated. Roll and coat all the cookies until there is no dough left.
The cookies should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.