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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Vine-ripe tomatoes and fresh basil are key to making this salad amazing. It’s one of my husbands favorite summer meals. This recipe has been revised from my original recipe for “Lentil Salad” in my cookbook Whole Food Goodness.

1 cup lentils rinsed

2 1/4 cups water

2 cloves garlic minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 cucumber cut in small pieces

2-3 medium tomatoes coarsely chopped

4 oz. chopped spinach

1/2 cup black olives, drained, rinsed and chopped

1/2 cup thinly slice red onion

1 cup fresh chopped basil

3 T balsamic vinegar

Fresh ground black pepper

Salt to taste

Bring water to boil. Add lentils, lower heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, until tender. Add more water if needed. Transfer to salad bowl to cool.  When cool, add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Vegan French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip w/ Veggies

This vegan French onion dip goes perfectly with crackers or vegetables! Made with cashews, sunflower seeds and white beans as your base, this dip is a healthy, high-fiber super-star that is simple and delicious! This recipe is in my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites.

1/2 cup each: raw sunflower seeds and

       cashews soaked in 1 cup water for 1 hour

1 cup cooked navy beans (or great northern)

1 t garlic granules

2 T onion granules

3 T lemon juice

3 T apple cider vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

2 green onions, sliced (use some of the green)

3 small pitted dates

Fresh dill or other fresh herb of choice

Chives for garnish

Sea salt

Puree all ingredients in a strong blender until smooth.  Add in fresh dill or other fresh herbs, green onions, or chives. Salt to taste. Great with fresh-cut vegetables.

Better Than Meat Loaf

This recipe is from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites. 

1/2 cup dry green lentils

1 onion, chopped

1 cup chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 T dried oregano

1/2 t pepper

2 cups cooked kidney beans

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, raw

1 cup Blender BBQ Sauce (Page 98 in Whole Food American Favorites)

Boil 1 1/4 cups water. Add lentils, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until tender. Add more water if needed. Sauté onion, mushrooms, garlic, carrot, and celery until tender. Add herbs and pepper. Cook 3 – 4 minutes. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add cooked lentils, kidney beans, oats, nuts, and BBQ sauce. Using a pastry cutter, mash all ingredients together until they become sticky. Don’t mash too much. You want to leave a little texture. Transfer to a loaf pan. Top with more BBQ sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting.

Thanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

This loaf makes a great turkey replacement for your upcoming holiday feast! It could also be a great side dish in place of “stuffing.”

2 cups cooked mashed yam

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups cooked chic peas (garbanzo beans)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts or pumpkin seeds

2 T organic tamari or balsamic vinegar

2 T tomato paste

1 T spicy brown mustard

1 t dried sage

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1 t dried rosemary, crushed

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 t sea salt

1/2 t black pepper

 

Bake yam at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool. Saute vegetables in 1/4 cup water until tender. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including baked yam, and mash with a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes sticky and holds together. Press into a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake an additional 25 minutes. Uncover and brown for 10 minutes. Let set for at least 20 – 30 minutes before serving.

Butternut and White Bean Stew

Recipe from Whole Food Goodness

1 medium butternut squash, divided (Enough for at least 4 cups cooked)

1 large yellow onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 T fresh ginger root, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

1 T curry powder

2 t cumin

1/4 tsp allspice

1 small bunch of kale, finely chopped

5 cups water, vegetable broth or bean broth

2 cups cooked white beans

1/4 cup cashews

 

Bake whole squash in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until tender. Cool, then peel and cut in cubes. Saute onion on medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and spices. Cook 2 – 3 minutes adding a little water if needed to keep from sticking. Add 3 cups water and kale. Cook until kale is tender. Add beans and all but 1 cup of squash to pot. Blend cashews, 1 cups water and reserved squash until creamy. Transfer into soup pot and heat through. Add water or broth to thin if needed and serve.   

Taco Stack

You can make a “Taco Stack” with any recipe for a taco filling but this one in particular has no beans.  It’s a great recipe for those who are in the advanced stages of a leaky gut re-introduction protocol or who have a hard time digesting beans.  If you don’t have a problem with them, be sure to include them. There are outstanding benefits from eating beans!

1 onion, chopped,

1 clove garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch of kale, chopped (or other green leafy veggie)

2 cups corn

1 – 2 cups cooked brown rice

2 t chili powder

2 t cumin

Sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Saute chopped onion in a hot dry pan over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook one minute. Add tomatoes and cook until juicy.  Add chopped kale and 1/2 cup water. Cover, bring to boil, then turn heat down to low. Cook 10 minutes stirring periodically adding spices half way through cooking. When kale is tender, add cooked rice and corn.  Salt and pepper to taste if needed.  Layer between steamed corn tortillas. 

 

Spicy Kale w/ Lentils and Quinoa

Not very pretty but delightfully delicious!  This was a dish I through together when I couldn’t decide what to fix for dinner.

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 cups cooked lentils

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped mushrooms

3 cups chopped tomatoes

8 cups chopped kale 

2 t Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy seasoning

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped

Salt to taste

 

Saute onion over medium high heat (dry, with no oil) until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chopped mushrooms and tomatoes, lower heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes until juicy. Add kale, cover, and cook until tender, adding a little water if need to keep from sticking. Stir in seasonings half way through cooking. When kale is tender, stir in cooked lentils and quinoa. Add pumpkin seeds and salt to taste.

 

 

 

Zoodles Marinara w/ Millet

Home Made Marinara

Make this sauce a day ahead so the flavors will meld and taste amazing!

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 t oregano (use fresh if available)

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

 

Saute’ onion in a dry sauce pan over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add minced garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Lower heat to medium and cook for 1/2 hour to 1 hour over medium low heat.  The more you cook the tomatoes, the more concentrated the sauce will be. Add fresh herbs the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Cooked Millet

Bring 2 cups water to boil in a sauce pan. Add dry millet, turn heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 – 20 minutes until tender. 

Zoodles (“noodles” made with zucchini)

Spiral slice 3 medium zucchini into a large saute pan and cook over medium high heat until desired tenderness, adding a bit of water as needed to keep from sticking to the pan.

Once the “Zoodles” reach the desired tenderness, pour the marinara over the Zoodles and stir well. Mix in desired amount of cooked millet. 

Note: Cooked quinoa can be used in place of millet but I prefer the hardiness of the millet. 

 

 

 

Raw Blueberry Pie

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

7 cups frozen blueberries, thawed

15 small pitted dates

1/2 T chia seeds (optional for thickening)

1 Nut Crust, divided

Blend 3 cups blueberries with dates and chia seeds in a high-powered blender until smooth. Pour over whole berries, mix well, and place onto a prepared pie crust.  Top with reserved crust ingredients. Let chill.

Oat Nut Crust

 1/2 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup raw pecans

1/2 cup rolled oats

10 small pitted dates

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t vanilla

Finely grind nuts and dates in a food processor until they start to stick together. Add oats and briefly chop just to incorporate. Press 3/4 of the crust ingredients in the bottom and up the sides of a 9” round pie pan. Fill with pie filling. Top with remaining crust ingredients.

 

Creamy Potato Salad

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

A delicious spin on traditional potato salad

Cooked Potatoes:

3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into small chunks.

Cover with water, bring to boil, and simmer until tender.

Drain, rinse, and place in large bowl to cool.

Add:

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

2 cups sliced celery

2 14 oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Dressing:

Juice from two lemons

1 T apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup raw cashews (or use sunflower seeds)

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw sesame seeds, un-hulled

2 t dried mustard powder

1/4 cup fresh chopped dill

1 t sea salt

 

Blend everything but the fresh dill in a powerful blender on high until smooth. Stir in fresh dill. Pour over salad and mix well. Chill and serve.

Note: For extra goodness, add chopped Bubbies naturally fermented pickles. 

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