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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins are moist and sweet and a healthy Halloween treat.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/3 cup millet

1 cup pitted dates soaked in 1/2 cup water 4 hours

1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup raw pecans, divided

2 T dark brown sugar (optional – *suggested brand below)

2 t cinnamon

2 t ginger

2 t baking powder

1 t baking soda

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 t vanilla

1/3 cup chocolate chips

 

Grind oats and millet in food processor or strong blender to a flour. Stir in  cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and baking soda. Blend dates, soak water, pumpkin, sugar, vinegar and vanilla until smooth.

Pour over dry ingredients, add chocolate chips and mix well until flour is well incorporated. Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes. Makes 9 – 10 muffins.

*I hardly ever use processed sugars, but when I need to kick up the sweetness a little more than a whole food sweetener will do without making the end result too heavy, (it only takes a little) this is the sugar I use. I love the molasses flavor that it lends. It’s perfect for these muffins. 

Apple Oatmeal Crumble

Oat groats are the whole oat kernel when it comes off the plant. Eating grains in their whole intact form is the most nutritious way to eat them.  And oats, in particular, are one of the best foods for restoring a healthy gut. (This is a great interview with Dr. Richard Matthews about this.)  And Dr. Tom O’Bryan, who specializes in gut health, says that the pectin in cooked apple skins is more biovailable then raw and is really good to heal the gut. (Video interview with Dr. Tom O’Bryan)  He recommends eating a tablespoon of cooked apple 3 times a day. I figure I’ll get it done in one shot with breakfast. It’s a great way to sweeten up the oats.  Feel free to add a tablespoon or two of chopped nuts or sprinkle on some flax meal.

 

 

 

1/2 cup oat groats

1 cup water

2 T raisins

1 large apple chopped

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t cardmom

 

Soak oat groats and raisins in the 1 cup of water over night.  In the morning, transfer everything to a sauce pan, cover, turn the stove to medium heat and set the timer for 8 minutes.  After 8 minutes, oats should be boiling. Add the chopped apple, bring back to a boil,  leave on burner but turn off heat.  Let it set for 15 or 20 minutes. 

Green Spanish Rice

On an elimination diet I always have cooked rice and sweet potatoes on hand. For this recipe I use the yellow fleshed sweet potatoes instead of orange. They have a firmer texture and believe it or not, replace the texture of beans, which are often not tolerated by those with food sensitivities. This is one of my more advanced stage recipes. I wasn’t able to add tomatoes or chili powder until after a year. When I was finally able, halleluia! 

 

 

 

 

Cooked short grain brown rice

1 small baked sweet potato, cut in 1/2 inch cubes

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tomatoes, chopped or can chopped tomatoes

1 t turmeric

2 t chili powder

4 cups finely chopped broccoli

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

1/4 t black pepper

Salt to taste

Sauté onion in dry pan until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook 1 minutes stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook until juicy. Add spices and broccoli. Cook until broccoli is tender. Add sweet potato and desired amount of rice, cilantro and pepper. Heat through if needed. Salt to taste.

A nice addition is chopped almonds or pumpkin seeds.

Spicy Cabbage with Rice

Another “elimination diet” favorite that I’m so grateful for! I love the texture of the shredded cabbage but feel free to do a rough chop. This is so tasty and satisfying on it’s own but it would be very tasty rolled up in a corn tortilla if you can eat corn.  Cooked green lentils mixed in would be great too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooked short grain brown rice

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 t turmeric

1 1/2 t chili powder

1/2 head cabbage, thinly sliced

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

1/4 t black pepper

Salt to taste

Saute onion in dry pan over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook 1 minutes stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook until juicy. Add spices and cabbage and 1/2 cup water. Cover, lower heat to medium and cook until cabbage is tender. Add rice, cilantro and pepper. Heat through if needed. Salt to taste.

When I was able to add them, I love mixing in chopped sprouted almonds or pumpkin seeds.

Millet Premavera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been making this recipe since my early days of plant-based eating. It’s so good that it’s remained a favorite through the years. It has the flavors of an Italian pasta dish without the pasta.

 

1 cup millet, uncooked

1 onion, chopped

1 – 2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced

3 cups small cauliflower florets

3 cups small broccoli florets

2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes

2 cups frozen peas

1 T dried basil

1/4 t black pepper

1/3 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped (or raw pumpkin seeds)

2 T lemon juice

Sea salt

 

Boil 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Add millet, reduce heat to low,  cover, and simmer 20 minutes until tender. In a large pan over medium- high heat, sauté onion and mushrooms in 1/4 cup water for 2 minutes. Add garlic and remaining raw vegetables, and cook until vegetables are tender. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking. Add tomatoes, peas, basil, and pepper. Cook 5 more minutes. Mix in cooked millet, pine nuts, lemon juice, and salt to taste.

Creamy Cauliflower Kale

This has been one of my favorite dishes while on an elimination diet. It will continue to be one of my go-to meals after I’ve incorporated more foods. I love this dish and it’s so easy! I often add steamed green beans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 medium head cauliflower

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 bunch kale, finely chopped

1 t turmeric

1/4 t black pepper

Cooked short-grain brown rice

Salt to taste

 

Break off florets from cauliflower and wash good. Place in a steamer basket or sauce pan with 1 cup water and steam until tender.

While cauliflower is cooking, saute’ onion in a dry sauce pan until it starts to brown. Add garlic and stir 1 minute.

Add 3/4 cup water and chopped kale and cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 – 10 minutes until kale is tender.

Stir in turmeric and pepper and cook additional minute or two. Stir in desired amount of cooked rice. (Since on an elimination diet I always have cooked rice on hand.) 

When cauliflower is tender, blend until smooth. This makes a wonderful gravy to put over any veggies, grains, or potatoes. It’s a great soup base as well or substitute for mashed potatoes. 

Pour desired amount of Cauliflower Cream over kale and rice and mix well. Salt to taste.  

Add other seasonings as you wish. There are only certain seasonings I can tolerate and because turmeric and pepper are so anti-inflammatory, I’ve made them a daily part of my diet. 

 

 

 

 

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.

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