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Wild Rice and Broccoli Pilaf

Serve as a side dish or stuff into acorn squash halves or other hollowed out winter squash for an attractive main dish.

1 cup wild rice

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup sliced celery

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups chopped mushrooms

4 cups chopped broccoli

2 ½ T Holiday Herb Mix

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, pine nuts or chopped pecans

Sea salt

 

Cook rice according to package directions.

Saute onion over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water, celery, and carrots. Cook 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms, broccoli and herb mix and cook until broccoli is desired tenderness.  Stir in seeds or nuts. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 – 8 cups water

2 heads of broccoli with stalks (enough for 4 cups chopped florets)

Florets from 1/2 head cauliflower

1 medium yellow sweet potato, baked (enough for about 1 cups mashed)

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 t marjoram

Fresh group pepper as desired

 

Place 4 cups water in a sauce pan.  Cut off stalks from broccoli, trim, slice and place in a sauce pan with 4 cups water. Add cauliflower florets. Cover and steam until tender.

Saute onion in a soup pot or large sauce pan over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add a little water if needed to keep from sticking. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add celery, carrots, and chopped broccoli florets. Cook until tender. 

When cauliflower and broccoli stems are tender, blend with sweet potato, including cook water from vegetables, until creamy. Pour into soup pot.  Add more water if needed to thin. Stir in marjoram and pepper and heat through. 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

Dilly Ranch Salad Dressing

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup water

3 T apple cider vinegar

3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 t onion powder

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t mustard powder

1/2 t sea salt

4 T chopped fresh dill

 

Blend all but dill until smooth. Add more water to thin if desired. Stir in fresh dill. Keep refrigerated.

This will thicken in the refrigerator and will become spreadable like mayonnaise. Thin with water, more lemon or vinegar if needed.

To increase the nutritional value of the sunflower seeds, soak them in water for eight hours and then sprout for a day. When blending with remaining ingredients, start with 1/2 cup water and add more if needed.

 

Cauliflower Soup w/ Rice

This is creamy, comforting, and so satisfying! This recipe has saved me on my year-long elimination diet.

1 yellow sweet potato yielding 1 cup cooked

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 medium carrots, chopped

Florets from one medium head cauliflower

1 1/2 t marjoram

Salt to taste

Fresh ground pepper

Cooked brown rice or other grain*

 

Bake sweet potato in 350-degree oven until soft, about 2 hours. Higher temp is shorter time is needed.

Sauté onion in dry soup pot over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and sauté one more minute.

Add about 4 cups water and loosen browning off bottom of pan. Add celery, carrots, then lay cauliflower florets over the top so they can easily be scooped out. Bring to a boil then lower heat to medium, cover, and cook until cauliflower is tender.

Scoop out cooked cauliflower and place in a blender jar and blend until smooth. Add cooked sweet potato and blend. Stir in blender contents into soup pot along with marjoram and mix well. Heat for 5 minutes. Mix in cooked brown rice or other grain.  Salt and pepper to taste.

*I love a combination of cooked quinoa and cook buckwheat. Boil 2 cups water, add 1 cup quinoa and ½ cup buckwheat. Lower heat to low, cover, and cook until tender, about 10 – 15 minutes.

Sesame Parmesan

1 cup sesame seeds

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Toast seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Process all ingredients in a coffee grinder or  blender until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.

This recipe is from a great little cookbook entitled “Of These Ye May Freely Eat” by JoAnn Rachor. See her YouTube channel here for some great cooking videos.

Eggplant Roll-Ups

Even meat-eaters will devour these comforting Eggplant Roll-Ups. Using thinly sliced eggplant instead of noodles is a great way to get this nutrient-dense vegetable into your diet.

2 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 medium red bell pepper chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms

4 cloves garlic minced

2 tsp Italian style seasoning

3 Tbsp Sesame Parmesan seasoning

2 Tbsp nutrition yeast flakes

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

14 oz firm tofu pressed and crumbled

10 ounces baby spinach

1/2 cup chopped olives

1 large jar of oil free pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange eggplant in a single layer on cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a second baking sheet or aluminum foil. Bake about 20 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 5 – 10 minutes to brown and become flexible enough to easily roll.*

While eggplant is cooking, sauté bell pepper, onion, garlic and mushrooms until tender. Add seasonings, tofu and spinach. Mix well and cover until spinach is wilted. Add 1/2 cup pasta sauce and salt to taste. Mix well. Lightly cover bottom of pan with pasta sauce. Place 1/4 cup of the vegetable filling on each eggplant slice, roll and place in a baking dish. Top with pasta sauce and olives. Bake 20 minutes.

*Baked eggplant slices are delicious with hummus spread on them and rolled up. See my Whole Food Hummus recipe found here.

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.

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.   

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