30-Minute Immune-Boosting Mushroom Soup

November 8th, 2018 | no comments

I just can’t get enough of soup this time of year, and mushroom is one of my favorites because of its earthy flavor and hearty nature. While some don’t prefer the chewiness of cooked mushrooms, I LIVE for it! 🙂

Mushrooms have some serious bragging rights too. They are full of B-vitamins, trace minerals, and vitamin D, and also serve to boost the immune system. Think of this soup as not just a meal, but a potion to help keep colds and flu bugs at bay.

I altered this recipe (just a tad) from bitesofwellness.com and served it with a beautiful arugula salad topped with pulled rotisserie chicken, goat cheese, chopped veggies, and alfalfa sprouts. Talk about filling! It’s one of those meals that nourishes to the core. I’ve said it before, your body gets satiated from nutrients, not calories. This soup is a testament to that fact.

30-Minute Immune-Boosting Mushroom Soup is vegan and both gluten and dairy-free, so it can be enjoyed by the entire family! If you aren’t a mushroom fan or if the mushrooms are simply too much for you to handle in the sliced form, try dicing them up into itty-bitty pieces and see how that works for you. 

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30-Minute Immune-Boosting Mushroom Soup
Mushrooms have some serious bragging rights. They are full of B-vitamins, trace minerals, and vitamin D, and also serve to boost the immune system. Think of this soup as not just a meal, but a potion to help keep colds and flu bugs at bay. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, diced
  • 16 oz. sliced white button mushrooms
  • 16 oz. sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 15 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed To remove leaves, hold each stalk at the top and run your fingers down the length. Leaves will slide right off!
  • 2 bay leaves, dried
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 16 oz. vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot starch/flour I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 16 oz. unsweetened coconut or cashew milk
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, diced
  • 16 oz. sliced white button mushrooms
  • 16 oz. sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 15 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed To remove leaves, hold each stalk at the top and run your fingers down the length. Leaves will slide right off!
  • 2 bay leaves, dried
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 16 oz. vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot starch/flour I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 16 oz. unsweetened coconut or cashew milk
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly translucent.
  2. Move onions to the sides of the pot and add mushrooms, allowing to cook 5 minutes uncovered.
  3. Stir the onions and mushrooms together. Add fresh thyme and allow to continue to cook, at least 10 minutes. Add the bay leaves, sea salt and the liquid aminos to the mushrooms.
  4. Stir arrowroot starch into the vegetable stock, then add to mushrooms and stir. Add milk and allow to cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Soup will thicken as it cooks. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 770 mg; Potassium: 570 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 14 g; Dietary fiber: 3 g; Net Carbohydrates: 11 grams; Sugar: 6 g (no added sugar); Protein: 6 g

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African Peanut Stew

October 10th, 2018 | no comments

I enjoyed this stew years ago at Pura Vida, an amazing restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Since then, I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else. So of course, I decided to make my own. The original recipe hails from Jessica Penner, RD or www.smartnutrition.ca. 

Loaded with gobs of spices, natural peanut butter, and other Earthfoods, African Peanut Stew is a meal in itself. In fact, it’s so filling you may not need the traditional sandwich or salad that you usually pair with a bowl of soup.

It requires an immersion blender (stick blender), but can also be processed in a traditional blender or food processor in smaller batches. 

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African Peanut Stew
Loaded with gobs of spices, natural peanut butter, and other Earthfoods, African Peanut Stew is a meal in itself. In fact, it's so filling you may not need the traditional sandwich or salad that you usually pair with a bowl of soup. 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or you can use jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced and unpeeled about 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter the only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or you can use jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced and unpeeled about 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter the only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute the onion until slightly browned.
  2. Add garlic through cloves and cook for one minute. Add tomatoes and sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in peanut butter and cayenne and blend with an immersion blender (or transfer to a blender/food processor) until smooth.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (one bowl): Calories: 325; Total Fat: 16 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 510 mg; Potassium: 460 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 41 grams; Dietary Fiber: 8 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 33 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 8 grams

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Easy Grilled Salmon

September 6th, 2018 | no comments

I shied away from cooking fish for years because I thought it was too complicated. Boy was I wrong! 

Gone are the days of eating salmon and other deliciously nutritious fish in restaurants alone. Today, we grill, bake, and broil fish on a regular basis and I can’t believe how simple it is (so much easier than chicken!).

This recipe for grilled salmon uses five simple ingredients: salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and fresh lemon. I rubbed each salmon fillet with the olive oil, salt and pepper and then sealed them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for an hour or so to marinate. 

I served the salmon over a bed of greens, roasted veggies, and broccoli sprouts, sprinkled with a touch of Parmesan and asiago cheese and then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I always like to top my salad off with a crank or two of Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Just a note: be careful not to cook your fish too long, otherwise it will be dry and lose its natural flavor. Follow this recipe and you’re golden!

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Easy Grilled Salmon
Gone are the days of eating salmon and other deliciously nutritious fish in restaurants alone. Today, we grill, bake, and broil fish on a regular basis and I can't believe how simple it is! This recipe for grilled salmon uses five simple ingredients: salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and fresh lemon. I rubbed each salmon fillet with the olive oil, salt and pepper and then sealed them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for an hour or so to marinate.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4- 8-ounce salmon fillets choose wild salmon or farm-raised Verlasso salmon
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 fresh lemon, cut into four wedges
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4- 8-ounce salmon fillets choose wild salmon or farm-raised Verlasso salmon
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 fresh lemon, cut into four wedges
Instructions
  1. Rub both sides of salmon fillets with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Massage the seasonings into the fish and then seal in two ziplock bags. Refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. Preheat grill to 450 degrees. Place marinated fish on grill, skin side up. Make sure you leave enough space between each fillet.
  3. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes or until the fish releases easily from the grill with a flat spatula. Flip salmon carefully with spatula and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to serving dish and allow to sit for about ten minutes, as residual heat continues to cook the meat, and the internal temperature will continue to rise. NOTE: If you spot little white beads on the surface and sides of the salmon, you've cooked it too long.
  4. Squeeze a wedge of lemon over each fillet and serve over a bed of fresh greens, roasted veggies and broccoli (or alfalfa) sprouts!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 32 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Sodium: 425 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 0 g; Dietary fiber: 0 g; Net Carbohydrates: 0 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 45 g

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Toasted Almonds

August 9th, 2018 | no comments

Have you ever purchased a vegetable that you don’t typically buy, only to bring it home and wonder what the heck to do with it? Ha, ha…so I’m not alone here, that’s refreshing!

I was recently captivated by the beautiful, locally-grown eggplant on display at my local grocery store. They were seriously straight out of a magazine. Gorgeous, deep purple skin that simply glistening under the bright lights. In my cart it went. And in my refrigerator it sat… for five days. 

Thank God for creative people who love to cook. I went on a search for a roasted eggplant recipe that wasn’t eggplant parmesan. Faith Durand from The Kitchn saved the day with this recipe.

I altered the recipe just a bit and topped each portion with a couple ounces of pulled rotisserie chicken. It was phenomenal AND tasted even better the second day. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Roasted eggplant salad with toasted almonds
Have you ever purchased a vegetable that you don't typically buy, only to bring it home and wonder what the heck to do with it? I went on a search for a roasted eggplant recipe that wasn't eggplant parmesan. Faith Durand from The Kitchn saved the day with this recipe. I altered a few of the ingredients and the result was AMAZING! 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Place cut eggplant in large bowl and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Set aside while making the marinade.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Spread the eggplant on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and slide onto a rack placed in the center of the oven. Roast at 400°F for 40 minutes, or until very tender and slightly browned. (Stir every 15 minutes and check after 30 minutes to make sure it isn't burning.) Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  3. While eggplant is roasting, toast almonds in either a toaster oven or stove-top in a skillet. If using the skillet method, heat nuts in skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes or until golden brown and give off a rich, toasty fragrance. Stir frequently for even toasting. Allow to cool slightly and chop nuts into small pieces.
  4. Whisk together lemon juice and liquid aminos. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture. Stir in the parsley leaves, toasted almonds, and most of the goat cheese, reserving a little.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle remaining goat cheese and scallions on top.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 33 g; Saturated Fat: 7 g; Sodium: 475 mg; Potassium: 910 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 29 g; Dietary fiber: 10 g; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 15 g (4 grams added sugar from the raw honey); Protein: 11 g

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Peach, Avocado & Cucumber Salad (w/lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese)

July 26th, 2018 | no comments

I just love a good salad. This recipe is light, yet filling, with tons of flavor and rich in nutrients. The addition of cilantro adds a bright flavor and doubles as one of the most potent heavy metal detoxifying herbs around. We tend to limit cilantro to guacamole and salsa recipes, but you can easily add it to any salad or smoothie—just give it a good rinse before adding. I’ve been known to munch on a few sprigs of cilantro just because I know how good it is for my body. I know…total nutrition geek! 

I topped this salad off with Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese with lavender and fennel pollen. It really gives it a unique twist! Not a fan of goat cheese? You can also use feta, blue, or Gorgonzola cheese…or omit the cheese altogether (although I consider that a punishable crime 🙂 ). 

The great thing about this salad is it holds up pretty well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, so if you know you’re going to have leftovers, add the sunflower seeds and cheese right before serving. Also, aim for ripe yet firm avocados. If too soft they will mush a bit once combined with the other ingredients. 

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Peach, Avocado & Cucumber Salad (w/lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese)
This recipe is light, yet filling, with tons of flavor and rich in nutrients. The addition of cilantro adds a bright flavor and doubles as one of the most potent heavy metal detoxifying herbs around. 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 fresh peach, diced with skin on
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 fresh lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into small pieces I like Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese (with lavender and fennel pollen)
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 fresh peach, diced with skin on
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 fresh lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into small pieces I like Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese (with lavender and fennel pollen)
Instructions
  1. Add cucumber through sunflower seeds to a large bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix together until evenly coated.
  3. Serve with 1/2-1 ounce of goat cheese on top of each portion!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 25 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 65 mg; Potassium: 680 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 11 grams; Sugar: 8 g (no added sugar); Protein: 7 g

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Garlicky Quinoa Pizza Crust

July 5th, 2018 | no comments

Seriously, I love pizza- the spicy sauce and ooey gooey cheese, topped with red onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. But for the past couple of years I’ve gradually scooted gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—out of my diet, which means no pizza! 

I’ve attempted sweet potato-crust pizza, kale-crust pizza, and my favorite: cauliflower-crust pizza. Although delicious, cauliflower-crust pizza is a LOT of work! I jokingly asked my husband if he liked it, to which he replied “Oh YES!” My reply: “Well enjoy this one because I’m NEVER making it again!” 🙂 

Then I found a recipe for quinoa-crust pizza that really had me intrigued…but I have to say, I wasn’t overly optimistic.

I made a few adjustments in the recipe and am pleased to report that this pizza crust turned out beautifully, and is really easy to make. The only time-consuming step is soaking the quinoa, but if you begin the soak in the morning right after you wake up, it will be ready to use by dinnertime! 

Please note: I used pre-rinsed quinoa in this recipe. If you use quinoa that is not pre-rinsed, you will have to rinse it through a fine mesh strainer both before and after soaking. 

PS: Most pizza sauce on the market contains added sugar. Boo! Fortunately there are a (very select) few without. Rao’s Pizza Sauce contains no added sugar, only: Italian whole peeled tomatoes, Italian cherry tomatoes, olive oil, carrots, onions, salt, dried oregano, garlic, and basil.

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Garlicky Quinoa Pizza Crust
A better-for-you pizza crust made with just five simple ingredients. Serve it alongside a fresh arugula salad sprinkled with chopped veggies and toasted pumpkin seeds and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My favorite pizza toppings include: Pizza sauce (with no added sugar) or pesto sauce, shredded asiago and Parmesan cheese, kalamata olives, red onions, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh basil. This recipe makes two small pizza crusts and yields six servings per pizza. 0 Earthfoods per serving.
Servings
servings per pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-rinsed quinoa I like Ancient Harvest brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Servings
servings per pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-rinsed quinoa I like Ancient Harvest brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa in a bowl and cover it with water (about one inch above quinoa). Let soak overnight or at least eight hours. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, you will have to rinse it through a fine mesh strainer before soaking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Drain quinoa very well. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, you will have to rinse it again in this step.
  3. Place quinoa, water, salt, baking powder and garlic powder into a food processor and process for about two minutes until smooth in consistency.
  4. Line two 8- or 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. To make it simple, place the cake pan on top of the parchment paper, draw an outline of it, cut it out, and place it into the cake pan. Pour one tablespoon of oil into each pan atop the parchment paper and then pour the batter evenly into both cake pan atop the oil, smoothing it out evenly.
  5. Bake the crusts for 15 minutes. Carefully flip the crusts over, remove the parchment paper and bake for another five minutes.
  6. Top the pizzas as desired. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until your toppings have cooked through. Cool, cut, and serve!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/6 of one pizza not including sauce or toppings)Calories: 110Total Fat: 4 g; Saturated Fat:  0.3 g; Sodium: 275 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 16 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Sugar: 2 g (no added sugar); Protein: 3 g

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OMG! Hummus

June 26th, 2018 | no comments

This simple and clean hummus recipe leaves me wondering if I’ll ever use the store-bought kind again! Made with canned chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini (sesame seed butter), extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and cumin, OMG! Hummus is creamy and dreamy with just the right amount of zing.  

Use it as a:

  • Dip for raw veggies
  • Topping for your pizza
  • Filling for avocados or deviled eggs
  • Substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream

Or… try it as a “dressing” for your salad. Lately I’ve been topping my green salads with a couple tablespoons of hummus and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bottled salad dressings no longer please my palate since I’ve come up with this newfound excuse to eat more hummus.

Feel free to add other toppings to your OMG! Hummus, such as a sprinkle of smoked paprika, diced kalamata olives, or sun-dried tomatoes!

The original recipe comes from www.cookieandkate.com. Check out Kate’s website, she’s got oodles of delicious and nutritious recipes!

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OMG! Hummus
This simple and clean hummus recipe leaves me wondering if I'll ever use the store-bought kind again! Made with canned chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini (sesame seed butter), extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and cumin, OMG! Hummus is creamy and dreamy with just the right amount of zing.  1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Dressing
Prep Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or you can use Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic, minced or you can use 1/2-1 tsp. of jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini try Artisana Organic Raw Tahini
  • 2-4 tbsp. ice water, or more as needed I used around 6 tablespoons to make it extra creamy!
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Course Dressing
Prep Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or you can use Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic, minced or you can use 1/2-1 tsp. of jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini try Artisana Organic Raw Tahini
  • 2-4 tbsp. ice water, or more as needed I used around 6 tablespoons to make it extra creamy!
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine lemon juice, garlic and salt in a food processor until garlic is finely chopped. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Add tahini and blend until thick and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of food processor as needed. While running the processor, drizzle in 2-4 tablespoons of ice water and blend until really smooth, pale and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons more ice water if needed.
  3. Add the cumin, chickpeas, and baking soda to the food processor. While blending, drizzle in the olive oil. Blend until super smooth, again, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary, about 2 minutes. Add more ice water by the tablespoon if necessary to achieve a super creamy texture.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Add toppings of your choice, such as a sprinkle of smoked paprika, diced kalamata olives, or sun-dried tomatoes!
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container for up to a week.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/4 cup)Calories: 150Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 450 mg; Potassium: 187 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 5 g

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Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad

April 25th, 2018 | no comments

Earlier this week I was doing some serious scrambling for dinner. The refrigerator was full of food but I was empty of motivation. So what did I come up with? Olives, roasted broccoli, and slices of Gouda cheese. Yeah, I know…pitiful, right?

Then I remembered the containers of cooked lentils and quinoa in the refrigerator– these are weekly staples in the Jatsek household, as I like to have them on hand to add as quick nutrition-boosters to salads and even omelets.

I grabbed the jar of Wake Robin Kickin’ Kimchi and what I came up with was a surprisingly tasty and nutritious side salad brimming with protein, fiber, and probiotics! 

Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad makes for a great side dish or a standalone lunch. I’m sure you will love it! 

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Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad
Thanks to the addition of just a couple spoonfuls of kimchi, this little salad packs a flavorful punch! Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine. A blend of fermented daikon radish, carrot, onion, bok choi, apple, red pepper, ginger and garlic, kimchi is a wonderful source of friendly bacteria, called probiotics. This recipe is vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1/4 cup kimchi Wake Robin Kickin' Kimchi
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1/4 cup kimchi Wake Robin Kickin' Kimchi
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook lentils and quinoa according to package directions. Boil an entire bag of lentils and extra quinoa and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use throughout the week in soups, sauces, salads, casseroles, and omelets!
  2. Toast pumpkin seeds in toaster oven or in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Be careful because they can burn quickly!
  3. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly until combined. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 125 mg; Potassium: 195 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 38 g; Dietary fiber: 10 g; Net Carbohydrates: 28 grams; Sugar:  3 g; Protein: 13 g

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Pesto Zucchini & Bean Pasta (low glycemic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

March 12th, 2018 | no comments

  • Healthy fat? Check!
  • Oodles of plant protein? Check!
  • One-third of your daily fiber requirement? Check!
  • Diabetic-friendly? Double check!
  • Earthfood abundant? Check…at 5 Earthfoods per serving!

I may be a bit biased, but I think it’s fair to say this recipe has it all—AND you’ll have it on the table in less than 30 minutes.

If you love the flavor of pesto, you will LOVE this recipe. It’s delicious served hot or cold, and is vegan and allergen-friendly (gluten/dairy-free). Can’t find pomegranate this time of year? No problem! Simply leave them out or substitute with a sprinkle of dried cranberries. It’s more the color I’m after here.

This is the second recipe I’ve shared using Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine. I love this pasta because it is made strictly from beans. That’s it! Here’s the other recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl: Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Bean Pasta.

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Pesto Zucchini & Bean Pasta (low glycemic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)
A light dish, gentle on the blood sugar and chock full of nutrition! Serve it warm or cold and top with a piece of wild salmon if desired! 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine -cooked according to package instructions and drained
  • 16 oz. spiralized zucchini -or two large zucchini if spiralizing on your own!
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • 4 cloves garlic -peeled and chopped into big chunks
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans -chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils -arils are the seeds of the pomegranate
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine -cooked according to package instructions and drained
  • 16 oz. spiralized zucchini -or two large zucchini if spiralizing on your own!
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • 4 cloves garlic -peeled and chopped into big chunks
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans -chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils -arils are the seeds of the pomegranate
Instructions
  1. Add basil, garlic, and pine nuts to food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add olive oil and salt and pulse until blended. If it's too thick, add a little more olive oil.
  3. Mix fettuccine with sauce until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in zucchini, pecans, and pomegranate. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 310; Total Fat: 25 g; Saturated Fat: 3 g; Sodium: 225 mg; Potassium: 700 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 16 g; Dietary fiber: 9 g; Net Carbohydrates: 7 grams; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 14 g

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Turmeric Roasted Vegetables

February 21st, 2018 | no comments

I used to totally dislike Brussels sprouts …and then I was introduced to the wonderful world of roasting. Wow! What a game-changer. Roasting is a simple cooking method that really brings out the flavor of your favorite (and not-so-favorite-until-now) veggies. You can roast just about any vegetable– and for even more flavor– season with sea salt, pepper, and unsalted herbs and spices. My favorite seasonings for roasting are turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, thyme, and garlic.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties in the body. Turmeric may offer protection against certain cancers, treat arthritis, benefit those with inflammatory bowel disease, reduce blood sugar, and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Because curcumin may also prevent
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xidation of cholesterol, it offers hope for those with high cholesterol. Turmeric has a warm, earthy, sweet and peppery flavor and is a key ingredient in most Indian curries.

Fill your dinner plate with a layer of Turmeric Roasted Vegetables and top with a piece of wild salmon, or mix into salad greens, dress with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and top with strips of tempeh for a truly unforgettable salad!   →→→

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Turmeric Roasted Vegetables
2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 large sweet potato unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices and then quartered
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced in half Cremini mushrooms are sometimes called "baby bella" mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. cumin
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 large sweet potato unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices and then quartered
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced in half Cremini mushrooms are sometimes called "baby bella" mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. cumin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and trim all vegetables and add to a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt, pepper, and spices. Using a large spoon, stir vegetables to evenly coated with oil and spices.
  3. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until tender. They should still have a slight crunch to them!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 210Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 330 mg; Potassium: 480 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19 g; Dietary fiber: 6 g; Net Carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 6 g; Protein:5 g

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