Creamy Red Lentil Hummus

I thought I loved chickpea hummus…until I tried red lentil hummus. This is a super creamy spread that can be used as a:

When cooked, red lentils tend to be more mushy than brown lentils. Their texture makes them suitable for dips, soups, and vegetarian “meat” loaf (check out this recipe for Spicy Vegetarian “Meat” Loaf).

I boiled up an entire bag of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils and doubled the batch of hummus. I even had plenty left over to bake up two loaves of Spicy Vegetarian “Meat” Loaf. Score! 

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Creamy Red Lentil Hummus
Move over chickpea hummus! This is a super creamy spread that can be used as a dip for your favorite raw veggies, mayonnaise replacement in your egg salad, or filling for avocados. 1 Earthfood per serving:❤️
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red lentils, dry I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 15.5-ounce can white beans (cannellini or great northern), rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice About one lemon or you can use Lakewood PURE Lemon Juice.
  • 2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red lentils, dry I like Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 15.5-ounce can white beans (cannellini or great northern), rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice About one lemon or you can use Lakewood PURE Lemon Juice.
  • 2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse lentils and place in a pot with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tender- about 15 minutes. Drain if any remaining water is left in the pot.
  2. Add lentils and remaining ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 110Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 300 mg; Potassium: 75 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 8 grams; Sugar: 0 g;Protein: 5 g

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Marinara & “Sausage” Pasta (ideal for diabetics)

Pasta can often spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for those of us trying to manage our blood sugar. But not anymore! When done right, you can enjoy a delicious bowl of pasta without your blood sugar hitting the roof. 

This recipe uses gluten-free chickpea pasta in place of regular wheat-based pasta, and a jarred marinara sauce with no added sugar. 

In place of meat, I used crumbled tempeh, a probiotic-rich fermented soy product that can support healthy blood sugar. 

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Marinara & “Sausage” Pasta (ideal for diabetics)
This recipe uses gluten-free chickpea pasta in place of regular wheat-based pasta, and a jarred marinara sauce with no added sugar. In place of meat, I used crumbled tempeh, a probiotic-rich fermented soy product that can support healthy blood sugar.2 Earthfoods per serving ❤️❤️
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 8-ounce package organic tempeh I like Lightlife Organic Tempeh
  • 12 ounces water
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic power
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 box Banza Chickpea Pasta
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 24-ounce jar no added sugar pasta sauce I like Newman's Own Organic Marinara Sauce or Mia's Kitchen Kale Pasta Sauce
  • fresh basil, cut into ribbons
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 8-ounce package organic tempeh I like Lightlife Organic Tempeh
  • 12 ounces water
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic power
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 box Banza Chickpea Pasta
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 24-ounce jar no added sugar pasta sauce I like Newman's Own Organic Marinara Sauce or Mia's Kitchen Kale Pasta Sauce
  • fresh basil, cut into ribbons
Instructions
  1. Crumble the tempeh and add to a large pan. Add water through thyme and stir well.
  2. Bring to a simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until tempeh has absorbed all the water. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  3. When tempeh has absorbed all of the liquid, mix in oil and continue to cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes. Add jar of sauce to the pan and cook until heated through.
  4. Serve sauce over cooked pasta and top with basil ribbons. For an extra Earthfood serving or two, add a nice leafy green salad on the side!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 285Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 530 mg; Potassium: 485 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 g; Dietary fiber: 11 g; Net Carbohydrates: 24 grams; Sugar: 7 g (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 18 g

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Crunchy Chickpea Snacks

A fun, healthy (but really doesn’t taste healthy) snack that requires virtually no prep work!

Crunchy Chickpea Snacks can be eaten straight from the bowl or sprinkled on a salad in place of croutons. You could also add them to your homemade trail mix!

I love the flavor of smoked paprika, which is why I chose it for this recipe. Omit if you aren’t a fan, or try one of these other delicious seasoning ideas:

 

  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
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Crunchy Chickpea Snacks
A fun, healthy (but really doesn't taste healthy) snack that requires virtually no prep work! Crunchy Chickpea Snacks can be eaten straight from the bowl or sprinkled on a salad in place of croutons. You could also add them to homemade trail mix! 1 Earthfood per serving ❤️
Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted VERY dry For the crunchiest texture possible, you must make sure you remove as much moisture as possible.
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil I like La Tourangelle or Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted VERY dry For the crunchiest texture possible, you must make sure you remove as much moisture as possible.
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil I like La Tourangelle or Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Place a rimmed baking sheet in oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, add chickpeas (remember to remove as much moisture as possible) and toss with avocado oil, sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  3. Carefully remove hot baking sheet from oven and spread chickpeas out in a single layer. Place in oven for 25 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking time.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 160Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 330 mg; Potassium: 180 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 23 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 18 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 5 g

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Shredded Kale & Blueberry Salad with Pecan “Cheese”

March 22nd, 2019 | no comments

Last Saturday, I ordered a salad similar to this one at TownHall, a favorite Cleveland restaurant of mine. It was one of those meals that just oozed of nutrition and flavor. I left the table feeling so completely satisfied and…happy! Although I ordered mine with seared salmon, I decided to pair this one with my favorite plant-based burger, Goodseed

Greens are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Whether it’s as a side salad, main salad (like this one), folded in my Sunday omelet, or added to my morning shake, I find a way to get them in every day.

There’s something special about Lacinato kale (otherwise known as “dinosaur” kale). Its dark blue-green leaves have an “embossed” texture, similar to the look of dinosaur skin. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste compared to curly kale. Lacinato kale also holds up really well, so even if you prepare and dress this salad the night before, it will still have plenty of texture for lunch the next day. 

The pecan “cheese” in this recipe is a unique blend of toasted pecans, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast. Unlike baker’s yeast, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast consumed for its nutritional content. Full of B-vitamins, minerals and complete protein (8 grams per 1 1/2 tablespoons), nutritional yeast is a wonderful addition to a vegan diet. Because of its cheesy flavor, it makes a perfect dairy-free replacement for cheese.

You could use grated Parmesan cheese in this recipe instead, which is how it was served at TownHall.

This recipe was adapted from www.ohsheglows.com. Check out Angela’s website for more delicious and energizing plant-based recipes!

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Shredded Kale & Blueberry Salad with Pecan Cheese
The pecan "cheese" in this recipe is a unique blend of toasted pecans, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast. Because of its cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast makes a perfect dairy-free replacement for cheese. Lacinato kale holds up really well, so even if you prepare and dress this salad the night before, it will still have plenty of texture for lunch the next day. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ❤❤❤
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5-10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad and dressing:
  • 1 large bunch Lacinato (dinosaur) kale (washed and patted dry); stems removed and leaves chopped very fine
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice you can also use Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Pecan "cheese":
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast Bragg or Red Star nutritional yeast are good options
  • 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5-10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad and dressing:
  • 1 large bunch Lacinato (dinosaur) kale (washed and patted dry); stems removed and leaves chopped very fine
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice you can also use Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Pecan "cheese":
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast Bragg or Red Star nutritional yeast are good options
  • 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
Instructions
Salad and dressing:
  1. To toast pecans, you can use your toaster oven or toast in a 300° preheated oven. This will take a few minutes in the toaster oven or about 8–10 minutes in the oven. Stir occasionally, until golden brown. Watch carefully because they can burn in an instant! 🙂
  2. Add garlic to a mini food processor and process until minced. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until blended. You can also mince garlic by hand and whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl if you don't have a mini food processor.
  3. In a large bowl, add dressing to chopped kale and massage in with your clean hands for a minute or so. Mix in fresh blueberries and set aside.
Pecan "cheese":
  1. Wash and dry food processor and add toasted pecans. Pulse until chopped into tiny pea-size pieces (or chop by hand and mix with rest of ingredients if no food processor). Add remaining ingredients and pulse a few times until crumbly. Be careful not to over-process.
  2. Add pecan "cheese" to salad and toss until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or so until kale is softened a bit. Serve with a side of seared salmon or a toasted Goodseed burger!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 450Total Fat: 37 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 425 mg; Potassium: 765 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25 g; Dietary fiber: 6 g; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 5 g (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 8 g

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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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Super Succulent Seasoned Chicken

January 16th, 2018 | no comments

 

Chicken doesn’t have to be dry my friends! I’ve made this recipe at least a couple of dozen times and it always turns out perfectly moist and tender.

Being a “born-again” meat eater, I was a bit nervous about cooking meat. After all, the year 1994 marks the last time I actually ate meat…and it was prepared by my mother. 🙂

This recipe is so simple and uses nothing but spices, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil.

Looking for quick lunch ideas throughout the week? Prepare double the recipe and store the leftovers in the refrigerator! When you’re ready:

  • Slice into strips and add to a green leafy salad.
  • Cut into chunks and mix with avocado oil mayo, diced grapes and chopped red onion and celery!
  • For a warm and savory lunch, shred and stir into a small bowl of prepared steel cut oats, along with diced avocado, fresh herbs, and leftover veggies from last night’s dinner.
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Super Succulent Seasoned Chicken
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts I like either Organic Smart Chicken or Gerber Amish Farm Chicken
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts I like either Organic Smart Chicken or Gerber Amish Farm Chicken
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. To tenderize, pound chicken breasts to an even thickness.
  3. Pour oil in a baking dish and coat both sides of chicken with oil.
  4. Add garlic powder through salt to a small bowl and mix together. Evenly coat both sides of chicken with spice mix and rub in with clean hands.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Then remove from oven and cover pan with foil and let rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices to settle.
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Caulimash

December 18th, 2017 | no comments

One of the most important questions I ask myself when choosing a food to eat or recipe to prepare is: how long will this food keep me satisfied?

Unfortunately, when it comes to regular white potatoes, my answer is: not very long! Because of their high glycemic index, white potatoes have a strong impact on your blood sugar. This spike in blood sugar is followed by a subsequent dip, causing hunger to return sooner than it should.

Enter cauliflower mashed “potatoes”, or what I like to call Caulimash. 100% pure cauliflower, seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, fresh chives, and ghee. The taste is pure heaven on earth! And, because cauliflower has a low glycemic index, it will not cause undesirable effects on your blood sugar. Bonus! An extra bonus…cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning it has the power to reduce inflammation in your body.

This past Thanksgiving I made this recipe of Caulimash for my family in place of traditional mashed potatoes and everyone loved it! In fact, my mother (who is VERY hard to please when it comes to food), asked if she could take some of the leftovers. Score! 🙂

Serve it alongside a nice piece of grass fed beef with some roasted carrots and I swear you’ll never miss the spuds. You could also prepare a little extra and add it to your scrambled eggs on Sunday morning. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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Caulimash
100% pure cauliflower- seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, fresh chives and ghee. The taste is pure heaven on earth! And, because cauliflower has a low glycemic index, it will not cause undesirable effects on your blood sugar. Bonus! An extra bonus...cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning it has the power to reduce inflammation in your body. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 10
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower Remove stems and chop florets into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed ghee or butter For a richer flavor, use ghee!
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder Depending on how garlicky you like it. 1/2 teaspoon is pretty powerful!
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 10
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower Remove stems and chop florets into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed ghee or butter For a richer flavor, use ghee!
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder Depending on how garlicky you like it. 1/2 teaspoon is pretty powerful!
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
Instructions
  1. Steam cauliflower for 10 minutes until just fork-tender.
  2. Transfer to high-speed blender or food processor and add ghee, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  3. Pulse about three times to blend ingredients, then run on low speed for 30 seconds until smooth. Caution: If you over-blend, your caulimash will be runny.
  4. Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with chives.
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