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Chia seeds are loaded with Omega-3’s, fiber and protein. They’re an awesome source of brain food and are super high in nutrients.
These delectable pancakes are perfect for a Sunday morning with the kids and they’re healthy too! Top with my rich and delicious coconut creme sauce and you will be in pancake heaven!
Place the flour, chia seeds, baking soda, and baking powder into a bowl and stir together. In a separate bowl, mash the peeled bananas into a paste. Add the mashed banana, agave, and coconut milk into a bowl with the flour mixture and stir well to combine the batter. Heat a dollop of coconut oil on a non-stick skillet or griddle and pour the batter on by ¼ cups. Let the pancakes cook until bubbly and edges are somewhat dry, and then flip over and brown on the other side.
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until creamy smooth
Yes, it’s that time of year when all the yummy, fattening food starts to appear before our eyes and tempts us into indulging! But, here’s the good news, you can indulge on good, healthy food that is tasty and you won’t even miss your usual holiday fatty fare that will put you in food coma. And the best part is, you won’t gain those dreaded holiday pounds!
Here are some awesome recipes I think you will really enjoy this holiday season. Why not challenge your family to a plant-based holiday and spend time whipping up healthy dishes in the kitchen together!
**Instead of gooey yams with butter, brown sugar and marshmallows, try out this healthy and delightful version that will dance on your tastebuds…
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Wash sweet potatoes and poke holes in them using a fork. Place on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Cook until tender, about 45 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. The potatoes are done when you can easily poke through the center. Remove from oven and split lengthwise to cool
When cooled, but still warm, scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mash well with a masher or fork.
**Not many people like Brussels sprouts but this is one of my fave holiday side dishes and it’s simple to make! I guarantee it will turn you into a sprout convert!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Wash Brussels sprouts well and then cut off stems and cut into quarters. Place in a large bowl. In a small bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and shallot pour over sprouts and mix well so that all sprouts are covered with marinade. Pour into glass baking dish and cover with foil. Cook for 20 minutes covered and then remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes until brown and tender.
**Cranberry Sauce is usually a favorite at holiday time, but most people are familiar with the cylinder shaped gelatinous blob that is loaded with sugar. Try this modernized take on Cranberry sauce. It’s loaded with good for you goji berries and some other delightful surprises!
Combine cranberries, goji berries, apricots & shallots in a saucepan over medium heat. Add cider or OJ and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes until the goji berries are soft and plump, and the cranberries pop. Stir in maple syrup, spices and salt. Cook 5 minutes longer. Adjust seasonings if needed, remove from heat and stir in orange zest and nuts. Cool to room temperature. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
**Gravy is another must at Thanksgiving, but it’s usually high in fat and made with white flour and turkey drippings. If you want a healthier version this year, try this delectable and earthy mushroom gravy as inspired by Ann Gentry owner of Real Food Daily
In a small bowl, whisk together nutritional yeast flakes and rice flour. Set aside
Heat olive oil in a large sauepan over medium heat. Saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the sage, thyme and tarragon and stir to release flavors of herbs. Whisk in
Whisk in the flour mixture thoroughly to combine and then whisk in veggie broth and tamari or braggs. Bring to a simmer while stirring frequently until gravy is thick and creamy.
**Cheesecake is a fave among many so I had to come up with an alternative to the normal fatty, sugary one we are used to. I think you will love this. Make a fresh berry sauce to put over top!
To make crust:
In food processor, pulse macadamia nuts, maple syrup and coconut together until sticky. Press into a 9-inch spring form pan.
To make filling:
In high-powered blender blend cashews, coconut oil, lime juice, maple syrup, water, vanilla bean (or extract) & dates until smooth. Pour into crust and freeze for 1-2 hours until firm. Slice while frozen and defrost for 1 hour before serving. Serve with berry sauce or fresh berries.
I love this simple and delicious “fake-take’ on Tuna Salad using chick peas as the base…DELISH and a staple in my fridge. Serve it rolled up in a Gluten Free Rice Tortilla or scoop onto a bed of baby greens!
Using a food processor fitted with the S-blade, grind chickpeas until flaky. Transfer to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients a mix well with a fork to incorporate. Season with salt & pepper.
Heat 1 TBL oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, scallions & garlic until translucent and soft. Add thyme, marjoram, oregano & basil. Stir to release flavor of herbs. Sauté for a few more minutes and then transfer into a large bowl.
In a food processor cup, combine chickpeas & rice. Process until combined well. Transfer to the bowl with sautéed onions, garlic & scallions. Add remaining spices, braggs, remaining tablespoon of olive oil, breadcrumbs and lemon zest if using. Using your hands, mix well to combine all ingredients into “dough.” Form mixture into “filets” or patties. You can either bake these in the oven at 400 degrees until brown, about 20 minutes, flipping half way through or brown on a non-stick skillet with olive oil. If baking, spray with olive oil first.
LEMON DILL AIOLI DIPPING SAUCE
Whisk or stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve as a dipping sauce for the fliets!
Meatballs you say? How can they be vegan? Well, it’s easy. I was inspired when I saw Isa’s recipe in Veganomicon for her meatballs, but I wanted to come up with my own recipe which didn’t include any gluten, so that’s what I did and Voila…Gluten Free and Vegan “Meat”balls with GF Spaghetti!
This is one of many of my clients favorite dishes, even Tony Horton! The man loves his spaghetti and Meatballs, although I know they don’t compare to his Aunt Stella’s real deal, which he doesn’t eat much anymore!
Enjoy! I know your kids will love these too!
Mash beans and rice together in a bowl with a potato masher until mushy but beans are still somewhat noticeable. Add onion, garlic, olive oil, Braggs, tomato paste Worcestershire sauce, and herbs. Mix well with a spoon or hands to combine. Add breadcrumbs and using hands, mix well and knead until doughy. Roll into small walnut sized meatballs. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat with olive oil and brown meatballs on the skillet. Serve on top of spaghetti with a generous serving of marinara sauce.
In a stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté onion, garlic & mushrooms until soft & caramelized. Add thyme & oregano and stir to incorporate to release the herbs. Add crushed tomatoes & tomato paste. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. Add Braggs Aminos, maple syrup & balsamic vinegar & stir well. Simmer 5-10 minutes more. Season with salt & pepper and top with fresh basil.
Most of you know that I cook for that crazy guy, Tony Horton, creator of the phenomenal workout system P90X and some of you may be wondering, who the heck is this Tony Horton guy? Well, if you don’t know, you are missing out. And if you want to find out, click here to learn more about Tony.
Is this guy really 52?? No way!! Yes, that’s right, the guy is 52 and in better shape than anyone I know. The reason: consistent exercise 6 days a week and a CONSISTENT CLEAN DIET, which is mostly plant-based! Horton calls himself a “Flexitarian”, which means that he eats mostly a plant-based diet 90% of the time but will have the occasional fish, eggs or free-range, organic chicken if he is out and about and there are no other options. Otherwise, he keeps it clean; very little sugar (only in the form of agave, honey or brown rice syrup), no gluten, no dairy, very minimal processed foods and tons of WHOLE, FRESH food! This is how you get and STAY healthy! You can exercise your butt off, but if you aren’t putting the proper nutrients into your body, your efforts are worthless.
Did you know eating certain foods can help to ward off cancer and disease?? Yes, you heard me. So why not eat healthy? Why take a risk just to have some “fun”. And why is it that we equate bad food to having fun? I have plenty of fun eating my Organic Nectars Raw & Vegan Gelato, or even my Kale with Tahini over Quinoa..delicious!
Anyway, back to why I am here…the famous Vegan Burritos I created for Tony, that are his staple food and loaded with nutrients & flavor. And, guess what? They are simple to make too!
Heat 1 TBL of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add peppers & onions and sauté until soft – about 3-5 minutes. Add zucchini, cumin, chili powder and sea salt and continue cooking for 2 more minutes, stirring to incorporate all the spices with the peppers & onions. Add tomatoes and stir to mix. Lower heat and cover, cooking for about 5 minutes until peppers are really soft. Remove from heat. Add beans to pan and stir to incorporate.
Softening a Rice Tortilla on an open flame (ignore smudge on stove)Peppers, Zucchini & Onions Oh My!Ready to Rock and ROLL!!!
Heat tortilla shell over low open flame on stove to soften. Place the tortilla on a flat surface. Spread a very small amount cashew cheese, or cheese of your choice on tortilla. Add 1 scoop of pepper, onion & bean mixture to bottom 1/3 of tortilla. Top with 1 scoop of quinoa or rice. Add avocado (optional) or tempeh bacon and roll it up! (If you are using the Gluten-Free tortillas, it’s best to roll each burrito made to order.)
If you are looking for more amazing, vegan Mexican dishes, check out these additional recipes from Simply Be.
This Vegan Meatloaf will be a favorite at the dinner table during the cooler months or on your holiday table. It’s loaded with fiber, protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Pair it up with a leafy green salad, and a side of veggies for a well-rounded meal.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper and set aside.
Cook lentils and brown rice per package directions. Set aside to cool (these can be prepared the day before and stored in the refrigerator overnight)
In a small bowl, whisk together tomato paste, 2 tablespoons tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke & 1 tablespoon of garlic. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ½ cup onions. Saute for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms are soft and have released their liquid. Transfer onions and mushrooms to a small bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to skillet and sauté the celery, carrots & salt and pepper over low heat. Cover and cook about 10 minutes, until veggies are tender.
In a food processor, pulse the rice and lentils 10 times. Transfer to a large bowl. In the food processor, pulse cooked carrots & celery, Worcestershire sauce, remaining tablespoon of tamari, mustard, arrowroot and 1/4 cup of tomato mixture 10 times. Add to rice & lentil mixture. Fold in reserved sautéed mushrooms & onions, breadcrumbs and ½ cup raw chopped onion.
Press mixture into the prepared loaf pan and cover with tomato topping, spreading evenly. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes until top is brown. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes before serving.
The thing I love about stir fry is the light, fresh rainbow of nutrient packed veggies. You can use any combination of fresh veggies you want!!! Buy whatever delights are in season, chop them up and throw em together in a large beautiful wok! Here is the combo I like to use, feel free to add and take away any veggies you want
Coconut Basil Sauce
In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium heat, add ginger and saute for a minute. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and cook until juices release. Add remaining veggies in layers. Cover and steam veggies until tender. While veggies are steaming, place all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Pour sauce over stir fry, as much or as little as you like, cover and simmer for about 3 minutes. Serve over nutty, protein packed quinoa and you have a perfect meal with a leafy green side salad.
In a stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté onion, garlic & mushrooms until soft & caramelized. Add thyme & oregano and stir to incorporate to release the herbs. Add crushed tomatoes & tomato paste. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30
minutes. Add tamari, agave & balsamic vinegar & stir well. Simmer 5-10 minutes more. Season with salt & pepper and top with fresh basil.
Place soaked cashews in a blender cup with just enough water to barely cover. Blend until very smooth. Add nutritional yeast and blend. This mixture should be fairly thick, so if it’s too thin, add some more cashews. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Pour into a bowl and add spinach. Stir well to incorporate
Preheat oven to 400.
Place cooked Ziti noodles in large bowl. Ladle in marinara sauce until well covered. Stir to coat. If you like more sauce, add more. Add 1 cup cashew cheese & spinach mixture and stir to incorporate. You can always add more if you want more. Pour into baking dish and ladle sauce on top to cover. Sprinkle with additional nutritional yeast flakes. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes until heated through. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. MANGIA!!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Cook lentils and brown rice per package directions. Set aside to cool (these can be prepared the day before and stored in the refrigerator overnight)
3. In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, 2 TBL tamari, agave, liquid smoke & 1 TBL garlic. Set aside
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 TBl olive oil and ½ cup onions. Saute for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté for 7 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Add the remaining 2 TBL of olive oil to skillet and sauté the celery, carrots, remaining garlic, salt and pepper over low heat. Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until veggies are tender.
5. In a food processor, pulse the rice and lentils 10 times. Transfer to a large blow. In the food processor, pulse cooked veggies, Worcestershire sauce, remaining TBL tamari, mustard, arrowroot and 1/3 cup of tomato mixture 10 times. Add to rice & lentil mixture. Fold in reserved sautéed mushrooms & onions, breadcrumbs and ½ cup raw chopped onion. 6. Press half of the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and spread with half of the tomato topping. Then, press the rest of the mixture into the pan, and coat with remaining tomato topping. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes until top is brown. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes before serving.