- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyThis dairy-free delight tastes like comfort food without packing on the pounds. Bake as-is, or add chicken, broccoli, carrots, or peas for a heartier dish. Serves 4-6.
>3 to 3 ½ cups dried cut pasta (e.g. macaroni, penne)
½ cup raw Brazil nuts
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic
2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon (rounded) dry mustard
1 cup water
1 ½ cups plain nondairy milk, unsweetened
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (optional, if omitted add extra milk)
BREADCRUMB TOPPING (OPTIONAL):
¾ to 1 ¼ cups dry whole-grain breadcrumbs
½ tablespoon olive oil
Couple pinches sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, then start cooking pasta. While pasta is cooking, blend all sauce ingredients in a blender or in a deep bowl with an immersion blender. When pasta is almost tender, fully drain (don’t rinse). Mix noodles with sauce, and immediately pour into a lightly oiled 8 x 12 inch baking dish. Mix breadcrumb toppings in a small bowl, then sprinkle over top of casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 17 to 18 minutes. Then, remove foil cover and bake another 5 to 7 minutes or until topping is golden brown and crisp. Don’t over-bake or the sauce will get too thick. Remove from oven and place casserole on a trivet—not on top of oven because residual heat from the oven will continue to thicken the sauce. Source: Let Them Eat Vegan! 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family by Dreena Burton. Available from Da Capo Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2012. Learn more at plantpoweredkitchen.com.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyTake a break from traditional taco dip and bring this unique flavor combination to the party. Serve with pita chips, whole grain crackers, or fortune cookies! Serves 8-10.
1 ¾ cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup sliced roasted red pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 ½ teaspoons green curry paste
¼ cup cilantro
Handful dried red chili peppers
1 cup water chestnuts, diced
1 cup raw cashews, coarsly chopped
¼ cup green onions, chopped
In a food processor, combine yogurt, red pepper, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper until mostly smooth. Spread green curry paste evenly on bottom of medium-sized bowl. Pour yogurt mixture over top. Sprinkle cilantro evenly on top, then add chili peppers, water chestnuts, cashews, and green onions.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyCreated by our friends at Pacific Foods, this unique recipe is an easy way to jazz up an ordinary salad. Makes 12 servings.
1 cup Pacific Foods Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque
4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyThese sweet ‘n’ spicy potatoes make the perfect side dish to accompany any meal. Serves 4.
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 -inch pieces
3 cups cooked chickpeas
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick liner. Peel and chop sweet potatoes. In a large bowl, add the cooked chickpeas, uncooked sweet potatoes, chopped onion, cinnamon, salt, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Mix well. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and place into a large bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and stir well to coat. Add additional sea salt if preferred. Source: Angela Liddon, ohsheglows.com
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyThis easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving—with a little fruity crunch. Makes 8 2-ounce servings.
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided
½ cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped pistachios
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
¼ cup slivered almonds
2 teaspoons fresh organic orange zest
Heat 8 ounces chopped chocolate on the stove until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted and combined. Pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a ¼-inch thick rectangle. Working quickly, sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, apricots, almonds, and orange zest evenly over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 minutes to harden. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD
- July 1st, 2014
When it comes to choosing a sleep aid, one study found that whether the product was natural was a top factor, right up there with the perception on how well it worked, side effects, and how it would impact their quality of life. For the most natural sleep aid, look no further than your own pantry! Next time you’ve got the munchies before bed, try reaching for these foods.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyFor a no-bake dessert that will please kids, parents, and their taste buds, give these bite-size chocolate balls a try. Makes 30 balls.
¾ cup low-fat crunchy peanut butter
¼ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes
1 cup oats
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 teaspoons honey
3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat peanut butter in a microwave about 25 seconds, until thinned out. Remove from microwave and stir in grape juice. Add oats, flax seed, honey, chocolate chips, and vanilla; stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, form mixture into balls. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool again for at least 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Source: Robin Plotkin, RD, LD, robinsbite.com
- May 1st, 2014
There are plenty of good reasons to take a fish oil supplement, but if lowering your cholesterol is the ultimate goal, you’re wasting your money.What you need to know to reap the benefitsBy Fred Sancilio, PhD
- May 1st, 2014
Recently the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiologists issued a joint statement urging a wider use of cholesterol drugs called “statins” to help prevent America’s No. 1 killer: heart disease.By Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC
- May 1st, 2014
I understand how intimidating bunches of kale, chard, and collards can look on those grocery shelves. The only lettuce I ate growing up was some iceberg drowned in Thousand Island.How to buy, prepare, store, and cook with leafy greensBy Dreena Burton