Food & Recipes

  • Meatless: Delectable Dips

    A meatless diet doesn’t mean just vegetables all the time—but in the spirit of the backyard BBQ, why not pair some of your healthy favorites with a flavorful dip for a new twist on an old standby? Think nutrient-rich cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes; or, include carrots on your veggie tray for a boost of vitamin A.

  • Ginger Beer

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    SERVES: 4

    ¾ cups brown sugar (packed, you can adjust to taste)

    1 ½ cups fresh ginger (peeled and minced)

    2 quarts filtered, cold water (divided)

    2/3 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)

    1/4 teaspoon yeast (dried champagne)

    Mix sugar, ginger, and 4 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour to steep. Strain syrup through strainer and funnel into 2-liter soda bottle. Add lime juice. Fill with cold water to within 2 inches of top. Cap and cool in refrigerator or ice bath until about 65 degrees. Add yeast. Cap bottle and let stand at room temperature for 2 days, checking bottle pressure intermittently by squeezing it or releasing the cap slightly and briefly. When ginger beer has achieved desired carbonation level, refrigerate. Source: yummly.com

  • Raw Foods: Natural Body-Boosters

    Gone are the days when the word raw—in the context of food—conjured up hippy granola images of unpalatable wilted lettuce leaves and dry, warped carrot sticks. The raw food movement has seen a recent surge into mainstream consciousness.

    By Tess Masters AKA The Blender Girl
  • Buzzword: GMO

    Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are genetically engineered plants or animals. These organisms are injected with new gene combinations created using DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These combinations do not naturally occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

    Best Bets for Non-GMO Eaters

  • Cherry Kiwi Kiss

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    1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

    ½ cup frozen strawberries

    1 kiwi, peeled

    ¾ cup coconut water

    ½ cup ice

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Source: 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies by Kathy Patalsky; image: Kathy Patalsky (Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © KATHLEEN PATALSKY, 2013.)

  • Picnic Perfect Spinach Hummus Pinwheel Wraps

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    June 18 is International Picnic Day!

    4 cups packed spinach

    ¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water

    1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans

    2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)

    1 tablespoon tahini

    1 clove garlic

    Pinch of fine sea salt

    4 whole grain tortillas

    1 avocado, thinly sliced

    ½ cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced

    1 small red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

    Steam spinach over broth or water. Place spinach, beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. You should have approximately 2 cups hummus. Spread 1/2 cup hummus on 1 tortilla, leaving about an inch from the edge uncovered. Arrange 1/4 each of sliced avocado, sliced cucumber, and sliced bell pepper on top of hummus and tightly roll up tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas, hummus, avocado, cucumber, and bell pepper. Holding tortillas firmly, carefully cut into 3/4-inch pinwheels and serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com

  • Incredibly Edible Edamame Dip

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    MAKES 2 1/2 CUPS

    3 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil

    2 cups shelled raw edamame beans

    2 cups loosely packed baby spinach

    ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    3 tablespoons tahini

    1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped onion (yellow, white, or Vidalia is good, but not red)

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    1 teaspoon natural salt

    2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)

    ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)

    You will need a high-speed blender or food processor. Toss the oil, edamame, spinach, lemon juice, tahini, onion, garlic, cumin, pepper flakes, and salt into your machine and blend on high or process for approximately 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the container to fully incorporate the ingredients. A food processor will give the mixture a coarse consistency, which some people prefer. Tweak flavors to taste. (You may like more lemon juice, garlic, pepper flakes, or salt.) Serve topped with the sesame seeds and parsley, or spread it on sandwiches or wraps. Source: The Blender Girl

  • Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

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    SERVES 2

    ½ cup filtered water

    ½ teaspoon probiotic powder (optional to offset natural sugar content)

    ½ cup raw unsalted cashews (conventional blenders: soak two hours)

    1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces)

    2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

    ¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)

    ½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)

    Put all of the ingredients into your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).

    Note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely, and be sure to soak those cashews as well. You can quick soak by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes (but this kills the live enzymes) or soak in room temperature water for 2 hours.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • “Key Lime” Pudding

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    SERVES 4

    1/3 cup light agave nectar, plus more to taste

    ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

    2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled

    2 bananas, chopped

    2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

    1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

    Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until well combined. You may need to stop your machine and scrape down the sides of the container to ensure everything is incorporated evenly. Tweak the sweetener to taste. Divide the pudding among four serving glasses and chill in the fridge for about 3 hours to thicken. Serve the same day, chilled, to avoid oxidation.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • Coolheaded Flower

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    1 cup coconut water

    1 tablespoon fresh chamomile flowers

    ¼ cup grapefruit juice

    1 ½ cups frozen watermelon chunks

    ½ cup frozen peach chunks or 1 fresh peach, pitted and sliced

    Combine the coconut water and chamomile flowers in a blender and blend until the buds smooth out. Add the remaining ingredients and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Source: 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies by Kathy Patalsky; image: Kathy Patalsky (Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © KATHLEEN PATALSKY, 2013.)