- July 9th, 2014
Whether you want an alternative to your morning coffee, a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, or a full-body cleanse, juicing could be the solution you’ve been searching for.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyServes 4
1 7-ounce wedge brie cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, thinly sliced
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
Soak 1 maple, oak, or alder plank, in white wine or water.
Heat olive oil in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté onions and peppers 10 to 15 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper. Place cheese wedge on prepared plank and top with sautéed vegetables. Grill or bake at 350 degrees until cheese is warm and beginning to melt, then serve immediately with bread, crackers, or tortilla chips. Source: Plank It! Wrap It! by Tiffany Haugen
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyMAKES 2 CUPS
3 small beets (about 1 pound), trimmed and peeled
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons tahini
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts, for garnish (optional)
Soak the plank for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
Cut the beets in half and toss with the oil, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper.
Prepare the plank for grilling. Place the beets, cut side down, on the toasted side of the plank. Close the lid and grill for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Once the beets are cool enough to handle, roughly chop them and place them in the bowl of a food processor.
Add the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the food processor. Blend until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds. Garnish with the parsley or pine nuts.
Source: ©2014 by Dina Guillen. Reprinted from Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Food with Flavor Using Wood Planks with permission from Sasquatch Books. Image by Rina Jordan.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
Portobello caps, medium
While your wood is soaking, grill up some veggies. Suggested vegetables include yellow squash; zucchini; corn; and red, yellow, and orange peppers. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then place on the grill.
For the mushrooms, remove the gills and stems. This provides a nice flat surface for stuffing.
Brush the mushrooms on the bottom with olive oil, and place them on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes—just to get grill marks, caps up. Remove and let them cool completely. If moisture appears, pat with a paper towel.
Fill caps with shredded Asiago cheese, then layer in the veggies. Sprinkle a tiny bit of cheese on top, then lay them back on the plank.
Keep your grill temperature around 350 degrees, and cook for 15 minutes. The cheese will melt underneath and the veggies will become a little more golden. Source: Marie Renello; prouditaliancook.com
- June 1st, 2014FeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyJune 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
- June 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklySERVES 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
- June 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyMAKES 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
- June 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklySERVES 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
- June 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklySERVES 1-2
2 cups coconut water
½ avocado, pitted and peeled, or meat from 1 raw, young Thai coconut
5 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
3 or 4 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients and serve.
Source: Reprinted with permission from Juice by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores & Hayden Slater (Ten Speed Press). Photo Credit: Anaïs & Dax
- May 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklySERVES: 4-6
2 cups mashed avocado (Hass variety recommended)
2 cups carrot juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon seeded and diced jalapeno pepper
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (try chipotle)
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
CHERRY TOMATO SALSA FRESCA
1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon diced red onion
1 tablespoon diced green onion
2 teaspoons minced, freshly squeezed lime juice
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of ground black pepper
Prepare the soup: Place all the soup ingredients, except the green onion and cilantro, in a blender and blend until creamy. Transfer to a bowl, add the green onion and cilantro, and mix well. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to chill while you prepare the salsa.
Prepare the salsa: Combine all the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. To serve, garnish each bowl of soup with a small scoop of the salsa. Source: The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup’s On! by Mark Reinfeld, image by Amy Green