- June 30th, 2014
Warm weather isn’t the only reason you need to throw a party this season—and neighborhood block parties, family reunions, and potlucks are all ripe with opportunities for you to showcase your inner chef. If you’re bored with the same old buffet line—cold cuts, pasta salad, and puppy chow—here are some unique, healthy ideas to bring to the table.Share these innovative dishes with your friends and familyBy Erica Tasto
- June 30th, 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.
- June 30th, 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.
- June 30th, 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.
- June 30th, 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
- June 30th, 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
- June 30th, 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