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Here’s what I learned yesterday.

If you have guests coming and no food except for a bag of chips of some kind, you can still make a marvelous dip for those chips in under five minutes. Oh, and you can utilize leftovers, while doing it!

Throw a can of beans of any kind ( I used black beans) into the food processor, add a handful of nuts (I used walnuts,) a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and paper and a bit of water and process until smooth.If you want, you can add parsley or cilantro and/or some onion and garlic. My guests loved the dip! and my kids loved it for lunch the next day.

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In my quest for how to destroy excess zucchinis, I found a great recipe. My friend, Dr. Johnny Bowden posted the best squash spaghetti  recipe ever! If you like Thai food, try my adaptation of it. I added peppers and peanuts, substituted Tamari with Bragg’s and put peanut butter instead of almond one. The  peppers make this dish spicy, which I like.

 

zuchinni noodles
Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 Tbs. raw peanut butter

3 Tbs. Bragg’s Aminos

3 tsp. curry powder

2 fresh chili peppers, diced

3 medium organic summer squash

1/4 cup unsweetened shaved coconut

1/3 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts

  1. Combine almond butter, tamari, and curry powder in large bowl, and whisk until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Trim ends off squash. Using mandolin or sharp vegetable peeler, slice squash lengthwise into long, thin strips.
  3. Add squash strips to bowl, and gently toss with peanut butter mixture until well coated. Add coconut, raisins, peanuts, peppers and cilantro, and toss until evenly distributed. Serve immediately, or chill for up to 48 hours.

A friend’s child is lactose-intolerant, so she asked me for some dairy-free recipes. Most of all, she wanted a recipe for dairy-free sour cream. My vegan-raw sour cream does not taste exactly like its dairy version, but it still tastes great. It works very well in recipes, asking for sour cream. This sour cream can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small avocado, mashed
  • Optional ingredients:
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder or finely diced chives
  1. Cover cashews with water and let them soak for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Pour off all water, and place nuts in food processor.
  3. Add 1/8- 1/4 cup cold water, salt, vinegar and avocado. Add garlic and onions.
  4.  Puree for 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

 

I had some roasted vegetables from yesterday. The good thing about these is that you can eat them with virtually anything: pasta, grains or sandwiches can only benefit from a few strips of a freshly roasted sweet pepper or a yummy zucchini. I never tried roasted veggies on a crepe, so it was my mission for today. The result was so ridiculously delicious, that I might try it for lunch tomorrow!

     Buckwheat Crepes Recipe, click here.

 

    Roasted Veggies:

   

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3  cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 6 asparagus stalks, edges trimmed
  • 1 1-pound eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 medium zucchini cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Whisk vinegar and oil in a medium bowl. Stir in garlic and basil. Add salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss the vegetables in a bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Put the vegetables on a baking sheet and roast until  tender and slightly brown around edges, about 35 minutes.

 

Additional ingredients:

2 cups alfalfa sprouts

1/4-1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil (just the tomatoes)

1/4 cup diced scallions

3-4 tbsp. pesto sauce

1/4 grated cheese (soy is ok)

Assembly:

Place the roasted veggies on top of a crepe.  Put the sundried tomatoes on top. Use four sundried tomatoes per each crepe. Put the sprouts, the scallions and the cheese on top. Top off with a few tbsp. of pesto sauce.

Remember the carrot chips I made yesterday? Well, I had some leftovers and they went into a sandwich that turned out pretty amazing. I suspect that this sandwich can also be made into a delicious salad.

Ingredients:

Two pieces of whole wheat or gluten-free bread

2 tbsp. pesto sauce

1/4 block of extra firm tofu, sliced thinly

1/2 cup onions, sauteed in olive oil

1/2 cup carrot chips

1/4 cup mixed greens

Lightly toast the bread. Spread the pesto on both slices. Put the greens on top of the pesto sauce. Put the carrots over the greens and onions over carrots. Put the tofu over the onions. You can add more pesto to go on top of the tofu, if you wish. Close the sandwich and serve right away!

The following is a reprint from IIN blog. I am a proud graduate and love this post, full of yummy recipes by my fellow grads!

 

100 Recipes for a Healthy Summer

Posted on May 25, 2011 by Integrative Nutrition

Summer is finally here! It’s time for BBQ’s and outdoor dinner parties with friends and family. We want to make it easy for you to make healthy dishes for your family, but still enjoy the cooking activities that define summer. We collected a list of 100 healthy recipes for you to enjoy all summer long!

Appetizers

!00 Healthy Recipes for Summer1Pizza Caramel by Nourish Nutrition

2. Artichoke Pesto Stuffed Tomato by Making Good Choices

3. Vegan Spring Rolls with Mango Ginger Dipping Sauce by Wholesome Kid Food

4. Easy Hummus by Andrea Beaman

5. Mango Salsa by Terry Walters

6. Spicy Slaw by Elana’s Pantry

7. Peaceful Parsley & Pistachio Pesto by Peacocks and Moonshine

8. Creamy Curry Sauce with Summer Veggies by Collective Nutrition

9. Sesame and Thyme Pancakes by Wholepromise

10. Asparagus Sundried Tomato and Goats Cheese Pizza on Spelt by Wholepromise

Soups

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer

11.  Roasted Tomato Soup by Love, Life and Lollipops

12.  Farmstand Gazpacho by Eat, Live, Run

13.  Really Easy Spice Pumpkin Soup filled with Beta-Carotene by Scott Mathias

14.  Summer Herb Soup by Kath Eats Real Food

15.  Cold Beet and Fennel Soup by Clean and Delicious

16.  Easy Asparagus Soup with Seasoned Dill Yogurt by Cook me Healthy 

Salads

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer

17.  Quinoa Summer Salad by Alicia Somma

18.  Raw-Vegan Som Tum by Tina Leigh

19.  Radish, Celery and Apple Salad by Seven Spoons

20.  Roast Chili Butternut and Fig Salad by Me Organic

21.  Watermelon, Feta and Tomato Salad by Lemons and Loafers

22.  Refreshing Chopped Salad by Miligirl Wellness

23.  Jicama Salad by Raw, Radiant Health

24.  Quinoa Salad for all seasons by Chronic Wellness Coaching

25.  Orzo Super Salad by 101 Cookbooks

26.  Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Apricot Lime Vinaigrette by Terry Walters

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer 27.  Southern Style Cobb Salad by Find Your Balance Health

28.  Rustic Pesto Potato Salad by Clean and Delicious

29.  Pumpkin Seed Salad by Feed Your Life

30.  Delicious Life Beet and Walnut Salad by Live a Delicious Life

31.  Crunch Salad by Live a Delicious Life

32.  Ribboned Asparagus Salad with Lemon by Smitten Kitchen

33.  Radish, Asparagus and Mint Salad by Coloring the City

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer 34.  Fresh Corn, Tomato, Avocado and Black Bean Salad by Whole Nutrition

35.  Black Lentil and Quinoa Salad with Citrus Dressing by Infinite You

36.  Green Light Salad by My Healthy Vision

37.  Spicy Curry Kale Salad by Natalie Duhamel

38.  Curried Cauliflower Quinoa Salad by Maureen O’Neal

39.  Roasted Butternut Squash and Wheat Berry Salad with Goat Cheese by Cook me Healthy

40.  Spinach Salad with Mango and Avocado by Linda Poynter

41.  Raw Kale & Beet Salad by Beth’s Botanical Scents

Refreshments

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer

42.  Watermelon Aguas Fresca by Elana’s Pantry

43.  Summertime Blueberry Coconut Smoothie by Frank Giglio

44.  My Green Smoothie by Muscle Chick

45.  Watermelon Lemonade by Smitten Kitchen

46.  Pineapple Ginger Cooler by Maureen O’Neal

47.  Peachy Green Smoothie by Natalie Duhamel

48.  Super Simple Strawberry (Shh, and Spinach) Smoothie by The Nourished Life

Breakfast

100 Healthy Recipes for summer

49.  Veggie Frittata by Frank Giglio

50.  Sweet Corn Pancakes by Smitten Kitchen  

51.  Japanese Style Breakfast by Integrative Nutrition

52.  Coconut Spelt Pancakes by Wholepromise

53.  Homemade Granola by The Sublet Kitchen

54.  Buckwheat Banana-Walnut Pancakes by Cook Me Healthy

55.  Breakfast Casserole by Integrative Nutrition

Dinner

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer

56.  Sautéed Chicken with Caramelized Onion-Tomato Relish by Cook me Healthy

57.  Mixed Green Salad with Tilapia and Clementine’sby a Hint of Greens 

58.  Coconut breaded Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Mango Salsa by Coloring the City

59.  Grilled Salmon Paprika by Elana’s Pantry

60.  Spiced Turkey Burgers with Green Olives and Feta by Pinch My Salt

61.  Sesame Chicken and Orange Salad by Wholepromise

62.  Sweet and Hot Chicken with Eggplant and Mushrooms by Destiny Kelley

63.  Quinoa and Spinach Burgers by Winspiration Wellness

Vegetarian Dinner 

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer 64.  Thai Coconut Stir Fry by Selkis Whole Foods

65.  Bean Burgers by Kath Eats Real Food

66.  Pasta with Green Beans and Cannelloni Beansby Mary Curran

67.  Cashew and Ginger Stir-fry by Laurel Staples

68.  Sweet Potato Burgers by Making Good Choices

69.  Bean Stir Fry by Making Good Choices

70.  Spicy-Sweet Arugula Sautee by Pure Potential Wellness

71.  Spring Panzanella by 101 Cookbooks

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer 72.  Peanut Soba Noodle Bowls by Eat, Live, Run

73.  TLT Sandwiches by 101 Cookbooks

74.  Gluten Free Veggie Burger by Whole Health Designs

75.  Vegan Pot Pie by Curvy Gals

76.  Brussels Sprout Pizza by Simply Seeking Life

77.  Avocado Pesto Pasta by Landry Fuller

78.  Rice Soba Noodles with Tea Spice Veggies by I Wanna Cookie

79.  Quinoa Grilled Vegetable Salad by Monica Delgado Chaffee

Side Dish

100 Recipes for the 100 days of summer 80.  Grilled Summer Vegetables by Your Wellness Tree

81.  Spicy Jicama “Fries” by 2Good2beRaw 

82.  Summer Squash Saute by Integrative Nutrition

83.  Sautéed Summer Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil by Andrea Beaman

84.  Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers by Becky’s Kitchen

85.  Sweet and Spicy Kale Chips by Get Healthy with Lindsay

86.  Spicy Asian Cabbage Slaw by Chef in my own mind

 

Dessert

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer

87.  Detox Blonde Macaroons by Healthy Hoggin

88.  Rawberry Rhubarb Pie by Me Amoeba

89.  Banana Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” by Lemons and Loafers

90.  Healthy Jell-O by Becoming Raw

91.  Healthy Popsicle by Becoming Raw

92.  Ricotta Millet Pudding by Lottie and Doof

93.  Blackberry, Honey and Yogurt Pops by Lottie and Doof

94.  Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp by Clean and Delicious

95.  Strawberry Mango sorbet Popsicles by Live a Delicious Life

100 Healthy Recipes for Summer 96.  Coconut Pudding by Edna Michaeli

97.  Awesome Raw Coconut-Almond Fudge by Aamina Barbara Arnoth

98.  Heather’s Maple Squash Muffins by I Wanna Cookie

99.  Coconut Cherry Chia Bomb by Maureen O’Neal

100. Tropical Mango Banana Sherbert by Delicious Nutrition

Need more summer recipe inspiration? Check out these recipes from IIN!

I love this vegan coleslaw. It works very well with the curry tofu wraps recipe I posted yesterday.

Ingredients:

2.5-3 cups of finely chopped mixture of carrots, cabbage, celery and broccoli

2 tablespoons  red onion, diced

2 tbsp. agave syrup
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 small green apple, grated
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, the coconut oil, the agave , the salt and the pepper. Mix in remaining ingredients .  Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes, stirring a few times.

My oldest child is allergic to soy, so I usually make (and devour) these wraps before he has a chance to see them. You can use cooked chicken breast instead of tofu for a pretty good result, too. I also like to use an avocado here, which means the amount of mayonnaise needs to be cut.

Ingredients:

1/2 block extra firm tofu, cut into rectangular strips

1/2 large carrot, grated

1 celery stalk, diced

1 tbsp red onion, diced

1 cup green leaf mix

¼ cup walnuts, crushed

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup mayonnaise (soy is ok, too)

1  tsp curry powder

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. agave syrup

3  spinach wraps

Salt  to taste

Sauce: Mix the mayo,  the curry powder, the agave,  the lemon juice and the salt together in a small bowl. Cool in the fridge for ten minutes. Spread the sauce on the wrap and place all other ingredients on top. Wrap and serve!

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6, 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K.  Kale is also a good source of minerals, like copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Kale works very well in a multitude of cooked dishes: from soups to stews. Fresh, however, its nutrients are  preserved a lot better. I like the combination of kale with citrus flavors.

Ingredients:

2 bunches of kale, stems removed

2 oranges, sectioned

1 small red onion, diced

1 small avocado, sliced thin

1 medium cucumber, sliced

1 celery stalk, diced

1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped thinly

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tbsp salt

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Wash kale thoroughly, then add apple cider vinegar, and cover the leaves with water. Soak for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Spin the leaves dry.

Return to bowl, drizzle with 1/2 cup olive oil, then sprinkle on the salt. Use your hands to rub the olive oil and salt into all the crevices of the kale leaves. Leave for 10 minutes.   Add all other ingredients to the kale. Chop the orange sections into small cubes and put those on top of the salad.
Toss well and serve.

I first tried this dish at Cafe 118 in Winter Park, Florida. It was ridiculously yummy and seemed to be very easy to make.

They used zucchini noodles, which gave this Pad Thai a very smooth texture. At home, i like to use a 50/50 mixture of zucchinis and carrots, or butternut squash for a crunchier bite.  A played with some ingredients at home and here’s what I came up with:

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 cup coconut milk ( any other milk would work, too)
  • 1/2 cup  peanut butter  (or any nut butter)
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp Bragg’s Aminos sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red miso
  • agave syrup to taste (optional)
  •  cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/2 bunch basil & 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Noodles

  • 4-5 cups assorted vegetables,  cut with a vegetable peeler for long thin spaghetti-like  strips:  zucchini, carrot, butternut squash, beets, red pepper… Sprouts and red cabbage work, too.
  1. Blend all the sauce ingredients until smooth.
  2.  Toss the noodles with the sauce.
  3. Serve immediately with 1/4 of a lime and/or some peanuts, sprinkled on top (optional)
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