Cancer Fighting Food

Recipes that are free of sugar, salt, oil and refined foods, or or contain low or no salt/sugar/oil options.

Roasted Garlic and Red Onion Smashed Cauliflower

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Everybody loves mashed potatoes, but try this Smashed Cauliflower recipe. It tastes just as rich and comforting. Ingredients 2 medium heads of cauliflower or 1 very large head. 1 large red onion, quartered 2 bulbs of garlic 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or other nondairy milk 1/4 cup nutritional yeast Preheat oven to 350oF Take…

Radiant Health Green Power Smoothie

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I created this Radiant Health Green Power Smoothie for the 2016 Food Revolution Summit. It includes berries, leafy greens and green tea, all the foods Dr. Greger shared with us during the summit that boost our immune system and may slow aging. I’ve added a little turmeric powder to the mix because of its anti-inflammatory…

Black Bean Stew with Tempeh

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1 large white onion (diced) 3 carrots (peeled and diced) 3 stalks of celery (diced) 2 cups of water 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons chili powder (more if you like it hot) 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground pepper 1 quart of cooked black beans (about four…

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

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1 Tablespoon cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon chia seeds 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (made with just peanuts, no salt) 1 Tablespoon maca powder 1 Tablespoon REAL Apricot Butter or other unsweetened fruit butter, jam or jelly 1 frozen banana 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or other nondairy milk In a blender combine all the ingredients and…

Mineral Rich Mushroom Soup

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I want to nurture my microbiome, don’t you? That’s why I created this gut-healing Mineral-Rich Mushroom Broth, which is filled with good things that are good for you. And it’s comforting, satisfying and delicious. It’s made with celery, which is loaded with minerals. It’s got mushrooms, nutritional powerhouses with anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. I add…

Gary’s Special

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Gary talks a lot about Original Joe’s in San Jose. I remember going there when I lived in the Bay Area, late at night after performing in a show. They had huge plates of pasta, which was the best way to calm the post-performance adrenaline and get a good night’s sleep. Gary’s favorite dish from…

Aguas Frescas

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Here’s a great recipe for colorful drinks made from whole fruits. The meaning of the Spanish words – Aguas Frescas is “fresh waters’ and Aguas frescas traditionally are a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages. There is no added sugar in this recipe. The…

Global Community Kale Salad

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Urban garden-grown veggies come together with a tropical fruit salsa to create this beautiful dish. Ingredients 1 head of kale, stems removed. 1 ½ cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen 2 yellow, orange or red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped ¼ cup sunflower seeds Papaya Avocado Salsa Directions Place small handfuls of the kale…

Tri Colore Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

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This is an easy soup to make. Red lentils practically dissolve into the water to make a flavorful broth and the carrots add sweetness. 4 carrots, Purple Yellow and Orange, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1/2 cup red lentils 6 white mushrooms, sliced 3 1/2 cups water Rinse and drain the lentils. Put all the ingredients…

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

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1 pound Jerusalem Artichokes, peeled, rinsed and chopped 2 1/2 cups water 2 medium russett potatoes, scrubbed and quartered (peel if not organic) 1/2 onion, chopped 1 Tablespoon dried sage 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, cover and…

Healthy World Burger

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Everyone loves a good burger. These are the best veggie burgers we have ever had! You can make it mild or with a little spicy kick using chipotle and chili powders. Ingredients 1 cup cooked millet ½ cup cooked black rice ½ cup cooked red rice 1 cup turanicum (also know as Kamut), soaked overnight,…

Power Pop

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Power Pop is fun and easy to make and especially delicious to eat. If the Power Pop doesn’t disappear as soon as you make it, you might enjoy making Power Pop Bars. Ingredients ½ cup organic popping corn ½ cup raw Brazil nuts chopped ½ cup walnuts, chopped ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds ¼-1/2 cup…

Papaya Avocado Salsa

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Papaya Avocado Salsa is colorful and refreshing. It can be served with crackers or tossed with a salad in place of the dressing. Ingredients: 1 ripe medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced 1/2 ripe papaya, peeled, halved, seeded, and diced 4 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro…

Chipotle Sauce

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This is a special sauce that goes great with burgers, over whole grains or vegetables. 3/4 cup raw whole cashews 1 roasted red pepper, diced 1 clove garlic 2 chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce, rinsed 2 Tablespoons Apricot Butter or other light, unsweetened, colored jam ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon onion powder…

Ginger Juice Ice Cubes and Ginger Tea

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Ginger juice ice cubes are a fun and delicious way to jazz up any drink. The remaining pulp is great to use for making hot ginger tea. Ingredients Ginger Root Water Using the back of a spoon or a peel, remove the outer brown skin of the ginger root. Put the ginger through a juicer…

Creamy Kale Pesto

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This no-oil pesto is a powerfully nutritious sauce packed with superfoods: Kale, Walnuts, Garlic. And it’s as delicious as it is nutritious. This is a new must-have all the time sauce in our house. Serve on everything! More please! 2 cups loosely packed kale leaves 3/4 cups walnuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 cup unsweetened…

Cha Cha Chickpea Chowder

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2 cups of dried chickpeas, soaked in water for at least 5 hours 1 onion, chopped 5 carrots, chopped 6 celery stalks, chopped 1 Tablespoon ground turmeric 1 Tablespoon dried Herbes de Provence 1 teaspoon fennel 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 – 2 teaspoons salt (optional) 1 pound organic…

Dark Vegetable Stock

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4 red onions (peeled and quartered) 4-6 carrots (purple are preferred but orange are fine) 4-6 stalks of celery (leaves on) 2-4 cobs of corn (optional) 1 celery root (scrubbed and quartered) 1 rutabaga (scrubbed and quartered) 1 purple turnip (scrubbed and quartered) 1 fennel bulb (washed and quartered) 2 leeks, split and washed 2…

Carrot Lentil Paté

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This is a fine dish to serve as an appetizer or as a party food. It has simple flavors everyone loves. 4 carrots, grated (peel if not organic) 1 onion, grated 1 cup red lentils 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons Tapioca Flour 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence 1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds 1 Tablespoon Poppy…

Carrot Lentil Soup

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This soup is a variation of the Creamy Carrot Bisque blended with Red Lentils. Without the cashews it’s lighter and the carrot, lentil and herb flavors stand out more. 2 cups dry red lentils 1 onion diced 6 carrots sliced in one inch chunks (peel if not organic) 8 cups water 1 Tablespoon Herbes de…

The Rejuveganator

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After an evening eating course after course after course of vegan delights and washing them down with glass after glass after glass Querciabella vegan biodynamic wine what’s a vegan body dynamic to do? Have a smoothie, of course! All ingredients are organic: 4 large collard leaves (stemmed) 1 cup raspberries (1/2 bag frozen) 1 large…

Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis

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While living in the south of France, I often saw Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis on dessert menus of upscale restaurants. It was often the one dessert I was happy to choose because it was vegan. This is a beautiful dish to finish a perfect meal; very fresh and light with just enough sweetness. 8…

Mung Bean Chowder

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3 quarts water 1 jar (24 ounces) strained tomatoes or equivalent 1 large onion 5 celery stalks 4 carrots 2 cups dried mung beans 1 cup brown rice (uncooked) 1/4 cup spice za’atar spice mix (or a mix you prefer) 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon canola oil for sautéing vegetables…

Black Thai Peas

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Black-Eyed Peas are supposed to be one of those foods to eat on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. After your Black Tie New Year’s Eve Party settle in and celebrate the New Year’s Day with our Black Thai Peas: Black-Eyed Peas in a rich and spicy Coconut Curry Sauce. Black Thai Peas pictured…

Quick Cashew Cheese Sauce

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This light frothy sauce is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. With a high-powered blender like a Vitamix the cashews do not need to be soaked in advance. A regular blender can be used but then the cashews must be soaked in water for at least 4 hours to soften them first. Soaked cashews…

Red Enchilada Sauce Soup

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This is a quick and easy soup that you’ll swear tastes like liquid enchiladas. 3 cups crushed organic tomatoes 2 cups vegetable stock or Water 1 onion 2 stalks celery 1 carrot 1/4 cup red organic chili powder 8 parsley leaves salt and pepper to taste 1 cup cooked adzuki beans REAL Jalapeño Jack Cheese…

How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw

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We are calling this Red Cabbage Pineapple Slaw recipe How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw or Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw. It’s a wonderful winter salad recipe with a little tropical sunshine added in. The pineapple sweetness goes so well with the red cabbage.…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

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When craving something sweet, these treats come together just in time. There is no guilt here, only goodness. 1 cup raisins (or other sweet dried fruit like dates, figs) 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or any combination of nuts and seeds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons…

Ful: Fava Beans with Garlic, Lemon and Parsley

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I first discovered this dish a long time ago while traveling in Israel. Fava Beans have a distinct, cheesy flavor. I am always excited to see it on the menu of Middle Eastern restaurants but it doesn’t happen very often. Of course, I like it best when we make it our way at home. 3…

Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Parsley and Mint

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This salad is great on its own, stuffed in a pita bread, or served on top of a bed of greens. One cucumber, chopped in small pieces (peel if not organic) 3 Tomatoes, chopped 1 scallion, chopped 1/2 finely chopped fresh mint 1/2 finely chopped fresh parsley Tahini Dressing In a large bowl mix cucumbers,…

Lemon Chickpea Soup

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An easy soup to make that is flavorful and comforting. It goes well with our Middle Eastern Feast. 1 onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped, 1 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas 4 1/2 cups of water 2 teaspoons of garlic 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 Tablespoon dried dill…

Gary’s Secret Spice Mix

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All the spices we use to make this mix are dried and organic. This spice mix is used deliciously in our Tofu Masala. 2 Tablespoon Sage 2 Tablespoon Thyme 1 Tablespoon Tumeric 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala (typically this spice mix contains: black and white peppercorns; cloves cinnamon or cassia bark; nutmeg; mace; black and green…

Tofu Masala

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This is the most delicious way to have tofu! First make a batch of our Secret Spice Mix. This mix is great on Tofu, but it can also be used on Tempeh or added to soups and sauces. Preheat oven to 400oF. Drain tofu container, press out all the extra water in the tofu with…

Super Green Power Smoothie

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Get energized with this Super Green Power Smoothie! 14 ounces green kale 1 cup water 2 ripe bananas, peeled 1 ripe pear, cut in sections 1 orange, peeled 1 cup frozen blueberries 2-6 medjool dates, pitted 1-4 tablespoon ground flax seeds 2 teaspoons maca powder 1-2 Tablespoon cocoa powder 1/4 cup sesame tahini 16 or…

Chocolate Ice Dream

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  This is a lovely sweet treat for a really hot night.   1/4 cup raw cashews 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) 8 dates, soaked in water 10 frozen organic strawberries About 10 ice cubes (optional)   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews, vanilla, nondairy…

Kaleidoscope Salad with Marinated Tempeh

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This is a very colorful and satisfying main meal that will keep you energized for hours. 2 bunches kale (stemmed, chopped, massaged) 4 ounces marinated chilled tempeh (use your favorite marinade or one of ours: Tea Smoked Barbeque Sauce or this Tempeh Marinade) 4 carrots, cut into sticks, blanched and rinsed with cold water 16…

Raw Nectarine Tart

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This recipe is for two individual tarts. Double, triple, quadruple the recipe if so desired. Total time to prepare these tarts is about 8 minutes (and that’s if you’re moving really slowly). Crust 1/2 cup raw almonds 2 to 3 (depending on size) raw medjool dates (pitted) Chop the almonds to the size of coffee…

Easy Tofu Scramble

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Firm tofu (15-16 ounces) 1 onion, diced 8 ounces of frozen spinach (1 cup tightly packed fresh spinach) 1 large Roma tomato, diced 2 teaspoons organic canola oil (optional) salt and pepper to taste (optional) Preheat oven to 350oF. Drain the tofu and wrap in a clean towel (paper towel is fine, we use a…

Orange Creamsicle Ice Dream

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  This brings me back to the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and the Creamsicle Pop of my childhood. This is so much better! You’ll need to freeze some oranges in advance.   2 oranges, peeled, sectioned and frozen 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla   In a…

Blueberry Ice Dream

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  There is nothing better on a hot night than this. One warning though – you’ll get a purple tongue! But that’s part of the fun.   1 bag frozen blueberries (12 ounces) 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews and nondairy milk until…

Easy Spinach Frittata

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Why does anyone eat eggs anymore? The cruelty and cholesterol are two big reasons not to, and with garbanzo bean flour you can make just about anything you used to make with eggs. Plus, garbanzo bean flour can be on hand, in your pantry, ready when you are and it is so easy to use.…

Creamy Cabbage Soup

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When in my early twenties I quit my first job after college with DuPont in Delaware and headed west to California. While looking for an engineering job I worked briefly as a waitress in a French restaurant. The chef always had a big pot of soup made, either cabbage or cauliflower soup, blended with heavy…

Strawberry Ice Dream

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  This is quick treat the whips up fast. This recipe serves one and you can double, triple or quadruple it to make more for others or keep it just for you!   10 frozen organic strawberries 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) About 4 ice cubes…

Thyme Tea

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When I lived in the south of France in the early ’90s, I was often served thyme tea in the homes of my friends. Fresh thyme grows wild there in the fields and forests. I loved going for walks there on a hot day and smelling the thyme fragrance baking in the sun. Fresh thyme…

Popeye’s Sweet Sensation

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On a hot summer night, here’s a sweet treat to have for a light dinner. 1 cup frozen spinach 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup unsweetened soy milk 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 4 ice cubes In a high powered blender, blend ingredients until creamy. Serve immediately. Makes 1-2 servings.

Many Vegetable Stir Fry

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This is a very colorful dish with fresh flavors. 1 onion, chopped 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced 2 carrots, sliced 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 bell pepper, seeded and cut in strips 1 eggplant, peeled and diced 1/2 cup cauliflower florets 1 small sweet potato, cooked and chopped 2…

Creamy Carrot Bisque

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This is a luscious rich soup that can be served hot or cold, delicately flavored with the French Herbes de Provence. And here’s a nice variation! Blend equal parts of this soup with cooked pink lentils for a creamy carrot/lentil bisque. Ingredients: 6 carrots cut, sliced (about 4 1/2-5 cups) 2 onions chopped (about 3-3/12…

Sweet and Smoky Beans

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Cooking with fruit can be surprisingly sweet. I like the combination of the sweetness from the fruit and smoky chipotle. 1/2 cup water 1 pear, cut in small pieces 6-8 dried figs, chopped in small pieces 1/2 teaspoon madras curry powder 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder 2 cups cooked adzuki beans or other small black, red…

Miso Mushroom Soup for One (or Two)

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The recipe makes a meal for one person or can be served in two smaller servings. Traditional miso soup usually contains squares of soft tofu. I used extra firm in this soup because it is what I had available. I like both soft and firm varieties of tofu in miso soup. Bean thread vermicelli cooks…

Fruity Hibiscus Ice Tea

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When temperatures rise it’s important to stay hydrated. Make it delicious with this Fruity Hibiscus Tea. My friend Beth who lives in Costa Rica grows this lovely flower and then dries the petals and bags them to give to friends and family. I’ve help harvest, dry and bag them when I have visited her and…

Peanut Chocolate Smoothie

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I was so inspired by Jessica Nadel’s blogpost yesterday with her Peanut Butter Milkshake Smoothie recipe. When I saw it, I had to have it. I do have a problem following recipes exactly and I did not have all of the ingredients so I came up with my own. Thank you Jessica for the inspiration!…

Sunny Pesto Paste

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I love when Gary makes Pesto and this might be the most delicious and versatile version he has come up. It’s a thick paste that can be used to flavor soup, or thinned to be used as a sauce on pasta, whole grains or veggies. It’s made with sunflower seeds instead of the traditional pines…

French Herbed No-Egg Omelette

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I can’t get enough of these chickpea flour no-egg omelettes. They are so satisfying and make a lovely brunch. 1 cup Garbanzo bean flour 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon Herbes do Provence 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary 1 cup water or…

Easy Cheesy Sauce

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The sauce goes great over vegetables, pasta, whole grains, potatoes, anything! It makes a yummy creamed spinach or a fast Mac N Cheese. 1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon miso (We use a chickpea-based miso from South River that is gluten-free and soy-free.) Mix together the nondairy milk and…

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

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Tabouli is typically made with Bulgur wheat or a semolina couscous. This recipe uses the high protein, ancient grain, quinoa, which cooks up quickly. Or you can sprout this pseudo cereal and make an all-raw dish. It is naturally gluten-free. 1 bunch mint – minced 1 bunch parsley – minced 3 green onions – chopped…

Fig Butter

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Making your own fruit butters and jam from organic dried fruit is easy and less expensive than store bought version. Makes about 32-40 ounces of Fig Jam. 1 pound organic dried figs 3-4 cups water 1. Snip of the hard stem, if any, off of each fig. 2. Place figs in a 3.5 quart saucepan…

Spicy Marinara Sauce

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Add a little kick to your marinara with this recipe. WATCH Gary De Mattei make this Spicy Marinara in the TRANSITION KITCHEN. 2 Tablespoons olive oil, optional 1 onion chopped (about a cup and a quarter of chopped onions) 1 bunch of Italian flat parsley leaves (no stems) chopped (about a half a cup) 1…

Red Bean and Millet Burgers

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1 3/4 cups red beans (kidney), cooked, rinsed, drained 1 cup cooked millet 1 teaspoon beet powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried summer savory 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground to a meal 1/4 cup ground flax seeds 1 small onion 2 medium carrots 2…

Greens in Thai Coconut Sauce

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The richly flavored coconut sauce pairs well with chewy, bitter greens. 2 onions 6 carrots 1 bunch kale (about 6 ounces) 1 bunch collard greens (about 6 ounces) 3/4 cups coconut milk 2 teaspoons dried basil 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon chili powder Peel onions and slice vertically into thin crescents. Peel carrots if not…

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

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Salad dressings should contain fat to help digest the fat soluble nutrients in the vegetables. But the fat shouldn’t come from oil. Whole, raw nuts and seeds make the best base for dressing. 1 cup sunflower seeds (optional: soak for 4 – 8 hours) 1 cup water 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar In a blender combine…

Miso Vegetable Soup

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1 yellow onion, peeled and diced, or sliced in crescents 4 carrots, cleaned and chopped, peel if not organic 1/4 green cabbage, shredded 6 cups water 3-4 Tablespoons miso (we like South River miso, Barley for a deep flavor, Chickpea for a mellower flavor, some of the other brands are too salty) 1 small piece…

Corn-No-Beef-Sweet-Potato-Hash

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Just in time for Saint Paddy’s Day, our REAL Corn-No-Beef-Sweet-Potato-Hash. It’s a savory dish that’s full of sweetness. 6 medium sweet potatoes (diced) 1 large onion (diced) 1 cup frozen corn (organic) 1 Tablespoon minced garlic 1 Tablespoon organic canola oil (optional) 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed (coarsely ground) 1 teaspoon whole…

Cabbage and Onion Omelette, Egg-free

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One of my favorite brunch menus includes omelettes, egg-free of course! The not-too-secret secret to delicious egg-free omelettes is garbanzo bean flour or garfava (chick pea and fava bean mix) flour. I love adding different seasonings to the flour and creating something new each time. This cabbage and onion omelette go great with boiled potatoes.…

Hearty Lentil And Celery Root Stew

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When we make this hearty lentil soup that we call a stew we use vegetable stock or water. When we add the tomato product we also add the same amount of water to clean out the extra tomato. After cooking the lentils for about 30 minutes it will start to thicken. At this time you…

Quick Marinated Tempeh Stir Fry

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Finishing up our winter CSA supply of black radishes inspired this stir fry with tempeh. For a soy-free version, white beans can be used. 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon dry basil 1/2 Madras curry powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 package tempeh (8…

Winter Salsa, Version II

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When fresh chili peppers are not available because it’s snowing and we just have to have homemade hot salsa to mix with our homemade vegan mozzarella to make homemade vegan Baked Queso, this is what we do. If you are in an area of the world where fresh peppers are available year round then seed…

Roasted Garlic

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Roasted garlic is the perfect kitchen staple to have on hand for adding to soups, sauces, dressings or as a substitute for butter on bread. Try blending a few cloves with two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar for one of the best oil free salad dressings you’ll ever eat. Vampires won’t even be able to resist.…

Polenta with Roasted Garlic and Basil

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Polenta is a versatile grain. It’s great savory or sweet. You can flavor it so many ways. This is a favorite with garlic and basil. 1 cup organic polenta (not the quick cooking kind) 3 cups water 6 cloves roasted garlic 1 Tablespoon dried basil salt to taste In a saucepan on medium heat, stir…

Potato Leek Soup, Vichyssoise

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This is a comforting soup with layers of delicious flavor. 3 medium organic leeks 3 pounds organic Yukon Gold potatoes (or other potato), cleaned, peeled if not organic, chopped in small chunks 1 large organic turnip, cleaned, peeled, chopped in small chunks 2 celery stalks, cleaned, chopped in small pieces 8 cups water 2 cups…

Sautéed Greens

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Sautéed Greens go well with just about every meal. 2 bunches organic rainbow Swiss chard, red chard, green chard, spinach, kale, collards or other greens 1 large onion (chopped) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional) salt and pepper to taste Wash and cut the long stems from the greens and reserve for…

Oven Roasted Potatoes

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These Oven Roasted Potatoes make a satisfying dinner side dish with Tempeh Steaks or for breakfast with a Tofu Scramble. 6 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (any thin-skinned “waxy” potato will do i.e. red, white, purple, or a mix, etc.) 1 Tablespoon olive oil, optional (for the potatoes) 1 to 2 teaspoons of organic canola oil,…

Sautéed Carrots

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Sautéed Carrots make a colorful, elegant addition to any fine meal.   4 large carrots 1/2 finely diced onions 1/2 cup white wine 1/4 cup finely chopped kale (about one leaf) 2 teaspoons olive oil, optional 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt, optional   Trim the ends off of the carrots then scrub the…

Little Seed Caesar Dressing

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Little Seed Caesar Dressing, made with sunflower seeds, is a variation on our Seed Caesar Dressing made with pumpkin seeds. 1 cup of sunflower seeds (soaked for at least four hours in 2 cups of water, drained and rinsed) 1 cup of water Juice of 2 lemons 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 3 Tablespoons unsweetened dairy-free…

Home Fries

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Here are our REAL Home Fries as seen on Episode 2 of Transition Kitchen, served with No Eggs Benedict Arnold and Vegan Hollandaise. 1 pound (about 8 small sized potatoes) organic Yukon Gold, Red New Potatoes, Yams or Sweet Potatoes. 1 large organic yellow onion 1 Tablespoon dried Herbes de Provence 1 Tablespoon olive oil,…

Seed Caesar Dressing

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Once refrigerated this wonderful salad dressing thickens to a mayo-like consistency and also works well as a vegetable dip and/or a sandwich spread. We recommend using organic ingredients 1 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds (sunflower seeds may be used as well) 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar or other vinegar (different vinegars…

Braised Spicy Tempeh

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Braised spicy tempeh can be used in many ways. We like it cut in strips and served on top of a kale salad with our Seed Caesar Dressing. 16 ounces of Tempeh (two 8-ounce packages) 42 ounces of whole chopped tomatoes (three 14-ounce cans) 1 cup water 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 onion (diced)…

Chai Tea

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Makes 4 cups Ingredients 8 marathi moggu 8 cardamom seeds 8 cloves 4 black peppercorns 1 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks pieces 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder or 1 inch fresh ginger 2 cups nondairy milk 4 teaspoons black tea, green tea or rooibos sweeten with agave or evaporated cane juice (vegan sugar) to taste Place…

Roasted Winter Vegetables

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Roasted veggies are a REAL kitchen staple that we keep in the refrigerator and munch on all week long! They’re great diced and put in a salad or add them to your favorite veggie stock for a quick soup or serve hot as side dish with your favorite grains and veggie meats. Fantastic cold or…

Tofu Ricotta Cheese Sauce

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  Tofu Ricotta Cheese Sauce can be used in so many dishes. We love it on our Timballo De Rigatoni.   INGREDIENTS 1/2 block (8 ounces) firm tofu 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoons chickpea miso 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup unsweetened non dairy milk 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional 1 teaspoon salt, optional 1/2…

KALEidoscope Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dressing

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When your CSA winter share loads you up with carrots and watermelon radishes, it’s time to make Kaleidoscope Kale Salad!     1 large bunch or head of kale (about 12 ounces with stems removed) 4 carrots 2 watermelon radishes (about 2 inch diameter) 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup…

Tempeh with Carrots, Kale and Winter Radish

Stir Fry Ingredients 1 package tempeh, cut into strips 4 carrots, julienned 3 radishes, julienned 6 leaves green kale, removed from stems and chopped water Marinade Ingredient for Tempeh 1 cup hot water 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon garam marsala 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 teaspoons dry dill In a bowl,…

Cream of Celery Soup

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Super simple soup! This recipe is almost as easy as heating up the canned variety only so much better – in taste and nutrition, using creamy white beans as the base and other REAL ingredients. 1 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 1 1/4 cups finely chopped onion 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans 1 1/2…

Kale and Blueberry Salad

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This is one of my favorite salads. I especially love it during the winter holiday season. It’s rich in flavor and loaded with immune system boosting nutrients. REAL Tahini dressing or one mashed avocado. 1 bunch or head of kale (about 8 ounces with stems removed) 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed) 2-4 Tablespoons…

Millet Cereal With Apricot Apple Compote and Warm Coconut Milk

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For the Millet 1 cup millet 2 cups Water For the Compote 1 apple (diced) 8 dried apricots (diced) 2 cinnamon Sticks Freshly grated nutmeg (about a 1/4 t) 1/2 cup of boiling water Coconut Milk (warm) To make the millet: In a medium sauce pan boil the water and stir in the millet, reduce…

Apricot Nut Balls

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Here’s a naturally sweet treat, made from dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds. They are a stunning addition to any festive dessert table. 1 cup dried unsulphured apricots 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Optional: 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla Topping Variations:…

Black Bean Sauce

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  This is an easy flavorful sauce that you can serve with sauteed vegetables, top on whole grains or use in a wrap.   1 can organic, salt-free black beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1 tablespoon…

Breakfast Polenta

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For a little change in your oatmeal breakfast routine try polenta. 1 cup organic polenta (not the quick cooking kind) 3 cups water 1 organic apple, diced (peel if not organic) 6 organic dried apricots cut in 1/4 inch square pieces In a medium saucepan mix polenta and water. Cook on high heat until it…

Forbidden Nutty Rice

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Does calling black rice “forbidden” make you want to eat more of it? You should because it’s so good for you! Full of flavor and great nutrition, this dish combines brown, black and red rice varieties and is a tasty complement to our REAL Chickpea Stew. 1 cup short grain brown rice 1/2 cup black…

Chickpea Stew

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Keeping the pantry stocked with REAL essentials like canned tomatoes, tomato pastes, beans along with frozen veggies, and a variety of good spices, and dry whole grains, Chickpea Stew served with our REAL Forbidden Nutty Rice comes together quickly for a meal that will delight your taste buds. Spice mix – 1 teaspoon cumin -…

Green Veggie Tofu Scramble

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1 onion chopped 1 cup frozen spinach or fresh that has been chopped and cooked 1 cup frozen kale or packed fresh kale (chop leaves and stalks into small pieces) 8 ounces firm tofu 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed in 1/4 cup water additional water for cooking as necessary * Instead of spinach and…

Toasted Buckwheat

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Traditionally buckwheat is cooked with eggs which keeps the kernels from getting mushy and sticking to each other. Using the method below your buckwheat will cook up perfectly. Buckwheat goes well for breakfast or brunch; a tasty, healthier substitute for hash browns. This dish partners well with our REAL Green Veggie Tofu Scramble. 1 onion…

Nut Meat “Mock Tuna” Salad

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After making some luscious rich nut milk, use the remaining nut meat for this colorful salad. It’s perfect for a picnic, barbecue, lunchtime sandwich or dip with crackers. Nut meat leftover from 1 cup nuts used for making REAL Nut Milk 1 cup finely chopped carrots 1 cup finely chopped celery 1 cup finely chopped…

Hazelnut Brown Rice Cereal

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Using leftover rice from your favorite Asian restaurant, make a luxurious breakfast the following day. 2 cups cooked brown rice 1 cup hazelnut milk 1 tablespoon shredded, unsweetened coconut 1 banana, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon sunflower or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Mix ingredients together in a medium sauce pan, Cook…

Nut Milk

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There is something sacred about making nut milk. I find soaking the raw nuts with clean, filtered, distilled water followed by blending it into a creamy, nutritious, flavorful milk, a peaceful process. As I do the blending, I meditate on the cows that are artificially inseminated by humans, separated from their babies within 24-48 hours…

Morrocan Chickpea Soup

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1 can tomatoes (15 oz) 3 cans chickpeas (4.5 cups cooked) 2 quarts water 1 onion 5 oz spinach 6-8 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon paprika optional 1 cup red wine optional 1-2 teaspoons porcini mushroom powder In a large soup pot, pour in water,…

Kale Salad in Costa Rica

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While on a farm in Costa Rica I put this fresh kale salad together. I love to use mandarina aceto, a local citrus fruit here to dress all my salads. One bunch dinosaur kale, about 8 ounces. One yellow bell pepper, seed and diced 1/2 avocado 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered One half papaya, seeded and…

Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)

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Traditional Tom Kha soup is made with chicken stock and fish sauce and it can be challenging to find a Thai restaurant to make the soup without these ingredients. Often fish sauce is considered vegetarian in Thai cuisine. The best way to have Tom Kha is to find your kitchen and make it yourself! This…

Socca Breakfast Wraps, gluten-free

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Socca makes the perfect wrap. Try them for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Fill them with Baba Ganoush, White Bean Hummus, sautéed escarole, Tahini, olives and hot sauce. Socca/Chickpea Flour Crêpes Recipe

Red Kuri Squash with Polenta Stuffing

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This dish is a main event that can be carved at the table and served with your favorite sides and gravy. If you can’t find a Red Kuri Squash (pictured) you can use a pumpkin or a large squash that can be hollowed out and filled with our REAL polenta stuffing. When you see this…

Escarole Salad

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Escarole is a REAL favorite when it comes to leafy greens. While it may look like ordinary lettuce, it’s actually a hardier, stronger leaf. It’s a great salad to travel with or bring to a party because it doesn’t wilt once dressed. Just toss it with your favorite dressing like our REAL Tahini and enjoy…

Chickpea Flour Crêpes

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Chickpea Flour Crêpes are so easy to make and can be used in many ways. They can be used in place of bread, grilled on the barbecue and wrapped with grilled veggies. Use your imagination. They are a featured recipe in our REAL American Barbecue food show. 1 cup chickpea flour (also called garbanzo bean…

Simple Vegetable Soup

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Lately, I have been making my vegetable juices with kale or collards, parsley, celery, carrots and lemon or lime. I’ve been juicing the carrots, celery and parley first, and saving the remaining fiber. Then I juice the remaining ingredients. I take the carrot-celery-parsley fiber and put it in a large soup pot and pour water…

Garbanzo Bean Flour Waffles: Gluten-free

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For those who are allergic to many of the grain flours or for those who want to try something new – here’s an easy to make waffle recipe made with garbanzo bean flour. It’s oil-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and full of great flavor and good nutrition! I’ve flavored it with almond extract, coriander and fennel…

Lentil Burgers, gluten-free

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Fire up the barbecue. These burgers are great on the grill. They are wonderful anytime, even cold. 1 3/4 cups brown lentils, cooked, rinsed, drained 1 cup cooked wild rice 1 teaspoon beet powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried summer savory 1/4 cup raw almonds,…

Creamy Avocado White Bean Sauce

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Who needs dairy? We don’t! Not when there are avocados and white beans in the world. Move over Fettuccine Alfredo. This sauce is so rich and creamy – without any oil and no dairy! 1 can Navy Beans (15 oz.) 1 medium ripe Haas Avocado 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon mellow…

Vegetable Corn Cakes II – Gluten-free

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Corn cakes! These are so easy to make and so good to eat. Serve them up with guacamole and beans. 1 3/4 cups corn meal 1/4 cup ground yellow flax seeds in 1/2 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 1 1/2 cups water 2 carrots, diced in small pieces 2 scallions, chopped vegetable oil or…

Strawberry Blueberry Sunflower Green Smoothie

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Today’s smoothie is a mix of berries with kale. Sunflower seeds have a very simple flavor that blend well with the other ingredients and are packed with nutrition. Kale, 4-5 leaves, depending on taste, stalks removed 12 oz frozen strawberries 1/3 cup frozen blueberries 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (preferably soaked 4-8…

Raspberry Lemonade Green Smoothie

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Watch out! This smoothie is TART! I was craving something clean and tart this morning and this smoothie is a REAL eye opener. You can always sweeten it up to your taste by blending in pitted dates or raisins. 1 cup frozen raspberries 3/4 cup water or more, depending on desired thickness 2 Tablespoons flax…

Mango Almond Green Smoothie

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My recipe for green smoothies is a fruit, a green and a fat. Sweet mango, collard greens and almonds blend up deliciously with fresh ginger for a little kick. It will keep you energized for hours> Collards, 1-5 leaves, depending on taste, stalks removed. 1 1/2 – 2 cups mango, fresh or frozen, cut into…

Hummus is Hummus

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Once in a restaurant in Israel with my sister, I asked about the hummus, and the server’s reply was “hummus is hummus”. Not true! I don’t like any of the hummus varieties available today in stores loaded with too much salt and often with preservatives and genetically modified soybean oil. Freshly made is best and…

Leek, Carrot and Turnip Soup

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Soup should be simple. And this one is just about the simplest. The title says it all – 3 vegetables plus garlic and herbs and voila! Perfect for an unexpected snow day in the middle of March. Leeks and turnips make an unbelievably flavorful broth. 1 large leek (1 1/2 inches wide and about 14…

Snowy Joes

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Snowy Joes! When it’s cold and snowing outside here’s a great dish to warm up to. Serve over your favorite grain, or if you have the time, bake up some of our REAL Yeasted, Gluten-Free Burger Buns. 1 large onion 3 cloves garlic 1 package organic tempeh (8 oz) 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2…

Mini CriMini Mushroom Burgers

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Some folks call the small sized burger a slider, some call them White Castle style, here at REAL we call them Mini Crimini Burgers. Regardless of what you call them, this recipe is simple with optimum results. We recommend 3 minis each as an entree or 2 each as a party appetizer for 12 friends.…

Baked Tofu Fries

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A popular appetizer on some Asian menus is Fried Tofu. Tofu contains a good amount of fat and deep frying it in oil takes a healthy food and turns it into a not-so-healthy one. Here’s a great way to make Fried Tofu, without frying! One package (15-16 ounces) of tofu. Freeze the entire package of…

Winter Salsa, Version I

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After reading Tomatoland, we stay away from buying tomatoes that are not organic or are out of season. In the winter, we’ll make tomato salsa with organic, salt-free canned tomatoes. 1 can (15 ounce) diced or crushed salt-free, organic tomatoes 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro 1/3 cup finely chopped scallions juice from one lime 1/2…

Corn Chips

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January 29th is National Corn Chip Day. Celebrate by making your own corn chips, free of oil and salt, with corn tortillas. So easy! Try them with our easy REAL Winter Salsa Corn tortillas – Read the ingredients! Corn tortillas should contain corn, of course and not much else. We purchase corn tortillas made of…

Blueberry Syrup

REAL blueberry syrup – surprisingly made only with blueberries! Serve with any of our REAL pancake recipes. 1 package frozen blueberries 1. Place the frozen blueberries in a saucepan on medium low heat. 2. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, especially in the first few minutes to prevent the berries from sticking or burning…

Apple Sauce

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Homemade apple sauce is easy to make. Made with your favorite organic apples they are perfect on top of our REAL Baked Potato Pancakes.     Ingredients 6 – 8 apples, cored and chopped (peel only if not organic) approximately 1/2 cup water     Directions Put the chopped apples in a medium size saucepan.…

Corn Chowder

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Corn Chowder is on my list of hearty, comfort foods. The Caraway seeds are essential for the best flavor. 1 package (16 oz) frozen corn or 3 cups corn kernels 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium potatoes, cut in small cubes (peel if not organic) 1 carrot, cut in small chunks…

Baked Apples, Gluten-Free

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Treat yourself this weekend to a luscious breakfast or brunch that is as unbelievably delicious as it is unbelievably good for you. It’s REAL Baked Apples. 4 organic apples, cored 2 tablespoons almonds 2 tablespoons raisins 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg water Chop the almonds and raisins and mix with the spices. Place the…

The REAL Mezze Platter

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Our REAL Mezze Platter consists of Baba Ganoush, Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumber Salad and is a great party plate. Or serve it with our our REAL Baked Falafel Burgers on our Gluten-free Pita Bread for a hearty lunch or satisfying dinner.

Baked Falafel Burgers

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Baked Falafel Burgers are bursting with the great combination of flavors as the traditional Falafel, only without all the oil and salt. And since they are baked and not fried, they are even easier to make. Serve on our Pita Bread, gluten-free and a dollop of Red Pepper Hummus and Baba Ganoush from the REAL…

Red Pepper Hummus

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I am very picky about my hummus. Ready made hummus available today in most supermarkets has preservatives, and too much salt and oil for my palate. It’s really easy to make hummus at home, it’s less expensive and taste so much better. Using all organic ingredients, a little red bell pepper adds a subtle yet…

Cucumber Salad

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This cucumber salad can be served on it’s own or topped on a bed of lettuce, stuffed into a pita pocket with our REAL Baked Falafel Burgers, or as part of a mezze platter, as shown below. 2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 8 cherry tomatoes,…

Baba Ganoush

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Light and creamy, this Baba Ganoush is easy to prepare, with only 3 ingredients. It goes perfectly with our REAL Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumber Salad in the REAL Mezze Platter pictured below.     1 eggplant Juice of 1 lime 2 Tablespoons tahini 1. Place the eggplant in a baking dish. Poke a few…

Soccacia, Gluten-Free

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Here’s a variation on Chickpea Flour Flatbread. Combining Socca, the chickpea flour crepe and the pizza dough bread served with toppings called Foccacia and you have Soccacia! Follow the instructions for the Chickpea Flour Flatbread. While it’s in the oven, chop a large onion to about a half inch dice. Heat a heavy duty sauté…

Simple Cabbage Soup

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This is probably the easiest soup you’ll ever make and also one of the most satisfying, especially on these cold autumn nights. I find it tastes just like corned beef and cabbage without the corned beef. It’s also great if you add a slab of tempeh while the soup is simmering but it is not…

Apricot Butter

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Simplicity and quality. Simple, quality ingredients to dazzle the palate. For our REAL Apricot butter we use sweet, moist, organic dried apricots and clean water (filtered, distilled). Spread on our gluten-free yeasted bread or our quick soft rolls with your favorite vegan butter and it tastes like caramel.       Makes about 4 cups…

Yogurt, Dairy-Free

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I used to make dairy yogurt as a teenager with one of those plug in yogurt kits. Later I learned I didn’t need a kit, I just needed a warm space to let the yogurt culture grow. Recently I discovered I had a dehydrator option on my oven which is ideal for yogurt making. Inspired…

Minestrone Soup

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Celebrate the harvest in a bowl! This very hearty soup can be enjoyed as a main course or as the perfect starter for your next Italian feast. This recipe is also great for canning because it can easily be doubled, tripled and quadrupled, it all depends on the size of your harvest. We garnish steaming…

Oranges with Mint

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A super simple recipe with surprising results – fresh oranges with mint. If you like you can top with your favorite nondairy yogurt. That’s it! It’s delightful. Per serving: 1 orange, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint 1-2 Tablespoons non dairy yogurt (we made our own using Miyoko Schinner‘s…

Basic Miso Soup

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Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup often made with bonito (fish) flakes. This is the vegan version and a wonderful base for many soups. Keep in mind that miso is extremely salty – a little goes a long way. 3 3/4 cups water 3 Tablespoons white miso paste in 1/4 cup water Boil water…

Carrot Apple Ginger Dressing

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Carrots, apples and ginger go great together in a salad dressing. It’s sweet and tangy, made with only three REAL ingredients. 2 medium carrots, grated 2-3 teaspoons finely grated ginger (to taste) 3/4 – 1 cup apple juice 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. If…

Tofu and Eggplant in Plum Sauce

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Our REAL Prune Butter is the special ingredient that makes the flavorful sauce with no oil, sugar or salt. 1 package extra firm tofu 2 large or 3 small eggplants 1 onion 3 celery stalks 3 cloves garlic 1/3 cup REAL Prune Butter 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper…

Millet Maki

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Mix things up a little bit. Variety is the spice of life. Try millet when making maki instead of rice. Maki is typically made with rice, seasoned with sugar and rice vinegar. We season our maki millet filling with apple cider vinegar and agave. 1/2 cup millet 1 1/2 cups water 1 Tablespoon apple cider…

Tuscan Herbs

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Use these Tuscan Herbs in our REAL Stuffed Red Italian Peppers Tuscan Style. 1 teaspoon of each of the following dried herbs: rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, marjoram 1 teaspoon garlic 1/2 teaspoon of ground fennel 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) Mix all the spices thoroughly and store in an airtight container.

Stuffed Red Italian Peppers Tuscan Style

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Here at the REAL home office in Forest Hills, NY we’ve been celebrating the arrival of our new farmers market which has been busting at the seams with gorgeous, locally grown produce like Italian peppers in all different colors. Lately they’ve been the most beautiful shade of red which are perfect for roasting. Here’s a…

Caesar Salad Dressing

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I find that many of the vegan Caesar Salad recipes going around use an awful lot of processed vegan mayonnaise to try and get that authentic Caesar Salad taste. Well here’s a recipe that gives you the taste without all of the processing. This dressing is loaded with fiber, something processed oils can’t give you,…

Creamy Mung Bean Soup

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The secret to any soup is the spice. We use a lot of spices and buy them in large bags from Indian and Middle Eastern stores and put them in our own jars. There are many different kinds of curry powder and Malaysian is our favorite. Aside from the spice there are only 3 ingredients.…

Tempeh Marinade

This marinade for tempeh is perfect for our REAL Crispy Southern Fried Tempeh. The Marinade 2 cups of vegetable stock or water 1 cup of dry white wine or vermouth (you may use non alcoholic wine, all vegetable stock or water if you prefer) 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon of onion…

Orange You Glad Soup

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Citrus is a great way to bring out the flavor in soup. Adding fresh squeezed orange juice to this soup gives a subtle sweetness. Orange you glad? 1 and 1/4 cups Split Toor Dal (yellow pigeon peas) 1 onion coarse chopped, 1/2 inch pieces 3 carrots sliced, 1/4 inch thick (peel only if not organic)…

Heavenly Salad

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This is a variation of Chinese Chicken Salad, without the chicken and it’s heavenly. The flavors of the cilantro, scallions and peanuts really pop. You can’t stop eating it, it’s that good. Dressing 2 Tablespoon peanut butter (if allergic to peanuts use Sesame Butter, Tahini) 2 Tablespoons agave, optional 1 Tablespoon Tamari or Soy Sauce,…

Kasha and Onions with Tofu

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When I was very young, my grandfather would ask me in a scratchy voice – “You, ya like kasha?” We didn’t have kasha (buckwheat) very often and when we did, I wasn’t sure what I thought about it. It was different. My grandfather passed away many years ago but I think of him now whenever…

Leek and Lentil Soup

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Summer rain pours down on and off all day long. A great day to stay in and make soup. Lentils, herbs and spices create a satisfying broth without oil or salt. Kelp powder is used in place of salt. It has a salty flavor and natural plant iodine. Enjoy al fresco, like we do on…

Ginger Beans and Greens with Mango and Tomato

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Fresh ginger is just so good. It is good for you and it wakes up any dish. This recipes uses diced firm tofu for the bean but you can use navy beans or garbanzo beans instead. Dandelion greens are shown in the picture but any dark leafy green would be fine, like kale, collards or…

Ginger Kale with Scallions

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How do I love Kale? Let me count the ways! I love Kale today with fresh ginger and green onions. 1 bunch Lacinato dinosaur kale 1/2 cup chopped scallions 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon olive or sesame oil, optional water 1. Cut off the stalks from the leafy part of the kale. Set…

Red Cabbage Ginger Stir Fry

One thing nice about cabbage – it is ready when you are. It lasts a lot longer in the refrigerator than most other vegetables. Today was the day for this red cabbage ginger stir fry. There are only 4 ingredients and its full of flavor. 1 medium head of red cabbage (about 5″ diameter) 3…

Spicy Black Bean Soup

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Here’s a satisfying soup that will excite your taste buds. Balsamic vinegar is the secret ingredient that brings out the flavor instead of salt. Serve this soup with a side of warm corn tortillas and a crisp cool salad. Or serve it cold as a chilled summer soup. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, a…

A Mid Summer Night’s Salad

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Be it Shakespeare in the Park or sunset on the terrace, this unbelievably simple salad of fresh green beans, yellow tomatoes, and red onions makes the perfect accompaniment to your next enchanted evening. As a side dish or on a bed of lettuce as an entree, there is no better way to celebrate the sights…

Green Juice – Deconstructed (Kale Salad)

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Green juice saved my life. Literally. I am committed to consuming green juice every day. That commitment includes one head of kale (about 0.8 to 1 lb) and other vegetables. With a desire to give my body a quick cleanse, I decided instead of juicing, I would “deconstruct” the recipe and eat all my juice…

Cream of Broccoli with Vegetable Noodles

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Everyone loves noodle-based soups. How about noodles that are made from thinly sliced vegetables instead of overly-processed refined flour? Yes! Broccoli and creamy coconut milk make the base and sauteed onions and peppers are perfect noodles. I was making this soup to serve at another time but couldn’t help myself – I had to sit…

Collard Rolls – Raw

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Try rolling up your salad for a fun, colorful twist. Collard Rolls are a great way to get your greens. A cool dish for a hot night. 2 large collard leaves 2 carrots, grated 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced in thin circles 1 tomato, sliced in thin circles 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Cheese 2 tablespoons…

Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread

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Say goodbye to cheese made from animal milk and say hello to the wonderful world of nut and seed cheeses. This recipe makes a creamy, mild cheese that goes well with so many things. Use your imagination! Try it on crackers, with crudités or inside our REAL Collard Rolls. 1 cup hulled sunflower seeds 2…

Summer Stir Fry

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Hot, hot, hot! When the weather is hot, you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove. Stir fry dishes are quick and make good use of the wonderful vegetables that are in season. I love the colorful, sweet bell peppers. They can be expensive, because it takes a while for them to ripen.…

Ratatouille

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RRRRRRRRatatouille! This is one of those dishes that says summer to me. It’s easy to make and delicious served hot or cold. I made a lot of ratatouille when I lived in the south of France. Everyone has there own way to make it, some more complicated than others, too often drenched in olive oil.…

Vegetable Cakes, Gluten-Free

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Yesterday, on the way to my nephew’s preschool graduation in upstate New York, my mom and I stopped at an out of the way deli restaurant because she was hungry and we were early. She ordered a vegetable patty. The patty looked nice, probably not vegan, so I didn’t try it but I couldn’t help…

Stir-Fried Greens

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I love my dark leafy green vegetables prepared in a variety of ways. When I would sauté them I typically used garlic and onions. But I could never make them at home to taste like they do at one of my favorite restaurants, Buddha Bodai in Flushing and Manhattan. The Flushing restaurant recently moved and…

Black Bean Paté

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Hummus, a paté made from garbanzo beans, is very popular today all around the U.S. But garbanzos are not the only bean in town! Life is too short to eat only one kind of bean spread. There are so many different kinds of beans waiting to be whirred up into something special. Spice things up…

Corn Cakes, Gluten-Free

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When I interviewed Terry Hope Romero about her cookbook Viva Vegan! I went nuts over her very simple Arepa recipe, a corn tortilla or pancake made with masa harina. But since I live with an Italian, polenta is more of a staple in our house than masa harina. I came up with this recipe using…

Light and Crispy Oat Waffles, Gluten-Free

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Waffles are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. 1 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or other seed or nut) 2 tablespoons corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot or Ener-G Egg Replacer 1 tsp cinnamon 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups water Vegetable cooking oil for…

Apple Banana Berry Compote

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My favorite waffle or pancake topping is fruit compote. Made with fruits that are always available in our house, it’s easy, simple and so sweet. Serve over Light And Crispy Waffles. 2 apples, cut into small cubes (peel first, only if not organic) 1 package frozen raspberries 2 bananas, sliced 1/4 cup water  In a…

Roasted Red Root Vegetable Salad

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This is a REAL great salad of roasted red root vegetables served with a spectacular roasted garlic aioli. This salad is very tasty and is great as a main course salad served on top of a bed of crisp greens or as a side dish complimenting a several course meal! It is great served warm…

Sautéed Zucchini with Onions, Red Peppers and Tomatoes

You can roast them, grill them, bake them – anyway you cook them, zucchini with red peppers, onions and tomatoes are perfection! Sauté with herbs and a touch of fennel, serve it with French bread for a rustic simple supper. For a heartier meal, toss it over pasta, brown rice or other whole grain. It’s…

Red Cabbage Salad

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Not all salads need to be green to be good. When out of lettuce, I reach for the red cabbage. Shredded and tossed with creamy avocado, chewy sweet figs and tart lemon juice and vinegar and the secret ingredient, Prune Butter, you will not believe how good it is until you try it. 1 head…

Choucroute Garnie

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Choucroute garnie is a famous Alsacian recipe for preparing sauerkraut with potatoes, chopped onion, sliced apples, black peppercorns, cloves, garlic, juniper berries, bay leaves and white wine. I have created my own “traditional” recipe here with tempeh instead of the traditional meat and sausages. Cooking sauerkraut and potatoes in white wine is simply heavenly. 1…

Kale, Red Cabbage, Daikon, Ginger Stir Fry

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Sometimes I go out of my comfort zone and create something new. I rarely use daikon radish although I can’t say why. It’s a very versatile root vegetable and I have enjoyed it raw in salads and cooked as well. I recently bought some and made a dish with several ingredients I don’t typically put…

Prune Butter

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What’s in your prune butter? Good prune butter is hard to find! Here’s an easy recipe with just two ingredients, prunes, of course and water. Perfect for Hamantashen cookie filling.< Makes about 4 1/2 cups of Prune Butter 1 pound organic dried pitted dried prunes 3 cups water 1. Place prunes in a 3.5 quart…

Val Dal Soup

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Val Dal, a lablab bean, is widely used as a food crop throughout the tropics, especially in Africa, India and Indonesia. I like it because it cooks fast, like lentils or split peas and has a light flavor. Why are so many of my soups yellow? I can’t resist adding turmeric to every savory dish…

Light Rain Soup

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Vegetable Soup? All my soups are made with vegetables, but should I call them all “vegetable soup”, when they are all so different and unique? I named this soup after the weather today, Light Rain. The herbs give off a lovely, cozy fragrance to the home. I used a lot of dried herbs in this…

Tofu Leek Stir Fry

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I love making something new, something satisfying – out of what’s available in the kitchen just BEFORE going grocery shopping, finishing up what’s fresh and leftover before buying new food. Today’s 1/2 package of tofu, leftover leek tops and a fresh crop of home grown sunflower sprouts came together with some pantry essentials to make…

Red Cabbage Masala Soup

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This soup features a rich, distinctive, flavorful broth. The secret is a small amount of garam masala: a mix of spices that include cinnamon, roasted cumin, caraway seeds, cloves, nutmeg (and/or mace) and green cardamom seed or black cardamom pods, dried red chili peppers, dried garlic, ginger powder, sesame, mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, bay leaves,…

Saturday Night Salad For Two

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Salad for Saturday evening dinner? Absolutely! REAL salads are never boring and rarely the same. And while people continue to recommend using smaller plates and eating less food, we serve our salads on 15″ chargers and fill up for seconds. 1 head red leaf lettuce, ripped into small pieces, washed and spun. 1 small cucumber,…

Blended Salad: Pear, Banana, Raspberries, Collard Greens and Walnuts

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Here is another blended salad recipe. The variations are infinite. When I make blended salads, in addition to leafy greens, the featured ingredient, I include at least one fruit and one fat. This recipe has collard greens, three fruits (pear, banana, raspberries), and one fat (walnuts). Collard Leaves, raw, about 4 leaves with stalks. 1/2…

Steamed Greens with Vegan Parmesan

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Eat more greens! Steamed greens are so easy and so good for you. They are delicious topped with a vegan parmesan made with walnuts and nutritional yeast. 1 head of kale, about 8-10 leaves or other leafy green, like collards, spinach or chard 1/4 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1) Prepare a pot of…

Pina Colada Kale

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This is a fun way to get more greens. Pina Colada Kale is a blended salad of kale, pineapple and coconut. It’s quick and easy and so good for you. Kale, about 4 leaves, stalks removed. 1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen, cut into chunks 1/2 cup coconut milk (fresh, rehydrated from Edward & Son’s…

Lettuce Wraps

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The fun way to get your greens – lettuce wraps. Even kids that don’t want to eat lettuce like wrapping stuff up in the leaves and eating them up. One head lettuce 3 carrots, diced, about 1 cup 3 celery stalks, diced, about 1 cup 1 large leek, white and light green parts, cleaned and…

Miso Vegetable Soup with Leeks And Potatoes

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When the weather changes and the chill is in the air, it is easy to feel under the weather, get a scratchy throat or have the sniffles. Warm up with this nourishing noodle soup, feed your immune system and you are good to go. 2 slim leeks, chopped, about 1 cup white part, 1 cup…

White Bean and Vegetable Soup

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It’s time for soup! Take the autumn chill off with this lovely white bean and vegetable soup. 2 cups small white beans (dry) 2 carrots 1 large onion 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon blackpepper salt to taste (I don’t use any) 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped juice…

Tofu Broccoli Scramble, Gluten-Free

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Tofu scramble is a hearty, filling, easy to prepare dish. Once you get the hang of it, you can be creative, varying the spices and vegetables that you add to the tofu. Turmeric is a great spice and an essential ingredient in this recipe. Not only does it have lots of healthful properties but it…

Red Cabbage Soup with Leeks and Potatoes

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Whenever I make Leeks with Vinaigrette I like to use the leftover green tops for soup. Leeks go great with cabbage and potatoes. Red cabbage is especially flavorful in this soup. 1 red cabbage, shredded 1 onion, diced 4 leek tops, just the green tops not used in the Leeks with Vinaigrette recipe, diced 4…

Tofu Sour Cream

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This is my vegan version of sour cream. Other tofu sour cream recipes have oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. I like this simple version best. 1 package (12 oz) silken firm tofu 6 Tablespoons lemon juice 3 Tablespoons water Blend the tofu, water and lemon juice until smooth. Store in the refrigerator. Tofu sour cream…

Cassoulet

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When I lived in the south of France I learned about Cassoulet, a rich, slow-cooked white bean stew made with different meats, like pork sausages, pork, goose, duck and mutton). This was an easy dish to veganize, adding tempeh, seitan and tofu in place of the meats. The French are very particular about ingredients remaining…

Classic Italian Marinara Sauce

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Classic Italian Marinara Sauce, made with organic tomatoes, so flavorful, no salt or sugar is necessary. Great for all recipes that call for tomato sauce, including REAL’s Baked Eggplant. 1 large onion 1 cup of red or white wine (or water) 2 cups water 3 garlic cloves 1 bunch parsley (about 1/2 cup chopped) 1…

Miso Vegetable Soup with Broccoli and Tempeh

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I love soup. This recipe is perfect for a rainy summer day, light, nourishing yet cozy and comforting. 1 red onion 4 carrots 1 pound fresh broccoli 8 cups water 3 Tablespoons red miso paste (other miso flavors can be used) 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/3 cup white wine 1 package…

Tempeh Skillet Dinner

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One skillet dinners are easy and have that good, old-fashioned home-style cooking feeling to them. 1 package, 8 ounces, tempeh 1 onion 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon tumeric 1/2 medium hot chipotle chile powder 1 teaspoon parsley 1 cup water 1 can, 15 ounces, diced tomatoes (I use the no added salt variety) 1 cup…

Verdura Mista Al Forno (Oven Baked Mixed Vegetables)

Oven baking is the healthiest and most delicious way to make French fries. Even better is to add some veggies in with the potatoes. And Kids love them. 4 large russet potatoes (sweet potatoes can be substituted and/or added) 6 carrots (or other root vegetable) 2 large yellow crook neck summer squash 2 Tablespoons of…

Chickpea Flour Flatbread: Gluten-free

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This is a variation of Socca. It is the easiest flatbread you can make. It’s always a delightful surprise to see the liquid batter come out of the oven as bread after baking. Most of our recipes here are gluten-free. Check them out at the RECIPES tab above. 2 cups chickpea flour (more if needed)…

Summer Vegetable Stew

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This Summer Vegetable Stew is easy to make with fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market. You can have it hot one evening for dinner then chill the leftovers and have it cold the next day for lunch. Serve it with chickpea flour flatbread. 4 yellow zucchini 4 Japanese eggplant or 1 regular eggplant.…

Vichyssoise – Leek and Potato Soup

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Vichyssoise, the classic leek and potato soup, is perfect for summer. Traditionally it’s served chilled but serve it hot if you prefer. 6 slim French leeks or 3 large leeks 3 large organic potatoes 10 cups of vegetable stock salt to taste (optional) 1. Wash and cube potatoes. 2. Wash leeks, split down the middle…

REAL Air Pop

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Whether it is a summer blockbuster at the multiplex or a classic in your own living room, movies go better with popcorn! Try these oil-free, flavor-full popcorn recipes using a few simple plant-based ingredients and that old air popper you’ve got collecting dust in the back of your cupboard. Cheddar Vegan Cheese Corn 1/2 cup…

Insalata Caprese

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Like the salad from the Italian region of Campania, this version uses tofu. Dried black olives add the salt and tahini dressing adds the tang to perfect this simple combination. Serves Four 1 package extra firm organic tofu, drained and patted dry 16 tomato slices – (about 4 tomatoes) 16 fresh basil leaves 16 dried…

Rolled Oats, Papaya, Coconut and Pear Cereal, Gluten-Free

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Did someone say oatmeal was boring? There are an infinite number of ways to combine fabulous fresh fruits, nuts and seeds to raw oats – making this cold cereal new and delicious every time.  Great served outdoors on a hot summer morning. 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup papaya cut in small cubes 1 pear…

Strawberry Smoothies

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Strawberry Smoothies! Made from three healthy ingredients, this is something delicious to scream about and will cool you down, no matter what the temperature is or whatever it is that is heating you up.  And our oven-baked french fries are great to dip in them too. 1…

Cabbage Soup

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This soup is based on the Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage soup, without the Corned Beef. Serve in large bowls with your favorite bread, vegan grilled sausages, cornichons and whole grain vegan mustard. Ingredients: 1 large head of cabbage 4 large carrots 6 stalks of celery (with the leaves) 8 to 10 small Yukon Gold…

Cashew Cream

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Any time a recipe calls for heavy cream, cashew cream is the ideal non dairy substitute. This recipe makes a cream that is similar in thickness to heavy cream. It does not whip to form stiff peaks but is a lovely thick cream topping that can replace dairy whipped cream. 2 cups raw cashews water…

Moong Dal Soup

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Soup is great any time of the year. Make a lot, freeze some and it’s ready when you are. You can serve it hot, warm or cold depending on the weather or how you feel. This soup is light and very filling. Moong Dal can be purchased in Indian grocery stores but any small lentil…

Tahini Dressing

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This is my favorite salad dressing and have it on salad almost every day. 2 tablespoons sesame tahini Water (about 1/4 cup) Juice of 1/2-1 lemon (to taste).  Put two tablespoons of tahini in a small bowl.  Slowly add in a little water at a time and beat with a fork.  Add more water until…

Two all-bean patties, version 2

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Two all-bean patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun: Gluten-Free. Another variation of the bean burger, these black bean burger are delicious served on a sesame seed bun with melted almond cheese. Serve with a mango flavored green iced tea and baked potato fries. 2 cups cooked black beans, drained…

Two all-bean patties…

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Two all-bean patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a gluten-free bun. These burgers can be whipped up in no time, ready to grill. These burgers hold their shape well, they are not your typically crumbly veggie burger. They can be made spicier by adding hot pepper, cumin and/or curry powder to the mix.…