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Sesame Cookies: Gluten-Free

These cookies were inspired by Sharon Valencik’s recipe in her cookbook Sweet Utopia. I love the sesame flavor so much! I could not give them up and had to make a gluten-free version. 2 cups white rice flour 1/3 cup raw white sesame seeds 1/3 cup raw black sesame seeds (white may be used instead)…

Chocolate Dipped Mint Chocolate Cookies: Gluten-Free

Of all the Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mints were my favorite. This vegan, gluten-free recipe, sans hydrogenated oil and whey is so much better! Cookies 1½ tablespoons tapioca starch ¼ cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) ¼ cup brown sugar pinch of baking soda ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ cup brown rice flour 1 teaspoon xanthan…

Nut Butter Sandwich Cookies: Wheat-Free

Below is a recipe inspired by the Do-si-dos, Peanut Butter Sandwich Girl Scout Cookies. Here natural peanut butter is used, made only from peanuts! Conventional peanut butters contain sugar, hydrogenated oils and a long list of unnecessary ingredients. Other nut or seed butters may be used, like almond butter or sesame tahini, for delicious variations.…

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Dipped Cookies: Gluten-Free

Based on the Girl Scouts’ Samoa or Coconut-deLites, these cookies are so much more delightful!                 Cookies: 1/3 cup Earth Balance natural shortening ¾ cup sugar 2¼ cups white rice flour 1½ teaspoon xanthan gum ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup applesauce 2 teaspoons…

Basic Shortbread Cookie: Gluten-Free

This cookie recipe can be used as a base for so many different kinds of cookies. Just replace the ginger and lemon with other flavors and top with sprinkles, sugar, chopped nuts, powdered sugar, shredded coconut – use your imagination. 1/3 cup vegetable shortening ¾ cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) pinch ground ginger ½ teaspoon…

Green Juice

I can not say enough about the importance of green juice. This is a great way to cram nutrients and super charge the immune system. Many people have asked me how I make green juice. I use a Breville Juice Fountain Elite. The ingredients in my juice vary based on what I find in the market.

I might use 3-6 stalks of celery, 1/2-1 cucumber (with skin if organic), 5-10 dark green leaves with stalks (can be kale, collards, chard), 1/2-1 whole lemon with the skin, 1 to 2 inches of whole, fresh ginger (with skin). Optional: 2-6 carrots, 1/4-1/2 beet, 1/2 bunch of parsley with stems, 1/4-1/2 onion, 1/2 bunch mint, 1 whole apple (with skin if organic). I also like to take the fiber that is separated from the juice and run it through the juicer 2 or 3 times. You’ll get more juice that way. Broccoli stalks are great too. You can cook the flowery heads separately and juice the stalks, since most people don’t like to eat the stalks. The lemon peel has vitamins and minerals and really smooths out the bitterness of the greens. I love ginger, but the more you add the hotter it will get. Some people like a little onion or raw garlic. I don’t like raw garlic. Here’s an interesting and important point: Many of the wonderful nutrients in the greens are fat soluble so you need to eat a little fat when you eat greens, in juice or salads or whatever. That’s why it’s nice to add a small amount of raw nuts and seeds with the salad. You can munch on a small amount of nuts, like 6 walnut halves when having the juice if you are not having any fat at the same time. If you really don’t like the juice then you can back up and start with a sweeter mix like carrot, apple and ginger and/or lemon. Little by little you can add a leaf or two of kale and get used to the taste. Cucumber and celery are great too, the flavor is very light.

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Wild Blueberry Whole Wheat Shortcake and Cream

This is a lovely vegan version of buttermilk biscuits topped with a warm blueberry sauce and coconut cream. Biscuits (makes 1 dozen) 2/3 cup coconut milk 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 cup white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Preheat oven to 400…

Challah Bread

The Challah is a bread traditionally prepared for the three meals of the Jewish Sabbath. It is made with a large number of eggs, but in this vegan recipe I use soy lecithin. People who have eaten this bread have loved it, and cannot tell that there are no eggs. 1 package active dry yeast…

Oat Waffles With Tofu Cream And Raspberry Coulis, Gluten-Free

I love waffles for breakfast. These waffles taste so decadent, but it’s simply a bowl of oatmeal in another form. Indulge yourself! Blend together the following ingredients: 1 ¼ cup rolled oats or 1 cup oats and 1/4 cup cornmeal 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons cornstarch or…

Raspberry Coulis

Raspberry Coulis is a wonderfully fresh, flavorful topping from waffles to decadent desserts. Place 1 package (2 cups) frozen or fresh berries in a saucepan over medium heat.  Watch and stir occasionally as berries “melt” into a sauce.  Add sweetener to taste. Strawberries may also be used.

Tofu Banana Cream

Indulge yourself with this simple, luscious tofu banana cream. 1 ripe banana 4 oz silken tofu Peel banana, place in a small baking dish and roast at 350oF for 30 minutes.  Banana will get brown and bubbly.  Remove from oven and let cool.  In a blender, mix banana with tofu until smooth.  If the mixture…

Apple Oatmeal Crumble, Wheat-Free

This recipe is so easy. It makes a wonderful dessert, snack or breakfast dish. 6 tart medium apples or pears (peel if not organic, finely sliced) ¼ cup agave nectar or other sweetener ¼ cup margarine (Earth Balance, Smart Balance – no hydrogenated oils!) ½ cup oats ½ cup raw almonds Place sliced apples or…

Quick and Easy Muesli (Cold Oats Cereal), Gluten-Free

Boxed cereal? No thank you! There is nothing better tasting or better for you than muesli you can mix up at home. RECIPE 2 cups oatmeal 1 cup nuts and seeds:sunflower, pumpkin, walnuts, pecans chopped into small pieces 1 cup dried fruit: dates, raisins, figs, apricots chopped into small pieces 4 cups non dairy milk…

Luxuriously Delicious Hot Oatmeal, Gluten-Free

Oatmeal cooked up with fresh and dried fruits, raw nuts and seeds is a yummy way to start the day. 2 cups oatmeal 5-6 cups water (more water will take a little longer to cook, and makes a lighter, creamier cereal) 2 apples chopped (if not organic, peeled) 2 ripe bananas sliced ½ cup nuts…

Piccata Sauce

Here is a piccata sauce recipe you can make at home for a dinner party, a romantic dinner for two or any occasion and use with tofu, tempeh or seitan. 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups of white wine and/or vegetable broth 1/4 cup of capers 1/4 cup of chopped parsley 2…

Seitan Roast For Seitan Piccata

Seitan piccata is a very popular entree in a number of upscale vegan restaurants, because it is so, so good. Here is the recipe you can make at home for a dinner party, a romantic dinner for two or any occasion. Yield: 8 servings Also makes great sandwiches! 1 gallon water (or more for boiling…

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Our REAL Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and full of delicious flavor. Surprising simple, using no oil, butter, margarine or milk. Serves 4 to 6 adults 4 lbs Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes 4 large bulbs of organic garlic 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Stock (see recipe) 1 gallon of boiling water 3 to 4 stalks of…

Vegetable Stock (clear)

The stock may be used immediately in your favorite soups and/or dishes, or you can freeze it and use as you would bouillon or as a base for sauces and stews. Be creative.     3 large organic carrots 4 large stalks of organic celery 2 whole large organic white or yellow onions (not peeled)…

Herb Dijon Vinaigrette

Most vinaigrettes have a lot of oil. I prefer a very tangy dijon vinaigrette. If you like yours more mild, add more olive oil. 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar 4 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to taste. dried herbs, choose the ones you like: 1/2 teaspoon parsley 1/2 teaspoon sage…

Asian Slaw

Watch how simple it is to make this great salad, Asian Slaw. 1/2 head of Napa cabbage 2 carrots 2 scallions, finely sliced 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 teaspoons sesame oil, optional 1 Tablespoon soy sauce, optional, to taste juice from one fresh lime Cut cabbage into fine strips, 1/4…