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Ginger Kale with Scallions

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

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

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…

Farmers Market Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto

Here’s a recipe to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, 8/5-11/2012. We shopped at our new Farmers Market in Forest Hills, NY on Sunday and made this dish with the vegetables we purchased. 2 eggplants 4 Italian peppers (green) 2 yellow tomatoes 1 red onion 1 lb penne pasta 1/4 cup nutritional yeast Marinade – mix…

Soft Rolls – Gluten-Free

Fresh baked soft rolls can make any meal special. These rolls make tasty burger buns too. I am enjoying gluten-free baking more and more. 2 cups Rice Flour 1 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Garbanzo Flour (plus about 4 Tablespoons for dusting) 1/4 cup ground golden flax seeds 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 Tablespoons vinegar…

Green Juice – Deconstructed (Kale Salad)

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…

Coconut Cake (gluten-free)

There’s something about coconut that irresistible. Several years ago I craved coconut cake for my birthday. I went to the kitchen and created this recipe using white wheat flour. Still getting that coconut cake craving from time to time, but wanting to make it gluten-free I came up with this recipe. It’s heavenly CAKE: 2…

Cream of Broccoli with Vegetable Noodles

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

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

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

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.…

Hot dog buns: Gluten-free

Hot Dawgs, ice cold beer here… these are sounds of summer in New York. At the ball park, Coney Island, or a 4th of July barbecue – hot dogs are what’s on the menu. While I would never consume a conventional hot dog today, extruded from a slurry of animal parts, artificial preservatives, flavorings and…

Ratatouille

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

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

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…

Mini Banana Oat Bread Loaves, Wheat-Free

When I was young, on special occasions we would go to Cookie’s Steak Pub for dinner. They were known for the large quartered chunks of iceberg lettuce served with a choice of 4 creamy dressings, a shrimp cocktail bar and endless mini slices of banana bread that I loved. With all the great greens available,…

Black Bean Paté

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

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…