REAL Recipes

Here are our newest REAL recipes. All Vegan, mostly Gluten-Free.

REAL Ketchup

Yes! Make your own ketchup. Why? Because you can. This is really easy. Ingredients 1 jar tomato paste, 6-7 ounces. We use Bionaturae Organic Tomato Paste in the 7-ounce glass jar. Most others come in 6-ounce cans. 1/3 cup water 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 6 Tablespoons date paste (or other sweetener) 1 teaspoon onion…

Cooked Whole Grain Mix

When often make this grain blend as a side with dinner. Ingredients 1 cup millet ½ cup black rice ½ cup red rice 1 cup turanicum (also known as Kamut), soaked overnight, rinsed and cooked (or brown rice, to be gluten-free) 7 cups water Directions In a large pot, add the grains and water and…

The Apple Cake Project

It was the beginning of May when we heard from an IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD listener, Donna, to see if we might help her to modify an old family recipe for an apple cake, making it easy, healthier and gluten-free. Plus, she wanted to try using cassava flour. At Responsible Eating And Living Headquarters, we…

Magic Beans Omelet Bread

  Garbanzo Beans and Soy Beans are magical to me. There are so many things you can make with both of them. To make this recipe you need Aquafaba from Garbanzo Beans and Okara from Soy Beans. These are “leftover” or waste products. Aquafaba, is the bean water leftover from cooking beans. You can get…

Sheikh Al-Mahshi, Baked Stuffed Eggplant

I recently interviewed Ralph Nader on IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD about The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook, Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond. There are many vegan recipes in this book and then there are some that aren’t. I was quickly veganizing the nonvegan recipes in my head as I reviewed them, thinking I would make…

Vegan Meatballs, Gluten-Free

This is a veganized version of the meatballs Gary’s parents used to make together. The “meat” in this recipe is our favorite grain blend of Brown Rice, Black Rice, Red Rice and Millet. Ingredients 1 cup brown rice 1/2 cup of millet 1/4 cup of black rice 1/4 cup of red rice 4 cups of…

Matzos, Matzohs, Matzahs

  It took a global pandemic to inspire me to make matzo! We had a family Passover seder on Zoom and I wanted to bring matzo to our table. I made two kinds, one with heirloom Einkorn wheat flour and the other with Oat flour.   I like to bake them on a pizza stone…

Leek and Potato Plus Soup

You can find lots of leek and potato recipes online and they are all very similar with leeks, potatoes, water, maybe some cream and herbs and spices. This recipes has two pluses! First I use all of the leek. Many recipes tell you to use the white part and remove the more fibrous green part.…

Mini Banana Date Walnut Oat Bread Loaves, Wheat-Free

When I was young, on special occasions we would go to Cookie’s Steak Pub at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, NY 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…

We Need a Little Christmas Lima Bean Soup

Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Beans are beautiful. The dry bean is splashed with a deep maroon color. During this Coronavirus pandemic with all of us nonessential workers staying at home, I found myself staring at a jar of dried Christmas Lima Beans on the shelf. I thought of the song from the musical Mame, “We…

Pandemic Pasta Primavera

Here’s a nourishing yet comforting dish to prepare while practicing social distancing. Ingredients 1 package of brown rice spaghetti or other pasta (12-16 ounces) 1 bunch collards (about 6 large leaves) 3 carrots 1 red onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 cup vegetable broth or water 1/2 raw cashews (about 50) 2 1/2 cups water…

Quinoa Pilaf

I like using spices when I cook grains and vegetables because they add so much flavor. Onion, garlic, turmeric and tomato powders make a quick replacement for vegetable broth. Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon tomato powder 1 yellow onion, chopped…

Cassoulet Bean Soup

Turnips and parsips add great flavor to vegetable soups. Soup making is not an exact science. You can add more or less of any of the vegetables below. Ingredients: 3 cups (2 15-ounce cans) cooked white beans like cannelini, navy, etc. (we use Rancho Gordo Cassoulet Beans) 2-3 stalks celery, chopped 1 onion, peeled and…

The New Classic Cobb Salad

The story behind the origins of the Cobb Salad varies slightly, depending on who you talk to or what cookbook or online source you get your recipes. Most will agree that it was named after Robert Cobb, the owner of the famed Brown Derby Restaurant. Legend has it that one latenight Mr. Cobb realized that…

Purple Potato Salad

Purple potatoes give an eye-catching and tasty twist on the classic German potato salad. Ingredients: 4 pounds purple potatoes ½ cup chopped red onion ¾ cup chopped scallions 4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill ¾ cups apple cider vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Scrub and clean the potatoes. Place in a large pot and…

Blueberry Better-Than-Bran Muffins, Vegan, Gluten-Free, SOS-Free

This is a hearty muffin recipe. This recipe does not use an All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour that typically contains starches. Instead, only whole grains are used along with a little Garbanzo Bean Flour. Ingredients: 1 cup Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats (or Oat flour) 3/4 cup Millet (or Millet Flour) 1/4 Flax Seeds (or…

REAL Body Cream

Many of the commercial personal care products available have toxic ingredients in them. I like putting products on my skin that I know are safe to eat. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and what you put on your skin, goes in. I make a cream that I use on my…

Cuccidati, Italian Fig Cookies, Gluten-Free

  Holidays are about traditions and treats. When I learned about all the Christmas cookies Gary’s family used to make, I was inspired to get baking. One of those cookies is the Cuccidati, the Italian Fig Cookie. Gary has reminisced about it many times. I never had one. Gary’s sister recently told us she was…

Pumpkin Bread, Vegan & Gluten-Free

Fall is in the air. How about making Pumpkin Bread this weekend? Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour, Gluten Free) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 fifteen-ounce can pumpkin purée 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoons allspice…