Independence Day/Summer/Barbecues/

Enjoy some of our favorite recipes for summer.

Lentil Burgers, gluten-free

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

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…

Strawberry Blueberry Sunflower Green Smoothie

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

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

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

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…

Mini CriMini Mushroom Burgers

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.…

Red Pepper Hummus

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

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,…

Oranges with Mint

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…

Millet Maki

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…

Heavenly Salad

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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.…

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

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…

Pina Colada Kale

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…

Summer Vegetable Stew

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.…