REAL Recipes

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

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…

Classic French Tarte aux Pommes

Ingredients 8 Apples, organic, cored and quartered lengthwise (We recommend using organic apples. They do not need to be peeled. If the apples are not organic, it’s best to peel them to avoid the concentrated residues of pesticides.) 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup vegan sugar 1/4 cup water 1 Pie Crust, gluten-free 2 Tablespoons vegan butter,…

Baked Red Lentil “Salmon” Cakes

I was inspired to create this dish when I saw someone served a plate of grilled salmon. The color looked just like the red lentils I had cooked. Salmon is known to be rich in omega-3 fatty acids as are hemp seeds which gave me the idea to add them to this recipe. The result…

The Everything Flatbread

  Ingredients: 2 cups organic Garbanzo Bean Flour ( we love Namaste Raw Goods) 1 teaspoon organic Turmeric 2 teaspoon organic Onion Powder 2 teaspoons organic Parsley 2 teaspoons organic Rosemary 2 teaspoons organic Nutritional Yeast 2 teaspoons organic Poppy Seeds 2 teaspoons organic Caraway Seeds 2 teaspoons organic Sunflower Seeds 2 teaspoons organic Pumpkin…

Onion Rings (oil-free & gluten-free)

Who doesn’t love onion rings? It’s unusual to find vegan onion rings so I don’t have them very often. But when I do, I can only eat one or two because I am not used to eating fried foods, and they taste oily, and don’t feel so good afterwards in my gut. Problem solved! These…

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

This is another new tradition for our Thanksgiving dessert table. Ingredients 4 Tablespoons ground flax seeds (soaked in coconut milk) 3 cups of coconut milk, separated 1 cup sugar (we use evaporated cane juice) 1 1/4 cups date paste 2 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2…

Turnip Cakes

Ingredients 1 pound turnips, peeled and grated 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon Porcini mushroom powder 1 pound rice flour 7 cups water Optional: Organic Canola Oil* *We recommend organic canola oil, NOT conventional/industrial/GMO canola oil. They are not the same. Directions 1. Peel and grate the turnips. 2.…

Tarte aux Pommes version 2

Here’s is an Apple Pie to live for! It’s made with a gluten-free crust and no refined sugar. Ingredients 4 Granny Smith Apples, organic (We recommend using organic apples. They do not need to be peeled. If the apples are not organic, it’s best to peel them to avoid the concentrated residues of pesticides.) 1…

Pear Crisp

We love desserts like these, delicious and nutritious! Ingredients: 5 super ripe pears 1 cup blueberries 1 banana 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup raw almonds Directions: Preheat oven to 350oF. Dice the pears and the banana and mix them with the raisins, oats and blueberries. Put them in an oblong baking…

Banana Peanut Butter Custard Cream

I created this recipe as a cream to spread on pancakes. To my delight, it firmed up like a custard. Not only can this recipe be used as a rich spread for pancakes or crepes but it makes a delicious, quick dessert. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen) 6 tablespoons…

Cabbage Salad

The first time I had a cabbage salad (not coleslaw) was at a friend’s home whose family was from Chile. I was about 12 and the chewy chunks of cabbage in the vinegar dressing were different to me than the iceberg lettuce salads I was used to. I picked at it and politely got it…

Lemon Hemp Seed Dressing

Hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The blend up quickly and easily with water to make this creamy dressing. Ingredients: 1/2 cup hemp seeds 1/2 cup water 2 lemons (or limes) 2 dates Optional: 1/4 red onion, cut in small chunks Directions: 1. With a knife, remove the rind off the lemons (or…

Breakfast Black Beans

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research published the most comprehensive study of diet and cancer called Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective in 2007. They have numerous recommendations including eating mostly foods of plant origin and eating relatively unprocessed cereals (grains) and/or pulses…

Red Cabbage with Lemon and Mint

This salad is surprisingly flavorful with fragrant lemon, refreshing mint and crunchy red cabbage and almonds. The dates add a subtle sweetness. Red cabbage is a hardy leaf that doesn’t wilt like softer lettuces. This dish travels well to potlucks and picnics. Ingredients: 1 cup raw almonds, chopped 8 cups shredded red cabbage (about 1…

Mushroom Ginger Congee

I was craving Mushroom Congee but I didn’t want to use rice. Congee or conjee is a type of rice porridge or gruel popular in many Asian countries, especially East Asia. I made it with tempeh instead and loved it. I imagine this dish will work with rice Cauliflower or a small cooked white bean…

Ginger Turmeric Latte

I am putting turmeric in just about everything these days. Turmeric fights inflammation and increases antioxidant capacity of the body. It is linked to improved brain function and lower risk of brain diseases. I love ginger too. It improves cognitive function, increases blood flow to the brain and modulates blood sugar levels, keeping energy levels…

Red Bell Pepper Turmeric Dressing

Turmeric is a health-promoting spice bursting with color. Use this sauce as a salad dressing, a dip for vegetables or a sauce of whole grains. Ingredients: 4 1/2 teaspoons fresh turmeric, peeled and minced 2 red or orange bell Peppers, seeded and sliced 1/2 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons) 4 Tablespoons Tahini (optional) Add…

Steel Cut Oats and Millet Waffles

I am done with buying flours! I grind my own in my Vitamix. Millet and Steel Cut Oats grind up well and make wonderful waffles. Serve with Berries, Fresh fruit or Jam. Ingredients 3/4 cup steel cut oats, dry, uncooked 1/4 cup millet, dry, uncooked 2 Tablespoons flax seeds (brown or golden) 2 cups water…