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Turmeric Slow Cooked Oats

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Turmeric Slow Cooked Oats

There's no better way to fight the cold weather than to start your day off with a warm bowl of oatmeal! Try this seasonal version with persimmons, pumpkin seeds and anti-inflammatory turmeric. TURMERIC SLOW COOKED OATS

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water (or a mix of water and milk)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of salt

Directions: Pour the water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over high heat. Then stir in the oats and the salt and stir.

Return the water to a rolling boil (this should only take a few seconds, then reduce heat to low.

Let the oats simmer for anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pan. Cook until the oats are very tender and the oatmeal is as creamy as you like it (longer cooking will make thicker oatmeal). Once cooked, stir in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Remember your oats are a vessel for superfoods! Limit your bowl of oats to 1-1.5 cups and then boost the dish with lots of goodness like: ground flax or chia seeds, hemp hearts, nuts, seeds, seasonal fruit.

** Protein boost! Add 1 egg directly into the oats in the last 5 minutes of cooking. This will add 6 grams of protein to your breakfast and give it a custard like texture. **

Serve immediately or refrigerate for 1 week: The oats are ready to eat immediately. You can also let the oats cool and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. The oats will thicken in the fridge; stir a little milk or water into them when reheating to loosen.

The Skinny: In a world of Paleo & Atkin lovers, oatmeal has gotten a bad rap. I blame this on the "over-sugerfication" of our breakfast cereals. At it's heart, cereals are hearty whole grain that offers fiber, protein and vitamins B & iron. To reclaim your oatmeal you need to think outside the box. Breakfast cereals can be made with any whole grain (think quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, etc.), and should be seen as a vessel for superfoods (not sugar). Load your oatmeal with as many superfoods as you can: Think flax or chia seeds; hemp hearts; raw nuts and seeds; anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric or ginger; eggs for protein; coconut or MCT oil for good fats; etc., etc, etc...

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Smoked Paprika Mashed Yams

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Smoked Paprika Mashed Yams

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This twist on a Thanksgiving classic is infused with a warming flavor that will keep all of your holiday guests coming back for more.  And vegetarians rejoice! The smokiness of the paprika mimics that roasted taste that is often lacking in a veggies-only meal.  Check out your new favorite holiday recipe ...

Ingredients: 

- 5 yams

- 5 cloves of garlic, diced

- 1 Tbsp. olive oil

- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

- 1/2 c. coconut milk

- 2 tsp. smoked paprika

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Optional: toasted pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts to garnish

Recipe: 

1) Preheat oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (this will make clean-up much easier since yams release a sweet sticky liquid while baking).

2) Using a fork, pierce the yams all over then place on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast until soft (about 1 hour).

3) Once yams are cooked through, remove from oven and peel the skins off.  If fully cooked, this should be very easy and the skins will just slide off.

4) Melt the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and, once hot, add the diced garlic and fry until aromatic and just starting to crispen.

5) Place peeled yams in large mixing bowl and mash.  Add the garlic, coconut oil, smoked paprika and continue to mix.  Next, add coconut milk and mix until you reach your desired consistency.

6) Season with salt and pepper to taste - add more paprika for added smokiness or more coconut milk for increased creaminess - then top with roasted pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts and serve!

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Artichoke Benedict with Garlic Cashew Cream Hollandaise

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Artichoke Benedict with Garlic Cashew Cream Hollandaise

Artichokes are beautiful vegetables that should be eaten whenever possible. They are rich and flavorful in the springtime and will turn any meal into a special occasion. So why not  marry them to the coveted brunch menu and place them atop the much revered Benedict?Behold the Veggie Eggs Benedict. While not entirely vegan (due to the protein rich egg), this towering pile of exquisite vegetables is topped with a cashew cream and roasted garlic hollandaise sauce, 100% butter (and guilt) free. With such delicious and indulgent flavors this recipe begs the question: Why not have artichokes for breakfast everyday?

While this recipe has a seemingly long list of instructions, most are simply a detailed expression of basic cooking skills. Once you have mastered the art of the poached egg and have learned to clean an artichoke properly, you will be able to add this exceptional recipe to your cooking tool repertoire and easily impress the breakfast crowd at any given moment.

INGREDIENTS

2 artichokes, outer leaves removed

1 medium sweet potato, scrubbed

1 sweet yellow onion, chopped into rings

2-4 eggs

**Cashew Cream Hollandaise**

½ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight (or a minimum of 2 hours)

1 clove garlic, roasted

4 Tbs. lemon juice

1 Tbs. nutritional yeast

½ tsp. finely ground sea salt

⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper

⅛ tsp. turmeric powder

1/8 tsp of smoked paprika

1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar (plus more for poaching)

1 Tbs. water

5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for cooking)

DIRECTIONS

Begin by soaking your cashews. Cover in water and set in the refrigerator for at least two hours. The longer you soak, the creamier your sauce will be. Overnight is ideal.

Cook and clean your artichokes

In a stock pot filled ¼ with water, steam the artichoke for 50 mins or until you can easily pull the leaves from the stalk.

To clean your artichokes, you will first need to fill a large bowl with ice, water and 1 lemon cut in half, squeezed and added to the water with peel on. This will be your artichoke bath and will help keep their color.

First peel the outer layer of the stalk with a vegetable peeler (many people waste this delicious part of the artichoke, but it tastes as good as the heart).

Next, start pulling away the tough outer leaves working, around the artichoke, until you reach the tender inner leaves. Exactly how many leaves you remove is something learned with experience, but don't be surprised if you pull 1/3 of the leaves off. (Put these leaves aside as they can be steamed along with the heart or used later to make an artichoke stock.)

Trim the tip of the artichokes, cutting about 1” of the tip off the remaining leaves, and then slice the artichoke in half, lengthwise. Place the first half into the ice bath, then,  using a knife, cut out the inner fuzz of the other half, ensuring that all of the fuzz has been removed. Do the same with the second half. Slice the cleaned heart into 6” lengthwise pieces and keep warm in the steamer until you are ready to plate the benedict.

Cook your veggies

Preheat the oven to 350.

Slice your yellow onion into rings and cook it in a big pan with 1 Tbs. olive oil. Cook on low for 30 mins, stirring frequently, or until the onions start to caramelize and turn soft and sweet.

Slice your sweet potatoes into small disks and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, fresh pepper and 1 Tsp. of smoked paprika. Cook for 20-30 minutes, removing once potatoes are soft.

Add a garlic head to the oven for roasting. Slice the top off the entire head, exposing the tops of each garlic clove. In a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap the garlic in, set in in the center and drizzle with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bring the foil up around the sides and close at the top. Place that in the over with the potatoes and roast for 30 minutes.

Make your secret sauce

Once your cashews have been soaked, you can make your hollandaise. Add 1/2 cup soaked cashews, 4 cloves of roasted garlic, 4 Tbs. of lemon (or to taste), 1 Tbs. nutritional yeast, ½ tsp. sea salt, ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper, ⅛ tsp. turmeric powder, 1/8 tsp. of smoked paprika, and 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (also to taste.) Blend on high for one minute, then check the consistency. If you find it needs to be thinned out you can add water 1 tsp. at a time until it is to your preferred consistency. Taste and adjust sweet/tartness with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

Once everything is prepped you are ready to poach your eggs. Simmer them in a shallow pan with a tablespoon of vinegar to hold them together. For a more in-depth look at poaching the perfect egg check out my tutorial.

While your eggs are poaching, assemble your vegetable tower. Timing is key to eggs benedict, so you make sure you are prepped and ready to plate with the vegetable base built and sauce in hand.

On a plate create a small stack of sweet potatoes in the center and surround it with sliced artichoke hearts. Place your poached egg in the center and drizzle hollandaise on top. Add a pinch of caramelized onions and a dash of smoked paprika and serve immediately.

The Skinny

The humble artichoke offers a bounty of flavor and nutrition. Artichokes contain more antioxidants than any other vegetable and are widely used by herbalists for cancer treatment and prevention. They are known to lower your bad cholesterol levels by boosting bile production and promote liver detoxification. Best of all: they are the unsung hero of the hangover cure. Thanks to their positive effects on the liver, many people swear by artichokes as a hangover treatment. Instead of the hair of the dog, try the leaves of an artichoke.

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

A good blended soup should be a go-to in your cooking kit of cooking techniques. They are easy to make, extremely nourishing and seem much fancier then they truly are.  All blended soups start with garlic, onions and vegetables. Get creative with whatever is in season. Cook vegetables until soft, season and then blend them until smooth. Wah lah! I love picking a good garnish. Garnish opportunities are endless! Some of my favorites are something with crunch (toasted nuts, whole-grain croutons, crispy tortilla strips), something creamy (yogurt or flavored oils), or fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, thyme.) Get creative! 

INGREDIENTS

Olive Oil

1/2 cup onion, diced

1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 teaspoons of red curry paste

1 head of cauliflower, coarsely chopped

1 russet potato, peeled and chopped

1 can of coconut milk

4 cups vegetable or chicken stock (low sodium)

Greek yogurt, toasted pumpkin seeds and cilantro leaves for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once it is hot, add the onions, garlic and ginger and generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until onions become translucent, stirring occasionally.  (4-5 mins)

Add red curry paste to the vegetables and cook another minute or until fragrant. Stir in your coarsely chopped cauliflower and your peeled and chopped potato. Add another pinch of salt.

Add about 4 cups of stock and increase the heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce it to medium heat and add in your coconut milk. Stirring occasionally, cooking until the vegetables are very tender. About 20 minutes.

Using a food processor, immersion blender or hand-held blender, puree the soup until it is completely smooth. Put the soup back into it's pot and reheat on low until you are ready to serve.

Serve hot in warm bowls and garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a few sprinkled pumpkin seeds and cilantro leaves.

The Skinny

Cauliflower is part of my favorite vegetable family: The Cruciferous! The cruciferous family are known sulfuric vegetables that stimulate and detoxify the liver. for healthy detoxification you'll want to include a cruciferous vegetable 2-3 times per week.

Cauliflower itself offers huge doses of antioxidant Vitamin C, manganese and carotenoids. 1 cup of cooked cauliflower gives you  55 mg of vitamin C. Cauliflower also contains high amounts of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation. And, just by virtue of having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, cauliflower is naturally protective against cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

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Corn Bread (Gluten Free!)

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Corn Bread (Gluten Free!)

Corn bread is god's gift to gluten-free eaters. It is rich, nostalgic and indulgent and in its truest form, is naturally gluten-free. Using whole grain corn meal, coconut oil and Keifer I transformed these American favorites into a wholesome Sunday breakfast. The addition of apple sauce, Greek yogurt or Keifer will help keep them moist. Play with additions like corn kernels, green chilies or Middle Eastern Dukkah.

  • 1 cup milk (Almond, Coconut, Hemp, etc. )
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cups fine or medium cornmeal (I used whole-grain, but regular is ok.)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice or regular sugar (I like my cornbread southern-style, with zero sweetness, so I like to omit this. But everyone else who tried the recipe preferred the sweetened version. I’d recommend leaving it in, especially if you’re making this recipe for the first time.)
  • 1 and 1/2 packets stevia (or 2 more tbsp sugar)
  • 11-oz can corn, drained (not unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp coconut or canola/veg oil (see nutrition link below, for a fat-free option)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Mix the vinegar with the milk, and set aside. Combine dry ingredients and mix very well. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, corn (pulverized if you wish), and milk-vinegar. Then pour the wet into dry and mix until just mixed. Pour into a greased 8×8 dish and cook at 420 F (preheated) for about 25 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before trying to cut, or it will crumble.

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Soba Noodles with Ginger Almond Sauce

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Soba Noodles with Ginger Almond Sauce

This is one of my all time favorite dinners. I found it in vegetarian times years ago and have been recreating and reinventing it ever since. It is both satisfying and rich, while still fresh and light.  I dress the nutty (and gluten free) soba noodles in an almond butter and ginger sauce (that evokes its Thai peanut sauce cousin), and then toss in fresh, raw veggies. If I’m craving extra protein, I love to add grilled prawns. *Best of all, this dinner can be made in 30 minutes.

EQUIPMENT

This recipe is MUCH easier with a food processor or blender, although could be done with a whisk and determination.

INGREDIENTS

6oz low sodium soba noodles

1/2 cup organic, unsalted almond butter

1/4 cup brown rice vinegar

1Tbs. honey, agave or maple syrup

2 tsp. tamari (or soy sauce)

1 Tbs. pealed and chopped fresh ginger

1-2 cloves peeled garlic

1 Tbs. fresh lime juice

1 tsp. fresh lime zest

3/4 cup cilantro, divided and 1/2 cup saved fresh

Seasonal crunchy vegetables. I like:

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced

1/2 cup grated carrot

1 sliced green onion

Optional 2 Tbs chopped toasted almonds.

1/2 lb whole prawns

DIRECTIONS

Cook the noodles in boiling salted water (follow package instructions.) Rinse with cold water and set aside.

Meanwhile, puree in your food processor the almond butter, vinegar, honey, ginger, tamari, garlic, lime, lime zest and 1/4 cup cilantro. Blend until smooth using small amounts of warm water to thin if necessary.

If cooking shrimp lightly toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and grill or san sear until just pink.

Finally, toss together the noodles, almond sauce, remaining cilantro and fresh veggies.  Top with shrimp and serve warm.

This dish is excellent cold the next day, so be sure to make extra for tomorrow’s lunch!

THE SKINNY

Soba noodles are a Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour and sometimes flavored with green tea, mugwort, or seaweed. Soba in it’s true form is gluten free (but some varieties add gluten so be sure to check the packaging- Eden Foods has a 100% gluten free version.) Buckwheat gets its name for its resemblance to wheat berries, but in fact is a fruit seed.  Buckwheat is known to contain flavonoids known to lower blood pressure and protect the body from harmful cholesterol.  It contains very high-quality protein (containing all 8 amino acids), and high levels of magnesium and B vitamins.

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The Easiest Soup Imaginable

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The Easiest Soup Imaginable

I have an admission: I ate my jack-o-lantern.

I couldn't help myself!  I had all these beautiful pumpkin's on my porch staring in, begging not to be wasted.  So I did some research (turns out you can eat almost every pumpkin!) and I roasted up several varieties.

Keeping in-line with my recent soup fetish, I decided to blend this baby up into a creamy concoction.  What I ended with is the easiest fall soup imaginable.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 medium squash (Any kind will work: acorn, kambucha, butter nut, etc.)

1 can of light coconut milk

1 tablespoon of Thai red curry paste

½ cup diced onion

1 tablespoon of diced fresh ginger.

1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive oil.)

Topping: Plain yogurt, pumpkin seeds, chili flakes.

DIRECTIONS

To begin preheat your oven to 400.  CAREFULLY cut the squash in half and place in a deep baking pan, skin side up.  Pour ½ cup of water in the pan with the squash.

Roast squash for 30-45 minuets or until you can easily pierce them with a fork. Remove the pan from the oven and place on stovetop to cool.

While the squash is cooling, heat coconut oil in a deep soup pot. Add your diced onion and ginger and sauté until soft (about 3 minutes.) Add 1 Tbs. of curry paste and mix well. Add some chili flakes at this point if you want extra spice. Then scoop the pumpkin flesh into the pot and stir it well (breaking up the big pieces of squash). Pour in 1 can of coconut milk and mix together.   You can stop here and have a chunky soup, or you can blend this in your food processor little by little until it is smooth.  I think blended soups are fancy, so I opted for the latter.

Simmer soup (blended or not) for 5 minuets and its ready to eat.

Serve with 1 scoop of plain yogurt and sprinkled pumpkin seeds and chili flakes.

The Skinny: Pumpkins are full of carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and fiber! This low calorie squash will help you keep healthy eyes, bones strong, promote healthy digestion and a strong immune system! 

If you use the seeds (waste not, want not) you get a huge does of Omega 3's  manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and tryptophan. Pumpkin seeds are at the top of the nutrition nut pile.  They are anti inflammatory (good for arthritis), protect from prostate cancer, lower cholesterol with their Phytosterols, and improve mood and stress coping. They are also very high in protein

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Chipotle Squash Enchiladas

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Chipotle Squash Enchiladas

If your like me, your wondering what to do with all the beautiful squash in the fall/winter months.  Look no further with this warming and EASY enchilada recipe. I came up with this one night after receiving a kambucha squash in my CSA box.  I didn’t want to leave the house and wanted to use up groceries I had sitting around.  I called on my pantry for canned black beans and chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (you could substitute green chilies if you have that in your cupboard.) Once you get that squash roasted (20-30 mins.), you’ll have the whole thing in the oven in 15 minuets. Make it. Share it. And definitely top it with my cumin, cinnamon pumpkin seeds.

INGREDIENTS
You favorite winter squash (butternut, kambucha, acorn, etc.)
1 can of black beans (Drained and rinsed)
1 small can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. 3-5 chopped chilies (depending on heat preference.)
baby spinach or kale
onions
garlic
salt/ pepper/ cumin
red enchilada sauce
tortillas
pumpkin seeds
greek yogurt
DIRECTIONS
Cut the squash in quarters.  Place skin side up in a backing pan with 2 inches of water.  Bake at 400 until soft. Aprox 20-30 mins. Let it cool.
Meanwhile sauté the onions and garlic. Season w/ salt pepper and cumin. Once translucent add to large bowl.
Add beans (rinsed), greens and chopped chipotle peppers to the bowl and mix the ingredients.
When the squash is cooled scoop the meat into the bowl with the mixture. Mix together.
To wrap enchiladas first pour the enchilada sauce into a wide base bowl.  Heat tortillas on a skillet  and then dip them in the sauce before adding filling (aprox. 3 TBS.) Roll enchiladas and place them in a shallow baking pan side by side.  Once pan is full cover with remaining sauce.
Bake for 20-30 mins.
Serve with dollop of greek yogurt and my cumin cinnamon pumpkin seeds.
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Kale and Roasted Pepper Pesto

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Kale and Roasted Pepper Pesto

Sauces and spreads are one of those foods generally bogged down with additives and preservatives.  Luckily, they are also one of the most simple things to make and even easier to freeze for later.  I like to put my pesto into an ice-cube tray, so that I have the perfect serving size for small dinners. So bust out your food processor and up the flavor and nutrients of tonight's meal. I found this recipie on the fabulous food blog Cooking on the Weekend, by Valentina Kenney Wein.  I LOVE her use of kale (of course) and also the smoky, burn of the bell pepper.

 

Kale and Bell Pepper Pesto

INGREDIENTS

2 cup Pecans, roasted

1 medium Red Bell Pepper, roasted

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 to 4 large Garlic Cloves, roasted

4 cups packed green Kale Leaves (about 1/2 bunch)

Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS
  1. To roast the pecans: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and spread the nuts evenly on a baking sheet. When the oven is preheated, put the baking sheet in and roast until the nuts look a bit oily and are very aromatic, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. To roast the pepper: Place it directly on top of a high flame on the stove and let it cook for a few minutes. You’ll hear it crackle as the skin begins to char. Use metal kitchen tongs to turn the pepper as each side chars. It should be mostly, but not completely black. Then place the pepper in a bowl and cover it tightly with plastic wrap and let steam for about 5 minutes. Remove the plastic and let the pepper become cool enough to handle. Gently peel the skin off the pepper. Break or cut the pepper into a few pieces and then use a paring knife on the inside to remove the white membranes and seeds. Set aside.
  3. Wash, dry, and remove any tough stems from the kale.
  4. In a food processor, make the pesto by blending the kale with the roasted pecans, roasted pepper, and roasted garlic. Once it’s smooth, gradually pour in the olive oil and blend until it’s fully incorporated. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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The "Good Girl Scout" Cookie

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The "Good Girl Scout" Cookie

These little balls of goodness were first introduced to me by a colleague at Bauman Collage.  On our final day of class she brought them in as gift and I reacted like a feign.  First a nibble, then a whole ball, then counting out my coco balls to be sure I had enough, followed my months of freezing/ rationing the rest.  You get the picture. You see, these totally raw, vegan balls struck a nostalgic cord from my girl-scout days past. They remind me of a Samoa cookie- but with all the right stuff. Make them, share them, freeze them and enjoy them without even a drop of girl scout induced guilt.

The Good Girl Scout INGREDIENTS coconut oil coconut flakes

equal parts dried dates dried Turkish apricots (not the bright orange ones) coconut butter

DIRECTIONS 1. Remove pits from the dates and cut dried fruit into rough pieces to make it easier for the food processor. 2. Mix dates, apricots and coconut butter then blend in a food processor in batches until evenly mixed and it looks darker and wet from the oils in the coconut butter. 3. Roll into small balls. Depending on the stickiness of your batch you may need to pack them together more than roll. Sometime batches are crumblier than others. 4. Store in the fridge for a couple hours to solidify. 5. Melt coconut oil and pour into a small dish like a measuring cup. Pour coconut flakes into another slightly larger small bowl. 6. Dip each date ball into the coconut oil then roll it in the coconut flakes. 7. I place them on wax paper as a go to allow the coconut oil time to solidify then store in the fridge again to harden.

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World-famous, massaged kale salad!

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World-famous, massaged kale salad!

World famous? Well, maybe I am pushing it- but this indeed is my absolute favorite, scream from the roof tops, nutrition packed way to cook up this super food. Kale is part of the cruciferous family (related to the cabbage) and is touted as being one of the very most nutritious vegetable.  Kale is jam packed with carotenes, vitamins C, B6 and manganese, fiber and many minerals such as copper, iron and calcium. (Murray, 2005.)  Kale (and all cruciferous veggies) improve liver detoxification and have anti-cancer properties. So pick up a bunch at the next farmers market (it is always in season) and try on my massaged kale salad for size. Massaged Kale Salad

Raw kale salad is an easy, nutritious and adaptable recipe.  Feel free to alter dressing and additional ingredients to your tasting.

INGREDIENTS

1 bunches of lacinato/ dinosaur kale rinsed, de-boned and chopped into strips.

Juice of 1 lemon

½ teaspoon salt

4 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS

1.     Put kale, olive oil, lemon and salt into bowl, then using hands massage the kale for 5 minutes to tenderize it.

2.     Then add the additional veggies, toss and let marinate for an 15 minutes or more.

3.     Additional options: avocado, shredded carrot, red bell pepper, shallot, parsley, sesame seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, fresh mint, tomatoes, kalamata olives, radish, splash of vinegar.

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