Autumn Stew

 1 butternut squash or other winter squash of choice (about 4 cups)

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 cups chopped mushrooms

2 or more cups chopped kale

3 cups water or veggie broth

1 15 oz. can chopped tomatoes

1/2 of a 6 oz can tomato paste (or more)

1 T chili powder

2 t cumin powder

1 t onion powder

1/4 t black pepper

3 cups cooked kidney beans

2 cups fresh or frozen corn

Salt to taste

 

Place squash on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour. (There is no need to poke it with a knife or cut it.  It’s much to dangerous to cut winter squash before they are cooked:-)Set aside to cool.  When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into cubes.

Sauté onion in a dry skillet on medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and sauté for a minute or two. Add 1 cup water, bell pepper, mushrooms, and kale. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook until kale is tender.  Add tomatoes, seasoning, beans, corn, and squash and cook 5 – 10 minutes. Add more liquid if needed, salt to taste, adjust seasonings and serve.

 

Almond Sugar Cookies

1 cup raw almonds (raw cashews work too)

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup pitted dates

1/2 t almond extract

1 t baking soda

1 T apple cider vinegar

Chop all ingredients in a food processor until a dough starts to form. Add a tablespoon of water to help it become sticky. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out dough, roll in a ball and mash to a cookie shape. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. 

Roasted Zucchini Mexican Salad

3 medium zucchini

2 ears corn

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained well

1 cup cooked brown rice (optional)

2 cups fresh diced tomatoes

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, minced (or use canned green chilies)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 avocado, diced

Zest of one lime

Juice of 2 limes

 

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut each half lengthwise again. Then cut in 1/2 – 3/4 inch chunks. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning or other no-salt seasoning of choice. Mix thoroughly with your hands until each piece is lightly coated. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper making sure no pieces are over-lapping. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until they start to brown. Let cool before adding to salad.

Cut corn off ears and place in the bowl you used for the zucchini. Add remaining ingredients.  When zucchini has cooled, add to salad.  Mix well. Add more lime or lemon juice and salt to taste if desired.

This salad is also delicious using raw zucchini. I only use 2 zucchini and I use the dice blade of the Vidalia Chop Wizard.  Cut the whole zucchini in 3 sections then lay each section on the chopper screen and chop. This makes a fun perfect shape for the salad. Mix in all remaining ingredients as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kale Tacos

1 bunch of kale

2 button mushrooms, finely chopped (optional)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeno chili, seeded and minced 

1 – 2 t chili powder

1 t cumin

1 t coriander

2 cups cooked black beans

1 avocado, mashed

Organic corn tortillas

 

Add kale, mushrooms, garlic, and chili to a medium sauce pan, along with 3/4 cup water. Cover, bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium, and cook 3 – 5 minutes. Add spices and cook until kale is tender.  Keep an eye on the water so it doesn’t burn. Add a little more water if needed. Add the black beans and heat through.

Take off the burner and stir in mashed avocado. Salt to taste.

Stuff them in a warmed corn tortilla. Makes 8 – 10 tacos.

April’s note: I love this mixture rolled up in a corn tortilla just the way it is, with no toppings, but they are also wonderful with shredded cabbage or lettuce and fresh vine-ripe tomatoes.

 

 

Simple Quinoa Salad

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1 cucumber chopped

1 cup sliced grape

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions or diced red onion  

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped mint leaves

Juice from 1 lemons

1/2 tsp Real Salt or sea salt

1 small avocado cubed

 

Bring water to boil, add quinoa, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until tender. Let cool befor adding to salad. While quinoa is cooking, combine all other ingredients. Add cooled quinoa and mix well.

Chic peas are a nice additional to this salad to make it more filling. You could also make it Mexican style by adding black beans and using cilantro instead of parsley and mint.

Sesame Kale Salad

This kale salad is not necessarily good by itself but is a delicious addition to a hummus wrap, stuffed pita, sandwich, or quinoa, pasta or other grain based salad.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Humus Wrap

 

1 large bunch of fresh kale

1 – 2 T tahini (sesame seed paste)

Chic Pea Patty Stack

Juice of one lemon

1/2 T brown sesame seeds

Sea Salt

 

Finely chop kale and place in a large salad bowl. (Strip kale off stalks if preferred. If the stalks are young and tender, I like to keep them.)

Starting with 1 tablespoon of tahini, add to the kale along with lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Message kale with your hand until bright green and tender.  Add more tahini if more oil is needed.

Sprinkle on sesame seeds and mix through out. Salt more to taste if needed. 

Alternatively you can message 1/4 of an avocado into the kale if you are going to use it in a Mexican type salad or chop 1/2 can of olives and message them into the kale like I do in the Mediterranean Kale Salad pictured above.

 

April’s note: This salad travels well! I made this ahead for my 4 day trip to California to visit my brother. Not only did I use it in my humus wraps but one day for lunch we went to an Indian café where I bought a side of tabouli salad, a side of humus, and I mixed both into my kale salad. It was delicious!

 

 

 

Black Bean Patty

Enjoy these delicious patties as a burger or a “stack,” topped with a spread of avocado and topped with Simple Kale SaladSimple  Quinoa Salad and garden fresh tomatoes.

 

2 ½ cups cooked black bean

1 cup oats

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped button mushrooms

1/4 cup bottled or canned green chilies

1 1/2 t chili powder

1 t cumin powder

1 t onion powder

1/2 t oregano

1/4 t smoked paprika

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 t Sea salt

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a pastry cutter, mash all ingredients together until the mixture is sticky enough to hold together in a patty. Form into patties and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 25 minutes, flip and cook an additional 5 – 10 minutes. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings or in a “stack.”

Spinach Potato Salad

1 1/2 lbs red potatoes cut in small chunks

1 tsp tarragon

2 cups fresh or frozen corn

1/2 cup sliced red onion

1 red bell pepper chopped

3 cups chopped baby spinach

1 cup Sweet Mustard Dressing

2 Tbsp prepared mustard

1/2 avocado diced

1/2 tsp Real Salt or sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

 

Cook potatoes in boiling water for 5–10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl, carefully stir in tarragon and let cool. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve immediately. Serves 6–8.

Tip: Speed up cooling time of the potatoes by mixing the frozen corn to the potatoes after draining.

Chipotle Patties/Burgers

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup chopped mushrooms, baby bella or button

2 cups cooked kidney beans

1 cup rolled oats

1 1/2 t Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning

3 T tomato paste

2 T salsa

1 t oregano

1 t t thyme

1 t cumin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash all ingredients with a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes sticky and hold together. Measure out 1/2 cup portions and drop on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape into patties and bake for 25 minutes. Flip and bake an additional 10 minutes. Serve on a bun with your favorite burger toppings. Makes 7 – 8 patties.

April’s note: I love to top the patties with steamed kale or collard greens with ground up pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or mashed avocado mixed in. I grind about 2 – 4 T of seeds to one bunch of kale or collards.  A southwest quinoa salad is also great served on top of the patties.

 

Cauliflower Chic Pea Curry

1 head cauliflower

1 t fennel seeds

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 T minced ginger

1 T coriander

1 T cumin

1/4 t red chili flakes (more if you like more heat)

1 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes

2 t garam masala

Sea salt to taste

1/4 t black pepper

1/4 cup cilantro

 

Break cauliflower into small florets and set aside. Heat a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add fennel seeds and toast until fragrant, 2 – 3 minutes, stirring to keep from burning. Add onion and sauté until it starts to brown. Add garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin and red pepper flakes.  Stir for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and cauliflower florets. Cook until cauliflower is tender adding more water if needed.  Add tomatoes, garam masala, and pepper. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro before serving or serve on top of individual portions as garnish. Serve over sweet potato, brown rice or other whole grain.

 

 

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