Spicy Thai Kale and Garbanzo Beans

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

1/2 cup short grain brown rice

1 onion, finely chopped

1 T minced fresh ginger

1/2 cup canned or bottled diced green chilies

8 oz. kale, finely chopped (about 1 bunch)

1 cup water

2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans

2 t chili powder

1 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup natural unsalted peanut butter

Sea salt


Boil 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Add rice, cover, lower heat, and cook until tender, about 25 – 30 minutes. Water sauté onion and ginger for 3 minutes. Add green chilies, chopped kale, and water. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, beans, chili powder, and tomatoes, and continue to cook until kale is tender. Stir in peanut butter. Salt to taste.


Millet Primavera

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

1 cup millet, uncooked

1 onion, chopped

1 – 2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced

3 cups small cauliflower florets

3 cups small broccoli florets

2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes

2 cups frozen peas

1 T dried basil

1/4 t black pepper

1/3 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped

2 T lemon juice

Sea salt


Boil 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Add millet, reduce heat to low,  cover, and simmer 20 minutes until tender. In a large pan over medium- high heat, sauté onion and mushrooms in 1/4 cup water for 2 minutes. Add garlic and remaining raw vegetables, and cook until vegetables are tender. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking. Add tomatoes, peas, basil, and pepper. Cook 5 more minutes. Mix in cooked millet, pine nuts, lemon juice, and salt to taste.

Chicken Style Seasoning

This recipe comes from “Of These Ye May Freely Eat” by JoAnn Rachor. Her web site if www.familyhealthpub.com. She has given me permission to publish this in my books and on my site because I use it in many of my recipes. 

1 1/3 cups nutritional yeast

3 Tbsp onion powder

3 Tbsp sea salt

1 1/2 T dried basil

1 T garlic powder

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t turmeric for color

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Store seasoning in a glass jar. A coffee grinder will also work for “blending” but will need to be done in batches. 

Chic Pea Tortilla Casserole

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

1 head cauliflower

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup canned or bottle chopped green chilies

3 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

3 cups brussels sprouts, halved

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

3 T Chicken Style Seasoning 

2 T nutritional yeast

4 T lemon juice

2 1/2 cups cooked chic peas (garbanzo beans)

8 – 10 corn tortillas


Break off cauliflower florets and steam until tender. Set aside. Water sauté onion, garlic, green chilies, and mushrooms over medium high heat until juicy. Add in 1/2 cup water, add brussels sprouts and bring to boil. Lower heat to medium. Cover and cook about 10 minutes until tender. Blend cauliflower with steam water, seeds, Chicken Style Seasoning, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice until smooth. Pour all but 1 1/2 cups of sauce into vegetable mixture .Stir in chic peas. Spread remaining sauce on the bottom of 9 x 13 casserole dish. Arrange one layer of tortillas on top of sauce. Spread 1/2 the vegetable bean mixture over tortillas. Add a second layer of tortillas, and top with remaining vegetable mixture. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, until bubbly.

Shepherds Pie

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut in chunks

Florets from one head cauliflower

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 t garlic powder

1 t onion powder

1/2 t sea salt

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, chopped

2 carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

1 bunch collard greens, chopped

3 T Kirkland No-Salt Seasoning or other no-salt seasoning

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

2 cups cooked kidney beans

2 cups frozen corn

1 t paprika

2 T Worcestershire Sauce (Page 101 in Whole Food American Favorites or other)

Sea salt


Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain and set aside. Steam cauliflower until tender, then set aside, reserving steam water. In a large pot, add 1/2 cup water, raw vegetables, and no-salt seasoning. Cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender, adding more water if needed to keep from sticking. Add remaining ingredients. Salt to taste. Transfer to a casserole dish. Blend cauliflower with 1/2 cup steam water, seeds, onion powder, garlic powder. Salt to taste. Add more liquid if needed. 

Mash blended cauliflower with potatoes. Carefully lay the mashed potato mixture over the cooked vegetables. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


Chocolate Black Bean Cookies

1 cup rolled oatsBrownie Cookies

1/2 cup raw walnuts*

1/2 cup cooked black beans

30 small pitted dates

2 T cocoa powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 T apple cider vinegar

Process all ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Scoop out desired amount of dough and place on a cookies sheet limed with parchment paper. Flatten and from into a cookie shape. Cookies will not spread when cooked. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

*For those with nut allergies, substitute 1/2 hemp seeds and 1/2 sunflower seeds.

Lentil Mushroom Stroganoff

From my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup green lentils

2 1/4 cups water

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 pounds creminin mushrooms, sliced

8 oz. (or more) fresh spinach, chopped

1 t dried tarragon

1 t paprika

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

4 T nutritional yeast

4 T lemon juice

Sea salt  


Boil 2 1/4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Add lentils, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, or until tender. Sauté onion, garlic, and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons water until mushrooms are tender and juicy. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Drain liquid from mushrooms into a blender jar. Add sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Pour over mushrooms. Add lentils, paprika, and tarragon. Heat through. Salt to taste.  Serve over brown rice.

Chic Pea Vegetable Soup

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped red potato

1/2 pound kale or collard greens chopped

4 cups water or broth

1/2 cup quinoa

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1 cup finely chopped mushrooms

2 1/2 cups cooked chic peas

1/2 cup chopped parsley

Sea salt


Saute’ onion in a dry soup pot over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and saute’ an additional minute. Add 1/2 cup water to loosen the onion and brown that has stuck  to the bottom of the pan. Add celery, carrots, potato, greens, quinoa, 2 – 3 cups of water just to cover the veggies. Stir in bay leaf and thyme. Cover and cook until quinoa and vegetables are tender.  Add chic peas, mushrooms and parsley and cook an additional 5 minutes. Salt to taste.

Cranberry Spice Cookies

20 small pitted dates soaked in 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1 1/2 cup rolled oats, divided

1 t. baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1/4 t nutmeg

1/8 t cloves

1/2 cup fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries

Soak dates for at least 4 hours. Grind seeds and 1/2 cup oats to powder in 2 batches in a coffee grinder or use a strong blender.  Add soaked dates, along with soak water, ground seeds and oats, baking soda and spices to food processor fitted with the S blade.  Process till smooth. Manually stir in oats and dried cranberries. Process briefly if need to make sure all is mixed well. Scoop out dough with a spoon or cookie scoop and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Mash just a bit with a fork. Bake at 350 for 12 – 13 minutes. 

Gingerbread Man Cookies

From my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites

A strong blender such as a Vitamix or BlendTec., or a strong food processor such as a Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart, is necessary for this recipe.

 25 small pitted dates

2 1/4 cups white wheat flour, sifted

2 t baking powder

1/4 t sea salt

1 1/2 t powdered ginger

1 t cinnamon

1/4 t cloves

1/3 cup molasses

1 cup raw cashews

1 t vanilla


Soak dates in 1/2 cup water for at least 4 hours. Mix sifted flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Blend dates and water with remaining ingredients in a strong blender or food processor until smooth. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chilled. (This step makes rolling out much easier.) Divide dough in half and roll one half between two pieces of parchment paper or wax paper.  Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use raisins or dried cranberries to decorage. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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