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Gingerbread Man Cookies

A strong blender such as a Vita Mix 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.  Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Brussels Sprouts w/ Avocado Garbanzo Dip

Avocado Garbanzo Dip

1 large avocado

1 cup cooked garbanzo beans

1 T nutritional yeast

1/2 t onion powder

Salt to taste

 

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Serve with steamed Brussel sprouts, broccoli or cauliflower.

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

1 small can pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)

1 1/4 cup almond milk

25 soft pitted deglet dates

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

 

Soak dates in the almond milk for at least 4 hours to soften. Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Pour into the prepared nut crust and bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave in for another 20 minutes.

 

Crust (for one pie) 

3/4 cup raw pecans or walnuts 

10 small soft pitted dates

1 cup rolled oats

 

Chop finely in food processor until it starts to stick together. Press into a pie plate or 8 x 8 cake pan. Fill with your favorite pie filling. This crust does not need to be baked.  

Cranberry Relish Salad

From Whole Food American Favorites

This recipe was inspired by my love for cranberry sauce without all the sugar! If you prefer less sweet, use a more tart apple and/or less dates.  Cut down on the walnuts if you need to cut back on the fat.

1 medium Fuji apple

1 cup raw cranberries

8 small pitted dates

1/4 cup walnuts

Chop all ingredients in a food processor to a relish consistency.

Thanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

This loaf makes a great turkey replacement for your upcoming holiday feast! It could also be a great side dish in place of “stuffing.”

2 cups cooked mashed yam

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups cooked chic peas (garbanzo beans)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts or pumpkin seeds

2 T organic tamari or balsamic vinegar

2 T tomato paste

1 T spicy brown mustard

1 t dried sage

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1 t dried rosemary, crushed

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 t sea salt

1/2 t black pepper

 

Bake yam at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool. Saute vegetables in 1/4 cup water until tender. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including baked yam, and mash with a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes sticky and holds together. Press into a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake an additional 25 minutes. Uncover and brown for 10 minutes. Let set for at least 20 – 30 minutes before serving.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes w/ Spinach

From Whole Food American Favorites

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes made with just cauliflower would not cut it with my very traditional standard American family. So I came up with this version which includes real potatoes.  It’s always a hit in my cooking classes and at family gatherings.  To simplify, you can leave out the spinach but it adds a beautiful touch!

 

10 oz. package frozen, chopped spinach

3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in chunks

Florets from 2 heads cauliflower

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup raw unsalted cashews

Sea salt

 

Thaw frozen spinach. Press out as much water as possible in a strainer. Warm over medium heat. Boil potatoes until tender. Strain, set aside, and keep warm. (A crock pot works great for this!) Steam cauliflower florets and garlic until tender.  Blend 1/2 the cauliflower, garlic, and cashews until creamy. (You may need to do this in two batches.) Combine remaining cauliflower with potatoes and the blended cauliflower mixture. Mash with potato masher, beaters, or stick blender. Stir in warmed spinach. Salt to taste. Mix well, transfer to serving dish, and heat in oven if needed before serving.

Butternut and White Bean Stew

Recipe from Whole Food Goodness

1 medium butternut squash, divided (Enough for at least 4 cups cooked)

1 large yellow onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 T fresh ginger root, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

1 T curry powder

2 t cumin

1/4 tsp allspice

1 small bunch of kale, finely chopped

5 cups water, vegetable broth or bean broth

2 cups cooked white beans

1/4 cup cashews

 

Bake whole squash in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until tender. Cool, then peel and cut in cubes. Saute onion on medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and spices. Cook 2 – 3 minutes adding a little water if needed to keep from sticking. Add 3 cups water and kale. Cook until kale is tender. Add beans and all but 1 cup of squash to pot. Blend cashews, 1 cups water and reserved squash until creamy. Transfer into soup pot and heat through. Add water or broth to thin if needed and serve.   

Dilly Ranch Dressing

This is one of my favorite salad dressings from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup water

3 T apple cider vinegar

2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 t onion powder

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t mustard powder

1/2 t sea salt

1/4 t black pepper

3 – 4 T chopped fresh dill

 

Blend all but dill until smooth. Add more water to thin if desired. Stir in fresh dill. Keep refrigerated.  Will keep for a week or more.

 

Taco Stack

You can make a “Taco Stack” with any recipe for a taco filling but this one in particular has no beans.  It’s a great recipe for those who are in the advanced stages of a leaky gut re-introduction protocol or who have a hard time digesting beans.  If you don’t have a problem with them, be sure to include them. There are outstanding benefits from eating beans!

1 onion, chopped,

1 clove garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch of kale, chopped (or other green leafy veggie)

2 cups corn

1 – 2 cups cooked brown rice

2 t chili powder

2 t cumin

Sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Saute chopped onion in a hot dry pan over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook one minute. Add tomatoes and cook until juicy.  Add chopped kale and 1/2 cup water. Cover, bring to boil, then turn heat down to low. Cook 10 minutes stirring periodically adding spices half way through cooking. When kale is tender, add cooked rice and corn.  Salt and pepper to taste if needed.  Layer between steamed corn tortillas. 

 

Spicy Kale w/ Lentils and Quinoa

Not very pretty but delightfully delicious!  This was a dish I through together when I couldn’t decide what to fix for dinner.

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 cups cooked lentils

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped mushrooms

3 cups chopped tomatoes

8 cups chopped kale 

2 t Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy seasoning

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped

Salt to taste

 

Saute onion over medium high heat (dry, with no oil) until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chopped mushrooms and tomatoes, lower heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes until juicy. Add kale, cover, and cook until tender, adding a little water if need to keep from sticking. Stir in seasonings half way through cooking. When kale is tender, stir in cooked lentils and quinoa. Add pumpkin seeds and salt to taste.

 

 

 

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