Creamy Potato Salad

3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into small chunks.

Cover with water, bring to boil, and simmer until tender.

Drain, rinse, and place in large bowl to cool.

Add:

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

2 cups sliced celery

2 14 oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Dressing:

Juice from two lemons

1 T apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup raw cashews (or use sunflower seeds)

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw sesame seeds, un-hulled

2 t dried mustard powder

1/4 cup fresh chopped dill

1 t sea salt

 

Blend everything but the fresh dill in a powerful blender on high until smooth. Stir in fresh dill. Pour over salad and mix well. Chill and serve.

Note: For extra goodness, add chopped Bubbies naturally fermented pickles. 

Brown Rice Pea and Spinach Salad

I often get asked about plant-based protein powders. Many of them  contain rice protein, pea protein, and greens. This salad combines all of these foods in their whole-food form. A much better choice in my opinion!

1 cup short-grain brown rice

2 cups fresh or frozen peas (steam fresh peas or use them raw)

1 cup finely diced celery

1/2 cup finely diced red onion

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

2 cups baby spinach, chopped

Sweet Mustard Dressing to taste  (click to watch how to make this dressing)

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

 

Boil 2 cups water in a saucepan. Add rice, reduce heat, and simmer on low until tender. Let cool before adding to salad. While rice is cooking, place remaining vegetables in a large salad bowl. When rice is cool, stir into salad, add dressing, and salt and pepper to taste.

Vegetable Rissoto

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

3/4 cup short grain brown rice

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped white button mushrooms

3 cups brussels sprouts, cut in half

2 carrots, sliced

1/3 head green cabbage, sliced

1 cup vegetable broth or water

1/4 cup Sesame Parmesan (see below)

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 t black pepper

2 cups frozen green peas

2 – 3 T lemon juice

Sea salt

 

Boil 2 cups water in small saucepan. Add rice, cover, and cook until tender, about 25 – 30 minutes. In a medium saucepan, water sauté onion, garlic, and mushrooms for 3 minutes. Add brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, and 1 cup water. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking. Add peas, Sesame Parmesan, and nutritional yeast.  Cook 2 – 3 more minutes. Add lemon juice and pepper. Salt to taste.

Sesame Parmesan

This recipe comes from JoAnn Rachor, author of “Of These Ye May Freely Eat.” Her web site is www.familyhealthpub.com. She has excellent recipes, including cooking videos. 

1 cup un-hulled sesame seeds

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 t onion powder

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t sea salt

 

Grind all ingredients in a coffee grinder or high-powered blender until smooth. Best when stored in the freezer.

 

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.

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