Zoodles Marinara w/ Millet

Home Made Marinara

Make this sauce a day ahead so the flavors will meld and taste amazing!

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 t oregano (use fresh if available)

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

 

Saute’ onion in a dry sauce pan over medium-high heat until it starts to brown. Add minced garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Lower heat to medium and cook for 1/2 hour to 1 hour over medium low heat.  The more you cook the tomatoes, the more concentrated the sauce will be. Add fresh herbs the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Cooked Millet

Bring 2 cups water to boil in a sauce pan. Add dry millet, turn heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 – 20 minutes until tender. 

Zoodles (“noodles” made with zucchini)

Spiral slice 3 medium zucchini into a large saute pan and cook over medium high heat until desired tenderness, adding a bit of water as needed to keep from sticking to the pan.

Once the “Zoodles” reach the desired tenderness, pour the marinara over the Zoodles and stir well. Mix in desired amount of cooked millet. 

Note: Cooked quinoa can be used in place of millet but I prefer the hardiness of the millet. 

 

 

 

Red Lentils w/ Cabbage and Rice

This is one of my favorite Indian dishes. It’s simple to make, although it takes about 30 – 40 minutes to get the lentil to my desired tenderness so I cook them ahead of time. Once lentils are done, everything else comes together quickly.

1 1/4 cups dry red lentils

5 cups water

1 1/2 t turmeric

2 t cumin seed

1 medium onion, chopped

2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced

1 T fresh ginger, minced (or 1 t powder)

1 – 2 jalapeno chili peppers, minced (or canned/bottled)

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 pounds green cabbage, coarsely grated or chopped

 

Boil water, add lentils, cover, lower heat to medium low and cook until tender. Stir in turmeric and continue to cook on low while preparing vegetables. 

Cook cumin seeds in a hot skillet for 3 – 4 minutes until fragrant. (no oil needed) Add onion and saute until it starts to brown. Add garlic and stir 2 more minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, green chilies, ginger, tomatoes and cabbage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is very tender. Stir in cooked lentils. Serve over cooked brown rice.

 

Raw Blueberry Pie

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

7 cups frozen blueberries, thawed

15 small pitted dates

1/2 T chia seeds (optional for thickening)

1 Nut Crust, divided

Blend 3 cups blueberries with dates and chia seeds in a high-powered blender until smooth. Pour over whole berries, mix well, and place onto a prepared pie crust.  Top with reserved crust ingredients. Let chill.

Oat Nut Crust

 1/2 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup raw pecans

1/2 cup rolled oats

10 small pitted dates

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t vanilla

Finely grind nuts and dates in a food processor until they start to stick together. Add oats and briefly chop just to incorporate. Press 3/4 of the crust ingredients in the bottom and up the sides of a 9” round pie pan. Fill with pie filling. Top with remaining crust ingredients.

 

Creamy Potato Salad

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

A delicious spin on traditional potato salad

Cooked Potatoes:

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

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

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.

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