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Eggplant Roll-Ups

Even meat-eaters will devour these comforting Eggplant Roll-Ups. Using thinly sliced eggplant instead of noodles is a great way to get this nutrient-dense vegetable into your diet.

2 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 medium red bell pepper chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms

4 cloves garlic minced

2 tsp Italian style seasoning

3 Tbsp Sesame Parmesan seasoning

2 Tbsp nutrition yeast flakes

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

14 oz firm tofu pressed and crumbled

10 ounces baby spinach

1/2 cup chopped olives

1 large jar of oil free pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange eggplant in a single layer on cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a second baking sheet or aluminum foil. Bake about 20 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 5 – 10 minutes to brown and become flexible enough to easily roll.*

While eggplant is cooking, sauté bell pepper, onion, garlic and mushrooms until tender. Add seasonings, tofu and spinach. Mix well and cover until spinach is wilted. Add 1/2 cup pasta sauce and salt to taste. Mix well. Lightly cover bottom of pan with pasta sauce. Place 1/4 cup of the vegetable filling on each eggplant slice, roll and place in a baking dish. Top with pasta sauce and olives. Bake 20 minutes.

*Baked eggplant slices are delicious with hummus spread on them and rolled up. See my Whole Food Hummus recipe found here.

Vegan French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip w/ Veggies

This vegan French onion dip goes perfectly with crackers or vegetables! Made with cashews, sunflower seeds and white beans as your base, this dip is a healthy, high-fiber super-star that is simple and delicious! This recipe is in my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites.

1/2 cup each: raw sunflower seeds and

       cashews soaked in 1 cup water for 1 hour

1 cup cooked navy beans (or great northern)

1 t garlic granules

2 T onion granules

3 T lemon juice

3 T apple cider vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

2 green onions, sliced (use some of the green)

3 small pitted dates

Fresh dill or other fresh herb of choice

Chives for garnish

Sea salt

Puree all ingredients in a strong blender until smooth.  Add in fresh dill or other fresh herbs, green onions, or chives. Salt to taste. Great with fresh-cut vegetables.

Brussels Sprouts w/ Avocado Garbanzo Dip

Avocado Garbanzo Dip

I could have this as a meal all by itself! It’s a great way to get that pound of veggies in.

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 or roasted Brussel sprout halves, 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.

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.   

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.

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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