Spinach and Eggplant Casserole

This is an splendid recipe to get the whole family drooling! It’s a delectable blend of spiciness with a meaty texture that the carnivores in your household will love. But shh, don’t tell them it’s vegetarian!

A cheesy mix of spinach and eggplant
• 1 medium sized eggplant, peeled
• 1/2 cup of sliced onion
• 1 whole garlic
• 2 tbs olive oil
• 1 large bunch of fresh spinach
• 1 cup of your favorite spaghetti sauce
• 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella
• 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
• 1/2 cup of Parmesan
After peeling, slice up the eggplant to whatever thickness you’d like (1/3 of an inch works well). Brush olive oil on the slices and sprinkle with olive oil. Lay the slices out under a broiler and cook them on low until they are browned on both sides no longer than 5 minutes for each side. Set the casserole dish aside.
Steam your spinach until thoroughly wilted and cooked.
*If you are short on time, use a frozen box of spinach carefully warmed in your microware. Before adding, lay the spinach out on several thick pieces of paper towels and squeeze out the extra water.*
Sauté’ the sliced onion in a skillet until almost caramelized. Add the fresh garlic and brown together. Add fresh tomatoes or drain a can of cubed tomatoes. Stir the ingredients together.
In a casserole dish, place a layer of eggplant slices. Then a layer of the spinach, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Begin to add that to the slightly brown eggplant adding 1/2 the mixture of cheese over the top; either a single layer adding the sauce then cheese, or, a second layer of eggplant adding the rest of the sauce and last half of cheese. Keep layering until you run out of ingredients.
Cover with a final layer of sauce, and then the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Goes perfectly with a fresh romaine salad!
Add a glass or two of Cabernet! Bon Apetite!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie

 

A creamy, healthy, gluten free smoothie made with oats, pumpkin and yogurt and tastes just like pumpkin pie.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup pumpkin, canned (not pie filling)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (I used Gluten Free)
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. stevia
  • ½ cup greek yogurt plain
  • ¾ cup coconut milk, unsweetened from carton or non-fat milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Calories: 222, Fat: 5, Sodium: 148, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 148, Potassium: 148, Carbs: 27, Fiber: 4, Sugar: 7, Protein: 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Parmesan Mushroom and Spinach Tortellini Soup

Just look at that hearty spoonful of mushroom-y, spinach-y and cheesy goodness!

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered or sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour (rice flour for gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or broth)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 8 ounces cheese tortellini (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 10 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and onion and cook until the mushrooms have released their liquids and the liquid has evaporated, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mix in the garlic, thyme and flour and cook, stirring, until the flour starts to turn a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the wine and deglaze the pan.
  4. Add the broth and tortellini, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the tortellini is tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the parmesan, let it melt, add the spinach, let it wilt, add the cream, season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.
Option: Add 1 ounce dried mushrooms for even more mushroom flavor!
Option: Cook the mushrooms even longer until they start to caramelize for more mushroom-y flavor goodness!
Option: Roast the mushrooms instead of cooking them in the sauce pan for even more mushroom flavor.
Option: You can use frozen spinach instead of fresh if you prefer.
Option: Use a spinach tortellini instead of cheese tortellini.
Option: Add 1 tablespoon white miso paste by mixing some of the hot broth into the miso in a bowl before mixing it into the soup just after you remove the soup from the heat. (Note: Miso is salty so go easy on seasoning with salt.)
Nutrition Facts: Calories 430, Fat 16.7g (Saturated 4g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 24mg, Sodium 551mg, Carbs 46.6g (Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g),

Vegan shepherd’s pie

Serves 8
Cooks In 1H 25M

Ingredients

  • 600 g Maris Piper potatoes
  • 600 g sweet potatoes
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 40 g dairy-free margarine
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • olive oil
  • ½ a small bunch of thyme
  • 350 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 12 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • vegan red wine
  • 100 ml organic vegetable stock
  • 1 x 400 g tin of lentils
  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas
  • 5 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 lemon , zest of
  • 30 g fresh breadcrumbs

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

Peel and chop all the potatoes into rough 2cm chunks. Place the Maris Pipers into a large pan of cold salted water over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender, adding the sweet potatoes after 5 minutes. Drain and leave to steam dry, then return to the pan with the margarine and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash until smooth, then set aside.

Peel and finely slice the onion, carrots and 2 garlic cloves, then trim and finely slice the celery. Bash the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar until fine, then add it all to a medium pan over a medium heat with a good splash of olive oil. Pick in the thyme leaves, then cook for around 10 minutes, or until softened.

Meanwhile, roughly chop the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. Add to the pan along with the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomato oil from the jar. Cook for a further 10 minutes then add a splash of wine, turn up the heat, and allow it to boil and bubble away. Stir in the stock, lentils and chickpeas (juice and all), then leave it to tick away for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced. Pick and roughly chop the parsley leaves, then stir into the pan. Season to taste, then transfer to a large baking dish (roughly 25cm x 30cm).

Spread the mash over the top, scuffing it up with the back of a spoon. Finely slice the remaining garlic clove, then place into a bowl with the rosemary leaves, lemon zest, breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well, sprinkle over the mash, then place in the hot oven for around 10 minutes, or until piping hot through. Place under the grill for a further 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden, then serve with your favorite greens.

  • Calories
    389
    19%
  • Fat
    16.3g
    23%
  • Saturates
    2.7g
    14%
  • Protein
    11.2g
    25%
  • Carbs
    51.3g
    20%
  • Sugar
    10g
    11%

Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad Recipe

3  persimmons, peeled, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces), seeds (if any) discarded

  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Granny Smith or Fuji apple, peeled, cored, chopped (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 7-10 leaves fresh mint, thinly sliced crosswise (stack then, then roll them up like a cigar and take slices from the end)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Method

Gently toss all of the ingredients together.

Keeps for at least a couple of days in the refrigerator, but best eaten same day it is made.

Enjoy!

Rustic Zucchini Tian

Ingredients
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small Lemon – zest and 1 T juice
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds ( whole)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • cracked pepper
  • 2 lbs zucchini or summer squash- sliced into ¼ inch disks
  • ¼ C chopped Italian parsley
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy bottomed, oven proof skillet ( cast iron works great), heat olive oil until hot on medium heat. Add onions and saute for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Add garlic, stirring more frequently, until garlic is lightly browned.
  2. Turn heat to med- low and add diced tomatoes, lemon zest and lemon juice, salt, pepper and spices. Simmer on low until tomatoes cook down a little, about 5 minutes. This will seem like a fairly “dry” tomato sauce, but remember, zucchini will release their liquids in while baking.
  3. Remove all but ⅓ of the rustic tomato sauce, placing ⅔ in a separate bowl.
  4. Spread the remaining tomato sauce ( about ½ C) evenly on the bottom of the pan. Place one single layer of zucchini in slighty overlapping concentric circles.
  5. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper.
  6. Spread another third of the rustic tomato sauce over the zucchini, as evenly as possible. It won’t seem like a lot, but don’t worry.
  7. Add the second final layer of slightly overlapping zucchini. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and the rest of the tomato sauce.
  8. Cover with foil. Place in 350 F oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and give a good shake, and bake uncovered for additional 20 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley and a give a drizzle of olive oil.

 

Enjoy!

Fall Vegetable Curry

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 cup curry and 2 tablespoons yogurt)

Fall Vegetable Curry Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup diced peeled sweet potato
1 cup small cauliflower florets
1/4 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
1/2 cup organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt

P R E P A R A T I O N

1. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Decrease heat to medium. Add cauliflower, onion, and curry powder; cook 1 minute, stirring mixture constantly. Add broth and next 3 ingredients (through tomatoes); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with yogurt.

Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Pie Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed Easy Espresso
  • Whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice and ground nutmeg, optional

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and pie spice. Transfer to a blender; cover and process for 15 seconds or until foamy.
  2. Pour into two mugs; add espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and spices if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Enjoy!

Green Machine Power Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 c. sugar snap peas
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 c. Mache or baby arugula
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • 2 c. pea shoots
  • 1 c. cooked edamame
  • 1 avocado, quartered
  • 1 c. sliced seedless baby cucumber
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 c. roasted salted pepitas
  • Green Goddess Dressing

Directions

  1. Cook snap peas in boiling salted water in a medium saucepan over high heat until crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and run under cold water until cool. Slice in half.
  2. Arrange Mache, eggs, pea shoots, edamame, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, pepitas, and snap peas on a serving platter. Season with black pepper.
  3. Serve with Green Goddess Dressing.
  4. To make the Green Goddess Dressing, process ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt, ⅓ cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 1 chopped scallion, 1 ½ tablespoons fresh dill, 1 ½ tablespoons firmly packed fresh tarragon, 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon each lemon zest and lemon juice, and 1 small garlic clove in a food processor or blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Enjoy!

 

Smokey vegan pasilla-chipotle chili

6 Servings

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of ground dried pasilla pepper chili powder
3 tablespoons of ground dried cumin
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 can of tri colored beans (pinto, red and navy)
1 can of chickpeas
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
12 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 chipotle peppers, chopped (from the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
1 small can of green chilies
1 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups of water
Sea Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium/high. Add garlic, onion, carrots, celery, and sweet potato. Saute until onions become translucent. Add chili powder, salt, pepper and cumin, and cook for 2 more minutes. At this time, add in all beans, crushed tomato, cilantro, water, chipotle peppers and green chilies. Bring to a boil, cover with lid and reduce to simmer. This can be served as little as 30 minutes, but is best if left longer (up to an hour or two). Garnish with a fresh cilantro, plantain chips, avocado slices, and/or onions, maybe a lime wedge or two.

Bon apetit!