Kale/nut/apple salad with balsamic vinegar/maple syrup dressing

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You can make a large batch of this, eat some immediately, then divide it into individual servings and have an easy-to-grab lunch or dinner the next day too!  It keeps well for a day or two in the refrigerator and in a container with a lid or plastic wrap to protect it from the open-air.

Ingredients:

large bunch of chopped kale, or a large bag of chopped kale

several handfuls of various raw seeds and nuts (pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc.)

2-3 diced apples, use both colors

handful of dried cranberries that are not coated in white sugar (fruit juice as the preservative is fine)

Place ingredients in a large bowl.

For the dressing:

2/3 cup filtered water

1/2 cup 100% pure olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 tbsp Bragg’s liquid amino

1 tbsp stone ground mustard

Whisk ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed and pour over the kale salad.  Massage into the kale, nuts and fruit until all the kale is moistened with the dressing.  

Refrigerate any un-eaten portion for up to 2 days.

 

 

Summer Greens and Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Dressing

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You will need:

Romaine, Bok Choy, spinach, kale, arugula, wild greens like katuk (your favorite combo of leafy greens)

Combo of summer vegetables – yellow squash, red onion, green bell pepper, zucchini, broccoli, etc.

Chop vegetables into bite-size pieces and lightly steam, then cool to room temperature in a bath of chilled water.

Arrange leafy greens on a plate with the steamed veggies on top (after they have cooled).

Drizzle with the following amazing dressing recipe!

For the dressing:

5 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Italian seasoning or your favorite herbal seasoning blend

pinch of sea salt

(sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, walnuts, etc can be used as extra toppings)

Tempeh “Nacho” Dip with tomatoes and Mexican seasoning

Tempeh "Nacho" dip

Replace your ground beef nacho topping or taco filling with this satisfying vegan version!

You will need:

1 block tempeh (see below)

coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee

1/2 medium onion, diced

3-5 carrots, shredded

Cherry tomatoes, halved (recently, I started using sun-dried tomatoes)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 package of your favorite organic taco seasoning mix

1/4 cup filtered water

Fresh scallions, chives, cilantro and basil, chopped

Celtic sea salt

Sprouted grain tortillas

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1.  In a skillet, heat the coconut oil and sauté the tempeh, tomatoes, carrots, onions and garlic until almost soft.  Cover to keep heat inside the skillet.

2.  Uncover, then add the Mexican seasonings, about 1/4 cup of filtered water, and mix well.  Cover and let cook for 1 minute, stir it once while it cooks.

3.  Uncover, add chopped herbs and toss, remove from heat.  Season with Celtic sea salt if needed.

4.  Toast several of the sprouted grain tortillas until they are crisp, let cool, then break into “chips.”  You can spread butter on them, then season with Celtic sea salt and/or herbs before toasting.

Broccoli and apples with a tasty dressing

You will need:

1-2 heads broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces

(you may want to VERY lightly steam the broccoli, but not actually cook it)

1/2 cup chopped scallions

3-4 tbsp dried cranberries

1 cup apple, diced

1/2 cup seeds i.e. sesame, pumpkin, sliced almonds

For the dressing:

1/2 cup 100% pure olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp plain goat kefir, or greek yogurt w/t live probiotics

2 tbsp purple (or sweet) basil, chopped

sea salt

1. Toss all the main ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Make the dressing and season it with sea salt, then toss with the main ingredients.

3. Chill for 30 minutes, serve.

(In the image, the broccoli is served with sweet potatoes that have been sliced into “fries” using a special grater for vegetables, then cooked in 2 tbsp coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Stone ground mustard as the condiment.)

Italian Herbed Tomato

Tomatoes (and carrots) both have a unique characteristic…they are healthy for you cooked OR raw!

You will need:

organic tomatoes, halved

coconut oil

fresh herbs such as oregano, basil, marjoram

sea salt

1.  Spread coconut oil on each tomato half.  Sprinkle with the herbs (about 1/2 to 1 tsp of each herb per tomato half) and sea salt.

2.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked and the peel just starts to separate from the flesh of the tomato.

Raw Seed/Blueberry/Spinach Salad w/t Raspberry Vinagrette

Large handful of raw spinach

3-5 dandelion leaves, finely chopped

1 kale leaf

chia seeds

sliced almonds

raw pumpkin seeds

chopped raw walnuts (optional)

Handful organic, raw blueberries

(In this picture, there are also wood sorrel leaves sprinkled on top of the salad!  Wood sorrel is a wild, edible (and tangy) weed that grows abundantly in most of the United States.)

Raspberry dressing:

1/4 cup raspberry vinegar

3-4 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or use a tiny amount of Stevia)

2 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 cup 100% pure olive oil

(check the ingredient label, if it does not say this it is probably cut down with canola oil)

Whisk all ingredients together.

1.  Toss spinach with chopped dandelion leaves and then assemble on plate.

2.  Sprinkle nuts on top of spinach, add dressing, enjoy!