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Vegan “Dirty” Brown Rice

This is a wonderful rice dish as a main course. You can spice it up with any of your favorite vegetables and or hot peppers.  For a protein-rich version add a drained and rinsed can of black or red beans along with the vegetables

1 cup of fresh broccoli, chopped
1 cup of fresh cauliflower, chopped
1 cup of sliced carrots
2 cups of long grain brown rice
5 1/2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of your favorite dried herb or herb blend (optional)

Combine 2 cups of long grain brown rice and 5 1/2 cups of water in a large saucepan. Bring just to a boil. Add carrots and seasonings, stir and bring to a boil. (Add 1-2 tbsp of butter or oil if desired.)

Reduce heat and cover tightly.

Simmer 30 minutes, then lift cover and quickly add the cauliflower and broccoli. Don’t stir.
Re-cover immediately.

Simmer 15-20 minutes longer, or until rice is tender and all the water is absorbed.

Fluff lightly with a fork and serve.

Nutritional Value of Brown Rice (1 cup cooked)

216 Calories
1.8 g Total Fat
0 g Cholesterol
10 mg of Sodium
84 mg of Potassium
45 g Total Carbohydrates
5 g Protein

Nutritional Values of Vegetables (1 cup raw)

73.6 Calories
.8 g Total Fat
0 mg Cholesterol
89 mg Sodium
2607 mg Potassium
15 gr Carbohydrates
5.26 g Protein

Rockin' Red Super Smoothie

Rockin’ Red Super Smoothie

You can make this versatile super smoothie at home in less than 10 minutes.  It’s great for a light meal replacement or a post-workout recovery.

This smoothie is LOADED with super-nutrients.  I drank one after a 3-mile run and it kept me sated for about an hour.

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  1. Soak chia seeds in 3 T of water while you prep the smoothie.  They should soak for about 7 or 8 minutes, until they get gelatinous.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients except the ice cubes in your high-speed blender.
  3. When the chia seeds have formed a gel, add them to the blender, then add the ice cubes on top.
  4. Blend according to your blender’s instructions.
Recipe Notes
  1. If you use an apple instead of applesauce, you can use every part except the stem.  Yep, seeds and all.  Just make sure you wash the apple before using it to get rid of any remaining pesticide residue.
  2. If you use too much parsley you will taste it.  you want just enough to be beneficial (great for bad breath) so a couple of tablespoons should do it.
  3. If you have never tried spirulina, I highly recommend it.  It is a true superfood.  It doesn’t have an appealing taste all by itself, but it is perfect for smoothies.
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Curried Turkey and Potatoes

Curried Turkey and PotatoesThis fantastic low-fat dish is easy to make and is a definite crowd-pleaser. My husband could not get enough of it.  We loved it so much we were glad we didn’t have company that night and could save the leftovers for ourselves!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pound leftover cooked turkey, chopped in to small pieces
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1/3 red pepper
  • 1/3 green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder or garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 Roma or other plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

1 Chop the onion, celery, peppers, and saute in vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Stir and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the onion begins to color a bit.  In the meantime, peel and chop the garlic and set aside.  Scrub the potatoes and cut them into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces.

2 Add the garlic, stir and sauté for a minute or so.

3 Stir in the spices, water, and the potatoes, and cover the pot with a tight lid. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.  The potatoes should be tender.

4 Add the chopped turkey, diced tomatoes and peas. Mix well and cover the pot. Cook 2-3 minutes.

5 Stir in the chopped cilantro and remove from heat.

Serve immediately with a simple cucumber salad or leafy green salad.

Note: The version in the photo has shrimp in it as well as the turkey.  I added it because I didn’t have quite a pound of turkey but I think I would have preferred it with just turkey.

Sweet Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

Sweet Fruit & Veggie Smoothie

I experiment a lot with different combinations of ingredients in my smoothies.  The vast majority come out “good”, some come out “meh” and once in a while a combination will come out fantastic.

Of course everyone’s taste is different, and much depends on the quality of your ingredients… but I personally thought this smoothie came out fantastic. The combination of fruits and sweet veggies along with the almond butter makes this yummy smoothie one that can serve as an entire meal.

Ingredients:

2 C (or so) of red seedless grapes, washed
1 apple, cored and chopped into 4 pieces or so
2 dates, pits removed
1 carrot, scrubbed and cut into a few pieces
1 stalk celery with leaves, washed and cut into 3-4 pieces
1 large banana
1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 small piece of lime without rind (lemon works too)
1/2 C organic gluten-free rolled oats
1/3 C hemp seeds (optional)
2 big tablespoons of almond butter
1 tray of ice
1 sm carton of high protein yogurt (optional)
a little bit of water (if needed) to get it to your preferred consistency

Put everything in your Vita-Mix or Blend-Tec (or other high-powered) blender and use the instructions provided by your manufacturer to bring it up to high speed as quickly as possible. Blend on high for about 45 seconds.

Serves 2

Farro Salad Served

10 Minute Farro Salad

The 10 minutes is a bit misleading. It refers to the type of farro I used: Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro. The actual recipe takes about 30 minutes. It’s best if you let it sit for about an hour after you’ve made it just to let the flavors blend. You could chill it or leave it out at room temperature.

Ingredients:

1 bag Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro
1-1/2 C frozen corn
2 large carrots
1 beet
1 large sweet onion
2 stalks of celery with leaves
1 green pepper
1 jalapeño pepper
1/4 cup EVOO
6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Coarse salt & fresh ground pepper
1 tsp Herbs de Provence (or other favorite herb blend)
Optional: crumbled feta, avocados, or sliced olives for garnish

Instructions:

Trader Joe's 10-Minute Farro

Add the bag of farro and 2 cups of water to a pan and turn to high. When it boils turned down to simmer and cover. After 10 minutes remove from heat, add the corn on top, re-cover and let sit for five more minutes.

While farro is cooking, coarsely chop celery, carrot, onion, beet, jalapeno. Add celery and beet pieces to a large bowl. Set the rest aside.

When farro is done, drain and add to the bowl with the beets and celery.

In the same pan in which you cooked the farro, add 2 tablespoons of the oil and turn heat to medium. Sauté the pile of chopped vegetables for about five minutes, then add them to the bowl along with the rest of the oil and vinegar. Season with salt pepper and seasonings and mix well.

Farro Salad

Chill in the fridge for about an hour or so and, if desired, top with crumbled feta and olives just prior to serving. Serve with grilled chicken sausages and a side salad. Or omit the sausage and add a can of drained black beans or chickpeas for a wonderful vegetarian meal.

Farro Salad with Avocados and Sausage

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Power Smoothie Recipe with Beets and Ginger

Power Smoothie with Beets, Chia, and GingerThis power smoothie is surprisingly good considering the amount of bitter greens. The recipe makes three big servings so definitely reduce the quantities if you’re only making it for yourself. It seems like a lot of ingredients because it is! Of course any of the smaller items (lime, ginger, chocolate, almonds, etc) are all optional. Just don’t remove large amounts of wet ingredients or you’ll be adding water to get it thin enough to blend properly (let alone drink!).

1/3 honey dew melon, seeded and rind removed
2 dozen (or so) red grapes
1 stalk celery with leaves
1 piece of lime or lemon
1 fresh beet
1 banana
2-3 C pre-chopped mixed greens (turnip, mustard, collard, etc.)
1″ piece of fresh ginger
1″ piece of 100% chocolate
1/2 C oats (preferably gluten-free and organic)
1/2 C acai or other juice
1/3 C chia seeds
handful of almonds
1 tray of ice cubes

The night before, soak the chia seeds and almonds in the juice. Peel and coarsely cut the beet and the ginger and toss all that in there as well. Stick it in the frig.

In the morning, you’ll want to process the watery items (melon, grapes, celery) first. You can choose to chop them in to smaller pieces if you like but you really don’t need to if you’re using a power blender, like Vita-Mix or Blend-Tec. So throw that watery stuff in there and blend it on low for 15-20 seconds to get it broken down.

The chia/juice mix will be kind of solid, so scrape that into the blender container next.

Then add everything else. The order doesn’t matter much but I usually put the dry stuff (oats) in last, and then the ice cubes on top.

Process on high (according to your blender’s instructions), tamping it down as needed to get it going. Blend for about 45 seconds or so and then pour and drink right away.