Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Healthy Holiday – Oil-Free “Kick Ass” Cheezy Cabbage Rolls

Once I discovered that I could drizzle fresh, even raw veggies with a luscious, gooey non-dairy cheeze sauce without wondering which thigh it would show up on first?  I was happy with life. This sauce is that good.  Okay, maybe not life shattering but it is just that healthy and  versatile.  You’ll never go back to Velveeta once you’ve whipped up a quick batch of cheeze sauce like this one.  My version is adapted from Jill McKeever’s version which is based on a friend’s version who got it from a friend.  Yeah, it’s been around some and now I’m sharing my tweaked version with you all so you can share it with a friend and amaze your family in a few weeks at your holiday meal. You’ll be pouring copious amounts of gooey cheeze on your families veggies with a smile on your face this year. Regular Velveeta cheese contains milk, water, milk fat, whey, whey protein concentrate and milk protein concentrate. These ingredients make up the bulk of the product. Enzymes and cheese culture are included to aid in the manufacture of the cheese — these ingredients are bacterial agents that determine the taste, texture and appearance of cheese products.…

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Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More  – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

      Boy, I kinda went a little crazy this month when the folks at Oriya Organics asked me to work up a recipe using their products.  Crazy good though.  Their ingredients are just superbly nutritious. The first time I tried their Super Green Medley, which contains live enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, and sprulina,  I sliced lemon, fresh pineapple, cucumber and a tsp. of Super Green Medley powder into a jar of filtered water and let it chill in the fridge over night.  What a wonderful way to start my morning drinking this delicious powerhouse of nutrition the next day.  I’ve been enjoying the same drink, different fruits each morning now and I can feel the energy boost it’s been giving me already. The SuperFood Protein Medley has no processed sweeteners of any kind. It contains a full serving of spirulina and chlorella. On top of a protein, it is a multi-functional cleanser and detoxifier. You can be very creative with recipes including using the protein powder as a flour substitute as opposed to only in smoothies. The SuperGreen Medley is a blend of the most nutrient dense greens on the planet. There are no fillers,…

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Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

Chopped Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette

 I had a good response last week with this salad on Instagram so I’m sharing a quick recipe for the dressing….which many of you have seen before since it’s a favorite.  And a new way to get more greens into your salads.  Some of you may have a Trader Joe’s store near by and are already familiar with packages of pre-chopped brussels sprouts.  They’re a bit pricey and I haven’t seen them organically grown either.  I made my own in two minutes.  For this salad, I used a head of organic Broccoli to boost my greens.  They are chopped just the same as the brussels and are so tasty mixed in with spinach or baby kale and a great dressing.  Simply pulse two or three cups of cut broccoli or halved brussels sprouts in a food processor and there you go…  Wonderfully simple and easy to eat ‘raw’ greens added to your salads.            Bob and I are big salad eaters and always have a balancing game going on in our fridge to use up the salad greens before they wilt or get mushy.  These chopped sturdier veggies last twice as long and really hold on…

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

Potato Salad Chixen Pot Pie – featuring @BeyondMeat + Food for Thought

This post is linked to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck event. Have you ever heard of the idea that fruits and vegetables can resemble the human organs that their nutrients benefit the most? Here’s a quick look if you’ve missed it along the way.  In reality, there are just so many different health benefits that come from eating Brussels Sprouts (remembered the ‘s’ Rika! ) that it really does throw the whole “fresh foods vs. body part benefit theory” right out the window.  But, it’s still a nice thought, if only for a few seconds of your day, that fruits and veggies are somehow color coded for ease of use for us. I, for one, have much better things to do with my time than to contemplate it much longer.  But wouldn’t that be pretty cool if it were true?  I’m wondering now which body part looks like a big chunk of dark chocolate?     I am sure that a variety of different fresh foods are the best way to go.   I think that was my thought when I made up this ‘Potato Salad Pot Pie’.  I think I was trying to get all of them into one dish…

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Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts in Spiced Orange Sauce and Wild Rice

Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts in Spiced Orange Sauce and Wild Rice

  A guy walks into the doctor’s office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, a Brussels sprout in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly.”    All kidding aside….beautiful little Brussels sprouts are King when it comes to vitamin ‘K’  About 250 % of your daily needs in just 1 serving of my recipe here.  So who needs vitamin ‘K’ ?  Everyone. Low levels of vitamin K are a potential risk factor for osteoporosis, particularly in people with bowl disease.

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Brussels Sprouts & Radicchio with Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

Brussels Sprouts & Radicchio with Brown Mustard Orange Glaze

  I Hate Brussels Sprouts. Well, I’ve only had them 1 time prior to this recipe so I was really hoping it would work out well cause last time, they didn’t taste so great…. I added in the Radicchio really just for color and nutrition but it tasted great along with the Brussels Sprouts.  I have heard of ‘honey mustard’ to dress up Sprouts for the high percentage of us who aren’t so found of them.  And I LOVE spicy mustard, so I gave them one more try thinking that I could always drowned them in sauce if the Brussels Sprouts turned out less than desirable like my first attempt at making them years ago. Why eat Brussels Sprouts? “Brussel’s sprouts can help us avoid chronic, excessive inflammation through a variety of nutrient benefits. First is their rich glucosinolate content. In addition to the detox-supportive properties mentioned earlier, glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts help to regulate the body’s inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system and prevent unwanted inflammation. Particularly well-studied in this context is the glucosinolate called glucobrassicin. The glucobrassicin found in Brussels sprouts can get converted into an isothiocyanate molecule called ITC, or indole-3-carbinol. I3C is an anti-inflammatory compound that can actually operate…

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