Recipe: Brown Basmati Pilaf

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup long grain brown rice (not instant)
2 1/2 cups fat-free low-sodium chicken broth or 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until onion is golden, about 5 minutes.
Add rice and sauté for 1 minute. Add broth, and season with salt and pepper to taste; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 45-50 minutes. Check rice occasionally and add water if necessary. Uncover and let rice stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe: Dairy-free Veggie Dip

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Every time I make this, it’s always a little different but this recent batch is a favorite. Use it on crackers, as a salad dressing, instead of mayo, poured over baked potatoes, and, of course, as the ultimate vegetable and chip dip.

Ingredients:
1 cup tahini
3 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
3/4 tsp cumin

Optional: add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a bit of a taste bud ‘pop’; curry powder added depth to the dip

Instructions:
Put all ingredients a food processor/blender and then blend! Add water to thin the mixture, if desired, for use as a dressing.

Recipe: Shiitake and Kale

Cook time: 10 minutes; yields about 4 servings

Ingredients:
one bunch of kale
3 cloves of garlic (more or less, depending on how much you like kale)
1/3 cup raw walnuts
a handful or two shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Cut off the stems of the kale and place it in a large bowl. Chop the garlic into thin slivers.
2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and then add the garlic and walnuts
3. Add the shiitake mushrooms and let cook for about 5 minutes
4. Add the kale and let it cook for a couple minutes
5. Salt and pepper can be added to taste
6. Remove from heat, and enjoy!

Recipe: Roasted Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

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photo source: steamykitchen.com

Ingredients
2 lbs Broccoli florets
1 lb Brussels Sprouts
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons olive oil or grass-fed butter, softened
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 lemon juice and zest
1 pinch cayenne
Celtic Sea or Himalayan salt and pepper
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese from grass-fed animal (optional)
2 Tbsp. raw Almonds, chopped (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash veggies and dry thoroughly.
2. Slice broccoli stems into 1/4 inch thick rounds, cut florets in bite sized pieces. Have as many flat sides as possible so they caramelize. Remove the ends of the Brussels sprouts and slice in half.
3. Place veggies in a single layer on a parchment lined sheet tray with sides. Toss with 2 T of the olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes depending on how crisp you like them. Stir halfway through and toss with fresh garlic. Remove from oven when finished and allow to cool slightly.
5. Whisk together the remaining 2 T oil, lemon juice and zest, dijon, cayenne and salt and pepper to taste.
6. Toss with the veggies and cheese and almonds if using. Serve immediately or allow to come to room temperature.

Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Panini

Ingredients

2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 1/2-inch slices eggplant, (about 1 small)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
8 slices whole-grain country bread
8 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers
4 thin slices red onion

Instructions

Preheat grill to medium-high.
Combine mayonnaise and basil in a small bowl. Using 1 tablespoon oil, lightly brush both sides of eggplant and sprinkle each slice with garlic salt. With the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, brush one side of each slice of bread.
Grill the eggplant for 6 minutes, turn with a spatula, top with cheese, and continue grilling until the cheese is melted and the eggplant is tender, about 4 minutes more. Toast the bread on the grill, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
To assemble sandwiches: Spread basil mayonnaise on four slices of bread. Top with the cheesy eggplant, red peppers, onion and the remaining slices of bread. Cut in half and serve warm.

Recipe: Beans and Greens

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups kale, washed, stems trimmed and chopped
1 (15- ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
3/4 cup chicken stock

Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yields 3-4 servings

Directions
Heat olive oil over medium heat
Add garlic and onion and sauté for about 3 minutes or until tender
Add red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper while stirring
Add kale and let it cook down a bit
Finally add the beans and the chicken stock
Let it cook for 10 minutes
Remove from the stove, and enjoy!