“Not-Tuna” Salad – VEGAN

This is both a great meat alternative and a terrific raw food recipe.

1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked 8-12 hours

1 cup raw almonds, soaked 8-12 hours

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup minced celery

1/4 cup minced red onion

1/4 cup minced parsley

2 teaspoons kelp powder

1 teaspoon sea salt (adjust as desired)

Soak the nuts in filtered water overnight and drain.  Process the almonds, sunflower seeds, salt and lemon juice in a food processor until mixture sticks together.  you may need to stop the machine and scrape down the walls with a spatula.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand.

“Not-salmon” Salad – ad 1/4 cup grated carrots.

Serve in lettuce leaves, endive leaves, or organic bell pepper halves.

Holiday Guacamole

Core Plan

Serves 4-6

This is an awesome take on a classic.  My friend Leanne introduced me to this last year and it is amazing.  Serve it up with some grain-free tortilla chips and take it to your next party for some oohs and ahhs.  NOTE:  You may want to make double or triple because it disappears fast!

1/2 white onion, minced
4 serrano or jalapeno chile peppers, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
4 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 organic pear, peeled, cored and diced
½ cup organic seedless green grapes, halved or quartered
½ cup organic strawberries, diced
1 cup pomegranate seeds

Mix the onion, chile peppers, and salt in a bowl. Fold in the avocados and lime juice. Stir in pear, grapes, strawberries and pomegranate. Chill until serving.

 

Hummus

Advanced and Core Plan

Serves 4-6

This is a recipe that appeared in my Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book 10 years ago.  I realized it never made it to my blog and it is one of my favorites.

This is a delicious and full of flavor.  It is great served with grainless crackers, vegetables, on a salad, or in a breadless sandwich.

1 can chickpeas
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) (you can put more to taste)
Lemon juice (adjust amount to desired consistency and taste)
Sea salt to taste

Optional add ins:
Fresh parsley
Paprika
Cumin
Cayenne

*Kim’s favorite:  I personally love a lot of cumin and a dash of cayenne.   When ready to serve, I drizzle more olive oil, paprika and fresh parsley

Drain chickpeas reserving about 1/4 cup of the liquid.  Put chickpeas and reserved liquid in a food processor and process until smooth.  Add all other ingredients and adjust to suit taste and consistency.

 

 

Zucchini Boats

Impress your friends with this delicious and beautifully presented dish. You will want to double this recipe!
2 Medium Organic Zucchini
3⁄4 Pound Ground Turkey
1 Small Onion, Chopped
1 Cup Raw Cheese (or Cheese Alternative), Shredded (Optional)
2 Tablespoons Fruit Sweetened Ketchup or Tomato Paste
1⁄2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1⁄4 Teaspoon Pepper
1⁄2 Cup Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
1⁄2 Cup Sweet Red Peppers
1⁄2 Cup Chopped Green Peppers

Trim the ends of the zucchini. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out pulp, laving a 1⁄2 inch shell. Finely chop pulp. In a skillet, cook ground turkey, zucchini pulp, onion, mushrooms, and peppers until meat is brown, drain. Remove from heat. Add 1⁄2 cup cheese, ketchup, sea salt, and pepper. Mix well. Spoon into the zucchini shells Place in a buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese if desired. Bake uncovered at 350oF for 30 minutes.

Stuffed Porto Patty

Portabello mushrooms are a great meat alternative because they are thick, meaty, and very filling.

4 Medium Portabello Mushrooms 1 Large Tomato, Diced
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Diced
6-8 Kalamata Olives, Sliced
4 Leaves Chopped Fresh Basil 1⁄2 Small Red Onion, Diced
Optional: 2 handfuls fresh spinach.
2 Teaspoons Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Butter,
1⁄4 Teaspoon Sea Salt (optional)
1⁄4 Teaspoon Course Black Pepper
Goat Cheese Crumbles

Melt butter and garlic until tender. Trim stems off mushrooms and wipe off any dirt with damp towel. Brush insides of mushrooms with half of melted butter and garlic. Sautee peppers, onion, tomatoes, basil, spinach (if desired), olives and black pepper for 3-4 minutes with rest of butter and garlic. Meanwhile, grill mushrooms top up for approx. 4 minutes. Turn over and top with veggie mixture and cheese. Continue grilling until cheese is soft.
Oven option: bake mushrooms for 10 minutes, top with remaining ingredients and cook for another 20-30 minutes or until done.

Green Bean Amandine

Most green bean recipes call for the beans to be cooked so long that much of the nutrients are lost.  In this recipe, they remain completely intact.

3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
8 tablespoons avocado or coconut oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups green beans, french cut
2 cups mushrooms, wiped and sliced
1 cups almonds, sliced or slivered

 

Combine ingredients for marinade and pour over beans, mushrooms, and onions.  Toss well.  Allow to marinate for 2 hours in a dehydrator or overnight in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled or just slightly warmed.

TIP:  Use the slicer blade in a food processor to French cut the beans.  Just put a whole handful in at a time and press down.