Friday, January 10, 2014

Gluten Free/ Vegan Minestrone Soup

 Kidney beans







baby spinach

sea salt/black pepper to taste

optional -add spaghetti sauce (I used Amy's Family Marinara)

optional - add cooked brown rice or cooked quinoa, I added brown rice

Monday, January 6, 2014

Roasted Chicken Soup with Roasted Veggies by Against All Grain

This photo is my messy mashup version. I was hungry and used a potato masher instead of taking out the blender and blending half the soup. I also used frozen spinach as I didn't have baby spinach. It is DELICIOUS! (Please click link for the beautiful photo of this delicious soup)
Butter nut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, chicken, baby spinach...can't wait to try this one! Click on the link for picture and recipe. For more grain free recipes go to

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Black Bean Soup (gluten free/vegan)

2 TBSP olive oil
1 15 oz. can of black beans (I use Eden )
1/2 cup canned refried black beans (we use Amy's Vegetarian )
1 small red bell pepper diced
1/2 jalapeno minced
3 carrots chopped
3-4 celery stalks chopped
2 medium onions
3 medium cloves garlic minced
1/2 head of kale chopped
2 tsps cumin
1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
2 bay leaves
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
water (to make veggie stock)

Yummy optional additions....brown rice or quinoa, guacamole, cilantro, vegan sour cream.

Add all veggies (except kale- the kale goes in at the end) to a soup pot with 2 TBSP olive oil. Saute for 5-10 minutes add dry spices and salt and pepper. Add water to cover to make veggie stock. Add bay leaves, bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients (including kale) and when simmer returns cook for another  10 minutes. Add optional stir ins/toppings if you'd like, and enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pizza Kale Chips

If nightshades "bother" your body  (cause aches/pains acid reflux)- skip this recipe 
Pizza "sauce" kale chip coating (soak nuts the day before!!!) Better with a dehydrator!

1 and 1/4 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts soaked overnight and drained

1/2 cup rounded raw unsalted cashew nuts soaked overnight and drained

1 large red bell pepper roughly chopped

3/4 cup sundried tomatoes soaked in water just to cover for a half hour (add sundried tomatoes with soaking water to blender)

2 large garlic cloves

2 TBSP lemon juice

1 and 1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/4 to 1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp sea salt

Toss with kale (see instructions below)

1-2 heads of clean stemmed kale cut into 1-2 inch pieces(I use curly green kale)

Add all ingredients (put veggies first- helps blend better) to a high powered blender and blend til smooth. Toss blended "pizza sauce" with washed and stemmed kale til evenly coated, and dehydrate in dehydrator at  105-115 degrees overnight or til crisp , or oven on it's lowest temperature watch carefully to crisp and not burn. You may have to cycle the oven on and off to keep the temp low enough to crisp and not burn.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

GF Vegan Chili with Brown Rice

       Red and Green bell pepper
       Tomatoes and sauce (preferable fresh and homemade, but can or jar OK)
       Kidney beans
       Black beans
      Cooked brown rice (if desired)

Next time my husband makes this I will add the quantities...he always "wings it"
***Careful if nightshades increase your joint pain, if so skip this one...***

Squash Potato Leek Soup

       1cup      Boiled potatoes
       2 cups   Roasted Butternut squash
      Veggie or chicken stock (to thin soup to desired consistency)
      Dairy free milk (I used rice milk- to make soup creamier)
      Sage (if desired)
      Salt and pepper (to taste- I like a pinch of cayenne in this)
     Put all ingredients together and cook til hot then cool slightly and puree in a blender or food processor in small batches

Will put better quantities/measurements the next time I make this.

GF Vegan Guacamole Salad Burrito

 A Food For Life brown rice tortilla sauteed in a little olive oil (or other favorite oil)
Fresh salad greens (cooked kale is also good in this)
Brown Rice or quinoa (if desired)
A squirt of lime
Roll up and eat

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sauteed Veggie Spring Roll Pockets

pkg Small Asian Spring Roll Skins or Rice Wrappers (4-5 inches)
1/4 head thinly sliced Cabbage
 1/2-1 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1 cup thinly sliced or chopped kale
 2 small minced shallot
1/2 tsp salt- or to taste
about 1/8 cup Olive oil (or your choice of oil)

You can change the veggies to any veggies you prefer.
Saute the veggies for 5-7 minutes
Soak each wrapper to get soft.
Fill the wrapper with a small tsp of veggie filling and fold into a package to enclose filling. Get a bunch ready on the plate and fry in a hot pan with your choice of oil til crispy.
caution: do not flip these too early let them sit in the pan for 3-5 minutes before handling/flipping them or they may break open.

Brown Rice Spaghetti with Tempeh and Garden Veggies

1 pkg Tinkyada Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti
1 cup chopped tomatoes(if tolerated)
1 cup chopped kale
2 small shallots
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/8 cup olive oil
Salt to taste (about 1/2 to 1 tsp)
pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (if tolerated)

Cook spaghetti as per package directions and drain and rinse off starch in collander.
Add all veggies to a frying pan with the olive oil and spices. Cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add drained pasta and heat through and serve.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fruit "Hand Pies" Recipe

I remember that I mentioned my idea/recipe for "hand pies". A hand pie is a bit of pie filling usally totally enclosed in pie crust and closed up kind of like a large ravioli or pierogie.(but pie crust on the outside "dough" and fruit filling on the inside. Kind of like a fruit filled "egg roll". Will try to get a picture up soon...

I just made another one today...(cherries, raspberries, and strawberries are great also, pick any fruit you like in a pie)
Today's Recipe
1 Food For Life Rice Tortilla
approx 1/2 cup fruit in season (or frozen fruit) (today I used peaches and blueberries from the farm stand)
2 tsp oil of choice (today I used avocado oil)
all fruit jam or preserves or maple syrup to sweeten fruit- if desired (optional)
cinnamon sugar to sprinkle (optional)
small scoop of vanilla rice dream or soy milk "frozen dessert" (ice cream) (optional)

Heat up pan on medium, put in oil.

Saute tortilla on one side to soften and lightly brown about 2-3 minute. Flip tortilla and put raw fruit on the tortilla (if desired cook the fruit and make fruit filling in a separate pot then add to tortilla)

Let tortilla brown on other side for 2-3 minutes and fold like an egg roll, if you don't know how to do this just fold tortilla in half. Brown on both sides for another minute or 2 til you get the desired crispness you like.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired and top with vanilla soy or rice "frozen dessert" Yummy! and gluten free, dairy free and egg free!

PS you can get all fruit preserves with no sugar added (make sure there is no artificial sweetener added also ! that is a "game" the manufacturer's play they'll say no sugar added but then they add splenda or something, STAY away from that artificial chemcal stuff, it's BAD, BAD BAD for our bodies!)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fruit and Custard Tart (Macro or Raw)

From Christina Pirello "Cooking the Whole Foods Way" I made my changes as usual...

Oat and Nut Crust (For raw can use nut and date crust)

1 cup rolled oats (I used quinoa flakes, I don't tolerate oats even if GF)
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup corn oil (get organic- much of the corn in the US is GMO) (I used almond oil)
1/4 cup brown rice syrup (I used 1/8 cup maple syrup and 1/8 cup brown rice syrup)

Filling (For raw use a nut cream filling such as my brownie cheesecake filling )

1 cup amasake (available at health food stores- fermented rice shake) (I used vanilla almond flavor amasake)
2 tsp kuzu dissolved in 1/4 cup water(available at health food stores by asian section) (I would add 1 TBSP kuzu next time in 2 TBSP cup water)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (did not use)
Fruit to arrange on top I used  frozen cherries and raspberries (all I had -would prefer fresh..)
In macrobiotics cherries are tree fruit and as such should be cooked, berries are from bushes and can be eaten raw.

Glaze (Did not use- but if using fresh fruit and if tart will sit a few days probably the glaze would be good to use the glaze to preserve the fruit- or if you want the tart to be extra pretty for a special occasion) (For raw use a date syrup or fruit syrup made in blender or food processor)

1/4 cup unsweetened or fruit sweetened apricot preserves
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup water
1 tsp agar agar flakes (asain section of health food store)

Directions- Crust

Put rolled oats/or quinoa flakes in food processor gind til fine.
Add oats and almonds to a bowl add brown rice syrup/maple syrup and oil and mix well
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes Cool crust. Then make filling...


Put amasake in a pot, add kuzu to 1/4 cup cold water and dissolve, add to amasake in pot.
Bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes stirring constantly with a whisk and take off heat and pour into cooled tart crust. Arrange fruit on top of amasake custard and add glaze if using


Heat all ingredients for glaze (low heat) in a pot stirring constantly til agar dissolves about 10 minutes

Allow the tart to set up for 1 hour before serving at room temp or refrigerate the leftovers. (if there are any)

My Raw Collard Wrap Video

Eden Sweet Aduki Beans and Mochi

Recipe Eden Sweet Aduki Beans and Mochi

Sweet beans may sound odd, but it is a very common thing in Japan and other cultures..think along the lines of baked beans and how sweet they can be...I have extra adukis so I will try this recipe.

Eden Sweet Aduki Beans & Mochi

Serves 3

Prep Time 0:05

Cook Time 0:25


15 ounces Eden Organic Aduki Beans, drained, reserve small amount of the liquid
1 Tablespoon organic maple syrup
1/4 cup organic raisins (or other dried fuit)
1 teaspoon Eden Shoyu Soy Sauce, or to taste (shoyu has wheat ingredients you can substitute Bragg's Liquid Aminos if Wheat Free or Gluten Free)
3 pieces Eden Sweet Brown Rice Mochi, cut into quarters
or Eden Sprouted Brown Rice Mochi


Place the aduki beans, syrup, raisins and shoyu in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes. If liquid needs to be added, add a small amount of the reserve bean cooking liquid. When the beans are about half cooked, place the mochi on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 5 minutes or until it puffs up. Place 4 pieces of mochi in individual bowls and spoon the sweet aduki beans over.

Nutritional Info
Per serving: 177 Calories, 1g Fat (3% calories from fat), 10g Protein, 60g Carbohydrate, 7g Fiber, 0mg Cholesterol, 125mg Sodium

©2010 Eden Foods, Inc.

Some Vegan and Other Cookbooks

"The Allergen Free Baker's Handbook.." Cybele Pascal (GF Vegan Classic Crumb Cake on Page 50)

"Real Food Daily" by Ann Gentry

"The Body Ecology Diet.." Donna Gates (recipes and also an anti- candida diet/book)

"The Vegan Table" by Coleen Patrick-Goudreau (I think I will buy this one- pad thai recipe was in here)

"Vegan with a Vengeance" Isa Chandra Moskowitz (many wheat recipes)

" Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons" by Nava Atlas

"Matha Stewart's Dinner at Home" by Martha Stewart (has a good amount of vegan/vegetarian choices/ many wheat recipes, but can change them failry easily)

Macrobiotic Desserts Link  (If GF (Gluten Free) change out the wheat flour with GF flour/mix

Monday, April 26, 2010

Trail Mix Treats (Raw or Macro)-candy

3/4 cup Toasted Almonds
2 TBSP Dried cherries soaked
2 TBSPDried Apricots soaked
3 TBSP Mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life makes dairy free,gluten free and  soy free) (optional)

Grind toasted almonds fine in a food processor

Add soaked cherries and apricots mix in food processor til well combined

Add chocolate chips and pulse til mixed

Shape into balls and refrigerate. These taste like trail mix made into treats. Satisfy your sweet tooth! Yum!

****You can make this recipe "raw" also with raw almonds and raw chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs.