• All Squashed Up

     

    Here are some simple ways to make two types of squash, two ways.  The varieties of squash for this dish include Acorn and Butternut.

    Ingredients

    • Butternut Squash
    • Acorn Squash
    • Coconut Oil
    • Rosemary Leaf
    • Sprouted Quinoa
    • Avocado
    • Alfalfa Sprouts
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • Basil
    • Garlic
    • Pink Himalayan Salt
    • Black Pepper

    Directions

    Sprouted Quinoa

    The first part of the recipe began the night before – you may also buy sprouted quinoa.  I like to soak quinoa the night before I cook it. This allows the quinoa to sprout and also deactivate the enzyme inhibitors. Sprouting quinoa can be achieved very easily by placing raw quinoa in a bowl of clean, non-chlorinated water at room temperature, overnight. Once done, the grains will be noticeably softer and make an excellent addition to salads or other cold meals. You can put it in a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag to drain the water and leave it in the sunlight for a day to allow the quinoa to sprout even more.  If you wish to let the sprouts go wild, this process can be repeated for several days.  Just remember to rinse the quinoa twice per day and leave in the cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

    The science behind the sprouting process and its effect on the seed and the human digestive system is fascinating.  Humans do not have the digestive enzymes necessary to break down the fibers contained in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Through the sprouting process, gases are released which activate the natural enzymes and release the nutrients, making them available and easier for human digestion. Germinated seeds are easier to digest and the large intestine does not need to produce bacteria to break down the fiber, avoiding the fermentation process which turns the large intestine acid, when it should be alkaline.

    All grains and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that interfere with the absorption of proteins, cause gastric distress, and deficiencies in amino acids. They also contain phytates (phytic acid) which block the intestinal absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc which are necessary for strong bones, teeth and for overall health.

    The sprouting process allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms neutralize phytic acid, remove enzyme inhibitors and break down complex starches.

    The quinoa will cook quickly since it has been sprouted overnight.  Add a little bit of coconut oil to a pan with rosemary.  Let the rosemary slowly cook in the oil.  Once it appears to be lightly browning, add in chopped garlic and let cook for 3 mins in the coconut oil. Add the sprouted quinoa and just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, the quinoa should not be covered. Heat is still medium. Keep stirring throughout and add in chopped basil, pink Himalayan salt and black pepper.  Fluff to finish.

    Butternut Squash

    Next step in the recipe is to cut the tips off the butternut squash, chop in half the long way, then remove seeds. Take the skin off, easiest with a peeler. Chop into small cubes and place into a large pan.   Add a small amount of Coconut oil to the pan.  Next, add in rosemary leaf and cook on medium for 10 mins, stirring every couple of minutes.  Once the squash is close to being done, or soft,  toss in chopped garlic.  The garlic will cook in 5 mins or less at medium heat, which will allow the flavor to be released into the squash without overcooking it.

    Acorn Squash

    While the butternut squash is cooking, preheat the oven to 350.  Chop the tips off the acorn squash, just enough so that it sits flat on a baking tray.  Halve the acorn squash and clean out the seeds.  Add a small amount of coconut oil to each half.   Put the Squash in the oven for approx. 20 – 30 mins.  If you like, finish them off in the broiler to brown the tops.

    Wilted Kale

    Add chopped purple kale to another pan and put on light heat to wilt. Lightly salt and pepper.

    Plating

    Butternut Squash

    To plate the butternut squash dish, you can achieve a simple and beautiful layering effect by using a small bowl.  Start with the butternut squash on the bottom.  Next put the kale, followed by the quinoa.  Press the quinoa down so that all the ingredients are pressed tightly into the bowl.  Cover the bowl with a plate and flip upside down, give it a few taps on the bottom of the bowl to release and remove.  Garnish with avocado and sprouts.  Finish off with light salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.

    Acorn Squash

    Once the acorn squash is done, remove from oven and fill with the cooked quinoa.  Top with sliced avocado and add light salt and pepper.  Finish with a light drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    Vallaha, there you have it, all squashed up.  Buen Provecho.

    Health Benefits

    Butternut Squash

    When shopping for butternut squash (technically a fruit), look for a matte color on the skin.  A squash with a shiny skin indicates that it was picked to early.  No need to refrigerate the squash, just place in a well-ventilated area and it will keep for up to 3 months.  Up to a week if cut up and covered in the fridge

    The most notable befits of butternut squash are in it’s color. The color signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as carotenoids, shown to protect against heart disease. In particular, the gourd boasts very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A) and one cup of butternut squash contains 50% of the recommended daily dose of antioxidant rich vitamin C.

    And in case you aren’t already sold, butternut squash has been shown to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory, making this fruit great for athletes as well as people suffering from disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

    Acorn Squash

    Acorn squash contains vitamin A, niacin, folate, thiamine and vitamin B-6, but it is an especially good source of vitamin C. One half cup of cooked acorn squash provides about 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Adequate vitamin C promotes the health of the immune and skeletal systems and may help prevent hypertension, heart disease, cancer and osteoarthritis. The vitamin C content of foods is degraded by exposure to air, light, heat and water. To maximize the amount of vitamin C you receive from acorn squash, use the fruit three to four days after purchase and cut immediately before cooking. Steam or bake the squash instead of boiling it to keep vitamin C from being lost in the cooking water.

    Each half-cup serving of acorn squash contains 13 percent of the recommended daily intake of potassium and 11 percent of that for magnesium. As both a mineral and an electrolyte, potassium plays a vital role in muscle contraction and in maintaining the body’s water balance. Magnesium regulates potassium levels, strengthens bones and teeth, and aids in proper energy metabolism. Regularly eating potassium- and magnesium-rich foods like acorn squash, can lessen your chance of stroke, osteoporosis, depression and diabetes. Acorn squash also contains small amounts of iron, calcium, zinc and phosphorus.

    By Adam Kenworthy

    Adam’s passion and appreciation for cooking arose from his love for extreme sports. Having participated in many tests of physical and mental endurance he quickly realized the impact a healthy and well balanced diet played on his overall performance. Adam began to study various aspects of plant based diets, holistic remedies, and culinary techniques from around the world. Through the use of organic, farm-to-table ingredients, Adam hopes to inspire many to reconsider their current eating habits and direct them toward a more sustainable lifestyle.  He believes that conscious eating is the key to living a more healthy and vibrant co-existence with Mother Nature.

     

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  • The Best Paleo Granola Bars

     

    Whether you call them granola or muesli bars – these are vegan, free from refined sugar and grains. This makes them also a gluten free granola bar. In truth, it’s a nut bar. So delicious. Paleo Granola Bar recipe below.

    The perfect pocket sized snack or lunch box treats. I’ve made these a number of times and I like them best when they are crunchy. So cook them low and slow. Additionally I like to cut them smaller as they are quite filling. Why bother with Paleo if you are vegan? Well, quite simply, it’s possible to be an unhealthy vegan if you fill your diet with wheat and flour based foods. Anytime you can swap the wheat out for something more nutritionally dense, you are doing yourself a favor. I don’t want to bang on about wheat flour here, (as so many experts have already written much about the topic), just make this and eat it because it’s delicious! You have the added benefit of knowing it is healthier than the regular shop bought muesli bars laden with sugar.

    Hemp seed powder

    These crunchy paleo granola bars have the addition of hemp powder. This gives them an extra protein boost. If you don’t have hemp powder you could swap for oats or leave it out completely. You could also leave out the tahini, but I include it because it is an excellent source of calcium.

    NOTE: What is just as important as putting nutritious food into your body? Having your body be able to extract and absorb the nutrients. For this reason I recommend soaking the nuts first and then drying them in a dehydrator. This will remove the inhibitor enzymes and make them easier to digest. Of course, like you, I sometimes can’t be bothered with all that and have still made this successfully without soaking the nuts first. Both work. But if you have the time, soak overnight then rinse and dry out in the dehydrator or oven on a low temp. Below 47 Degrees Celsius. Drizzle granola bar with chocolate. Make your own or use shop bought vegan dark chocolate.

    Ingredients

    • 3 1/2 cups of mixed raw nuts
    • 1/2 cup pepitas and sunflower seeds
    • 1 cup dried fruit (I used a mix of apricots, sultanas and currants)
    • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
    • 1/3 cup coconut oil
    • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
    • 1/2 cup almond butter
    • 1 tbs tahini
    • 2 tbs hemp powder
    • 3 tsp Maldon sea salt flakes
    • 1 tbs pure vanilla essence or extract

    Method

    On a low heat, melt the oil, tahini, nut butter, rice malt syrup, salt, and vanilla. Mix well in the saucepan until combined. Add in vanilla and cinnamon. In a food processor, blend half the nuts, all the hemp powder and all of the desiccated coconut until fine crumb. Roughly pulse in the remaining nuts and seeds so still chunky. Mix in fruit. Combine wet ingredients with dry. Mix well. Press into a lamination tray lined with baking paper. Bake in a low oven (160 degrees Celsius) for about 30 minutes. Be careful not to burn the nuts bars. When golden toasted, pull out bars and cut into slices while still warm. Allow to cool and top with melted dark chocolate. Store in fridge. Store in an airtight container.

    By Natalie Prigoone

    Natalie Prigoone is the author of ‘The Great Uncooking’ a raw food detox book and A Piece of Cake: Easy Raw Desserts. She is a yoga teacher, high school teacher and raw food chef. Natalie discovered raw foods and their healing magic in 2011. She is passionate about healthy life hacks, and creating recipes that lead to greater health and healing. Follow her on Instagram @thegreatuncooking or Facebook.

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  • Yogi Super Soup

    A meal that will keep you warm on those chilly spring days, boost your immunity with a hearty dose of super greens, and free up time in your beautiful life.

    This delicious soup is designed for those of us who enjoy healthy food, but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Enjoy a helping of this soup with a spoonful of sunflower seed butter for extra taste and nutrition.  Yoga teaches us to embrace the time we’re given, making this soup the perfect match for the dedicated yogi.

    Ingredients

    • 8 Cups Greens Mixture (Baby Kale, Chard, and Spinach)
    • ½ Sweet Onion – Diced
    • 2 Tomatoes – Diced
    • 1 Leek
    • 32-Oz. Vegetable Broth
    • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • 1 tsp Rosemary
    • 1 tsp Thyme

    Method

    • Process greens, onions, and tomatoes in food processor making them easier to digest.
    • Cut leek into coins.
    • Place soup pot on medium heat, adding in vegetable broth.
    • Add in all ingredients.
    • Bring soup to boil for 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly.
    • Reduce heat, and allow soup to simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
    • Allow soup 5 minutes to cool before consuming.
    • This recipe yields approximately 5-8 servings.

    Enjoy the comfort good food can bring. Namaste.

    By Jodi Lane

     

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  • Chocolate and Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

    The smoothie bowl craze that’s been blending its way into society over the last few years ins’t over yet, and we are so excited to share this raw, plant-based treat with you. Did you know that the best time of day to eat chocolate is actually in the morning? And Lee Holmes is helping us capitalize on this delicious knowledge by sharing her recipe for a Chocolate and Raspberry Smoothie Bowl that will have your taste buds singing all morning long.

    This recipe makes 2 servings, but if you don’t have someone to share it with, don’t worry! You can actually make this smoothie in advance and freeze it in a muffin tray. When you’re ready to enjoy, take three out, whiz them in your high-speed blender and you’ll be good to go!

    Side note, wouldn’t this be the perfect treat to share with your someone special this valentines day? We think so!

    Ingredients:

    2 frozen bananas
    1 ripe avocado, peeled
    125 g (41/2 oz/1 cup) raspberries

    2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla powder

    130 g (41/2 oz/1/2 cup)r coconut yoghurt

    125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) almond milk or plant milk of your choice

    The method for putting this bowl together is simple. Blend together all of your ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. The mixture should have a spoonable consistency.

    Then, pour the mixture into two bowls and decorate with your chosen topping(s).

    Choose your favorite toppings to put the finishing touches on your smoothie bowl, or use any of the following items recommended by Lee:
    edible flowers, passion fruit, lilly pilly berries, banana, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), chia seeds, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, granola and/or nut butter.

    Enjoy!

    Recipe by Lee Holmes

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  • Sexy Salads ™️  Featuring Red Vein Sorrel

    Adam Kenworthy may be one of the most creative salad creators we know! Each of his salads is unique, colorful and full of flavor. Today, we’re sharing his recipe for a Red Vein Sorrel with shaved and roasted Purple Cauliflower, tossed in lemon juice. This salad is topped of with pan roasted Butternut Squash, watermelon radish, avocado and a sensational Carrot Ginger Dressing.

    Ingredients for the Salad:

    • Red Vein Sorrel
    • Purple Cauliflower
    • 1 Lemon
    • 1 small butternut squash
    •  Watermelon radishes
    • Avocados

    Directions:

    First, cut a large piece of purple cauliflower from the stock, then slice it thinly using a mandoline. Place your cauliflower sliced into a bowl with lemon juice and set that aside.

    Cut the butternut squash in half removing the longer, thinner part of the squash from the shorter, rounder portion of the vegetable. store the thinner portion of the squash to use for another recipe like Adam’s Plant Based Pizza.

    Peel the rounded portion of the butternut squash before cutting it in half and removing the seeds.

    Next, cut the squash into thin slices using a mandoline.

    Roast your squash in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil, over medium heat, until lightly browned.

    Next, use a grater to grate your watermelon radish (desired amount).

    Place your Red Vein Sorrel on a plate, then add the cauliflower, roasted squash, watermelon radish shavings, and avocado. Top it all of with the Carrot Ginger Dressing and enjoy.

    Ingredients for the dressing:

    • 1 small piece of ginger
    • 1 cup grated carrot
    • 4 tbs olive oil
    • 3 tbs coconut vinegar
    • 1 tbs Tamari
    • Pinch of salt
    • Water to help reach desired consistency

    BLEND WELL

    Recipe by Adam Kenworthy

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  • Stuffed Eggplant

    When it comes to cooking, Eggplant is most commonly prepared like a vegetable, even though botanically speaking, it’s technically a berry. You probably won’t find us eating raw eggplant like we would raw blueberries any time soon, but we’re definitely going to try Adam Kenworthy’s Stuffed Eggplant ASAP!

    Gather up the following ingredients and then follow the instructions below to give this dish a try. Keep in mind, Adam is a big fan of cooking to taste so many of the ingredients are not given with exact measurements. Add more or less of each ingredient depending on your own tastes and what you prefer. This is how you learn to cook!

    EGGPLANT MARINADE INGREDIENTS

    Olive oil
    Coconut Aminos
    Smoked paprika
    Salt
    Red pepper flakes

     

    MAIN DISH INGREDIENTS

    Italian eggplant
    quinoa
    chopped shishito
    romanesco
    shallot
    pine nuts
    mint
    curly parsley
    olive oil
    coconut vinegar
    coconut aminos
    salt to taste.
    METHOD

    To start, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, then cut your eggplant in half and score the meat before placing it on baking tray.

    Pour a drizzle of olive oil into a pan (enough to coat) and add the smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, then add the mixture to a bowl, before whisking in the Coconut Aminos (about ¼ cup)

    Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients and pour the mixture over your eggplant.

    Roast the marinated eggplant until softened and golden brown. About 25 to 30 minutes.
    Next, cook your quinoa according to the package instructions.

    While the Quinoa and the Eggplant cook, begin chopping and sautéing your other veggies (Shallot, Shishito peppers, Romanesco).

    Add your sautéd veggies, and fresh herbs to the quinoa and toss in a drizzle of coconut vinegar and a drizzle of coconut aminos. Add salt to taste.

    When the eggplant is ready, plate it and top it with your quinoa mixture and pine nuts.

    Top with a chimichurri. (optional) and enjoy.

    Recipe by Adam Kenworthy

  • Sautéed Broccoli with Toasted Pine Nuts & Tahini Vinaigrette

    A lot of people think that being a vegan means less options for what you can eat, but that just simply isn’t true. Especially when we have amazing food experts, like Adam Kenworthy, showing us how to make creative new dishes, and dress up old favorites. Like this super simple sautéed broccoli with toasted pine nuts and a tahini vinaigrette! Whether you’re a fan of this cruciferous vegetable or not, this recipe is one you’ll want to make again and again.

    Try it as a side dish, as part of a veggie salad, or even as a snack. All you need is one head of broccoli, a small handful of pine nuts, some tahini, a splash of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, plus a little salt.

    Put it all together and you’ve got a tasty plate that’s loaded with nutrients. Use this simple recipe to give it a try at home. Adam Kenworthy is a big fan of cooking to taste, so play around with it and really make it your own.

    Dressing Ingredients

    a small spoonful of Tahini
    a drizzle of olive oil
    a small spoonful of apple cider vinegar
    Salt to taste
    Water (optional) to create desired consistency

    Method

    First, heat about 2 inches of water in a large sauté pan on medium heat.

    Then chop up your broccoli into bite sized pieces and add it to the pan. Sauté until tender.

    Next make your dressing. Add all ingredients to a small food processor or blender and combine until you meet your desired consistency. Be sure to taste as you go, adding additional amounts of the ingredients as needed based on your preferences.

    Plate your broccoli, then drizzle your dressing all over the veggies, and top it all off with the toasted pine nuts.

    Serve and enjoy!

    Recipe by Adam Kenworthy

     

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  • VEGAN + DAIRY-FREE MATCHA LATTE SMOOTHIE BOWL

    Coffee is a beloved, energy enhancing beverage that is consumed by many people around the world, but these days, people are looking for other options and luckily, there is a new kid on the block stepping into the limelight. We’ve been seeing matcha lattes, matcha cookies, and matcha smoothies all over social media, and for good reason. For those that don’t love or do well on coffee, matcha offers a creamy alternative that is lower in caffeine and higher in antioxidants.

    How is matcha different from regular green tea, you ask? Good question!

    While matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant, matcha is made from de-stemmed and de-veined green tea leaves and then ground into a smooth powder. Unlike it’s counterpart that can be harvested with a machine, matcha must be harvested by hand requiring more time and care. Unlike green tea leaves left in the sun to dry, matcha leaves are placed in the shade which contributes to the rich green color and more nutrient dense nutritional profile.

    So, when you slowly sip on your matcha latte savoring the subtle sweetness and rich, velvety, creaminess, you are also receiving:

    • 10x’s the amount of antioxidants than green tea
    • steady, grounded energy
    • metabolic boost
    • a dose of chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier for the body
    • feel good, relaxed mood

    But you don’t just have to sip on this tasty treat. You can also use it to make a delicious smoothie bowl! give this recipe from Naomi Seifter and our friends at Picnik Austin a try.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup frozen spinach
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 cup Picnik Golden Milk Matcha Latte
    • 1/2 avocado
    • Topped with fresh berries, grain-free granola, banana, and coconut flakes

    Directions:

    Combine the first four ingredients in your blender and give it a whirl. Then pour it out into a bowl and top it off with all of the superfoods of your heart’s choosing!

     

    Recipe from Naomi Seifter & Picnik Austin

     

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  • Apple and Fennel Soup

    Soup Season is officially here! It’s fall in the United States and as the weather starts to get cooler, the idea of curling up with a hot bowl of soup just gets more and more appealing. Good thing we know so many amazing foodies out there who have such delicious plant based recipes for us to try. We love this Apple and Fennel Soup by Lee Holmes and we just know you will too!

    This recipe serves 4. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 brown onion, peeled and diced
    • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 4 small fennel bulbs, with fronds
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
    • 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) good-quality vegetable broth
    • 4 seasonal apples peeled and chopped
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • coconut cream or coconut yoghurt, to serve

    Directions

    Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery and garlic for 3–4 minutes, or until softened.

    Meanwhile, remove the fronds from the fennel and reserve for garnishing. Dice the fennel bulbs and set aside.

    Add the mustard to the pan, stirring well. Stir in the stock, fennel and apple. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

    Cover and cook for 30–35 minutes, or until the fennel is tender.

    Leave to cool slightly, then purée the soup using a food processor or hand-held stick blender. Whisk in the lemon juice, then season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Gently reheat the soup, if needed.

    Ladle into bowls, add a swirl of coconut cream, garnish with the reserved fennel fronds and serve.

    NOTE: I’ve also garnished the soup with slices of dried apple.

    Simply roast some thinly sliced apple pieces in a 160°C (315°F) oven for 15–20 minutes, until dried.

     

    By Lee Holmes

    Follower her on instagram @leesupercharged 

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  • Hemp Tabbouleh

    Now that it’s officially legal to eat Hemp in Australia I’m happy to make my recipe public. However you spell tabouli / tabbouleh my version is a blessing for those who like it gluten-free. A good source of protein and plant fibre, this Middle Eastern salad is wheat free. Parsley is the star player in this dish, but Hemp seeds have such a wonderful nutty flavour that I’ve added more than I would if it were a straight substitute for burgul.

    For those not in the know, tabouleh is traditionally made by soaking cracked wheat or burgul, not only is wheat not that good for you but this step is time consuming.  Additionaly, not only does my recipe save you time in the kitchen, but it is higher in protein.  Sounds like winning to me.

    Ingredients

    1/2 cup Hemp Seeds

    2 cups chopped parsley

    1 cup chopped mint leaves

    1 stalk of spring onion chopped  (or white onion)

    3 vine ripened tomatoes

    1 clove garlic

    1 lemon juiced

    1/4 cup extra virginolive oil

    salt & pepper to taste

     

    Method

    Wash herbs and pat dry.  Chop herbs finely and place into a mixing bowl. Finely dice tomatoes and onion. Squeeze lemon and garlic and place in bowl with the other ingredients. Stir in Hemp and drizzle on olive oil.  Serve immediately or even allow the flavours to marinate and meddle for awhile.  That’s the beauty of this dish, it improves with time.  Serve on it’s own or as an accompaniment to vegan burgers.

    By Natalie Prigoone

     

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