Green Goddess Dressing/Dip

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I don’t know about all of you but we are coming out of our ears with tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, etc.,. It’s also 100 degrees on my front porch (as I write) and I am craving light and refreshing meals and flavors. This is my vegan/GF version of the a classic dressing and dip to enjoy your veggies with. Stay cool because it’s supposed to stay hot all week.

Green Goddess Dressing/Dip:

1/2 c Earth Balance or Follow Your Heart soy free veganaise

1/4 c Almond Milk, unsweetened, original

2 Tbl White Distilled Vinegar (apple cider vinegar might work also)

1 Tbl lemon juice

2 Tbl chopped Parsley

1 Tbl chopped Tarragon

1 Tbl chopped Chives

2 Anchovy Fillets, optional

1 Tbl minced onion or shallot, optional

1 tsp salt and pepper or to taste

 

Directions:

1) Place the lemon juice and vinegar into the milk almond and let sit for 10-20 minutes. This make vegan buttermilk.

2) Take the “buttermilk” and all remaining ingredients and blend.

3) Store in the fridge. It gets better after 1 day of being in the fridge.

 

 


Nutmeal Cookies without the processed white sugars

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OK I worship chocolate. I am very particular about what chocolate I like and I only like the good stuff. I have worked out a fabulous homemade chocolate recipe eliminated processed sugar. I worked hard on this and boy let me tell you there were a lot of disappointing trials. Now I had to tackle the beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am really trying to only eat natural sugars. Honey and maple syrup have minerals and antimicrobial properties. Honey especially is soothing to the throat and nervous system. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index which supports a healthy blood sugar regulation. I also use ingredients that are high in fiber and protein. In summation- have your treat without the guilt.

White sugar free Nutmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3- 3 1/2 cups almond or hazelnut meal ( I get mine at Trader Joe)
2 sticks (or 1 c or 8 oz) Earth Balance (I avoid the soy and use olive oil or canola margarine) You can sub 2 oz out for melted coconut oil if you want
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbl Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 4 Tbl warm water, stirred and mixed thoroughly or 2 eggs
1 tsp Real salt
1/2 recipe Make your Own CHOCOLATE, chopped

1 c of oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill), dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,.(optional)

1 tsp cinnamon, optional
Cream sugar and butter. Add vanilla and egg replacer (or eggs). Mix thoroughly.  Next, add the combined dry ingredients.
Stir in the chocolate chips, oatmeal, dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,. So the next step is something I learned in my pastry chef days. I pre-scoop the cookies and freeze them for at least 2 hours. This way the center stays gooey and the outside crisp after baking. I always disliked a dry crumbly cookie.  You can then bake them to order. That way you don’t overeat. The cookies are always fresh and warm (the house smells like fresh cookies more often).   They can stay in the freezer for months. I use this technique with all cookies.

Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-15 minutes or until golden and set.


Peach with Cashew Cream and Granola

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Peaches, peaches, peaches…..YUM!!! I have enjoyed this breakfast every morning this week. I add a splash of lemon juice because cashews are so high in iron. The citrus has acid and vitamin C which helps increase absorption of the iron. This cream is so easy, versatile and nutrient dense. Enjoy.

Cashew Cream:

1 cup raw, whole cashew

1/3 c water

1/4 vanilla bean, scrapped

1/8 tsp almond extract

1 Tbl maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

Splash of lemon juice

Peaches

Candida’s Granola or Raw Granola 

Directions:

1) Cove the cashews with water. Let soak fro 3-24 hours.

2) Strain water. Add the 1/3 c water and remaining ingredients into a blender or even better a vita-mix until silky smooth. NOTE: The vita-mix will make a better product. If using a Cuisinart or blender, scrap the edges down and strain if you want it to be perfectly smooth.

3) Wash and slice the peach. Add a spoonful of the cashew cream. Top with the granola of your choosing.

 

 


Cauliflower with a Roasted Veggie Vinaigrette

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I went to the market and picked up some beautiful veggies. I love whole roasted cauliflower. It picks up a texture that is so rich, hearty and inviting. I was going to just make the vinaigrette but decided to incorporate more of my lovely, fresh from the garden beauties. Voila! A meal all on its own.

Cauliflower with Roasted Veggie Vinaigrette:

1 head of Cauliflower

3-4 Tbl olive oil, divided

salt and pepper

1 lemon squeezed and zested

1 Tbl vinegar of choice (apple cider, balsamic, sherry all work really well)

parsley, basil, cilantro,dill (whatever fresh herbs you have handy, many are in season)

4-5 shiitake mushrooms (the are $10/pound at the market…great price and adds protein)

1 zucchini, sliced

1/2 onion , chopped

1 small garlic clove, minced

Kernels from 1 ear of corn, cooked by grilling, roasting, steaming

4 Kale leaves, chiffonade (so thinly sliced) Make sure these are dry and lightly oiled.

Capers (optional)

 

Directions:

1) Drizzle the cauliflower head with at least a Tbl of the oil, sat and pepper. Roast at 375 degrees in the oven for about 30-60 minutes (depending on the size of the head). It should be golden brown and very fork tender.

2) While that is cooking, get 1 tsp of oil hot in a saute pan, throw in the onions and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, mushrooms and zucchini and saute for another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with lemon juice. Add the capers.

3) In the last 15 minutes of cooking the cauliflower (so when it’s close to being done), add the lightly sauteed veggies. Let them cook for 7-10 minutes. Then drizzle the kale over the dish. Bake for 5-7 more minutes. You are essentially making crispy kale over the dish.

4) When it’s all cooked, golden and fork tender, take it our of the oven, drizzle with 2 Tbl of oil, vinegar, lemon zest and fresh herbs.

5) Serve with brown rice tortilla, a favorite grilled meat or fish, some whole grains. Add some Pesto, Romesco or Love your Liver Artichoke Dip.

 

 


Meatballs in a creamy lemon and pesto sauce…

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…say what! Yum is you should all be saying. This is a rich sauce because of the olive oil. Such a healthy fat, you can indulge with none of the guilt and all of the pleasure. Serve with lightly sauteed, steamed or roasted veggies and/or over brown rice, GF pasta, polenta, quinoa or amarynth.

Meatballs in a creamy lemon and pesto sauce:

1 pound of extra lean ground beef, chicken breast or turkey breast (or some combo, organic, local and grass fed)

4 tsp olive oil, divided

1/3 medium sized onion, diced

1 Tbl fresh parsley, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pinch of oregano

1 tsp each real salt and pepper (plus more to season the sauce to taste with)

2 Tbl GF panko breadcrumbs (to make healthier, substitute brown rice, amarynth, quinoa, almond meal)

1/8 c fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 c almond milk, plain and unsweetened

1 Tbl homemade basil pesto or fresh chopped basil

 

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Heat 2 tsp of oil in a oven safe pan that has a tight fitting lid. Then add the onions on medium/high heat. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Next add the garlic. Saute for 2-3 more minutes. Add the breadcrumbs (or grain) and brown for 2-3 more minutes. Transfer to a glass or stainless bowl to cool.

3) Once mixture is cool, add the meat, oregano, parsley and s and p. Form into meatball size (2 inch rounds, a little bigger than a golf ball).

4) Go back to the original pan (no need to clean it after sauteing the onion etc. Lots of flavor there that you want to keep). Heat up 2 tsp oil on medium/high heat. Brown the meatballs for about 3 minutes before flipping to another side. Brown 2 sides of each. Then add 3/4 c water.

5) Cover and put in the oven. Back about 15 minutes until meat is cooked.

6) Take the meatballs out of the pan. It will have lovely dripping and liquid. Add lemon juice. Reduce on a simmer for about 5 minutes. You will notice it starts reducing. Add the basil or pesto and continue to simmer for a few minutes so the flavors can blend.

7) Whisk in 1/4 c of the milk until it’s incorporated, about 5 minutes then add the remaining milk while whisking for a few more minutes. Season with s and p as you like.

8) Return the meatballs to the pan. Get the sauce all around them and simmer for 3 -5 more minutes.

9) Serve with veggies and over a grain, pasta, polenta…whatever you like. Enjoy!!!

 

 

 


Introducing my blog…”I CAN’T EAT WHAT!!!

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Woah woah woah! Ok ok…Wait a minute! Take it down! Calm down. You’re just going to get yourself sick and twisted up in a knot again.

Is this how you felt? I know I did!  After years of not knowing why you didn’t feel good. Depressed? Tired? Bloated? Anemic? Joint pain? The list goes on and on. They diagnosed you with Celiac disease. Fibromyalgia. I.B.S.. Lactose intolerance. Again, on and on! Well help is here. Dr. Candida and her Pdx blog designed to help you learn how to eat and enjoy the food you’re eating!  I will offer reviews about various cafes, restaurants and products around the country. I will also offer some of my own helpful hints and recipes. Using my culinary arts and naturopathic degrees, I am compiling great support for us all. Read more if you’d like to hear my own personal story.

I was diagnosed in 2002 by a medical doctor with gluten sensitivity. He said, “Good luck with this because gluten is in everything.” At this time, options were limited in this country. I had been working as a chef for many years at this time and had just discontinued working as a pastry chef in a bakery I co-owned. It was as if my body knew it was safe to finally reveal a cause of its dis-ease. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. How was I going to eat? Bake? Cook? My Italian heritage is very gluten full and it’s delicious. I immediately started to mourn, lost weight and vitality. A passion in my life was gone and I didn’t know how to grow with this new information.

Often with gluten sensitivity, other foods such as dairy, sugar and eggs can also be causing inflammation. As I eliminated these foods, I realized how toxic they were to my very sensitive digestive system. When I would eliminate a food for a month then have a “party day” with each food separately to see if you react to that one food, I would immediately react. (this is a very common method of “testing” with naturopaths) ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! More limitations. More restrictions. More information completely altering my world as I knew it. I had already been battling eating disorders since I was a teenager. This news added another layer that would further increase and deepen the disorder.

With the support of my wonderful naturopath, I was encouraged to see this as an exciting, new challenge. A new way of eating, baking and cooking that could nourish and heal the body. Now that I am a nauropath myself I have a volumes of recipes and nutritional information to offer.  Stay tuned!