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Vegetarian Korean Rice Bowl

By Friday, I often find my pantry and refrigerator down to some greens, rice, and eggs. I remembered reading an article on Korean barbeque and specifically the dish, Bibimbap. One of the most iconic dishes of Korea, bibimbap, is a bowl of sticky rice topped with vegetables, meat or seafood and a fried egg. Here I have reserved the marinade usually used for grilling the meat or seafood for seasonal greens, added in some fresh raw vegetables, and topped it all with a fried egg. My kids had fun stirring the egg into the greens and rice, and eating with chopsticks!

Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Heart, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Soups, Sugar Free, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Butternut Squash Soup with Barley

Serve with sautéed brussels sprouts, whole grain rolls.

I am new to experimenting with winter squash soups. I had this mental barrier that they took too long to make and/or would be cumbersome to prepare. Imagine my surprise when I put together this highly nutritious, warming meal together in under 45 minutes. I am now a squash soup convert!

All Seasons, Asian, Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Heart, Main, Paleo / Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Tofu Steaks with Mushrooms and Vegetables

My youngest is a tofu-a-holic and second only to miso soup, this is one of her favorite ways to eat the protein-packed bean curds. I love it because it comes together fast and other than making a pot of rice, all the ingredients are prepared in one skillet. This is my adaptation of a popular Cooking Light recipe, substituting regular mushrooms for shiitake but for a more authentic Asian verison, try the shiitake or even oyster mushrooms.

Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Heart, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Root Veggie Hash and Eggs

Many root vegetables are a great substitute for potatoes. They are perfect for making hash, a breakfast dish of leftover potatoes, meats and other vegetables prepared in a skillet. Turnips, casrrots, rutsbagas, or parsnips provide a lighter hash which is easy to prepare on a lazy Sunday morning.

I like to whip up this balanced carb and protein breakfast when my CSA provides an abundance of these root vegetables. I usually leave out the meat and top the crispy hash with an egg or two, served with a side of Chulula hot sauce, Picka Pepper sauce, or Shirachi sauce.

All Seasons, Beans/Legumes, Crown, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Heart, Main, Mexican, Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Throat, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Vegetarian Chalupa Bowl

I adapted this south-central Mexican specialty from a pork-based slow cooker recipe to a quick vegetarian version. While I have made the original version (and it is quite tasty!), I find the beans-only version light, refreshing, and crave-worthy. It is well suited for an appetite adjusting to warmer days and our bodies needing light fare.

This is one of my family’s staples during the warmer months of the year. My kids especially like the build-it-yourself component of this meal, allowing for customization to one’s own taste (and as we know is sometimes the key with kids!).

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Root, Sacral, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Third Eye, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Coconut-Flax Pancakes

When I was exploring eating raw foods for the first time over a decade ago Ani Pho’s recipes were so inspirational. This is one of my favorite breakfast and snack meals that I have modified slightly. New to raw or needing a new recipe to add to your existing repertoire? This is the must-have one!

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Sides, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Edamame and Summer Corn Quinoa Salad

This light and fresh deli-style salad that I originally bought from Stater Bro. Market in Joshua Tree sustained me for a couple days whether before a hike in Joshua Tree National Park or as a light snack on one of our many car rides during our southern California summer vacation.

I know this salad will become a permanent addition to your summer rotation of favorite, go-to recipes.

All Seasons, Appetizer, Dairy, Fall, Main, Pork, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Serve with chopped walnut, pear and arugula salad with honey white balsamic vinaigrette-

This was a surprise hit as egg pies or quiches do not necessarily elicit much excitement unless you are in your local coffee shop looking for something healthier than scones to go with your just-perked java.
My youngest loved it so much she asked if she could have it for breakfast the next day. Because this is such an easy recipe to make with most of the time invested in waiting for it to bake, we whipped up another quiche, baked it, and cooled it all before her bedtime. My oldest daughter, who typically does not care for eggs, loved it, but was especially keen on the chopped walnut, pear and arugula salad, going back for seconds. The whole meal is a keeper!

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Latin America, Main, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Beef Tamale Pie

Serve with a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette-

Although tamale pie has its origins in the United States, most likely California, many American Hispanics prepare this ultimate comfort food. Not to be confused with Mexican tamales, tamale pie is a baked casserole of ground beef, cornmeal, tomatoes, olives and cheese. I simplified the original recipe, which calls for preparing cornmeal and pouring it into the bottom of a pie dish and again topping the beef mixture with more cornmeal, by substituting a corn muffin mix. A simple side salad completes this family-friendly meal.

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Fall, Main, Middle Eastern, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Beef Kefta Flatbread Pizza

Serve with Tomato-Cucumber Salad-

I was flipping through a Cooking Light magazine and came across Beef Kefta Patties with Cucumber Salad. Kefta? A quick internet search yielded my answer: Kefta is the Lebanese/Syrian dialect for Kofta- a Middle Eastern, South Asian and Balkan meatball or meatloaf, although it is also referred to as kefka in Morocco. In the Middle East Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Cinnamon, hot ground pepper, and mint leaves are optional.

The recipe below shows traditional quantities of these spices and herbs. I have, however, sautéed the kefta mixture in favor of forming into kebobs and made it as the base for a flatbread pizza. In honor of its Lebanese roots, serve it with a cooling cucumber-tomato salad.