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Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Tabbouleh is such a quick, easy Lebanese dish that incorporates so many good things; heart healthy olive oil, crisp vegetables and healing herbs. I have always incorporated some chickpeas into the dish for additional protein. Once I discovered quinoa, the ancient seed was an easy substitute for me, as quinoa is wheat-free and does not result in any insulin spikes for me. I like to add a green leafy vegetable to the salad (in this case arugula) so it becomes one dish eating.

All Seasons, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans

This is an extremely versatile bean dish. I have served this as a main meal over brown rice with lots of veggie sides and as a side dish to grilled meats. The leftovers are perfect for using in Wild Rice and White Bean Stuffed Tomatoes (see The Whole Meal for the recipe). The mashed garlic really adds unique flavor (as well as being great for cardiovascular and immune health).

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Sandra’s Super Addictive Hot Salsa

My friend, Sandra Botero, whips up the freshest, spiciest salsa that I regularly consume on everything from eggs and grilled meats to simple salads. She shared her recipe with me in all its freshness and simplicity. I dare you to try this and then tell me that you do not crave it. You’ll also stay sick-free, as this salsa is chockfull of immunity boosting vegetables.

All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Drinks, Drinks, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Green Smoothies

This is my favorite way to get a lot of raw fruits and vegetables in my girls’ diet first thing in the morning. There are so many great things about green smoothies beyond the obvious health benefits: fast, easy, adaptable, portable; to name a few.

The “green” refers to adding vegetable greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, into a fruit smoothie but if you leave out dark fruit the greens create a vibrant green colored smoothie which most kids find fun especially if you give it a fun name(Kermit’s Smoothie perhaps?).

This is my kids’ favorite version, which includes raspberries (optional in the recipe below if you want a bright green colored smoothie); dark fruit is an easy way to “hide” the spinach (worked wonders for me for years with my youngest. Now she does not care, as the great taste factor overruled the idea of spinach in her smoothies).

All, All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Latin America, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Argentine Chimichurri

My mother’s good friend, Ester, is an amazing cook and entertainer who also happen to be Argentine. I have personally benefited from her culinary heritage and finally had her share with me some classic Argentine recipes. Chimichurri is probably the most well known, as it is always served with grilled meats, but each Argentine has his/her own way of making it. This is Ester’s version, fresh parsley only (many add dried oregano). This sauce is addictive; you’ll find yourself keeping a stash in the fridge to slather on everything!

All Seasons, American, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Gluten free, Raw, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sweet and Salty Nutter Balls

My husband likes Lara Bar’s Uber bars and one day he brought home a box of “Roasted Nut Rolls”. I liked the name so I flipped to the ingredients and decided I wanted to make a simple version at home. These were a huge hit with my gym friends (great for both pre- and post-workout) as well as a sweet treat, snack or quick, grab-and-go breakfast for my family.

All, American, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian

Strawberry-Chia Seed Jam

I adapted my daughter’s blueberry-chia seed jam recipe for this spring fruit favorite with great success. With just a hint of sweetness via some honey, the burst of ripe strawberries really shines through. This is what you want to make with all those strawberries you picked fresh or scored at your local farmer’s market.

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Overnight Muesli

This is one of my favorite recipes for breakfast. For those of you curious or already well-versed in raw foods, this is a staple! It is so adaptable depending on what is in your pantry and your fruit bowl. I adore figs so this is my favorite way to make it, but feel free to mix it up (dried cranberries, raisins or dates instead of figs; fresh berries with or instead of apples)!