WORLD FOODS

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

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!

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.

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, 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.

All Seasons, American, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Hickory Smoked BBQ Short Ribs

Do you have a craving for BBQ ribs, but no time to precook them, bake them, and then grill them? No problem, as this slow cooker does it all for you. It’s finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone good and pairs perfectly with cornbread, coleslaw and an ice cold beer (fresh lemonade for the kids).

All Seasons, American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Sides, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

This is my whole foods version of baked beans that can be eaten as a main dish; a little bit tangy and a little bit sweet. Serve this with a side of greens, homemade cole slaw or a crispy salad. I like it over brown rice, but a warm loaf of baked bread or dinner rolls, and chunks of cheese would also suffice.

All Seasons, American, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Main, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker French Dipped Sandwiches

If you happen to be in Los Angeles you must make a stop into Phillipe the Original in Chinatown for the best French dipped sandwiches. While all their versions are pretty yummy (lamb, roast pork, turkey or ham) it’s their classic roast beef French dip that is iconic LA food and I had to recreate the sandwich at home for when the craving just needs to be satisfied. This is the restaurant’s classic recipe adapted for the slow cooker. Much cheaper than a plane ticket!