Purple Basil, Herbs, Garlic Pesto with Bee Pollen and Nutrional Yeast RECIPE

First a little info on Bee Pollen and Nutritional Yeast:

Bee Pollen: *

Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein and the Chinese have used Bee Pollen for centuries to assist with increasing energy and libido, fighting acne, aiding in indigestion, assisting depression and helping to improve blood pressure.

*Bee pollen is not safe for pregnant women. A woman should also avoid using bee pollen if she is breastfeeding.

Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional Yeast is FULL of nutrients and is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, especially for those who are vegan or vegetarian.  It is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12, is rich in folic acid and many other nutrients and amino acids.  This is not your typical yeast and is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned with candida.

 

Benefits of Purple Basil:  http://chefsecrets.info/vegetarian/permalink.php?article=Benefits-of-Green-%26-Purple-Basil-Pesto%2C-Basil-Leaves%2C-Basil-Oil.txt

Now for the Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Fresh Cut Herbs: I used Purple Basil, Green Basil, a bit of mint and Onion Chives cut the leaves and wash thoroughly.
  • Fresh Garlic as many cloves as you like
  • tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • tablespoon or less or bee pollen
  • salt (I use pink Himalayan salt, but you can use what you like)
  • pepper
  • squeeze of lemon

Directions:

In a blender or food processor, add your herbs…

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add fresh garlic

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then, bee pollen

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nutritional yeast…

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about 5 tablespoons of olive oil

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add a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste

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ENJOY on pasta, bread, by itself or in a salad

Quinoa Vegetable Stuffed Portobello Mushroom on a Bed of Godliness Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil (or whatever oil you want to use for coating the baking dish (coconut oil is great too)
  • 6 small Portobello mushrooms (you can use big ones)
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa (soaked and but not drained for 15 minutes before cooking)
  • Yellow Squash cut into small pieces
  • Carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 of an onion, chopped into small pieces
  • nutritional yeast
  • salt, garlic powder and pepper
  • lettuce, washed and places nicely around the plate
  • tomato, sliced
  • garlic and onion chives, basil
  • sprouts

*directions to cook Quinoa perfectly:

you may rinse quinoa first, but I not.

1/2 cup Quinoa, soaked, not drained (soak in 1 1/4 cup of water)

add salt to the quinoa water when ready to cook

To Cook: start boiling the soaked quinoa in its original water. Once at a boil, cover and turn down to low and cook for 15 minutes. take of the stove and wait for at least 5 minutes… then, lift lid and fluff.. the quinoa should have opaque tail.

set aside quinoa

Directions after cooking Quinoa:

wash mushrooms and take out the steam and clean out the center

chop all your vegetables (onion, carrot, squash) and add the quinoa

sprinkle garlic powder, nutritional yeast, pepper and salt also, add chopped finely garlic and onion chives into the mixture and mix.

Stuff the mushroom with the mixture stuffing without breaking the mushrooms

oil the backing dish and preheat the oven to 325-350

place the stuffed mushrooms in the baking dish and cover with foil.

once oven is hot, bake for 2–25 minutes.

in the meantime, place lettuce, basil, tomato and sprouts on the dinner plates…

once mushrooms are cooked,

place them on the plate and serve hot.

enjoy!

Somen Noodle Soup

Somen Noodle Soup with Marinated baked tofu and veggies and homemade broth

For the broth
Zest of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2-inch piece ginger, cut into coins
½ of a large red onion, sliced
sprigs of fresh herbs
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced (i left this out)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Bragg’s or soy sauce
1 tbsp. light brown sugar

For the tofu
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. hoisin sauce
2½ tsp. light brown sugar (if it’s dark, use less)
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
1 pound extra firm tofu, blotted dry – drain as much water out with breaking the loaf… (I can teach you how.. just reply) and cut into small cubes

For the soup
6 ounces somen noodles
Vegetable oil
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (again, I didn’t use this)
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 celery stick
5 – 10 Brussels sprouts, cut into four

Make the broth
Put all ingredients except for the soy sauce and brown sugar in a large saucepan.  Pour in 8 cups of water and add a large pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly, then strain out and discard the solids.  Stir in the Bragg’s or soy sauce and brown sugar.  Adjust seasoning as necessary.  Keep warm over low heat.

Make the tofu
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Mix together the marinade in a medium baking dish.   Stir in the tofu, coating well with the marinade.  Allow to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally to make sure the tofu is coated with the marinade.  Place in the oven, uncovered, and allow to bake until all the marinade is absorbed and the tofu is getting a slight crisp to it, about 35 minutes.  Toss the tofu once or twice in the baking process so that all the pieces come into contact with the pan.  Remove tofu from the oven and allow to cool.

Make the soup
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the somen noodles and give a good stir.  Cook the noodles until they are almost done, with just a slight bite, and drain.  Rinse well with cold water, drain, and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add just enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the red onion and sauté until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, jalapeño pepper, and ginger and cook for another two minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the veggies and continue to cook, stirring often, until the green vegetables are crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Place some noodles in the bottom of a deep soup bowl.  Ladle on the broth.  Add tofu and vegetables.

Enjoy… you may garnish with herbs, scallions and slice of jalapeño pepper.

Inspired by another recipe post.

“Chicken” Salad

 

Ingredients:

Directions:

Boil vegetable broth, squirt in the Bragg Amino Acids. Once boiling, add TVP and mix.. turn off flame and let the TVP soak up the broth.  Wait until the TVP cools – you can place in the fridge if you like. Once cool…

Place all ingredients together.. mix. and cool.

Enjoy.

 

 

Chinese Potstickers

Chinese Potstickers

Ingredients:

  • 8oz tofu crumbled
  • one carrot, peeled and chopped
  • one zucchini, chopped
  • a couple of button mushroom, chopped
  • one celery, chopped
  • handful of broccoli, chopped
  • fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce or BRAGGS
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Mix ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Place a spoon full in the mix into the center of the pot-sticker. wet the sides and gentle press together.

Fry: heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet. Add closed pot-stickers. brown on each side. Pour 1/3 of water and cover lid. lower the flame and wait until all the water has been absorbed.

Serve while hot with your favorite sauce.

Quinoa with butternut Squash

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces butternut squash (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh chives (optional)

Directions:

  1.  Pre-heat oven to 400F. Cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds and strings. Peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes and toss with the 1 teaspoon of orange juice. Place them on a non-stick baking sheet, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it well and allow to drain. Heat a deep, non-stick pot. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until shallots soften slightly. Add the quinoa and toast it until it has dried out and begins to exude a toasty aroma. Add the squash along with the fresh thyme and vegetable broth. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook, stirring once or twice, until all broth is absorbed, about 30 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I wish I had pine nuts available tonight, but I didn’t!~

Middle Eastern Spinach Hummus

Middle Eastern Spinach Hummus

Ingredients:

2 cups of garbonzo beans, soaked, cooked, drained
1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste) – easy to make too!
2 tablespoons garlic – I use fresh but you can roast them
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix all together in a food processor and serve with warm pita bread.

Can be saved in a fridge for about two weeks.

ENJOY!

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