Superbowl Casserole

Ready for the big game on Sunday?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will have your Superbowl fans begging for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free vegetable broth
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jalapeno Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/6 tsp. ground sage
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups organic corn or rice chips
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Toppings: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole, organic salsa

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine vegetable broth, tomato sauce, tomato slices, onions, scallions, olives, spices, agave nectar, sea salt and pepper to form a sauce.  Set aside.
  • Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Layer half of the chicken, then beans, then half of the sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheese and tortilla chips.
  • Repeat layers, ending with cheese on the top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until casserole is bubbling and cooked.
  • Garnish with cilantro and top with a dollop of each: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole and salsa.
  • Enjoy the Game!
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Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!

More Snacks…

Just in time for the holiday weekend, my On-The-Go Snack List continues…

I’m sure many of you are planning on hitting the road for the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, so I thought I’d share some more of my snack ideas with you…many of them are quick and easy to prepare and can be stored in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware.

This time around I’ve categorized your munchies into what you’re taste buds are craving…You can indulge in these tasty, easy-to-prep finger foods guilt-free!

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Crunchy

  • Rye crackers with mashed avocado and lemon juice
  • Whole wheat cracker spread with nut butter, drizzled with honey and topped with sliced strawberries
  • Air-Popped Popcorn (make your own healthy variety)
  • Apple slices drizzled with Agave Nectar
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Crudites of veggies and your choice of dip (Hummus, Tabouli, Vinaigrette, Balsamic Dressing and Olive Oil)
  • Celery and Nut Butter
  • Whole Grain toast with hummus
  • Toasted nuts sprinkled with stevia and cinnamon

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Sweet

  • Wheat grass
  • Dried fruit
  • Greek yogurt and ripe fruit
  • Dried fruit and nuts (Try pairing together different options such as pistachios with dried mango, macadamia nuts with dried cherries, peanuts with dried apricots, hazelnuts with dried pears or cashews with dried cranberries)
  • Sprouted date bread with all natural jam
  • Frozen Greek yogurt (Make Your Own)
  • 1 Banana rolled in cocoa powder and drizzled with honey
  • Porridge (Maple syrup, cinnamon, soy milk, bananas mixed with your choice of left-over grains)
  • Smoothies (Carob powder, Greek yogurt, ice, fruit, soy milk, etc.)
  • Fruit ‘Ice Cream’ (Peel a banana, freeze and blend in a food processor along with nuts and berries.
  • Roasted Sweet Veggies drizzled with cinnamon and agave nectar (Experiment with root veggies such as yams, sweet potatoes, squashes such as acorn, butternut or kabocha and cut into chunks or ‘fries’, then sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with agave nectar; bake until crispy).
  • Organic Dark Chocolate Chips or Carob Chips

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Salty

  • Olives
  • Pickles, Pickled Beets, Pickled Tomatoes
  • Hummus, Tabouli
  • Organic Turkey slices wrapped around sliced avocado and tomato
  • Sardines and Oysters
  • Steamed veggies with your choice of Shoyu, Tamari, Miso or Umemboshi Vinegar
  • Miso Soup with whole wheat crackers
  • Sea Vegetables added to any dish
  • Whole Grain Tortilla chips dipped into homemade salsa/guacamole
  • Sprouted Cheese Melt (Toast sprouted bread and top with a slice of cheese; broil until cheese is melted and top with a slice of tomato).
  • Sauerkraut
  • Whole Wheat Pitas with Parmesan (Sprinkle Galaxy Vegan Parmesan Cheese over a whole wheat pita; broil until cheese turns brown and cut into squares.
  • Fresh Lime or Lemon Juice added to your beverages
  • Vinegar and Lemon/Lime Juice mixed into marinades and dressings
  • Salted Edamame
  • Organic Cheese

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Creamy

  • Smoothies
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Avocados
  • Homemade Rice Pudding
  • Baba Ghanoush/ Hummus Spreads
  • Pureed Soups
  • Cottage Cheese with whole grain crackers and fruit
  • Homemade Pudding (Made with Silken Tofu, Avocado or Mashed Banana)
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes/Yams
  • Coconut Milk

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Good Luck!

Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Tasty, Tangy Taco Supreme

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I made these tangy soft tacos last night and I couldn’t resist sharing them with all of you.  The touch of cilantro and lime juice tops these babies off with a pungent kick that will have your taste buds dancin’…(the secret that makes this dish so fantastic is the crushed peanuts cooked with your choice of protein)…Let me know your thoughts!

Ingredients

  • Protein Source Options: (Ground Chicken, Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Ground Bison, Tofu, Egg, Tempeh, Seitan, Beans, Refried Beans, or Grilled Veggies…the options are endless)
  • 1/4 cup crushed Peanuts (or 1/4 cup All Natural Nut Butter)
  • 1/2 White onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Red onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 Cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Fresh Avocado, sliced
  • Tortillas of Choice (sprouted grain, whole wheat)
  • SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free Cheese (Cheddar) sliced for topping
  • Tofutti Sour Cream for topping
  • Scallions for topping
  • 1/2 Cup Olives, sliced for topping
  • 3 Limes, sliced in wedges (squeeze juice for topping)
  • 1/2 Jar Organic Salsa Verde
  • Nu-Salt (Salt free substitute)/ Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • Optional Condiments of choice: Hot Sauce, Crushed Red Pepper

Directions

  • Cook your desired protein with the crushed peanuts and 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. 
  • In seperate skillet, add 1 Tbsp.  olive oil and  1Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar with the onions, garlic, and Nu-Salt/pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. 
  • Remove from heat. Add tomatoes, cilantro, olives, protein choice, avocado slices and fresh squeezed lime juice. 
  • Heat tortillas in a pan or the oven and serve warm.
  • Place your desired protein in the center of the tortilla and add the mixture from the skillet on top. 
  • Have fun with your toppings of Tofutti Sour Cream, SoyaKaas cheese, salsa and scallions.
  • Enjoy!

Not Your Average Pizza

This title says it all…I promise you, this is NOT your average Pizza…Give it a whirl and let me know your thoughts!  This is an easy recipe that can be prepared within minutes.  Simply purchase fresh wraps from your local health food store and top with your desired amount of the ingredients below.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Wrap of choice (Whole Wheat/ Gluten Free)
  • 1/4 cup Eden Organic Pizza and Pasta Sauce
  • Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Portabello Mushrooms, sliced
  • SoyaKaas Lactose Free/Gluten Free Cheese (Mozzarella)
  • Olives, sliced
  • Spinach
  • Garlic, Olive Oil, Spices of Choice
  • Vegan “Parmesan Cheese” for topping
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place flat wrap onto a baking sheet lined with tin foil (spray foil with olive oil)
  • Top with Eden Organic Pizza and Pasta Sauce
  • Add the above ingredients
  • Place into the oven for 15 minutes. 20 for crispy.
  • Top with Vegan “Parmesan Cheese”, a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar and Oregano (or spices of choice)

Turkey Enchilada Bake

Well hellllooo Cinco de Mayo…here’s a dish that will have your taste buds dancin’ just in time for tomorrow’s celebration…this mouth-watering meal is perfect for any occasion, but ideal for tomorrow’s Cinco de Mayo festivities!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Scallions (Choped)
  • 1/2 cup Red Bell Peppers (Chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Black Olives (Sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 Tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Olive Oil
  • Tortillas (Whole Wheat/ Gluten Free)
  • SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free Cheese (Shredded)
  • Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
  • Organic Enchilada Sauce
  • Nu-Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Tofutti Sour Cream (Topping)
  • Fresh Salsa (Topping)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large skillet over high heat, stir onion, olives, red peppers, garlic, chili powder and turkey in olive oil until turkey is fully cooked and forms a crumbled texture (aprox. 5 minutes). Add 1 cup of the organic enchilada sauce and Nu-Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Arrange tortillas evenly over the bottom of a deep casserole dish, overlapping to fit the shape of the dish.  Spread 1/3 cup shredded cheese over tortillas until completely covered, then add 1/3 of the turkey mixture and a 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, spreading each level. Repeat until you have completed two more layers of tortillas, cheese, turkey mixture and enchilada sauce.  Finally, top with another layer of tortillas and sauce.  Sprinkle with shredded cheese and cilantro.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot in the center.
  • Top with fresh cilantro, scallions and fresh salsa and Tofutti Sour Cream.
  • Enjoy!