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Snacks and Sides

Beautiful Beet Smoothie

Login: Kristin Meier Colleen has accused me of cheating on the Swiss chard and having a love affair with beets.  It is probably true.  I just love the rich “beet-red” color that beets give anything it touches.  I now add them to my “green” smoothies to transform my...

Mashed Lentils

Mashed Lentils are a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes. Tons of fiber and a soft, creamy texture . . . 2 cups dried red lentils 2 cups organic vegetable stock 2 cups water 1 swish extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 onion, diced and/or 2 large...

Curry Quinoa

Curry Quinoa 2 c cooked red quinoa 4 c vegetable broth ¼ c extra virgin olive oil 1 t white wine vinegar 2 t curry powder ¼ t turmeric ¼ t cayenne pepper 1 t black pepper 1 bag of organic broccoli slaw (or ½ c grated zucchini and ½ c grated carrots) 1 can organic...

Roasted Almonds

Roasted Almonds Ingredient List: 1 lb almonds 2 T pumpkin pie spice 2T grapeseed oil 1T vanilla Directions: Toss almonds with pumpkin pie spice, grapeseed oil, and vanilla. Arrange on cookie sheet.  Bake 350 for about 7 minutes, turn, then bake for an additional 7...

Festive Fruit and Nut Balls

Ingredient list:½ c almonds½ c cashews½ c walnuts½ c peanuts½ c pistachios½  c dates (I used organic Megjool  and deglet dates)½ c figs (I used organic Black Mission figs)1 c dried cranberries or cherries¼ c dried cocoa powder (check brand for GF)½ t freshly...

Sweet or Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

If you are tired of the standard dish-o-nuts on the table at parties, try utilizing your jack-o-lantern by-products. They are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, oleic acid and even tryptophan (nature's sleeping panacea). I've tried to cook these a couple of times, and...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

DELISH/NUTRITISH CHOCOLATE-PEANUTBUTTER BALLS 1 cup oats ½ cup wheat germ, wheat bran or grounded flax ½ cup cocoa powder 1 cup peanut butter, softened (we like to make our own at The Fresh Market) ½ cup honey, agave, molasses or combination mixture 2 T vanilla ½ cup...

Candied Carrots in Orange Sauce

I had leftover oranges and a bag of carrots that weren't getting eaten. So I doubled down my efforts, and am now successfully out of both. I peeled 4 oranges and pureed them in the food processor for a very pulpy juice. I whisked 1/2 cup of water with 2 tbsp maple...

Crispy Kale Chips

Kale chips don't sound as delicious as they taste. I got the kale memo. Kale is the new beef. It's a superfood and eating it will make you superhuman. That's great. But enough is enough.  And then I discovered kale chips. I loved them.  And I served them to my kids....