Heart Happy Mediterranean Pasta Salad

The season for fresh garbanzo beans can be so short you don’t notice it at all. Most of us will resort to cans. But if you happen to catch this late summer/early autumn bean, your heart and taste buds will thank you.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 1 cup of red carrots
  • 2 steams of celery
  • 1⁄2 red onion
  • 1 cup of artichoke hearts
  • 1⁄2 cup Greek olives
  • 1 pound of steamed, fresh garbanzo beans (or 1 can rinsed and drained)
  • 1 package of gluten-free penne pasta (we use the ancient harvest quinoa pasta)
  • 1⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet relish

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Rinse and set aside.
  • Next chop lettuce, basil, carrots, celery, red onion,artichoke hearts and olives and place them in a very large bowl.
  • Top with garbanzo beans and cooked pasta.
  • Next mix together the balsamic, Dijon and sweet relish.
  • Stir well.
  • Pour dressing over salad and mix everything together.

Triple Produce Smoothie

It’s so easy: chop, blend and drink. Any fresh greens work if you don’t have chard, including kale, spinach or arugula. You can also try different berries, such as raspberries or blackberries. Basically, any berry with tartness will pull this mix together.

Ingredients:

  • 2 leaves of chard
  • 1 large (or 2 small) orange, peel removed.
  • 1.5 cups of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Spanish Quinoa

Cool early autumn evenings call for a heart-warming dish packed with nutrition, and quinoa fits the bill. This version is a savory take on Spanish-style rice that tastes better the next day. Your heart will thank you.

Serves: 4
Takes: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes
  • Garnish Sea salt Avocado

Directions

  • In a food processor, process tomatoes until they create a sauce.
  • Add all ingredients (excluding garnish) to a large sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and continue cooking for 20 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, fluff with fork.
  • Add a dash of sea salt and top with sliced avocados.

Black Eyed Pea Cornbread

Comfort food re-imagined with heart-healthy black-eyed peas that are a good source of calcium. Crumble this cornbread under ice cream, serve with chili or top with a dollop of butter and enjoy.

Serves: 8
Takes: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked black eye peas
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey :

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
  2. line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a medium bowl, wisk together the milk and the vinegar and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the oil and honey to the milk mixture. Wisk with a fork until it starts to bubble.
  6. Pour the wet ingredient into the dry and mix together using a large wooden spoon or a firm spatula.
  7. Next stir in the beans.
  8. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Sweet Tomato and Basil Salad

This fast, delicious salad captures the height of summer flavors. Takes 10 minutes to make and serves 4 people, unless you’re like me and snack while you prep. In that case, add an extra tomato.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 2-3 radishes
  • 1 spring onion
  • 3 peaches
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Handful of chopped almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop lettuce, tomatoes, basil, spring onion, peaches and add those to a large bowl.
  2. Add cranberries and almonds as well.
  3. Next shred radishes and add those to the bowl.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Before serving toss with some balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Pesto Avocado Tacos

These tacos look kinda green and lumpy but taste amazing. You’ll lick your fingers as you spoon the filling into the shells. Takes 20 minutes and serves 4.

Ingredients:

Pesto:

  • 2 cups of basil
  • 1 Tbsp. Miso paste
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Water to thin out
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Mexican seasoning


Tacos

  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 summer squash (any variety)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup tatsoi
  • Salsa

 

Directions:

  1. Make Pesto by placing all ingredients into a food processor leaving out the water,.
  2. Process.
  3. Then add water until a thick sauce is made.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Chop tomatoes and cilantro.
  6. Slice avocados.
  7. Next turn oven on to 300 degrees.
  8. Quickly run tortillas under water and shake off, lay a big piece of foil out flat and place tortillas on top of foil.
  9. Using another sheet of foil place the foil on top of tortillas.
  10. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Next chop squash and onions into 1/2 inch cubes.
  12. Place in frying pan with a little water or oil so they don’t burn.
  13. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  14. Add pesto to frying pan and stir to coat vegetables.
  15. Cook until warm and turn down to low.
  16. To assembly take a tortilla and place some pesto vegetables in the shell along with a tomatoes, cilantro, avocados and tatsoi.
  17. Top with salsa.

Green Grapefruit Juice

Hot days often mean I don’t feel hungry, but I know that I need nutrition and hydration. I make this healthy juice and sip it during the afternoon. Substituting blood orange for grapefruit makes a sweeter version.

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit (sweeter alternate: 1 blood orange)
2 cucumbers
3 carrots
4 leafs of kale

Directions:

Process all ingredients into juicer and serve immediately or refrigerate. Keeps for 24 hours.

Makes 1 serving
Takes 5 minutes

Savory Tropical Salad

Ripe mangoes and tomatoes give this dish a mouthwatering combination of sweet, tart and savory flavors. Topping with guacamole on hand adds creaminess that leaves me licking the bowl.

Ingredients:

4 zucchinis
2 tomatoes (green and red)
2 carrots
1 mango
2 plantains
1 lime
Salsa
Guacamole
Salt to taste

Directions:

Turn oven onto broil.
Oil large baking sheet with coconut oil.
Peel and thinly slice plantains into long strips.
Place flat on baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes.
Take out, flip and broil for 5 more minutes.
Next dice zucchini, tomatoes and mango and add those to a large bowl.
Shred carrots and add those to the bowl.
Next juice lime over vegetables and mix well.
Once plantains have cooled chop those into 1⁄2 inch slices and put those in the salad.
Mix well and serve with a big scoop of salsa and guacamole.

Makes 4 servings
Takes 20 minutes

Fresh Green Tomato Salsa

Green tomatoes arrive in my CSA box this week, and I love their rich tang. Blend them with alliums and cilantro in a food processor for a light and tasty salsa.

Ingredients

  • 3 green tomatoes
  • 1 spring onion (the bulb)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1⁄2 bunch of cilantro
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno

 

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Adjust heat to your taste.
  3. Drain juice through strainer and serve.

Sesame Ginger Salad

I love how this salad disappears at every party. It’s tangy, cooling and delicious.

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 4 small red or orange carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 avocado

Dressing

  • 1⁄4 cup tamari
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)

 

Directions:

  1. Chop all salad ingredients and place in a large bowl.
  2. Mix all salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.