Posts filed under ‘Entree’

Quinoa Spinach Bowl

Tonight I wasn’t feeling very well an wanted something super light, yet still highly nutritious. I was glad when I saw my sister post this recipe to her Pinterest board. I’ve been seeing so many delicious recipes there lately!

I’ve been doing a lot of these types of bowls because they are easy…and luckiy my entire family will eat them. 🙂 Eating healthy, whole foods does not have to be difficult!

I started out by making the quinoa (2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa) with a veggie bouillon cube and I added a handful of diced sweet potato to it while it cooked.

When it was done, I opened the lid and put a couple handfuls of fresh spinach in and put the lid back on with the burner off. After it steamed lightly for a few minutes, I put it all in bowls and topped it with herbed goat cheese and avocado.

This could be customized so many ways! I would have added some shitakes if I had them, or maybe some cranberries. You could also leave out the boullion and top it with a yummy light dressing (Martha Stewart does a light vinaigrette in her original recipe).

Have fun with it and then come back and tell me what you did!


October 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm 14 comments

Sunchoke Quinoa

sunchoke quinoa

When Lucy was born, a friend brought over roasted veggies and it had sunchokes in it. Until that point in time, I hadn’t ever tasted a sunchoke. At least not that I was aware of. Sunchokes are also known as jerusalem artichokes, and they are scrumptious. Kind of a mix between a potato and an artichoke. I love this recipe…very tasty and easy. You can’t go wrong with meals that can be made in one pot! It can be eaten as a main dish with a salad or as a side. Enjoy!

Sunchoke Quinoa
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups veggie broth
1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 T olive oil
1 can chickpeas
1 cup chopped sunchokes (I leave the peels on if they’re organic)
1 can peas
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a 2 qt saucepan over medium heat and saute the onion until translucent. Add the quiona and toast over medium heat until it cracks/pops (3-5 minutes). Add broth and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add chickpeas, sunchokes, peas, and salt/pepper. Simmer covered for 15-20 minutes. Fluff and serve. Top with avocado and sea salt for fun. Yum.

November 12, 2009 at 11:33 pm 8 comments

Raw Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

This delicious little number is from Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen. If you want to go raw and need a good “starting out” cookbook, I love this one. Get the DVD too and you’re all set! This was my first raw cookbook and it’s super inspirational. This recipe is great as an appetizer or an entree.

Raw Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
18-22 button mushrooms, washed and stemmed

Stuffed with:
1 cup walnuts
½ cup pine nuts
2 cups basil
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
½ t sea salt

Place mushroom caps top side down on dehydrator tray. Blend the stuffing in the food processor and scoop a small amount into each mushroom.

Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5-6 hours until soft. Serve with a large green salad and enjoy!

August 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm 11 comments

Happy Wrapping

Romaine Wrap

I love romaine lettuce. It’s soooo crunchy  and can be used in many different ways. One of my favorites is to use it as a wrap for other yummy food. In the photo above, I had zucchini hummus, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and avocado. Wrap it all up and there you go! You have a quick and easy meal.

Another favorite is the walnut meat tacos. Be sure to try those babies…they will knock your socks off! In that recipe, I made it as a salad, but you can also wrap them in romaine leaves. Side note…those are my “stand by” recipes for salsa and guacamole. They’re amazing. And that cashew “sour cream” could be used on just about anything.

And lastly, on a variation of the recipe above, comes probably the fastest raw meal around…salsa and guacamole in a romaine leaf. So tasty and satisfying!

Happy Wrapping!

August 21, 2009 at 1:45 am 8 comments

Eating Cooked

Kale Quinoa Portabella

I don’t eat a 100% raw diet, nor do I have the desire to do that anytime soon. I have found that I am much happier overall when I include a small amount of healthy cooked food…not necessarily every day, but whenever I feel like it. My cooked food is always vegan…with the exception of eggs and raw goat cheese.

This is my favorite cooked meal lately…

  • Red quinoa (same as white quinoa but prettier!)
  • Balsamic portabella mushrooms (sliced and cooked in my balsamic dressing until soft)
  • Steamed kale (prepared with garlic, red wine vinegar, sea salt, and olive oil)
  • Sweet potatoes (I usually roast these for added crunch and sweetness, but tonight I steamed/boiled them)

Portabellas are a great substitute if you’re missing a “meaty” texture. They are super hearty and can be used as a topper like I have them above, on sandwiches, or on salads. The possibilities are limitless! 🙂

August 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm 7 comments

Quinoa with Pine Nuts & Kalamata Olives

Quinoa with Pine Nuts and Kalamata Olives

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is one of my favorite foods. It’s so versatile and yummy…and it also has all of the essential amino acids our bodies need, which means it’s naturally a “complete protein”.  And let me tell you….this recipe I am about to share will knock your socks off. I LOVE IT. I can’t get enough. Oh my. It’s so easy and can be used as the main dish or as a side dish. It’s also makes great leftovers…warmed up, eaten cold, or you could even top your salad with it!

I love the flavor combination involved…the strength of the olives offset by the creamy goodness of the avocado. Mmmmmm mmmmmm. 🙂 The pine nuts give it just the right amount of crunch and the fresh herbs and lemon juice keep it tasting light and delicious. I chose to add some organic goat cheese to ours and it was perfect! You could also add some big chunks of artichoke hearts, I think they would work nicely as well. A tip…get the highest quality kalamata olives you can find, it’s worth it.

I’m always amazed when people tell me they’ve never tried quinoa. And to that I say: “You’ve never felt the quinoa LOVE?? That’s nonsense”. So for those of you who are clueless when it comes to quinoa, this is a great dish to start with. Let me know what you think!

Quinoa with Pine Nuts & Kalamata Olives
Sunflower Market Recipes (I grabbed this one off of their recipe stand in Boulder, CO)

2 cups quinoa
1 cup pine nuts
1/2 cut pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups veggie broth
1/2 cup fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (double this if you’re my mom, the “International Ambassador of Cilantro)
2 avocados, diced
2 lemons
Sea salt & ground black pepper

Bring veggie broth to a boil and add quinoa. Cover with a tight lid and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until it fluffs nicely with a fork. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat 1 T olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add pine nuts, shallots, and garlic. Saute util golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a large mixing bowl. Add the sauteed pine nuts, shallots, parsley, cilantro, and avocados. Add the juice of the 2 lemons for dressing. Sea salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t add any more salt because it was already quite salty from the olives and veggie broth…but do what you want!).


July 31, 2009 at 2:11 pm 11 comments

Sprouted Quinoa Tabbouleh

Sprouted Quinoa Tabbouleh
This is the perfect summer salad. It’s so light and refreshing…and quite addicting. I love all of the fresh herbs in it…especially the mint. Mint makes me happy. Add it to your smoothies and it will make YOU happy too. 🙂 This was great on a bed of sprouts…but you could also use it in a wrap or on crackers.

Sprouted Quinoa Tabbouleh
2-3 cups sprouted quinoa* (you could also use cooked quinoa)
2 green onions, including tops
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped (optional)
1 cucumber, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 handful of each: mint, basil, and parsley (minced)

Dressing (adjust to taste):
1 lemon, juiced (approximately 2 T)
1-2 T olive oil
1 T agave
1 t sea salt

*To sprout your quinoa, soak it overnight and then rinse. Let it sit for 1-2 days until you see the little “tails” sprouting out of the seed. I put mine in a mason jar with a mesh lid and invert it into a bowl for good drainage.

July 14, 2009 at 5:39 am 5 comments

Almost Tuna

Faux Tuna
This is a delicious alternative to your “same ‘ol salad”! The kelp powder in this recipe can be found at your local health food store…and it’s what gives it that “tuna” taste. Kelp is also an herbal source of calcium, magnesium, sodium and iodine….so eat up!

Almost Tuna
Living on Live Food
Alissa Cohen

3 cups alfalfa sprouts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (soaked)
1/4 cup sprouted lentils (optional)
1/4 cup mung bean sprouts
3 T almond butter
1 T kelp powder
1 t Nama Shoyu/soy sauce/Braggs
1/2 cup onion
2 stalks celery
1 t sea salt (or more to taste)

Place 3 cups alfalfa in a bowl and set aside.

In a food processor, combine sunflower seeds, almond butter, nama shoyu, kelp powder, mung bean sprouts, and lentils and blend until smooth. The mung bean sprouts add a lot of water/liquid. If you need to substitute another sprout for those, you might need to add a little water.

Add the onion and celery and pulse chop until onion and celery are blended but still chunky.

Remove from food processor and pour over alfalfa sprouts. Mix well. If there is too much sauce, add more sprouts. Add salt or more kelp if it doesn’t have enough “kick”.

Stuff into an avocado, spread in a collard or romaine leaf, or dip your flax crackers into it…and ENJOY!! Sprinkle hemp seeds on top for an extra nutritional kick.

July 9, 2009 at 4:03 am 5 comments

Snobby Joes

I’m not sure how I have lived so long without these…they are definitely a keeper! Another goodie from Isa Chandra…these “snobby joes” are certain to please both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We ate them on buns with organic ketchup (way better tasting than regular!), mustard, and pickles. If you wanted to omit the bread, you could serve them in lettuce wraps. These were SO TASTY. Wow.

I tweaked the original recipe a bit…up the chili powder if you like it spicier!

1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 – 1 Tablespoons chili powder (orig. recipe called for 3!)
1 1/2  teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons yellow mustard (wet mustard)

4 to 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns

Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.

Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.

Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait. I like to serve these open faced, with a scoop of snobby joe on each slice of the bun.

January 17, 2009 at 7:43 am 37 comments


This is my most recent love. The TLT. Tempeh Lettuce Tomato…but with a twist. The tomatoes are roasted, which gives it a deliciously sweet flavor, and the tempeh marinade is amazing. If you’ve been scared of using tempeh, this would be a great recipe to start with. You can find tempeh in the freezer or cooler at your natural foods store, or most large grocery stores. Don’t be worried when you open it and it looks “moldy”. Tempeh is fermented soybeans…hence the moldy look. It’s still good. Don’t throw it away! The best way to describe it is kind of nutty and chewy…with more of a “meat” texture for those of you who have family members who need that 😉 It’s also high in protein

Here are a few tips:

  • I’ve tried marinating both for 4 hours and also overnight. The overnight marinade is MUCH tastier. Just cover it and throw it in the fridge.
  • The recipe calls for just avocado as the condiment, but I REALLY like veganaise, so I added some of that too. It totally changes the flavor. LOVE it.
  • You wouldn’t have to roast the tomatoes…it does add one more step, but they are super tasty.
  • Some seedy whole grain bread works best.
  • Although this seems like a really involved recipe just for a sandwich, it’s soooo worth it. And once you make it once, you get the hang of it and it goes super fast. I usually prepare everything the night before or the morning of and have it for lunch.

TLT Sandwich Recipe
From this amazing webiste. They update frequently…so check it out!

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup shoyu sauce (or soy sauce)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup)
3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers (optional)

8 ounces of tempeh, cut into 1/3-inch thick strips
(I use the tempeh that is made of soybeans, brown rice, and a mixture of other grains)

1 small basket of cherry tomatoes (2 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or maple syrup)
scant 1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 small head of romaine lettuce, cored, then cut into 1/4-inch ribbons
1-2 large avocados, mashed with a pinch of salt just before assembling
4 or 8 extra-thin slices of hearty whole grain bread, well toasted

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

marinating-tempehWhisk together the 3 tablespoons of olive oil, shoyu, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and adobo sauce. Pour 1/3 of the tempeh marinade into an 8×8 baking dish (or something comparable) – you want a dish that is just big enough to hold the tempeh in a single layer – this way it will be fully enveloped by the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade over the top of the tempeh, cover and keep in the refrigerator for a couple hours, overnight or until ready to use.

roasting-tomatoesWhile the tempeh is marinating, go ahead and roast the tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half and arrange them in a large oven-proof baking dish. Mix together the olive oil, sugar, and salt and pour this over the tomatoes. Gently toss them a bit, making sure they all get coated, finishing with each tomato facing cut-side up. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or so, until the tomatoes are shrunken and sweet.

When the tempeh is done marinating heat a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the tempeh slices for a few minutes on each side. You may need to do this in batches if you don’t have a big enough pan. Set the tempeh slices aside until you are ready to assemble the sandwiches.

To assemble each sandwich take one slice of bread and slather a generous layer of mashed avocado. Place a small helping of the shredded lettuce on top of the avocado, a few tomatoes, then a few slices of the tempeh, and more tomatoes. Enjoy either open faced or topped with another avocado-slathered bread slice.

Makes four sandwiches.

November 23, 2008 at 12:09 am 11 comments

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