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Flourless Spiced Butternut Squash Mini Pies October 3, 2012

Spiced butternut squash mini pies sprinkled with cinnamon.

 This post has moved to my new blog: purefitlosophy.com

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Guanabana Coconut Smoothie June 21, 2012

Ripe Guanabana & Coconut Milk Smoothie

Guanabana Coconut Smoothie
with white mushroom & banana

Ingredients

– 1/4 package of Frozen Guanabana Pulp

I used Goya 100% Guanabana Pulp. Goya is often found in a separate freezer aisle from the rest of the frozen fruits.

– 1/2 frozen banana
– 1 handful sliced white mushrooms

Look for the kind that provide 100% DV of vitamin D. Only mushrooms that are exposed to UV light synthesize vitamin D. Check the label to see if your brand provides it.

– 1 cup calcium fortified coconut milk

From the refrigerated section. Such as Silk Pure Coconut- go for the unsweetened

-Dash of cinnamon

Method

Blend until smooth. Serve fresh.

 

Raspberry Cauliflower Smoothie June 9, 2012

Raspberry Cauliflower Smoothie (Mixed Berry version shown here): Berries (including raspberries), frozen cauliflower florets, banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, and a spoonful of Greek yogurt. Glass: Recycled artichoke jar.

Raspberry Cauliflower Smoothie
with vanilla extract & chilled banana

Another Here’s the Dish original. While cauliflower may not sound like a likely smoothie ingredient, the strong aroma and taste of raspberry offsets the mild taste and texture of the florets creating a fiber-rich, nutrient-rich fruit and veggie combination.

For more of my favorite complementary fruit & veggie smoothie combos, try my Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie or my Cherry Zucchini Smoothie. Enjoy!

Ingredients

-1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or frozen mixed berries–including raspberries)
-1/2 cup frozen chopped cauliflower florets
– 1/2 frozen banana
– 3/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (unsweetened)
-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon plain FAGE 0% Greek Yogurt (or for dairy-free version try non-dairy yogurt such as Amande)

Method

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

 

Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie May 5, 2012

Warm flavors and aroma of sweet potato, nutmeg, and cinnamon combine with cool, sweet frozen banana and silky almond milk.

I have moved this recipe to my new website! You will find it at Purefitlosphy.com. Enjoy!

 

Quinoa Black Lentil Endive Boats April 16, 2012

Black Lentils, Red Quinoa, & Hummus make these "Endive Boats" High-Fiber, High-Protein Vessels

Black Lentil & Red Quinoa Endive Boats
with avocado and hummus

Protein champions quinoa, black lentils, egg, and hummus combine with high fiber avocado, endives (and again the lentils, quinoa, and hummus) for a powerfully delicious creation.  Enjoy 3-5 of these “Endive Boats” as the main entree for a meal or much on 1-2 boats as a healthy snack.

Suggested Meal Pairings:
♥ 4 Endive Boats +Small Mixed Greens Salad + 1/2 sliced orange or mango
♥ 4 Endive Boats + Carrot Cinnamon Smoothie
♥ 3 Endive Boats + Cup of Fit French Onion Soup
♥ 2 Endive Boats + Aguacate Relleño de Atún

Ingredients

-1/2 cup dried black lentils
-1/2 cup dried red (or tricolor) quinoa
-1 small avocado (cubed)
-1 onion (chopped)
-2 eggs
– 1/4 cup almond meal (almond flour)
1/4 cup spelt or buckwheat flour
-4 tbsp curry powder

-1 tsp turmeric & 1 tsp cumin (optional)
-2-3 large endive heads
-hummus (for topping)
– crumbled goat’s cheese or blue cheese (optional topping)
-1 tbsp olive or peanut oil

Method

1) Boil water (amount determined by your lentil bag’s instructions– usually about 4x water to the amount of dried lentils). Add enough water for both the lentils and the quinoa. So if you are using 1/2 cup of each, try using 4 cups water. When the water reaches a boil add the rinsed dried black lentils. After 15 minutes add the quinoa. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.

2) Chop onion and sauté in a pan with 1 tbsp oil.When onions begin to brown slightly, add your two eggs and stir until eggs are cooked. Set this pan aside from the heat once eggs have cooked.

3) Combine all spices, avocado, and egg/onion mix once the quinoa and lentils have cooked to the pot with the cooked quinoa lentil mix. Note that if there is excess water remaining, drain the water before adding remaining ingredients. (Do not add the toppings or endive leaves yet).

4) Using a hand blender, slightly blend your ingredients together so that they are well mixed but a grain texture remains. If you do not have a blender, simply stir vigorously for 3-5 minutes until ingredients are well mixed.

5) Scoop out contents and add to your fresh endive leaves. Top with hummus, goat cheese (optional), and any additional herbs if desired. Enjoy!

 

Green Bliss Smoothie March 16, 2012

Green Bliss Smoothie
with pineapple, banana, and spinach

Ingredients

-3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks (unsweetened)
-1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
– 1/2 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze (or coconut, or soy milk)

Method

Combine ingredients in your blender. The frozen pineapple and spinach are key for the texture. For a thicker smoothie use a frozen banana half (use fresh instead for a “less-spoon-required” version). Blend until smooth. Make sure the spinach is well blended so you do not end up with noticeable pieces in your drink.

Flavor Profile

The sweet flavors of the pineapple and banana make this a perfect green smoothie for green smoothie beginners. Pineapple dominates the flavors in this blend. If the thought of frozen spinach in your drink sounds daunting you will be pleasantly surprised by the mild flavor of the leaves which can rarely be detected past the sweet fruit flavors.

Nutrition Highlights

Sip this for breakfast and you will be one serving (1/2 cup) closer to meeting your choosemyplate.gov minimum 2.5 recommended daily cups of vegetables and 2 servings closer (1 cup) to meeting your minimum daily recommended 2 cups of fruit! The drink is packed with Vitamin C (over 70% of the DV), Fiber (24% DV), Folate (36% DV), and Vitamin A (beta-carotene form from spinach).

Use a calcium-fortified almond milk (or soy) to reach nearly 1/3 of the DV for calcium.

 

Warm Roasted Asparagus February 24, 2012

Roasted Asparagus with Plump Raisins, Red Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Teriyaki, Almond Slices, and a hint of Blue Cheese

Warm Roasted Asparagus
with plump raisins and red wine vinegar

I actually ate this (along with a cherry zucchini smoothie) for breakfast. It was too good to wait.

Ingredients
Serves 2 large portions or 3 small

-1 bunch (approx. 1 lb) fresh asparagus
-1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar & 1 tsp natural teriyaki marinade (OR 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar–no teriyaki)
-1-2 tbsp raisins
-1 tbsp olive oil

Optional but DELICIOUS extras

– 1 tsp crumbled blue cheese (OR goat’s cheese)
– 1 tbsp almond slices (OR sesame seeds)

Method

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse and dry asparagus spears (stalks) and snap off the very bottom, thick ends.

2) Spread spears across oven pan and mix well with 1 tbps olive oil. Drizzle on your red wine vinegar and teriyaki. Also sprinkle in your raisins.

3) Roast at 375°F for 12-15 minutes. Carefully remove from oven. Asparagus should be bright green and still crisp but not tough.

4) Sprinkle on your almond slices (or sesame seeds) and blue cheese if desired. If you do add the blue cheese really try to stick to 1 tbsp of fine crumbles. This cheese has a powerful, fun flavor but it tends to be high in fat so it is best to use it as an accent in small amounts.

5) Serve hot and enjoy!