Easy Baba Ganoush

Easy Baba Ganoush

No need for a gas stove or an open flame for this baby-just use your broiler! Baba ganoush is a yummy smoky eggplant dip that goes wonderfully with Greek/Mediterranean dishes. Why do I love it? It’s a creamy dreamy condiment made from mostly veggies! It’s best enjoyed as a snack with raw or leftover cooked veggies or dipped into with toasted Siete tortillas (I use these for a GF pita). I also love it atop greek mezze bowls (pic/short version of recipe below)

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WHOLE 30
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What you need:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 T tahini
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt + more to taste
  • avocado oil-spray works best
  • optional: fresh parsley, olive oil

How you do it:

  1. Preheat your broiler on high
  2. Slice eggplant into ~1/4 inch thick slices (peel most of it before to save time/energy)-leave a little bit of peel on for texture
  3. Place rounds in a single layer on a lined baking sheet and season with salt; let sit for 15 minutes or longer and blot off excess liquid
  4. Spray with avocado oil on both sides, season with salt
  5. Broil for 5 minutes, flip then broil another 3-5 minutes or until golden
  6. Let cool and place in a food processor
  7. Add remaining ingredients (garlic, lemon, tahini, paprika, salt) and blend until smooth
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil; additional seasonings to taste
Greek Mezze Bowls:
Start with a bed of lettuce/greens to w/ cucumber/tomato salad with fresh dill/parsley/lemon/olive oil/salt, marinated purple cabbage (apple cider vinegar/salt/pepper), roasted veggies of choice in avocado oil/oregano/garlic (I did peppers/onions/summer squash), chopped olives, roasted lemony potatoes & roasted chopped chicken thighs (thanks to @dairyfreedelish) topped with baba ganoush and my homemade hummus (used this recipe w/ chickpeas subbed for white beans)
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Recipe my own version of Minimalist Baker‘s baba ganoush

Cauliflower Hummus (bean-free)

Cauliflower Hummus (bean-free)

Does anyone else have a baba ganoush obsession?!  This is my easier and nightshade-free version of that delicious dip! This recipe is also bean/nut free and low histamine compliant!  Make sure to use a high speed blender or food processor to get this extra creamy!

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What you need:

  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 T tahini
  • 1/2 small lemon
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • warm water
  • optional: extra olive oil for drizzling

How you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Wash/dry/chop cauliflower into florets and layer onto a baking sheet with garlic cloves (unpeeled), toss in oil
  3. Roast for 25-30 min or until golden, let cool
  4. Remove garlic skin and add all ingredients above to a vitamix or high powered food processor; add water to thin as needed (you may need to scrape down and pulse multiple times)
  5. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days and serve with raw crudite or gluten free crackers of choice!

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Vegan Broccoli Cheddah Soup

Vegan Broccoli Cheddah Soup

Yes-you heard that right! No dairy here!  Despite the lack of cheese this still has the creamy, cheesy-flavored goodness of this classic creamy soup without the heaviness of adding cream or cheese. It contains a healthy dose of fiber thanks to all the veg and is even keto-friendly! I also love this recipe because it uses both broccoli stems and florets to reduce food waste 🙂 Please make sure to use fresh dill-the flavor is necessary and it packs a punch of immune boosting trace minerals like zinc-this herb is small but mighty!

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What you need:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 large stalks of celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 tsp miso (gluten free)-optional
  • 1 small yellow potato (about golf ball size)
  • 4-5 cups chopped broccoli/broccoli stems-separated (I used ~3 heads)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews-soaked in hot water at least 10 min
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast – optional but recommended!
  • small handful of fresh dill
  • squeeze of 1/2 of small lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 slices gluten free sourdough (I used Bread Srsly brand (this is BY FAV the best GF bread I’ve ever tasted; Schar would also likely work well)
  • avocado oil

How you do it:

  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Wash/chop onion, celery, carrot and mince garlic
  3. Drizzle about a tablespoon of avocado oil into a large soup pot, heat on low/medium
  4. Add chopped onion/garlic; cook until translucent
  5. Add chopped celery/carrot and stir in miso; cook until soft ~3-4 min
  6. Chop potato and broccoli into florets (also cube up broccoli stems)
  7. Add chopped potato and broccoli stems with a splash of broth to the pot and cover to cook on low/medium until soft ~8-10 minutes (check that it is soft enough with a fork)
  8. While that is cooking-chop the bread into cubes, toss in plenty of avocado oil and herbs of choice (I used garlic powder and fresh parsley/rosemary but use whatever you have on hand!)
  9. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until golden and crispy ~13-15 minutes; remove from oven and set aside
  10. In a high powered blender or vitamix add 16 oz of broth, cooked/cooled veggies from pot, drained raw cashews, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast-blend until creamy
  11. Reserve a large handful of broccoli florets to the side and add the remainder to the blender-pulse to blend so that some of it remains chunky
  12. Pour the soup back into the pot with the remaining broth and reserved broccoli
  13. Cook the soup until the broccoli is cooked (bright green/tender) ~10 more minutes
  14. Add lemon juice, fresh dill and sea salt to taste (likely will need 1-2 tsp); add black pepper
  15. Ladle into bowls and garnish with croutons and fresh dill!

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Makes roughly 6-8 servings

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Sweet n Spicy Cauliflower

Sweet n Spicy Cauliflower

Why do I like using monk fruit when trying to avoid added sugar?  It is a natural sweetener derived from a fruit-not an artificial sweetener like sucralose or splenda.  It also doesn’t trigger blood sugar spikes or reactions in your gut as other sweeteners or sugar alcohols can.  My favorite thing about it?  There’s some cool new research supporting that it helps improve insulin response in the body-this is a GOOD thing as we WANT insulin to respond quickly and adequately!  A little goes a long way..it tastes sweeter than maple syrup or regular sugar on it’s own so use it in small amounts!  I used Lankanto brand of monk fruit maple syrup for this recipe but you could also try subbing just liquid monk fruit + maple flavoring if you don’t have that!

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What you need:

  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 2 T olive or avocado oil
  • 2 T sriracha
  • 1.5 T monk fruit maple syrup (Lakanto brand)
  • 1 T tamari/gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos (for paleo/whole 30)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

How you do it:

  1. Oven at 400
  2. Whisk all sauce ingredients except cauliflower together in a bowl
  3. Wash and chop cauliflower into small florets
  4. Pour sauce into a large stasher bag or plastic baggie and add cauliflower
  5. Mix well until cauliflower is fully coated
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment and pour coated cauliflower on top-make sure they have room and aren’t too crowded!
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired crispness and enjoy immediately!

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Green Goddess Bowls with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Green Goddess Bowls with Creamy Garlic Sauce

This bowl is power-packed with detox boosting veggies (broccoli, kale), plenty of fiber (beans, quinoa) and liver nurturing phytochemicals (garlic, lemon).  The high content of healthy fat sources provide a satiating benefit that helps squash sugar cravings!  This is thanks to rich sources of monounsaturated fat coming from the from the sesame seeds in the tahini sauce and the avocado.  I love this bowl both hot and cold-great for lunch meal prepping!

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What you need:

  • 1 head of organic broccoli
  • 1 organic zucchini
  • 1 head of organic lacinato kale
  • 1/2 cup organic quinoa (makes 1.5 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic-minced
  • 3 T braggs liquid aminos (or tamari works fine!)
  • 1 can organic chickpeas
  • 2 T sesame seeds or Eden Foods Gomasio seasoning
  • 1 avocado
  • avocado oil

Tahini Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2-3 T olive oil
  • 1 T miso (optional-I add for the fermented food (gut boosting) component but you can also omit!)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • warm water

How you do it:

  1. Wash and chop broccoli into florets, wash and chop zucchini into bite sized pieces
  2. Wash and dry kale, give it a rough chop
  3. Rinse quinoa and add to a small saucepan with water; cook according to box/bag instructions
  4. Drizzle about a tablespoon of avocado oil into a large saucepan, add minced garlic and saute 2-3 min on low/medium heat
  5. Add chopped broccoli to the pan with a few tablespoons of water and cover
  6. After ~5 minutes add chopped kale and zucchini to broccoli, add 3 T liquid aminos
  7. Stir and cook until kale is wilted and zucchini is cooked through (roughly another 5-7 minutes)
  8. Remove veggies from pan and use the same pan for cooking the chickpeas (you can also roast these in the oven if preferred)
  9. Add another drizzle of avocado oil to the pan on medium heat and add drained chickpeas
  10. Cook chickpeas until sizzling and season with Gomasio seasoning or add sesame seeds, salt and pepper; cook for ~7-8 minutes total or until golden brown
  11. Add all tahini sauce ingredients to a bullet blender with 2 T warm water and blend until smooth; add more water until desired consistency ( I usually add anywhere from 3 T to 1/4 cup water) depending if I want the sauce thinner for “drizzability” 🙂
  12. Add large spoonfuls of cooked green veggies to a bowl, top with cooked quinoa and  chickpeas, a good drizzle of garlic sauce and a few thick slices of avocado.

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Makes roughly 3-4 servings

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