Avocado Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

I LOVE Key Lime Pie!  BUT this way of making it has become my favorite dessert!!!  This dessert is uncooked except for the pie shell, so making it very healthy, low glycemic and sugar free! The recommendation for eating avocadoes in 1/2 avocado a day for heart health.

Avocado Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Filling

2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup key lime juice
1 Tablespoon gelatin powder
8 oz cashew or sunflower cream cheese, room temperature
2 large Tablespoons of lime zest
1/3 Monk Fruit Sweetener
½ teaspoon stevia (or another ¼ cup sugar)
1 cup coconut milk, don’t shake it, just scoop the creamy part into the food processor
1 gluten free pie crust, baked and cooled

Key Lime Pie Filling

Place the lime juice in a small saucepan, whisk in the gelatin. Gently heat, while stirring, to dissolve the gelatin. Do not boil!

Place cream cheese, coconut milk/cream, lime/gelatin mix, lime zest, sugar, pinch of salt in food processor. Blend really well, you may have to stop and use a spatula to get it off of the sides and then continue blending.

Pour the mixture over the prepared crust, spread the top smooth and place in the fridge to set for at least 6 hours.


Thai Shrimp Salad with Asian Greens and Cilantro Pesto

Thai Spiced Shrimp Salad


Dairy Free Key Lime Pie

Lime Mango Chicken Thighs

1 cup mango chunks

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

2 teaspoons Sriracha

3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Lime wedges, for serving

1) Combine the mango, lime juice, fish sauce (to taste), oil, sugar, Sriracha, garlic and salt in a blender; puree to form a smooth marinade. Transfer to a quart-size zip-top bag. Add the chicken and seal, pressing as much air out of the bag as possible. Massage to coat, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

2) Position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler element; preheat the broiler.

3) Place the chicken on a broiler pan, allowing some marinade to cling. Broil for about 8 minutes, then use tongs to turn the chicken over and spoon a bit more marinade on the second side. (Discard any remaining marinade, at this point.) Broil for about 9 minutes, until lightly charred around the edges and the chicken is cooked through.

Serve warm, with lime wedges.


29 Winter Salad Recipes to See You Through the Season

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Emily and Matt Clifton

In spring and summer, salads are an obvious meal—farmers markets overflow with fresh produce, and salads are a seasonally appropriate way to showcase the lettuces, tomatoes, and other vegetables that are in abundance. When the seasons change, the offerings at the local market change, too, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget about salads for the year.

Hearty cool-weather vegetables like kale and cabbage, fruits like apples and citrus, and grains like spelt and wheat berries all let you make satisfying salads all through the fall and winter. We’ve rounded up 29 of our favorites, from a cabbage salad with roasted onions and a beet and citrus salad with a pine nut vinaigrette to a Caesar that trades romaine lettuce out for kale.


Hummus

Hummus

 Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and
drained

½ teaspoon baking soda (if you’re using canned
chickpeas)

¼ cup lemon juice (from 1 ½ to 2 lemons), more to
taste

Zest from 2 lemons- I use a
micro-planer

¾ teaspoon smoked paprika

1 medium-to-large clove garlic, roughly
chopped

½ teaspoon fine sea salt, to
taste

½ cup tahini

2 to 4 tablespoons ice water, more as
needed

½ teaspoon ground cumin            

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive
oil

 

Meanwhile, in a food processor or high-powered blender,
combine the lemon juice, garlic and salt. Process until the garlic is very
finely chopped, then let the mixture rest so the garlic flavor can mellow,
ideally 10 minutes or longer.

Add the tahini to the food processor and blend until
the mixture is thick and creamy, stopping to scrape down any tahini stuck to the
sides and bottom of the processor as necessary.

While running the food processor, drizzle in 2
tablespoons ice water. Scrape down the food processor, and blend until the
mixture is ultra smooth, pale and creamy. (If your tahini was extra-thick to
begin with, you might need to add 1 to 2 tablespoons more ice
water.)

Add the cumin and the drained, over-cooked chickpeas to
the food processor. While blending, drizzle in the olive oil. Blend until the
mixture is super smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary,
about 2 minutes. Add more ice water by the tablespoon if necessary to achieve a
super creamy texture.

Taste, and adjust as necessary—I almost always add
another ¼ teaspoon salt for more overall flavor and another tablespoon of lemon
juice for extra zing.

Top with garnishes of your choice, and serve. Leftover
hummus keeps well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1
week.


Peanut Sesame Pasta

Peanut Sesame Pasta

Serves 4

1 pound Rice spaghetti pasta – cooked al dente, drained well
3 red peppers — cut in matchsticks
1/2 cup peanuts, dry-roasted
2 bunch scallions — cut thinly, diagnol
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup Coconut Aminos (soy free soy sauce!)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup cilantro — minced, packed

Heat sesame oil, then add red peppers. Toss in oil 3 – 4 min until slightly softened

Add red peppers to drained pasta.

Buzz peanuts in food processor. Some peanuts should remain large, and some should be ground.

Whisk together Bragg’s, rice vinegar and honey.

Toss all ingredients together.


The BEST Veggie Burger ever!

Veggie Burgers

Makes 6

Veggie Burger with Gluten Free Bun

Years ago when my Meal Delivery Service was vegetarian I served veggie burgers made with rice and kidney beans. They sold well but I was never completely thrilled with the recipe.  I couldn’t get them to be crispy enough and over the years I stopped eating beans. I found I couldn’t get them crispy enough and I thought they were just too heavy.

THESE are the veggie burgers I always wanted.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
1 onion, diced, caramelized and drained
16 ounces mushrooms, mix of shiitake + Portobello, de-stemmed and diced
2 tablespoons tamari
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons siracha, more if desired
½ cup crushed walnuts
¼ cup ground flaxseed
2 cups cooked short-grain brown rice, freshly cooked so that it’s sticky*
1 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs, divided
Worcestershire sauce, for brushing (I make my own)
Ghee to pan fry
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add the mushrooms, a generous pinch of salt, and sauté until soft and browned, 6 to 9 minutes, turning down the heat slightly, as needed. Add the caramelized onion and stir well

Stir in the tamari, vinegar, and mirin. Stir, reduce the heat, and then add the garlic, and smoked paprika, and siracha. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly.

In a food processor, combine the sautéed mushrooms, walnuts, flaxseed, brown rice, and ½ cup of the panko. Pulse until well combined.

Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the remaining panko. Place burgers on sheet pan and bake, brushing first with Worcestershire.

400° for about 9 minutes per side, then pan seared briefly to brown. If you are not cooking these right away they can be frozen. Then, when thawed, warm in microwave (freeze after baking but before pan searing), and then pan sear.


Raw Apple Pie with Fig -Crust

Raw Apple Pie with Fig Date Crust

As I take the Meal Delivery Service back toward a plant based diet, I am making more raw dishes. I made this for the service last week and got a GREAT response!  Here’s the recipe.

7   Gala Apples, cored, not peeled9
  10  ounces black mission figs- cut off stem
14  ounces dates- pitted
1   Tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Place figs and dates in food processor with half of the cinnamon, or to taste.  Blend until it turns in to a paste, it will eventually just ball up in one mass much like pie dough.  Wet the pie plate and press 3/4 of the mixture into the plate to form a crust.  You will definitely need to keep wetting your hands in order to spread it out .

Slice apples any way you want and toss with a small amount of lemon water and then fold in the remaining pie crust mixture after you have blended in the rest of the spices.


Escarole, Bacon and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Dried Apricots and Pepitas

Escarole Bacon and Buternut Squash Salad

Roasted Squash:

2-3 cups butternut squash (or pumpkin), peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces

3 tablespoons olive oil

kosher salt

Salad:

1 head escarole, or Romaine Lettuce, roughly chopped

2-3 slices cooked bacon, chopped

½ cup dried apricots, thinly sliced

¼ cup roasted and salted pepitas

Vinaigrette:

1 shallot minced

2 tablespoons grainy mustard

2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup Balsamic vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

kosher salt

· Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss the squash with the olive oil and sprinkle it with kosher salt. Roast the squash for 15-18 minutes until golden browned on the edges and fork tender. Set aside to cool.

· In a small bowl whisk together the vinaigrette and season to taste with kosher salt.

· In a large bowl combine the escarole, bacon, apricots and pepitas with the butternut squash. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top and gently toss to coat. Season to taste with kosher salt and serve immediately.


Mango and Lime Tarts with Guava and Tropical Nut Crust

Mango Tart

Coconut- Macadamia Crust with Lime Curd, Sliced Mangoes and a Guava Glaze

Serving Size : 10

Ghee

2 1/2 cups roasted macadamia nuts (about 10 ounces)

1 7/8 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1 5/8 cups almonds- sliced

5/8 cup golden brown sugar — (packed)

3 3/4 large egg whites

1 1/4 cups sugar

½ cup fresh lime juice

12 1/2 large egg yolks

5/8 cup chilled unsalted butter — (1 stick) cut into pieces

Make crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter eight 4-inch-diameter tartlet pans with removable bottoms with butter, preferably ghee. Combine nuts, coconut and brown sugar in processor. Process until nuts are finely chopped. Transfer to large bowl. Beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Fold whites into nut mixture in 3 additions (mixture will be thick and sticky). Let mixture stand 10 minutes.

Using plastic wrap as aid, press about 1/3 cup nut mixture onto bottoms and up sides of each prepared pan. You can use individual tart pans, a large tart pan or a non-stick large muffin pan to make individual tart crusts. Place pans on baking sheet. Bake until crusts are puffed and begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Cool crusts in pans 5 minutes. Using oven mitt, gently remove pan sides; cool crusts completely on rack.

Make lime curd: Whisk sugar, lime juice and yolks in large metal bowl to blend. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; whisk constantly until mixture thickens and candy thermometer registers 180°F., about 9 minutes. Gradually add chilled butter, whisking until melted and well blended. Press plastic wrap directly on surface of curd. Refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.

Fill each crust with 5 tablespoons lime curd. Arrange mango slices decoratively atop tartlets. Whisk guava jelly in heavy small saucepan over low heat until melted. Brush over mango slices.