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Thursday
Jul202017

How to Make Light Cashew Cream (with Eggplant!)

I've shared samples of this luxurious yet light cashew cream with several friends and they all rave about it. I'm thrilled to share it with you today. We've eaten it on crackers, spread it on toast, in tomato sandwiches instead of mayo, and even in lasagna instead of ricotta. It's wonderful just by the spoonful too. Amazingly, the spread is mostly steamed eggplant, so it has fewer calories than pure cashew cream. Compared to the ricotta cheese and sour cream that it can replace, it also has fewer calories, less saturated fat, no cholesterol, plus more fiber, potassium, and iron. See the nutritional information below.

Make Light Cashew Cream in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender for the creamiest results, but it's good made with a regular blender or food processor too. The eggplant brings another win by being naturally smoother than cashews when blended at a lower speed. At high speeds, it's as smooth as smooth gets.

Light Cashew Cream made with raw cashews and eggplant, sprinkled with smoked paprika plus red bell pepper strips for dipping

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Thursday
Jul132017

Tomato Tahini Toast

I look forward every summer to the arrival of ripe tomatoes. As the heat waves of July start, I can have my favorite summer breakfast: Tomato Tahini Toast. It's like the best parts of a BLT without the heat, splatter, and other problems of bacon. Tomato Tahini Toast makes a fine quick lunch or appetizer too. Ripe, juicy, creamy, crispy, and smoky in every bite, all in the time it take you to make toast. Check out the nutritional information below too. This breakfast is tasty and healthy.

tomato tahini toast with red tomato

Active time: 5 minutes. Total time: 5 minutes. Serves 1, doubles well. Vegan. Gluten-free with gluten-free bread.

Cost: Just $1.81 a serving using organic ingredients.

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Thursday
Jun292017

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salad with optional Daylilies

A big bowl of this sunny salad makes a perfect summer meal. Fresh corn gives it sweetness and snap, while the bright lemon dressing ties the flavors together. Serve it while the beans and corn are still warm for maximum contrast or keep it in the fridge to dish out when it's too hot to cook. Dress it up with a daylily or two for an Instagram-ready meal that's ready in 20 minutes.

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salad with Daylilies

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Friday
Jun232017

How to Make Organic Horchata Fast with Cooked Brown Rice

Horchata is a cold, creamy, usually dairy-free drink often made with rice, cinnamon, sweetener, and water. Some recipes add almonds or other nuts and even cows' milk for a richer, creamier beverage.  I can't believe how easy it is to make at home using leftover rice! By using cooked rice instead of raw rice, you can skip the planning ahead, soaking, waiting, and straining of traditional horchata recipes. This is my new favorite something-for-nothing recipe, a real bargain at only 34 cents a glass.

fast organic horchata with cinnamon

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Sunday
Jun042017

Stealth Health Vegan Pasta Salad for Potluck and Picnics

I first made this pasta salad for an all-salad potluck dinner with several girlfriends. It's classic, with crispy red bell pepper and celery balanced by tender noodles and baked beets. I used white pasta instead of my usual whole-wheat rotini because I didn't think they would try any brown pasta salad. It's party pretty, topped with beets cut into little stars. How good is it? My dear neighbor Philippa texted me: That was the best noodle salad I have eaten in years. No -- EVER!!!

Stealth Health Vegan Pasta Salad with Beets

But this pasta salad still has stealth health cred. I used ...

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