Banana Ice Cream with Roasted AlmondsIt’s as delicious as it sounds and the best part of it is, you don’t have to feel guilty eating it.  My 2 year old daughter devoured it, along with my husband.  The topping is from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “It’s All Good” and it’s awesome even on its own.

Ingredients:

4 very ripe bananas

1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk

2 Tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup

 

Topping:

1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds

2 tsp maple syrup

pinch of coarse salt

 

1. Slice bananas into thin rounds and lay on a tray lined with parchment paper.  Place in the freezer until frozen.

2. Combine almonds with the maple syrup and a pinch of the coarse salt and set aside.

3.  Place the frozen banana slices, almond milk and agave nectar in a food processor and pulse until mixture is creamy.

4. Serve banana ice cream with roasted almonds and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Tofu is so versatile, low calorie and packed with healthy protein that I’m always looking for new recipes.  The cilantro sauce really makes the tofu stand out.  It’s also delicious served with grilled summer squash, mushrooms or other grilled vegetables.  I mopped it up with some crusty bread, like a baguette.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups cilantro leaves

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 jalapeno chile (remove seeds for less heat)

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 scallions, white and green parts separated and cut into 1 inch pieces

1 tsp agave nectar

1 package (14oz.)extra firm tofu pressed* and cut into 1/4 inch slices

Directions:

1.  Heat grill pan to medium.  In a food processor, combine cilantro, 1/4 cup oil, jalapeno, ginger, lime juice, agave nectar and the green part of the scallions.  Blend until smooth and season with salt and pepper.

2.  On a baking sheet, place the tofu slices and brush with oil.  Season with salt and pepper, repeat on other side.

3.  Lightly brush grill pan with oil and place tofu slices and scallion whites on pan.  Grill for 4-6 minutes, turning occasionally;  brush with cilantro sauce and grill 30 more seconds.  Transfer to platter and serve slices with the remaining cilantro sauce.

 

*Pressing Tofu

Place tofu on a plate and wrap with paper towels.  Place another plate on top and place canned goods or heavy pan on top.  Let drain for at least 2 hours, replace paper towels as necessary.


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Socca

I was going through my old recipes when I discovered this delicious treat.  Socca is popular in the south of France, where it’s eaten hot off the griddle with a cool glass of wine.  Besides the fact this recipe only requires 3 ingredients (not counting the salt and pepper), it’s so easy to make.  The thinner you make them, the crispier and better they taste.

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups garbanzo bean flour

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1. In a blender mix flour, olive oil, water and salt until smooth.

2.  Heat a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet to medium-high heat.  When pan is hot enough for a drop of water to dance on surface, brush generously with olive oil.  Pour enough batter into skillet until surface is covered.  It should be as thin as a crepe, about 1/8 inch thick.

3.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the top is dry and bottom is lightly browned.  You can use a spatula to lift part of the Socca to look underneath.

4. Flip over to other side and cook for about a minute.  Slide onto plate and eat while hot. You can also cut it into random-shaped pieces, which is how it’s done in France. Serve with a leafy green salad and some wine.

 

Per serving: 162 calories, Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 0g, Sodium: 19mg, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fiber: 5g,  Sugar: 3g, Protein: 6g


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Bowl of Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup-great way to fill up and not out

This soup is creamy, delicious and nutritious.  It’s perfect for lunch, dinner or a great beginning to a Thanksgiving meal.

Butternut squash is low in calories and high in vitamin A, C and fiber.  The jalapeno adds a nice kick but you can leave it out if you prefer a mild taste.

The recipe is for a 2lb butternut squash, if you ed up with a lighter or heavier one, simply reduce or increase the ingredients.  The soup is very forgiving, it will taste good regardless if proportions are not accurate.   Serve it with a slice of crusty bread.

 

 

 

 

 


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Baked Tortilla & Pita ChipsThese chips are more nutritious and lower in calories than regular chips.  They are higher in fiber,  lower in fat and salt and are a third of the cost of regular tortilla chips.  They are so easy to make that it’s a great recipe to make with your kids.

For Video click:  HERE

 

Ingredients:

3 corn tortilla, cut into quarters

3 whole wheat pita bread, cut into quarters

Olive or canola oil spray

salt

cayenne pepper or smoked paprika or any other spices you like

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Place toritlla and pita pieces on a baking sheet, in a single layer.

3.  Spray with oil and sprinkle with salt and spices.

4.  Turn over and spray over side with oil and add spices.

5. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, checking periodically.  Half way through baking turn chips around.  Take out of oven when golden brown and crispy.  Serve with hummus or tomatillo salsa


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HummusThis is a very basic and easy Hummus recipe.  If you want to make it more interesting, add your own spin by combining any of the following ingredients:

chopped cilantro

chopped jalapeno

chopped chipotle chiles

chopped parsley

chopped roasted bell peppers

Zaatar (spice mixture)

 

For video click here: How to Make Hummus

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)

juice of 1 lemon

1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, if needed

small diced tomato, for garnish

 

Directions:

1.  Place all ingredients, except for the tomato, into a food processor and mix until creamy.  If needed, gradually add water.  It should be a smooth, not-to-thick consistency.

2. Garnish with diced tomato and some olive oil.   Serve with baby carrots, cucumber sticks or baked pita chips.


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