Guacamole Stuffed Zucchini Cups

This week I am sharing recipes from my cookbook, Set the Table with Love. I hope you enjoy these recipes and share them with your family and friends. I had so much fun doing this shoot with my friends and eating all the yummy food afterwards. Photography credit: ROB POLANCO. Art Design by: KEEGAN LEIBA. Love you guys!

Who doesn’t love good recipe for guacamole, well I have one for you. It’s simple and refreshing, because it’s stuffed in these zucchini cups. I love using this recipe for when I having a small dinner party or just for a nice afternoon snack. ¬†A lot of my wellness clients are looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into their diet and this is a great way to do. I hope you enjoy this recipe and remember before the plates, glasses, silverware and candles, Set the Table with Love. ūüôā

Stuffed Zucchini Cups

4 zucchini

2 tbsp. cilantro finely chopped, and enough leaves to garnish to top of the cups

1 tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice

1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)

2 ripe avocados

1/2 – 3/4 cups red bell pepper, diced

1/2 tsp. of sea salt and a dash of black pepper, to taste

1. Cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak the guacamole.

2. In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion and cilantro. Stir in salt and black pepper. Fill each cup with guacamole. Top with red bell peppers and cilantro.

 

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Raw Apple Cinnamon Balls with a Raw Apple Butter

Breakfast is served and packed with over 15 grams of vegan plant based protein. I love a good breakfast in the morning to get me started with my day. Today I wanted something sweet, dense nutritious and easy to make. So, I made this Raw Apple Cinnamon Balls, but felt they needed something extra special. What is more special than apple butter. This is my raw chunky version of the traditional apple butter, which is not butter at all, but slow cooked apples with spices.

RAW Apple Cinnamon Balls with a RAW Apple Butter
RAW Apple Cinnamon Balls with a RAW Apple Butter

The balls are loaded with hemp seeds, gluten free oats and anti inflammatory spices like cinnamon and ginger. They are a great way to fuel your busy day with a natural sweet treat.

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Ingredients:

For the balls

1 1 /2 cups gluten free rolled oats ( 1 cup to make flour and 1/2 cup or more for texture at the end of the processing)

1 cup raisins

1/4 cup chopped gala apples

1 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoons of grated ginger

pinch of sea salt to taste

RAW Apple Cinnamon Balls with a RAW Apple Butter
RAW Apple Cinnamon Balls with a RAW Apple Butter

For the Raw Apple Butter:

1/2 cup raisins

1 tablespoon of the Raw Apple Cinnamon Ball mixture ( 1 tbsp of distilled or purified water)

1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened but not melted

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of sea salt to taste

Directions

In your food processor, grind 1 cup of oats until you have a flour and then set aside. Add the raisins and the apples to the food processor and process until it’s smooth, and then add the vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
Process until thoroughly combined and then add the remaining oats to mixture. Pulse. Remove from the processor and place an a large bowl. ¬†Look at the texture, if it is too sticky add¬†Add ¬ľ cup of the gluten free oats, a little at a time and stir it all together until well incorporated into the mixture. You do not want a stick or too dry mixture. You want the balls to feel like soft play doh.¬†Roll tightly into balls. You’ll have to squeeze them together to get them to stick and make a nice round ball.
For the Raw Apple Butter : Add the raisins, one tablespoon of the apple cinnamon ball mixture and the water to a processor. Process until you a have smooth chancy mixture. Add the remaining  ingredients. Once processed, stir everything together and add the butter to a nice bowl to serve along side your Raw Apple Cinnamon balls. This butter is also great on cinnamon raisin toast in the morning as well with a cup of tea.

Rustic Vegan Basil Pasta with Fried Rosemary, Garlic and Walnuts

This blog will be short, simple and elegant. Well, I think the pictures of the dish is very elegant. ¬†One of my food perspectives is that, food doesn’t always need to be complicated to be full of elegant deliciousness. High quality ingredients and a little creativity, can have you creating some delicious and unique experiences for your family.¬†This recipe is very fragrant, the vegan pasta is very silky in your mouth and the crunch of the garlic and walnuts balances the dish perfectly.¬†I hope you enjoy it.

*I dried my pasta overnight and used it today to make this dish, but you can make the pasta and go right into making this recipe.

Dried Vegan Basil Pasta
Dried Vegan Basil Pasta

To start use my Vegan Basil Pasta recipe to make the pasta. Vegan Basil Pasta

Here’s what I did and what you will need:

2 -3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 large garlic clove

Fleur De Sel or Sea Salt to taste

Vegan Basil pasta with Fried Rosemary, Garlic and Walnuts
Vegan Basil pasta with Fried Rosemary, Garlic and Walnuts

Once the pasta is made, I sent it through the pasta maker, until it was think of enough to make lasagne. I laid the pasta out on my bread board with a dusting of semolina flour and left it on my counter to try dry over night. Of course it curled.  In order to avoid this you can hang it over a plastic cloth hanger with a clean white cotton dish towel over the inside of the hanger and place the pasta on top and let it dry over night.  I did not mind my pasta curling. It was going to be rustic anyway. I broke the pasta up in sections.

Add the pasta to a pot of boiling water. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes, homemade pasta doesn’t take long to cook. ¬†Remove. Rinse. Drain and set a side. Add a little olive oil, so they pasta doesn’t stick together.

In another sauce pan, add 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat. Add 2 or 3 sprigs of rosemary, stem and all. Let it cook for 1  minute. Use a grater to grate one clove of garlic into the oil and rosemary ( use the larger cheese grater part of the grater, you want slivers of garlic. You can also use a knife to cut thin slivers of garlic, as well. Add some sea salt and cook for another minute.

Once place the pasta in a bowl and pour the rosemary garlic oil over the pasta and top with chopped walnuts and pinch of the Fleur De sel.

Vegan Basil pasta with Fried Rosemary, Garlic and Walnuts
Vegan Basil pasta with Fried Rosemary, Garlic and Walnuts

Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Chorizo Sausage

I was in great debate about posting this blog. This sausage recipe is very delicious and the powers that be, suggested that it needs to be in my new cookbook:  Set the Table with Love, plant based recipes to make you look and feel great. So stay tuned for that recipe. But keep reading the Vegan Basil Pasta is delish!!

I will share this amazing and easy Vegan Basil Pasta. Here is what making this pasta very special. One of my best friends gave me today this wonderful Kitchenaid food processor. I never had a big professional food processor. I know I cook a lot, but I am so primitive. I do everything on hand. I even make my pasta from scratch with no processor, but I think I am hooked.

Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage
Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage

Thanks Andrea for making my life easier. I love my new food processor.

Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage
Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage

 Vegan Basil Pasta

Ingredients
1 cups semolina flour

1 3/4 cups organic unbleached pastry flour

1/2 cup basil leaves

1 tbsp olive oil

3/4 ‚Äď 1 cup room temperature water

Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage
Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage

Directions:

Place flours and basil in the food processor and pulse to combine.

While the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil.  Add the water 1 Tbsp at a time through the spout while the processor is running.
I used almost 1 cup of water.¬†Remove dough from processor and place on a modestly floured clean surface, knead briefly until smooth. Rolling the dough into a ball. ¬†Cut in half. Take one of the halves and ¬†pass through your pasta machine as per its instructions, dusting with semolina flour as needed. Once the dough is thinned out to your preference, you can send it through your fettuccine attachment, dusting your pasta and the pasta machine with semolina flour, so it doesn’t stick .

If you do not have an attachment or a pasta maker, you can roll the dough with a dusted rolling pin with semolina flour. Take a pizza cutter or knife to cut into small strips. Place the strips on a lightly floured surface and dust with more flour, so that pasta will not stick together.

Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage
Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage

Toppings for the pasta:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup onions, diced

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

sea salt

basil leaves ( for garnish)

Directions:

I sautéed the onions and garlic in a sauce pan. I added it over the pasta, with a few chili peppers, sea salt and basil leaves.

Southern Girls ~ Gluten Free Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican Beans and Dessert Maple Apple Cinnamon Nice Dream

Today I spent time with my friend Melissa. We both are true southern girls, so we love ourselves some cornbread. I made two versions of this recipe. One vegetarian and one vegan. ¬†They both were very delicious. We talked about our childhood, birth order, being girls, southern ūüôā and how much we both love dessert. You know of course I had to have dessert, so I made this Vegan Nice Dream using my Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola. Now remember to scroll down, that recipe with be at the end of this blog post.

Okay, back to the cornbread. The cornbread is sweet and the beans are spicy, an awesome combination. I topped the beans with cheese, and some cilantro and added fresh tomatoes all around the whole dish. I hope you will share this with your family and enjoy it as much as we girls did. Well till next time. Set the Table with Love.

Talk to you later, YA’LL. ūüôā

Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican beans and White Cheddar Cheese
Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican beans and White Cheddar Cheese

CORN BREAD RECIPE Vegetarian                                                 

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature

( For VEGAN VERSION USE ONE FLAX SEED EGG (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 2 tablespoons water)

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/3 cup Olive oil

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Tapicoa Flour

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Sorghum Flour

1/4 cup Bob’s Mills Brown Rice Flour

1 cup Bob’s Mills GF Cornmeal

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease cast-iron skillet. Set a side.

2. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.

3. In a separated bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Gradually, with a blender on low speed, add in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the mixture is thick like cake batter. Spread evenly in the cast-iron pan.

4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until top is firm and edges are lightly browned.

5. Remove from oven and set aside.

Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican beans and Vegan Cheddar style cheese
Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican beans and Vegan Cheddar style cheese

Spicy Mexican Beans

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup onions, diced

1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced

1 can organic dark kidney beans

1 can organic pinto beans

1 tbsp William Sonoma Apple smoked herb rub ( optional)

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp smoked chilis

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp vegetable broth

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish

4 campri tomatoes, cut in fours, for garnish

1 cup of grated white cheddar cheese for the vegetarian version as a topping, 1 cup of vegan cheddar cheese for the vegan version as a topping

Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican beans and with Vegan Cheddar Style Cheese
Stuffed Cornbread with Spicy Mexican beans and with Vegan Cheddar Style Cheese

Directions:

Add olive oil to a deep sauce pan on medium high heat. Add onions and red bell peppers, cook for about 3 minutes. Add beans and stir. Add spices and stir until beans are coated with the spices. Add 1 tbsp of the vegetable broth, turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 4-5 minutes more adding the rest of the vegetable broth. Cook on a low heat for another 7-8 minutes, until beans are a little tender but still have a firmness.

Remove the cornbread from the cask iron pans, by flipping them over into a plate. The bottom part should be face up.  Scoop the middle of the cornbread out, about 1 1/2 Р2 inches down. Keeping the bottom in tack. You need to just scoop out enough to allow a space for the beans. Add the hot beans into the hollow of the cornbread. The beans need to be hot to melt the cheese, so if you need to warm them up some, do so. Once they are heated up, add the cheese on top, and the cilantro.  Add the quartered tomatoes around the entire dish, if desired.

DO NOT FORGET DESSERT!

Maple Apple Cinnamon Nice Dream with a Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola
Maple Apple Cinnamon Nice Dream with a Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

VEGAN MAPLE APPLE CINNAMON NICE CREAM WITH A GO RAW APPLE CINNAMON SPROUTED GRANOLA TOPPING

Ingredients:

1 cup cashew nice dream or any non dairy nice dream

1 cup organic coconut milk

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cup Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

Maple Apple Cinnamon Nice Dream with a Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola
Maple Apple Cinnamon Nice Dream with a Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

Directions:

In a Ninja, Vitamix or Blender add all the ingredients, except 1 cup of the Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

Pour into a resealable glass container, top the remaining granola on top. Place an air tight lid onto the container and put in the freezer for over night.

Remove for the freezer and enjoy. I sprinkled a little cinnamon on top of mines as a garnish.

Go Raw Inspiration~ Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Oatmeal

I am so happy to be partnering with Go Raw  junk-free foods. I have the honor to use their foods to make some creative recipes for an e cookbook and brochures for their customers, me being one of them. I love the fact that this company has some amazing, flavorful and super nutritious snacks for the whole family. Their products are organic, non -gmo verified, vegan, nut free and gluten free.

Today after a 3 miles walk I needed something yummy, full of energy and high in plant based protein. So this recipe came to me. I hope you enjoy it, just as much as I did. It’s amazing to incorporate new whole foods into your diet, no matter what your dietary preferences.

Go  Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal
Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal

RAW Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Ingredients
2 cups oat groats, soaked overnight, and
rinsed well

2 tbsp almond milk , or more for desired texture

1/2 cup organic cranberries another 1/2 cup for garnish

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp of cardamom

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup of Go RAW Sprouted Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola

1/4 cup Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds

1/4 cup organic dehydrated coconut

1/4 cup goji berries

Go  Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal
Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal

Directions:

1. Put soaked oats,  first 1/2 cup of cranberries, spices, maple syrup and almond milk in a food processor,
process into a creamy texture. Do not over process, you want the
consistency of creamy oatmeal. If you want it thinner simply add more water,
at little bit at a time.
2. To serve, scoop into bowls and top with the remaining ingredients. You can stir the remaining ingredients into the oatmeal or you can use them as a garnish.
When you are making RAW food remember the shelf life is very
important. This oatmeal will keep in the fridge for two days. You can
also drizzle it with honey or maple syrup two sweetners acceptable
in RAW cuisines.

Go  Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal
Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal

Serves 4

Shelf life two days in fridge

Go  Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal
Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Crunch Raw Oatmeal

Go Raw Apple Ring Snack

Do you have some oatmeal leftover?

Here’s a yummy snack you can do for the kids or for yourself after a workout:

Cut up a nice gala apple into sliced apple rings. Remove the core. Top with the remaining oatmeal. Sprinkle some Go Raw Apple Cinnamon Sprouted Granola, Go Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds, Coconut, Goji Berry and Cranberries.

Enjoy! Remember to Set the Table with Love.

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Pancakes ~ Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Pancakes ~ Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

via Blueberry and Lemon Zest Pancakes ~ Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

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Blueberry and Lemon Zest Gluten free Pancakes
Blueberry and Lemon Zest Gluten free Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pecan Cranberry Pancakes ( Gluten and Dairy Free)

I love sweet potatoes. They are amazing for your skin and an overall wellbeing. They are packed out with Vitamin A, B6, C, D and also they contain iron, which is important in helping us produce red and white blood cells, keep our immunity going strong and help us to metabolize proteins.  They are also high in carotenoids, like beta carotene, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

Hey owning a natural and organic skin care company, that is a plus for me to eat sweet potatoes. lol.

Last night I made my family their favorite, Sweet Potato Souffl√©, some people call it Sweet Potato Pound,¬†but mine is so light and fluffy my husband calls it a souffl√©. ¬†I did a new spin on my original recipe. I made it Vegan. I did not tell my family until after they ate it. My husband was so surprised and said, “Honey I like this version better.” SCORE!!

My diet is 90% vegetarian, vegan and raw. I am still working on my boys, but little by little they are coming around. They ate almost the whole pot. I went to look in the fridge and noticed there was only about a cup and a half of Sweet Potato Soufflé left, it gave me an idea; Sweet Potato Pecan Cranberry Pancakes for breakfast!

This is a throw together recipe but I think this is what I did to create these yummy Vegan pancakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. This will be my second Vegan recipe I will try on my boys next week. LOL.

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SWEET POTATO PECAN CRANBERRY PANCAKES ( GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE)

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First thing First, my recipe for Sweet Potato Soufflé 

6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into big cubes

3/4 cup almond milk ( unsweetened )

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 organic honey ( you can use maple syrup, but my son is allergic)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
With an electric mixer on low, blend potatoes, slowly adding milk, about 1/2 a cup at a time. Use more or less to achieve desired texture. Add coconut oil and honey or maple syrup to taste. Blend until smooth. Serve warm.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cranberry Pancakes

1 1/2 cup Sweet Potato Soufflé

1 cup organic gluten-free oats ( process a 1/2 cup into flour, put the rest to the side)

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

pinch of salt, to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl combine the sweet potatoes, floured oats, cranberries, pecans and salt until well incorporated. Add the remaining gluten free oats and stir. This should give the pancakes a nice oat coating. If you need more oats just add a little at a time until you get the desire consistency. In a sauté pan add the coconut oil to a medium heat. Shape the mixture into the desired size of pancakes you would like. Add to the oil and cook until golden brown on each side. Mines took about 2-3 minutes on each side. Plate and drizzle with a little honey or maple syrup.

Enjoy and Remember no matter what your table looks like Set it with Love.