Homemade Nut Free Cranberry Quinoa Granola bars

So here it is guys! The recipe from my Facebook Live this morning. I love love granola bars, but it’s hard to find some without nuts, especially when nuts are not an options. I love to eat all kinds of nuts, but sometimes we don’t get along, but I will not bore you with that drama. LOL. 🙂

Today it’s all about this recipe. It’s easy and very delicious and you can add your own favorite seeds or dried fruit. Food is truly one of the best places to explore endless possibilities. What I love the most about this recipe is the quinoa element. The quinoa is toasted along with the seeds and gluten free oats. The toasted quinoa, lends a wonderful nutty taste to the granola, lots of crunch and not to mention, it’s a complete protein. So why not?

Oh yes, share with your friends and family as you Set the Table with Love.

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread

1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (vegan)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon clove

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

1/2 cup cranberries

1 -2 tablespoon orange juice

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add oats, quinoa, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to a large baking sheet and spread around evenly. Once oven is preheated, toast the oats and quinoa for 8-10 minutes. Once done toasting, pour oats and quinoa into a medium bowl and set aside.
While quinoa and oats are toasting, add Earth Balance buttery spread, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and sea salt to medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then add to the bowl with the oats and quinoa. Stir well to incorporate. Fold in flaxseed meal and dried cranberries. Add half of the mixture into a food processor with a tablespoons of orange juice and blend until mixture incorporates together and looks like dough.
Line an 8×4 or 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper; pour mixture in and spread out evenly, then press mixture down in the pan very firmly.
Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes or until mixture has hardened. Remove bars from pan and cut into desired amount of bars. Store bars in the fridge.

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Nut Free Cranberry and Quinoa Granola

Butternut Squash Pilaf

Butternut Squash Pilaf is an amazing alternative to perhaps this years stuffing. It’s gluten free and loaded with lots of vegan protein and hey it’s delicious. I was able to make this dish for William Sonoma’s guest yesterday. I did a cooking demo on Healthy Holiday Thanksgiving Side Dishes! It was a hit. I love to watch people reactions when they eat food they do not normally eat on a regular basis, especially a spice or herb. This pilaf has garam masala in it, a very popular spice in India. The awesome thing about this spice,  it has some of the same spices we use for our Thanksgiving holiday recipes, such as; cinnamon, cloves, cumin, coriander and black pepper. What’s different about garam masala, is the cardamom. We usually do not use that is everyday cooking, but now you can with this recipe. It is such an amazing spice. So, the moral of this story, try new spices in some of your everyday dishes.

This dish is super easy and will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table this year. But first Remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Butternut Squash Pilaf
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Butternut Squash Pilaf

2  cups wild rice blend, gluten free

4 cups water

1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed ½ inch

1 tsp oil

1 tbsp dried  NO SALT garlic herb seasoning

1 tsp cardamom

1 tsp dried thyme

sea salt and white pepper, to taste. You can use black pepper if you like.

1 med. whole clove, peeled and dice

½ tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 tsp garam masala

sea salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
In a large sauce pan add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 2 cups of wild rice blend. Cover with a tight fitted lid, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Drain the rice and set aside.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the butternut squash. Stir and add the seasonings, NO SALT garlic herb seasonings, cardamom, dried thyme, white pepper and sea salt. Stir and allow to cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add diced garlic. Stir and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the squash has soften but not mushy. The cooking process should take 6-7 minutes.

Toast the nuts and seeds

In a sauté pan on medium heat, add your nuts and seeds. Season them with a 1 tsp of garam masala, sea salt and touch of honey. Toast them for about 1 minute, nuts and seeds can burn because they have a very high oil content.

ASSEMBLE

Add the wild rice to a large bowl. Add the squash and the toasted nuts, seeds and cranberries. Stir everything in the bowl gently, incorporating all the ingredients. Taste and see if you need to add more seasonings. Serve immediately.

 

 

Raw Breakfast ~ Berry – Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Muesli

Sometimes we just need life to be simple, clean and not complicated. I have found the way you can experience such moments in within the simple things of life. Breakfast can be a great way to demonstrate this energy within your day. I love this breakfast recipe for those reasons, it is simple, clean and complicated but it will fuel you with goodness and energy for your day.

The Go  Raw Sprouted Super Simple Seeds is a great source of protein and iron to get your day energized and don’t you just love the name Sprouted Super Simple Seeds! 🙂

Enjoy!

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Beautiful Energy Food – Vegan Cole Slaw for wrinkles….Yes!

So I looked in my fridge and found one green apple, one zucchini and one little small head of red cabbage. Hmmm… I am hungry and  I “eat on purpose”. So this is the purpose:  conquer hunger, get some energy and I am in my 40’s, so how is this meal going to keep me looking and feeling amazing! I got it!! A slaw.

So here is my late lunch “eating on purpose” lunch, My Raw Red Cabbage, Green Apple and Zucchini Salad with dried cranberries, this salad is dressed with a homemade apple cider lemon vinageriette. Super Yummy A total Beautiful Energy Food, High in vitamin A, B and C and E. Not only it is loaded with vitamins but these veggies and fruits are antibacterial, anticancer, anti – inflammatory, boost immunity and promotes healing from the inside out.

A Vegan Slaw for my wrinkles

Here is another little tidbit:

Did you know that red cabbage is one of the only four vegetable that is high in vitamin E ,  in time results in good skin and a good heart. I topped the slaw/ salad with some Bhujan Crunchy seasoned roasted peas. You can get them from any grocery store .

The recipe is simple just shred everything in a bowl

The dressing is simple as well:

3/4 cup olive oil (good quality)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey ( optional)  I am not doing sugar, so I added none here
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Add everything to a blender and blend throughly.  Put in a bowl 1/2 cup of the dressing add all the salad ingredients to the bowl with the dressing and toss. I used a half of cup of dressing for this recipe you will have plenty left over so just store in a mason jar or a glass container with a tight seal. * Make the dressing first then shred the fruit and veggies, they apple will get brown so add the salad ingredients immediately into the dressing.

Enjoy.