Green Apple and White Cheddar Gratin ~ The Lighter Flare

I love french inspired food, using the familiar and making it your own.  The beauty of living in the melted pot, is we get to learn from each other and infuse our cultures. The brilliance of doing this,  we create new experiences and new traditions for our families.

This french inspired gratin dish is for my vegetarians out there. You can easy make it vegan, by using olive oil, non dairy cream and vegan meltable cheese.

My memories of this dish, is my mom’s super cheesy version of her own take of potato gratin.  It almost reminded me of her macaroni and cheese, It was one of my favorite dishes. She would make it in the Fall, as soon as the weather got a little nippy. I thought about her today and with the weather changing, I decided to make a gratin in honor of her. However, I like to take dishes that are familiar and put my own signature on them. I made mines with crispy green apples, onions, garlic and white cheddar cheese. I seasoned the apples with nutmeg, cinnamon, sea salt and black pepper. I think my southern mama, would have approved and told me, I should have went heavier on the cinnamon, the butter and of course the cream. LOL. 🙂  The recipe is a little tart, sweet and cheesy.  It is not your typical heavy, creamy potato gratin, but  I believe it will become one of your favorite alternatives. Bon a petit!

Enjoy and Set the Table with Love. 

Green Apple and White Cheddar Gratin
Green Apple and White Cheddar Gratin

Ingredients:

3 tbsp unsalted butter,  a little extra for the mini dutch oven

1/2 cup onions, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

3 med. green apples, slice with a madoline or knife, thin round slices

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

A few thyme leaves and dried fennels ( optional)

Fine sea salt and black pepper

1/2 cup heavy cream, if vegan, canned coconut milk will work

1/4 cup bread crumbs, gluten free bread crumbs for those with gluten allergies

3/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese

Few  fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 375. Butter the mini dutch oven, ramekin or small baking dish.

In a large saute pan, heat 2 tbsp of the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic. Cook until soft and translucent. Add green apples slices. Do not use the top or the bottom part of the apple slices, just he ones that are not covered with the peel. Add the seasonings and the fennel. Stir gently to incorporate all the flavors. Cook for about 3-4 minutes.

Transfer half of the mixture into the baking dish. Add half of the grated white cheddar cheese and add the rest of the mixture. Pour the cream over top. Sprinkle the bread crumbs, thyme leaves,  and cheese on top. Dot the remaining 1 tbsp butter on top.

Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately, add the fresh thyme leaves on top as garnish.

RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado, Ginger and Lime Sauce

I love going to the grocery store and picking up ingredients you don’t’ find in a typical American household, like japanese radishes, lychee fruit, dandelion leaves and yes Napa cabbage, to just name a few. I picked up these beautiful napa cabbages at my local grocery with no real idea what to do with them. I love to chopped them up in my healing broths, but not this time. I had something hardy, crunchy and so fulfilling for these guys. Raw Napa Cabbage Tacos. Yes!! Who doesn’t love a good taco? Raise your hand. Okay, maybe one person, put your hand down. LOL. 🙂

Here’s a simple start to your mind going wild with possibilities for this recipe. Enjoy. Oh yes, please Set the Table with Love.

RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado Ginger Lime Sauce, alfalfa sprouts, poblano peppers, green apples, red cabbages, organic raw corn, red bell peppers, cilantro and mangos.

Raw Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado, Ginger and Lime Sauce. 

( you can use more of each ingredient if you like, fill those cabbages up)

2 large Napa Cabbage leaves, cleaned

1 cup alfafa sprouts

1/2  cup chopped poblano peppers

1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers

1/2 cup chopped organic green apples

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish

1/2 cup raw organic corn

1/2 cup chopped avocados

1/2 cup chopped mangos

1/2 cup of sliced red cabbages

sea salt, ginger powder and cayenne powder to taste

Directions: 

Place all ingredients on the side on a platter and season them to taste. Start making your sauce.

RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado Ginger Lime Sauce, alfalfa sprouts, poblano peppers, green apples, red cabbages, organic raw corn, red bell peppers, cilantro and mangos.

Avocado, Ginger and Lime sauce

1/3 cup water or more, if needed

2 tbsp. lime juice

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 avocado

1 clove garlic

1 tsp organic honey

1 tsp. powder ginger

cayenne pepper to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend thoroughly. Taste and more water or spices if needed. You want a sauce that is easy to pour over your tacos. I had to add a little more water, but starting out with less is better. You can always add more later.

Assembly:

Place your cabbage on a nice plate. Add your sprouts first, spread them out, add the other ingredients as you like. I added my soft ingredients like my mangos and avocado last so they would not get mushy under the rest of the vegetables. Drizzle your Avocado, Ginger and Lime sauce on top of your Napa Cabbage Tacos and enjoy.

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.