Harissa Roasted Chickpea salad with acorn squash, mint and pumpkin seeds

This recipe is so delicious and full of exotic flavors, well at least I think so. LOL.

This salad will fill you up and give you tons of plant based vegan protein. You do not have to be a vegan to enjoy this salad. It’s important to incorporate more plant based foods in our diets, because it will help you look and feel better and it will give you tons of energy. I maybe help drop a few unwanted pounds. Who doesn’t want more energy and a few pounds out the way?  Me, me, me!!

I got something for you, in this simple to make salad. I hope you enjoy the flavors and how you feel later. Harissa maybe a new ingredient you are trying, so let me break it down for you.

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Roasted Harissa Chickpea Salad with acorn squash, mint, pumpkin seeds and micro greens

Harissa is a North African hot chili pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, Baklouti pepper, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, saffron, rose or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation.

This Harissa I used in this recipe is a powder form that I got form my local William Sonoma.

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Roasted Harissa Chickpea Salad with acorn squash, mint, pumpkin seeds and micro greens

For Chickpeas

1 can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, harissa seasoning or cayenne pepper. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Set aside to cool.

For the Lentils

1 cup dry lentils

3 cups of  vegetable broth

salt and pepper to taste

Cook on a stovetop, using 3 cups of  vegetable broth to 1 cup of dry lentils. Be sure to use a large enough saucepan as the lentils will double or triple in size. Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until they are tender. For whole lentils, cook time is typically 15-20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Vegetables

1 small acorn squash, chopped in to 1 inch slices

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 small red bell pepper, cut in slices, save a couple of slices to chop up to top the salad

1/4 cup  poblano peppers, chopped

1 cup red cabbages, sliced thinly

1/4 cup red onions, diced

6-8  mint leaves, small to medium

1 cup micro greens, or baby arugula

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions:

After the legumes are cooked and cooled, turn the stove on medium high heat, place a large saucepan on the stove. Add your oil allow to heat up, then add the acorn squash, red bell peppers and poblano peppers to the  pan. Season with salt and black pepper.  Cook for 4-5 minutes or  until the squash is golden brown, but not mushy. Remove from the heat and set aside.

To assemble:

In a salad bowl add the roasted chickpeas and lentils, gently toast together. Add the cooked vegetables and the raw cabbages, mint, red onions and the chopped raw red bell pepper. Top with micro greens and pumpkins. Squeeze some lemon juice and drizzle olive oil over top the salad with a pinch of sea salt and gently toss, incorporating all the ingredients.

Enjoy. This makes a large salad for 4-6 or a great meal for lunch and dinner for 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Eating in Color: Today : Red Cabbage Salad with a Plum Ginger Dressing

I enjoy creating different recipes. This week I have been playing with eating the primary colors. Yes, weird, but it make cooking and creating so much more adventures. It is not as easy as you think. I was going through the produce section of the grocery store yesterday trying to look for red vegetables to make a salad, that taste good. I came up with the Red Cabbage Salad that is sweet, crunchy, peppery from the red radish and it also has a little kick from the ginger.  It is very different, almost reminds me of a coleslaw. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. I made a big bowl and ate it all. LOL.

RAW Red Cabbage Salad with a Plum Ginger Dressing
RAW Red Cabbage Salad with a Plum Ginger Dressing

Red Cabbage Salad

Ingredients:

3/4 pound red cabbage, cored and finely shredded

2 med. organic red apples, chopped

2 med.  red plums, chopped

1/2 cup red bell peppers, chopped

1/2 cup red dried cranberries, diced, small

3/4 cup radishes, sliced

sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add the shredded cabbage to a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently. Add dressing just before serving or you can allow this dressing to marinate through the veggies to make an awesome coleslaw.

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Plum Ginger Dressing 

Ingredients:

2 large plums, pitted and chopped

2 tbsp. orange juice

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. organic honey

1 tbsp. sweet chili sauce

1 tsp. soy sauce, gluten free

1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated

salt to taste, optional

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process. Drizzle over salad and serve.

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.

RAW Tuscan Marinated Vegetable Salad in Basil oil

This recipe came from me craving something fresh, healthy and easy. I love this salad because you can put any of your favorite veggies and it’s always a winner. I took red cabbages, cherry tomatoes, asparagus , green snap peas, red bell peppers, carrots and portobella mushrooms and it was a great combination. This is such an easy and flavorful salad to make.

Ingredients: 

2 large carrots, chopped in circles

2 cup green snap peas

1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, whole

1 large red pepper, chopped

1 cup  red cabbage, shredded

1 1/2 cup baby portobella mushrooms, halved ( love mushrooms) 🙂

10 medium asparagus, chopped at an angle, each about an inch length

Sea salt and Black Pepper to taste, just a little. But do season your veggies. 🙂

Basil Oil Marinate

3/4 cup oil, extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup organic honey or your favorite sweetener

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried fennel seeds ( or more if you like fennel)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp.

1 tsp. sea salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes ( optional), But great for digestion. 🙂

In a large bowl add all the ingredients and whisk, until everything is incorporated. 

Take prepared veggies and put them in a large glass bowl with an air tight container lid. Combine ingredients for the Basil Oil Marinate and pour over vegetables. Mix the vegetables and  marinate thoroughly. Cover the glass bowl with an airtight lid and refrigerate overnight. You can remove the veggies from the marinate and plate. I like to drizzle a little of the marinate and extra  virgin olive oil over my salad for extra flavor. You can serve this alone or you can top it on some leafy greens.

*Allow it to get room temperature for the best experience for your taste buds. 

Remember, Set the Table with Love.

RAW Breakfast Burrito

I love making breakfast. It is truly my favorite meal of the day. So, I woke up this morning and I was craving a yummy burrito. Why? I do not know. I get weird cravings every now and again. But I wanted something clean and raw. I looked in the my fridge and was like, Eureka! I got it! A Raw Breakfast Burrito. This recipe is so versatile and easy to make. Add your own favorite veggies and spices to get a totally new experience. I hope you enjoy trying this Raw version of a Breakfast Burrito.

RAW Breakfast Burrito
RAW Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients: 

1 medium avocado, peeled and seeded

2 large chard leaves halves ( this will be your tortilla)

1/2 cup chopped organic baby bella ( mushrooms)

1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers

1/2 cup  sliced red cabbages

1/2 -3/4 cup grated cauliflower( this will be your cheese)

1 tsp of olive oil ( to massage into the chard leaves)

1 tsp of garlic powder

1 tsp or more of turmeric, (to color the avocados, this will make it look like a scrambled egg)

sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Mash the avocado with turmeric, sea salt and black pepper. Set a side. Take the chard leaves and drizzle a little olive oil on them. Massage the leaves,until they are covered with the oil. Add the avocado mixture. Next, Add all your veggies to the burrito, one on top of the other. I like to add my cauliflower aka cheese last. Spring a little sea salt, pepper and garlic powder if you like. You want to roll and tuck the chard until you have a nice burrito. Make sure to roll and tuck the chard toward your body. I like to cut it in half  to reveal all that yumminess. 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.