Authentic Turkish Shakshuka

This dish can be served as an appetizer or as a side to a meal with steamed rice, pilaf, pita, or bread. Unfortunately it doesn't photograph well, but it makes up for its presentation in flavor, offering smokey eggplant, tomato, mint and garlic with a creamy sauce -- a healthy addition to any meal.

Recipe

5 Japanese eggplants, chopped small + 1 tbsp salt for soaking
2 cubanelle peppers, diced
1 zucchini, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne (or to taste), 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp chopped mint
grape seed OR preferred oil

1 cup chopped tomatoes, optional garnish

Sauce
1 cup yogurt + 2 crushed garlic cloves OR coconut yogurt + 2 garlic cloves (optional) OR vegan sour cream

Directions:
You may peel the eggplant if you wish; I peel alternating strips to create a striped pattern, which is very common in Turkish cuisine. Chop all of the vegetables. Place the chopped eggplant in cold water with 1 tbsp salt so it is submerged (to remove bitterness)—this stage is optional. Place a plate on top of the eggplant to hold it underwater for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, sauté the zucchini over medium to medium high with 2 tsp oil so that it browns slightly, about 6 minutes. Set the zucchini aside and sauté the peppers until soft, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the eggplant in a colander and use a cloth to press down to dry them. Then sauté the eggplant in at least two batches until it browns slightly over medium heat with plenty of oil (may use up to 1/4 cup total). Once sautéed, add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant. Then add all of the vegetables back into the pan, along with the tomatoes sauce, spices and salt, and simmer until the eggplant is tender, about 10 minutes.

While it simmers, prepare the yogurt by stirring in crushed garlic (optional) and chop the mint.

Serve with yogurt sauce and mint sprinkled over the top. This recipe is excellent with rice, pilaf, bread, or pita bread. 

Apricot Almond Granola

Ginger, Cinnamon, Apple & Almond

Apricot Almond Granola Recipe

Recipe

4 cups gluten free oats
2 tbsp flax seeds
1/3 cup raw almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil OR preferred oil
2-3 tbsp raw and unfiltered honey OR agave for vegan
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2-1 tsp grated fresh ginger OR 1/4 tsp ginger powder (optional)

1/3 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup sliced apricots OR raisins

Directions:
Whisk the almond butter, oil, honey, cinnamon, and ginger together in a large bowl. If the mixture is thick, give it a 30 second zap in the microwave or gently warm it over the stovetop until it is runny.

If you would like to keep this recipe raw (see note below), stir in the rest of the ingredients: oats, flax seeds, almonds, and apricots and store in the fridge.

Note: I prefer this recipe raw because it tastes very sweet with only a little honey. If it is baked, the sweetness will almost disappear.

Optional: To bake granola, only stir in oats. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, then stir and bake until is just golden brown, about 8 more minutes. Allow to cool, then add flax seeds, almonds, and dried fruit and store in airtight container.

Raspberry Pudding

What is it like? 

- Creamy 

- Tart 

- Raspberry 

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Recipe

3-4 servings, 10 minutes prep, 0 minutes cooking

1/2 cup coconut cream
4 oz silk tofu
10 small medjool dates
1/4 cup raspberry juice (from about 1 cup thawed frozen raspberries)
1 tbsp lemon juice + zest

Directions:

  1. Thaw the frozen raspberries over low heat on the stovetop or in the microwave. Then place them in a sieve over a bowl and press them with the back of a soon until you get about 1/4 cup raspberry juice. You can use less juice, but the flavor will be milder.
  2. Place dates, coconut cream, and tofu in the blender and blend for about 2 minutes. If the ingredients are too thick to blend, warm them up (about 30 seconds in the microwave should do it).
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend briefly.
  4. Pour into serving sized cups or bowls, cover, and refrigerate until cold. It is best the next day, but can be served same day.
  5. Serve as is, or with left of raspberry puree, whipped coconut cream, and shredded coconut.
  6. TIPS:

Let the pudding sit in the fridge overnight and it will taste much better the next day. The date flavor needs time to incorporate with the rest of the ingredients and the texture will also be more creamy.

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Sweet Lemon Crumpet Cake

This recipe is delicious and full of healthy ingredients. It can be eaten with breakfast or at "teatime" and served with fruit and honey, or other favorite toppings. 

 

What is it like?

- Pefectly moist

- Lemony

- Just sweet enough

 

Recipe

Cook time: Prep 10 minutes, Baking 30 minutes

Dry
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Wet
4 egg whites
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp lemon curd (OR 1 tsp lemon extract + 2 Tbsp sugar)
3/4 cup water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare an 8 x 8 baking dish by placing a piece of parchment paper (cut to fit) in bottom of dish to prevent sticking, and then spray paper and baking dish with plenty of oil, such as canola or coconut.

Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat sugar with egg whites to soft peak stage and then beat in lemon curd into small portion with beaters on low speed and then incorporate into all of egg whites. Stir water into dry ingredients and then fold mixture into egg whites. Pour batter into a well oiled Whoopie pie pan, or you can use a 9 inch round pan, or a similar size. My favorite is the Whoopie pie pan because it makes small round cakes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out dry with a few crumbs attached.

Allow to cool in pan until just warm in pan. Then flip out (you may need to run a knife along edge of pan to help loosen it), peel off parchment paper, and slice. Enjoy with coconut oil or butter.

Notes:
Stir dry together lightly so as not to agitate the oils in the almond flour.
When stirring in the water, you want a slightly gummy/sticky texture. To help achieve this, stir in half the water, then stir in the rest. Do not over stir.