Meatless Mondays June 2012

Some great recipes from June Meatless Mondays.  We focused on some great salads to whip up for a bbq gathering or just to enjoy at home.   (sorry I spaced the pictures this time…)

Waldorf Salad   Did you know that a handful of cashews is great for depression? 1 handful is equivalent to taking a Prozac. 

Salad:

2 green apples, cut into small chunks

4 stalks celery, diced thin

1 cup walnuts, soaked and chopped

1 cup raisins

1 head lettuce, Bibb, Romaine or Boston

1 cup cashew dressing (below)

Creamy Cashew Dressing:

1 cup cashews

2 tbs. lemon juice

½ tsp. sea salt

½ cup filtered water

 

  1. Combine all  dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill.
  2. Place all  salad ingredients and dressing in a bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. Chill up to 8 hours.  To serve, place each serving on a bed of lettuce.

 

Cabbage Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing    Did you know that eating cabbage can drop your chances of getting colon cancer by 66%? In test tubes cabbage juice quells precancer cells before they can progress.

Salad:

½ head of Green Cabbage

½ head of Purple Cabbage

3 carrots

¼ cup onion (leeks, green, yellow or red)

1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

1-2 t toasted sesame seeds

½ cup fresh cilantro or parsley

Asian Peanut Dressing:

¼ cup Rice Vinegar

¾ cup Toasted Sesame Oil

2 T Braggs Amino Acids (or natural soy sauce)

1/8 cup Peanut Butter

 

  1. Shred cabbage, carrots and onion in food processor.  Place in mixing bowl
  2. Chop cilantro or parsley, add to bowl along with peanuts, sesame seeds.
  3. In blender, blend dressing ingredients.  Add to veggies and toss.

 

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Salad

2-3 cups cooked quinoa (1cup uncooked = 4 cups cooked)

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine (or poplano)

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

2 T lemon basil or mint

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 large tomato, finely diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 red onion, chopped/diced

2-3 ribs celery, chopped fine

Salt and Pepper

Dressing

1 T Dijon mustard

¼ C white balsamic

1 C olive oil

Juice from 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Put all Salad ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Add half the dressing and chill for 1+ hours.  Pour rest of dressing (amt to your liking) before serving.

 

Fresh Peach Cobbler   Peaches are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, niacin, potassium and vitamin C.  Coconut oil has been shown to aid memory in Alzheimer’s patients.

Topping

15 organic dates, pitted

1 C raw coconut flakes (unsweetened)

½ C almonds or pecans

Pinch sea salt

Optional: couple dashes of cinnamon

Filling

2 ½ C fresh peaches, sliced (or other fruit)

1 t vanilla

2 T honey (or other sweetener)

3 T coconut oil

Couple dashes of cinnamon

  1. Slice peaches and set aside
  2. Put “topping” ingredients in food processor and mix until combined and a bit sticky (if too dry, add more dates)
  3. Take ½ the peaches and blend with “filling” ingredients in food processor until smooth.
  4. Layer the filling, rest of peaches, and topping in glass serving dish or individual bowl.
  5. Optional: Top with berries, non-dairy yogurt, or coconut ice cream.

 

Easy Chickpea Salad

For a quick high-protein meal or for a quick meal to take to work:

Ingredients:

1 can organic garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1 T fresh lemon juice

Sea salt and pepper to taste

  1. Rinse beans well in cool water
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

1 cup of chickpeas has 15g or protein, 26% of your daily recommended for iron, and 8% of calcium. They are low in fat and high in dietary fiber (12g or 50% daily recom.)

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