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Falafel with Spinach and Cilantro

Who doesn’t love falafels?? A plant-based vegan protein-packed food that is ever so delicious. Whether it is in sandwiches or salad toppings or cooked in sauce, falafels are versatile and very easy to make at home.

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Did you know Chickpeas are the oldest consumed crop in the world? Besides the historical fact, they do help keep you full and balance your blood sugar levels. Add spinach and fresh herbs to that and you are looking at a nutrient loaded food that is so good for your body.

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I was experimenting with a healthier version that is not deep fried and these turned out amazing.

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  • Servings: many
  • Difficulty: easy
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A nutrient and power packed versatile food .

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dried garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro and parsley
  • 1 packed cup of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt ( adjust to taste)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1-2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • Grapeseed oil for frying

 

Directions

  • Soak the garbanzo overnight in 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • Rinse when ready to make and set aside
  • In a food processor add the soaked garbanzo with the rest of the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and process into a paste.
  • The olive oil should be enough to hold the dough together ( if the dough is too soft you can add some chickpea flour to bind it)
  • Roll into balls add the sesame seeds to coat.
  • Let the balls chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • You can deep fry these but I use a cast iron pancake pan (Takoyaki Pan) to fry these to keep it healthier.
  • Serve with a tahini garlic sauce or a yogurt mint sauce.

Joining the Fiesta Friday party with cohost  Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.top 20 tips

Cauliflower Pizza with Asparagus, Kale and Mushrooms

Ok…. so this is not much of a recipe but more of the art of putting it all together…but I just had to post. Such an amazing crunch and taste that it leaves you craving for more. And it is healthy, nutritious and scrumptious. If Gluten bothers you, this is GF.

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My cauliflower pizza base is Cauliflower and Corn flour from Trader Joes or Moms Organic market. On my trip to MOMs, I brought back beautiful garlic, asparagus, fresh Kale, Jalapeño, and mushrooms.  I had some Parmesan and Halloumi in the fridge so putting this together was a breeze.

Note this is not a typical pizza smothering in tomato sauce and cheese. This one showcases the beautiful vegetables so adjust if you need more of the cheeses or add some tomato sauce.

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The Kale and chopped mushrooms need to be sautéed in chopped garlic with a pinch of salt and set aside.

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Slice or chop some Asparagus, Jalapeño, Roma tomato and set aside

Slice the cheeses.

Cook the crust according to instruction until it is firm and slightly crisp. The TJ version had me cook at 450 degrees and flip the crust to cook 12 mins on each side. That was perfect

Top the crust with veggies and cheese and put under a broiler for 3-4 mins.

Douse with some good avocado or olive oil and red chili flakes.

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Enjoy

Sharing at Fiesta Friday featuring Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Alex @ Turks Who Eat as co-hosts this week.

 

Coconut Flour Tostadas with Cilantro Steak

Spicy tangy flavors seem to make everything better for me….the sense of the spice, the heat and the sour is a dance on the taste buds.

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In a quest to make gluten free tostadas I have experimented with flours quite a bit which have resulted in as many fails as successes. A combination of coconut flour with some almond flour added in seems to hold it’s own for me. I have seen people add xanthan gum so the dough becomes pliable but I did not have any so went without.

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There are layers of flavors in this recipe.

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With the dough in place, I started with grated beets and carrots and marinated them with lemon juice and salt for 5 mins.

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The steak is grass fed organic and turns out just amazing

The Cilantro sauce is a staple in my kitchen and I have used it as a marinade and topping. You can find the recipe below and another version here.

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This dish is topped with fresh watercress and a sprinkle of goat cheese.

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Coconut Flour Tostadas with Cilantro Steak

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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a gluten free tostada layered with steak and fermented vegetables

Ingredients

Tostadas

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Cold water for the dough

Beet and carrot salad

  • 1 beet and 1 carrot – grated
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • Pink salt

Steak

  • 1-2 portions of organic grass fed steak

Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro ( 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 serrano chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Watercress leaves and goat cheese for garnish

Cabbage Pickle: Recipe can be found here

Directions

  • Blend the ingredients for the Cilantro sauce adjusting the salt to taste
  • Marinate the steak in the cilantro sauce for an hour or overnight if you have the time.
  • Combine the ingredients for the beet and carrot salad and set aside
  • For the tostadas, combine the flour, oil salt, pepper and eggs. Add water in small increments, just enough for the dough to come together. It will be crumbly.
  • Using a tortilla press between plastic wrap, press the tostadas out gently. You have to be careful as the dough is crumbly with the gluten and it may take a couple of tries.
  • Pan fry in olive oil until both sides are browned.
  • Grill the steak, 5 mins on each side and let it rest for 5 mins. Slice in  2 inch pieces.
  • Using the tostadas as a base, top with the beet mixture, steak pieces, red cabbage pickle, cilantro sauce and watercress
  • Top with goat cheese or any other cheese you prefer.
  • Serve with a side of the cilantro sauce.

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Jhuls is the solo cohost this week at Fiesta Friday. Do check out her blog at  Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
Also linking up on Saucy Saturdays

Lemongrass Lettuce Cups

There are so many varieties of lettuce available these days that it would make your head spin. Rich in vitamin A and K and deficient in calories, it is a low carb alternative that accompanies us in salads around the globe.

Butterhead – Also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce has a sweet flavor and tender texture and is perfect for use as cups to serve your favorite mixture.

This gluten free dish is quick and easy to make and the flavors are amazing. I made some lemon grass paste at home and store it in the fridge for multiple uses. It stays pretty well for a couple of weeks. You can always use the store bought version

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I have used organic ground turkey here but you could use ground chicken or any vegan proteins you like.

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To get a tangy taste, I have added pickled carrots which are easy to make with rice vinegar, salt and a teaspoon of maple syrup.

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Chestnuts have been used for that crunch in every bite.

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Lemongrass Lettuce Cups

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

For the filling

  • 1lb fresh organic ground turkey
  • 2-3 green onions ( chopped)
  • Fresh Basil – handful chopped
  • Fresh mint – handful chopped
  • 1 small cucumber – chopped
  • 1 can water chestnuts – chopped fine
  • 1 cup Pickled carrots
  • 2 tablespoon lemon grass paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek.
  • 1 cup of toasted cashew pieces
  • Olive oil
  • 1 head of Butter lettuce – cleaned and leaves removed for serving

Lemongrass paste

Use 2-3 stalks and remove the hard dry stalks first. Then chop up the softer interior.  Add 2-3 cloves or garlic, an inch of ginger root, an inch of fresh turmeric (or a tsp of dry) and some sea salt . Blend it in a blender adding water as needed for consistency. Then a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a final blend. This will store well for 2-3 weeks in the fridge

Carrot pickle

Marinate shredded carrots in a cup of rice vinegar, sea salt and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Pickle is ready in 20 mins but ages well for future uses.

Putting it together:

  • Cook the turkey in olive oil breaking up the lumps until brown. Add the lemon grass paste and mix well.
  • Continue to cook and add the water chestnuts. Give it about 5 mins and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cucumbers, green onions, basil, mint, lemon juice and sambal oelek. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked turkey and mix well.
  • Spoon the mixture on to the lettuce cups and garnish with pickled carrots and toasted cashews.

Sharing this with Fiesta Friday where the co-hosts this week are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. Check out their fabulous blogs, you will love them.

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Zucchini Noodles with Turkey meatballs

When the spiralizer came into the house many months ago, we were thrilled to create exciting salads and dishes with spiralized beets, carrots, cucumber, zucchini etc….It is a fabulous tool and easy to visualize new and exciting recipes when you look at the pretty noodles of a wide array of vegetables.

What I never really visualized, is actually using the noodles as a replacement for spaghetti noodles….never sounded that interesting. How can this plain zucchini replace full-on taste of delicious pasta?  Well, I was just plain wrong  in having resisted making this before …. I have to say I am a believer! What a fun and incredibly nutritious way to ditch the carbs and processed pasta intake and opt for this.

I can’t wait to try more recipes with the zucchini noodles but for now let me share this one

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You will need a spiralizer, I bought this basic one with a stand from Amazon. To make zoodles, trim the ends of your zucchini and place between the spiked handle end and the blade, then turn the handle. The noodles will just flow out beautifully.

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You can steam or saute them. I chose to saute in this recipe with a little avocado oil, salt and pepper.

Keeping with the “lean” theme, I made turkey meatballs and pan fried them in olive oil. The whole thing takes no more them 30 mins to pull together.

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Turkey meatballs

  •  1 lb ground organic turkey
  • 1/2 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Pink salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive or avocado oil for pan frying

Noodles

  • 3 yellow or green zucchini – spiralized
  • Olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
  • Pink salt and black pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 1large chopped tomato
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 5-6 mushroom chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • Olive or avocado oil
  • Pink salt and black pepper to taste
  • Combine all the ingredients for the Turkey meatballs and pan fry until brown. Do not overcook. Set aside on paper towel while you make the sauce.
  • Add oil to a pan and saute the chopped onions, mushrooms, thyme and bell pepper
  • Add garlic and tomatoes and cook for a couple of mins.
  • Add basil, lemon peel, salt and pepper and mix it around until it looks like a sauce but tomatoes are still chunky.
  • Add the meatballs and squeeze in the juice of one lemon. The meatballs are ready when heated through.
  • Add oil to a pan, when heated add thyme and garlic.
  • Add the noodles and fry for all of 1 min ( maybe 2). Salt and pepper to taste
  • Plate the noodles with the meatballs on tops and garnish with basil

Sharing this with Angie @ Fiesta Friday co-hosted Mollie @ thefrugalhausfrau and Johanne @ the frenchgardenerdishes

Also sharing on Throwback Thursday.

Banana Berry Cashew Cream Pie

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Fresh raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are flourishing in the market now and you know you want to put them in everything including Banana cream pie! They are perfect this time of year. Just be careful to pick the organic one without the harmful pesticides.

Not only I had the best bananas and berries on hand, I had the inspiration which came in the form of my creative fellow blogger Laurena@Life Diet Health. Do visit her blog for the original version that inspired me and her other amazing healthful recipes. Thanks Laurena!

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So back to banana berry pie…it is vegan and gluten free. How you say? Cashews make the best creamy filling and you will not miss the fresh cream….they have to be soaked and then put in a high powered blender to get that creamy consistency.

The other ingredient used her to hold the cream together is Psyllium husk. It comes from the small seeds of the Plantago ovata plant and it gluten free. Just a tablespoon and half was enough for this pie.

I did not feel like making a pie crust from scratch so picked up a pre made gluten free crust from my next door Mom’s organic market. It worked out pretty well.

Oh yes and lets not forget the dates, sweet and delicious! I have used 4-5 dates plus coconut nectar too sweeten this pie.

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Let’s get to the recipe

 

Banana Berry Cashew Cream Pie

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Pie crust (if you want to make your own use a combination of dates and walnuts ground up)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews soaked for a couple of hoursBananaBerryPie-3
  • 4-5 pitted mehjool dates
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar ( or maple syrup)
  • 1 medium banana
  • I can coconut cream ( I pick of the cream from the top of the can and leave the water)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1  1/2 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • 1 lime and its zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • Choice of mixed berries for topping the pie
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Putting it together:

  • Put the pre-soaked cashews in the blender ( I use a high powered blender) with the coconut cream, dates, banana.
  • Add 1/2 cup berries, coconut nectar lime juice, pinch of salt and Psyllium husk. Blend again.
  • Add lime zest and stir
  • Pour in the pie crust and refrigerate or freeze until firm.
  • Cover with fresh berries and some mint before serving.
  • If you have any leftovers, this will stay in the fridge for a few days and freeze really well for several weeks.

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Taking this dessert to Angie’s Fiesta Friday where  the co-hosts this week are Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau and Aruna @ Aharam

Green Banana Walnut Kebabs with garlic greens

Raw or Green banana is just an unripe yellow banana but it is firm and not sweet. It needs to be cooked (boiled or fried) to bring out the taste. Nutritionally, the green banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contains a resistance starch that may help control blood sugar.

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Green Banana and Walnut Kebabs

It is pretty easy to cook and these cool kebabs and the addition of aromatic herbs and spices helps the banana stand out as the main ingredient.

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I used garlic greens since I had them harvested and was looking for  ways to use them. You can leave them out if you don’t have them.  I did not add a boiled potato as I would normally in veggie kebabs as the consistently looked perfect and I opted to leave the extra starch out.

This consistency should come out something like this:

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Green Banana and Walnut Kebabs Dough

Walnuts are my favorite tree nuts to use and always remind me of being under a walnut tree in Kashmir trying to bring down the big green raw nuts , breaking them apart and savoring the exquisite white flesh inside.  Besides the fabulous taste Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats and contain higher amounts of antioxidants than most other foods.

 

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Green Banana and Walnut Kebabs

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Green Banana and Walnut Kebabs

Green Banana and Walnut Kebabs

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup garlic greens (optional)
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 cup dry walnuts
  • 1-2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Avocado oil for frying ( you can use another oil you like)

Putting it together:

  1. Pressure cook the raw bananas in 1/2 cup water for about 3-4 whistles. You can also microwave the raw bananas in high for 5 minutes
  2. Add walnuts to a food processor and chop coarsely and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Add cilantro, mint, green garlic, green chili and ginger to the same food  processor and pulse until blended but still coarse. Transfer to the bowl with walnuts
  4. Pulse the cooked banana in the food processor and transfer this to the bowl with other ingredients as well. You can also mash the bananas by hand.
  5. Add salt, pepper, garam masala and cumin. Add rice flour a tablespoon at a time and mix everything together until you have a dough consistently. It should still be soft.
  6. Make balls, flatten to a patty and pan fry to a golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with cilantro mint garlic chutney .

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Taking this along with my  chutney will to  Angie’s Fiesta Friday where the co-hosts this week are Kaila @ GF Life 24/7 and Laurena @ Life Diet Health