Avocado Dressing Recipe
This is easy to make and delicious on a green salad, a tomato salad or over grilled vegetables.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup water
Handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of half a lime
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Scoop out the flesh from the avocado (without the skin and pit, of course) into a blender and add all of your other ingredients and turn on.
2 Depending on your blender, you might want to scrape the sides. If your dressing is still not runny enough to fall off a spoon, simply add more water.
Add to a mason jar and store in the fridge.
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Mason Jar Meals
IF YOU ARE BUSY AND NEVER HAVE TIME TO EAT THEN YOU NEED TO START MAKING MEALS AND STORING THEM IN MASON JARS FOR GREAT FOOD ON THE GO!
If you are always busy and on the go then chances are you are skipping meals and eating poorly. We all know that fast food isn’t healthy for us and puts a hole in our wallet!
Maya Penn: Portobello Mushroom Burgers
I love making portobello mushroom burgers! They’re simple and delicious and are a great meat substitute.
Organic portobello mushroom(s)
Half of an organic red bell pepper
Half of a red onion
Half clove of garlic
1 tbs of oil for cooking (I use coconut oil)
1/8 sea salt (I use Himalayan sea salt)
2. Add portobello mushroom to pan with vegetables and cook until desired. Season mushroom with sea salt and turmeric.
4. Put pepper, onion, garlic, and mushroom on a bun.
From here you can add cheese (there are also almond cheese and rice cheese substitutes that taste great!), tomatoes, spinach, avocados, pickles, whatever you want! Of course ketchup/mustard/mayo too. I add spinach and smoked gouda cheese! Happy cooking! 🙂
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Olive Oil, Parsley, Capers and Chili Flakes by Renee Loux
This stunning presentation is substantial enough to make cauliflower a veggie entrée. Roasting the whole head at high heat yields a golden texture that seals in its savory, naturally sweet flavor. A kick of spicy chili flakes, tangy capers, and cooling parsley are the perfect match to set off the flavor with dynamic, mouth-watering delight.
1 head cauliflower
5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes, or as desired
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup finely chopped flat parsley
Preheat the oven to 450?F.
Oil a 9-inch pie plate or square baking dish.
Cut the stem off of the cauliflower as close to the base as possible and remove the outer green leaves and discard. Use a paring knife to core the cauliflower, leaving the head in tact. Discard the core and place the head in the oiled pan.
Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil over the cauliflower head and rub to coat evenly. Sprinkle with about a 1/2 tsp of salt and a pinch of dried chili peppers. Place in the oven and bake until tender, about 1-1/2 hours. After 45 minutes, drizzle with an additional tablespoon of olive oil and continue to bake until golden. It is done when you can pierce it with a paring knife and feel no resistance (it should be completely tender). Transfer to a serving plate.
Meanwhile, whisk together lemon juice, capers, parsley, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Add remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil and whisk until emulsified.
Drizzle cauliflower with dressing and serve.
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This neatly diagrammed recipe is from comic artist and musician Lucy Kinsey’s three-years-in-the-making memoir about food and growing up: “Relish My Life in the Kitchen.” This recipe feels like comfort food!
Lunch with a Woolworth: Salad Niçoise a la Priscilla Woolworth*
Having a little get together with friends and want to wow them with a fancy salad? This is your new go-to (and very simple) recipe. Filled with fresh ingredients and tasty bites, your friends will surely be impressed!
(*SPOILER ALERT! One of the many Easy Recipes that will be included in LOLA: The Book!)
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EASY, PRETTY DESSERT
- Thaw half the bag of raspberries in a glass bowl.
- When soft, add to a blender, along with 1 Tbs. of maple syrup, to sweeten them up a little.
- Puree for 30 seconds.
- If you are making it ahead of time, just store it in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.
- Spoon yogurt into small glass jars or bowls and swirl the raspberry “coulis” on it.
Ready to serve
LOLA loves…The Little Book of Lunch! Who doesn’t look forward to that hour of respite, the break from the grind, and the chance to devour a killer sandwich or gorgeous bowl of wholesome soup? The Little Book of Lunch is filled with delicious and simple recipes for the working person’s packed lunchbox. It is for anyone who has found themselves staring at the shelves in their local sandwich chain or their work canteen with a growling stomach and sinking feeling!
Couscous is such a versatile meal and so easy to prepare. I also found this brand of organic whole wheat couscous that is the best I have ever tasted and I’ve included the info for it at the end of the recipe.
This meal is very easy to make and takes little time to prep and cook. It’s full of nutritious ingredients and you can add other vegetable you like as well. Depending on how spicy you like it, you can add more curry powder. I serve this along with a big green salad on the side and it’s just the most perfect meal.
2 green peppers-cut into 1/2″ slices
3 zucchini-cut into 1/2″ slices
1 whole cauliflower, florets only
2 large carrots-cut into 1/2″slices
1 Tbs cumin
1 Tbs curry powder
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 12-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
2 cups of vegetable broth
1 Tbs turmeric
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1/4 cup of raisins
1 can of rinsed organic garbanzo beans
1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
1 box of organic whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup of pine nuts-lightly toasted
- In a medium/large sized pot, add the 2 tbs olive oil and sauté the onion, carrots, green pepper and zucchini for 10 mins, on medium heat.
- Add the cumin, curry and turmeric and stir. Add the tomatoes and cauliflower, salt and pepper, raisins and the vegetable broth. Stir.
- Cook on low heat for 1 hour, then add the raisins, garbanzo beans and cilantro leaves.
- Bring to a boil some water with a vegetable broth cube in it and pour over the dry couscous in a bowl and cover. Let stand for 10 mins.
- Sauté the pine nuts for 5 mins and add to the couscous.
*If you love chicken, do add some as well.
* This dish makes for fantastic leftovers, good for at least 3 days.
Brown Rice and Kale
This has been my favorite meal for the past month! It’s so delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. I usually have a glass food container of cooked brown rice in the fridge, and some shiitake mushrooms in a brown bag, which keeps them fresh longer. In case you didn’t know it already, kale is an incredibly nutritious vegetable that provides ample amounts of vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium, and iron.
All the ingredients in this recipe are full of nutrients, and even though the soy sauce has many minerals and vitamins in it, it’s high in sodium so use only a small amount, as a little goes a long way.
-All ingredients I use are organic, including the gmo free soy sauce-
1/2 cup of short brown rice
1/2 bunch of curly kale, stems removed
2 tbsp olive oil
2 shiitake mushroom, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
- Cook the brown rice for 30 minutes
- When it is half way done, start sautéeing the kale, garlic and shiitake mushrooms in a pan, and add a small amount of soy sauce. Cook until kale is bright green and wilted.
- Add the cooked brown rice, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and serve immediately.
You can also substitute the brown rice for another cooked whole grain such as wheat berries or barley.
A piece of grilled salmon is excellent with this and little green salad on the side as well.
My daughter Lucie cooked this lunch recently and it was delicious! This dish is fabulous for a school lunch or at work. Quinoa is a great source of energizing iron and amino acids, protein’s building blocks, and the potassium in the grain can help beat bloat. Add Chicken or shrimp, but cook either one separately and add when the dish has been cooked.
Makes 4 servings
3/4 cup of quinoa, rinsed and cooked
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tbs olive oil
1 small carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 tsp grated ginger
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 small red chile, chopped (to taste)
2 cups of snow peas, trimmed (you can use string beans instead)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 egg beaten
2 scallions, chopped, mostly white part
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tbs soy sauce
- After quinoa is rinsed, place in a small saucepan with 3/4 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook, undisturbed, until quinoa absorbs the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and leave uncovered.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook carrot, stirring occasionally, until it softens, about 1 minute. Add bell pepper, ginger, garlic and chile, if desired; cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add peas, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute.
- Remove vegetables and return skillet to heat; add quinoa, along with egg. Cook, stirring constantly, until egg is evenly distributed, about 1 minute.
- Add vegetables, scallions, cilantro and soy sauce; cook 1 minute more.
Divide among 4 bowls
Potatoes are good any time!
Oven fries that are so much more than their name makes them sound like.
1 big russet potato per parsimonious person, 2 potatoes per person if they are very hungry or in great need of comfort
2tb butter per potato
2 tb olive oil per potato
1tb finely chopped herbs per potato (I use white sage, black sage, california bay and wild rose here, but as mentioned above the possibilities are endless)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375.
Get a big pot of water boiling on the stove, and put about 1/4 cup of salt in there. It should taste like the ocean (not the dead sea– if you make the dead sea, that’s a little overboard). While that’s heating up, set to peeling your potatoes. Once peeled, set them on the narrow side (the side they won’t stand up on, on their own) and cut it into three pieces lengthwise. Each piece should work out between 3/4 and 1 inch thick. From there, chop each piece lengthwise again, into 1/2-3/4 inch thick slices. See what we’re doing here? Now we have long potatoes cut into thick french fry shapes.
Once the water is really boiling, dump in the potatoes and cook for exactly 10 minutes. While its cooking, set a strainer in the sink. After ten minutes, quickly strain out the potatoes. You see you want them as cooked as possible without disintegrating– the more cooked they are, the fluffier their insides will be. Carefully dump the strained potatoes out on a roasting tray, and space them all so that there’s an inch of space in between them all. Put the butter somewhere on top, then drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and herbs over the top then put in the oven for 35 minutes.
After 35 minutes, pull out the tray, and carefully flip each potato piece. They should be golden brown on the bottom. Flip onto their uncooked sides and cook for another 15-25 minutes, until they’re golden brown all over. Remove from the oven when they’re ready and serve immediately.