Julia’s Fall Applesauce

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Last Fall when I was in Chicago visiting family and friends, I found myself visiting my dear friend Julia quite often.  We'd hang out in her kitchen talking while she whipped up amazing food almost effortlessly (well, that was the way it looked to me).  She had prepared a tenderloin for dinner that night, and her husband and son said, "we have to have the applesauce with it!" … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Avocado Coconut Chocolate Mousse

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Elena continues her dairy free "personal journey", and we are making such good food that she is recruiting her friends to join her!  This recipe is a variation on a chocolate mousse recipe that she learned in her Food and Fun classes at Community School. We'd like to credit our friends at Glow Live Foods that inspired this recipe.  We modified the recipe only a little bit as we … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

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As part of Elena's dairy-free "personal journey", we needed to find a really good chocolate ice cream recipe.  Here's our new go-to! Ingredients: *3 cups non sweetened almond milk (we used Califia Farms Creamy Original) *6 egg yolks *3/4 cup sugar *1/3 cup cacao powder (we used Dagoba) *2 t vanilla *1/4 t xanthan gum Directions: Heat the almond milk and the cacao … [Read more...]

Veggie Burgers

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As part of the Food Unit at Community School, 8th grade students learn about the food chain, food's impact on the environment, and how each and every one of us "votes with our fork" several times a day in the world of food economics.  After watching the film Cowspiracy, many of the kids wanted to explore other options for burgers besides ground meat.  So the students called on … [Read more...]

Cashew “Cheese”

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When I joined Elena on her dairy-free "personal journey", the first, thing I missed was cheese.  Here the recipe that allowed me to feed my craving (without eating dairy). In cuisinart blend: *2 cups soaked cashews (or macadamia nuts)-- soak for 10 minutes and then drain *1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes *1/4 cup fresh lemon juice *1 t salt … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup Taste-Off

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We've recently moved into our new house, and I'm excited to have a kitchen that inspires me to cook again.  My recipe books have been packed up (some have been away for three years!), so I'm excited to be able to access them after missing them dearly.  One thing I like to do when I'm making a dish is to look up several different versions of a recipe, then choose the one that … [Read more...]

Lentil Stew

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Such an easy soup to make when the weather starts getting a little chilly.  Also, a great way to use up any greens you have left in your garden! -Veggie base:  saute onions, carrots and celery in 2 T coconut oil -Transfer to slow cooker and add lentils:  2 cups french lentils, rinsed -Liquid:  Water or broth (to cover) -Season:  bay leaf, italian seasoning, salt, etc. -Add … [Read more...]

Live Cashew Cream Cheese

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I am calling this recipe "live" because of the fact that it uses a probiotic capsule as part of the ingredients.  I thought this was pretty interesting; I read more and more every day about the importance of probiotics and gut balance. Ingredients: -2 cups cashews, soaked for 1-2 hours -1 cup purified water -Powder from 1-2 capsules probiotics -1/2 bunch fresh dill, … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Herb Salad Dressing

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If there is one thing EVERY person should know how to do it the kitchen, I'd say it should be knowing how to make your own salad dressing. That stuff that comes in the bottle has all kinds of stuff in there that you don't need, it doesn't taste as good, and it is overly expensive. I'm always winging in when it comes to salad dressings, but I periodically posted a comment … [Read more...]

Herb Avocado Dip

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For a refreshing summer snack, blend in a Vitamix or cuisinart: -1 avocado -2 cups greens (spinach, kale, sorrel, asian greens, etc.) -1/2 herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon, etc.) -1 roma tomato -1 T each: fresh lemon juice, apple cider* vinegar, olive oil -1 t sea salt *or change it up with red wine vinegar, or balsamic … [Read more...]