Recipes

Cashew Mac & Cheese With Collagen Protein

Ode to mac & cheese. A beloved superfood, pantry staple to young and old, and possibly mankind’s greatest achievement. Try this dairy free spin on the old classic all the wonderful cheesey goodness without the cheese!

Ingredients

Pasta Ingredients 

  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice Penne
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Sauce Ingredients

  •  1/3 Cups Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Scoop Unflavored Collagen Protein
  • 1/4 Cups Coconut Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add in penne and boil until cooked.
  2. On the side, heat olive oil in a pan or cast iron skillet and add chopped onion.
  3. Soak the cashews in hot water for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Add cashews and remaining ingredients into blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. Drain noodles and combine in a pan with spinach, salt and pepper, and cashew cheese sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium.
  5. Add additional hot water for creamy consistency.
  6. Serve in a pasta bowl and enjoy!
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Chipotle Maple-Glazed Tofu Burger

Sweet, spicy, and smokey, all the yums in a single bun.

This mouthwatering recipe will take some planning and patience, but the end result is worth every minute! You’ll want to prep the ingredients the night before to work the marinade into the tofu.

In order to maintain this as a vegan recipe, be sure to use organic maple syrup. While maple syrup is naturally vegan, the manufacturing processes can sometimes alter it’s vegan status. To be safe alway choose organic maple syrup.

This recipe calls for baking, alternatively, the tofu could be fried for a crispy texture, and shorter cooking time. If you do decide to fry, be very careful as the syrup in the glaze could easily burn.

We suggest using Daiya Smoked Gouda Style Slices, however, any non-dairy cheese could work.
Maybe swiss…

Ingredients

  • 1 Block tofu, extra firm
  • 1/4 Cup organic maple syrup
  • 3 Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 3 TBSP Apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 Daiya dairy-free cheese slices
  • Your choice of veggies
  • Buns

Method

  1. Whisk together maple syrup, minced chiles, apple cider vinegar in  a medium bowl.
  2. Slice the tofu into thick squares and cover with marinade. Cove container and refrigerate overnight.
  3. preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  4. Place tofu slices on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Reduce remaining marinade in a saucepan until thickened.
  6. Baste all sides of the tofu after 30 minutes with the reduced sauce. Return to oven for an additional 40 minutes.
  7. Repeat basting and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  8. In the last few minutes melt the Daiya slices over the tofu.
  9. Place on buns and top with veggies

 

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Blueberry & Sage Sheet Pie

Sheet or “Slab” pie is an easy, way to serve a crowd without the fuss, plus it is much easier to serve than it’s traditional cousin. Sheet pies are also very crust forward, and we all know the crust is the best part anyway. So dig into this amazing blueberry and sage sheet pie.

Let’s get baking!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 2 1/2 Sticks Butter, cubed
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water

Filling

  • 2 to 3 Cups Blueberries
  • 5 Tablespoons Sage
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Tapioca
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Topping

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter, cubed

Method

1.Preheat oven to 400 F.

2.In a large food processor, mix together flour, sugar, and sea salt,then add butter cubes and pulse until it resembles peas.

3.Add the crust mixture to a large bowl and add the water, kneading until dough comes together and can form into a disc. Then wrap the dough disc in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4.Meanwhile, add blueberries, sage,sugar, tapioca, lemon juice, and nutmeg to a large bowl and set aside.

5.In another large bowl, make the topping. Combine flour, rolled oats,sugar, brown sugar, sea salt, nutmeg,and butter cubes. Mix and knead together until mixture is crumbly.

6.Line a half sheet pan with If YouCare Parchment Paper, then remove the pie crust disc from the refrigerator and press into the pan,making sure to cover the entire surface and the edges.

7.Pour blueberry and sage filling into the crust and top with topping. Place in the oven for 45 minutes.

8.Once topping and crust are light golden brown and pie is cooked,remove from the oven.

9.Allow to cool on rack. Serve warm or room temperature with your favorite ice cream or frozen treat!

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Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Indian Spices

Poaching salmon in olive oil produces a silky, tender fish like nothing you’ve ever had before. Use Alfalfa’s Persian Lime Olive oil for a truly unique twist (Found in the bulk department). Great with basmati rice, sautéed spinach, or with eggs for breakfast!

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 ½ lbs. of 3/4- to 1-inch-thick skinless, center-cut salmon fillets, cut into nice chunks
1 large clove garlic
Kosher salt
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. cumin seed, toasted and ground
1 tsp. coriander seed, toasted and ground
1/4 tsp. cayenne
2-3 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon or lime cut into 4 wedges

Method
Peel & smash the garlic clove & a pinch of salt into a paste, either with a mortar & pestle or by mincing & then mashing it with the side of a chef’s knife (or use 1 Tbs. Amore garlic paste).

Combine the garlic, garam masala, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl.

Add just enough of the oil to turn the spice mixture into a smooth paste (1 to 2 tsp.)

Rub the spice paste all over the salmon and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour.

Cut fish into 1″ strips.

In a medium-size, heavy skillet, just large enough to hold fish cubes in a single layer, heat oil over medium heat. Add fish chunks & let cook slowly until fish begins to turn opaque, about 3 minutes. Heat should not be so high that the fish fries.

Poach to desired doneness which should be about 5 minutes or less.

Serve immediately with lemon or lime wedges on the side.

Photo Chun Yip So
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Abundance Bowl

Spring is a glorious time to make and create an ABUNDANCE bowl with fresh seasonal vegetables. The combination of sautéed, roasted, and raw veggies makes for a really interesting, flavorful, and crunchy dish. By Chef Shane Witters Hicks 

Ingredients:

½ medium Organic cauliflower, riced (see method)

5-10 Organic Brussels Sprouts, quartered

5 Organic Asparagus springs, stemmed and quartered

5 Organic Mushrooms (cremini or white), thinly sliced

1 Organic Corn on the cob (or about 1/3 bag frozen corn, thawed)

½ cup Frozen Edamame, shelled

2 Organic medium beets (red or golden), thinly sliced

2 Organic green tomatoes, diced (ok to substitute red tomatoes if you can’t find green)

Method

1. Make cauliflower rice by grating raw chunks of cauliflower in a food processor using grater attachment.

2. Sauté cauliflower rice in 1 tbsp olive oil until tender and lightly browned.

3. Peel and boil corn for 10 minutes, or until kernels are tender, and shave kernels from the cob (or, if using frozen corn, measure out 1/3 bag and microwave until thawed).

4. Slice beets thinly and toss in 1 tbsp coconut oil and a dash of sea salt.

5. Place corn and all other vegetables, except for green tomatoes, on baking sheets and roast at 425 F for 15-25 minutes, until the desired level of crispiness is achieved.

6. Serve roasted veggies on top of cauliflower rice along with chopped tomato. Drizzle with dill-tahini dressing. 

Dill-Tahini Dressing Ingredients

Tahini, 2 tbsp

Fresh Chopped Dill, 2 tsp

Fresh Lime Juice, 2 tbsp

Sea salt, 1/2 tsp

Black Pepper, 1/2 tsp

Method

1. Whisk all ingredients together until well-combined. Add 1-3 tbsp water to thin, as desired.

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Zucchini Chili Cheese Bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds zucchini sliced thin
  • 1 pound jack cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-8 oz. roasted fresh green chilis (or more if you prefer spicier)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • Bread crumbs

Method:

  1. Boil slices of zucchini a few minutes until tender. Drain, set aside.
  2. Combine cheese, eggs, milk, flour, salt, baking powder, parsley, and chilis.
  3. Fold zucchini into mixture and gently stir.
  4. Pour mixture into 13in. x 9in. x 2in. baking dish.
  5.  Gently cover with bread crumbs. Drip melted butter slowly over bread crumbs.
  6. Bake 30 minutes at 325º until golden brown.
  7. Enjoy.
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Spring Asparagus Pasta

Happy Spring! We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of warmer weather to Boulder and Louisville. 

What a better way to ring in Spring with an easy-to-make, zesty, lemony, asparagus pasta! 

This simple preparation makes a great base for all the bounty of spring. Make it your own, add some yellow squash, Anaheim pepper, or any of the colorful veggies making their spring debut in the produce aisle.

Ingredients:

  • 8oz of your favorite pasta or fresh ravioli
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sliced organic mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh organic asparagus with tough ends cut off and chopped into thirds
  • Juice of 1 organic lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh organic parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic walnut pieces (from our bulk aisle) or try pine nuts for a sweet kick
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (optional)

Method:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare the asparagus, while waiting for water to boil. Break or cut off the tough ends of the asparagus, chop the parsley and grate the cheese.
    Once the water is boiling add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium. Add the mushrooms and allow them to cook for just a couple of minutes until they start to brown. Add the asparagus and the olive oil to the pan and toss everything around to avoid burning the butter. Add the asparagus. Cook it all together, tossing frequently, until the asparagus is tender.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer with a large slotted spoon from the pot to the sauté pan. Squeeze the lemon juice and coate the pan Sprinkle in the parsley and walnuts and toss again. Add the parmesan cheese and toss. Sprinkle the pepper over the top and serve.
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Some of the best flavors can come from a handful of simply prepared ingredients. Alfalfa’s cilantro lime shrimp is a perfect example, and it only takes a few minutes to make. This preparation can be used many different ways, over rice, on a big beautiful salad, or simply by itself as shown here… How about shrimp tacos? Shredded cabbage with some mayo, lime, and a touch of garlic served on a warm tortilla. Yummy!

There is no limit to what this easy to prepare protein can do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium lime
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add oil to the pan, when hot add shrimp.
  4. Cook the shrimp undisturbed on one side for about 2 minutes, turn the shrimp over and add garlic the garlic to the pan.
  5. Continue to sauté for another minute or two until shrimp is cooked and opaque, be careful not to overcook.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Squeeze the lime over shrimp and toss with cilantro.
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Cast Iron Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a wonderfully simple preparation that results in sweet caramelized brussels sprouts that will make a perfect accompaniment to just about any dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts 
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fig balsamic vinegar (available in Alfalfa’s bulk oil selection)

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim brussels sprouts, and slice each in half top to bottom. Heat oil in cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers; put sprouts cut side down in one layer in pan. Put in garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook until sprouts begin to brown on bottom, and transfer to oven. Roast, shaking pan every few minutes, until sprouts are quite brown and tender, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in fig balsamic vinegar, and serve hot or warm.

 

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Blackberry Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 3/4 pounds fresh blackberries (5 pints)
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, plus 1/4 cup orange juice

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a food processor, pulse flour, brown sugar, butter, and salt until combined. In a large bowl, toss together blackberries, tapioca, granulated sugar, and orange zest and juice.

  3. Pour blackberry mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with flour mixture.

  4. Bake until topping is golden and juices are bubbling, 50 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

PREP: TOTAL TIME: SERVINGS: 8

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