Recipes

Easy Pickled Beets

For those of us who are busy and only have an hour or two at a time to “put up” our organic goodies from the field, this recipe is a tasty and simple solution to food preservation.

Ingredients

2 cups small whole organic beets, cooked and drained,
or 1 (16oz.) can small whole beets, drained

¾ cup 5% acid-strength organic white or Bragg’s apple
cider vinegar

⅓ cup organic sugar

¼ cup water

1 (1”) organic cinnamon stick

1 organic lemon slice

1 organic onion

Preparation

• In a 2-quart stainless-steel or enamel saucepan over high heat, bring all ingredients to a boil. Boil 1 minute.

• In clean, hot 1½ pint jar ladle beet mixture. Cover with lid; cool.

• Refrigerate at least overnight before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Makes about 1 pint..

• ENJOY!

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Organic Roast Vegetables in Phyllo Pouches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Sara Snow

Here is how I prepare a vegetarian harvest celebration, all organic, all newly ‘harvested’ from the ground.

Ingredients

2 large sheets of Phyllo dough

2 T olive oil for pan
2 Onions – chopped
3 Cloves Garlic – chopped
2 Zucchini – chopped
3 Carrots – chopped
10 Mushrooms – chopped
(Could also use artichokes, celery, squash or anything else that is available to you)
2 T chopped fresh sage
2 T chopped fresh rosemary
Salt & Pepper to taste
Freshly grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese

Method

In a sauté pan, lightly cook the onions & garlic in olive oil.

Add zucchini, carrots and mushrooms.  Add herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Saute, stirring often, until vegetables are cooked but still firm.  (Do not cover)

While the vegetables are cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay 2 sheets of phyllo dough out on a flat surface.  Using a slotted spoon, place a healthy scoop of vegetables in the center and sprinkle with freshly grated cheese.

Fold the four corners in and secure with a toothpick.  Lightly grate another small layer of cheese on top.  (If you’re having a hard time getting the corners to stay in place, you can flip the pouch and bake it flat side up).

Place pouches on the parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Top each with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Enjoy!

For more recipes by Sara Snow visit www.SaraSnow.com

 

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Hibiscus Iced Tea

June is Iced Tea Month! Enjoy this refreshing recipe on a hot day. From Eating Well Magazine.

1/4 cup loose hibiscus tea, or 12 herbal tea bags

4 cups boiling water

1 cup pomegranate juice

4 cups cold water

lemon wedges, for garnish

1) Steep loose tea or tea bags in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. 2) Strain the tea or remove tea bags and pour into pitcher. Stir in pomegranate juice and cold water. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with lemon wedges, if desired.

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Spicy Indian Chicken with Chickpeas

By Sara Snow

I like to spice things up in the kitchen; for variety’s sake, and health’s sake too. Turmeric has been shown to help with digestive disorders, the aches and pains from arthritis, and even prevent certain types of cancer.

As always, use organic ingredients wherever possible.

Ingredients

Olive oil for pan
2 cloves garlic – chopped
1 small onion – chopped
2 organic chicken breasts – cut into small pieces
1 cup coconut milk
½ cup water
1 green bell pepper – chopped
1 red bell pepper – chopped
2 T tomato paste
2 t curry powder (can also use paste)
1 t turmeric
¼ t coriander
2 teaspoons salt
Dash of pepper
1 can Chickpeas

Method

Heat oil in a skillet. Sauté garlic and onions.

Add chicken and sauté for 3 minutes.

Mix together ½ cup coconut milk and water. Add to pan and continue to simmer chicken until tender but cooked through.

Whisk tomato paste and remaining coconut milk into the liquid in the pan.

Add peppers and spices and simmer 5 minutes.

Toss in chickpeas. Stir to coat and simmer 10 minutes more.

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Kamut Maple Date Cookies

By Sara Snow

Kamut is an “ancient grain” descended, as legend would have it, from a handful of grain found in a stone box in a tomb near Dashur, Egypt in the 1940’s.  Bob Quinn, founder of Kamut International, is in a mission to “nourish a nation” not just feed a nation.

It has been reported that many consumers with wheat sensitivities are able to eat Kamut.  Kamut is also very high in antioxidants, the most prominent of which is selenium.  Selenium is an essential micronutrient that plays an important role in the functioning of the thyroid gland and reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

Kamut is also high in fiber and is called the “high energy wheat” because it is higher in protein and many minerals than modern wheat.

Last night I tested one of Kamut International’s Kamut Khorasan recipes. And am sharing that recipe here.

These little cookies are only mildly sweet, healthy and great for the whole family.  Your kids will enjoy helping you mix them up and will especially enjoy them as an after-school snack.

(NOTE: I made a few modifications.  Their recipe was egg, sugar and oil free.  I swapped out the “egg replacers” with real eggs, beaten and replaced the chopped dates with raisins because that’s what I had on hand.  I also didn’t have any Kamut flakes so I used organic corn flakes instead)

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup Kamut Khorasan wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup real maple syrup
2 egg replacers (or two eggs beaten)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped dates
2 1/2 cups of Kamut Khorasan wheat flakes cold cereal

Method

Mix the flour, sea salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.  Sitr in the maple syrup and beaten eggs.  Mix until well blended.  Stir in the dates and cereal flakes.

Drop mixture by the teaspoon on an oiled cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

Also on SaraSnow.com

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Easy Weeknight Chicken and Rice Casserole

By Sara Snow

This was inspired by a recipe I found in my grandmother’s recipe box after she passed away.  It’s perfect when you’re crunched for time but need a healthy, hearty meal.  Use organic ingredients whenever possible. (Serves 4)

Ingredients

2 whole organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts, split
1 ½ cups uncooked long grain brown rice
3 carrots – chopped
1 onion – chopped
1 red or orange bell pepper – chopped
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ – 2 tablespoons organic chicken bullion
2 cups boiling water
2/3 cups white wine
1 jalapeno pepper – diced (optional)

*Variation: use broccoli instead of bell pepper (pictured)

Method

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl, dissolve the bullion in the boiling water.

In a casserole dish, stir together the rice, carrots, onion and bell pepper, as well as the paprika and salt.   Pour in the water with bullion.  Lay the chicken breasts on top.   Pour the white wine over the top.

[optional] Sprinkle the jalapeno pepper over the top.

Bake covered at 325 degrees for 1 hour.  Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Also on Sara Snow’s blog “Healthy, Green and Sane” at SaraSnow.com

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Vegan Chocolate Truffles

by Lisa Kamibayashi

Ingredients:

8oz dark chocolate (70%), morsels or chopped

¼ cup Ziggy Marley Coco Mon Organic Coconut Oil (Original or Orange Almond)

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Assorted Toppings:

Organic Cocoa Powder – Rapunzel

Finely chopped pistachios

Marcona Almonds

Toasted unsweetened shredded coconut

 

Preparation

Heat the chocolate, Ziggy Marley Organic Coconut oil (Original or Orange Almond) and 3 tablespoons of water in a double boiler, stirring until just melted. Stir in vanilla extract and salt. Pour into an 8” baking dish and refrigerate until pliable. Using a melon baller or scoop, form small balls and place them onto parchment paper. Place some organic cocoa powder in your hands  & roll the chocolate balls until coated with the cocoa powder, and place them back onto the parchment paper. Refrigerate and let sit for 30 minutes, then roll in the toppings of your choice.

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Winter Kale Salad by John Platt

This recipe has seasonal ingredients, looks good on a plate, tastes great, and is great for you too! At first glance it might seem a little complicated, but once you have the basics done and on hand, it comes together easily. 

Makes about 4 nice-sized salads.

For the vinaigrette:

½ cup sherry vinegar

1 ¼ cup blended olive oil

1tsp Dijon mustard

1tsp Madhava wildflower honey

salt and black pepper

Put all ingredients in an appropriately sized container with a tightly fitting lid and shake until thoroughly combined.  Taste and check seasoning. You can adjust the amount of oil to achieve the level of acidity that works for you.

For the salad:

1 bunch organic kale, any variety

1 medium organic butternut squash

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup dried cranberries, rough chopped

1 wedge Haystack Mountain Queso de Mano

fresh ground black pepper

(optional) 2 cups bread for croutons

Wash the kale, spin dry, remove thick center ribs, and slice into 1/8-inch strips (chiffonade). Set aside and chill. Peel the butternut squash, carefully split it lengthwise, and de-seed.  Cut off bulb end save for other dishes. Carefully slice (or very carefully use a mandolin) the top portion into 3” long by 1/8” strips.  Toss strips with a little oil, salt, and pepper.  Spread out on a small cookie sheet and bake in a 350-degree oven for 7 minutes, or until barely tender and cooked. Toss the pumpkin seeds with a little oil, salt, and pepper. Place in a small sauté pan or cookie sheet and place in 350-degree oven until lightly browned and “popped.” To make croutons, toss 2 cups bread cut into ¾-inch cubes with ¼ cup oil, a pinch of salt & pepper, and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or rubbed dry sage.  Toast in a 350-degree oven until golden and crisp (about 12 minutes).

To finish: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the cheese.  Lightly toss with just enough dressing to barely coat the greens. Arrange on plates, and, using a vegetable peeler, pare shavings of cheese over salad.  A couple of grinds of black pepper and you’re good to go.

Note: Whole leaf spinach could be substituted for kale.  Use whatever dried fruit and nuts you like best. Parmesan could be substituted for the Queso de mano. 

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Flu and Cold Buster by Donna Baase

6-8 radishes, rinsed and trimmed

½ red onion

2-3 tablespoons fresh horseradish, coarsely chopped

2-3 tablespoons ginger, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until they are well blended. Add more liquid until the mixture has reached the desired consistency.  Take 1-2 tablespoons per day to fight off germs. If symptoms are already present, take 1 tablespoon every three hours.

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Alfalfa’s Classic Prime Rib

Serves: 12-16

Ingredients
4-5 lbs. beef prime rib (all-natural or grass-fed)
1/4 cup olive oil 
2 Tbsp fresh thyme, crushed
2 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, crushed 
2 Tbsp coarse salt 
1 Tbsp crushed pepper 
4 garlic cloves, minced 
1 tsp. black pepper

Directions
Bring roast to room temperature & preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Combine salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, garlic using a food processor. Rub the surface of the meat with mixture. In the preheated oven, sear the meat for about 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F and continue to cook 12-15 minutes per pound, depending on the desired degree of doneness. For rare, the internal temperature should be 120 degrees, medium rare 125 degrees, and medium 132 degrees.

Remove roast from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

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