Vegan Grain-Free Falafel

Ingredients:

Photo shows 1/2 serving.

  • 1/8 cup cashews (soaked)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (soaked) 
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup broccoli (or zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 TBS Tahini
  • 1/4 – 1/8 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 TBS tapioca or coconut flour
  • 1 TBS coconut oil
Directions:
  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and grease lightly with coconut oil
  2. Preheat oven to 375 (convection oven works well)
  3. Grind all ingredients except for coconut flour and coconut oil in a food processor until it has a “grain-like” consistency.
  4. Form into balls and flatten onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake 15 – 20 minutes, flip and bake for whatever time remains until you have cooked the patties for about 30 minutes total.
Makes 12 patties total, serving size 6 patties.
Serve with a huge salad and Mediterranean dressing.


NOTES:

  • You can add ground flax seeds to replace the coconut flour (or use both).

Homemade Vegan Protein Smoothie

I have been looking into the possibility of buying a protein powder to supplement my nutrients and caloric intake. Yet, after reading the ingredients on multiple different protein powder brands, I decided to make my own.

The reason I had problems with most protein powder mixes is mostly due to my Candida Overgrowth.  I can’t have sugars, and also I need to avoid whey and most grains due to Leaky Gut (most likely caused by Candida). Also, many protein powders have added vitamins in forms that I don’t need or don’t want to ingest. I’m already taking vitamin supplements that I specifically need, so I don’t need it included in my protein smoothie.

So here is the homemade vegan protein smoothie that I came up with.

Create your own homemade vegan protein smoothie using any combination of the ingredients below.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of water (or fresh juice*)
  • 2 – 3 ice cubes
  • 1 – 2 stalks celery
  • 1 green apple, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup spinach (or kale)
  • 1 tsp Spirilina (optional)
  • 1 tsp Barley Grass (optional)
  • Other Fruit (such as bananas*)
  • 3 TBS Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

Instructions:
  1. Add ingredients into a blender (a high speed one such as the Vitamix works nicely) in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Notes:

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT RECOMMENDED for Candida Free Diet.

Oatmeal Options

Oatmeal is my preferred breakfast food. Unfortunately it’s not allowed on the Candida Free or SCD/GAPS healing diets.  So I just make it for my husband instead.

It’s fast and easy to prepare and can be flavored anyway you like.  I add 1/2 cup of rolled oats (gluten free) and 1/8 tsp salt to 1 cup of water and allow to cook just until it starts to boil.  (You can easily double this recipe.)

Then I turn off the heat and with a little stirring it’s done.  Oatmeal cooked in this manner will be creamy, but if you want more cream you can add almond milk.  I haven’t purchased almond milk in the store for over 5 years, I didn’t buy it often, but I don’t remember it being as creamy as the one I make on my own. You should try some home made almond milk.

Oatmeal with Creamy Almond Milk, Raisins, Cinnamon and Coconut Oil

So, sometimes I have oatmeal with almond milk, raisins, cinnamon and coconut oil.

Then if I want a more “fruity” version.  I add fruit (like strawberries or blueberries), dates/raisins a little water (or almond milk) and sometimes cashews (if I want added protein) to the Vitamix and mix until smooth and creamy.

Oatmeal with Blueberry Sauce

So, my goal is to use fresh natural sugars to sweeten my oatmeal. My daughter who likes oatmeal and totally loves blueberries thinks it’s the best flavored oatmeal she’s ever had (much better tasting and surely better for us than any boxed version).

The basic oatmeal recipe can easily be doubled. Also, make sure to cook over low heat so it doesn’t burn.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions:
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot over low heat for creamy oatmeal or wait for water to boil to keep oats separate.
  2. Stir frequently
  3. Enjoy with some recipe add-ins.

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Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti Sauce

I cannot seem to get enough of zucchini noodles. Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti Sauce for lunch and a Taco Salad for dinner.

But today I had Zucchini Noodles and sauce.

Here is the recipe:  I made the sauce in the Vitamix.  I made just a few changes from the “Fresh Tomato Sauce” recipe in the Vitamix Whole Food Recipes Book. This recipe is for one serving.

Step 1.  Place the following ingredients into the Vitamix:

  • 3 Roma tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1/2 small carrot
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp RAW honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of smoked paprika (to spice it up a bit, optional)
Step 2.  Process on high speed for about 3 minutes.
Step 3.  Pour into saucepan ans simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
Step 4. When sauce is just about done, use Spiralizer to make noodles using 2 small to medium size zucchinis.
Step 5.  Pour sauce over noodles and add fresh basil, parsley and Parmesean cheese.

It was a good serving size.  It looked like a lot, but it tasted so good that I finished the plate and found the serving size to be just right.

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There is always time for a Green Smoothie

On a busy day like today, it’s difficult to take the time to stop and eat proper nourishment.  Just finished Part 1 of our garage sale and now it’s time to recuperate.  I used some frozen tropical fruit to start, then I added kale (or you can add spinach) and yogurt (or you can add banana) for more creaminess.  On my way to take my daughter to purchase the big item for which she was hoping to make enough money….and she met her goal.


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Here is a link to the Going Green Smootie at Vitamix where you can search for even more recipes.


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