Category Archives: Dinner

My Favorite Soup: Cauliflower Leek

This is bar none my favorite soup.  It’s yummy, healthy and really easy to make.  And what’s even more fantastic about is that my mom and I just made up the recipe on the fly.


– 1 head cauliflower, chopped up

– 1 container soft tofu

– 1/2 cup soy milk (make sure you’re using unsweetened) (Note: used 1 cup – too much)

– 4 cups vegetable stock (Note: used 5 cups – too much)

– 2 leeks, white parts only, or one whole leek, chopped

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– 2 cloves garlic

– Dash cayenne pepper

– Salt and pepper to taste


– Heat olive oil in the bottom of a large soup pot.  Add leeks and saute until soft.  Add garlic.

– Add vegetable stock and cauliflower

– Simmer until cauliflower is soft

– In a separate bowl, combine tofu and soy milk and mix with stick blender until smooth, then add to soup

– Use stick blender to mix everything until creamy

– Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

Variations:  added 1/3 cup  frozen peas before blending and cooked wild rice after.  Yummy.  Or add a chopped potato in with the cauliflower.


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Wow! Delicious Vegan Fettucini Alfredo.. and Super Healthy too!

I just made cupcakes and kale’s  high protein cauliflower alfredo sauce recipe that I found on Diet Dessert and Dog’s Wellness Weekend.  I love this new carnival that Ricki has implemented – with her healthy guidelines, it makes it easy to find recipes that fit into my “No Food Diet.”  Anyway, I am so glad I found this Fettucini Alfredo recipe because it is PHENOMENAL! I was shocked and amazed by how good this is, not to mention how easy to make it is. I have made many a “fake” alfredo and they are almost always awful, but not this one! It is fantastic! I can’t recommend it highly enough – it is delicious and extremely healthy.

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“Meaty” Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna

Another phenomenal recipe from Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs! My midwife wanted me to choose a special meal as my first “celebration meal” after giving birth. I chose this recipe and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it delicious, but it is complex and time-consuming, making it perfect for ultra-special occasions. This easily gets a 5 out of 5 happy monkeys. My everything-eating husband said it was just as good as traditional lasagna, and coming from him, that’s saying a lot.

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Yummy Broiled Tofu

This recipe isn’t very hard to make but it tastes best when you let it marinate overnight, so it takes a while.  It is super yummy though when you take the time to make the effort.  I like to have it with sauteed greens on the side. I give this recipe a 4/5 happy monkeys.

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Raw Mushroom “Loaf” Stuffed Tomatoes

Mmmm…. this was absolutely delicious, as well as super easy.  I scooped out the inside of a plump, juicy heirloom tomato and stuffed it with the mushroom “loaf” recipe from Alissa Cohen.  Then I threw the scooped out tomato bits in the vita mix with some basil, salt, olive oil, cayenne and garlic to make a quick sauce.  I poured the sauce on top and voila – delish!

I give these a strong 4/5 happy monkeys because they’re super easy and yummy.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a pic because I was hungry and tired, and, quite honestly, it didn’t look so beautiful with the sauce over it.  My heirloom tomato was pretty yellow so once mixed in the vita mix, the sauce was fairly gray looking. If you want to serve these to company, I recommend serving the sauce on the side for aesthetic purposes.

This particular version was blended into oblivion by my vita mix. I prefer it to be more chunky and less of a smooth pate or dip. I definitely don’t recommend the vita mix for this one, but I had broken my food processor so I didn’t have a lot of options. Unfortunately, with the vita mix, this is no longer a “quick and easy” recipe, but instead a descent into frustration. When I first bought the vita mix, I thought it was the be all and end all of kitchen implements and that it would make all other equipment obsolete, but that is in fact not the case. A food processor is still very, very necessary.

Note: This makes a lot more mushroom loaf than is needed just for one tomato.  You can stuff more tomatoes or keep the leftover “loaf” for use in wraps, salads, etc.  It is delicious on its own as well.


Mushroom “Loaf”

3 cups mushrooms (portabello or crimini)
2 cups walnuts
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp marjoram (italian seasoning or oregano works great too)
1/4 tbsp fresh rosemary
1/4 tbsp sea salt

Tomato & Sauce

1 largish tomato
Basil, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, cayenne to taste


Blend everything but the tomato in a food processor.

Scoop out the inside of a tomato and stuff it with the mushroom “loaf.” Throw the scooped out part in the vita mix with some basil, salt, olive oil, cayenne and garlic to make a quick sauce.

Serve the stuffed tomato with the sauce on the side. Enjoy!


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Raw Latkes

These latkes are in the dehydrator right now and I am so excited about them!  At first I thought the ingredients were pretty unique, but I decided to go with it.  I’ve never used daikon radish before.  Turns out that by itself it tastes pretty radishy, but this magical recipe turns it into latke goodness.  I took my first bite of the un-dehydrated “batter” and couldn’t believe it — it tasted no kidding like potatoes! I can’t wait to find out what they taste like when they come out of the dehydrator!

This exciting recipe is courtesy of Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and is originally found here.  It’s a sample from her e-book “Healthy Holiday Traditions” which might be worth checking out if the rest of the recipes are as good as this one promises to be!


  • 2 ½ pounds of a combination of shredded daikon radish and broccoli stems
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)


  1. Shred daikon and broccoli stems and place in a large bowl.
  2. Shred or thinly slice the onion and add to bowl with the daikon and broccoli.
  3. Blend the tahini, pepper and salt and add to bowl with vegetables. Mix well with your hands.
  4. Brush with a thin film of olive oil, if desired.
  5. Form into patties and place on the mesh tray of your dehydrator. Dehydrate overnight, up to 12 hours.

Serve with apple sauce or  nut “sour cream.”

Update: Delish! It turns out that although this recipe makes a lot, they were gone in record time.   These were yummy.  I liked them best made really thick and not dehydrated all the way so the insides were still moist.  Just thinking about them again now makes me want to eat another batch but unfortunately I don’t have the ingredients on hand.  These get 4/5 happy monkeys.

In competion with Raw Sweet Potato Latkes, these win for eating by themselves.  However, as little edible plates to hold applesauce and raw sour cream, the Sweet Potato Latkes win.  Their spiciness goes well with the sweetness of the applesauce and the coolness of the sour cream.

This is also posted at the Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday, which is my favorite go-to weekly round-up of healthy recipes.  Check it out!


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Raw Marinated Kale Salad

OK.  Here’s the deal.  I know I haven’t posted anything new in about a millennium.  I’m still here, I’m still cooking (or uncooking), tasting and reviewing recipes.  I have so many drafts started but I haven’t posted them because either I can’t find my photos or don’t have the time to write a detailed description.  So here’s my new plan: instead of waiting to post my recipe reviews until they are complete, I’m just going to post what I’ve got.  They may be short.  They may be picture-less.  But at least they will contain the recipe and my basic thoughts on it, such as whether I think it is good enough to make again.

So in that mind-set, here’s a post I wrote back in Dec 2009, but haven’t posted because I have no idea where the  pics went.  I have made this many times since then, but still have no photos for some reason.  But it is delicious, so I want to share it with you:

This was a surprising hit at our friend’s holiday potluck.  I made it at the last minute because I was desperately craving kale.  I didn’t think anyone else would want it, but I didn’t care because I just wanted it for me.  I had also made sweet potato casserole to share so this was just a freebie.  But surprisingly enough, everyone loved it and the big bowl of it was gone in a heartbeat.

I’ve tried another raw kale salad before that I thought was no good, but this recipe is much better.  I got it from Raw Sacramento although it’s originally from Elaina’s Pure Joy Kitchen Recipe Book.  It gets 5/5 happy monkeys.


– 1 bunch fresh dinosaur (lacinato) kale, stems removed and ripped into bite sized pieces (although I usually don’t bother removing the stems unless I’m trying to impress)
– 1/4 shallot, chopped very small
– 1 medium green or yellow zucchini, spiralized
– Handful homegrown mung bean sprouts, chopped in thirds
– 2 tomatoes, chopped
– 2 medium avocados, chunked (add at end / right before serving)

– 3/4 cup flax oil
– 1/2 cup lemon juice
– 1 tsp. sea salt
– 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (add after massaging the salad)
– 1 clove garlic, crushed


I just throw everything together in a bowl but if you want to be fancy, here are the official directions:

Pour the first 3 ingredients of the marinade right onto the torn kale leaves. Use your hands to massage and squeeze the kale. This will work the salt and lemon in and help to make the kale tender. Continue to knead the salad until it begins to soften.

Add the avocado and cayenne pepper and garlic. Mix well and serve.

Note:  This says it will last for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.  Some people like it better after a day or so but I like it best right away.

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