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JB’s Two Bean Pasta Salad

I made this pasta salad for JB (one of my clients) who has limited food choices. It is protein packed with pinto and kidney beans. Also, I used chickpea pasta. It is lightly dressed with lemon, tahini and some fresh herbs.

This pasta salad would be great to bring to a gathering. For a pop more color add some multicolored tomatoes or some corn. You will be taking home an empty bowl.

  • 8 oz. shell pasta (I used Banza)
  • 1/2 c celery, sliced thin
  • 1/2 c peas, frozen
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 c kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp, chives, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme, fresh

Blanch the celery in boiling water for about 2 minutes. The celery’s green color will brighten.  That is when you take it out and shock it in ice water. Remove the celery from the ice bath. Set aside.

Cook the shells according to the package directions. I always cook the Banza pasta at its lowest suggested cooking time. This keeps it from falling apart so easily.

Combine pasta, veggies, beans and herbs in a large bowl.

Dressing:

  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 tsp mustard, ground
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together dressing ingredients into a large measuring cup. Drizzle over pasta mixture and stir to coat pasta.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: This recipe makes a large bowl. It would be great for food prep for your lunch during the week.

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PB & Berries Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is my favorite way to make oatmeal now. There is no standing at the stove stirring and stirring. It is more like mix all the ingredients into a big bowl; pour into a baking dish and let it bake. That means you can be doing something else while the oatmeal is baking.

This recipe is peanut butter flavor forward, which make it not so sweet. It reminds me of a PB&J sandwich.

  • 1 1/2 c GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 c peanut butter flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c plant milk, vanilla, unsweetened

Note: Make sure you purchase a peanut flour that is just peanuts and no added sugar or other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingrédients into a large bowl. Stir until well incorporated.

Stir-in:

  • 1 c berries (I used a combination of blackberries and raspberries)

Fold the berries into the oat mixture.

Pour into an 8×8 baking dish.

Bake for 40 minutes. This baked oatmeal is more like a snack cake, so break out the forks.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Blackberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Snack Bites

I am always trying to come up with new snack bites for my clients. The snack bites are requested every week. Sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with new flavors. I had made some of my Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Snack Bites and it got me thinking of making some other type of fruit snack bites. That is how I came up with the Blackberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Snack Bites.

  • 1 c blackberries
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c GF oat flour
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/2 chocolate chips
  • 1 c GF rolled oats

Combine blackberries, coconut flour, oat flour and Date Paste. Process until creamy.

Add chocolate chips and pulse until chocolate chips are chopped. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

Add rolled oats to the blackberry mixture and stir until oats and blackberry mixture are well incorporated.

Roll into walnut size little balls. Freeze for about 15 minutes to firm up the snack bites.

These little bites keep well in the freezer or in the refrigerator in a sealable container.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Herb & Pea Puree

This puree is a wonderful light sauce. It reminds me of spring. It also only has 5 ingredients. Those 5 ingredients are the perfect combination. It would be great for a cold pasta salad for lunch during the week.

Combine all the ingredients into a higher-speed blender and blend away. Blend until it is smooth and creamy.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Green Pea and Parsley Hummus

I like to try to come up with different kinds of dips and sauces to go with my veggies. This Green Pea and Parsley Hummus is great for dipping raw veggies in, or even tossing in with some roasted veggies. You could also use as a spread on veggie wraps or sandwiches.

  • 1 1/3 c peas, thawed frozen
  • 1/2 c flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 c tahini
  • 1/4 c water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients into a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chickpea Pizza Crust

I have been meaning to make this crust for a few weeks. I have finally gotten around to getting it made. This is a super-easy crust. You can change up the flavors with whatever seasonings you want to use. I made two crusts for JB. One with no seasoning and the second one using JB’s All-Purpose Blend II.

Make a couple of crusts and freeze some for another time. That way half the work is done when you are in the mood for pizza.

  • 1 c chickpea flour
  • 1 c plant milk, unflavored, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp favorite seasoning (optional)

Note: My favorite seasoning is my All-Purpose Seasoning.

Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend for about 50-60 seconds.

Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Pour batter into warm skillet. Cook for 5-10 minutes. The top of the crust will look somewhat dry and have lots of bubbles. Flip over and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Top the pizza crust with your favorite toppings. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s Belgian Waffles

I have been wanting to make JB some Waffles for sometime. I was fortunate enough to get a couple made before my waffle iron died. So then I switch gears and made some pancakes out of the rest of the batter.

I learned a couple of things out of this experience. The batter works for either waffles or pancakes.They both taste delicious, and I need a new waffle iron.

Dry Ingredients:

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Wet Ingredients:

Stir together all the wet ingredients.

Combine wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. There will be some clumps.

Notes: Let your batter set for 30+ minutes. this step is important when you use gluten-free flour.

Another important factor to remember is that these waffles take longer than what your waffle iron will dictate. They take about 5-6 minutes. Keep this in mind, and look for a golden brown color. Trust me on this, and learn from my mistake.

Make sure you spray your waffle iron. You do not want your waffles to stick to the iron.

Spoon batter into the waffle iron. Watch for that golden color.

Top with your favorite condiments.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chunky Monkey Bars

I got the idea for these bars from my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies. I made a few changes so I could make them for JB. I put them into bar form, which makes them less time consuming to make. Go ahead a make a batch of these wonderful little snack bars. They make a great portable quick breakfast, snack or a little treat.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 c GF oat flour
  • 2 c GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8×11 baking dish with parchment paper

Wet Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/2 c banana, smashed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix together the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Stir-Ins:

  • 3/4 c chocolate chips

Stir in the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients; coating the chips with the flour mixture.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Press the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until the bars are golden.

Let the bars completely cool before cutting into bars.

Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s All-Purpose Blend II

I decided JB needed  a little variety in their seasoning so I came up with this blend. this blend has a few additions to the original JB’s All-Purpose Blend. Just like the original it is easy to assemble. By double or tripling the ingredients you can have a larger quantity ready for whenever it is needed.

  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp mustard, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp sage, ground
  • 1 tsp dill

Combine of the ingredients into a mason jar. Seal with a lid and shake the jar like crazy. Shake the jar until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Remember to give the jar a good shake each time before using this blend.

Sprinkle. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Farfalle with Jackfruit Peas & Mushrooms

I had some jackfruit and mushrooms leftover from making JB’s Jackfruit Hand Pies and decided to veganize one of my favorite dishes I use to order when we went out for Italian.

The restaurant version would have chicken and Alfredo sauce. I veganized it with jackfruit for the chicken and I used my Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce for the Alfredo. It was a hit.

Cook farfalle according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot you cooked the farfalle in, add the Jackfruit and Mushroom mixture, mushrooms, peas and generous amount of All-Purpose Seasoning.

Sauté the veggies until the mushrooms have softened a little, about 5 minutes. Add the farfalle, Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce and vegetable broth to thin the sauce as needed.

Stir all the ingredients together until completely mixed.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings, depending on serving size.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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