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Sweet Potato Toast

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Sweet Potato Toast

These rich little babies are fantastic, especially if you’re grain free!  Sweet Potato Toast are simply slices of sweet potatoes with lots of good stuff on top (or between).  They’re a great way to get more produce in your diet.  I’m doing ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse’ and have challenged myself to eat as many produce a day as I can till I’m filled up.  Sweet potatoes really do fill a person up quickly.  I made some vegan dips and mayos to spread on top and stick some crispy veggies into.  I roast mine on my NewWave; some people cook them in the toaster.  They only take a few minutes to cut with a knife, slicer or a food processor.  Hope you have fun with these!

 

Ingredients

produce

sweet potato

condiment

olive oil

favorite spices (I use my Ranch Dressing Mix)

Instructions

  1.  Wash Sweet Potatoes
  2.   Cut them.
  3.   Put them in a bowl (that has a lid) and drizzle oil & spices on top.
  4.   Put on the lid and shake them up!
  5.   Roast them in the oven @ 350 for 25 min till browned.  Flip them over and roast another 20 min.    -or-   Roast them in the New Wave for 15 min; flip them and roast another 12-15 min till browned. 
  6.   Top with your favorite dips or sauces.

I topped some with my Avocado Parsnip Mayo – vegan (dairy free, egg free), GF, nut free  and others with Vegan Cheese Sauce – nut and oil free.
The purple sweet potatoes have a more uniform, cylindrical shape.
I topped with my Garlic Chive Cream Cheese – dairy free, high protein deliciousness!

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Avocado Parsnip Mayo – vegan (dairy free, egg free), GF, nut free

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Mayo: avocado | parsnip

Mayo makes nearly everything taste better! Since I’m dairy free, gluten free and pro produce, this blend is perfect for me! For variety, I swap out different spice combos. I use this as a dip for veggies, a spread for sandwiches, a sauce for noodles or a dressing for salads.

Why Parsnips & Avocado?

Parsnips are packed with fiber and many nutrients (like mood raising folate, immune boosting vitamin C and stress relieving potassium).  Avocado is also incredibly nutritious!  Avocado’s creamy richness can lower cholesterol and triglycerides while moisturizing the skin & boosting brain power.  I hope you love this as much as I do.

ingredients

produce

avocado, peeled with pit removed, 1

lemon juice, 1 tsp (or apple cider vinegar)

parsnip, steamed & processed, 1 cup

green onions, 1/8 cup

bell pepper, orange, 1/4 cup

condiment

mustard, 1 TBS

seasoning

cayenne pepper

garlic powder, 1/2 tsp

pepper, black, 1/2 tsp

salt, 1 tsp (omit if doing the ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse‘)

 

instructions

  1.  Dice bell peppers & green onions.  Set aside.
  2.  Remove avocado pit and peel.
  3.  Steam parsnips.
  4.  Blend all ingredients (except bell peppers & green onions) at medium speed until mixed well.
  5.   Stir in bell peppers & green onions.

notes

*I love swapping in my Ranch Dressing Mix  for the seasonings in this great mayo.

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Grape Yam Daikon Sauce – vegan, dairy free, gluten free, oil free

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Grape Yam Daikon Sauce

I challenged myself to create a vegan, dairy free, gluten free, nut free sauce that I could use on my ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse‘.  I was on day 4 and really needed some new flavors.  This light, sweet, garlicky flavor is delicious!  I use this as a spread for sandwiches, a sauce for noodles or a dressing for salads.  In case you don’t know what a daikon is (like I didn’t a few months ago!), here’s a pic of a beautiful white roasted daikon.  

Why Grape, Yam & Daikon Radish?

Grapes have heart friendly plant compounds that may protect against certain cancers. Yams are loaded with fiber, iron, calcium, selenium, beta carotene, B and C vitamins.  Daikon radishes are packed with digestive enzymes, immune raising phytonutrients and lots of Vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus.    I hope you love this as much as I do.   

ingredients

produce

banana, 1/2 cup

daikon radish, 1/2 cup

grapes, 1/4 cup

lemon juice, 1 tsp (or apple cider vinegar)

yam, steamed, 1 cup

condiment

mustard, 1 TBS

seasoning

cayenne pepper

garlic powder, 1/2 tsp

pepper, black, 1/2 tsp

salt, 1 tsp (omit if doing the ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse‘)

 

instructions

  1.  Wash, chop & steam daikon radish & yam.
  2.  Chop banana.
  3.  Wash grapes.
  4.  Process all ingredients at medium speed until mixed well.
  5.  Refrigerate.

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Ranch Dressing Mix – vegan, gluten free, dairy free

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Ranch Dressing Mix

Life without Ranch Dressing isn’t as delicious.  Since most commercially available Ranch Dressings have undesirable MSG, my hunt for solutions was on.  Being dairy free makes the quest more challenging.  I finally found some great treasures though and decided to share them with you!  You can add this great Ranch Dressing Mix to many types of ‘mayo’ and other ‘bases’ which are vegan (dairy free & egg free), and gluten free.  I try to always have a big batch of this mix on hand!  

seasoning ingredients

chives, dried, 1 TBS

dill, dried, 1 teas

garlic, powder, 2 teas

onion, flakes, 2 teas

onion, powder, 2 teas

parsley, dried, 2 TBS

pepper, black, 1 teas

salt, 1 teas   (omit if doing the ‘Shaklee 7 Day Healthy Cleanse’)

————*If doing the ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse‘, use fresh herbs 

 

instructions

  1.   Mix all ingredients.
  2.   Mix 2 TBS in 1 cup of ‘mayo’ or ‘base’ of choice.  (See ideas below.)
  3.   Mix in 1/2 cup of dry milk powder.  (dairy free veggie dry milk powder).  (If doing the cleanse, omit this ingredient.)

                  *I recommend adding the Ranch Dressing Mix to Mashed Cauli, Mashed Butternut Squash, Vegan Cheese Sauce – nut & oil free, Vegan Cream Cheese (dairy free, nut free), or Vegan Mayo.

 

notes

*If doing the ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse‘, use fresh herbs / spices instead of dried.

 

 

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Vegan Cheese Sauce – nut and oil free

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I use this amazing dairy & nut free vegan cheese sauce for so many things!  Here, I added it to my egg free cauli bread and sweet potato chips.  This plate is so full of produce, I can use these delish foods during my ‘7 Day Healthy Cleanse‘ to jumpstart my metabolism and detoxification centers of my body.  Good eating doesn’t have to taste bland or difficult!

ingredients

produce

garlic, cloves, 4

onion, yellow, chopped

sweet potato, 1 

squash, yellow, 1

lime juice, 1/2 teas

dry | canned

stock, veggie, 2 cups

condiment

mustard powder, 1/8 teas

baking | spice

nutritional yeast, 1/4 cup

paprika, 1/4 teas

pepper, dash

salt, dash (omit if doing the ‘Shaklee 7 Day Healthy Cleanse’)

instructions

  1.  Cube the potato.
  2.  Boil the potato till fork tender.  
  3.  Thinly slice the squash & onion.
  4.   Chop the garlic.
  5.   Saute’ the squash and onion in vegetable stock on medium heat till very soft and tender.  (Start with 1/4 cup of veggie stock and add more as needed.)  
  6.   Add the garlic and saute’ 3 minutes.
  7.   Drain the potato.
  8.   Blend all ingredients till really smooth.  (You might need to add more veggie stock to create the consistency you want.)

notes

This recipe makes 2 cups of vegan cheese sauce.

I like to prep this in advance and freeze it.  

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Honey Garlic Baked Cauli: Egg Free, Gluten Free

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honey garlic baked cauli - pinterestThese little babies are easy to make and so delicious!  I made this great recipe, inspired by Kirbie’s Cravings, into an egg free, gluten free version!  If you’re working to eat more produce, these cauli bites are perfect for you!  The hauntingly sweet flavor continues to delight after the dish is gone.  In fact, as I type this post, the after-taste is delighting me.  Why?  I just ate the whole bowl of fresh cauli you see in the pic above.  My contented grin and belly feel well nourished.   And yours can too.

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The honey garlic sriracha sauce has a bit of a ‘bite’.  It’s clearing my sinuses right now.  If you need to cool it down a bit, you can dip them in my dairy free ‘Garlic Chive Cream Cheese‘.  (pic below).


HONEY GARLIC BAKED CAULI – vegan, egg free, gluten free

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  • flax egg replacer, 2 (2 TBS flaxseed meal whisked into 6 TBS water)
  • cauliflower, 1 head, cut into bite sized pieces
  • bread crumbs, 2 cups (I use gluten free)

SAUCE INGREDIENTS

  • cornstarch, 2 tsp whisked in 6 TBS water
  • honey, 6 TBS
  • garlic, minced, 6 teas
  • onion powder, 1 teas
  • coconut liquid aminos, 1.5 TBS (or soy sauce, low sodium)
  • sriracha sauce, 1/2 TBS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400F (or don’t preheat if using New Wave Convection oven)
  2. Whisk the ‘flax egg replacer’ & set aside.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Dip cauliflower in flax egg & shake off excess.  (If too much flax egg drips onto the bread crumbs, the crumbs won’t stick to the cauliflower.  If the crumbs won’t stick, roll the cauliflower in the crumbs and gently press them onto the cauli.
  5. Bake for 15 – 20 min. till golden brown and crunchy.
  6. While cauliflower is baking, create the sauce.
    1. In a small bowl, completely dissolve the cornstarch in water.  Set aside.
    2. In a small saucepan, whisk the rest of sauce ingredients together.
    3. Bring to a gentle boil.  (It should only take a few seconds.)
    4. Stir cornstarch water again and add it to saucepan.
    5. Stir until simmering.  (Stir so cornstarch doesn’t clump.)
    6. When sauce is thick (about 2 min), cool sauce for a few minutes.
    7. Drizzle or toss sauce over cauliflower.
    8. Garnish with fresh chopped scallions.

Here’s my great tasting, dairy free ‘Garlic Chive Cream Cheese‘.  I hope you enjoy this fantastic dish as you keep creating ‘healthy habits for life!

*Here are more of my easy recipes: Freezer Fiesta: a month of meals in a day!, Salad Bar in Your Fridge!Lip Smackin Smoothies,  Candida Free, Healthy Fast Food

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Garlic Chive Cream Cheese – dairy free, high protein deliciousness!

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My life changed when I discovered this amazing way to make dairy free cream cheese!  I’ve been dairy free for nearly 20 years now and have been missing the creamy deliciousness of cheese!  I’ve tried every alternative on the market and they just don’t do it for me.  I think it’s the texture… or maybe the knowledge that most of them don’t have much protein in them.  Empty carbs aren’t my idea of a good time.  I worked too hard to overcome candida and really serious hypoglycemia issues!  15 years ago I used to faint and have hypoglycemic seizures with 26 blood sugar.   I now have perfect 90 fasting blood glucose and won’t let that go– for anything!

Here’s my latest creation!!

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The texture starts out a little soft, but will thicken up in the fridge.

IMG_6843IMG_6845Instead of grain based bread, I love to eat my sweet potato bread slices. Drenched in olive oil and sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt, they’re ready for roasting!

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This is a great, low glycemic – high protein, vegan snack!  I feel so good when I eat these!  Want some?IMG_6849

RECIPE

Here’s the Life Protein I use.  It’s the only brand I trust & recommend.

cream cheese - garlic chive

*Here are more of my easy recipes: Freezer Fiesta: a month of meals in a day!Salad Bar in Your Fridge!,  Lip Smackin Smoothies,  Candida Free, Healthy Fast Food

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Cleanses help nearly every part of the body!

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cleanses help every part of body

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How Licorice Root is a great body cleanser (especially when combined with these 8 herbs)!

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licorice root

Licorice Root really helps us!

  • Licorice’s name is from the Greek word meaning, ‘sweet’.  It’s tart sweetness is long lasting.  It can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar without affecting insulin!
  • Licorice root is the most used herbs in Chinese medicine! (4) It has documented uses back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. (5)
  • It’s been used in Chinese medicine as a “guide herb” to enhance their effects and essentially guide the other herbs to where they would be most beneficial. In 2013, this use was observed and reviewed by the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (3)
  • It’s been used for medicinal purposes including indigestion and stomach inflammation [42], cough suppression, ulcer treatment, and use as a laxative.  In an Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research study, the leaves tested well against bacteria and thus may work as a staph and candida cure. (8)
  • It also helps: as an antiviral, antimicrobial, blood pressure, leaky gut, autoimmune issues like hepatitis, hyperlipidemia (high blood fat), inflammation-induced skin hyper pigmentation, and might help prevent neurodegenerative disorders and dental caries, anti-ulcer, anti-diabetic & anti-tumor.
  • There are at least four main types of compounds found in licorice root: flavonoids, coumarins, triterpenoids and stilbenoids. (9
    • Flavonoids: rich antioxidants & anti-inflammatory
      • An example is the Flavonoid glabradin which is anti-inflammatory, has effects metabolism and functions as a phytoestrogen — which creates a positive effect on women’s health. (11)
    • Coumarins & Stilbenoids: anti-inflammatory & antibiotic

    • Triterpenoids: steroid (10)

  • When Licorice Root is combined with 8 other herbs the synergistic effect is powerful!!  Here’s the only Licorice Root I purchase because it’s already combined with the 8 synergistic herbs & I trust its safety.

9 reasons you'll want licorice root

1) HEARTBURN | FOOD POISONING

  • Licorice root (glycyrrhiza glabra) helps heartburn, indigestion, nausea and stomach pain.

2) LEAKY GUT | ULCERS | CANKER SORES

  • It’s anti-inflammatory & soothing.  It protects against ulcerative disorders and helps gut health.
  • It can speed the repair of stomach lining.
  • It can suppress H.pylori. (study)
  • It can be rubbed on gums to help stop tooth bacteria and canker sores

3) LIVER | HEART | CHOLESTEROL

  • It increases bile flow and lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Bile acids account for the elimination of excessive cholesterol.
  • Licorice root’s antioxidant action may enhance capillary health & hinder arterial plaque.

4) ADRENAL FATIGUE

  • It helps us regulate cortisol (the stress hormone) more efficiently so the adrenal glands don’t wear out.

5) IMMUNITY

  • It even helps by stoping the growth of bacteria & viruses like Hepatitis C, HIV and flu.  The triterpenoid content has been confirmed as an anti-viral.  It even raises interferon, a key to fighting off viruses.  It’s anti-allergenic effect is useful for hay fever, allergies and asthma.
  • It can help herpes and shingles if ingested or applied to the skin.  Several studies show the antiviral action may suppress the return and progression of cold sores due to the herpes virus.

6) COUGH |  THROAT | RESPIRATION

  • It helps loosen and expel mucus and bring relief to a sore throat.  It also helps relax bronchial spasms while helping to fight off the viruses that cause respiratory illnesses and infections.

7) PMS / MENOPAUSE

  • It has an estrogen-like effect (phyto-estrogen) in women which helps with PMS, fertility & hot flashes.

8) PAIN RELIEF | SKIN

  • It has aspirin-like action and helps relieve fevers & soothes pain.  It helps abdominal and other muscle cramping and soothes eczema and other skin pain.
  • It helps people with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia pain because it lowers cortisol stress levels.
  • Applied to the skin in a poultice, it helps rashes and pain due to its anti-inflammatory nature.

9) DEPRESSION

  • Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds.  It might be one of the most over-looked of all herbal wonders.
  • It encourages adrenal gland function.
  • It has Asparagine amino acid that is needed to preserve equilibrium in the body’s nervous system.

When Licorice Root is combined with 8 other herbs, the synergistic effect is powerful!!  Here’s the only Licorice Root (which is already combined with the other 8 herbs) I use because I trust its safety.

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