Food/Nutrition Recipes

Caesar Salad Celebration

As a little girl, I would often steal my mother’s croutons since I considered them to be the best part of her caesar salad. After being diagnosed with celiac disease and transitioning to a plant-based diet, I no longer reached for the croutons and wondered whether I could remake a caesar salad that I could eat. Lottie Bildirici, my friend, ROO interviewee #115, chef, and health coach recently published a plant-based caesar salad dressing. Lottie’s dressing inspired me to recreate the other essentials of a caesar salad, including the cheese and croutons. For additional substance, I have added roasted sweet …

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Coconut Curry, Cashew, and Lentil Soup

I was intrigued since it had many ingredients I love: cashews, curry, lentils, and greens. I have adapted the recipe to include more coconut and added sweet potatoes, two of my favorite foods from the ROO kitchen. It is a nutritious, flavorful, and hearty meal to kickstart your plant-powered palate in 2015! Ingredients: 1/2 cup whole cashews 1 large handful baby spinach 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 cup uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained 1 inch minced peeled ginger 1/2 large onion, diced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 3 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid 3 teaspoons curry powder …

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Teff Nuttzo Cookie

I had the joy of living in Ethiopia and eating injera bread daily. Injera comes from the powerhouse grain teff, which is gluten-free and high in calcium, protein, and fiber. I was beyond excited to find that Bob’s Red Mill sells teff flour and began dreaming up all the teff treats I could make.  ROO’s Teff Nuttzo Cookie reminds me of a shortbread cookie in consistency and has a delicious nutty taste highlighting Nuttzo’s seven different nuts and seeds. If you want to make Santa happy, consider leaving the Teff Nuttzo Cookie with the Cashew Christmas Milk under the tree. You may …

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Cashew Christmas Milk

Christmas time is always filled with feelings of nostalgia for me. It brings back many memories of family gatherings, midnight masses, and leaving cookies and milk for Santa. As a vegan, I enjoy almond milk on a daily basis, but recently decided to try making a milk with my favorite nut, cashews. This cashew christmas milk is perfect for Santa— sweet, filling, and nutritious! Ingredients:  3/4 cup of ground cashew meal 1 cup of coconut water 1 cup of filtered water 1 tablespoon of honey 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of hemp seeds Dash of cinnamon Recipe: In …

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Summer Dreams “Cheesecake”

During the summer, two of my favorite treats are fresh lemonade and strawberries. This gluten-free, vegan “cheesecake” features these summer dreams and does not even need to be cooked in an oven. Enjoy this raw dessert! Crust: (Makes a 9 inch cake) 1.5 cup almond flour 3/4 cup dates 1.5 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Filling: 1.5 cup cashews 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons almond milk 1 tablespoon powdered lemon peel 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Topping: 1.5 cup strawberries, chopped 1 …

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