Chocolate Date Balls

So sugar – raw cocoa tahini truffles! I found this in Bon Appetite and then made a bunch of changes – they are so good you won’t believe there is not sugar! They are NOT low calorie, so keep it to just one.

  • ⅔ cup roasts pistachios
  • 6 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • ⅓ c tahini
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 c toasted, shredded unsweetened coconut

Combine nuts, dates, tahini, salt and cocoa in a small food processor. Process until everything is incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop to form into a ball. Place coconut on a small plate and roll the balls into the coconut. Repeat and chill in the fridge.

Makes about 12 balls.

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Black Bean and Vegan Chorzio Tacos

Taco Tuesday!! These are packed with veggies and oh so good. It comes together in les than 20 minutes so perfect for a weeknight meal.

Taco Filling:

  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
  • 6 oz soy chorizo, crumbled
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Taco

  • Tortillas
  • Cheese – vegan or regular
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Combine all filling ingredients in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring several times.

Fill tortillas with filling and top with avocado and cheese.

Serves 4.

Almost Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These are heavenly and filling! I served them with some grilled asparagus. If you are vegan, just leave off the cheese. These make for great left overs, reheat in the oven for 20 minutes.

Mushrooms

  • 6 portobello Mushrooms, gills scrapes off and cleaned
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

Stuffing

  • 1/4 c pine nuts toasted
  • 1 can Artichokes in water, drained
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1/2 c basil leaves
  • 8 cremini mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Garnish:

  • 6 tbsp Gorgonzola

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine balsamic, olive oil and tamari in a small bowl. Spray a large baking dish, add mushrooms and drizzle with marinade. Turn a couple times to coat and marinate for at least 30 min.

In a food processor combine stuffing ingredients and pulse to combine leaving slightly chuncky.

Stuff mushrooms with mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Top with cheese and bake 5 more minutes to melt cheese.

Serves 6.

Pasta with Tomatoes, Pancetta and Artichokes

This is one of those pasta dishes you can make when there nothing in the house and it comes together super quick! Leave off the cheese and it’s 30 day friendly, drop the Pancetta and it’s vegan!

  • 3 tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 c mushrooms or 1 small can canned mushrooms
  • 6 oz grilled artichoke hearts chopped
  • 4 oz diced Pancetta
  • 1/4 c grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 c parsley chopped
  • 6 oz pasta

Cook pasta according to package.

In a 12 inch skillet over medium heat, cook Pancetta until crispy, add tomatoes, mushrooms and Artichokes, cook 5 min. Stir in pasta, adding a little pasta water if needed, cook over low heat stirring. Top with cheese and parsley.

Serves 2 – 4.

Grilled Romanesco Salad

This salad is so good I love the combo of hot and cool and soft and crunchy.

  • 3 c parsley sprigs
  • 1 c basil sprigs

• 1/3 c plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin • 3 cups loosely packed parsley sprigs

  • 1 cup loosely packed basil sprigs

• 1/3 olive oil

  • Salt  andPepper
  • 2 c 1 1/2-inch Romanesco florets
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, leaves torn
  • 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium, firm-ripe Hass avocado, diced

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Tie the parsley and basil together with kitchen string to make a bouquet. Drizzle with
1 tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl, toss the Romanesco with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the Romanesco over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender and charred in spots, 8 to 10 minutes; return to the bowl.

Grill the herb bouquet, turning often, until charred in spots, about 2 minutes. Transfer the bouquet to a work surface, discard the string and stems and chop the charred leaves.

In a large bowl, combine the chopped herbs with the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice. Whisk in 1/3 c of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the Romanesco, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado to the bowl and toss to coat; serve.

Serves 6.

Green Lentils with Asparagus


This is inspired by Ottelenghi! So good, so healthy, and great for lunch.

Ingredients:
1 c green lentils, cooked and drained
2 c baby spinach
2/3 c parsley
2/3 c light olive oil or walnut oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
1 bunch of asparagus, steamed and cut into 1/4 inch segments
3 1/2 oz pecorino, grated
Lemon wedges

Combine spinach, parsley, garlic, oil and salt and pepper in a food processor. Purée and place in a large bowl. Toss with lentils and asparagus. Serve with lemon and cheese.

Serves 6.