If you enjoy the traditional Hummus, adding peanut butter instead of the traditional Tahini paste, gives it a Southern twist. You can substitute de from sunflower seeds if you are allergic to nuts. If you don't have time to cook your own garbanzo beans from scratch just choose only the best quality boxed product. Choose organic and low sodium. Make sure you rinse and drain the beans as much possible before using.
What the heck are Shishito Peppers? These small, mild Japanese peppers are great for roasting, pan-frying and grilling. Their thin walls blister and char easily when roasted or grilled, taking on rich flavor that is delicious with coarse salt and lemon juice (my mouth is already watering). At The Real Food Academy, we love this simple way of broiling Shishito Peppers and usually plate them with a mild Tahini Sauce
. Don't forget to serve them right out of the oven, and offer your friends a cold one to sip while munching on them!
For all those Football lovers here is a sweet treat that will knock your socks off! Once you learn how to decorate these Strawberries you can play around and try your own decorated fruit versions.
The dynamic duo! Cauliflower and Artichokes are known for their health benefits. They contain minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that aid the cardiovascular system, immune system, detoxify the body and prevent early oxidation in cells that can speed up cancer. Skip the Parmesan and Goat Cheese to keep it on the vegan side and add some Turmeric and Nutritional Cheese for added flavor!
When hosting a cocktail party, this is the kind of recipe that can be prepared in advance, stored in the refrigerator and finished at the time of service. In other words, make it one day before the party and cook it minutes before serving it! You can skip the crabmeat and make half recipe seafood free, just mix the goat cheese with the rest of the ingredients and stuff 5-6 mushrooms, then mix in the crabmeat with the rest of the goat cheese for 6 Crab stuffed shrooms. Top with Cayenne pepper for a spike in hotness.
When you eat Cauliflower you are adding an array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals to your body that you don't get from chicken. Traditional chicken wings are a "favorite" in the US but if you are really looking for flavor, crispiness and a vegan option
you need to be looking into this Cauliflower "Wings" Recipe. It is easy to make and probably costs less than a bag of wings from the supermarket. Mix in some Broccoli florets and surprise your guests with this cool, not traditional recipe!
Lentil Meatballs! This is one of our favorite recipes at The Real Food Academy. The first time we rolled it out on a Saturday Cooking Class, the kids where a little apprehensive due to the fact that they where mixing lentils and oats, one of them even said that it was weird to mix the "lentils from their grandmas soup and the oats from the morning breakfast" (LOL!) To their surprise(not mine), the meatballs where delicious and they in fact ate them all! I have used this recipe for meatless meatballs in subs, tacos(exchange the marinara for fresh taco salsa) and alone as part of the dishes in a cocktail party. By omitting the meat and serving this recipe with Raw Zucchini spaghetti your are serving a light and flavorful "pasta" dish that is rich in iron, Lycopene and beneficial enzymes.
Our Mushroom Pate is such a versatile recipe! You can snack on it, spread it on toast or a veggie burger, fill mushroom caps and top them with Parmesan(broil them until the cheese is golden and crispy) or mix it with 1/2 cup of Goat Cheese for a richer spread. Drizzling it with some fancy Truffle oil before serving it will definitely wow your guests too so don't miss the opportunity if you have it available!
What would happen if you served Zucchini, Carrots and Quinoa to your kids? Maybe you'll find some resistance...I'll give you an idea - hide them in these sliders! Served on whole wheat slider buns, with or without cheese, your kids will keep asking for more. This recipe is super beneficial since it carries all of the antioxidants in the carrots, the quinoa and the tomato. By consuming antioxidants, you help your body to get rid of the free radicals that cause damage on your cells. So go ahead and have a slider!
This Homemade Greek Chicken Naan is our version of a Mediterranean pizza made on toasted Naan.This thin Indian flat bread is light and cooks rather quickly. You can find it in an Indian grocery store or in the ethnic area of your local market. If you cannot find it, it’s ok to substitute it for Pita bread. The homemade Hummus, chicken and Feta cheese will be your good proteins and the Aurugula and tomatoes the extra balance between crisp and sweet! Enjoy!
Summer is here and Ice Tea is one of my favorite sources of hydration. This powerful recipe is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, essential components in the fight against free radicals. Its citrus scent from the Oranges and its sweetness from the Honey will make this a great beverage for all your family.