Butternut Squash, Lentils and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:
2 packages cubed organic butternut squash, from the produce department
3 tbsp organic olive oil, divided
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground organic black pepper, to taste
1 bunch organic kale, tough stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
1/3 cup organic tahini
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp organic fresh lemon juice
1 cup organic lentils, cooked
1 cup organic pita chips

    Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss butternut squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to the baking sheet and roast about 30 minutes, stirring half way through the cooking time.
  3. While the squash is baking, place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, message kale leaves until it softens and wilts, about 3-6 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together tahini, water, lemon juice, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide kale, butternut squash, lentils, and pita chips into serving plates and drizzle with the tahini dressing.

Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients:
1 pound organic chicken breast, cut into small pieces
2 packages organic stir fry mix, from the produce department
2 tbsp organic olive oil
1 tbsp organic garlic, minced
1 tbsp organic ginger, minced
1 tbsp organic basil, chopped
Stir Fry Sauce
1 cup organic vegetable broth
2 tbsp organic soy sauce
1 tbsp organic sugar
1 tbsp organic rice wine vinegar

    Directions:

  1. Make the sauce: whisk broth, soy sauce, sugar and rice wine vinegar in a medium bowl; set aside
  2. Set a large frying pan or wok over medium heat and allow to get screaming hot. Swirl in 2 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Add your meat and cook until cooked through. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the stir fry vegetable mix into a pan and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger; move them around the pan to prevent burning. Return the meat to the pan and pour in the sauce. Toss well to coat all the meat and vegetables. Let cook for about a minute until bubbling.
  5. Turn heat off and add the basil. Serve hot with a side of your choice: rice or noodles.

Pesto Zoodles

Ingredients
1 tbsp organic olive oil
2 packages organic zucchini noodles (zoodles), from produce department
1/2 cup organic canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp organic pesto, from the deli
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground organic black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp organic shredded parmesan cheese

    Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, cook and stir zucchini until tender and liquid has evaporated, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garbanzo beans and pesto into the zucchini; lower the heat to medium low. Cook and stir until garbanzo beans are warm and zucchini is evenly coated, about 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer zucchini mixture to serving bowl and top with parmesan cheese.

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients
1/2 cup organic quinoa, uncooked
1 cup water
2 organic chicken breasts, chopped small
1 tbsp organic olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Organic freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp organic ground garlic
4-5 cups organic kale, chopped very small
1/4 cup organic sunflower seeds
1/4 cup organic golden raisins
1/4 cup organic freshly grated parmesan cheese
Lemon Vinaigrette
1/4 cup organic olive oil
1/4 cup organic fresh lemon juice
2 organic garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp organic freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp organic dried oregano
1 tsp organic honey

    Directions

  1. Combine 1 cup of water with the dry quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to low, let it simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender. If there is any water left, make sure you drain the quinoa first.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, you can prepare the chicken. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add the chicken pieces, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook for about 8 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink, but it’s just starting to brown a bit. Remove chicken from skillet and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the kale, cooked chicken, quinoa, sunflower seeds and raisins.
  4. For the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients for the lemon vinaigrette in a small bowl. Adjust salt and pepper as needed. Pour the vinaigrette over the kale salad and toss well. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese before serving.

Fish Tacos with Mango and Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:
1 pound tilapia or cod
6 organic flour or corn tortillas
1 tbsp organic olive oil
Spice Rub
1 tbsp organic ground cumin
1 tsp organic chili powder
1/2 tsp organic cayenne pepper
1 tsp organic sea salt
1 tsp organic freshly ground black pepper
Mango and Avocado Salsa
1 cup organic mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup organic cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 organic jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 organic avocado, chopped
3 organic green onions, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 organic limes, juiced
Sea salt, to taste
Organic freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cilantro Lime Crema
1/4 cup organic Greek yogurt
1 tsp organic honey
3 organic cilantro springs
1 organic lime, juiced
Sea salt, to taste
Organic freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the spice run together and rub on the fish.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and fry the fish fillets on both sides until it starts to get golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the salsa together.
  4. In a blender, add all the crema ingredients and pulse a couple times until smooth.
  5. To assemble, fill each tortilla with the fish, followed by the salsa and then the crema. Squeeze more lime juice over the tacos if preferred.

Orzo and Corn Salad

Directions:
1 head organic butter lettuce, chopped
1 cup organic orzo, uncooked
1 tsp organic olive oil
1 cup organic corn fresh, frozen or canned
2 cups organic tomatoes, chopped
1 organic cucumber, chopped
1 organic bell pepper, chopped
3 organic green onions, chopped
1/2 cup organic parsley
3/4 cup organic cheddar cheese (optional)
Dressing:
1/3 cup organic olive oil
2 tbsp organic lemon juice
1 tbsp organic balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp organic garlic powder
1/2 tsp organic chili flakes
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp organic freshly ground black pepper

  1. Cook the orzo according to package instructions. Let cool before using.
  2. In a pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the corn. Cook corn for about 5 minutes or until slightly browning.
  3. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, orzo, corn, tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, bell pepper, parsley and cheese, if using. Toss everything together.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together until it starts to emulsify, then pour over the salad and toss.

Buttermilk Cornbread

Ingredients
1 cup organic yellow cornmeal
1 cup organic all-purpose flour
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 1/2 tsp organic baking powder
1 1/2 tsp organic sea salt
1 cup organic low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup organic unsalted butter
2 organic eggs

    Directions

  1. Preheat over to 400°. Butter a 9-inch square baking plan. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, and eggs. Add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Transfer to baking pan and smooth top.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes before serving

Creamy Cucumber Soup

Ingredients
1 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
2 organic cloves garlic, minced
1 organic onion, diced
1 tbsp organic lemon juice
4 cups organic cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced, divided
1 1/2 cup organic vegetable broth
1/2 tsp organic sea salt
1/4 tsp organic freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp organic cayenne pepper
1 organic avocado, diced
1/4 cup organic fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup organic low fat plain yogurt

    Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices, broth, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a gentle simmer until the cucumbers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Carefully transfer the soup to a blender. Add avocado and parsley; blend on low speed until smooth. Pour into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices. Serve the soup warm or refrigerate and serve it chilled. Just before serving, garnish with chopped cucumber.

Beef and Bean Verde Chili

Ingredients
1 pound organic lean ground beef
1 large organic red bell pepper, chopped
1 large organic onion, chopped
6 cloves organic garlic, chopped
1 tbsp organic chili powder
2 tsp organic ground cumin
1/4 tsp organic cayenne pepper
2 8 oz. packages Frontera green chili enchilada sauce
1/4 cup water
1 15 oz. can organic pinto or kidney beans, rinsed

    Directions

  1. Cook beef, bell pepper and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne; cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Stir in the sauce and water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

Buckwheat Crepes with Honeyed Ricotta ad Sautéed Plums

Ingredients
Crepes:
1/2 cup organic buckwheat flour
1/2 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp organic Kosher salt
1 cup organic milk
3/4 cup organic buttermilk
2 tbsp butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
2 large organic eggs

Sautéed Plums:
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
1/2 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
1 tbsp organic honey
1 pound organic plums, each sliced into 6 wedges
Honey, for serving

Honeyed Ricotta:
15 oz. organic part skim ricotta cheese
2 tbsp organic honey
1/4 tsp organic pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp organic grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. To make the crepes: Whisk the flours, salt, milk, buttermilk, butter, and eggs together in a large bowl until very smooth. Let the batter sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature and up to 1 day in the refrigerator.
  2. Rub 1/2 tbsp butter onto the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch nonstick crepe pan or sauce pan over medium heat, and wait until it melts completely. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the hot pan and tilt it in a circular motion to ensure the batter spreads out into an even layer. Cook over low heat until the edges start to pull away from the pan, about 2 minutes. Using a nonstick spatula, carefully flip and cook the other side until golden brown, about 1 minute. Lay the crepe on a large plate and repeat until you’ve gone through all of the batter. If the crepe pan starts to get too dry, add another little dab of butter. Keep the finished, unfilled crepes warm in a 200°F oven until ready to assemble.
  3. To sauce the plums: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the vanilla and honey, swirl the pan so they combine with the coconut oil, and then add the plums. Sauté until juicy and warm, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Honeyed Ricotta: In a small bowl, use a whisk to whip all the ingredients together until light and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. To assemble: For each crepe, gently fold crepe in fourths (fold in half, then in half again) and dollop 1 to 2 tbsp of the honeyed ricotta and a few sautéed plums on top. Finish with a generous drizzle of honey.