Today, I wanted to create a sandwich using my pesto recipe which also contains a little bit of nuts (pine), and to make it a bit thicker, I added cashews. I also wanted to use the baby bella mushrooms and veggies sitting in my fridge and the basil in my garden. And, this is the outcome: baby bella sandwich with spinach pesto spread.
This sandwich is very flavorful, light, “meaty” (from the mushrooms), and really healthy. I just loved the combination of garlic, basil, pine nuts, and mushrooms.
Ingredients for Pesto Spread:
3 cups of fresh basil
2 cups of spinach
2/3 cup of raw cashews (soaked for a few hours)
1/3 cup of pine nuts
4 cloves of garlic
4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Directions for the spread:
Place all ingredients in a food processor.
Blend for a minute or two.
Red onions (sliced)
Baby Bella Mushrooms and Garlic:
16 oz. of baby bella mushrooms
6 cloves of garlic (minced)
salt or pepper or use Mrs. Dash’s No Salt Seasoning
1 tablespoons of olive oil
Directions for the mushroom:
Heat olive oil, add garlic, and cook for a little less than a minute.
Add mushrooms and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Toast your bread and build your sandwich.
It was delicious with pickled jalapenos from my backyard.
Here is another smoothie idea. I love papaya! It is such a wonderful fruit and it is a great source of vitamin A, C, and E. It also packs a lot of fiber, folate, and antioxidants. Papaya even contains iron, calcium, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine.
I have added strawberries and greens (spinach and kale) for added vitamins and minerals. But, particularly because strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and it helps your body absorb the iron from the greens a little bit better. Also, the greens are a wonderful source of fiber calcium, antioxidants, Vitamin A, C, K and more!
This is they kind of stuff we start our day off with….super healthy green smoothies! Hope you will try this out!
1 cup of papaya
1/3 cup of strawberries
1.5 cups of fresh spinach or kale
2 tablespoons of chia seeds (for omega 3s)
1/4 cup of goji berries (this is not necessary though. I just added this for more beta carotene)
1 cup of non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons of raw wheat germ (for grains and folic acid benefits) Note: this is also optional
1/2 cup of ice
4 pitted medjool dates (for added sweetness and iron)
4 tablets of spirulina (sea weed) for b12
1/4 cup of blueberries (optional) for added antioxidants and vitamins
Throw all of the ingredients in your Vitamix blender and then blend until everything is smooth.
*If you do not have a vitamix, you can replace the medjool dates with raw agave since it probably won’t blend it as well. You can also omit the goji berries (unless you soak them for a little bit).
*Add more milk and ice if the smoothie is too thick for you.
*If you want to make this all RAW, use coconut water instead of non-dairy milk.
This is a super easy and delicious snack/meal to serve at parties and potlucks. Such a wonderful finger food!
It took me 30 minutes from start to finish!
I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE hummus!!!! There are so many things you can add to hummus: avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, jalapenos, roasted bell peppers, etc (add when blending in the food processor). You can use it as a sandwich filling, bagel/toast topper, wrap filling, and/or veggie/bread/chip dip! So many possibilities!
But, here is the basic hummus recipe that I always use.
1 can of black beans or garbanzo beans (drained) or 1.5 cups of cooked beans (I usually cook my own beans instead of buying the in cans)
2 tablespoons of cumin
1-2 cloves of garlic
2-3 tablespoons of lime juice
1-1.5 teaspoons of tahini
pinch of turmeric
4-6 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 tsp of distilled white vinegar for more tang (optional)
all natural vegan spinach wrap
carrot (shredded Note: I just put my carrots in the food processor…way easier than shredding them by hand)
Place all hummus ingredients in a food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Warm your tortilla/wrap ( I used my griddle).
Spread hummus over the tortilla.
Add spinach, sprouts, and carrots.
Slice it into bite sized pieces.
Serve and enjoy!
Note: I like to add turmeric to a lot of dishes because of its health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties, detoxifying properties, it helps slow down the progression of Alzheimers disease, helps with weight loss, and it is known to have anti cancerous properties. To learn more, click here, Health Diaries.
This is what we had for breakfast today! Delicious and super nutritious! This beats coffee and donuts! This has lots of fiber, protein, omega 3s and 6s, and lots of vitamins and minerals. Yay for healthy!
Ingredients for Green Smoothie:
1/3 cup of strawberries
1 cup of spinach
1/4 cup of ice
1/3 cup of non dairy milk or coconut water with agave (if you want to keep it “raw”)
This is a super healthy drink….iron, vitamin c, calcium, vitamin a, vitamin k, and much more. It is important for us to have green smoothies every day, so I have to change it up a bit each time so my family doesn’t get bored with it.
Kiwi is awesome and packs so much vitamin c. This will help your body absorb the iron from the dates and spinach more efficiently. I have also added some protein, omega 3s, b12, a little bit of grains and other awesome goodness for your body. Enjoy!
1 orange (peeled)
1 cup of fresh spinach
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
2 tablespoons of raw wheat germ
2 to 3 medjool dates
1 cup of nut milk (almond, hemp, hazelnut, etc.)
1 tsp spirulina
1 cup of ice
Directions: blend together for a minute or two….preferably in a VITAMIX blender.