Monthly Archives: June 2012

Avocado Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Paleo Perfect Health Diet Recipes Side Vegetarian

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a favorite of picnics and BBQ’s. I’m not at all surprised to find that avocado makes them even better. Doesn’t it always? Spice up your next spread with some green eggs!

Makes 12

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Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Paleo Perfect Health Diet Recipes Side Vegan Vegetarian

Yuca Saffron Pancakes

On a hot summer day, strolling through the Mission, I stopped into Xanath, one of my favorite ice cream shops in the bay area. Their ice cream is rich and creamy, attributed to the Straus cream combined with strong spices like real vanilla bean and saffron. I was inspired by their use of these spices, and trotted home to whip up a batch of something, anything, that could highlight these flavors. I’ve been wanting to cook the frozen yuca (also known as cassava in South America) anyways, and felt like it had the perfect taste and texture to add saffron to. So I began an culinary experiment that I think turned out quite nicely. I enjoyed mine as a savory side, served with ginger-marinated cod and roasted cauliflower, but I can also imagine eating them with a standard eggs and bacon breakfast.

Makes 8 pancakes

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Dan's Plan Events Projects

Garlic Braiding

Braiding garlic is easy and produces a beautiful way to display it in your kitchen for a year or more. At Eatwell Farms, we used a piece of twine to form a “backbone” to the braid and left the stalks splayed out to each side, however you can also make a more compact one without by simply using the stalks for structure. Here’s how:

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Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Perfect Health Diet Recipes Side Vegetarian

Squash Blossom Fritters

Following my visit to Eatwell Farms over the weekend, I had some rare delicacies on hand, one being tender squash blossoms freshly picked from the vines of young zucchini plants. You can certainly stuff these flowers with ricotta before frying, however I kept it very simple in this preparation.

Servings Vary

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Dan's Plan Events Projects

Eatwell Farms – Food For The Body & Soul

Eatwell Farms is located about an hour and a half from of San Francisco, in Dixon, California. They are a CSA, and for members, host special events throughout the growing seasons. Last weekend, we visited the farm to pull garlic from the ground and braid it into beautiful garlands to be hung in the kitchen and used all year long. We met other friendly CSA members, toured the farm and dined on freshly picked vegetables, among other goodies. Eatwell Farms grows about 50 different crops and also keeps close to 3,000 laying chickens on their property. Eggs can be ordered in your boxes, however the sales from them only cover the costs of room and board for the animals. The benefit for the farm actually comes from the amount saved in organic fertilizer by simply moving the coops throughout their many acres. We learned that the effort that goes into cultivating healthy soil pays for itself in the healthy produce that springs from it. Please enjoy these few images of the farm and stay tuned for future posts about specific recipes inspired by it’s bounty. I encourage you to check out the Eatwell Farms website for more information about their business and to become a member today!

Breakfast Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Main Recipes Vegetarian

Shitake Chard Mini Quiches

These delicious little vegetarian crust-less quiches are a great main for breakfast or a convenient mid-day snack. They can be stored in the fridge for days and/or frozen to keep even longer. What a great vehicle to deliver your eggs and veggies.

Makes 12

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Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Main Recipes

Mediterranean Roast Chicken Salad

Next time you roast a chicken for dinner, why not make a second and turn it into a scrumptious salad for your lunches or a picnic dish? You can follow this recipe from a previous post for roast chicken and assemble the salad afterwards.

Serves 6

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Dan's Plan Dessert Gluten-Free Recipes Vegetarian

Peach Cobbler

With summer fruits at the markets, it’s hard to resist making them into delicious tarts and pies. In this recipe, I’ve converted a classic peach cobbler into a gluten-free dessert topped with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy our seasonal gems and get baking!

Serves 6

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Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Paleo Perfect Health Diet Recipes Side

Summer Broccoli Salad

There are many versions of broccoli salad, but after combing through image upon image of this fresh side great for BBQ’s or summertime dinners, I settled on my favorite combination of ingredients: bacon, yes, combined with peas, red onions and almonds in a super simple sweet dressing. You’ll see it’s not too heavy, not too light – just perfect!

Serves 6

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Avocado Dan's Plan Projects

Grow Your Own Avocado – Phase 1

No part of the precious avocado should go to waste – that is my mantra. As you’ve seen in previous posts, skins get composted in my worm bin. The flesh, of course, gets eaten, but now you may also sprout that seed to grow your very own avocado tree. Follow these initial steps and stay tuned for the next Phase in a later post. Happy sprouting!

Sprouting The Seed

Ingredients

  • 1 organic avocado seed, rinsed
  • 1 small glass jar
  • 3 wooden toothpicks
  • water to fill jar

Preparation

  1. Thoroughly wash your avocado seed.
  2. Poke the toothpicks into the seed so that they are evenly spaced around the middle.
  3. Suspend the seed with the heavy side down over the jar of water, (About 3cm of the seed should be sitting in water).
  4. Place the seed out of direct sunlight and top up the water as needed.
  5. In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem should start to sprout.