Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Kale Chips

Hooked on those expensive kale chips in small bags on the shelves of health food stores? Making your own is easier than you think. So pick up a few bunches of the greens next time you’re at the market and try this recipe. Warning: you may have trouble keeping this snack stocked in your home.

Serves 4

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Back to the Roots Mushroom Garden

After receiving possibly the best gift ever: a kit that allows me to simply grow my own mushrooms at home, I’ve been following the successes of the pair behind Back to the Roots. Their business is local and clever, and admirably supports sustainability as well as a way for children to learn about nature and food. I urge you to check out their site and grow your own oyster mushrooms from a box. Here are a couple pics from the beginning of my mushroom growing adventure, plus simple directions as found inside the kit or online.

Grows up to 1.5 lbs

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Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Main Perfect Health Diet Recipes

Grilled Vegetables and Rice Salad w/ Fish-Sauce Vinaigrette

Fire up your grill and make room for veggies! In this main, you’ll find that the vibrant flavors of the fresh herbs, dressing and toasted coconut make these vegetables over rice pop. Slightly improvised from a recipe in July’s Bon Appetit. Try it on your next warm weeknight.

Serves 6

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Pickled Vegetables

Ever try fermentation as a way to prepare your veggies? It’s a healthful technique that keep vegetables (or pickles) nice and crisp and also provides friendly cultures that help nourish your body. You can absolutely play around with the combination of vegetables and spices that you pack into your crock. For this recipe, I use a Perfect Pickler, which can be found at Rainbow Grocery as well as online.

Makes 6 Cups

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Beef Liver Pate

Looking for a delicious way to get liver into your diet? Here’s a recipe for a healthful pate using beef liver, flavored with thyme, shallots, bourbon and allspice. Perfect for serving with toasts or crackers as an app. Make at least one day ahead to allow time for chilling.

Makes 2 Jars

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Cabbage Tomato Salad

Another quick veggie fix: this time with red cabbage and cherry tomatoes, plus a couple extra flavorful ingredients. Crisp with both sweet and salty. Makes for an excellent easy side that pairs especially well with poultry.

Serves 4

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

Zucchini Hummus

Here’s a healthful dip that you can really dig into. Zucchini paired with nuts, lemon, garlic and olive oil…yum! The other good news: you can prepare it in less than 5 minutes.

Serves 6

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Potato Egg & Olive Salad

Another very simple way to prepare your fresh farmer’s market potatoes. These red fingerlings are delicious, but you could easily sub golden or blue varieties.

Serves 4

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Arugula Corn Salad

Love bitter greens as much as I do? Combine with sweet summer corn for a fresh side that pairs well with BBQ.

Serves 4

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Avocado Dan's Plan Gluten-Free Main Perfect Health Diet Recipes

Beefy Greens

Feeling like a salad for a main? Try this hearty combination of kale and ground beef, made to satisfy. Of course you can add any other veggies you’d like. I kept it basic with some standards, kale and avocado, of course.

Serves 4

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