Eggplant Pesto Parmesan Sandwich

Recipes | May 27, 2015 | By

 

Eggplant Pesto Parmesan Sandwich
Serves 2
All you need is a fresh baguette, some soy mozzarella, colorful veggies and a few other ingredients to make this incredibly simple yet satisfying sandwich. It’s perfect for that night you want some serious comfort food.
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1167 calories
70 g
0 g
81 g
48 g
13 g
756 g
319 g
15 g
0 g
64 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
756g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1167
Calories from Fat 706
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 81g
125%
Saturated Fat 13g
66%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 43g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 319mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 70g
23%
Dietary Fiber 10g
38%
Sugars 15g
Protein 48g
Vitamin A
81%
Vitamin C
151%
Calcium
59%
Iron
115%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For sandwiches
  1. 1/2 eggplant
  2. 1 red pepper, julienned
  3. 4 whole tomato slices
  4. 1 crusty French bread baguette
  5. 1 ½-2 cups vegan mozzarella cheese
  6. 1 cup fresh spinach
  7. Olive oil
Pesto spread
  1. 1 cup raw cashews
  2. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. ½ cup fresh basil
  5. Water, for consistency
  6. Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven broiler (500 degrees F). Slice eggplant lengthwise, so as to get ¼-inch thick “sheets.” Slice sheets into about 2-3-inch wide strips. Brush both sides of eggplant strips with a little olive oil and place on a baking sheet. On a separate baking sheet, toss tomato slices and red pepper slices with a little olive oil and then arrange so they’re not touching on the sheet. Put both baking sheets in the oven and roast vegetables under broiler for about 10 minutes; veggies should be tender but be careful you don’t burn the eggplant.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all pesto spread ingredients except water and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend until you get a chunky texture, then add a bit of water at a time until you have a smooth puree (should be spreadable but not runny). Add salt to taste; blend again.
  3. Remove veggies from oven; set aside. Slice baguette down the middle lengthwise and then cut halves in half. Arrange on a baking sheet to assemble sandwiches. On the bottom half of each sandwich, spread a thin layer of the pesto spread, followed by a sprinkling of mozzarella. Add the following layers: eggplant strips, cheese, 2 tomato slices and peppers, cheese, spinach, cheese. Brush the top half of each baguette slice with a little olive oil and set next to the bottom half on the baking sheet.
  4. Put sandwiches in oven under the broiler for about 10 minutes, or until bread is crispy and cheese is melty. Remove from oven; spread a thick layer of pesto sauce on the top half of each baguette and place on top of bottom half. Cut in half to serve. Enjoy!
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48g
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Cranberry Chocolate Cashew Bars

Recipes | May 25, 2015 | By

Cranberry Chocolate Cashew Bars
Serves 12
Chewy and sweet with tart cranberries and rich chocolate. These make it that much easier to stick to your healthy eating plan.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
239 calories
36 g
0 g
11 g
4 g
2 g
62 g
5 g
25 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
62g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups raw cashews
  2. 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  3. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tbsp lemon zest
  5. 2 tbsp raw cacao and cacao nibs (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  6. 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Process cashews in food processor until they are well-ground (stop before they turn to butter)
  2. add dates and process until the mixture sticks in a large ball. Then add the rest of the ingredients and combine.
  3. Line an 8×12 baking dish to wax or parchment paper, and press dough firmly and evenly. Refrigerate for about 30 min to an hour
  4. Remove from fridge and cut into bars.
Notes
  1. Store in a glass container in the fridge or freezer.
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239
fat
11g
protein
4g
carbs
36g
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Are you still buying salad dressing?

If you are, stop! Did you know common store-bought salad dressing ingredients include:
 
Refined Vegetable Oils: The consumption of refined vegetable oils is linked to widespread inflammation within the body, causing sluggishness, joint-pain, elevated blood triglycerides and an impaired insulin response. Excess consumption of refined oils has been linked to obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
 
Non-Organic Pasteurized Dairy: Non-organic dairy contains steroids, artificial hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and highly difficult to digest milk-solids that compromise hormonal function. Typically lettuce or non-starchy veggies digest in the stomach quickly and with great ease, however when combined with dairy (or refined oils,) digestion is complicated and slow. The lettuce or vegetables can get trapped and begin to ferment in the stomach causing fatigue, bloat and gas.
 
Preservatives & Thickening Agents: These highly toxic dangerous chemicals are used to keep the salad dressing looking fresh and tasting uniform. Consumption is addictive and side effects include dehydration, hyperactivity and nervous system damage.
 
Artificial Food Coloring: According to the Center for Science in the Public, artificial food colorings have all been identified as being (or being contaminated with) potential cancer-causing chemicals and are known to trigger reactions in those with allergies. When allergens are present they exacerbate one another. Meaning if an allergen is in your system it may be making you much more susceptible to other elemental or atmospheric allergens.
 
Empty Calories: When pouring on the store-bought dressing we are missing an opportunity to feed the body the nutrition and “real-food” it craves. Ever eat a salad and feel hungry 20 minutes later? Instead of refined oils, use organic cold-pressed olive or coconut oil. Instead of sodium-filled preservatives, use mineral-rich Himalayan sea salt or fermented nama-shoyu. Instead of artificial colors or thickening agents add fresh herbs and hemp, flax or sunflower seeds. These healthful alternatives will leave you feeling energized, beautiful, and satisfied!
 
Allow the flavors of your salad to come through with all-natural, healthy dressings. Here is a recipe to get you started:
Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Serves 2
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
274 calories
6 g
0 g
27 g
1 g
4 g
68 g
96 g
5 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
68g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274
Calories from Fat 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
42%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 96mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup of olive oil
  2. 4 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 1 clove of garlic minced
  4. 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Pour oil into bowl, add balsamic vinegar, minced garlic & mustard. Whisk and dress salad.
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fat
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protein
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carbs
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Lemony Chia Seed Muffins

Lemony Chia Seed Muffins
Serves 12
Plenty of lemon zest and lemon juice create a tangy, crowd- pleasing muffin. The chia seeds add a powerful nutritional punch. They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
207 calories
36 g
2 g
6 g
3 g
4 g
74 g
126 g
14 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
74g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 126mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
20%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Lemony Muffin Batter
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 2 TB baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  6. 1/2 cup agave nectar (or sugar)
  7. 1/2 cup apple sauce
  8. 3 TB chia seed, mixed with 1/4 cup water
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 lemon, zested with its juice
  11. Lemony Glaze
  12. 1 cup powdered sugar
  13. 2-3 TB fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350* F. In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds with 1/4 cup warm water and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt and combine well. Add the coconut oil, agave, applesauce, chia seed/water mixture and vanilla extract and mix with an electric hand mixer. (Note: the batter will be thick). Zest and juice the lemon and add it to the batter and incorporate well. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners and spoon equal amounts of batter into each tin. Bake for 20 minutes. While the muffins are cooking, make the glaze by combining the powder sugar with the fresh lemon juice and mix with a fork making sure to smooth out any lumps. Glaze the muffins while they are still warm.
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fat
6g
protein
3g
carbs
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Banana, Kale & Spirulina Smoothie

Smoothies are an easy way to pack nutrient dense food, superfoods, supplements, and high quality protein in one drink. What’s also great is that they’re quick to make — perfect for those days when you don’t have time to make yourself or your kids a healthy breakfast.

Banana, Kale & Spirulina Smoothie
Serves 1
Nutrient dense dairy free smoothie.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
475 calories
67 g
0 g
23 g
8 g
3 g
832 g
11 g
30 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
832g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475
Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g
36%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 11mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 67g
22%
Dietary Fiber 17g
68%
Sugars 30g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
51%
Calcium
98%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Handful of kale (stalks removed)
  2. 1/2 avocado
  3. 2 frozen bananas
  4. 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  5. 2 cups homemade almond milk
  6. 1 Tablespoon spirulina
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
Notes
  1. Add more almond milk if you want smoother consistency.
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fat
23g
protein
8g
carbs
67g
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Daphne Oz’s Hearty Veggie Chili

Recipes | May 6, 2015 | By

Daphne Oz Chili

 

 

 

Daphne Oz's Hearty Veggie Chili
Serves 8
A longtime favorite of the Oz family. Daphne likes to make it a day ahead and let the flavors infuse. From the cookbook The Chew Food Life Fun.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
230 calories
20 g
19 g
15 g
4 g
5 g
315 g
351 g
11 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
315g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230
Calories from Fat 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 19mg
6%
Sodium 351mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
31%
Calcium
13%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  2. 4 smashed Cloves of Garlic
  3. 1 large Yellow Onion (chopped)
  4. 1 bag Corn (frozen or fresh)
  5. 2 medium Zucchinis (sliced and diced)
  6. 1 16 oz can of Roasted Tomatoes (chopped) and juice from can
  7. 2 cans Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
  8. 1 can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  9. 1 bottle Beer
  10. 1 cup Vegetable Stock
  11. 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  12. 2-3 tablespoons Cumin
  13. 2-3 Bay Leaves
  14. 2 tablespoon Oregano
  15. 2 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce (chopped)
  16. Shredded cheddar or non-dairy cheese
  17. Chopped avocado
  18. Fresh lime juice
  19. Sour cream or non-dairy sour cream
  20. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and sauté until translucent. Add zucchini and corn and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and juice from tomato can. Then add all salt, pepper, herbs and spices. Stir well. Add 1-2 chopped chipotle peppers and beans (1-2 is your call depending on how spicy you like things). Add beer and vegetable stock until liquid covers all ingredients in the pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for a half-hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Serve with shredded cheddar, chopped avocado and fresh lime juice. Or sour cream (all are your choice)
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fat
15g
protein
4g
carbs
20g
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Superfoods for super health!

Superfoods | May 3, 2015 | By

First it’s important to understand what superfoods are. Superfoods are foods that are jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants. You’ll be happy to learn they don’t need to be exotic or expensive and can be found at the grocery store.

List of common superfoods:

  • Açaí
  • Barley
  • Beans
  • Bok Choy
  • Lentils
  • Buckwheat
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Tea (green)
  • Tea (black)
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt & Kefir (Dairy & Dairy Free)

When you look at the list above, superfoods are primarily fruits and vegetables. There are also some whole grains, legumes and yogurt. Adding superfoods to your daily diet can happen when you take these steps.

  • Step One: Create a menu plan for the upcoming week. Include recipes that contain your superfoods. Shop from your grocery list. Try to add a fruit or vegetable to each and every meal.
  • Step Two: Snack on seeds, berries, and nuts. Seeds, nuts and berries make a delicious snack. You can also add them to yogurt and have a superfood snack. Berries, nuts and seeds can also be added to steel cut oats for a superfood breakfast.
  • Step Three: Switch to whole grains. Change your white bread, white rice and instant oatmeal to whole grains. Enjoy steel cut oats, barley, and buckwheat instead. Eat whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Step Four: Add green tea to your morning or afternoon habit. You don’t have to switch and stop drinking coffee. However, if you can add green tea to your routine each day you’ll get a whollop of nutrients and antioxidants.

By adding superfoods to your regular meals in addition to other fruits and vegetables, you’ll be giving your body everything it needs to stay strong and healthy.