Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower
Great as a side dish or a snack, this delicious nosh is bursting with flavor. It's cauliflower for people who don't like cauliflower.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. 1 sliced medium onion
  3. 4 unpeeled garlic cloves
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. Kosher salt
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 cup grated vegan parmesan or Nutritional Yeast
  8. 1 tablespoon dried oregano or other herbs for seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Slice up 1 head cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Place cauliflower into bowl with onion, garlic, olive oil, pepper, 1/2 cup vegan parmesan and/or Nutritional Yeast and oregano/other herbs. Toss so that all the ingredients mix and the cauliflower is well coated.
  3. Spread cauliflower over foil on baking sheet.
  4. Roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, 35-40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining grated Parmesan/yeast, toss to combine, and roast until cauliflower is tender, roughly 10-12 minutes.
Notes
  1. Image courtesy of www.Epicurious.com
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The Sicilian Detox Smoothie

The Sicilian Detox Smoothie

The Sicilian Detox Smoothie
Serves 2
WARNING: This power-packed, antioxidant explosion is not for the weak. Brimming with bright, nutrient-dense veggies, Michael Corleone could have just as easily proven his loyalty to the family by drinking this.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large carrot
  2. 1 large tomatoes
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 1 stalk celery
  6. 1/4 cup watercress
  7. 1/2 cup loosely packed spinach
  8. 1 red jalapeño, seeded (optional)
  9. Additional cool water to thin mixture (optional)
  10. 2-3 ice cubes to chill (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into container and blend on high for one minute. If mixture is too thick, take plug out of lid and, while machine is still on, begin pouring water until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately. Remaining mixture will keep 1-2 days in sealed container in refrigerator.
Notes
  1. Thanks to this "picture we couldn't refuse" to www.live-green-smoothie-diet.com
Adapted from Prevention
Adapted from Prevention
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The Sicilian Detox Smoothie

Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
Yields 2
Green tea is highly alkaline and a terrific antioxidant. Both contribute to your body ridding itself of free radicals to fight cancer and other diseases. With the cayenne pepper and lemon, this cleansing smoothie with help you feel great day long.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr 2 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr 2 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup strong green tea, chilled
  2. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  3. Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 TBSP)
  4. 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  5. 1 small pear, skin on, cut into pieces
  6. 2 tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt
  7. 6-8 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Brew tea and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Blend all ingredients in Vitamix for 1 minute on high. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. To make this smoothie completely vegan, sub in soy or almond yogurt for the traditional yogurt.
  2. For additional spice and flavor, add 1 tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. A big, simple green THANKS to SimpleGreenSmoothies.com for the simple green image.
Adapted from Health.com
Adapted from Health.com
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Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup
Serves 2
As part of L2B's focus on Indian food this week, here is a sweet, vegan well-spiced Indian soup that's easy to make and has a terrific blend of savory notes.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 (366 g) medium carrots, cut in large pieces
  2. 1 (70 g) small onion, roughly chopped
  3. 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  4. 1/2 cup (120 ml) plain soy milk
  5. 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  6. 1/8 lemon, peeled
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. Ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix container and replace lid. Start at Variable 1, then slowly ramp up to 10 and switch machine to high. Blend for 6 minutes or until steam begins to escape through clear plastic plug in top of lid. (You may have to remove plug to see this).
  2. Soup will come out HOT and silky smooth.
  3. OPTIONAL: To add texture, consider adding cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, sauteed onions, or any cooked root vegetables after initial blend cycle is complete. With lid still in place, switch from High back to Variable, then drop speed to 1. Remove clear plug from lid and drop additional ingredients into container. Quickly pulse speed up to 4 or 5 for approximately 3-5 seconds, then drop back to 1. Turn off machine and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. For additional decoration, drizzle (soy or dairy) yogurt in 3 concentric circles coming out from center (see picture). Using a knife, start at the center and pull out towards edge of bowl. Do this all the way around the bowl. The picture has approximately 18-20 lines, but it'll be plenty pretty if you do less.
Adapted from Vitamix
Adapted from Vitamix
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Curried Carrot Vitamix Soup

No-Soy Vegan Mayo

No-Soy Vegan Mayo

No-Soy Vegan Mayo
Yields 2
This egg-less, soy-less mayo combines some AWESOME ingredients for a creamy, cleansing mayo with a kick! Turmeric is known for its antinflammatory properties, not to mention the tons of benefits that apple cider vinegar and coconut oil provide.
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup soft extra-virgin coconut oil
  3. 1/2 cup raw cashew halves
  4. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  6. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 3½ tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Blend milk, coconut oil, cashew halves, salt and turmeric on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. While Vitamix is still running, slowly the olive oil and vinegar into the top of the container (through the port in the lid). Blend for 1 additional minute, or until oil is nicely emulsified (combined).
  2. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or longer prior to use.
Notes
  1. Mixture will keep well in refrigerator for up to 7 days, but will continue to get firm because of the coconut oil. If you can't have nuts, replace the cashews with sunflower seeds.
Adapted from Leanne Vogel
Adapted from Leanne Vogel
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No-Soy Vegan mayo

Whole Fruit Margarita

Whole Fruit Margarita

Whole Fruit Margarita
Serves 3
If you're going to have an adult beverage, why not do it on the healthy side? This fruit-ful take on the traditional margarita cuts WAY down on the sugar.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup water
  2. 6 ounces tequila
  3. 2 ounces Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  4. 1 orange, peeled and halved
  5. 1 lime, peeled and halved, plus another lime*
  6. 1 lemon, peeled and halved
  7. 6 tbsp agave nectar or raw sugar
  8. 6 cups ice cubes
  9. 1/2 cup salt*
Instructions
  1. (First step: Create salt-rimmed glasses.*)
  2. Place all ingredients into Vitamix container as listed and place lid on. Blend just under a minute, using tamper to push ingredients into blade as necessary. Divide equally into salt-rimmed glasses*.
Notes
  1. *To rim the glasses with salt, you need two things; 1) two containers that are at least 1/2" high that will fit the diameter of the glasses, and 2) another lime. Start by juicing the lime (cut it in half and squeeze into the 1/2" container). Next, pour the salt around the inner edge of the second container.
  2. This process takes two steps. Begin by turning the glass upside down, then dipping it into the lime juice and turning it a few inches either direction. Then lift it straight up. You're essentially creating the "glue" that will hold the salt. After the lime juice, immediately dip the the lime juice-rimmed glass into the salt, turn a couple inches, then lift up. Then immediately turn right-side up.
  3. And keep in mind, do this BEFORE pouring the finished margarita blend into the glass. : )
  4. Additional Note: To release extra juice from the lime, place onto cutting board or countertop and roll back and forth, exerting medium pressure on lime.
  5. Thanks to http://thehungryartist.files.wordpress.com for the cool photo.
Adapted from Vitamix
Adapted from Vitamix
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Whole Fruit Margarita

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