Black & White Bean Soup with Greens

*Black & White Bean Soup with Greens

Black & White Bean Soup with Greens

This soup is wonderfully hearty and delicious. The rice can be substituted with gluten free pasta or another grain of your choosing. Adding in a mix of greens would be amazing but I am partial to kale.

Wheat-free Gluten-free

1 large onion, medium dice

1c tomato puree or crushed tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1c cannellini beans, cooked and drained

1c cooked brown rice

1c black beans

2c greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard)

2t smoked chipotle powder

1/4t black pepper

1/4t cayenne pepper

3T extra virgin olive oil

1-2 vegetable bouillon cubes

1/4c fresh basil *optional

1t-smoked salt

6c boiling water

1t salt or to taste

Bring 6c of water to a boil.

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic with until golden and soft. Add in the cleaned greens and sauté until wilted. Remove just the greens from the pan and set aside, reserving for later. Add the beans, rice, salt, black and red pepper, and sautéing for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoes then the boiling water, the bullion cube (or powder), smoke flavor if using. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the sautéed greens and the fresh basil. Garnish with fresh basil and nutritional yeast.


Cheddar Cheesy Broccoli Soup

*cheddar cheesy broccoli soup

Cheddar Cheesy Broccoli Soup

1 head broccoli, medium dice, florets and stalks separated

1 onion, medium dice

1c cooked brown rice *optional

1t chipotle powder

1/2t smoked salt or pink salt

1/4t fresh black pepper

1T raw agave or maple syrup

1T coconut or olive oil

4c water

Raw Cheddar Cheesy Sauce

1/2c raw cashews

1/4c water

½ red bell pepper

1t chipotle powder

2T nutritional yeast

1T coconut oil or olive oil

1T mellow miso paste

1t brown rice vinegar

1t ume vinegar or lemon juice

Salt and black pepper to taste

In a blender or food processor, place all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.  This can be stored as a dip, a spread or as a cream base for soups!

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil (if you should need more water)

Soup Base:

In a large soup pot, add the oil and sauté the onions with the broccoli stalks until golden and soft. Add the salt, black and red pepper, sweetener and rice if using, sautéing for another 4-5 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli florets, reduce heat and continue to simmer until the broccoli has softened and turned bright green.  Turn the heat off. With an immersion blender or in batches in a blender, partially puree the broccoli soup; I like to see some broccoli. Add in desired amount of cheddar cheese cream- 1/4c or more and blend well. Serve immediately with more nutritional yeast.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous. Fill the blender only half way and proceed in batches if necessary.


Gluten Free Green Falafel

*gluten free falafel


Unbelievably delicious……this green, gluten free Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus,  lemon tahini sauce, and hot sauce or sriracha or eaten as a main course. Stuff a gluten free wrap with falafel, lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, lemon tahini sauce, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and eaten like a veggie burger. SO FRICKEN YUM.

Makes 6-8 patties, can be frozen.

1-1/2c fresh kale, de-stemmed, torn into small pieces

1-1/2c chickpeas, cooked, rinsed, drained (= 1 can)

1/2 onion, rough chopped

1 spring onions

2T tahini

2t cumin

1t pink salt

2 cloves garlic

1/2c cooked brown rice or quinoa

1/4c all purpose gluten free flour

1 lemon, juiced

Olive or grape seed oil for pan-frying.

Combine all ingredients except the flour in a food processor and process just until all is blended and mixture can be formed. Taste and adjust the seasonings; more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice etc to your liking.

Heat up a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat.

Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the flour and mix in until well incorporated.

Add the oil into the hot pan. With a cookie scoop, scoop out the chickpea mixture and place in the pan, not overcrowding. With a spatula, gently flatten the domes. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until they are golden brown crusted and then flip. Remove to a plate. Eat cold or hot! Serve with Lemon Tahini sauce. 

*green falafal

Lemon Tahini sauce


Juice of 1 lemon

½c tahini

pink salt to taste

black pepper

1/4c water

In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until smooth and to the desired consistency. If a thicker sauce is preferred, use less water. Serve over cooked greens, salads, or falafel.

White Bean Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Veggie Loaf

*White Bean Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Veggie Loaf

FRICKEN DELICIOUS. I made escarole and beans last night and had both Cannelini beans and cooked brown rice left over.It will be dinner tonight after SPIN with local thin skinned Smashed Potatoes and local escarole.…..#perfection

White Bean Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Veggie Loaf

2c-cooked cannellini or other white beans

1 1/2c cooked brown rice

3 slices whole grain or GF toast- made into breadcrumbs or 1-1/2c loosely packed breadcrumbs

1 medium onion, minced

1/4c nutritional yeast

1/4c ketchup

1/4c extra virgin olive oil

1/2c pumpkin seeds

1/4c sunflower seeds

1/8t-1/4t-cayenne pepper or chipotle powder (I LOVE Chipotle Powder)

1/4t ground black pepper

1/2t turmeric

1/2t salt

up to 1/4c water


3T ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the white beans, rice, breadcrumbs, onions, yeast, ketchup, oil, seeds, salt, red and black pepper. Mix with a wooden spoon or clean hands until all ingredients are well incorporated. If the mixture is too moist, add more breadcrumbs- also give the breadcrumbs a chance to soak up some of the moisture.

Pour out the mixture into a lightly oiled loaf pan. With the back of a wooden spoon, fill out the pan. Top the loaf with the remaining ketchup.

Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve with smashed potatoes and sautéed greens; broccoli or kale.

Early Fall #NOFAIL Vegetable Soup

*early fall veg soup

All of the vegetables are happening now, everything was either from my garden or local from the farm market. I had made the chickpeas earlier in the week so I had some in the fridge- another bean would fare well. I had sprouted the rice the day before and cooked it to have it in the house. This recipe would be a great way to use up simple leftovers you may have on hand. Any combination of vegetables would be delicious in this, the addition of sautéed greens versus adding them fresh is a boost of flavor for the soup.

Early Fall Vegetable Soup 

1 carrot, sliced on the diagonal

½ onion, medium dice

1 stalk celery, sliced on the diagonal

1 clove garlic, smashed, minced

1 small thin skinned potato, medium dice

1/4t cayenne pepper or ¼ of fresh hot pepper

1/2c chickpeas, cooked

2T extra virgin olive oil

½ ear corn off the cob

2c kale, sautéed or raw

1/2c brown rice, cooked

4c boiling water

2T fresh herbs *optional



Bring 6c of water to a boil- in case you need more.

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic until golden and soft. Add the carrots, celery, salt, black and red pepper. Continue to sauté until the veggies turn bright, stirring often. Add the chickpeas, potatoes and the rice, mixing them into the vegetables. Add the boiling water and bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the fresh corn and kale.

Adjust the seasonings before serving.

Smashed Potato Gnocchi

*gnocchiThese are INCREDIBLE. I used the leftovers from the Smashed Potatoes, with just a little bit of flour, these transform into one of my most favorite Italian delicacies. Gnocchi gone bad are just not a good scene, heavy, clumps of dough that stay with you long after you’ve eaten them- THESE WERE NOT THOSE GNOCCHI!. They were light and had the perfect dumpling like texture. I tossed them with a Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce and they only thing that was unfortunate about this meal was that there were ZERO leftovers.

*gnocchi prep

Potato Gnocchi

2c mashed potatoes, or leftover smashed potatoes

3/4c organic unbleached flour + for dusting

1T extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

3T organic cornmeal

In a large bowl, re-smash the potatoes, making sure there are no lumps. Add the flour, olive oil, salt and pepper into the bowl and with clean hands, form everything into a ball of dough.

Turn out the dough onto a clean surface lightly covered in cornmeal. Cut the dough into two.

Work one half at a time by rolling it with both hands into a ½” thick rope. With a pastry cutter, cut ½” pieces on the bias.

Gently roll each piece and pinch the ends towards each other and place on a plate lightly coated in cornmeal. Do this until all of the dough is used.

In batches, drop the gnocchi into heavily salted boiling water and scoop out with a slotted spoon after they rise to the surface.

If not using right away, or if you have more than you can eat or you made extra, place the plate of gnocchi in the freezer. Once partially frozen, transfer them into a storage container like a baggie or glass container to keep for a later day.