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Lentil Chili Recipe

If you love the rich and distinctive flavors of chili but aren't a fan of kidney beans, this lentil chili recipe is worth a serious look.

Rich in healthy protein, iron, lycopene, fiber, and a number of other health-promoting nutrients, this bean-less chili gets better with each passing day, so consider making a little extra and refrigerating or freezing leftovers. Read more about Lentil Chili Recipe

 

Roasted Fennel with Chickpeas Recipe

Raw fennel has a mild licorice-like fragrance, but when roasted, fennel becomes sweet and crisp and the licorice aroma is barely noticeable, if at all. Rich in vitamin C and fiber, roasted fennel bulbs provide nice texture alongside chickpeas and oranges. Read more about Roasted Fennel with Chickpeas Recipe

 

Healthy Pancake Recipe

The other night, I finished re-reading one of my favorite books - Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir, by Paul O'Neill. The book ends with a pancake recipe from the O'Neill family, one that really got my salivary glands going for a short stack of freshly made pancakes with real maple syrup. Read more about Healthy Pancake Recipe

 

Healthy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

This mashed cauliflower recipe is a delicious and healthy substitute for traditional mashed potatoes. Though mashed potatoes can be a nourishing side or main dish, if you tend to have high blood sugar or insulin levels, it's probably best that you limit your consumption of potatoes to a serving or two per week. Read more about Healthy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

 

Zucchini and Basil Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

If you're looking for a truly healthy, protein-rich food to anchor your diet, I highly recommend that you consider quinoa (pronounced keen wah). Called the "mother of grains" by the Incan empire, quinoa is native to South America, and is naturally rich in all nine essential amino acids - these are amino acids that we humans can't make from other nutrients, so must obtain from our diet. Quinoa is one of a few grains that are gluten-free, and for most people, it's easy to digest and utilize. Read more about Zucchini and Basil Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

 

Healthy Pasta Recipe

If you love pasta but can do without regular intake of refined carbohydrates, give this recipe a try - it calls for noodles that are made by thinly slicing raw zucchini into long strips; many raw food enthusiasts have long enjoyed zucchini noodles in place of conventional flour-based varieties.

The easiest way to make raw zucchini noodles is to use a special spiral slicer. There are a few different brands of spiral slicers on the market - my favorite is the LURCH Spiralo, as it seems to have the sturdiest and most simple design, and I find that it's easier to make long zucchini noodles with the Spiralo than it is using other slicers. Read more about Healthy Pasta Recipe

 

Dairy-Free Ravioli with "Goat Cheese" Recipe

One of the most antioxidant-rich and healthy vegetables that you can eat is raw red beet. This all-raw and vegan ravioli with "goat cheese" dish is a great way to enjoy the taste and health benefits of raw red beet. Goat cheese enthusiasts are likely to be surprised at how closely this vegan substitute - made with raw pine nuts - resembles the real thing. Read more about Dairy-Free Ravioli with "Goat Cheese" Recipe

 

Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Risotto Recipe

If you're a fan of rich and creamy risotto dishes, you'll definitely want to give this pumpkin and feta version a try. If pumpkin isn't readily available, try using butternut squash or sweet potato in its place - all three are excellent sources of beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

If you have trouble tolerating dairy, exclude the feta that this recipe calls for. We think it's just as good without the feta, although the feta does add a great little tang to this special dish. Read more about Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Risotto Recipe

 

Pumpkin Rice Recipe

October is the perfect month to enjoy this delicious pumpkin rice dish. It calls for a cup of dried apricot and/or raisins to add just a touch of sweetness to this nutrient-dense meal.

Pumpkins are one of nature's best sources of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that can decrease your risk of developing many different types of cancer and heart disease. If you have a healthy digestive tract, your body can convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, making it an important nutrient to your immune system, skin, and eyes. Read more about Pumpkin Rice Recipe

 

Risotto with Peas and Basil Recipe

Looking for a delicious, dairy-free risotto? With the right amount of time and love put into this recipe, I'm willing to bet that this creamy rice dish is as good as anything ever made by Jamie Oliver or Tyler Florence.

I strongly recommend that you use fresh basil for this recipe - it really enhances and brings together the flavors of the peas, rice, and broth. Read more about Risotto with Peas and Basil Recipe

 

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