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Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet Chili Sauce is another traditional dipping sauce that can be paired with spring rolls and drizzled over rice or noodle dishes to add some zing! After watching this clip you’ll be able to enhance many Asian dishes with this quick and easy gluten free sauce. You will also learn the secrets of how to make it the perfect consistency!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Serves 4 to 6

1 to 2 tablespoons garlic powder or 3 to 4 minced garlic cloves
1 to 2 tablespoons crushed red chili flakes
½ cup seasoned brown rice vinegar
1/3 cup agave syrup or honey
½ tablespoon gluten free tamari

Put all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer; stirring occasionally until it is thick. If you would like a bit more twang, add some fresh lime juice. Serve in small sauce dishes or ramekins with Garden Veggie Rolls, Nori Veggie Rolls, or slices of fried Ginger Teriyaki Tofu. This is a fantastic sauce to marinade free-range chicken in!

Almond Butter Sauce

Do you like peanut sauce? Well then you’ll LOVE this almond butter sauce! There is a secret ingredient that makes this sauce extraordinary… Check it out to learn what it is. This is the perfect compliment to all of Tif’s Asian recipes.

Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves 4 to 6

¼ cup wheat free tamari
¼ cup agave nectar (you may wish to use more if you like it sweeter)
½ cup almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut cream
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon optional chili flakes

Put all of the ingredients into a small saucepan; heat the pan to medium low and stir until all of the ingredients are mixed well and creamy. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the contents into individual sauce dishes or ramekins.

Serve with Garden Fresh Spring Rolls or the Veggie Nori Rolls

**Agave nectar can be found in most stores, especially health food stores. This sweetener is well worth having on hand. Unlike refined sugars, agave nectar is actually a healing food. It has a lower glycemic index and glycemic load than refined sugars so it delivers the sweetness without the spiking your blood sugar levels. And to top it off, agave nectar has been found as an effective remedy against unwanted intestinal bacteria.

Sprouted Quinoa Flat Bread

Ok, hands down this is one of my most favorite recipes! It is oh-so-delicious and very popular with folks. Not being much of a baker myself, I wanted to create a recipe that was easy to make, abundantly healthful, and as satisfying as a bite of bread. In this lesson you learn how easy it is to sprout quinoa and make the perfect flatbread for wraps, rolls and pizza!

This flat bread is best made thin. It is oh so easy, delicious, incredibly healthful, AND it even freezes well! I have a friend who doesn’t like quinoa, but he loves this flat bread! The sea veggie is not a must in the recipe, but it is a great way to get life supporting minerals in your body and it does add a subtlety to the flavor that I enjoy. This flat bread can also double as a pizza crust!

Preparation time: 10 minutes (in addition to overnight soaking of grain)
Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes
Yields about a 9X11 piece, or 2 smaller pieces

1 cup of quinoa
2 inch strip of kombu or wakame (sea veggie)
1/8 cup unrefined olive oil
2 cloves raw garlic
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
A little less than 1/8 teaspoon Xanthan gum (purchase at healthy grocery store)
Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons or any herb that you may be fond of.

1.Soak the quinoa and sea veggie over night in 4 cups of filtered water in a large jar or bowl (cover with a sprout lid or paper towel). The next day, rinse the grain at least one time, but two times is recommended. Use the soaking water to water your plants… they will love it!
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
3. Put the rinsed grain and sea veggie into a blender. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, the optional herbs, garlic, and Xanthan gum. Blend until rather creamy. You will most likely need a tamper of some sort to help the blender because the batter will be pretty thick.
4. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Use your hands or a spatula to spread the batter over the parchment paper. I find it easier to make a rectangular type shape, but you could do two rounds (or whatever shape you like for that matter). Make it nice and thin, but without holes.
5. Place it in the oven on a baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then slide it off the baking sheet and right onto the over rack for an additional 8 minutes or so, or until crispy.
6. You can then dress it up with pesto or tomato sauce and toppings of your choice. Then put it back into a 375-degree oven for 5 to 8 minutes. Another option is to cool and freeze the flatbread for later. I also use it for sandwiches or to dip in soup. Fantastic!

Garden Fresh Spring Rolls

These rolls are nothing short of Spring in your mouth! In this Garden Fresh Spring Roll video you will learn the tricks to making a successful and tasteful spring roll. These Vietnamese style rolls are gluten free and fun to make! They pair fabulously with any of the Asian sauces found on this site or for purchase.

Preparation time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook time: 0 to 10 minutes depending on the noodles you choose
Serves 4 to 6

• Dry weight: 3-4 ounce thin, rice or mung bean noodles, cook as directed
• 1 tablespoon wheat free Tamari
• ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
• ½ to ¾ cup of 3 to 4 different veggies sliced julienne style. I like bell pepper, carrots, diakon radish, mung bean sprouts, and mushrooms
• 1 small bunch of fresh basil and or 1 small bunch of cilantro
• Optional thin slices of Sesame Ginger Tofu, or cooked shrimp
• Rice paper wraps (usually made with tapioca)
• Large bowl or pot with hot water

1. Warm a large pot of water to just under a boil.
2. Mix cooked rice or mung bean noodles with tamari and sesame oil in a medium
bowl. Set aside.
3. Set up an area with a clean surface and place the sliced veggies and noodles nearby.
4. Dip the rice paper in hot water, and rotate it through so that the entire wrap becomes soft.
5. Lay the soft rice paper down onto the surface and put the veggies and noodles in the upper 1/3rd of the wrapper (the part closest to you). I like to start with laying down a few sprigs of cilantro or fresh basil leaves, then layer the rest on top. Leave about one inch of open space on either side.
6. Roll the wrap away from yourself, tucking it in at the top and on the sides as you go. Just like rolling a burrito! The rice paper should stick together just fine.
7. Now they are ready to eat. Choose your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Sesame Ginger Tofu

Many Asian dishes call for tofu, and in this video you’ll learn the tricks on how to prepare and cook tofu to create a flavorful and nutritious meal. You’ll also learn about the different types of tofu, and how to best store it.

Preparation time: 10 minutes (20 min to 8 hours to marinade)
Cook time: 10 minutes | Serves 4

• 1-10 to 12 ounce package of organic, no-GMO, extra firm tofu
• 1/3 cup gluten/wheat free tamari
• 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

1. Cut the tofu into triangles that are no more than 1 inch thick. Mix the tamari,
ginger, garlic, honey, and sesame oil together in a baking dish that is big
enough to fit all the pieces of tofu in a single layer. Lay tofu slices down in
the marinade and spoon some of the mixture over the top. Refrigerate for 20
minutes or up to 8 hours.

2. Heat the coconut oil on medium heat in a wok or large skillet. Place the pieces of tofu into the hot oil (blot off extra liquid first). Cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side until it is browed.

3. Sprinkle the tofu with black sesame seeds and serve with rice and Almond Butter Sauce, or cut it into smaller pieces and add to soup, stir-fry, Perfect Fried Rice, Veggie Nori Rolls, or Garden Fresh Spring Rolls. Awesome!

Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Pumpkin Seeds

This dish truly brings fun to the table! These little cabbage-patch-like veggies are so fun to eat your imagination just can’t help but come out to play! And the best part? In this recipe, these lovely little bites are scrumptious and healing too!

This way of preparing Brussels sprouts is simply DELICIOUS! I feel like they could be eaten as dessert! Brussels sprouts are splendid at supporting the body in detoxification, decreasing the development of cancer cells, repairing DNA damage (imagine that!), are a good source of omega 3’s, and an excellent source of vitamins C and K. The pumpkin seeds can help expel parasites, help with motion sickness and nausea, are high in zinc and omega 3’s, and are used medicinally to treat swollen prostate and impotency.

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Yields: 4 servings (as side dish)

• 1 lb Brussels sprouts
• 3 to 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
• ½ tsp sea salt
• ½ tsp course ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash the Brussels sprouts and cut off any parts that might be brown or yellow.
3. Slice the Brussels sprouts in half.
4. Put them into a bowl and toss them with balsamic vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and the raw pumpkin seeds.
5. Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet or 9 x 13 baking dish, with the cut sides of the Brussels sprout down.
6. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender inside and crisp outside. I suggest stirring them 1 to 2 times during the cooking process to mix them up.

SMOOTHIES: Sunny Summer Recipes

Summer Smoothie Recipes

2 cups apricots

1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups almond milk

greens

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 1 cup blueberries

1 large banana

1-1/2 cups of nut milk or water

greens

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1-1/2 cups berries

flesh and water of 1 young coconut

small handful of basil leaves

spinach

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 3-1/2 cups watermelon

1 inch fresh ginger

2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional, for a thicker smoothie)

greens

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 1 mango

1 banana

1-1/2 cups water

greens

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1 cup unhulled strawberries

1 cup frozen unhulled strawberries

1 cup cashew milk

basil

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 1-1/2 cups red papaya

1 cup inner rib celery leaves

romaine lettuce leaves from the middle of the head

1-1/2 cups water

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2 plums

1 peach

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups of water or almond milk

greens

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 1-1/2 cups red or green grapes

2 cups melon (any variety)

greens

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 1 cup of guava or feijoa (pineapple guava)

flesh and water of 1 young coconut

zest and juice of 1 lemon or lime

greens

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 1 cup unhulled strawberries

2 bananas

1 cup water

handful of mint or other green

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 1 cup pitted cherries

1 banana

1 to 2 tablespoons raw cacao

1-1/2 cups water or nut milk

greens

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 2 bananas

1 cup raspberries

zest of 1 lemon

1-1/2 cups water

greens

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 2-1/2 cups cantaloupe

1 cup unhulled strawberries

mint

greens

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 3 bananas

2 tablespoons raw cacao

1-1/2 cups water or nut milk

mint

greens

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 1 mango

2 oranges, peeled

1 cup water

greens

passion fruit pulp, to top the finished smoothie

 

 

SMOOTHIES: “Just Desserts”

“Just Desserts” Smoothie Recipes

Orange Poppy Seed Cake

1 orange, peeled, segmented, and frozen

zest and flesh of 1 orange, peeled

2 tablespoons agave or honey

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1/2 avocado

1-1/2 cups almond milk

pale, mild greens

Blend all ingredients except the poppy seeds.  Add the seeds and stir through on low speed, or stir in manually.  Serve garnished with poppy seeds and grated orange zest.

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 Choc-Mint Pattie

2 frozen bananas, sliced

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1 cup ice cubes

2 drops pure peppermint essential oil

2 tablespoons agave nectar

1-1/2 cups almond milk

1 cup torn kale

Blend and top with grated raw mint chocolate.

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 Raw Vanilla Ice Cream

1-1/2 cups cashews, soaked 4 hours

1/2 cups young Thai coconut flesh

2 cups young Thai coconut water

1 cup agave and/or maple syrup

2 whole vanilla pods, quartered

good pinch of salt

Blend all the ingredients until well combined and smooth.  You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender jug a few times.  If it’s too thick, add a little more liquid.  Pour the cream into ice cube trays and freeze.  Once frozen, pop them out and store in a labeled bag or container in the freezer to use as needed for adding decadence to smoothies.  To serve as ice cream, refrigerate the cream and churn in an ice-cream maker to process the frozen ice cream blocks in a high-speed blender till it reaches a soft ice cream consistency.

 

Super Green Ice Cream Variation:  Make vanilla ice cream as above and add 2 tablespoons green powder, like Deep Green Alkaliser, Vital Greens, or barley grass powder, and/or matcha green tea powder as needed when blending.

 

SMOOTHIES: Simple and Stunning Recipes

Simple and Stunning Smoothie Recipes

1-1/2 banana

1-1/2 cups coconut water

greens – as much as you like

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 3-1/2 cups watermelon

mint

greens

(no water or nut milk)

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 1 banana

1 to 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

water

mint

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 whole lemons

honey

water

greens

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 mandarins

4 tablespoons hemp seeds

water

greens

 

SMOOTHIES: Savory Recipes

Savory Smoothie Recipes

1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes

1 yellow bell pepper

1/2 avocado

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

pinch of cayenne pepper

squeeze of lemon juice

1-1/2 cups water

6 pieces green stem bok choy or 3 to 4 leaves Napa cabbage/wombok

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1/4 cup diced beets

1 granny smith apple

1/8 medium red onion

juice of 1/2 lemon

1-1/2 cups water

1/2 cup ice cubes

2 tablespoons tahini

1 bunch of cilantro

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1 cup diced celery root

1 granny smith apple

1-1/2 cups almond milk

1/2 cup ice cubes

1 bunch parsley

pinch of salt and pepper