Chocotentment-Mousse

Who knew dessert could be made with brain-healthy superfoods?! This rich and decadent mousse is made from young Thai coconuts (found at Asian markets), raw cacao powder, almond butter, and raw honey. This recipe calls for the meat from one or two young Thai coconuts. Some people are intimidated by the idea of opening coconuts to get the meat . Video link included in recipe notes - it is easier than it sounds, and well worth the minimal effort! The fresh coconut water and delicious meat are amazing treats. The only thing you need is a meat cleaver or a 10-inch heavy kitchen knife to get started. Young Thai coconuts can be found at all Asian markets or most health food stores and come wrapped in plastic. You can use other types of coconut, but the meat is often not as soft. The meat from a young Thai coconut is usually similar to the consistency of tofu, very soft and perfect for use in superfood desserts.

Thyme-Scented Fennel and Leek Soup

A luscious spring soup that's dairy-free, vegan, and can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies. Pumpkin seeds are the super star of this recipe. By lightly toasting and pureeing them, you can create a light but creamy soup with subtle nutty undertones, which everyone can eat. Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc. They benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well. This rich and creamy soup is loaded with layers of flavor - also outstanding served chilled, enjoy!!

Warm Mushroom, Edamame & Kale Salad

A super quick, delicious, easy, healthy and filling salad. Edamame beans are high in fiber, ultimately beneficial for your digestion, protein and antioxidants intake. Kale is rich in iron which is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, to help transport oxygen around in the blood, and is also high in fiber. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable which as vitamin D, which we usually only obtain from the sun or correct form of D3 supplements – great now when it is winter and we don’t get enough sunlight. Mushrooms also boost the immune system and have been researched for cancer prevention and treatments.

Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

With its rich, mushroom-studded filling tucked under a layer of soft mashed sweet potato, it has all the hallmarks of a good shepherd's pie, but it's completely vegan — and includes a secret ingredient that adds body and creaminess to the filling, without any cream. Authentic shepherd's pie is a comfort food classic, but there's no room in my diet or grocery budget for a heavy dish of ground lamb or beef and buttery potatoes, except as an occasional treat. Lentils, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes, roasted until creamy-soft, need just a little salt and pepper to be a flavorful topping. This recipe uses one unusual ingredient: steel cut oats! The dry oats — cooked and drained with the lentils — release just enough starch to bind the filling into a creamy, mushroomy mass, rather than a loose scattering of lentils and vegetables. The oats also add a texture somewhat like ground meat, but they aren't noticeable unless you know to look for them, so your guests will have no idea their dinner includes a nutritious breakfast staple. Note: STEAMING the sweet potatoes saves you an HOUR off this recipe plus retains vital nutrients!

Asian Lemon Ginger Tamari Dressing

The sauce goes great with your favorite sautéed (or raw) veggies and a grain like brown rice or quinoa making it a truly nutritious power meal. The raw ginger, garlic and lemon make this packed with health benefits from detoxification, to reducing bloating, better digestion and increased energy. Using Nama Shoyu's gluten-free tamari is basically like a vegan/soy free soy sauce. You can also opt for liquid coconut aminos. Use toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil for added flavor.

Arugula and Hemp Seed Pesto

A delicious gluten-free, Vegan, and nut free pesto for folks with food allergies or sensitivities. Superb as a pasta sauce, this pesto would be great as a spread on wraps or sandwiches, as a sauce on pizza, as a topping on grilled meat or veggies, etc. I love the use of Hemp seeds as a nut alternative - especially for its protein content. Protein from hemp seeds is complete, containing all 10 essential amino acids, making it superior relative to almost every other plant-based source of protein. It’s also high in plant-based omega-3s and because hemp seeds and hemp-based foods are raw, they maintain their high level of nutrients.

Garlic Mushroom Bok Choy

The easiest, healthiest, and best veggie dish with bok choy, mushroom and garlic. 3 ingredients + 8 minutes prep time+ 2 minutes cook time. Done! No sweat, and only one pan to clean. Bok choy is crisp, refreshing, nutritious, and the leafy green leaves are loaded with vitamin C. Mushroom is always good, a great protein source so you don’t have to eat meat. Plus, mushroom makes everything better because it contains glutamic acid, a natural, non-chemical version of MSG that makes everything “umami-licious.” You can use any kinds of mushrooms—white, cremini, oyster, enoki, buna, shitake, baby bellas, portobellas, king trumpet mushrooms, etc. All you need for the seasoning is a pinch of salt and you will have a wonderfully tasty veggie dish that goes well with just about anything. If you want to amp it up a notch with additional savory umami flavor, splash in a dash of liquid Coconut Aminos or wheat/gluten free Tamari - both are an excellent substitution for Soy Sauce (which I don't recommend). Feel free to top this off with

Savory Roasted Mushroom Base for Burgers, Sauces, and Soups

Edible mushroom varieties contain a number of valuable nutrients, including protein, enzymes, B vitamins (especially niacin), and vitamin D2. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system. They've even been studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Adding this "Roasted Mushroom Base" to your recipes increases flavor and heartiness. Its an excellent method to boost the umami flavor factor in dishes. The flavor "umami," which means "delicious" in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying. Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day. You can crumble this into soups, stews, burgers, meat sauce, or pretty much anything you want taste "meaty". The mix will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

Roasted Portobello Fajitas

Quick and easy weeknight meal featuring portobello mushrooms as the superstar! They can be substituted as an excellent savory stand-in for meat. They have a hearty texture and absorb flavors well when marinated. You can get as creative as you want with toppings - the more veggies the better! Serve over whole-grain brown rice or in a tortilla (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas). Top with homemade guacamole and make extra, because these will get devoured by your dinner guests.

Roasted Portobello and Red Pepper Tacos

A pretty simple and delicious combination of wholesome ingredients including portobello mushrooms, red peppers and red onions tossed with oregano, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper, all roasted to perfection. The cooked veggies can be stuffed in soft tortillas or folded like a burrito (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas) and garnished with other additions like avocado, cilantro, salsa or whatever your heart desires. Add superfood boosters like sliced avocado shredded kale or red cabbage. Ready in 30 minutes or less!

Hearty Mushroom Hummus

In the mood for a savory snack? Try this hearty version of Mediterranean hummus made with baby bellas or portobello mushrooms, garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon, and parsley. This quick dip has that yummy hearty mushroom flavor and a hint of lemon. If you are a hummus lover, you have to try this variation – this is a break from the norm for sure! Perfect for dipping veggies and crackers, or layering on a sandwich or lunch wrap instead of mayo.

Rice Pasta Salad with Avocado and Lime-Basil Aioli

The creamy, zesty, refreshing, Avocado aioli salad dressing transforms this basic pasta salad into the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Avocados are an ideal ingredient to lend a rich and buttery flavor as well as satisfy feelings of indulgence and fullness. They are loaded with a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients (manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as phytonutrients like unique carotenoids, flavonoids, and phytosterols). The tangy lime and basil combination pair well with blood-sugar supportive peas and heart-healthy carrots, which serve a significant source of vitamin A and biotin for healthy eyesight and youthful skin. This scrumptious dish is ideal for a quick weeknight salad or main course. Feel free to add in more types of crunchy veggies to improve the nutritional content as desired.