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.

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Black beans paired with creamy cilantro-lime dressing make for the ideal healthy taco dinner! These nutrient-dense finger foods pack a powerful high-fiber and protein punch. The super-quick black bean filling is made in less than 5 minutes with just black beans, organic salsa, and cumin. Simple ingredients yet rich with a variety of nutritional elements and flavor components. Black beans are an abundant source of digestive and colon supportive elements including folate and fiber. Feel free to experiment with different south-of-the border spices like ancho chili or chipotle chili powder. You can also try different pre-made salsa mixes, just make sure they are organic and not loaded with food additives and chemicals – or you can make your own with jicama, mango, cilantro… the possibilities are endless! Serve with a veggie-rich side salad for a complete meal.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Mini Muffins

Gluten-Free Blueberry Mini Muffins. These mini-muffins are easy on the constitution. The key is they’re made with almond flour, so they’re grain and gluten-free. Many folks can’t tolerate gluten, especially as they get older; it creates inflammation which messes with the gut and digestion. Here I’ve canoodled with almonds, eggs, blueberries, vanilla, and honey to create a pick-me-up in every bite

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Spoon this tangy dressing over cooked broccoli, green beans, salad or poached fish. Tahini is a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds used in North African, Greek, Iranian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Tahini is served as a dip on its own or as a major component of hummus. Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. I often use it instead of mayo on sandwiches and dip my crunchy veggies into it as a quick snack.

Lip-Smacking Technicolor Root Salad

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Perfected Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

A full color array on display of orange, purple, green, and yellows. Beets and Carrots are the key player here. Iron-rich beets contain natural elements which the body turns into nitric oxide which in turn expands the walls of blood vessels and increases blood and oxygen flow to benefit the brain and other parts of the body. Some say beets are also an aphrodisiac! When preparing, your shredding disc on your food processor is your best friend. Makes this recipe a quick snap!

Vibrant Summer Salad with Watermelon and Cherry Tomatoes

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Healthy Mind Cookbook.

This salad has always been a crowd favorite at outdoor cookouts with friends. Both watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a well-known antioxidant that protects the brain’s high fat content. Lycopene may also play a role in the growth of the brain. A little lime juice and cilantro provide a nice zesty note for this dish, playing well off the slightly briny creaminess of the feta cheese.

Spinach Asparagus Pesto with Rice Pasta

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from Simply Recipes.

An ideal spring dish to prepare on the fly during a busy weeknight. Loaded with phytonutrients from the asparagus and spinach for your daily vegetable intake. Can be eaten alone on a meatless dinner night or served alongside sustainable wild-caught fish or your favorite meat course. Leftovers store well for lunch the next day - although there may not be any left! Any unused pesto can be stored in the freezer for later use when you are in a pinch for a quick sauce, defrosts well.