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Pear Ginger Sanp Smoothie

Pear Ginger Snap Smoothie

by guest Chef Elizabeth Fraser  Creator of Girl Gone Raw

Elizabeth is a good friend of the show, and also resides in Portland, Maine. She is so full of positive energy, when she’s not creating delicious raw recipes, she’s in her Art Studio painting away. And of course, she always starts her day with a Green Smoothie.

In a high speed blender, add the following ingredients. And whiz it up. It only takes a minute.

Makes two hearty smoothies.

2 c. almond milk

4 c. dark leafy greens (spinach and dandelion or your favorite)

Handful of cilantro, with stems

2 ripe pears

1/4″ slice of fresh ginger

1 frozen banana

If your blender is not a high speed blender cut your fruit into smaller pieces. Blend for 30-60 seconds on high.

Spinach and Tofu Soup

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This is another of my 10-minute soups. Easy, fast, and amazingly flavorful. Use the crinkly-leaved Savoy spinach for this recipe. It stands up better than the smooth-leaved baby types.

Ingredients:
8 oz fresh Savoy spinach
1/2 block firm tofu
2 T. vegetable oil
1t. salt
2 1/2 c. water
2 T. soy sauce (add more if desired)
1 t. toasted sesame oil

To prepare:
Wash spinach well to get rid of any grit or sand, then remove the stems and ribs from the leaves. Spin or shake off excess water and dry well. Chop the leaves roughly but fairly small.

Cut tofu into small pieces and set aside.

In a wok or saucepan, heat the oil. Add the spinach and stir fry it until soft, then add salt and water or stock. Bring liquid to a boil, then turn the heat down and add tofu and soy sauce.

Cook for just another two to five minutes. Remove from heat, add the sesame oil, season with more salt and some pepper if desired, and serve hot.

Note: Ladle soup over leftover wontons for another serving variation.

Spinach Tortilla with Seitan and Potato

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Heidi’s Spinach Tortilla with Seitan and Potato

We often think of a tortilla only as a vehicle for beans and beef. Here is a different spin on an old favorite straight from the kitchen of my dear friend, chef Heidi Valenzuela.

This recipe can be made with any TVP product of your choice or with tofu or tempeh. Since the potatoes are already cooked and the baby spinach simply needs to be wilted, this is super fast and easy. This recipe is somewhat neutral in flavor, so Heidi serves it with Pico Di Gallo, Chunky Avocado Salsa, and her Cuban Red Beans and Rice.

Ingredients:
3-4 T. grapeseed oil (or any light oil)
Half of a large yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
2 C. seitan (or substitute tofu, tempeh or TVP of your choice)
3 C. diced Yukon Gold potatoes, boiled until just fork tender
4 C. loosely packed Organic baby spinach
1/4 to 1/2 C. vegetable stock
1 t. paprika
Salt and pepper
Additional oil for sautéing
10-12 fresh corn tortillas

To Prepare:
On the stovetop, heat a wide, shallow lidded skillet. Add the oil and when the oil begins to move, add the onions, sautéing with a little salt until they begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile begin heating a griddle pan, skillet, or pizza stone for the tortillas. You want a nice hot pan – I usually have my oven at about 375 degrees.

Into your skillet, add the seitan to the onions and toss well. There is little to no fat in the seitan so if it becomes dry too quickly, sprinkle in a little additional oil. Add the paprika and some vegetable stock, starting with 1/4 of a cup. The goal is to have enough moisture to make a light sauce. Stir well and cook for a minute or two, then add the spinach. Toss everything to blend together and continue cooking for a minute or two, just until the spinach is wilted, but retaining its texture. Put the lid on the pan and remove it from the heat.

Heat the tortilla until they begin to puff a little and release a toasty aroma. Unless you’re frying, the tortillas, they will remain somewhat flexible.

Serve by heaping a few tablespoons of filling onto your warmed tortilla then top with Pico Di Gallo, Chunky Avocado and Tomato Salsa, accompanied by a side of Cuban Red Beans and Rice.