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I bought some red lentils a long time ago and I kept looking at them and thinking what could I do with them. I found this interesting recipe here and I decided to try it yesterday. It was delicious, and the red lentils turn yellow after they are cooked!

I served the soup with zucchini-carrot garbanzo pancakes: I added some carrots for color and seasoned it with parsley, garlic powder, fennel seeds and sea salt.

If you are in an elimination diet please skip the cayenne pepper. I used ½ the amount of lemon. For a vegan version, please substitute the chicken stock by vegetable stock or water.

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This is a recipe I posted in my other blog. I found years ago in a magazine: the flavors in this dish are wonderful, it’s fragrant and extremely aromatic. Please note, though, that for optimal results, it’s very important that you simmer it covered in very low heat for 45 minutes. For the elimination diet purposes, I am skipping the chili powder.

I served it with Chickpea, Zucchini and Quioa Pilaf (see the recipe here).

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The original tabbouleh recipe is made with bulgur wheat which is not gluten free. Substituting it by red quinoa makes the dish lighter and the result is delicious! This is a great way to get the vegetables to the family table.

I served it with Coho fillets and baby broccoli.

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If you are making white fish, follow the recipe below. If you are making salmon, as I am, skip the lemon and the garlic powder: salmon has a strong flavor and we don’t want to overpower the dish by mixing too many strong flavors. The crust was very crumbly and it was kind of falling apart and the taste of almonds was not so evident. I think the results of breading the fish with garbanzo flour like in the Garbanzo Flour Crusted Cod, Yucca Root Puree, Collard Greens recipe were much better. However, the taste of the almond crust is really delicious the next day…

I served it with garlic broccoli rabe (rapini) and some left over Hoppin’ John.

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IMG_1393When my friend Camilla and I went for a walk in the park she mentioned this turkey burger recipe and I was very intrigued, so I decided to try it. It’s a dish at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago restaurant and it looks like Oprah is a fan. It is a little bit of work but not much and it’s totally worth it, it’s delicious! I make a big batch every once in a while since then.

The second main ingredient of the Major Grey’s Chutney is high fructose corn syrup, so I replaced it with some pureed apple, a drop of apple cider vinegar and a little extra lemon juice. I also skipped the Tabasco. Everything else is good for the elimination diet. If you are not in an elimination diet, you should definitely use the Major Grey Chutney, it’s really delicious.

Check the recipe on Oprah’s web site here with amounts for 8 burgers. I adapted the recipe to yield 2 burgers, which actually produced 4 good sized burgers.

I just updated this post (finally after 4 years) with some corrections and a better picture: this is a sandwich with plantain bread (you can check online, there are several recipes out there but they all take eggs), arugula and tomato.

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I took advantage of the broiler while the chicken was cooking and cooked some green beans at the same time. Put them in a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Broil them for about  10 minutes, tossing them once or twice, until they start browning. I also made more Japanese Style Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Salad to go with it.

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I used vegetable stock instead of wine and no red pepper flakes. This is one of the easiest, fastest and more delicious dished I ever made: it took me less than 5 minutes to prepare, the rest of the time was just waiting for the roasting in the oven. Find the original recipe here.

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Green Quinoa

I am a little obsessed with pesto sauce these days, I guess that I am realizing it’s so delicious, healthy and versatile. I love pine nuts, but I decided to try to make this dish with almonds just for a change. I used blanched almonds but you can use slivered, whole etc. It turned out really good!

If you need help on how to cook quinoa, check this blog, Food and Style. This blog is wonderful, it’s worth taking a look!

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I just put together some greens, yellow beets (I love them, and they don’t stain everything as red beets do), heart of palm, sprinkled with slivered almonds, sesame seeds, sea salt, black pepper, lime and olive oil.

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Brazilians don’t feel a meal is complete without beans. A typical Brazilian meal is composed of rice, beans, a small piece of meat and vegetables. Black beans are most common in Rio and in “Feijoada”, the national dish. We usually don’t use salsa, unless we are eating “churrasco” (BBQ). Then the salsa is made with tomatoes, onions, parsley and green onions, not avocado and cilantro. Actually, in Brazil, avocados are not used as a savory ingredient, but as a dessert!

I served the black beans with brown rice, lacinato kale (we usually serve collard greens but I couldn’t find them; kale is a good substitute), and avocado salsa (avocado, lime, red onion and cilantro). The kale was cooked with some olive oil and garlic.

Today I had a cocoa protein shake with a frozen banana and almond butter as breakfast. I won’t cook meals as I have left over black beans and lentil soup. But I will make more pesto and granola: I will try to put some banana chips on the granola. I’ll let you know how it turned out.

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Middle Eastern cuisine is a great fit for this diet (should we still call this a diet? It’s been sooo delicious!): their main staples are grains, spices, herbs and lamb. This lentil soup is comforting and delicious. The flavors are intense and the food, fulfilling.

The only change I made to the original recipe is that I reduced the amount of olive oil to 1/3 and used carrots, parsnip and squash instead of potatoes. See the original recipe here. This recipe yields to a lot of soup. You may want to reduce the recipe to half but then you will have a problem when blending the cilantro and garlic in the food processor: you won’t have enough. I had to use some water as I didn’t want to use 1/4 cup of olive oil.

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I served this vegetable dish as a side for some biriyani leftovers from yesterday. This dish is originally made with potato and cauliflower. I made a version with cauliflower and parsnip. And no chili. It turned out pretty good.

This recipe was adapted from “Potatoes and Cauliflower with Peas” (From Curried Flavors, Maya Kaimal MacMillan).

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This is a special dish for New Year’s Eve. On a normal elimination diet, one should not have too much refined grains or fried food. According to the author, this recipe is a simplified version. I used chicken broth instead of yogurt, ghee instead of butter, no eggs, no chili, no cayenne. For the chicken fry, I used 1 tablespoon of oil instead of ¼ cup.

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You can make this spread with any left over or canned fish.

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This fish turned out really good. The lemon caper sauce is a classic sauce originally made with butter. Steaming fish is an Asian technique: it’s easy, fast and healthy. I served the fish with oven-baked sweet potato fries.

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Hummus is a delicious, versatile and super healthy dish. It is great for snacks with chopped vegetables, gluten-free crackers, sandwiches and lettuce rolls.

Garbanzos are a great source of fiber, zinc, folate and protein. Tahini, a sesame seed paste, is a very good source of monounsaturated fats, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and zinc. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, and polyphenols which are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant actions.

Garlic, ah garlic, protects against evil or ward off vampires. Garlic contains manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C. But most importantly, garlic, like onions, markedly reduces inflammation. It’s also antibiotic and antifungal, antibacterial.

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