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Cheezy Kale Chips are the BOMB!!! Totally addictive in a healthy way! My only complaint is The “cheeze” will flake off the kale chips and makes a crumbly mess when you eat it.  Not to mention, you end up with kale ALL in your teeth.  Not very attractive.. I really love this cheeze sauce and came up with another way to eat it.   I made the same cashew cheeze sauce recipe and put it on broccoli..  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out by dehydrating, but WOW!  This is my new favorite way to eat raw broccoli. YUMMY!

It’s cheezy and crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.  You don’t need a toothpick afterwards and with the broccoli, the cheezy sauce doesn’t fall off,  it gets into every knook & cranny of the broccoli floret.  Broccoli Bites are hands down better in taste than kale chips..

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Can I make this if I don’t have a dehydrator?  First off, WHY don’t you have one?  They are awesome and you can get a decent one for around $30.  To be honest, I’ve never tried to make this another way.

What if I have a nut allergy?  I have also made this same recipe with soaked sunflower seeds instead of cashews and it turned out great!

Here is what you are going to need for the cheeze sauce.

Nutritional Yeast is a delicious seasoning that has a “cheezy” flavor and full of Vitamin B. It’s also vegan, gluten free, salt free & sugar free… I absolutely LOVE it sprinkled on popcorn

Cheezy Cashew Sauce Ingredients

soak the cashews in water (not tap water) for 2 hours.  This will make your sauce smooth & creamy.

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Cheezy Broccoli Bites (Raw & Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli, washed, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked 2 hours & drained)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Place broccoli in a large bowl.
  2. Put remaining ingredients into a vitamix blender or food processor and Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture all over the broccoli and stir well to cover the florets.
  4. Lay coated broccoli in a single layer in a dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105 for 12 hours or overnight, until coating is dry and broccoli is crispy.
  5. store in a ziplock bag

Notes

This can also be made nut-less using raw organic sunflower seeds instead of cashews

http://www.taylormademarket.com/cheezy-broccoli-bites-raw-vegan/

Let soak for 2 hours then drain.  LOVE these sprout toppers.  They fit on any mason jar and are very inexpensive.  Around $8 for 3 different lids, different drain sizes for tiny seeds and large nuts.

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Mix everything in a high speed blender or food processor.  I have made this recipe many times over using both pieces of equipment and it has turned out great.

Cheeze sauce ingredients

Get some Broccoli florets…

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Pour on the sauce…

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mix it up…

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Lick the food processor clean.. just kidding.. kind of.

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Lay them on your dehydrator

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and walk away for 12 hours and dehydrate.  My first “test” batch didn’t get photographed because I literally ate every single one of them off the dehydrator. Shame on me….   So I had to make another batch and remind myself not to eat all them before they got photographed. This time I shared the broccoli bites with the kids.. They LOVED IT!

Broccoli Bites Raw Vegan

I had to make two batches of these.  Once you take a bite, it leaves you wanting MORE..  Simply irresistible!!

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so yummy and the kids went crazy over these… I know yours will too!  This is our new favorite way to eat raw broccoli.. It’s crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a good for you cheezy -ness to it.   YUM!

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I use the exact same cashew cheeze sauce on my recipe for Cheezy Kale Chips 

Kale cashew cheese

and remember.. Both of these recipes can be made nut-less using raw soaked sunflower seeds instead of cashews.

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Lately, I have been eating more of a Raw Food Diet and hubby is eating a Lo-Carb gluten free diet so this dish is great for both of us. Is it kid friendly? Depends on your kid.  My kids will eat this but only when bribed.. They are too old to be fooled into thinking it is pasta.  But I also have friends that have children who love this.  They especially love to make the “noodles”.  You can use a spiralizer or a mandonlin to make noodle like strands.

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While I love spiralizers, it is hard to justify spending $75 on these machines. I found this hand held, portable spiralizer on sale for $12 HERE:

Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter

Even though my kids are older they were still excited about using the gadget.

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I was happy to give them each a turn.. You get a bit of a workout using this!!!  Here is what I used for the salad Vegetable Noodle salad before You can use a spiralizer, food processor or Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter   to noodle your veggiesVegetable Noodles vertical  to noodle your veggies The Peanut sauce is so yummy I could just drink it.

I use it on lots of things.. I made summer rolls AKA see-thru burritos and use this same exact sauce..Super quick to put together and stores in the refrigerator for up to a week.  Here is what you need to make it:

Sesame oil, Red Thai Curry Paste, Peanut Butter, Coconut Milk, Sugar, Soy sauce, Lime

thai peanut sauce ingredients

If you want to make this ahead of time just store the veggies in a ziplock bag without any sauce.. The vegetable noodles should be stored dry.

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Then when it’s time for dinner, All you have to do is empty into a bowl, add the sauce and your meal is done!!!

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This recipe is for Veggie Noodles with a Thai Peanut Sauce but Please feel free to top with any sauce you’d like.. It’s great with some fresh lemon juice & herbs or a homemade marinara sauce or even guacamole!!!  I promise, It’s delicious..

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This dish will leave you feeling completely satisfied without being weighed down at all.

Check out this Comparison

Spaghetti Noodles 800 calories and 160 carbs

Vegetable Noodles 60 Calories and 8 carbs.

 

Vegetable Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 3 zucchini, spiralized or shredded
  • 2 squash, spiralized or shredded
  • 2 carrots, spiralized or shredded
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • Thai Peanut sauce:
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. thai red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 can coconut milk

Instructions

  1. For the salad: Add the zucchini, squash, carrots, green onion & red pepper to a large bowl.
  2. For the sauce: In a small sauce pan heat sesame oil. Fry curry paste & sugar stirring 20 seconds. Add peanut butter, lime juice and coconut milk. Stir to combine. Heat through and serve over vegetable noodles. Toss to coat.
http://www.taylormademarket.com/vegetable-noodles-with-thai-peanut-sauce/

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are usually done with pork, ground beef & rice.  Not today.. I wanted to make a vegetarian version, full of flavor.

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By starting with roasted vegetables, you  know it will be delicious.

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You could take the rice & vegetable mixture and make all sorts of things.. Vegetarian Burgers, rice & veggie balls, turn it into a casserole or cheesy bake.. Limitless possibilities.

You can stuff cabbage leaves with just about anything..

Start with a beautiful head of cabbage.  This is savoy but you can use any kind you want.

shot of a head of savoy cabbage

Sometimes the vein will be hard and make rolling the cabbage a challenge.  If this happens, just trim the center vein from the leaves and roll away.

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Feel free to use whatever veggies you like.  I used what I had on hand.. I also used brown rice to keep it even healthier but any rice will do.

The recipe calls for “Roasted Garlic” – Click HERE for the easy way….

Roasted Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small eggplant, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 sweet peppers, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, roasted
  • 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups steamed rice (brown or white)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large heads green cabbage, about 3 pounds each
  • Sauce
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Place eggplant, onion & peppers on a sheet pan, drizzle with 2tbsp olive oil and roast for 425* for 20 min. While veggies are roasting, Smash the roasted garlic and mix with sundried tomatoes set aside. sauté the zucchini in 1 tbsp of olive oil for 2-3 min... Stir in the garlic & sundried tomato. Stir while cooking for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in Parsley.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rice, egg, zucchini tomato mixture and roasted veggies. Season with salt & fresh black pepper.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Remove the large, damaged outer leaves from the cabbages and set aside. Cut out the cores of the cabbages with a sharp knife and carefully pull off all the rest of the leaves, keeping them whole and as undamaged as possible, (get rid of all the small leaves and use them for coleslaw or whatever.) Blanch the cabbage leaves in the pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, or until pliable.
  4. Next, carefully cut out the center vein from the leaves so they will be easier to roll up. Put 1/2 cup of the vegetable & rice filling in the center of the cabbage and starting at what was the stem-end, fold the sides in and roll up the cabbage to enclose the filling. Place the cabbage rolls side by side in rows, seam-side down, in a casserole pan.
  5. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl combine well. Top cabbage rolls with sauce and Bake at 350* for 30-40 min.
http://www.taylormademarket.com/roasted-vegetable-stuffed-cabbage-rolls/

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Good Morning, Green Juice!

Sometimes you just need to give your body a break and This juice is the perfect “pick me up” drink!

Superfood Juice Recipe

There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.  Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.  It also allows you to consume a HUGE amount of vegetables with a quick glass of juice

Here is what I use..

juicing ingredients

Yes I use both Lemon & Lime in this.. It’s 2 different flavors.  I personally love lime in fresh juices. It gives a yummy zing. They are acidic but when you eat them, they turn alkaline.   Lemons & limes are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables that provide most of the benefits of juicing.

If you haven’t juiced ginger, then start slowly.  It has a very hot & spicy taste but is INCREDIBLY good for you.

Fresh ginger juice burns a little, kind of like taking a shot of liquor without the alcohol taste.  The burn is a good thing… If you find this drink to strong for you.. ADD Cucumber, Celery and/or Romaine Hearts.. This will dilute the spiciness of the ginger

morning juicing ingredients

I add apple for some sweetness and it’s perfect for me.  But there is never a set in stone recipe – especially in juicing, so experiment and see what works for you.

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Did you know?? Kale Packs more iron per calorie than beef, more calcium per calorie than milk and ten times more vitamin C than spinach!  Remember that next time someone ask a vegetarian “how do you get your protein?”

and to all you pregnant ladies out there….Morning Sickness Cure is here.. Lemon & Ginger are a natural, fast acting remedy to ease nausea.

*Ginger Juice is great for relieving monthly cramps too!!!!

juicing ingredients Kale, apple, ginger

I do not peel my lemon or lime.. I know some might disagree but thats just how I roll.  TONS of vitamins, nutrients & flavor are in the peel.. Why would you waste time peeling it?

*Use pesticide free fruits & vegetables (organic) and WASH before Juicing.

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Drink your Juice right away or store in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen will “oxidize” and damage the juice.

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Green Juice – Kale, apple, lemon, lime, ginger

Ingredients

  • 3-5 kale leaves & stalk
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1 whole lime
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 red apple
  • 2 granny smith apples

Instructions

  1. Juice all ingredients. OR Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender and strain with cheesecloth.

Notes

If you find this drink to strong for you.. ADD Cucumber, Celery or Romaine Hearts.. This will dilute the spiciness of the ginger

http://www.taylormademarket.com/green-juice-kale-apple-lemon-lime-ginger/

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Sprouted Wheatberry Salad.  This superfood salad is incredibly healthy & satisfying.

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Why should we sprout grains?

Vitamins, Minerals & Protein. Sprouting grains and beans makes them better for you. Advocates of sprouting claim it increases the vitamin content of Vitamin C, folic acid, niacin and riboflavin by as many as one hundred times when compared to unsprouted wheat.  Sprouted grain breads may also be higher in protein because of the sprouting process.

Nutrition. Enzymes introduced during the sprouting process break down or neutralize phytic acid.  This “breaking-down process”,  according to Margie King, a Philadelphia Nutrition Examiner, allows the consumer’s body to absorb the minerals zinc, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium found within the grains.  Without this phytic acid active in the grain, your body can take advantage of these nutrients, thereby making the grain itself better for you. It has to do with amino acids and protein bonds and such, but before we get too complicated, let’s move on.

Health. If you are eating a raw diet, sprouting adds extra enzymes to your menu.  When you choose not to heat your sprouts, enzymes are stable and will remain in your sprout for addition health benefits. People who have a sensitivity to wheat (NOT to be confused with gluten intolerance or celiac disease) may be helped by the presence of these enzymes.  They may find that their bodies are more able to break down wheat in this form with thanks to the natural enzymes activated through the sprouting process.

Sugar & Preservatives (or the lack thereof). For diabetics or those just wanting to keep their sugar levels on an even keel, sprouted grain breads have a lower glycemic index than whole wheat breads.  Additionally, most of these “living breads” (they are so named because the grains or seeds have been awakened from hibernation by the soaking process) contain no preservatives.  For this reason, if you look for them in stores, you should likely check the refrigerated section.

Taste and texture. Sprouted grains have a unique earthy or nutty taste and texture when added to your favorite foods or baking recipes.

What are wheat berries? Wheat berries, or wheatberries, are the entire edible part of wheat kernels, meaning there is no hull (or outer shell) but includes the germ, bran and endosperm.

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If you plant the wheatberry sprouts in soil, it will grow Wheatgrass.. (which is disgusting to drink) This stuff is superfood super potent.  Even the smell when juicing is so incredibly nauseating strong that we chose not to serve it in the Juice Bar of the restaurant.  However, My chickens LOVE LOVE LOVE Wheatgrass.. It is their absolute favorite treat!!!!

wheatgrass chickens

If you sprout them and eat them.. They have this yummy chewy nutty texture that makes you keep wanting more.  Not to mention how healthy it is..

How do you sprout?

You need a sprouting jar like the one below OR

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you can use any mason jar with a screen lid.  (You can even make your own lid with a mason jar ring and some cheesecloth or a knee high pair of pantyhose)

Basic process of sprouting is: Soak, Drain, Rinse, Drain, Rinse, Drain.. Done..

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How I sprouted my wheat berries:

  1. In a sprouting jar or a mason jar, pour 1/2 cup wheat berries (I used hard red) and 2 cups fresh water.  NOT TAP WATER!!!!
  2. Cover top of jar with mesh lid
  3. Let soak for 12 hours.
  4. Drain. Add more water.  Drain. (Set jar on it’s side  at a 45° angle so any excess water can drain out)
  5. 12 hrs later – Repeat step #4.
  6. When white sprouts are approximately 1/8″ long, they are officially sprouted!

Tip: You can stop the sprouting process by placing the jar in your refrigerator.

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I have made this recipe with many types of nuts.. Walnuts is my favorite nut of choice but I only had almonds on hand.  The almonds are great.. The walnuts are better… I would recommend soaking the walnuts in some filtered water for an hour or two.. Drain them and then chop the walnuts and use in the recipe.  When you drain the water, You will notice the color will now be brownish.  This is from the tannins in the walnut.  Soaking takes away the bitter taste that walnuts have.

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Sprouted Wheatberry Salad

Ingredients

  • For the salad: 1 1/2 cups hard wheat berries, sprouted
  • 3/4 cup nuts (chopped or sliced)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, minced
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Dressing: In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey & dijon mustard. Set aside.
  2. Salad: In a large bowl, combine the sprouted wheat berries, nuts, celery, cranberries, green onion & parsley. Pour dressing over salad and mix well.
  3. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
http://www.taylormademarket.com/sprouted-wheatberry-salad/

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Other things To Do with a Sprouted Wheat Berry

Dehydrate and mill it into “sprouted” flour for baking (or anywhere you would use “regular” flour)

Add the sprouts to your favorite cereal, sandwich, yogurt or salad

Add (chopped or whole) to baked goods like muffins and cookies or pancakes and waffles

“Hide” in casseroles, meatloaves or pasta sauces

Plant them in well drained (preferably organic) soil to grow wheat grass for juicing or just for fun!

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  • Celia - June 13, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Hi Andrea, what do you mean by “fresh” water? Bottled water, rain water….thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea Taylor - June 16, 2014 - 4:46 pm

      Celia,
      HAHA.. Rainwater..
      You can use any water you would drink. Bottled Water, filtered water… I just wouldn’t recommend TAP WATER!ReplyCancel

Such a simple dish but it’s so yummy!  Slightly caramelized on the outside with a burst of flavor followed by a creamy buttery inside.

indian curry cauliflower

Here is what you will need: Cauliflower, Olive Oil,  Curry Powder, Turmeric, Smoked Paprika and some sea salt.

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I highly recommend using a good quality curry powder.. Not the cheapo $1.99 stuff in the grocery store.  I buy mine from an asian market.  90% of the label is in another language but this is the real deal.

As far as the smoked paprika.. OH MY!  I LOVE this stuff.. Not the boring zero-taste paprika you put on deviled eggs.. This amazing spice is full of smokey flavor and more robust than plain paprika but still mild.  I add it to lots of dishes.

Back to the recipe.. Start with some cauliflower… You can chop up a head or use the pre-cut florets

cauliflower on sheet tray

Give them a good drizzle of olive oil

You can do this in a bowl but that means extra dishes.. I just combine it on the sheet pan.  You could also line the pan with foil for a super easy clean-up.

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combine the spices & salt then sprinkle over the cauliflower

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GRAB A GLOVE (or a spoon)  I love these gloves.. We used them in the restaurant and I always have a box at home.. They are great for handling raw chicken and ring, ring.. You hear the phone.. No problem, just whip off the glove and talk away.. No need to run to the sink and wash your hands.  Just throw the glove away when you are done.

***WARNING – LADIES, DO NOT USE BARE HANDS..  I once made the mistake of making this the day after getting my nails done.. My Beautiful French Manicure turned into an ugly Yellow stained curry manicure…

 Massage the cauliflower for a few minutes until it is completely coated..

cauliflower curry rub

Roast for 20-30 min.. and Viola!  It’s done..

indian curry cauliflower

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 cups cauliflower florets, (1 medium cauliflower)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tumeric
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425*
  2. Place the cauliflower florets on a sheet tray. Drizzle the olive oil over the cauliflower. Mix the tumeric, smoked paprika, curry powder & salt together. Then sprinkle over cauliflower. Wearing a glove massage cauliflower until completely covered with spices.
  3. Roast 25-30 min in the oven, stirring halfway through.
  4. Season again with salt to taste.

Notes

****WARNING – LADIES, DO NOT USE BARE HANDS.. I once made the mistake of making this the day after getting my nails done.. My Beautiful French Manicure turned into a Yellow stained curry manicure…

http://www.taylormademarket.com/curry-roasted-cauliflower/

P.S.  If you don’t like curry, NO problem.. ROASTED CAULIFLOWER is Fantastic on it’s own.  Just follow the recipe using cauliflower, olive oil & salt.  Absolutely Delicious

Curry Roasted Cauliflower Step-by-step

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Broccoli Salad is always a crowd pleaser.  This is one of our favorite ways to eat raw broccoli, even the kids love it..

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Growing up, one of my favorite places was Deli Delicacies in Lakeland, FL.   They had the BEST dishes I have ever eaten at a “deli”.  This was Gourmet Deli all the way.  I loved the polynesian chicken which was this marinated juicy chicken breast with grapes & nuts.  Yummy.  Mom, loved the broccoli salad and the kids loved the gigantic cookies and bite sized petit-fours.  Unfortunately, they closed a few years ago…  Deli Delicacies was such an inspiration for me that I had to put my own version of Broccoli Salad on the Menu.  I named it the “Bartow Broccoli Salad”.

broccoli cutting board

If you google broccoli salad, you will find thousands of recipes.. Most of the “dressings” are somewhat similar and most salads have Bacon and Raw onion.

I didn’t want my broccoli salad to have either since majority of my customers worked at the courthouse a few blocks away.  If I used Bacon, then it wouldn’t be vegetarian..  If I used onion, It might cause bad breath…

So I made my own TaylorMade tweaks.. Giving the salad lots of “crunch” from much healthier ingredients..

It works for all diets.. Lo carb, hi protein, vegetarian, gluten-free, quick and kid friendly!!!

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This was an Incredibly popular dish at TaylorMade Market… I made a huge batch of this twice a day.. EVERYDAY….

Here is what you’ll need for the salad: Broccoli, Cheddar, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries & Raisins

broccoli salad ingredients

The whole sweet & savory thing hits the spot on this one.. and if you like texture… you are going to love this.  It is healthy, filling and won’t weigh you down.. (or give you bad breath..)

This recipe can be made in less than 5 minutes.  You can also use pre-packaged broccoli florets to save you time..

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Add all your ingredients to the bowl..

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then add the dressing

broccoli salad with dressing

Give it a good stir and let it chill at least 30 min before serving.

broccoli salad finished

This salad is best when it is eaten the same day.. The longer the broccoli sits the more the vinegar stars to break it down and it will lose its beautiful bright green color.

BEST Broccoli Salad – Bartow Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • DRESSING:
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c Mayo (best quality you can find)
  • SALAD:
  • 5 c Broccoli Florets
  • 1 c cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/3 c organic sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 c organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 c organic cranberries
  • 1/3 c organic raisins

Instructions

  1. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, Stir sugar and apple cider vinegar until sugar is dissolved. Add mayo and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add all the salad ingredients. Pour dressing over the salad and mix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

FEEL FREE to Taylor-Make your own version of this dressing. If you prefer it sweeter, add more sugar.. Too sweet? add more mayo & vinegar to dressing. TASTE the dressing before you add to the salad.. Dressing should be combined before adding to broccoli salad mixture.

http://www.taylormademarket.com/best-broccoli-salad-bartow-broccoli-salad/

broccoli salad collage set

FEEL FREE to Taylor-Make your own version of this salad or the dressing. If you prefer it sweeter, add more sugar.. Too sweet? add more mayo & vinegar to dressing.

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Congratulations to Lori Austin from Breckenridge, Colorado on winning the Chevon Lunch Bag!!!!

  Lunch bag chevron black lg

It has been very busy around the Taylor house the past 2 months..  What have we been up to?

We have been busy with these 7 little Maltese Puppies….. Aren’t they cute?  All of these sweet little pups have found their forever home..

puppies tmm

SORRY, Puppies are not the next giveaway..

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  • Helena - June 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    congrats to the lucky winner!
    Thay are so cute the puppies!ReplyCancel

I just love these insulated lunch bags.  I’m giving one away to one lucky reader…

They are perfect for work or back to school

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CHEVRON Blk/White Insulated Lunch Bag

Details:
Size: 14″ W x 10″ H x 4″ Deep
Zipper top Lunch Bag!

Microfiber material.

Mylar like interior helps keep items near temperature.

3 outer open pockets for quick and easy access.

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  • Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering - May 19, 2014 - 3:14 am

    We bring lunch from home everyday and my greatest struggle is to have the food remain warm. This bag is excellent!ReplyCancel

  • Zainab - May 19, 2014 - 4:40 pm

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    Lovely bag! Thank you for the giveaway! :)
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    Finger crossed! ;) ReplyCancel

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    Thanks for the great giveaway! ;) ReplyCancel

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    I enterd with pleasure!
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Superfood Salad with Caramelized onions..

I have been on a total salad kick lately.. Spring Mix salads, spinach salads, microgreen salads and now this chopped romaine salad.  Salads are super easy to fix and are completely customizable.

Have you ever had caramelized onion in a salad?  Just let me tell you, It is FABULOUS!!!! and my new favorite thing.

For this particular salad, I added raw organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds & organic hemp seeds for added texture and protein.  Super snaps for freshness, Avocado for some healthy fat and sundried tomatoes in oil just because I love them.

salad bowl vertical

I always have caramelized onion on hand and it saves me so much time in the kitchen.  You can read about it HERE: Caramelized Onion the easy way

salad bowl unmixed

All you have to do is chop some organic romaine lettuce, chop an avocado, & dice sundried tomato, add it to the bowl along with some sugar snaps, caramelized onion, a handful of sunflower seedshemp seeds and pumpkin seeds, sprinkle with sea salt & the juice of a lemon and toss them together.

salad bowl mixed

This salad is so tasty it doesn’t even really need a dressing.  But if you love dressing, honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette would be delicious.

salad bowl vertical

 Feel free to TaylorMake your own version adding ingredients you love.

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My husband really loves Indian Food.  Before Darren and I met, I had never tried it.  Well, real Indian Food that is. Sure my mom had made some form of curry chicken surprise but never anything that could be considered close to authentic Indian food.

Eggplant tomato & chickpea curry

I was living in Florida, He was living outside of Nashville, TN.  I flew to Tennessee and spent the weekend with him.  One evening, we went out for dinner to Ruth Chris Steakhouse but the wait was over 90 minutes so we opted to go somewhere else.  He took me to an Indian Restaurant just around the corner from the Steakhouse.  I was hesitant.  Ok more like resistant.  Thinking to myself, “We should go back, I’m not sure I’m going to like this curry stuff.  If the food is bad, the date is going to be ruined.”   Being on my best “newly dating” behavior, I decided to give it a try and I was hooked immediately.  I still remember my first bite.  My taste buds were doing the Happy dance.  Spices and Flavors I had never tasted before.  That first date was over 6 years ago and we have eaten Indian food hundreds of times since.

This is my twist on Indian Eggplant Bhurtha  which is eggplant + tomatoes + onion + spices and thats really it.  I decided to add some chickpeas to the dish making it a little heartier and to stretch it out since I was feeding a few extra people.

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Since I ended up with tons of eggplant & tomatoes from a Farmers Market trip and decided to make this recipe and can it.   This recipe LOVES to be canned!!!    Quick, easy, Only a few ingredients & super healthy!  Taste great by itself or over rice.

farmers market produce

It you are doing the lo-carb thing, just leave out the chickpeas/garbanzo beans.  It is still a tasty dish.  You could also turn this into a delicious soup with the addition of  some vegetable stock.

Indian Eggplant, tomato & chickpea Curry
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large eggplant, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp curry
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • handful of cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a large pot, fry the cumin seeds in the olive oil over low heat while stirring for 1 min.
2. Increase the heat, add the eggplant & onion, and let cook for about 8-10 minutes just until it begins to soften.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
4. Add the tumeric, curry, salt and stir the mixture.
5.  Let simmer for 8 minutes.
6. Stir in the cilantro or parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Eggplant tomato & chickpea curry

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