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Rice Salad Recipe: Mango, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro

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This rice salad recipe is inspired by a dish served at the Genesis retreat in Ek Balam, Mexico.  It’s spa-healthy yet satisfying enough for hearty eaters. Serve it with sliced avocados with lime.

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Rice Salad Recipe: Mango, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro

Makes six servings

1 cup quick-cooking brown rice (about 2 cups prepared) 15 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 fresh mango, cut into 1/2-inch chunks, or use 1 ½ cups frozen 1/4 sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, finely diced (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup scallions or chives, green parts only, finely chopped 1 lime, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) 1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste Cook the rice according to the package directions and when cooked, remove it from the heat. DO THIS IN ADVANCE IF YOU CAN SO IT’S COOL (If you want to serve...

New video: Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Peppers

Our daughter Celia, who is a vegetarian, raves about the grilled portobello mushroom burgers that her friend Claire’s dad, Greg Ivers, makes for her when they grill burgers at Claire’s house.  I encouraged Celia to make her own version so we could enjoy them at home, too.  These burgers are so flavorful and juicy and are ideal for vegetarians when you are grilling burgers—but even the meat eaters will love them.  Check out Aviva's video demonstrating how easy it is to prepare these delicious burgers. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube Channel for weekly cooking videos with Aviva Goldfarb:Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Peppers

Makes four servings

1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed) 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, or use a combination of dried basil and oregano 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, (4 – 6 cloves) 1/4 tsp. black pepper 4...

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave AND a Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Basil, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the MicrowaveThe hardest, most terrifying thing about making spaghetti squash is trying to cut it when it’s uncooked! I was terrified of chopping off a finger so I found a solution. The key to how to cook spaghetti squash is to poke some holes in it with a skewer or knife, cook the squash whole in the microwave, let it cool, and then cut it in half and scrape out the seeds. Use a fork to scrape the strands into a bowl to top with your favorite sauce or just use butter, herbs and Parmesan cheese to season it. You can even clean and rinse the spaghetti squash seeds just like you do with pumpkin seeds! (See our tip below.) I haven’t had an easy relationship with spaghetti squash. My mom used to make it for us when I was young, and I was fascinated by the yellow squash that she would transform with a fork into golden pasta-like strands, and it certainly is much lighter and healthier than wheat-based spaghetti. However, every time I tried...

How to Make Sweet Potato Toast in Toaster or Oven

Sweet Potato Toast (See below for Sweet Potato Toast recipe and topping ideas.) For most of my life I have suffered from frequent migraines, often as many as 10 - 15 a month. This is a condition known as chronic migraines, and often people like me who have it usually try numerous medicines, alternative health regimens and procedures, but sometimes we just get used to living with the pain of bad headaches a lot of the time. For me, my migraines are sometimes lie-in-bed-with-the-lights-off-and-cry-bad but usually they are a painful nuisance and I try to ignore them and go about my business if the meds aren't working. My mode iss never to NOT do anything because of a migraine because then I would miss 1/3 of my life. I have given presentations in front of 100 people and cooked on national TV with a migraine. Over the years, people have suggested LOTS of things to try to get rid of migraines and I have tried many of them, from acupuncture, to meditation, to getting 31 shots...
  Mar 1, 2017  cooking tips, side dish, vegetarian

How to Cut a Mango to make Mango Salsa (plus baked tortilla chips!)

Mango salsa is so flavorful and colorful. We love it with tortilla chips or on top of salmon, chicken or steak, like Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic Citrus Marinade. Watch the video:Watch the video:We eat so many mangos that we actually have a mango cutting tool from OXO that works really well. I like it because it gets so much of the fruit off of the pit with one slice. Of course you can also cut a mango using a simple serrated knife and a spoon. Watch the video: Serve the fresh mango salsa with crispy baked tortilla chips or with chicken, fish, or this Grilled Nicaraguan Flank Steak.Mango Salsa1 ripe mango, diced (about 1 cup) ¼ - 1/2 sweet yellow onion, finally diced (1/2 cup) 1/2 - 1 jalapeno, finely diced (with or without seeds, depending on your tolerance for spice) (about 2 Tbsp.) 1/2 lime, juice only (about 2 Tbsp.) 1/4 tsp. salt Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive serving bowl and refrigerate it until ready to serve (up to 24...
  Feb 15, 2017  health food, no-sugar added, vegetarian 1

How to make Cauliflower Rice or Couscous (with or without food processor)

Cauliflower rice is a big rage among people who want to eat healthier, include more vegetables in their diet, or are following a Paleo, low carb, Whole 30 or other grain free diet. Cauliflower rice, which is simply cauliflower grated into rice size “grains”, is low in carbohydrates, low in calories (about 1/10 of the calories of brown rice), high in fiber, and versatile and easy to make and use. Although it’s not indistinguishable from rice, it is a pretty darn good and extremely healthy substitute for white or brown rice. Sauté it, make fried rice, or top it with a flavorful sauce In this video Aviva Goldfarb shows you how to make cauliflower rice or cauliflower couscous by hand using a box grater, or using a food processor.You can buy cauliflower rice fresh or frozen but it usually tastes better when you make your own. One 1 lb. head of cauliflower yields 4 – 6 cups of “rice”. You can steam it in the microwave and use it like you would...

Easy Black Bean and Corn Soup (Just 4 ingredients!)

Black Bean and Corn Soup is a super easy, flavorful and incredibly healthy recipe that kids and adults love. Just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make it from start to finish! Watch the video (and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!)Soup-er Easy Black Bean and Corn SoupPrep + Cook Time: 10 minutes Make six 1 1/3 cup servings 45 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup salsa 1/2 tsp. cumin, or more to taste 14 oz. canned corn kernels, drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels Optional toppings: sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded Cheddar cheese, hot pepper sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips In a medium stockpot over medium heat, combine 2 cans (3 cups) of the beans, the salsa, cumin, and 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil (cover it for faster boiling). While it is heating, use an immersion blender (also called stick or hand blender) to puree the mixture right in the pot, so it is still a...

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the Skillet

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the SkilletI would love to show you how to make my family’s favorite crispy browned tofu in the skillet (my husband Andrew deems it BTE, or Best Tofu Ever!) to use in all your favorite Asian stir-fries or as a vegetarian substitute for chicken or beef in recipes or toss it in salads. We also like to dip it into the  Korean sesame-soy sauce dipping sauce below.Watch the video:Crispy Tofu in the Skillet16 oz. extra firm tofu in water 2 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or peanut oil Drain the tofu, cut it into 1-inch cubes, and wrap it in a clean dishcloth for as long as possible (up to 12 hours), but at least 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu in a single layer and brown it, turning occasionally, for 10 - 15 minutes until it is golden brown. Using a spatula, transfer the tofu to a plate and set it aside. Korean Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce for Crispy Golden...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie RecipeI'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)

When I was 10 years old, I used to bake granola and sell it door-to-door to raise money for the Leukemia Society. Since then, I got into the habit of buying granola to sprinkle on my morning yogurt. I don’t know why, since it’s so easy to make at home.  Recently, friend Allison Soffer gave me some of her delicious homemade granola and it inspired me to get back to my granola roots. My 18 year-old son, Solomon, and I collaborated on this granola recipe. It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet.

Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High...