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5 Minute Recipes

5-Minute Mock “Baked” Apple

When you're in the mood for a quick warm treat but don't have the time to bake, consider this warm and spicy mock baked apple. I'ts very low in sugars and total calories, but high in flavor! We don't  like microwaves and avoid them whenever possible, but once-in-while use in a pinch is not a big deal.

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Asian Carrot Ginger Dressing

This fresh, oil-free dressing comes very close to the sweet, pungent ginger dressing you find on many green salads in Asian restaurants. Try it over Asian greens like thinly sliced Nappa cabbage or baby bok choy with mung bean sprouts and daikon radish.

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Autumn Harvest Smoothie

Looking for ways to get more of the anti-oxidant-loaded seasonal produce into your diet? Try this harvest smoothie for a tasty and digestible raw fruit-and-veggie blast.

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Baked Sweet Potato Hummus

This delightful, lightly sweet hummus makes a perfect satisfying, high-fiber fall snack with crunchy crudites or seasonal fruit slices. It is made without oils for lowest-cal, but tastes great with a splash of extra virgin olive, so feel free to drizzle if you're looking for some clean fats. The flavor with black beans is delightful, but the color isn't, so choose your bean base accordingly :)

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Cherry-Berry-Pom Cocktail (or Mocktail)

Choose this light, fresh and antioxidant-rich cocktail as a healthier alcoholic option for your holiday celebration. The distinctive juniper notes of good gin work really well with the sweet tang of the berries and cherries, but the drink is just as delicious served alcohol-free, if desired. Look for the notes following to make it a mocktail.

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Clean Green Pudding Bowl

This amazing and versatile "pudding" makes an excellent snack, breakfast or main-meal starter. It is mostly veg with a little fruit and almond milk. You can change up the flavors by changing the ingredients and toppings. This dish is a pleasing and gentle way to add a little green to your day.

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Coffee-Free Power Latte – 3 Ways

So the weather’s just starting to cool off and, in my neighborhood anyway, the sniffles have already begun. The fall/winter seasonal transitions can bring on allergy issues, colds and pesky new bugs. Though I’m not a coffee drinker, I love the ritual of a hot am cuppa when the weather is chilly. And we have so many specialty power-foods available to us now that “coffee hour” can become an opportunity to inject a pleasurable shot of preventive nutrition or an energy pick-me-up that won’t pull-ya-down a few hours later :)

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Crabacado

Using avocado in place of a flabby sandwich roll with crab salad not only tastes better, but it also amps up the fiber and great fats.

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Creamy All-Purpose Dressing

This amazing dressing is thick and rich and adds a satisfying density to all sorts of salads. Toss with a crisp, hearty lettuce, lots of raw salad veggies and a lean protein (chopped boiled eggs, shredded chicken, cubed ham all taste great) and you’ve got an almost-instant fresh, delicious meal.

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Creamy Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie

When you were a kid did your mom ever let you lick the beaters when she was making a cake? Heaven! This smoothie captures all that tasty goodness but with none of the sugar issues.

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