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Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health

By Kelly Marsh - February 2012.

A raw food diet or a plant- based diet is a chemically unchanged version of food. Foodstuffs like fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, nut milk, dehydrated milk, fresh juices and seaweeds come under this category. They give the necessary nutrients to the body and play a vital role in good health wellness. These healthy food supplements nourish our body with essential nutrients and minerals.

How are plant based recipes helpful for peak health?

The raw food diet is one factor that can help us build a healthy body. This process helps in losing weight, which is considered very useful for our physical condition. On the whole, the most important role played by plant based recipes and raw food diet is that they provide us with the complete dietetic intake which is very essential for a healthy human body. So focusing on an environmentally friendly diet, reduces stress to a great extent, enhances health and gives all the necessary ingredients to live a healthy life.

Where does a peak health recipe come from?

A peak health recipe comes from nutrient-rich, plant-based foods which acts both as the best form of practical health cover and ecological endurance. These foods also make use of the power provided by the super- foods like hemp, Chia, Chlorella, and Maca which fight common allergens found in products like wheat, yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, and corn. These products help to get the right energy needed for our sustenance, psychological sharpness and bodily power.

These long tested recipes are nutritionally valuable foods and leave less of carbon imprint, thus making a positive environmental impact. Many of the peak health recipes contain a broad assortment of ingredients unlike the conventional recipes. The results of some are quite different and exotic. Some of the recipes are spicy cocoa-hazelnut, stuffed mushrooms, pizzas, salads, coleslaw, and peach tart.

Few Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health

1. Cool coconut orange squares:

A very simple recipe made of grated orange rind, orange juice, flaked coconut, butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. The recipe is simple and can be made at home in around 20-30 minutes. The dish is packed with good nutrients which are very essential for the body.

Preparation

Coconut orange squares are easy to make and you can prepare it with these following tips.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter or ½ cup margarine
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon cocoa

    Method

    To make Coconut orange squares, follow these simple steps

    Step 1:

    Take cream butter in a large mixing bowl and add sugar gradually and beat well.

    Step 2:

    Add eggs, orange rind and juice and 2 cups of coconut and then stir properly.

    Step 3:

    Compound flour with baking powder and salt and stir into creamed mixture. Then, spread batter evenly in a greased and floured 13x9x2 inch baking pan and sprinkle with remaining coconut.

    Step 4:

    Bake at 350 degree Celsius for 25-30 minutes and cool in a pan. Further, cut into 2 inch squares and searve.

    2. Summertime chef salad:

    This recipe can be made a simple, fresh and tangy a summertime staple. This salad is filled with crisp greens, vegetables, hard boiled eggs, ham and cheese.

    Ingredients

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Cherry Tomatoes pieced in half (best if you get garden fresh)
  • Diced Cucumber
  • Sliced Celery
  • Sliced Carrot
  • Croutons
  • Diced Cooked Ham
  • Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • Chick Peas
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Salad dressing of your choice

    Serve in layered with a plate of toasty garlic bread.

    3. Pumpkin Gnocchi:

    An easy recipe is made with pumpkin. This recipe is rich in vitamins and tastes great. Pumpkin is a health food which has large amounts of fiber and potassium content.

    The easiest way to make pumpkin gnocchi with browned butter and crispy sage is below given.

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkins puree (Avoid using pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Approximately 1 1/2 cup flour, you may need more for work surface
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sage leaves
  • Take grated parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top
  • And for final touch keep sea salt

    Method

    Step 1:

    Boil water in a large pot. Take a medium sized bowl and combine pumpkin with egg, salt and nutmeg. Further, take flour in small quantity and keep adding till it stirs well and continue adding till the dough is firm sticky and enough to handle.

    Step 2:

    Now, pinch off the quarter of the dough with floured hands. Make approx 1-inch thick rope by rolling between palms on the floured work surface. Again, cut the rope in to 1-inch pieces.

    Step 3:

    Further, drop the gnocchi in the boiling water and cook until it comes on the surface. In the mean time, you can melt the butter in a saucepan. In addition, add sage leaves and cook the swirling till the butter turns browns and then remove the pan from heat.

    Step 4:

    Now, use paper towel to drain the gnocchi and add it to the brown butter and toss smoothly. You can also add parmesan and sea salt as per your taste.

    4. Italian garden stir fry:

    A tasty Italian recipe made from fresh garden vegetables sautéed in extra virgin olive oil and tossed together with stir fried chicken breasts, garden fresh olives, green peppers and whole pecans. This recipe is wholesome food in itself.

    Preparation

    You need a series of ingredients as given below for a tasty Italian garden stir fry.

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tb hoisin sauce
  • 2 tb lime juice
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound water-packed seitan, preferably chicken-style, drained, patted dry and broken into bite- size pieces
  • 4 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
  • 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, (optional)

    Method

    Step 1:

    Take Whisk sherry, water, sugar (brown), lime juice, hoisin, cornstarch and salt and put all these in a small bowl.

    Step 2:

    Take 1 tbs oil in a nonstick skillet and heat it on medium flame. Further, add seitan and cook till it turns crispy. Do not forget to stirring it on intervals.

    Step 3:

    Now, take 1 tbs oil, remaining peanuts and ginger. Cook it until it get fragrant. In addition, add carrots and bell peppers and cook it by stirring in constant time intervals.

    Step 4:

    In last, take the sauce and add it to the pan and stir to coat. Lower the flame to medium and cover and cook the vegetables get crisp-tender and the sauce is thickened. It may take approx 3-4 minutes. If you are using cilantro, then stir using it.

    These tasty, practical and easy to make recipes have exceptional nutritional values and is packed with nutrients which are helpful to the body. So to get consistent energy levels, plant-based health foods are surely the way to go. Research has proved that a raw food lifestyle demonstrates very positive changes in the body.


    About the author: Kelly Marsh is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of food. Recently an article on biomass energy attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on oral herpes.

    Note: For more plant based recipes and vegan cooking / lifestyle tips check out the blog Beautiful Vegan and the recipe ebook Conscious Evolution.



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