10 Festive and Nourishing Weekend Recipes

10 Festive and Nourishing Weekend Recipes, thekickingkitchen.com

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We know the weekend often includes dining out, takeout and extra sweet treats. Hey – we’ve been working all week long, and now we just want something easy for dinner! But making home-cooked meals on the weekend can be very enjoyable, fun and create family rituals that you will cherish.

Jazz up your weekend with a couple of these festive (but easy!) recipes that will still nourish your body. Get family and friends involved and create healthy weekend traditions that everyone will love!

  1. Scrambled Eggs and Greens – Integrative Nutrition
  2. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie – Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen
  3. Banana-Pecan Pancakes with Chocolate Coconut Drizzle – Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen
  4. Loaded Nachos with Cashew Cheese – PETA
  5. Quinoa Three Ways (3 recipes here!) – Jill Shah, Jill’s List
  6. Cuban Blackbean Soup – Happy Herbivore Abroad, Lindsay Nixon (on Forks Over Knives)
  7. Fast Pizza – Forks Over Knives
  8. Baked Stuffed Bell Peppers – Integrative Nutrition
  9. No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Balls – Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen
  10. Creamy Banana Cacao Pudding – Chloe Park (Mind Body Green)

Recipe Page


We have added a new Recipe Page to our website: http://thekickingkitchen.com/recipes/! It’s not quite as pretty or complete as we would like, but it’s the beginning of a collection of recipes we love – some from our book, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, some we’ve made that aren’t in the book, and a few from our favorite school, Integrative Nutrition.

If you are looking for an healthy “upgrade” to a favorite recipe, let us know! We just may see what we can whip up and then share it on our Recipe Page. Or, if you have a recipe of your own that uses plant-based whole foods, feel free to email us and we may share it on our page as well (giving you a big shout out, of course)!


10 Natural Cold and Flu-Fighting Tips


If you’re like us, you want to avoid getting the cold, flu or anything in-between as much as cold fighting juicepossible! Especially if you’re dealing with cancer, getting even a minor cold can be absolutely exhausting. And, if you’re in treatment with low blood counts and a compromised immune-system, the fear of catching something is even more prevalent. Then, there are those of us with kids – isn’t if awful when they get sick?! – or working a busy full-time job and we just don’t have time to get sick, do we?

Fortunately, there are many natural ways to help your body fight and heal from disease, from the common cold to cancer. Whether you combine these with conventional medicine practices or not, know that you’ll be helping your body our big time when you implement some of these tips. Getting the right food into your body, getting enough rest, keeping stress at bay and getting fresh air all play a large role in staying well.

Take a look at some of our tips for preventing illness and helping your body to heal from it. These can be done on a regular basis AND when a cold or other illness strikes. Do you have a great natural cold remedy? Please share in the comments below!

  1. Get plenty of rest whenever possible. Lack of sleep breaks down the immune system.
  2. Drink plenty of water to hydrate and flush toxins and unwanted germs out of the body.
  3. Try the teas in our book to hydrate and nourish your body, or create your own! One we love – simmer pieces of ginger root and turmeric root in water for 30 minutes. Pour through a tea filter into your cup and add a teaspoon of honey.
  4. Include plenty of onions, garlic and scallions in your cooking. Studies have shown these foods from the allium family help in fighting colds and cancer.
  5. Drink your juice! Raw juice, that is. Get a dose of nutrients, flush toxins out and help rebuild and balance your blood’s pH balance. Try juicing once daily – first thing in the morning, if you can. No juicer? Try blending veggies and fruit with water at high speed and pouring through a mesh strainer (but we recommend the juicer!).
  6. Try our Cold-Busting Juice – 1 apple, 1/2 large lemon, 2 large kale leaves, 1/2 to 1 inch ginger root. Wash, chop and add to your juicer. Makes 8 to 10 ounces of juice.
  7. Get some astragalus root in capsule form or the root itself, and add it to tea, like the one we mentioned in #4. This herb helps to stimulate the immune system. Find it in health food stores.
  8. Reduce sugar in your diet. It breaks down the immune system.
  9. Eat lots of veggies, especially leafy greens, like kale, spinach and collards.
  10. Get some Vitamin C. You can try taking a supplement, or up your dose of Vitamin C-rich foods. Try these 7 Foods with More Vitamin C than an Orange from the Huffington Post.


3 Fabulously Healthy New Year’s Eve Hors D’oeuvres

Meatless balls

Are you looking for some last-minute New Year’s Eve party food ideas?

If you’re hosting a soiree this New Year’s Eve or attending one, you may be in need of one or several dishes to share. And while it may seem easy to put out some cheese dip and Swedish meatballs, you also may be feeling enough bloat and blah from heavy holiday foods. Why not kick the holiday health factor up a notch (or three!) with one of our delicious, health-promoting recipes below. They are also simple to make, will get rave reviews and won’t leave you feeling like you need someone to roll you home.

Walnut Meat-less Balls

Yield: makes 1 dozen balls

These are flavorful and filling, and completely meat-free (think walnuts!). Enjoy as an appetizer or in your favorite tomato sauce.

1 tablespoon plus 1/4teaspoon olive oil

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

6 button mushrooms, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup walnuts

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons wheat germ

3 tablespoons quick oats

2 teaspoons tamari

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon freshly ground

black pepper

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, mushrooms and garlic for about four minutes, or until soft. Transfer the sautéed onions, mushrooms and garlic to a food processor; add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Form into small balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Bake covered for thirty minutes. Then uncover, flip meatballs and bake for an additional ten minutes uncovered. Let them cool for five to ten minutes before serving.

Spicy Hummus

Dip some veggies, crackers or crusty artisan bread in this hummus and kick up your evening with a little heat!

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup sesame tahini

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon red pepper

1/2  teaspoon salt

1 whole lemon, juiced

In a food processor, puree ingredients until smooth.

(To make a milder version, omit red pepper. If garlic is too intense, less garlic may be used, or else roasted garlic adds a milder, richer flavor.)

Avocado Frites

This is a fun new way to enjoy an avocado or to create a healthier version of French fries.

2 large avocados, ripe but not too soft, pit removed and peeled

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 tablespoon arrowroot

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Place a cooling rack on which to bake the fries on top of a cookie sheet.

Cut the avocado into lengthwise slices. In one bowl, mix the vegetable broth and arrowroot. In another bowl, combine the cornmeal and spices. Dip an avocado slice into the broth mixture, then dredge it in the cornmeal and place it on the baking rack. Repeat with remaining slices.

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the cornmeal turns brown and crisp. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.