Noor’s Pumpkin Kale Dill Quinoa

After garnish

After garnish

I’ve talked about quinoa numerous times, and always recommend it to clients who are looking for tasty ways to incorporate whole grains into their diet. Quinoa is a wonderful high protein grain and it tastes great with almost anything.

This recipe is so easy to put together once the initial step of baking the pumpkin and cubing it is over. I made this after my little sister came home from a field trip at the apple orchid.  Pumpkin is very high in Vitamin A, and is a nutrient dense food. It carries anti-cancerous properties, potassium, and yes, Vitamin C too. Don’t hesitate; get pumpkin on your plate.

I usually like this dish with parsley, but I was making the pesto full zucchini noodles that day and had a bunch of fresh dill on hand. It gave it an interesting flavorful kick.

Ingredients:

2 cups organic quinoa*

1 tablespoon organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1 cup fresh mushrooms, washed and sliced

3 cups organic frozen kale (or spinach)

1 small fresh pumpkin (pre baked and cubed)

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Unrefined Real Salt

1 teaspoon ground rosemary

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

½ cup fresh dill, washed, dried, and chopped

1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Lemon slices, fresh dill, fresh red peppers

 

Directions:

  1. Sautee the coconut oil, mushrooms, and kale in a deep pot for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add about 5 cups water and the quinoa. Add all the spices and stir with a spoon to mix everything in evenly.
  3. Cover and allow it to cook for about 18 minutes; until the quinoa is tender.
  4. Fold in the fresh dill and mix slightly.
  5. Pour into a serving platter.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices, extra virgin olive oil, and red peppers.
Make sure to cut the pumpkin in big cubes so they don't become mush.

Make sure to cut the pumpkin in big cubes so they don’t become mush.

Noor’s Crust-less Clean Pumpkin Treat

I just love pumpkin, in everything. I make pumpkin cookies, cakes, breads, pies, and well this sort of treat that falls between a fudgy brownie and a pie, without a crust. Pumpkin is very high in Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and fiber. It’s very easy and best of all requires no flour, refined sugar, evaporated milk, or even a crust!  

Ingredients:
16 oz 100% Organic Pure Pumpkin or this Organic Pumpkin Puree I like to use too

2 Organic/pasture-raised eggs

1 medium banana

½ cup raw walnuts, ground* and some chunks

½ cup raw almonds ground or almond meal*

1 tablespoon ground organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder (I only buy aluminum free)

1 teaspoon baking soda

*Use a food processor or a small coffee grinder to grind the nuts. If you dislike the feeling of chunky walnuts in your usual brownies or desserts, grind them completely as you would with the almonds. 

Directions:

STEP 1 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a spring form or 9inch pan.Ground raw walnuts and almonds using your food processor or grinder.

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Raw walnuts and almonds

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Place in the grinder, and make almonds fine as powder. Feel free to completely grind your walnuts as well (I kept big walnut chunks for a crunch).

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Just like that…

STEP 2

Mix all the (dry) last five ingredients (ground nuts and spices) in a large mixing bowl.

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Mix ground walnuts, ground almonds, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.

STEP 3
Stir in pumpkin and eggs.

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1 ingredient: 100% Organic Pumpkin Puree 😉

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Add pumpkin and 2 eggs.

STEP 4
Mash the banana in a separate bowl, add and mix.

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Mash the banana with a fork.

STEP 5
Place in the baking pan for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool and serve. 

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I used a spring-form pan, you can use any kind.

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Baked…

This is what I like about spring-form pans.

This is what I like about spring-form pans.

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Slice and eat.

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Enjoy with a cup of tea! 🙂

Pumpkin Cinnamon Nutty Brownies

In using the initial recipe of making black bean brownies, like I’ve mentioned earlier you can make a few variations. Omitting the nut butter, adding chunky walnuts on top, or even throwing in raspberries for an extra kick would work perfectly well.

One variation includes swapping the black beans for white northern beans, an imitation for the popular “blondie brownies” minus all the junk. I clearly love nut butters, especially walnut and almond butter. You can slather them on your celery or toss them in these white bean brownies. The incredible benefits of nut butters…let’s not go there. But, let me tell you, not all nut butters are created equal. The majority of peanut butters are full of junk like hydrogenated oils, sometimes even added sugar or salt. These nut butters below or pure, raw, and clean. Once I started buying them, I couldn’t stop.

Ingredients:

Swirl of Cinnamon

  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon, ground
  • About 1 tbsp Organic Raw Honey, or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar 

STEP 1

Begin with roasting a fresh pumpkin at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove seeds, peel and place in a bowl. Mash it well with a potato masher or a fork.

Roasting fresh pumpkin

STEP 2

Measure and place all your ingredients out and place them in the food processor. (Make sure the oven is on 350 not 400 degrees now).

Place ingredients in food processor

STEP 3

Pour into a baking pan and top with the sugar replacement and cinnamon mixture. Swirl with a knife.

my white swirl brownies 2

Cinnamon mixture

STEP 4

Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut. Enjoy.

DONE

Oh- yeah.

Oh- yeah.

*Top with a scoop of homemade pumpkin frozen yogurt for an extra kick and a delicious, healthy, and filling dessert.

Topped with my homemade pumpkin frozen yogurt.

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