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Raw marinara on zucchini "noodles" is really delicious.

Marinara: I used a 50/50 ratio of red bell pepper and tomato, some sundried tomato (in oil), a clove of garlic, several leaves of fresh basil. I realize I am not good at recording actual amounts of things; how much tomato? A cup, coarsely chopped? Yeah, maybe.

Noodles: I used a vegetable peeler to slice off pieces of raw zucchini into a fettucine shape.

Topped the noodles with the sauce, and the result was probably the most delicious spaghetti I've had in...well, ever. And it didn't leave me in a starch coma. The sauce had a rich sweet flavor due to the sundried tomato and bell pepper content (not to mention the fresh basil - thanks Mom!). It really didn't require grated cheese.

Maybe I'll soak some walnuts and make a pesto sauce from the rest of my fresh basil.
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since I don't have any chicken, I decided to make a cold-chasing garlic-based soup with whatever I've got in the fridge. I can't wait until it's done!!! garlic and onions are supposed to be anti-microbial. I'll be testing that theory shortly.

1 head of garlic, peeled and crushed
enough olive oil to cook the crushed garlic
2 large yellow onions, diced
3 large stalks of celery, diced
2/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/3 cup fresh chopped dill
a few leaves of fresh chopped basil
2 qts vegetable broth/stock
3 large white potatoes, diced
enough water to fill soup pot
salt to taste

1. cook crushed garlic in olive oil for a few minutes on low heat. add onions and celery, saute until tender.

2. add potatoes, herbs, stock, water and salt. cook until potatoes are tender.

I might add the juice of one lemon at the end; I haven't decided yet. boil, soup, boil! need hot salty liquid to chase away the yuck!
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I came up with this for my mom, who's allergic to 28 foods including garlic and onions (oh, snap!).

Stirfried Carrots, Celery and Mung Sprouts with Tofu

4 medium carrots, quartered and thinly sliced
enough safflower oil to cook vegetables in
4 large stalks of celery, sliced
3-4 cups fresh mung bean sprouts
2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
2-3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
one package extra-firm tofu, drained
steamed millet
Lemon Tahini Sauce (see below)

Cut tofu into cubes, drizzle with soy sauce, sprinkle with lemon juice and ginger and set aside.
Saute carrots in oil at medium-high heat until somewhat tender. Add celery and tofu mixture and cook for a few more minutes. Add sprouts, stir well and cook until all the vegetables are tender-crisp. Serve on millet and drizzle Lemon Tahini Sauce on top.

Lemon Tahini Sauce/dressing

3/4 cup unsalted tahini (sesame butter)
5-8 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup water
1 tsp dried basil
handful fresh minced parsley (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes a thin sauce, perfect as a salad dressing. For a thicker sauce/dip/spread, reduce water and salt. Also kicks ass on felafel.
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Soy-flax berry chocolate smoothie

4oz (1/2 cup) silken tofu
1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened soymilk
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter

Blend until smooth.

Usually I make these smoothies with rice protein instead of tofu and soymilk, but I had some silken tofu to use up...
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Cauliflower curry has been achieved!

And oh my gods, it is DELICIOUS. The perfect balance of spicy, tangy, sweet, nutty and creamy. Completely vegan. The combination of ginger, garlic and cayenne really clears out the nasal passages. I didn't make any rice for it, so I'm eating it like a vegetable stew, with cashews on top.

Recipe for curry )
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Mmmmnomnomnomnom...sauce for peanut sesame noodles that I found on Epicurious.

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger (you can use powdered)
1 medium garlic clove, crushed (you can use powdered)
2 tablespoons red-wine or cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

Mix well. Spoon over noodle and vegetable mix of your choice. Eat.

I cooked a small portion of buckwheat soba noodles, minced some red onion, and tossed all that with the sauce. SUPER YUMMY, dairy-free and gluten-free. Just the carby snack I wanted.

Note to peanut-allergic folks: you can probably substitute the peanut butter with almond butter or sesame tahini. The nutty flavor mostly comes from the toasted sesame oil, I believe. :-D

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