Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gluten Freedom: October 2009

My name is Annie Nelson and I have been a patron of Mana Foods for about 24 years. I travel a great deal, and because I have Celiac Disease ( which I will go into in a moment ), I have had the good fortune to discover just about every health food store in the US, plus much of the rest of the world. I can honestly say, without reservation that Mana is Da Best!

Last Of The Summer

So okay, for those of us blessed enough to live on lovely Maui there is no end to perpetual blissy (is that a word?) summer. If it was the end of summer, this is the menu I would prepare:

- Vegan Pesto Pasta
- Everything Yummy Salad
- Kinnickinick Garlic Toast
- Almond Bliss

Vegan Pesto
Serves 4-6
2 cups organic basil
3-4 Cloves Organic Garlic
1 ½ C. Olive Oil
¼ C. Organic Earth balance Buttery Spread
½ C. Nutritional Yeast

In a Blender, Food Processor, Vita Mix, or Magic Bullet add ingredients and blend until smooth.

1 Pk. Tinkyada Spinach Spaghetti Style pasta (fusili works too)
Make as usual & do not overcook

After pasta is prepared and pesto is blended (you can make it ahead and it tastes better if it sits and marinates together), add a small amount of pesto to the pasta bowl you want to serve the pasta in, add the spaghetti on top of that, then add the rest of the pesto…it’s that simple!

Everything Yummy Salad

Find the finest freshest, most local salad greens you can find in your friendly Mana produce department for this salad!!!

Freshest, yummiest Salad Greens (to portion for number of guests/diners)
Ripe Avocado (sliced)
Red Onion (sliced thin & halved)
Olive Oil
Fresh Juice of 1 Lemon
Himalayan Sea Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper

Kinnikinnick Garlic Toast

Pre-Heat Oven to Broil

1 Package Kinnikinnick English Muffins
1 C. Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic
¼ C. Organic Earth balance Buttery Spread
I Tblsp. Himalayan Sea Salt (if you are a salt junkie like me-otherwise cut it to ½)

Blend Olive oil, Garlic, Butter & Sea Salt in your favorite blender until smooth.

Slice English Muffins in half, and place on covered cookie sheet. Spread olive oil mixture on top of each until coated and soaked. Place cookie sheet in oven and watch carefully!!!! Bread should come out toasty and not burnt

Almond Bliss

Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss DARK CHOCOLATE Ice Cream
Organic (Crunchy) Almond Butter
Sea Salt

Place Ice Cream in individual bowls
Top with warmed Almond Butter
Sprinkle with Sea Salt (very important!!!)

Aloha & Peace,

Annie Nelson

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