We love cooking at Zawada Health. Some of our favourites by our Naturopathic Doctors are below!
Dr.Carol's School-Safe Seed Balls
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until crumbly and a bit sticky. Can add a dash of vanilla and/or a dash of coconut milk to soften if necessary.
Roll into inch balls and freeze for a couple of hours!
Cherry Coconut Walnut Bars
I love storing these in the freezer and taking out to eat as an afternoon snack. The dried tart cherries infuse a bit of sweet without adding sugar!
2 cups raw walnut pieces
1 cup raw white sesame seeds
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
4 Tbsp. raw coconut butter
3 Tbsp. agave nectar or dark honey (optional)
Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper.
Spread walnut pieces on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, shaking pan frequently, until
walnuts just start to turn golden brown and smell slightly fragrant, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside in a bowl, and let stand until cool to the touch.
Repeat process with sesame seeds, toasting about 10 minutes and watching carefully so seeds do not burn. Remove from oven and let stand until cool to the touch. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Place walnuts and cherries in a food processor or blender. Process until nuts and fruit come together, coarsely chopped, to form a sticky ball.
Add nut and fruit and mixture to sesame seeds. Add salt, coconut butter, and honey (if using) and mix, using hands, until well combined. The mixture should easily stay together when squeezed.
Press into prepared baking pan, forming a layer approximately 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate until cool, about 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
Bernadette's Naturopathic Refreshing Soup
A wonderful soup to start the day!
1 cup cucumber chopped
1 cup sunflower sprouts
1 cup pea shoots
1 cup celery chopped
1/2 cup white onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped or minced
3 cups of coconut water or more depending on the size of the blender 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
Juice of one lemon
Herbamare spice to taste
Put 1/2 avocado and the rest of the ingredients into a Vitamix, Blentec or other Blender and blend on High for 30 sec.
Pour mixture into a large bowl. Chop the other 1/2 avocado into little bites and mix into the soup with a spoon.
Shred some carrots on top or garnish with green fresh herb.
You may also mix in some kelp noodles for more texture and bulk.
Optional: you may blend in some other vegetables such as: red pepper or broccoli or cauliflower, etc and create different varieties of this delicious soup.
For more spicy version: add a few chilly flakes and a thumb size ginger root.
For more texture and bulk: mix in some kelp noodles.
Dr. Carol's Healthy Kitchen on You Tube also has several baby food recipes like pear puree, baby quinoa, and lentil stew! Look for Dr. Carol's second cookbook (Baby Food Introduction) and her third cookbook (Delicious Detox sequel) coming soon.