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my plans for Part 2 classes, and another recipe

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Feb 27, 2011

Poor pregnant Desiree and Shaunie asked me to tone down the number of recipes we taste-test/demo, for Part 2, and I struggled with that for hours planning the class this weekend, because I want to do more, more, more…..

It’s still more ambitious than the Part 1 classes. Here’s what I have planned for Sandy this Friday night, Orem next Tues. night, and Riverdale next Thurs.:

Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie

Sprouted Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes with Raw Applesauce

Flax-Veggie Crackers (with homemade hummus)

Green Olive-Lentil Spaghetti and Raw Sauerkraut (that I made 2 years ago)

Chocolate Beet Cake (and maybe some Halva candy)

I’ll pass out the recipes at the class this time–I didn’t know how many participants in the class wouldn’t have 12 Steps.

And here’s a recipe from Tues. night (use the Tangy Dill Dressing recipe I’ll post tomorrow). The whole-grain pasta helps this salad be a complete, filling meal in itself. It’s a recipe I adapted to be more healthful, from my favorite dish at Macaroni Grill that is no longer on the menu:

Spinach Orzo Ensalata

1 cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo pasta (boil it approx. 6-7 mins and rinse well)

10+ cups spinach (about 2 10-oz. bags), chopped

1 pkg. fresh basil, cut into ribbons

2 tomatoes, diced small

1 can black olives, sliced

2 oz. capers (half a 4-oz. jar), drained

1/2 cup raw pine nuts (optional: toasted)

optional: shaved/grated Parmesan to taste

Toss all ingredients except optional Parmesan. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top each plate with shaved Parmesan and serve.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting! I was in your Friday class – but am new to your website and your 12 step program. Have you written anything for about gaining muscle. My husband is really quite healthy, loves raw veggies and fruit, quinoa and whole grain pasta, and stays away from refined flours and sweets. But he dreams of getting big – so he packs in the protein – powder drinks, egg whites (usually 5 at a time), and chicken. Are there any ‘green’ alternatives to get the protein? (we do beans and nuts) And does he really need the amount of protein he thinks he needs? Any books, articles, blogs you suggest? THANK YOU!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Julie, if he’s going to artificially ramp his protein intake, I do recommend the SunWarrior protein powder, which is raw, live, vegan, sprouted. We have it in our store.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn. I have your 12 step program and love the Hot PInk Smoothie. The only problem I have, is what do you do with the coconut meat that is left after you use the water for the smoothie? I have cleaned them out and frozen it but don’t know what to use it for. Also, what is a good way to clean it out of the coconut? I cut the hole large enough so I can get a spoon down in there but figure there must be an easier way.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Arliss, look in Ch. 11 of 12 Steps for yummy ways to use that coconut meat!

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