Chef Ellen

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BUCKWHEAT BAGELS

It is rewarding to finally come up with a bagel recipe that is chewy, vegan, and gluten-free. This recipe calls for lots of blueberries and pumpkin seeds. The wild blueberries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that aid in building strong immune systems. Pumpkin seeds contain a considerable amount of vitamins E and B complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3s. They are also an excellent source of tryptophan, which is critical for a good night’s sleep. I highly recommend using your hands to knead this mixture well. It is not your typical gluten filled recipe. It may look dry when you are mixing it; it should resemble a thick cookie dough–type of mixture.

CHIA PUDDING

Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of omega-3s available, and they deliver massive amounts of nutrients—fiber, protein, calcium, and magnesium—with very few calories. The phytoestrogens in flax seed help reduce the frequency of hot flashes. Hempseeds may also help regulate hormonal imbalances and the inflammation associated with menopause. Embrace this superfood. This type of meal or snack is great on the go because it can be assembled and transported in a mason jar for convenience. Just remember that it needs to set overnight!

RAW PAD THAI NOODLE SALAD

This is such a yummy salad that you can build up in so many ways after the Reset phase. You can also find prepackaged fresh or frozen spiralized vegetables in most supermarkets for a quicker version.

Buckwheat Ramen Noodle & Bok Choy Salad

This dish is a favorite in my family. We cannot get enough of this, especially in warmer weather. Bok choy contains many essential minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Snap peas are low in calories but pack a punch with fiber, vitamins C and K, and folate. The ramen buckwheat is a delicious alternative to regular pasta and is linked to cancer prevention and better regulation of blood sugar and inflammatory responses.

Black Lentil Minestrone

Black lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, and zinc. They are the most nutritious member of the lentil family and hold up well in soups. Most times when I make soup, I freeze an extra quart. There have been many occasions when those forgotten soups were lifesavers, such as on a hectic evening or when a friend was sick or in need of a meal. Then there are the moments when I have taken two different soups from the freezer and put them together for a surprisingly fabulous meal.

BUTTERNUT, FENNEL, AND PEAR SOUP

This is one of the most delicious, nutritious, and satisfying soups in my collection. Coconut milk finishes this soup, making it dairy-free, velvety, and decadent. This soup provides an abundance of health benefits such as immune support and gut healing prebiotic goodness.

BUCKWHEAT AND ROASTED VEGETABLE TABBOULEH SALAD

Whole grain buckwheat is a good source of fiber and protein and includes all essential amino acids. Amino acids help build muscle and regulate immune function and our precious hormones. The hulled buckwheat is like barley, with a similar nutty and hearty flavor, but it’s void of gluten for those with sensitivities. Hulled buckwheat is also a great addition to a soup, stew, or porridge type dish. I love this salad at room temperature because I find the flavors really pop when they are not as cold. If you are having this for dinner during the Reset phase, add a couple of olives or diced avocado for a balanced dinner option. Extras make a great lunch the next day.

YUZU PEA PUREE

I am in love with this puree. Yuzu is a citrus fruit juice that is slightly tart yet sweet, fresh, and light. I typically order bottles of this specialty juice online, but I’ve included a substitution if it’s not available. You can call it a hummus, sauce, or the dash of color your plate needs. Either way, these flavors pair with almost anything: protein, raw or roasted vegetables, rice crackers, or Baked Potato Fries or Chips. If you want to be extra fancy, you can create a sexy smooth sauce by pressing the puree through a mesh colander. This is optional and might require extra broth.

GOLDEN BEET GAZPACHO

This is a vibrant, delicious way to enjoy golden beets. Golden beets are slightly sweeter than red beets, but both are powerhouses of essential minerals and vitamins. Beets boost whole body detoxification and aid in supporting the immune system.

BAKED GREEN PEA FALAFELS W/ ORANGE TAHINI DIPPING SAUCE

These are not your typical falafels, but by taking the traditional concept and reinventing, these tasty bites are now fitting for the Reset 90/10 program. Green pea falafels are highly nutritious, easy to make and can be frozen once cooked to make mealtime easier. The possibilities are endless as snacks, an appetizer, a collard green wrap, salad topper or dinner with a baked potato.