Recipe Category Archives: 30 Minutes or Less

Flax Oat Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments

gluten-free banana bread


My newborn gluten-free banana bread just hit a home run!

Perfect for breakfast: minimally and naturally sweetened; it relies on the natural sweetness of the bananas.

I looked around me in my daughter’s kitchen, after the children asked me to make a banana treat. I was intent on making a very high fiber bread that would promote… regularity (a perennial quest, for many of us), even while it tastes fantastic.

My gluten-free banana bread may well be the answer to your lower carb prayers!

My daughter, and indeed, all my children, have a super healthy pantry, just as I do, so finding what I need to make the healthiest treats is no trouble ever.

I just threw all my ingredients in a bowl, mixed, poured, baked and prayed.

It’s the best! It is so nutritious that you can very easily make it a significant part of your meal: a nice slice of my gluten-free banana bread with a smear of butter, cream cheese or nut butter makes a terrific breakfast. And with a big salad or soup, it will make the perfect meal.

Both the oats and the flax give the gluten-free banana bread its hearty flavor and texture. Oat is the dream grain, in every respect. Flax is a nutritional powerhouse, with a mild and unobtrusive flavor, and very inexpensive. And the optional touch of cocoa gives it its deep dark color and added zing.


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Spicy Chipotle Chicken Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments

chipotle chicken

Chipotle Chicken is delicious.

It has a thick and delicious sauce that forms naturally while the dish cooks.

I can make a delicious and dairy-free mock cream sauce in meat dishes by stirring in a good quality plain soy or coconut yogurt!

Yes: Kosher food has moved up in the world, just the way I like it: Natural!

Chipotles are smoked red peppers

They are delightful and easy to find in powdered form, and a great staple in Latin Cooking.

Hot hot hot, so don’t get carried away! The mock cream sauce in this Chipotle Chicken is so delicious you might consider using it even in dairy dishes. The mock cream sauce keeps the chicken breasts delightfully moist.

The dish freezes very well

Make the whole recipe, and freeze the unused portions.

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Black Bean Burritos Recipe. Vegetarian Option

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments

black bean burritos

My black bean burritos are in my Dairy-Free Cookbook.

I whip up my BBB recipe, as I call it, whenever company is coming on short notice. If I don’t have the burritos or corn tortillas on hand, I simply put the filling in a bowl.

Black Bean Burritos are so much fun to eat!

Let everyone dig in, with corn chips and guacamole, vegan yogurt or vegan sour cream, tomato salsa, vegan cheddar etc..

Chocolate, beans and beer! Yum!

A mischievous and wonderfully messy little trio, brought together in these burritos: how can you miss?

Black Bean Burritos are great the vegetarian or vegan way too!

There are so many terrific flavors in the dish, it will never miss the meat! Great to know for those times we must accommodate meatless guests.


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Hamburgers Recipe. Vegetarian and Fish Variations

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments


Hamburgers are a perennial favorite.

You can make your own hamburgers, right at home, in minutes.

Please don’t get impatient:

There is simply no recipe for delicious and healthy hamburgers.

Boom. Boom. Done.

But there sure are lots of good tips for turning out perfect burgers each time.

  • Use lean meat please! You’ll get much more flavor, plus you will have room for toppings and condiments.
  • Make your hamburgers with any meat you like, and get exciting different burgers each time: beef, turkey, lamb I adore lamb burgers), chicken, tuna, salmon. Even Bean Burgers and Veggie Burgers!
  • Rule of Thumb: For every pound of burger mixture, add 1 pouch of Levana Nourishments Garden Vegetable or Levana Nourishments Mushroom Medley
  • I’ll bet you think you can’t get good hamburgers unless you fire a grill! We backyard-less and grill-less city dwellers enjoy delicious hamburgers all the time. Of course if would be great to have the outdoors space and the grill and the fun, but we must work with what we have!
  • Get yourself a good wide nonstick skillet. Forget about the pre-shaped burgers you will find at your butcher’s store, that save you a few seconds but ruin your burgers. Heat your skillet till it’s real good and hot. Shape your burgers nice and thick, absolutely nothing added (one exception: the Sephardi-style spicy meatballs and burgers, which include lots of nice spices and minced herbs, but don’t get any added toppings or condiments), place them in your skillet, and cook them about 2-3 minutes on each side for medium rare, a drop more for medium, but please don’t overcook your burgers or they won’t be good and juicy!
  • Get yourself a good quality whole grain hamburger buns. Gluten-free buns are  available too, in health food stores. Toast them if you like.
  • Now play with your toppings, anything you like: Ketchup, bottled hot sauce, thinly sliced onions, fried onions, cocktail sauce, sliced pastrami, grilled portobello, sliced tomatoes, good pickles, lettuce leaves. Hey can I interest you in Chipotle sauce? Nothing to it! Mix in a food processor: 2 canned chipotle peppers, with 2 tablespoons of the liquid, 1/2 cup ketchup, 4 large cloves garlic, 6 sprigs cilantro, Salt to taste.


  • Open wide: you are in for a treat!

  • Burgers Sans Bun: Hey what’s wrong with that?
  • We grew up eating burgers all the time, but not in a bun. Just them burgers with lots of chopped salad. Delicious! Lower Cal Lower Carbs! “Affordable”!
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Meatloaf Recipe. Asian Variation

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments


Meatloaf is the easiest and tastiest dinner ever!

All aboard in a mixing bowl, mix, bake and enjoy!

My meatloaf is extended by vegetables and whole grain

You end up with a leaner and lighter high fiber meat loaf.

Did you notice that children love meatloaf?

If you decide to use ground turkey, try your best for dark turkey, go a little heavier on the seasonings, and add 2 tablespoons paprika for color.

It will also be delicious served cold in sandwiches or salads.

It will freeze very well, so you will be happy to enjoy it in several ways. A sandwich with dijon and crisp lettuce, and some kimchee, that’s one of my favorite lunches

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