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Grain-Free Banana Coconut Cookies

If you avoid grains but still get a hankering for cookies, then get ready for your life to change. With no added sugar they’re pretty guiltless, too!
We took some liberties with adding peanut butter and chocolate to these cookies, but the banana and coconut base cookie can be used with whatever you dream up. Share whatever delicious varieties you come up with by tagging #lassens on social media and commenting on this post!

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Grain-Free Banana Coconut Cookies
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Instructions
Toppings
  1. After cooling for about 5 minutes, apply a dollop of peanut butter to the top of each cookie. Place in the freezer. While the cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate.
  2. Dip the bottom of each cookie in chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper. If desired, drizzle any leftover chocolate over the top of the cookies. Once the chocolate has solidified these cookies are ready to eat! The cookies last in a sealed container for a few days... if they make it that long.
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Build a Salad Worth Eating!

Build a Salad Worth Eating!

Written by Denae

There are a lot of ways to make a kickin’ salad. Leftovers can be a salad go-to if you want to make sure they don’t go to waste. I’ve used baked chicken, fajita veggies, and fruit on it’s last leg to make sure I’m not throwing away food. Don’t be scared of a few bruises, my husband always says, “The uglier the fruit, the more delicious it’ll taste.”

Below I’m whipped up a lovely infographic to help you whip up a legit salad. A filling dinner doesn’t always have to take a long time to prepare.  

Love, 
Lassens

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Written by Denae

Warm, fall-infused, comforting, vegan, and grain-free. These all make the perfect combination for a delicious apple crisp.

My favorite apples for apple crisp are the classic tart Granny Smith, and the juicy sweet Honeycrisp. Since they are both firm and crisp apples, they don’t become mush when they’re baked. 

The topping is another vital part. Since trying to stay away from grains, I’ve had to experiment with toppings while I make recipes. Originally I started with purely nuts, then threw in coconut, then I found quinoa flakes from Ancient Harvest. These flakes have changed how I make meatballs, crumbles, oatmeal, the list goes on. 

Enjoy this warm and sweet dessert,

Lassens

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Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel and slice apples in lengthwise pieces.
  3. Combine the remaining filling ingredient in a bowl. Add the apples and mix together. Add to an 8x8 or 9x13 dish (depending how thick you want the dessert).
  4. After combining all the topping ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes; or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork and the topping is golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Can be served alone, with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Vegan Zucchini Lasagna

A True Labor of Love

…and there’s so much love!

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Most of the good things in life are at least a little labor intensive.
Building a house, painting a mural, planting a garden…
but the outcome is always oh, so nice and oh, so worth it.
As Stephanie, our Lassen’s Ventura Sample Captain confessed, such was the case with this recipe for Vegan Zucchini Lasagna. It’s just a lot of chopping and dicing, which can all be done ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free! Oh yeah, and the taste is fantastic!

You’ll Need:

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  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 Tb oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 8 zucchini squashes (cut into thin strips)
  • 3 tsp thyme
  • 1 bunch black kale
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 lemons (juiced – save peels for zesting)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce (25 oz)
  • 4Tb extra virgin olive oil
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Cucina Antica Garlic Marinara is now sale this month (May, 2013)!
 
Instructions:
Preheat Oven to 450
Dice eggplant, red onions, bell peppers and garlic. Place in a saucepan on medium heat with zest from lemon, olive oil, thyme and oregano. Stir constantly for 10 minutes or until eggplant is tender. Add kale and lemon juice and simmer for another 2 minutes. 
Set Kale mix aside in a bowl.
 
On medium heat simmer zucchini strips for 8 minutes – flip regularly. Place 1 layer of zucchini strips on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. With a spoon, evenly spread half of the kale mixture over the zucchini strips, covering it completely. Pour 1 cup marinara sauce evenly over the top of the kale mixture.Top with another layer of zucchini strips followed by the kale mixture and then one more zucchini layer. Pour the rest of the marinara evenly over the final zucchini layer. Sprinkle the top with Nutritional yeast and walnuts.
Bake for 30 minutes.
 
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love,
 
Lassen’s
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Documentary Review–Forks Over Knives

Look at all of those gorgeous fruits and vegetables!

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Just in time for Spring and lots of gorgeous produce, I watched the documentary, “Forks Over Knives.”
 

 

This was a compelling and convincing argument for changing our diet–especially the highly processed animal-based diet of the average American–to a whole-food, plant-based diet.  
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Of course the documentary begins with all of the scary statistics about the American diet–the change in the last 60 years that has brought a health crisis with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and obesity.  This doesn’t even begin to mention the billions of dollars spent on drugs, drugs, and more drugs.

When this film was made, the healthcare cost in America was $2.2 trillion, and yet Americans are sicker than ever, and the rate of chronic diseases is ever increasing.

So, the question is posed, “What is the solution?”  “Not another pill.”

 

The film centered on the life-long research and experience of Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  They both have spent their professional lives making connections between food and health. 

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”  (Hippocrates)

 
 

Several other doctors were involved in the film, as well as patients whose lives had been changed.  One of those who changed their diets completely was Lee Fulkerson.  The film followed his journey as he learned of this movement.  He went to see Dr. Matthew Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde, a husband/wife team. 

 

 

Yikes!

Lee was shocked to see how unhealthy his bloodwork numbers were, especially since he had considered himself generally healthy.  He had an alarmingly high risk factor number for heart disease.
 
 

 

Lee took this very seriously and changed his diet completely to eat only whole-food, plant-based foods.

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Lee was taken step-by step, from shopping to preparing to eating a whole-food plant-based diet.  Within a few months, his health was vastly improved, and not just by the numbers, but by how he felt.  The documentary also followed several others who have changed their lives and found incredible health benefits.  There was even one woman who was told that she should just go home and prepare to die because of her heart disease.  Instead, she met Dr. Esselstyn and changed the way she ate.  The film was made twenty years after that diagnosis, and she looks younger than she did when she was told to go home and get ready for her demise.

If you’d like to read more, and watch the trailer or the entire film, go to their official website.  They also have recipes and more help to make the switch.

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I know we feel better when we eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on the animal products.  In the coming weeks we will feature recipes and tips to eat better, as well as featured produce.  We have some really beautiful produce at Lassen’s, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as how affordable it is!

Love,

Lassen’s

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Raw & Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

A decadent dessert that’s good for you? Whaaaa…?

Our Sample Captain Stephanie strikes again!
We’ve come to expect nothing but the best from this gal!
 
And with the spring season so close at hand, this creation couldn’t have happened soon enough!
Lo and behold… 

Raw & Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

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 You’ll Need:
Crust
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup organic dates
  • pinch of Himalayan pink salt
 
Filling (the pink layer)
2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight in water)
4 tsp raw agave
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
3 lemons (juiced)
1 1/2 cup packed sliced strawberries
 
Topping

1 cup cashews (soaked overnight in water)
1/4 cup water
2 Tbs raw agave
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic coconut oil

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Instructions: 
  • Soak cranberries & cashews (separately) for 30 minutes (until cashews are soft) and drain.
  • Place all ingredients for crust in processor or blender -blend well.
  • Place in separate bowl and refrigerate.
  • Repeat process for filling and topping (rinse and towel dry food processor in between blendings).
  • Line crust evenly into a pie pan, pressing down edges to make a flat surface.
  • Pour filling over crust (repeat smoothing process) followed by topping.
  • Put in freezer until hard and serve.
  • For extra flavor and presentation, top with thinly sliced strawberries and fresh mint!
 

Thanks Stephanie, you mad woman you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love,
 
Lassens
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Another company “does the right thing”

Just a TOUCH of sarcasm, hereโ€ฆ

Remember when I told you about Electro-Mix?  One of my objections to most popular sports drinks is that they contain many artificial coloring, flavorings, and chemicals.

Well, now I have good reason to have been wary of those chemicals.  A recent LA Times story reveals that one popular brand (in fact, they practically invented the whole concept of a sports-drink!) has included brominated vegetable oil.  Doesn’t sound too bad, until you find out that brominated vegetable oil is a synthetic chemical that “has been patented in Europe as a flame retardant.”  Yuck!

Are you SERIOUS???


The chemical is banned in Japan and the European Union.  Studies on mice have shown “reproductive and behavioral problems” in animals that have consumed large doses of the chemical.  This chemical “could be building up in human tissues.”  This additive is used in other popular sports and soft drinks as well.

This chemical is an emulsifier to distribute the coloring in the drink.  The Times article announced that after an online petition with more than 200,000 signatures was sent to the producer of the sports drink, the company will no longer put this chemical in its product.

Now it is going to add another unpronouncable chemical as an emulsifier: sucrose acetate isobutyrate.  And how long will it be before this chemical is found to have negative side effects, too?

REALLY?


Avoiding chemicals has always been a goal of the Natural Foods movement.  It seems that we regularly get news that ingredients in commercial products are not as safe as the manufacturers have claimed.  

So instead of using those chemical-laden products, here are two more to try. 

Vega+Sport, Electrolyte+Hydrator

Vega Sport has a Electrolyte Hydrator that is similar to Alacer’s Electro-Mix.  It is dairy, gluten and soy free, replenishes electrolytes and minerals.

Vega Sport’s products are 100% plant based as well, with no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.  The packets are so convenient to tuck into a pocket or pack and easy to add to your water for instant electrolyte replacement!

And of course, for many years Lassen’s has carried Recharge, a natural hydration drink, made by the R.W. Knudsen Juice company.  All natural, Recharge is made without added sugar or artificial colors or flavors.

Recharge comes in 6 flavors, including Organic Lemon.

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Lassen’s carries thousands of products that have no artificial colorings, flavorings, or additives.

Here’s to happy and healthy hydration!

Love,

Lassen’s

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MAPLE SWEET POTATO BITES & LASSENS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE!

Do you have a fiendishly delicious Halloween recipe?
We want to know how you satisfy your sweet tooth during Halloween 
using real, wholesome, organic food!
Enter your screamingly scrumptious recipe into our
REAL FOOD REAL RECIPES HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE!
 

 

The top three recipes will win
a $20.00 Lassens gift card as well as their 
recipes featured as FREE RECIPE CARDS

on our Halloween Display at each Lassens location
and a blog post about the recipe and YOU, its author! 
All other challenge entries will receive a Lassens coupon book with $10 worth of savings.
To share your recipe please visit our Facebook (which you can be directed to by simply clicking on the link at the top of this blog) of the Lassens location nearest you and post your recipe on our Facebook wall.
Please Include any information about yourself
and your dish that you’d like everyone to know and any pictures you’d like us to possibly include. All recipes are due Saturday, October 1st
Get into the spirit, ghost or ghoul this Halloween by sharing the tricks of your holiday treats!
 
And now without further ado,
 
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Maple Sweet Potato Bites

 
You’ll Need:
  • 8 cups organic sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup organic pure maple syrup (try Cadia organic 100% maple syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons organic butter or margarine
    (try Earth Balance organic vegan butter spread, my favorite!)
  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions:
 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a 9 x 13 baking dish, arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a small bowl and pour over sweet potatoes; toss to coat.
  • Cover and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring mixture every 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender and starting to brown.
This dish is simple and perfect for fall (which officially strikes TODAY, Friday, the 23rd). It makes a great side dish or, as I discovered, a very satisfying dessert!
 
 
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Don’t forget to check out our October Organic Pumpkin and Halloween Display, 
coming to you October 1st, with recipes, organic chocolate, green bags for trick-or-treating, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scented lotion and more!

Love, Lassen’s