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Reprinted from Love & Lemons Every Day by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2019, Jeanine Donofrio Serves 6 How do you make lettuce exciting? Well, let us tell you—grill it! The texture of grilled lettuce goes perfectly with this rich, tangy, versatile, Caesar-like dressing. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, this can just as easily be made on a cast-iron grill pan over the stove. Ingredients: 2 slices whole-grain bread½ garlic cloveExtra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling3 heads romaine lettuce2 radishes, sliced paper-thin2 tablespoons chopped chives2 teaspoons capers, drained2 tablespoons hemp seedsSea salt and freshly ground black pepper Lemon wedges, for serving¼ cup microgreens (optional)Pinches of red pepper flakes (optional) Dressing ½ cup raw cashews1 garlic clove2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons Dijon mustard2 teaspoons capers, drained½ cup waterFreshly ground black pepper Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F.…

This all-natural household cleaner is a staple for those practicing the Live Dirty Lifestyle. A natural disinfectant and harmless to the microbiome, mix this cleaner and use for all purposes and in every room in the house! Ingredients ½ cup white vinegar 4 cups of water 12 drops of tea tree oil 12 drops of lavender essential oil Method Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before using. Recipe by Dr. Robynne Chutkan. First appeared in The Microbiome Solution (Penguin 2015).

Dr. Chutkan’s homemade facial scrubs for oily and dry skin, which can be found in her bestselling book, Gutbliss (Penguin 2013), are a great, all natural and microbe-friendly face wash. Enjoy these microbe-friendly scrubs once a week and make a larger batch for the entire body! Oily Skin Facial Scrub Ingredients 2 tablespoons raw honey 1 teaspoon oatmeal ½ teaspoon cornmeal ½ teaspoon lemon juice Method Moisten your face and hands with water and mix all the ingredients in the palms of your hands. Gently rub the paste all over your face in a circular motion for 1 minute. The cornmeal and lemon juice are great natural exfoliants, but if you apply too much pressure or scrub too hard, you can irritate your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and a clean wet washcloth. This facial scrub can be used once a week. Make a larger batch to use on the…

*Makes 2 large bowls Ingredients 1 to 2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced 4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced 1 cup Curry and Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (see below) 1 cup cooked chickpeas 1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded and leaves sliced thin 2 cups baby spinach 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 1⁄4 cup dried Turkish apricots, chopped (or dried cranberries/cherries) 1⁄4 cup toasted pecans, chopped 1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped (about 1⁄2 cup) sea salt and pepper to taste TURMERIC ROASTED CAULIFLOWER 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (or 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric) 2 tablespoons olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste DRESSING 1⁄2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced 2 tablespoons…

The roasted cauliflower and tahini blend into a creamy, zesty, and lighter hummus that’s made for dipping! Nobody will even notice the missing beans. Serve with a rainbow of veggies for ultimate nourishment and satisfaction. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 medium to large head of cauliflower 1 tablespoon olive oil (for roasting the cauliflower) 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup tahini 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon lemon zest ½ teaspoon sea salt 2-4 teaspoons water Sea salt to taste Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro, paprika, sumac, and olive oil Method Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Chop the cauliflower into florets. Add the pieces to a bowl and mix with a tablespoon of olive oil and a touch of sea salt. Please the florets on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 18-20 minutes or until golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool.Place the…

A quick, easy weeknight vegan cashew chickpea korma that you can modify with whatever fresh or frozen vegetables you have! Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 teaspoons neutral flavored vegetable oil (such as grapeseed or refined avocado) or a few tablespoons vegetable broth 1 small or medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger 2 cloves minced garlic 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper 2 cups chopped cauliflower or broccoli stems and florets (or a combination of both) 1 cup chopped green beans 1 cup sliced carrots 1/2 cups frozen green peas, thawed 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed) 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth 1 cup cashew cream (substitute full fat, canned coconut milk) 3 cups baby spinach 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice Chopped green onion tops or fresh cilantro (optional, for serving) Method Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet (or a medium sized pot) over medium heat. Add the…

By the time you finish preparing these stuffed sweet potatoes, your home will be fragrant with the aromas of cinnamon, garlic, and ginger. The lentils in this dish are a standout—richly spiced, thick, and hearty. Scooping them over tender baked sweet potatoes is a perfect way to transform them into a complete and satisfying meal; I’ve also been known to serve them over a cooked whole grain, such as millet or rice. No matter how you serve them, I highly recommend topping them with a generous drizzle of Everyday Lemon Tahini Dressing. MAKES 4 SERVINGS Ingredients 4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed 1 cup (200 g) dried brown or pardina lentils, rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 small white or yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (14.5-oz, or 411-g) can diced tomatoes, drained 1 tablespoon finely grated or minced fresh…

Have you recently taken an antibiotic and are looking to heal your gut? Drink ginger tea. Ginger has a soothing effect on the digestive system and can help to reduce gas and bloating associated with taking an antibiotic. For best results, follow my recipe below. For my ten tips on how to heal your gut after taking an antibiotic, check out my book, The Microbiome Solution(Penguin 2015). SERVINGS: 2 Ingredients 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled 2 cups water Method Cut the fresh ginger root into small pieces and place in a teapot or thermal carafe (a small cooking pot will also work). Then add two cups of boiling water and let steep for twenty to thirty minutes. Strain and serve. NOTE: For a sweetener and added flavor, you can add a lemon wedge and 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey. Recipe first appeared in The Microbiome Solution(Penguin 2015). 

This sumptuous soup is great to have on hand and enjoy any time of day. It makes a nourishing snack as well as a filling addition to any meal. If you have a limited amount of time to prepare your food during the week, this is an easy way to guarantee that you get your veggies every day. SERVES: 8 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow or sweet onion, diced 1 clove garlic, diced 5 celery stalks, sliced into ½ inch segments 4 carrots, sliced into thin rounds 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped (parsley, oregano, and/or thyme) 4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium organic vegetable stock 1 to 2 cups water, depending on desired thickness One 28-ounce can/carton diced tomatoes One 6-ounce can tomato paste 6 cups vegetables, chopped (such as broccoli, asparagus, red bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans) 3 cups fresh raw spinach leaves, washed Freshly…