Ricki Heller

Five Tips for a Plant-Based Anti-Candida Diet

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Contributed by Ricki Heller, author of Living Candida-Free (Da Capo Lifelong, © 2015). The anti-candida diet (ACD) is often considered one of the most challenging diets out there. Designed to kill off excess candida (a natural form of yeast in the body that sometimes grows out of control), the ACD removes any foods that act as nourishment for candida; namely, all sugars and sweeteners except stevia, most fruits, moldy foods such as mushrooms or peanuts, alcohol, gluten, and all processed foods.

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“It Is the ONE” Single-Serve Pancakes

It's the ONE Single-Serve Pancakes by Ricki Heller

Looking for a filling, hot breakfast on a workday morning? These single-serve pancakes are ready in less than ten minutes. And the recipe is so easy to remember—1 tablespoon of just about every ingredient! From Living Candida-Free by Ricki Heller. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2015. Photograph by Nicole Axworthy. more→

Grain-Free Autumn Fruit Crumble

Autumn Fruit Crumble2 ricki heller

With the abundance of fall fruit and absence of grains, this dish offers a great lower- glycemic way to start your day. Add a bit more protein, and you’re all set! For best results, select crisp, sweet apples, such as Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady, and firm pears, such as D’Anjou or Bosc. From Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free: Allergen-Friendly Vegan Desserts by Ricki Heller. Photo by Celine Saki. Reprinted by permission of Sellers Publishing, ©2013.

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Chocolate-Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies

Chocolate Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies Ricki HellerThese rich-tasting, slightly chewy cookies come together quickly, for those times when you just need a snack pronto. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, involved in more body processes than any other mineral and important for healthy immune functioning. From Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free: Allergen-Friendly Vegan Desserts by Ricki Heller. Photo by Celine Saki. Reprinted by permission of Sellers Publishing, ©2013.

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Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Butternut Squash

This recipe contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs proves that you don’t need a ton of ingredients to create a flavorful recipe. This delicious and very pretty tofu scramble features pumpkin or butternut squash and kale, making it perfect seasonal fare for a super-quick dinner (providing that your pumpkin or squash is pre-baked; see VegKitchen’s tips here, brunch, or even a hearty breakfast. more→

Classic Vegan Tofu Quiche with Millet Crust

Classic Tofu Quiche

The beauty of this vegan tofu quiche recipe is its versatility — as long as the volumes stay the same, you can use pretty much any vegetables in place of those listed. Millet makes a study, gluten-free crust. Recipe and photo contributed by Ricki Heller. more→

Ultra Fudgy Brownies

Vegan Brownies

One of the gripes of many vegan bakers is that it’s too difficult to create brownies that are really fudgy instead of cake-like. Well, here they are: the ultimate fudgy brownies! The addition of pureed avocado creates a miracle of synergy with just 1/4 cup oil, resulting in one of the richest-tasting, fudgiest brownies I’ve ever had. From Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller.

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Raw Fig & Cherry Bars

raw fig and cherry bars

I originally developed these bars for a cooking class on bone health. Almost every ingredient here is high in calcium, resulting in a bar that delivers about 12% of this mineral’s daily requirement for women. They’re also high in protein and work as a great energy bar. I often carry these in the car with me for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom. more→

Groovy Green Smoothie

groovy smoothieA great way to start the day with a hit of blood-cleansing chlorophyll and some good-quality protein from the seeds and protein powder. Adding protein will keep you feeling satisfied for hours! Recipe and photo contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs. more→

Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Brussels sprouts

Here is a simple to make, enticing change-of-pace from ordinary preparations of Brussels sprouts. It’s a perfect addition to a vegan Thanksgiving dinner menu, so if you’re serving a crowd, double the recipe. Recipe contributed by Ricki Heller. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Seed Jumble Cookies

seed jumble cookies by Ricki Heller

Reminiscent of a granola bar, these cookies are chock-full of seeds and flavor. And they’re incredibly easy to make! Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom. more→

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot cake smoothieI know that pineapple isn’t a component of all carrot cake recipes, but the carrot cakes I liked the most were always those that included it.  Similarly, you can omit the coconut if you’re not a fan.  The walnuts add Omega-3s add more protein. Recipe and photo contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs. more→

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