Step Into Savory… Easy Dinner Recipes

I've been a busy bunny lately with the creation of the Moonie Pie Challenge, in addition to making chocolate creations, having friends over for dinner, and working on other fun kitchie projects 😉

As you know, things are often on the sweet side around here, but I do eat and come up with savory recipes too! Here are a few of my latest veggie delights...

Spinach Basil Pesto
Packed with spinach and much lower in fat than most pestos, this is great over zucchini/kelp noodles, salad, crackers, or veggie sticks. 

2 1/2 cups packed spinach
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
3 Tablespoons hemp seeds
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 large clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

In a food processor, blend all ingredients into a paste. 
Taste, adjust salt. 

Veggie Wraps
I whipped this up for dinner the other evening as a little something different from my normal salad. It was nice to use collard leaves for the wraps, especially since I can't get them at home - not even in the big city 5 hours away from my home! If you don't have access to them either, you can use chard or romaine leaves, which is what I normally do. 
Leafy wrap of choice
Veggies of choice, sliced into long thin strips
(I went with cucumber, carrot, avocado, red pepper, and Philip's home grown alfalfa sprouts)
Hemp Dip

2 cups chopped zucchini
1/2 cup hemp seeds
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tablespoons tahini
1 clove garlic
Sea salt, to taste

In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. 
Remove the stems from the collard or chard leaves, creating two wraps. 
Spread some of the hemp dip on a wrap.
Arrange veggies at one end of the wrap and roll it up. 
Serve with extra hemp dip.

Nori Rolls 
Tried and true - nori rolls are quick, easy, and delicious! Roll veggie strips of your choice with pate, all together in a nori sheet.

Carrot Ginger Pate

1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup almonds, soaked*
1 Tablespoon tahini
1" knob of ginger, minced
1 large clove of garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Tamari/ Nama Shoyu, to taste
Handful chopped cilantro (optional)

Add all ingredients to a food processor. Grind into a moist pate. Taste the mixture and re-season.
*Dry amount. 

Tomato Basil Pasta
Can't go wrong with pasta! Zucchini noodles and sauce... a light meal packed with flavor.  A friend and I made this the other day for a group dinner - it was enjoyed by all. The hemp seeds add a cool parmesan-like texture.

Tomato Basil Sauce

1 cup sun dried tomatoes
(soaked at least 4 hours in water)
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon honey or 1/2 date
Sea salt, to taste
2 Tablespoons hemp seeds

Blend all ingredients in a food processor, until smooth, or leave slightly chunky. 

A reminder about The Moonie Pie Challenge!
A chance to put your creativity cap on and jump into the kitchie! I'm excited to see all your pies and hear about your adventures - let me know when you blog about it! Click Here for all contest rules and more information, OR check out this post if you're only interested in purchasing the recipe ebook! 
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  1. March 31, 2010 at 03:09

    those wraps look very good! the hemp dip is enough glue to hold it together? <br /><br />can't get collards in canada? i'm sad for a whole country now.

  2. March 31, 2010 at 03:33

    Oh wow, that spinach basil pesto looks awesome, what a great idea!! I'm definitely going to have to try that out. :)

  3. March 31, 2010 at 03:50

    yummmm! i love chard wraps with 'oh my this is tuna'!

  4. March 31, 2010 at 04:07

    I always enjoy zuke noodles and that hemp dip/sauce looks great!

  5. Anonymous
    March 31, 2010 at 05:34

    LOVE LOVE LOVING your work <br />So pleased to have this in my Inbox :)<br />Katie

  6. March 31, 2010 at 07:39

    i'm a sucker for savory, maybe even more than the sweet things (although that moon pie pic is a truly beautiful thing!) ... the hemp sauce looks yummy ...

  7. March 31, 2010 at 11:25

    oh lucky people in the rest of the world. Australia is living in the raw dark ages, no hemp seeds for us but we can have hemp protein. <br /><br />Thanks for the pesto recipe. I am going to add it (sans hemp seeds) to wedding anniversary meal for hubby and I. <br /><br />Also nice to think about lots of green before the easter weekend.

  8. March 31, 2010 at 11:30

    amazing girl :) Love love the spinach basil pesto, we have made a few of those before and I just love pesto> YUM

  9. March 31, 2010 at 12:46

    Those wraps looks so good. YUM. Actually, everything looked really good and super easy (even better).

  10. March 31, 2010 at 13:45

    i'm excited to try the nori rolls...they look so good, i am just really scared that i'll have the same reaction to nori as i did to dulse, it wasn't a good one!!!<br /><br />i am lucky enough to live in a part of canada that supplies collard greens...<br /><br />=)

  11. March 31, 2010 at 15:18

    Oh.....wish I was a friend coming over for dinner....lucky peeps!..he he!<br /><br />xoxo

  12. March 31, 2010 at 16:12

    Love all your creations! I've got to try that pesto with hemp seeds as I'm ususally reaching for the pine nuts to make pesto. That's crazy that you can't get collards! I'm in BC and we have them at the co-op here. That's really too bad:( thanks for sharing your recipes with us!

  13. March 31, 2010 at 20:08

    It all looks fantastic and is so inspirational. Gives me some "food for thought" for the coming week. =) Thanks!

  14. March 31, 2010 at 21:18

    Wow, these all look fabulous!! I don't know what to eat first! ;)

  15. March 31, 2010 at 23:48

    Had the Spinach Basil Pesto on top of a bed of romaine and zucchini...Fabulous!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. April 1, 2010 at 01:03

    Hi. I could not find an email for you. Could you please contact me at please?<br /><br />Thanks. <br /><br />-Andrew

  17. April 1, 2010 at 01:18

    Oh my, the deliciousness!! Love your savory meals :)

  18. April 2, 2010 at 21:35

    Hey Heathy I made those wraps last night with the hemp good! I made the mistake of buying the hemp seeds that had the hull still on so the sauce was a bit crunchy but the hubby and I really loved it!

  19. April 10, 2010 at 22:21

    Geez you make raw food look so good! I'm starving and dinner isn't done yet!

  20. April 15, 2010 at 03:23

    ALL all all look amazing! I'm making those sushi rolls tomorrow! YUM! Great easy recipe! thank you so much for sharing!

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