Green beans tropicales

Last Sunday we purchased a lb. of organic green beans at the Captain Cook farmer’s market. It was time to put them to good use!


  1. 1 lb. farm fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  2. 1 large clove garlic, sliced thin
  3. 1 1/2-inch piece ginger root, minced
  4. 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  5. 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  7. 1 tbsp. organic shoyu
  8. juice of 1/2 lime
  9. 1 tsp. lime zest
  10. 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  11. small handful organic unsweetened coconut shreds


In a large stock pot, steam the green beans. In a sauté pan, heat coconut oil on medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 3 minutes. Next add pineapple and macadamia nuts and cook for another three minutes. Turn heat to low and add shoyu, lime juice and lime zest. Turn heat off. Don’t forget about your green beans! Time to drain them!  In a large serving bowl add the tropical mixture to the green beans and garnish with sesame seeds, coconut shreds and salt and pepper. For added spice,  a dash of your favorite dried chile pepper will up the heat a notch!

Buon appetito!


Tofu Scramble Lettuce Wraps, Italian Style

Every once in a while, I like to make a tofu scramble for breakfast. By playing around with various spices and condiments, the possibilities to suit your palate are endless. Tofu scrambles are an excellent way to start your day with a protein-rich breakfast while remaining easy and quick to prepare. For this particular tofu scramble, you will need:

  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil, extra-virgin
  2. 1 cup leeks, thinly sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 lb firm tofu, crumbled into small pieces
  5. 1/2 cup tomato, diced
  6. 2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  7. 1 tbsp. organic shoyu (soy sauce)
  8. 1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  9. 2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  10. sea salt, and black pepper to taste
  11. 4 lettuce leaves, rinsed and set aside on plates.


Place oil in a sauté pan on medium heat. Add leeks and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add crumbled tofu. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add remaining ingredients (except fresh herbs), continuing to stir for another 5 minutes. Incorporate fresh herbs. Remove pan from heat and dish the tofu scramble into lettuce leaves. Eat with your hands!

tofu scramble lettuce wraps, italian style