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Tomato Spinach Summer Tart

Tomato Spinach Summer TartThe following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

Summer tarts are wonderful dishes that can easily make for a nutritionally dense and satisfying main course. While many versions can be made by using additional ingredients, my favorite is the invigorating and scrumptious spinach tart with marinated tomatoes! Made with cashews and almonds, this nutty tart can provide significant amounts of healthy fatty acids that can sometimes be lacking in an exclusively vegan diet. Cashews, for example, are loaded with minerals, including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, potassium and zinc.

Almonds are a powerful source of omega-6 essential fatty acids, wile also providing important amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins of the B-complex, essential minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, and iodine), and monosaturated fats, which may have the ability to lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol.

Kale and spinach, major ingredients in our lovely summer tart recipe, are among the most important green leafy vegetables out there. Consuming more leafy greens can do wonders for our health, as they are able to provide us with a wide range of vital nutrients, including important plant phytonutrients such as carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which work as powerful antioxidants that can protect our bodily cells from damage and premature death. Spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, C, E, K, as well as of magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, amino acids, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and a number of fatty acids. With such high nutrient content from so many sources, our little spinach summer tart is a true powerhouses of nutrition, and it tastes absolutely delicious on top of everything else!

Equipment Needed: Marinated Tomatoes Ingredients:
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, cut into halves (or ripe, regular tomatoes, diced)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons of a homemade mixture of oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil and rosemary
Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup kale flakes (dehydrated in advance)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • the juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon nutritonal yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups of crushed spinach
  • 2 cups of the marinated tomatoes
Directions:
  1. To prepare the marinated tomatoes, simply whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices and garlic, and add the sliced tomatoes. Place the tomatoes on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate them for approximately 8 hours at 115 degrees. They should be nice and crisp at this point.
  2. To prepare the kale flakes for the crust, dehydrate about 2 cups of fresh kale when you are also dehydrating the tomatoes. However, you will notice that they are ready sooner than the tomatoes.
  3. To make the crust, pulse the almonds in the food processor until they are turned into a fine crumb. Mix in the kale flakes, salt, pepper and coconut oil, and continue proessing until a homogenous dough is obtained. With your hands, shape 1/4 inch deep tarts, or use special shapes to mold the dough. At this point, you can either make one large tart using all of the dough, or several smaller ones.
  4. To make the filling, pulse the cashews, lemon juice, garlic, yeast and water in a high speed blender, until smooth. Transfer the contents of the blender to a bowl. Mix in the crushed spinach and a part of the marinated tomatoes, leaving aside about two cups of tomatoes. Fill the tart shells with the mixture, and top it with the remaining tomatoes. These lovely tarts can be enjoyed right away, or stored in the refrigerator for later consumption. Enjoy!

The above information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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