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With the holidays right around the corner, sometimes it’s challenging to provide comfort food to your friends and family that does not take its toll on digestion and weight control.  Also, as more and more people are choosing a healthier lifestyle, this dish will be appreciated by many.

The basic recipe and inspiration comes from my friend and colleague, Karen Ranzi, author of Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods.  Her website has a wealth of information and she has been 100% raw now for about 20 years!

I have made a few modifications according to my tastes and preferences.  Just made a big batch yesterday and am thrilled with the outcome.

Cheezy Breezy Broccoli

4-5 cups of broccoli
1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts
2 TB. pine nuts
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
1 cup filtered water
2-3 TB. nutritional yeast
1 lemon, juiced
sea salt, to taste

Directions:  Soak macadamias and pinenuts for about 2 hours.  Soak sundried tomatoes separately in one half of the filtered water.

Wash the broccoli thoroughly and chop into pieces.  Peel the outer fibrous later – it will make a huge difference in how this dish tastes!

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 Place the chopped and peeled broccoli in a casserole dish and pour one half of the lemon juice and massage it into the pieces for a few minutes.

Drain and rinse the macadamias and pinenuts and place in blender along with sundried tomatoes PLUS soaking water.  Add the nutirtional yeast, remaining lemon juice and blend, adding the other half cup of water as needed.  The “cheese” blend should be creamy and smooth.  Salt to taste OR you can use dulse flakes if you are avoiding salt.  Pour over broccoli, making sure all of the pieces are coated.  Sprinkle a little extra nutritional yeast on top.

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 Place in dehydrator at 115 degrees for 2-4 hours depending on how dry you’d like it to be.  No dehydrator?  Place in low temperature oven – leaving the door slightly ajar.  Heat until broccoli is warm (not hot!) to touch and cheeze mixture has slightly hardened.

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site,

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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