Sweet potatos are rich in vitamin A as beta-carotene and vitamin C- the two antioxidants work together in the body to eliminate free radicals. They also work as anti-inflammatories, and can reduce the risk of developing cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. These beauties are the perfect accompaniment to any plant-based meal. We enjoyed them as dessert after a hearty vegetable miso-soup with zucchini noodles, quinoa nori rolls, and shaved radish and cucumber salad.
This recipe can be prepared using regular orange sweet potatoes, yams, Korean yams, or exciting purple sweet potatoes like the ones pictured in our version! They're SUPER easy to make and you can even omit the coconut and agave nectar if preferred.
2 Sweet Potatoes, scrubbed clean and sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 T Agave Nectar
3 T raw, unsweetened Coconut Flakes
To make: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the sweet potato slices out in a single layer. Bake for 25-30 mins until the centers are soft and chewy. Remove from heat. Drizzle with agave nectar, sprinkle with coconut flakes and serve warm with tea or hot lemon water.
It's no surprise that foods rich in color are the healthiest foods on earth, after all, eating is one of the most intimate ways of using the senses to interact with our environment. This past Thursday's Company 'Jam Sesh' lunch was a feast to the eyes while also hearty, satisfying, delicious and deeply nourishing to our bodies!
Ideas were generated and exchanged and conversation and creativity flowed freely as the six of us Not Your Sugar Mama Babes enjoyed piles of crisp baby kale greens topped with a beet/parsley/ginger slaw alongside the star of the show- tender cubes of heavenly teriyaki roasted butternut squash... (recipe below!).
Cooking and eating from nature's color wheel is a fun and simple way to gain inspiration in the kitchen and a useful tool in the pursuit of whole health and nutrition. You can just follow your instincts or, a light investigation on the interwebs can yield a lot of useful information. For example, red foods contain lycopene, a compound that helps prevent heart disease; dark blue and purple fruits are rich in antioxidants; dark, leafy greens are rich in folic acid and are a great source of calcium and iron; and orange foods, like the butternut squash in this dish are rich in vitamin C with a one cup serving providing almost half of the recommended daily dose!
Every time I peel back the tough skin of a butternut squash my heart sings at the sight of its tangerine flesh with the warmth of stored energy from the sun glistening forth. Boasting many health benefits, butternut squash is part of the gourd family which also includes pumpkin, melon, and cucumber. Although I've always thought of them as a "starchy vegetable" these graceful, hourglass miracles are technically a fruit because they contain seeds. They also contain fiber (making them heart-healthy), potassium (important for bone health), vitamin B6 (necessary for proper functioning of the nervous and immune systems), folate, and phytonutrients! Their gorgeous color signals an abundance of carotenoids which protect against heart disease and very high beta carotene content (which the body automatically converts to vitamin A) which has been said to ward off breast cancer and protect against age-related macular degeneration!
Teriyaki Roasted Butternut Squash
You will need:
- one medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/4 C organic maple syrup
-1/4 C bragg's liquid aminos or namah shoyu
-2 T extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
-fresh garlic, minced (I used A LOT: 6 to 8 cloves)
-fresh ginger, minced (again, I used A LOT about 3 to 4 inches!)
-sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine all the above ingredients and let sit for at least 20 mins. Cover a baking dish with parchment paper. Pour contents of bowl evenly over the parchment paper and roast in the over for about 45 mins. until the squash is fork tender. Enjoy!
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know how it turned out, if you modified or tweaked anything, or if you have any input! Stay tuned for more hearty, healthy, vegan and gluten free meal ideas! What satisfies you when it's cold out? What are you favorite winter time vegetarian dishes!?
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Hey all! Emma here. This cashew milk is one of my favorite things to make in the winter time when it is cold and wet out. It is just the right thing to warm me up. I also love to spread the holiday cheer and make this as a gift for friends and family. I hope you all enjoy it and don't forget to spread the love!
- 2/3 cup organic cashews
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract or scrap the insides of a whole vanilla bean
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. (about 3 pinches) Himalayan Pink Salt
approx. 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (I usually just turn the spice jar over and pat the bottom 6 times)
- A dash each of ground cayenne, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove
Combine 1 Not Your Sugar Mamas Pure & Simple raw chocolate bar in a sauce pan with 2 tbsp. water and melt on medium to low heat, stirring often, until a smooth sauce is made (make sure not to boil)
Combine all of the above ingredients (including the sauce) in a Vitamix or high speed blender and blend on highest setting for a total of 2 minutes. I say total because if your blender requires a break to cool down or too much foam is produced you can turn the blender down, let the mixture settle/blender cool down, and whip it back up to high again! I like to drink this nut milk fresh out of the vitamin when it is slightly warm but you can store in the fridge for about 2-3 days in an air tight glass container, like a mason jar!
I began my adventures with gluten free by chance. I had a roommate who had celiac disease and I LOVED her creations. She always cooked with a lot of veggies, different grains and beans, and a what I loved most, her collection of nuts - almond, macadamia, peanut, and seeds - chia, flax, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc. She kept it simple, went to the "feria" or farmers market once a week, got her veggies and then prepared them with her wild array of grains, beans, nuts and seeds. This was not only super healthy but was smart budgeting! Quickly, my other roommate and I caught on and started our own adventures in this type of cooking without really even the intention of cooking gluten free.
When I met Bennett, I was introduced me to the world of integrative nutrition where I learned simple things like how to make a superfood smoothie, how to cook kale & collard greens, and how delicious coconut oil is with...everything.
Tonight's dish is an inspiration from them both. I hope you enjoy!
Almond Pad Thai with rice noodles and Macadamia nuts
Saute garlic and ginger in coconut oil. Add shallots. Cook until transparent, add fennel. Add garbanzo beans and carrots. Add spinach last.
Boil water, add rice noodles. Cook and drain. Rinse with cool water.
In a small bowl or cup mix almond butter, soy sauce, miso, brown rice vinegar and a dash of water together.
Add cooked rice noodles to veggie saute. Add sauce. Mix together over medium heat. Add seeds and top with shaved macadamia nuts. Mix, stir and serve!
Cranberry Chocolate Truffles
These chocolate bars are rich and creamy and filled with a tart and chewy center. Raw & vegan.
BE SAUCEY chocolate sauce (or other chocolate sauce see below)
Layer a spoonful of BE SAUCEY in a cupcake liner
Add spoonful of almond butter
Top with BE SAUCEY
Refrigerate and Enjoy!