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.
To Make: Combine all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once a simmer is reached, lower heat and continue to simmer for an additional 10 mins. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture into a quart-sized glass jar and add 1 C of cider vinegar. Shake and let sit at room temperature for 2 days. To use, simply strain the mixture and enjoy!
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!