Chia Salad With Kale And Sugar Snap Peas

Winter brings greens,  sweet peas and root veggies. This recipe combines them creatively with chia seeds into a satisfying salad that could be a meal on its own.

Ingredients:
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 2-4 leafs of kale
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • Salt and pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Chop sweet potatoes into cubes.
  3. Place cubes on parchment-paper-lined or lightly-oiled baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes.
  5. While sweet potatoes are baking, chop lettuce, kale (finely), tomato, peas and avocado.
  6. Place in a large bowl.
  7. Add pumpkin seeds to bowl.
  8. Next make dressing by juicing oranges in a small bowl, add chia seeds and mustard and stir well.
  9. Once sweet potatoes are finished cooking, add them to the bowl.
  10. Add salad dressing and top with salt and pepper if desired.
  11. Serve immediately.

Recipe & Photo by Sarah O’Toole of Cooking With CSA

The Starburst Juice

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Starburst Juice

Prep Time: 5 Mins Total Time: 5 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 5 red carrots
  • 2-3 leafs of kale
  • 1 red beet
  • 1/2 inch of ginger
  • 1/2 red grapefruit 1 apple
  • 1/2 lemon

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop produce to fit into electric juicer.
  2. Place all ingredients into juicer and juice.
  3. Serve right away.

Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

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Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

From: Food 52
Prep Time: 10 Mins Cooking Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (preferably orange blossom honey)
  • 1 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch x 3 inch sticks
  • 1 fennel bulb, ends trimmed, bulb cut in half, each half cored and cut lengthwise in 1/8”-inch slices
  • 4 strips of orange zest,– each 1 inch x 4” inch (use vegetable peeler)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, –crushed in a mortar
  • 1/3 cup spring water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fennel fronds or dill

Directions:

  1. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the butter, olive oil, and honey. Stir well and add the carrots, fennel, orange zest and fennel seeds. Toss until the slices are well coated with the oil. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the fennel starts to soften. Add the water, orange juice, salt, and pepper. Toss quickly and reduce heat to between medium and medium-low. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Uncover the pan. Raise heat to high and fast-simmer until the juices have all evaporated and some of the vegetables are golden-brown, about 6 to 7 minutes, tossing only occasionally so as not to break or mush the vegetables. Remove orange zest, transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the fennel fronds, and serve immediately. Cook’s’ note: The carrots and fennel can be trimmed and cut up to 6 hours ahead and refrigerated until ready to use, but the dish is best made just before serving. It does not reheat well.

Cauliflower with Saffron, Pepper Flakes, and Parsley

 

Cauliflower with Saffron, Pepper Flakes, and Parsley

Prep Time: 10 Mins Cooking Time: 10 Mins Total Time: 20 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds), broken into small florets, the core diced (about 6 cups)
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 pinches saffron threads
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Scant 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped, lightly packed flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Grated aged cheese or crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Steam cauliflower for about 3 minutes. To test for doneness, taste a piece; it should be on the verge of tenderness but not quite fully cooked. Uncover and transfer the colander to the sink to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saffron; cook for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened. The heat will activate the saffron so that it colors and flavors the onion. Stir in the garlic, the crushed red pepper flakes and a few pinches of the parsley, then add the steamed cauliflower. Toss to coat it evenly, then add the water and cook (over medium heat) until the cauliflower is tender, just a few minutes.
  3. Season with salt, toss with half of the remaining parsley, and keep warm.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese on top (to taste) and serve.
  5. Variations:
  6. Serve with 8 oz. cooked pasta. Preferable small shells, snails, or other shapes.
  7. Serve with Sauteed Shrimp. If so, omit the cheese.

Crunchy Kale Chips

Recipe & Photo by Sarah O'Toole of Cooking With CSA

Crunchy Kale Chips

Prep Time: 15 Mins Cooking Time: 45 Mins Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari (reduced sodium)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar (any sugar will work)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300°F.
  2. Remove stems from kale; try to get the biggest pieces of kale as possible.
  3. In a high speed blender or food processor place all ingredients, leaving out the kale, and starting with just 1/4 cup of water to start. Process until smooth (desired consistency is that of a creamy dip).
  4. Once desired consistency is reached, place sauce in a large bowl. Add kale leafs to large bowl and mix with hands.
  5. Line baking sheets (you will need 2) with parchment paper. Lay kale covered in sauce on parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes. Keep an eye on them during the last few minutes.
  6. Alternative: Dehydrate the kale chips in a dehydrator at 115°F for 14 hours.

Honey Coconut Cake

Sugar and wheat flour don’t have to ruin your diet or enjoyment of deserts during the holidays. This recipe delivers cozy, yummy goodness made of  honey, eggs and coconut meal. It has all the goodness of cake with none of the guilt. I think of it as a paleo version of pound cake.

Serves: 8
Makes: One cake (if you want it to be two layers, double the recipe)
Takes: 1 hour

(Adapted from the cookbook Make It Paleo)

Ingredients

Cake:
• 3/8 cup fair trade coconut flour, sifted
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 cup fair trade coconut oil, melted
• 1/2 cup local honey
• 1/2 TBS vanilla extract
• 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
• 5 eggs, pastured
• 1/2 cup shredded coconut or 1 cup almond meal
Frosting:
• 1/2 cup fair trade organic palm shortening
• 3/8 cup fair trade coconut butter
• 1/8 cup local honey
• toasted coconut for garnish

Directions

Cake:
• Preheat oven to 325F and grease one 8in. round cake pan.
• In a bowl combine the sifted coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
• In a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer combine the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, coconut oil and honey. Slowly add in the flour mixture until a smooth batter is formed (as you mix, the batter will thicken).
• Stir in shredded coconut or almond meal.
• Spoon the batter into a pre-oiled cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
• Remove from oven and place pan on a cooling wrack, allow to cool at least 30 minutes then invert and remove from pan.

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Frosting:
Place all ingredients into a standing mixer with a paddle attachment and whip until smooth.

NOTES
• If you have never baked with coconut flour you must know that it is extremely absorbent and full of fiber, therefore it requires a lot of moisture. Do not be scared about using 5 eggs! In fact, my husband and I agree that it tastes very similar to a delightful reinterpretation of pound cake with coconut.
• For the frosting do not be turned off by the word “shortening” which has indeed gotten a bad reputation. Organic, unrefined palm oil comes from the palm fruit, full of healthy fats and is drastically different than the nasty and hydrogenated Crisco shortening.

Agave and Balasmic Glazed Buttercup Squash

So many squash, so little time. But buttercup are worth the venture. Rich, creamy, sweet and nutty, these have become my new autumn favorite. You won’t be disappointed.

Takes: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 buttercup squash, or other winter squash (about 1.5 lbs.)
2 T Agave Nectar (preferably amber variety)
2 T good quality balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Directions

Cut top and bottom end from squash, then sit flat on cutting board and cut in half top to bottom. Use a sharp spoon to scrape out seeds, washing out the inside of the squash if needed. Cut squash into half-moon slices about 1 inch wide. (Any shape of slice will work, but they need to be close to the same thickness.

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray roasting pan with non-stick spray or olive oil. Lay squash in single layer on roasting pan. Mix together agave nectar and balsamic vinegar and brush on top layer of squash. (Some will run down, which will coat the bottom as the squash roasts.)

Roast squash 15 minutes, then turn each piece. Brush second side lightly with the agave-balsamic mixture. (It will look glazed already and you may be tempted not to brush it, but do it so the glaze can run down and coat the other side.) Roast 15 minutes more, or until squash pierces easily with a fork and is lightly browned.

Grind black pepper and sea salt over squash and serve hot.

This tasty recipe comes from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Sweet Potato Holiday Salad

Zing up the flavors commonly served with sweet potatoes to include ginger, cranberries and parsley. This dish sings with flavor, is packed with nutrition and is something everyone can enjoy at a holiday–no matter their dietary restrictions.

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 2 celery ribs cut very small
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive/flax oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut sugar
  • Sea Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes in small 1/2 inch cubes
  3. Bake sweet potatoes for 35 minutes
  4. Transfer to large bowl and add broccoli, celery, and parsley.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Add cranberries.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, mix butter, ginger, oil, lemon juice, and sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Pour dressing over salad, and mix.

Grain-Free Eggplant Stuffing

Similar to baba ghanoush, but a firmer texture with all the flavors of the holidays. The eggplant create a base texture that cradles of the sweetness of the carrots and savoriness of the celery and herbs. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 small eggplant
  • 4-5 small carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried sage
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 orange
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Turn oven to broil.
  2. Wash and chop eggplant and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, salt & pepper and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Broil for 10-15 minutes until soft.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Turn oven down to 350°F.
  7. Next chop carrots, onion, celery and garlic, place in a large sauce pan on medium heat.
  8. Stir well until it starts to sizzle.
  9. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  10. Add seasoning and cook for 10- 20 minutes.
  11. Transfer contents to a baking dish, brush top with coconut oil and bake for 25 minutes.
  12. Before serving, juice orange over stuffing and serve hot.

Roasted Acorn Squash Thai Style

The inspiration for this salad comes Thai dish called Kra Tiem.  Savory white pepper and garlic offset the sweetness of the squash.  The amount of white pepper is not a typo; it is the “spice” in this recipe, which is spicy in a different way than recipes using chile peppers.  Cooked this way the skins of the squash are soft and edible.

Serves: 4

Takes: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 acorn squash
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon white pepper
salt to taste
1-2 cloves garlic
2-3 sweet peppers
garnish: roasted squash seeds, a drizzle of coconut milk and chopped lemongrass

Directions

Use a large knife or cleaver to carefully cut one acorn squash in half along its ridges.  Discard the stem and remove the seeds and pulp.

Slice the squash into wedges along the ridge lines.  Cut each slice in half again lengthwise; you want them about 1/2″ thick.  Toss the squash slices in a bowl with 2 T. olive oil and salt.

Arrange the squash on a baking sheet and roast in the oven.

Meanwhile, mince 1-2 cloves of garlic and thinly slice 2-3 sweet peppers to make 2 C. (removing the seeds and stems first).  Toss the garlic and peppers together with 1 teaspoon white pepper, ground medium.

When the squash slices are nicely browned on one side, flip each one.  Spoon the garlic/pepper/pepper mixture in between the slices in a shallow layer.

Continue to roast the squash until is browned on the second side, then stir all the vegetables together and roast for another 5-10 minutes.  The peppers and garlic should be fully cooked and starting to caramelize.’

Serve with chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumber and lime, cilantro sprigs and drizzle with Thai fish sauce or additional salt.