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

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.

Carrot Fennel Ginger Soup

Carrot fennel soup captures the essence of comfort: sweet flavors combine with a creamy texture satisfying enough to be a meal on its own.

This recipe and photo appeared on KnowYourFarms.com and was adapted here.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fennel seed
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and diced
1 pear – peeled, cored, and diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 small russet potato, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 (14 ounce) cans vegetable broth
2 tablespoons uncooked brown rice
1 tablespoon flax seed
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly toast the fennel seed and ginger in the hot oil until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrots, pear, sweet potato, russet potato, mushrooms, curry powder, and turmeric to the fennel seed; cook and stir until everything is evenly coated in oil, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the vegetable broth over the mixture. Stir the rice, flax seed, bay leaves, and parsley into the broth; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the rice and vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Hold the lid of the blender in place with a towel and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the mixture moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot and return to heat.
  3. Stir the lemon juice and white pepper into the mixture; cook until thoroughly reheated, about 5 minutes.