Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Coconut Milk

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Squash and Pear Soup with Spiced Coconut Milk

Serves 6 to 8 
1 (3-pound) acorn or butternut squash
2 tablespoons coconut oil, plus more for brushing
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 pears, peeled, seeded, and chopped sea salt to taste
4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons chopped raw pecans

Directions Found @ Women’s Running

 

Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins!

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Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins!

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Wash your sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until fork tender. 

Place your *chicken in a baking dish and rub with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven with the potatoes and bake for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool and shred the chicken with a fork or your hands. When the sweet potatoes are done cut in half and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

In a medium size bowl combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and wilt the spinach (this can also be done in the microwave). Toss the spinach and shredded chicken together, set aside and keep warm.

Turn the oven up to 400 degrees. Scrape the sweet potato out of the peel, leaving a medium size layer of flesh inside with the peel so that it can stand up on its own (I reserved the remaining flesh, for another use) and place in a baking dish.

Brush the skins with with a little of the chipotle sauce and bake for 5-10 muntes until nice and crisp. While the skins bake mix the spinach, chicken and chipotle sauce together. Remove the skins and top with Chicken mixture..

Save your sweet potato for use in protein shakes ( with a little cinnamon in vanilla shake mix it tastes like pumpkin pie) or other recipes.

 

* vegetarians and vegans replace the chicken with chickpeas or beans 

**make sure to use organic spices. Spices can be hidden with a lot of yeast and chemical additives.

 

SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN CHILI

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Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili for dinner, yummmmmy

SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN CHILI

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon vegeatable oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1½ tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (15 ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained & rinsed

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oil over medium heat.Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.Add the garlic and cook one more minutes.Next, add the sweet potato, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cinnamon. Stir until the sweet potatoes are coated with the spices.

Next, add the diced fire-roasted tomatoes, 3 cups of the stock, and the tomato paste. Bring it to a boil, and then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

Stir in the black beans and cook until they are warmed, a few minutes more.If the chili is too thick for your preference, add another cup of stock.

 

Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Salmon and Rainbow Veggies

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Salmon and Rainbow Veggies
Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients
1 medium yellow squash , sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
2 1/2 cups bite size broccoli florets
1/2 medium red onion , diced into 1 inch chunks
2 Tbsp olive oil , divided
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp dijon mustard mustard
1 Tbsp honey
3 garlic cloves , minced, divided
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 (5 – 6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
1 cup grape tomatoes 
4 lemon wedges , for serving

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Line a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with parchment.
3. Place squash on baking sheet on upper third portion of baking sheet then place broccoli in the middle portion and red onion on bottom portion*. Drizzle veggies with 4 tsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss while keeping veggies separated in each section.
4.Roast in preheated oven 8 minutes.
5. Meanwhile in small bowl stir together mustard, honey, 1 tsp of the olive oil, 1 minced clove garlic and lemon juice, set aside.
6. Remove baking sheet from oven.
7. Move veggies down a little ways to fit tomato layer and salmon (as pictured in photo).
8. Place salmon on baking sheet next to squash layer (bottom side facing up), brush of salmon fillets with half of the mustard mixture and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper, then flip each portion and brush tops with remaining mustard mixture and season with salt and pepper. 9.Place tomatoes on baking sheet in the top portion of the baking sheet, drizzle with last 1 tsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining 2 cloves garlic evenly over the vegetables and tomatoes.
10. Return to oven and roast until salmon has cooked through and vegetables have softened, about 12 – 15 minutes longer.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges for spritzing over salmon and vegetables.

Rainbow Lentil Bowls

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Rainbow Lentil Bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup pico de gallo (or fresh tomato salsa)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups cooked brown lentils (or green lentils)
  • 1 cup chopped orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes)

Instructions

  1. Evenly divide salad greens and red cabbage between four serving bowls.
  2. Evenly layer half of pico de gallo, cheese, cabbage, lentils, orange bell pepper, green bell pepper, tomatoes, and remaining half of pico de gallo on top of salad greens in “stripes.”

 

Photos by Amanda Meixner and Dani Paris

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

I tweaked this recipe to make it more keto and vegan friendly. Great summer dish!

GRILLED VEGETABLES

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch Sea Salt and Pepper

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper

SALAD

  • 1 lb chickpea pasta
  • 1/4 bunch Italian parsley

 

  1. Wash the zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell pepper. Remove the stems, then cut them into large slices or pieces (remove the seeds from the bell pepper. Slice the red onion into thick slices.
  2. Place the zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, red onion, and grape tomatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over top. Gently toss the vegetables until they are well coated in oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over top. (Grape tomatoes are generally too small to place directly on a grill, so if using a grill just add the tomatoes to the salad fresh.)
  3. Grill the vegetables over an open flame until they are charred and tender. OR, adjust your oven’s top rack to be about 6 inches below the broiler unit and turn the broiler on to high. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and watch it closely until the vegetable become charred and tender (about 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven and distance from the broiler).
  4. Allow the vegetables to cool slightly after grilling or broiling. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and boil for 7-10 minutes, or just until the pasta is tender. Drain the pasta in a colander and allow it to cool slightly (until it’s no longer steaming).
  5. While the pasta is cooking and the vegetables are cooling, prepare the creamy balsamic vinaigrette. To a jar or bowl add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together or close the jar and shake until combined.**
  6. Once the vegetables are cool enough to handle, chop them into smaller, 1-inch pieces. Roughly chop the parsley leaves.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chopped vegetables, and parsley. Pour the vinaigrette over top, starting with half and adding more to your liking. Gently stir the pasta and vegetables until everything is coated in dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

Adapted Recipe From: Budget Bytes

Taco Tuesday – Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

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🌮 Mmmmm…saving this here for after the refresh!

(photo’s at the source listed below)
THE BEST VEGETARIAN LETTUCE WRAPS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
6 butter lettuce leaves
Seasoned black beans:
1 regular can black beans
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
Roasted sweet potato:
1 large sweet potato, peeled and small diced
salt and pepper
olive oil

Toppings:
2 radishes
½ cup fresh cut pineapple
½ avocado, diced
1 jalapeño finely sliced
¼ cup cilantro, minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced *** see notes
rice (optional)
Sweet Chile Soy Sauce:
2 tablespoons sweet chile sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Juice of ½ a lime

INSTRUCTIONS
Warm black beans and season.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes with salt and pepper and enough olive oil to lightly coat them and roast until tender, stirring occasionally (about 20-30 minutes depending on dice size).

NOTES
**** I like to blister my red bell peppers at the start of the week and use them for tons of dishes. This is optional of course but adds great flavor. Just char them lightly over an open flame on your gas range or broil them on each side lightly until speckled black spots appear. Cool and slice.

Source: The Adventure Bite

#tacotuesday #lettucewraps #tacos

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto

This Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto from, View From Great Island is a powerhouse of flavor, you won’t miss the meat at all!

Source: Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto

From Esther’s Kitchen – Esther’s Cheezeburger Tortilla Pizza

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Esther’s Cheezeburger Tortilla Pizza
Cuisine: Esther approved, GF option if using GF tortillas
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 -8″ pizzas
Author: Chef Linda
Ingredients
8 (8″) flour tortillas, forked to remove air pockets
Blush Sauce Ingredients
1 (14.5 oz) can organic diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon ketchup
2 Tablespoons egg-free mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Topping Ingredients
1-(13.7 oz) package gardein-the ultimate beefless ground, defrosted and divided into 1 cup portions for each pizza
1-1/2 cups Daiya mozzarella style shreds
1-1/2 cups Daiya cheddar style shreds
(4) 1/4″ red onion slices, divided
(4) 1/4 cups diced pickles, divided
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced, divided
2 cups chopped lettuce, divided

Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray 4 pizza pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
1. Lay the 8 tortillas on your workspace. Use a fork and pierce random areas onto each tortilla. This will prevent the tortillas from expanding during baking. Lay one tortilla on each pizza pan.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Daiya mozzarella and cheddar style shreds. Spread 1/4 cup Daiya cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Place the other tortillas on top of each cheese covered tortilla. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
2. Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Stir until combined. Spread 1/2 cup sauce onto each pizza leaving about 1/4″ of sauce from the tortilla edge. Spread 1/2 cup Daiya cheese onto the sauce.
3. Place the beefless ground, red onion and tomatoes on the cheese layer.
4. Bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes at 425F.
5. Remove the pizzas from the oven. Place the pickles and lettuce on the pizzas. Slice and serve. Add additional salt and pepper to taste

For more amazing recipes check out Esther’s Kitchen on Facebook

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To find out more about the adorable Esther herself, check out her Facebook Page or her Website. I think you will fall in love with her, her kitty and pup siblings & her Dad’s like I did! If you want to join a great cause you can always join Esther’s Army! You can also find out more about Happily Ever Esther and see what the cause is all about!

 

Lazy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes \\\ Patates douces farcies faciles

Sharing a yummy recipe!

(version française plus bas!) I love sweet potatoes! They are so delicious and simple to prepare. I really enjoy their colours, and they are a definite staple in my kitchen.

Recipe Can Be Found Here: Lazy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes \\\ Patates douces farcies faciles