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.

 

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

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

Black Eyed Pea Salad

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Blackeye peas salad
FOR THE BEANS
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 or 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound black-eyed peas, washed and picked over
6 cups water
1 bay leaf
Salt to taste
FOR THE DRESSING AND SALAD
¼ cup red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 to 2 teaspoons lightly toasted cumin, ground (to taste)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ cup broth from the beans
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, diced
½ cup chopped cilantro
Nutritional Information
PREPARATION
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot over medium heat and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add half the garlic and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Add the black-eyed peas and the water and bring to a simmer. Skim off any foam from the surface of the water. Add the bay leaf and salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons). Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Taste and add more salt if desired. Add the remaining garlic, cover and simmer until the beans are tender but intact. Taste and adjust salt. Remove from the heat and carefully drain through a colander or strainer set over a bowl. Transfer the beans to a large salad bowl.
In a pyrex measuring cup or a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and mustard. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the bean broth, then the olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add a little more vinegar if you wish. Stir the dressing into the warm beans. Stir in the red pepper and cilantro, and serve, or allow to cool and serve at room temperature

Mango rice bowl with spicy tahini sauce

This sounds deeelicious!

Next week I am putting this dish on my table!

Courtesy of

art of being fabulous!

It’s getting a little cold out these days. I don’t know what I was expecting since it’s mid-November and I live in Canada! We have experienced unseasonably warm weather in Toronto…

 Mango rice bowl with spicy tahini sauce

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash By: Vegan Hugs

This vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash is sweet, savory, hearty and oh-so gorgeous! It’s gluten-free and packed with nutrition. Perfect for fall!

Ingredients

1 cup dry quinoa , cooked according to package instructions. (add a pinch of salt to the water)
3 acorn squash (medium-sized)
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (or preferred cooking oil)
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 large apple, diced
2 cups cremini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped (about 8 oz)
1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste

Source & Instruction: Sweet & Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash (Vegan & GF) – Vegan Huggs

Sweet Potato Frittata

Sweet potatoes and eggs rarely go together, but when you add nutritious sweet potatoes to a frittata, the dish is all at once rich and healthy.

Recipe share: Sweet Potato Frittata

tempeh hash with brussels sprouts

Deliciousness!!!!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

 

Get the recipe at: Oh My Veggies