Sweet Potato Curry

Potato Roti Curry

I made this tonight and it was divine. It is a soupy curry dish that is quite easy to prepare. While roti is traditional thing to serve with this, whole wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. You can also saute up beans and spinach and serve over that too for a gluten free version.

Sweet Potato Curry
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato (about 1½ pounds)
  • 3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled acorn squash (about ¾ pound)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14oz) light coconut milk
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Combine first 6 ingredients; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add spice mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add potato, squash, and bell pepper, stirring to coat with spice mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in water and coconut milk, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender. Season to taste (I added a little curry powder at the end). Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Photo Credit: Cooking Light

Tortilla-less Sweet Potato Tacos

Sweet Potato Taco

So my hubs is going slow carb this month which means I had to get a little creative when I wanted some Mexican food. I had recently seen a recipe for Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos on my friends website but was trying to recreate without using the corn tortilla. Instead, I came up with the idea of using the sweet potato as the “taco shell” and putting the filling on the inside. It’s not a taco you’ll be eating with your hands but it was delicious nonetheless!

Tortilla-less Sweet Potato Tacos
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2-4 small or medium sized sweet potatoes, rinsed and ends cut off
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1-2 bell peppers, diced (color is your choice)
  • 1 cup corn
  • Approximately 2 cups beans of choice, wither homemade or canned
  • 1 package taco seasoning (I prefer Trader Joes as it is all natural)
  • Any additional favorite taco toppings: cabbage, avocado, salsa, cheese, etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Bake sweet potatoes until tender, approximately 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool until you can handle. (This can be done ahead of time)
  2. Slice potato lengthwise and scoop out the center leaving about ¼ in of the potato on the skin. (You can save the extra potato for something else if you’d like)! Increase the heat of the oven to 450. Brush or rub grapeseed oil (or another high smoke point oil) over both sides of the potato skins. Sprinkle with salt. Place on a baking rack or in a roasting pan. Cook for 7-10 minutes on each side, until browned and slightly crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan and add onions, cooking until fragrant. Add bell peppers and corn and cook until peppers begin to soften. Add taco seasoning and beans and saute until cooked through.
  4. Place sweet potato “taco shells” on a plate, fill with vegetable mixture and top with you favorite taco toppings.

 

The Best of 2011

It’s hard to believe FLB has been going strong for a year. Below is a year in review of the best recipes of 2011! It’s been a great year and here’s looking forward to an even better and healthier 2012! Happy New Year to you all.

January: Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

February: Cilantro and Lemon Flax Vinaigrette

March: Warm Garbanzo and Quinoa Salad

April: Vegetable and White Bean Stew

May: Sesame Crusted Tofu Stir Fry

June: The Cookie-less Cookie

July: Raw Zucchini Pasta

August: The Ultimate Veggie Burger

September: Pea and Mint Dip

October: Baked Kale Chips

November: Harvest Bread

December: Brussels Sprout Salad

Kale and Roasted Vegetable Soup

Roasted Veggie and Kale Soup

It is definitely becoming soup weather here in SF. This is your rainy Sunday afternoon kind of soup as it is a bit time consuming but definitely worth every minute of it!!!

Kale and Roasted Vegetable Soup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges or 4 or 5 slices
  • ½ small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut lengthwise into ½ inch thick wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups or more of vegetable broth
  • 4 cups of finely chopped kale
  • 3 large fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 15 oz can of Great Northern white beans, drained or homemade beans!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush rimmed baking sheet with a thin coat of olive oil. Arrange carrots, squash, tomatoes, onion, and garlic on sheet. Drizzle with more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast vegetables until they are brown and tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.
  2. Cut squash and carrots into ½ inch pieces; set aside. Peel garlic cloves; place in food processor. Add tomatoes and onion; puree until almost smooth. Pour ½ cup broth onto the baking sheet; scrape up any browned bits. Transfer broth and vegetable puree to large pot. Add 5½ cups broth, kale, thyme and bay leaf to pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until kale is tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Add carrots, beans, and squash to soup. Simmer 8 minutes to blend flavors, adding more broth to thin soup if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf.

Photo Credit: Simply Recipes

Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry

Delicata Squash and Tofu Curry

I’ve found curry recipes to be a little hit and miss… and I will safely say this one was a hit! After my post about butternut squash, I realized there are so many winter squashes out there I have yet to try. I found this recipe on Eating Well and was determined to try out this new squash. If you cannot find delicata you can replace with pumpkin, butternut or kabocha squash.

Delicata Squash & Tofu Curry
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 package (140z) extra-firm or firm water-packed tofu
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large delicata squash (about 1 pound), halved, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 14oz can “lite” coconut milk
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped kale or chard, tough stems removed
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice, plus more to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine curry powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Blot tofu dry with a paper towel and cut into 1-inch cubes; toss the tofu in a medium bowl with 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture.
  2. Heat ½ the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and cook, stirring every 2 minutes, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add squash, onion, ginger and the remaining spice mixture; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add coconut milk; bring to a boil. Add half the kale (or chard) and cook, stirring, until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the rest of the greens and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return the tofu to the pan, cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the squash and greens are tender, 3 to 5 minutes more.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice.

Serving suggestion: Serve over grain of choice

Can’t Beat Butternut!

Butternut Squash

I am a warm summer weather type of girl but I will tell you that once butternut squash hits the shelves I am a happy camper. Butternut squash is high in fiber, potassium (which is important for bone health) and vitamin B6, which helps with proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. The squash’s vibrant color is trying to tell you something as well, it is a powerhouse of nutrients known as carotenoids, which are shown to protect against heart disease. Below are a couple of my favorite recipes using this delightful nutrient-packed squash.

Red Lentil and Squash Soup

Squash, Chickpea and Kidney Bean Soup

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Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut Squash and Corn Soup

Butternut Squash and Corn Soup

Squash, Chickpea and Kidney Bean Soup

Red Lentil and Squash Soup

It’s getting to be that time of year where nothing is more satisfying than a nice warm bowl of soup. I love this recipe because it is loaded with vegetables but also packed with protein because of the two types of beans. I enjoy this soup with some kale chips on top! Photo and recipe courtesy of Eating Well.

Squash, Chickpea and Kidney Bean Soup
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, or ¾ cup dried and overnight or quick soaked
  • 2½ lbs butternut squash, cut into 1 in cubes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15oz) red kidney beans, or ¾ cup dried and overnight or quick soaked
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp hot paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine the chickpeas, squash, carrots, onion, red beans, broth, tomato paste, ginger, cumin, salt, paprika and pepper in a slow cooker.
  2. Put on the lid and cook on low until the chickpeas are tender and the beans have begun to break down, 5 to 6½ hours.
  3. Put about half of the cooked soup into a food processor and pulse until beans are mashed. Add this mixture back into the soup and mix well.
  4. Stir in lime juice. Serve sprinkled with peanuts and cilantro.

 

Ravioli with Arugula and Pecorino

Ravioli with Arugula and PecorinoBuon Giorno from Italia! We are staying at a little house here in the North of Tuscany so I have been keeping up with some cooking and when in Tuscany do as the Tuscans do, right? We went shopping for some pasta and it is so fun to buy all the different kinds of pasta here. I had made this recipe in the past and after seeing all the delicious types of filled pastas they have and the fact that all the pecorino around here is so local and fresh, I knew it would be a hit. The arugula allows this pasta dish to feel nice and light while still getting to enjoy some pasta! Until next time… Ciao :).

Ravioli with Arugula and Pecorino
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh or frozen ravioli (any filled pasta ie. tortellini will work, I prefer vegetable filled but can do cheese or any type you prefer)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 c arugula
  • ½ c shaved pecorino (parmesan works too!)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook ravioli until tender, 7 to 9 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, mash garlic and salt into a paste with the side of a chef’s knife or back of a spoon. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic paste and shallots and cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar, mustard and pepper; remove from the heat.
  3. Drain the ravioli well. Place in a large bowl and toss with arugula and the dressing. Serve sprinkled with cheese.

Serving Suggestion: This is also really great if you use pesto as the sauce in place of the shallot vinaigrette.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Eating Well.

Open Face Veggie Taco

Raw Veggie Taco

This is something that I have almost daily. Most of you will think it is a weird breakfast item but I got in the habit of having a ton of veggies for breakfast when I did a 10 day challenge and haven’t gone back since. I used to always make this  on bread which is very yummy but there is something incredibly delicious about a corn tortilla!!!

Open Face Veggie Taco
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp hummus
  • ½ avocado, sliced lengthwise
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • ¼ cucumber, sliced in thin rounds
  • 1 tomato, thinly slices (I prefer heirlooms if they are in season)
  • Olive/Flax oil
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Salt
  • Handful of basil leaves, chopped
  • Sprouts
Instructions
  1. Lightly toast the corn tortillas over the burner. Be on careful watch here!
  2. Layer ingredients in order starting with hummus and ending with tomatoes.
  3. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with lemon pepper and salt and then garnish with basil and sprouts. Serve open faced and eat with fork and knife!

 

Black Bean, Chile and Quinoa Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger

I had made an attempt at veggie burgers in the past and ended up with a crumbly mess. These ones turned out quite different. They were a hit among both vegetarians and non vegetarians. The chilies give it some good flavor while the beans and quinoa make it nice and hearty.

Black Bean, Chile and Quinoa Veggie Burger
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 can (7 oz) diced green chilies
  • ⅓ cup cooked corn
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, plus extra
  • 2 eggs/egg whites (only needed if burgers do not seem to be staying together)
Instructions
  1. Combine the quinoa and broth in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered until the quinoa is tender.
  2. In a bowl, slightly mash the black beans. Mix with remaining ingredients except eggs. Chill the mixture. I chilled for about 5 hours to let the flavors absorb.
  3. Just before cooking, mix the eggs into the mixture and stir evenly. Shape mixture into patties and brown and heat in a frying pan with a little oil.
  4. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.