Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Purple Sweet Potatoes in red wine with toasted quinoa and almonds

Thanksgiving is next month and I am always thinking about what will I do differently this year. Then I remember that I go out of town each year and visit my family, so it’s more like what will I do differently for Christmas this year. Lately, for the past 3 years I have been doing a French country inspired Christmas dinner, but I want to switch it up a bit. I want to do more of a vegetarian theme dinner. I know my boys, they will not have that at all, but I will incorporate more plant-based recipes this year. I always add a new vegetarian plant based recipe each year and less meat, getting closer and closer to my vegetarian Christmas dinner, more and more. LOL.

This particular dish came about when I was thinking of my past made coursed for Christmas, usually I like to do a Beef Bourguignon, but if I could do a take on that recipe using vegetables.  Now this recipe is not like Beef Bourguignon, at all but the richness of it from the wine and the balsamic vinegar, reminded me so much of the dish. It could easily be a main course for vegan or vegetarian table.

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Purple Sweet Potato in red wine 

I toasted quinoa and almonds to add some protein and texture, some cranberries and lemon zest and you have a deliciously decadent, rich, and refreshing dish for Thanksgiving or any time of the Fall and Winter season.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much I did today. You can add walnuts, or any other nut your prefer, instead of almonds. I had almonds and hand and I believe in using what you have.

Enjoy and Remember to Set the Table with Love.

 

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Purple Sweet Potato in red with toasted quinoa and almonds

Ingredients:

1 medium butter squash, peeled and chopped into 1-2 inch pieces

1 pound brussels sprouts, peeled and halved

3 medium purple sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-2 inch pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onions

2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced

1 tbsp sea salt, or taste

1  1/2 tbsp Harissa seasoning, adjust to your heat preference

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Garnish: Toasted Quinoa, Toasted Nuts, Cranberries and Lemon Zest

 

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Purple Sweet Potato in red wine with toasted quinoa and almonds

Directions:

Preheat the oven 375.

In a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat, add the oil and chopped veggies and sea salt. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the onions and garlic. Add the Harissa and brown sugar Stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the wine and vinegar.

Place the cast iron skillet in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes until the vegetables are brown and a fork can go through the vegetables easily.

Toasted Quinoa recipe: Quinoa two ways ~ Toasted and Roasted

For Toasted Nuts,  just add nuts in a non stick pan on medium heat and allow to toast until you can smell the nuts aroma, remove from heat, be careful not to burn them.

Once cooked add the vegetable in a beautiful bowl top with toasted quinoa, nuts, cranberries and lemon zest.

 

 

 

Pan Seared and Poached Halibut with sweet peas in a lemon caper broth topped with Sweet Potato Chips

Halibut. One of my favorite fish to make. I use to be so intimidated about making fish, until I was on Food Network’s All Star Academy and my mentor, Alex Guarnaschelli had me make Arctic Char for one of the elimination challenges, her  mentoring gave me the confidence to never be scared of fish again. The thing that blew me away the most, was during judging. Adam Richman, Man Finds Food, told me my Arctic Char could be served in a restaurant and he would order it, Yes!!

The key to any ingredient is understanding the ingredient itself. If you have never used a particular ingredient, I would suggest to research it. Ask a chef or someone you know that  is an excellent cook that has used it before, successfully. Cooking is an adventure, so dive in with an open heart.

Now, back to the recipe. I had a few of my fans wanting this recipe, so I hope you guys enjoy it, but make sure, before you get started to Set the Table with Love. Enjoy.

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Pan Seared and Poached Halibut with sweet peas, sweet potato chips in a lemon caper broth

Pan Seared and Poached Halibut:

Ingredients:

4, 5 oz. halibut filets

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon no salt herb garlic seasonings

2 tablespoons of organic butter

1 shallot, finely minced

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup of dry wine

3/4 cup of chicken stock

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp capers

5 springs of thyme

1 tablespoon of cold, unsalted butter

1 cup green peas,  frozen peas thawed out
Instructions:

Place a large lidded skillet over high heat. Once hot, season the filets with the salt, garlic seasoning, then add the unsalted butter and then place the halibut filets in the pan. Sear on one side, without moving, for 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes carefully flip the filets and then move the heat to low. Add the lemon juice, chicken stock, dry wine, shallot, bay leaf, thyme and capers. Place the lid on the pan and cook  on low heat.  Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until halibut is just opaque.The fish will keep cooking so do not over cook it. When desired doneness is reached, pull the skillet off of the heat and remove the halibut from the pan and place the fish on a warm plate and lightly cover with foil. Use braising liquids from the pan to make your broth. Add the cold butter into the liquid and whisk until combined. Keep the broth on low heat add the green peas into the broth and allow to warm through.  Keep the broth warm, on a very low heat.

Sweet Potato Chips

1 medium sweet potato, sliced with a mandolin

sea salt to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and position oven rack in the center of the oven.
    Rinse and dry your sweet potatoes thoroughly and slice them with a mandolin, or use a knife and slice them as thinly as possible.
  2. Toss slices in a touch of olive oil to lightly coat, then sprinkle with salt.  Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a non stick baking sheet.
  3. Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, then turn the potato slices over, and bake for another 6-7 minutes , watch for the edges, they will start to get darker, pull them before they burn. Remove once crisp and golden brown. Some may feel a little tender in the middle but take them out and let them rest for 10 minutes, so they can crisp up. To assemble this dish, I put the chips on top of the halibut as a garnish with a lemon wedge.

Assemble:

Add broth into a bowl, add halibut in the middle of the bowl and top with sweet potato chips and lemon slice( optional).

Vegan Street Tacos ~ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

I love tacos!!! I am loving even more the creativity these street tacos are delivering to our taste buds. Here’s a quick one you can try at home. I topped it with Go Raw Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps, these yummies took this taco to another level.

Vegan Street Tacos ~ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
Vegan Street Tacos ~ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

 

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed ( small cubes)

1 can organic black beans, drained

3-4 Sprouted Corn tortillas

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/ 4 cup chopped red bell peppers

1/2 cup avocado, cubed

1 tsp freshly squeezed lime

1/2 tsp smoked chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cumin powder

Salt and pepper to taste

The finish touch: Handful of Go Raw tangy lime coconut crisps, for each taco

Directions :

Place cubed sweet potatoes on parchment papered cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil and a little sea salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes on 375, until golden brown.

In a sauce pan add drained black beans with a little olive oil and stir and cook on medium high heat. Add all your spices and continue to cook and stir, until the beans are warmed through completely. Set a side.

Take 3-4 sprouted tortilla shells ( warmed) and add the beans first and then the sweet potatoes. Add your onions, peppers, avocados and cilantro and a drizzle of the lime juice. Top it all of with Go Raw Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps for a nice sweet and tangy finish.

No oil baked Sweet Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

This post is inspired by my Instagram friend Cristian Peters. She has this amazing blog called Simply Clean Cooking. Please go and check out her delicious blog. She is one of my inspiration to eating more Vegan based foods. Yesterday, she posted these amazing No oil/ Baked Crispy French fries. I guess the Irish makes me crave potatoes all the time. I decided today to try this technique out on my family. I know my husband and son, so I have to do a test run first. They have not converted over to a plant based diet completely, yet. So these fries have to be delicious!!

No oil/ Baked Sweet Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

Here’s what I did. 

Preheat the oven to 415.

I took one medium sweet potato. Peeled it and cut it into 1/4-1/2 inch thick fries.

I rinsed the fries and patted them dry with a towel. Sweet potatoes are a lot drier than regular white potatoes, so rinsing them I found helps the baking process. Science. 🙂

I put parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and placed the fries on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Separate them, so they can crisp up.

Bake for 12-17 minutes. It took my fries about 15 minutes to cook. If you can put a fork through them, they are ready. Once they are fork tender.  I turned on the broiler and cooked them for another 2-3 minutes.  DO NOT PUT THEM UNDER THE BROILER. YOU WILL CATCH THE PARCHMENT PAPER ON FIRE. Keep them in the oven.

This really crisped them up. WATCH THE BOILER, SO THEY DO NOT BURN. SWEET POTATOES HAVE LOTS OF SUGAR IN THEM. 🙂

Pull them out once they are brown enough. I sprinkled a nice Sweet Chipotle Rub on them while they were still hot.

Here’s the rub:

1/4 tsp. paprika, chili powder, garlic powder

1/8 tsp. sea salt

pinch of organic cane sugar.

Mix ingredients together and sprinkle over hot fries. Eat and Enjoy.

Thanks for the inspiration!! Cristian Peters!

Always , Set the Table with Love.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cranberry Pancakes ( Gluten and Dairy Free)

I love sweet potatoes. They are amazing for your skin and an overall wellbeing. They are packed out with Vitamin A, B6, C, D and also they contain iron, which is important in helping us produce red and white blood cells, keep our immunity going strong and help us to metabolize proteins.  They are also high in carotenoids, like beta carotene, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

Hey owning a natural and organic skin care company, that is a plus for me to eat sweet potatoes. lol.

Last night I made my family their favorite, Sweet Potato Soufflé, some people call it Sweet Potato Pound, but mine is so light and fluffy my husband calls it a soufflé.  I did a new spin on my original recipe. I made it Vegan. I did not tell my family until after they ate it. My husband was so surprised and said, “Honey I like this version better.” SCORE!!

My diet is 90% vegetarian, vegan and raw. I am still working on my boys, but little by little they are coming around. They ate almost the whole pot. I went to look in the fridge and noticed there was only about a cup and a half of Sweet Potato Soufflé left, it gave me an idea; Sweet Potato Pecan Cranberry Pancakes for breakfast!

This is a throw together recipe but I think this is what I did to create these yummy Vegan pancakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. This will be my second Vegan recipe I will try on my boys next week. LOL.

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SWEET POTATO PECAN CRANBERRY PANCAKES ( GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE)

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First thing First, my recipe for Sweet Potato Soufflé 

6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into big cubes

3/4 cup almond milk ( unsweetened )

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 organic honey ( you can use maple syrup, but my son is allergic)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
With an electric mixer on low, blend potatoes, slowly adding milk, about 1/2 a cup at a time. Use more or less to achieve desired texture. Add coconut oil and honey or maple syrup to taste. Blend until smooth. Serve warm.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cranberry Pancakes

1 1/2 cup Sweet Potato Soufflé

1 cup organic gluten-free oats ( process a 1/2 cup into flour, put the rest to the side)

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

pinch of salt, to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl combine the sweet potatoes, floured oats, cranberries, pecans and salt until well incorporated. Add the remaining gluten free oats and stir. This should give the pancakes a nice oat coating. If you need more oats just add a little at a time until you get the desire consistency. In a sauté pan add the coconut oil to a medium heat. Shape the mixture into the desired size of pancakes you would like. Add to the oil and cook until golden brown on each side. Mines took about 2-3 minutes on each side. Plate and drizzle with a little honey or maple syrup.

Enjoy and Remember no matter what your table looks like Set it with Love.

Atlanta and Company today/Sweet Potato and Apple Hashbrown

One of my favorite recipes from my new cookbook Set the Table with Love. Check it out Set the Table with Love

What an awesome time on Atlanta and Company today. I enjoyed my demo and interview with Christine Pullara. We did this recipe. Check it out.

Click on the link below and watch the video. 🙂

Sweet Potato and Apple Hash brown  Live Demo and Interview

1 extra-large sweet potato [peeled and shredded] 1 medium gala apple ( peeled and shredded) 1/2 tbsp ginger (peeled and shredded)
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 c. gluten-free flour
1/4 tsp. ginger powder
1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
2 tbsp. coconut oil for frying

1. Wash and peel sweet potato and apple, then shred them. Using a colander, rinse the sweet potatoes until the water runs mostly clear. Squeeze the rinsed potatoes to remove excess water and empty them into a medium bowl with the shredded apples and ginger.
2. Add flour and all the spices to the vegetables and ginger, mix everything well.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to a cast iron skillet or regular skillet and heat on medium-high. Test the pan by tossing in a couple of sweet potato shreds — if it crackles, the pan is ready. Use a 1⁄4 cup to measure the hash brown mixture into the pan and then use a spatula to flatten them out into a nice circle.
4. Cook for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for 2 more, you may need to adjust time based on your stove. When golden brown they are ready.
5.Remove them from the skillet and allow them to cool for a few minutes on a paper towel-lined plate.

Makes 6-8 small hash-browns

 

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Sweet Potato Balls with a little Thai Indian twist

This recipe came out of the fact I had some sweet potatoes leftover from dinner last night. I thought about making my Gluten free sweet potato biscuits but wanted to do something different.

These Sweet Potato Balls are Gluten free and diary free. I love the ginger bite they have and they are not too sweet.  I made a Cinnamon Cardamom and Ginger sugar to dip them in, super yummy!!  Enjoy !

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cup  organic ( already cooked) sweet potato
1/4  cup potato starch
3/4 cup sweet white rice flour ( Bob’s Mills gluten-free flour is awesome!)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
3-4 cups coconut or canola oil

Directions

Mash sweet potatoes in a large bowl with a potato masher. If you are using leftover sweet potatoes go to the next step. If you are cooking them for this recipe, allow them to cool.

Add the remaining  ingredients and mix them together well until it forms a dough like shape.

On a counter sprinkle a little Sweet white flour and add the dough onto the flour.  Gently with your hands form it into a smooth ball.  Pull  small amounts of dough from your smooth ball and create smaller balls.

Heat vegetable oil in a deep-frying pan on medium to low heat.

Deep fry sweet potato balls in oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes depending on your stove. Stir the balls occasionally, because they will try to stick.

Drain on paper towels.

Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger Sugar

This mixture has a little kick to it.

Brown Paper Bag

1 1/2  cup organic sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2  tsp cardamom

1 1/2  tsp ginger

Add the balls into the bag of sugar mix and shake well. You can also sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture on the balls after placing on a serving platter.

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato biscuits

973330_10151466366983613_1388113959_nOrganic sweet potato biscuits topped with yes real organic cinnamon honey butter. These biscuits will be your all time vegetarian favorites. I remember my Mom’s sweet potato pie. Still one of my favorite holiday desserts, this is a homage to her recipe.
This recipe is low in fat and sugar but with big flavor.

1 cup of mashed cooked sweet potatoes
3 tbs of vegetable oil
1 tbs of organic honey

1 tbs of organic maple syrup

1 tsp of organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp of sea salt

1 cup of Bob’s Mill Pancake flour
1/4 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp of cardamom
1/4 tsp of clove

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray
2. Combine sweet potatoes, oil, syrup, vinegar, and salt in a large.
3. Cut dry ingredients into sweet potato mixture with fork until mixture comes together. Stir in 2 to 3 tbs. water or enough to get dough to hold together.
4. Use a tbs to drop the dough on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 – 17 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned and firm to the touch.

Cinnamon Honey Butter

3 tbs of organic butter
2 tbs of organic honey
1 tbs of cinnamon

In a bowl mix all ingredient. Spread over top of the biscuit. I love to break those warm babies open and add that yummy cinnamon honey inside. Enjoy.