Archive for November, 2012

Sweet Potato Soup

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

This soup is creamy and satisfying, and delicious at room temperature or slightly warmed. Reminds me of a butternut squash and cream soup! Enjoy as a first course on Thanksgiving day.

3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large clove garlic
1 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. Serve at room temperature topped with cilantro, or warm in a saucepan over low heat and top with chives. Serves 4.


Semi Raw, 100% Real Pumpkin Pie!

Friday, November 9th, 2012

For the Pie Filling:

1 sugar pie pumpkin, peeled & cubed
1/4 almond milk
1 cup dates, soaked
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut oil

For the Crust:

1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dates
1/2 tsp. sea salt

To make the crust, combine the nuts in a food processor until finely ground. Add cinnamon, salt, and dates until the mixture is well combined and begins to “turn over.” Press into a 9 inch pie plate.

To make the filling, bake the pumpkin in a covered baking dish at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes until tender. Allow to cool slightly. Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. Pour over pie crust and chill for several hours or overnight.

 


What are GMO’s and why should you care?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Typically, the term GMO is used to describe foods that we eat. Genes from plants, viruses, bacteria, and animals are inserted into the genes of other plants, like corn, in an attempt to make them resistant to drought, disease and pesticides. Sounds all well and good. However, the safety of such foods has not been proven with long term studies, and other countries have banned GMOs from being imported or grown in their soil. Many processed foods are created from or contain genetically modified crops, like corn and soybeans.
What could be wrong with GMO foods? The issue most distressing to scientists is the possibility that our bodies do not recognize the DNA of GMO foods, and when we eat these altered foods, are bodies treat them as foreign “invaders” and an allergic reaction ensues. The reaction can be severe (think anaphalactic shock experienced by those with food allergies like milk or nuts) or more systemic, like inflammation throughout the body or in the digestive track (IBS). The rise in autoimmune disorders, autism, diabetes, allergies, and other diseases associated with inflammation seem to correlate with the widespread introduction of GMOs into the U.S food supply. Many scientists and advocates for whole foods are convinced that foods not found in nature are part of the reason we are getting sicker. They believe more studies are needed to prove GMOs are safe, and at the very least, should be labeled.
I’m including a few links here, so you can do your own research and decide how you feel about labeling laws and the safetly of our food supply.

http://geneticroulettemovie.com

For practical shopping tips:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/


Cranberry Apple Sauce

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

 

2 large or 3 small apples peeled, cored, and cut into pieces (I like Honey Crisp or Jonagold)

1 navel orange peeled and cut into pieces (leave some of the pith on – it’s good for you!)

2 cups fresh raw cranberries

1 cup of raisins, soaked for at least an hour

4 tbsp maple syrup

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

 

Place the cranberries and apples in food processor and process until combined.  Add rest of ingredients and process again until all is combined.

 

I love apple sauce and this recipe is perfect for this time of year – I serve it in place of cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving!