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Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

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The vibrant flavors of Thai cooking create amazing dishes like these golden spiced Thai noodles, which are light yet surprisingly filling and satisfying. The flavors of lime juice, spicy peppers and curry taste amazing when balanced with the subtle sweet flavors of coconut milk and rice. The coconut milk also cools the spiciness to create a wonderful balance of spiciness and creaminess. 

This recipe for Golden Spiced Thai Noodles incorporates wonderfully fragrant Thai spices into a simple noodle dish. Fragrant, hot, and subtly sweet, the creamy coconut sauce soaks into the soft Jasmine rice noodles. This tasty sauce combines aromatic spices with sweet coconut cream and spicy peppers. To accentuate these flavors, fresh lime juice is splashed into the sauce to bring out the flavors and to add some zest. Overall, these golden spiced Thai noodles are light and fresh yet comforting and nourishing–a healthy and delicious main dish or side.

It’s also a simple recipe to make that contains just a few ingredients plus spices. Simply cook up some rice noodles (They cook so quickly!) while making the sauce. Creating the sauce involves heating up spices,ginger, and garlic, then cooling everything down with some coconut milk and fresh lime juice. Top with optional tomatoes and Thai basil for additional freshness and flavor. 

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Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

Golden Spiced Thai Noodles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package or 8 oz. of rice noodles
  2. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  3. 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  4. 1 tbsp. minced ginger
  5. 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp. each of chili powder and cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp. favorite curry powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. paprika
  9. A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  10. 2 tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  11. 1/2 cup coconut cream
  12. Optional fresh ingredients: Thai basil and chopped cherry tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Add rice noodles to boiling water for around four minutes. Let sit then assemble the sauce ingredients. Add the oil, vegetable broth, minced ginger and garlic, and the spices to a skillet or low pan and sauté for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant and the garlic becomes golden. Add in the coconut cream, brown sugar, and salt & pepper, while mixing over low heat just until warm. Drain the rice noodles, then add them to the sauce and toss until the noodles are evenly coated. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Curry

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The abundance of pumpkins and the crisp fall weather makes for the perfect time to start cooking warming dishes with heating spices and hearty ingredients like pumpkin curry. While we normally think of pumpkins as a decoration or an ingredient in pies, it’s easy to forget how delicious this seasonal ingredient is in savory recipes such as curry.

Small pumpkins are often used in Thai cuisine–they can be boiled, steamed, or baked. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient that is amazing in so many recipes. Surprisingly, it is actually very tasty in non-sweet/dessert recipes so it’s time to start incorporating them into your hearty soups and other savory meals. It tastes similar to sweet potatoes and butternut squash when steamed or baked. Add it to soups, stir-fries, and curries. Plus, it’s such a nourishing food that is both warming and satisfying. Some main health benefits of pumpkin are that it is full of fiber and nutrients that keep your heart, eyes, and skin healthy while also helping the immune system with protecting against seasonal viruses.

This pumpkin curry recipe might be messy, but it is soft, savory, and warm with flavors that are lightly spicy and fragrant from the rich and flavorful herbs and spices. Along with these delicious flavors, coconut milk adds a creamy and buttery element that cools down the spiciness. Soft curried pumpkin can be a delicious topping over rice or simply eaten as a soup. All you need to do to make this recipe is skin and chop a small pumpkin, remove the seeds and then steam/simmer it until soft and then add the other ingredients so that it can soak up the seasonal flavors.

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Pumpkin Curry
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/2 tbsp. fresh ginger or ginger paste
  4. 1 tsp. curry powder
  5. 1 tsp. turmeric
  6. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  7. 1/4 mild red chili pepper or 1/4 tsp chili powder
  8. 1/2 small pumpkin, skinned and chopped into cubes
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1/2 of 1 zucchini, chopped
  11. 1 diced yellow bell pepper
  12. 1 chopped tomato
  13. 3/4 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Begin by cutting into the pumpkin into quarters, then peel the skin off of the pumpkin. Heat the water in a medium saucepan and add the garlic, ginger, and other spices to the hot water until fragrant. Add the diced pumpkin and chili pepper and steam while covered for about five minutes. Now add the zucchini, bell pepper, tomato, and coconut milk--let simmer for about 10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over quinoa or rice.
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Sweet Potato Veggie Plate

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This sweet potato veggie plate is super delicious and satisfying while being full of essential nutrients. All the colors and textures satisfy your mind and leave you fully satisfied. Fill your plate with nutrient-dense plants and you will feel energized from this flavorful goodness. The star of this recipe is the sweet potato—these sweet potato wedges are roasted until they are soft and moist with a subtle caramel flavor. Then they are drizzled with almond butter and maple syrup, which soak into the warm flesh of the sweet potatoes. They are perfectly sweet, salty, and nutty. The steamed broccoli and greens add a nice salty contrast to balance out the sweet, dense quality of the sweet potatoes—they add the essential savory element. Plus, the mineral-rich greens are full of protein that is easily digested and absorbed by the body—especially when steamed. This sweet potato veggie plate is full of complex carbs, fiber, protein, and numerous vitamins and minerals. The various flavors and textures create a colorful and satisfying meal, and you can fill your plate with nutritious plants until your heart is content!

It’s also delicious topped with a nice, creamy scoop of guacamole !

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Sweet Potato Veggie Plate
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Sweet Potatoes
  1. 4 medium sweet potatoes
  2. 2 tbsp. almond butter
  3. 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. Dash of unrefined salt
Veggies
  1. 1 head of broccoli, steamed or boiled
  2. Steamed greens of choice such as swiss chard or collard greens
Avocado Mash
  1. 1 avocado
  2. 1 garlic clove, minced
  3. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  4. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes and chop them lengthwise into wedges. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and top with the sliced sweet potatoes. Bake for around 45-60 minutes depending on the oven. If you insert a fork, the sweet potatoes should be soft and not starchy in the middle with slightly crisp edges. While the sweet potatoes cook, prepare the avocado mash and steam the broccoli for about 10 minutes, adding the greens for the last 5 minutes. Once everything has finished cooking, add everything to a plate and drizzle the sweet potatoes with the almond butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If using an efficient oven that cooks quickly, check the sweet potatoes after about 45 minutes. If using a slower oven, check on the sweet potatoes after about 50-60 minutes.
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Creamy Cheeseless Sauce (nut-free)

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Savory, cheesy, and garlicky, this healthy and creamy cheeseless sauce is unbelievably smooth and satisfying. It is super tasty and cheesy, yet it’s made with whole-food ingredients blended together into a delicious sauce.  Thanks to flavorful and nutrient-dense veggies and spices, this mix of ingredients transforms into a smooth and flavorful sauce that is perfect over noodles, rice, veggies, or even by itself as a soup.

Fortunately, blended sauces couldn’t be any easier.  Simply cook up all your veggies in a pot, season them with herbs and spices of choice, then blend them together into the smoothest and creamiest sauce.  There are endless versions and so many combinations of flavors and textures.  This sauce uses steamed sweet potato as its base, and herbs like garlic and oregano as flavor enhancers.  The thick and hearty texture of the sweet potato is amazing for blending into an incredibly smooth base that can be topped with these savory herbs, which add a deep Italian-herb flavor reminiscent of your favorite cream pastas–without all the heavy dairy products. This nutritious and creamy, cheeseless sauce combines fragrant garlic, turmeric, and oregano with the subtle sweetness and saltiness of the sweet potato for a deeply satisfying sauce.  Pour this sauce over noodles or rice for a comforting meal that is both warm and savory.

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Creamy Cheeseless Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 10 oz. package of cubed sweet potato or 1 medium sweet potato, sliced
  2. 1 cup hot water*
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
Herbs & Spices
  1. 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  2. 1/4 tsp. basil
  3. 1/4 tsp. oregano
  4. 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
  5. 1 tbsp. tahini or sesame seeds (you can substitute other seeds for this)
  6. 6 shakes or about 1/4 tsp. of black pepper
  7. Optional 1 to 2 tbsp. oil or buttery spread of choice
Instructions
  1. Steam or boil the sweet potato over boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes if using small cubes of potato. Add the cooked sweet potato along with 1 cup of the hot water into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend the cooked sweet potato, hot water, and salt on low, gradually increasing the speed up to high-speed and blending on high for about 20 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients into the sauce and blend on low or pulse until just incorporated. Serve fresh over cooked noodles. Garnish with additional herbs, salt & pepper.
Notes
  1. *If the amount of water is not enough for the quantity of sweet potato, slowly increase water until the blender can smoothly mix the sweet potato and water together. This depends on the type of blender/processor and amount/size of sweet potato.
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Crispy Salt & Pepper Potato Wedges

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Crispy and buttery on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside–the equation for a perfect potato wedge. These potato fries are transformed from whole potatoes into buttery and soft fleshed potato wedges with a crisp outer skin infused with seasonings. They are soft on the inside, yet crispy on the outside, and are coated with a buttery-herb mixture that is infused with garlic and seasoned with pepper and pink salt. Just one bite into the savory potato wedges and their herb-infused crispy outside and soft inside will win over your tastebuds! They’re so flavorful that they are even good without ketchup. As a bonus, they are free of dairy, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives–they’re simply made from the potato in its natural form and drizzled with oil and spices as the natural taste of the potatoes is better preserved by being baked in the oven instead of fried.

With a little bit of prep, crispy salt & pepper potato wedges can be created simply and quickly. There is an easy method for turning them into delicious and crispy wedges–all it requires is a little washing, slicing, and coating the potatoes with oil and the seasoning mixture. In order to coat each surface of the crispy potato wedges with savory flavor,  it is helpful to whisk the seasonings together into a powder ahead of time in order to easily coat the potatoes for maximum flavor.

 

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Crispy Salt & Pepper Potato Wedges
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Ingredients
  1. 4 pounds of gold potatoes
  2. 2 tbsp. oil
  3. 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
powder
  1. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  2. generous sprinkles of cracked pepper or about 1/4 tsp. of fine pepper
  3. 1 tsp. parsley
  4. 1 tsp. oregano
  5. 1 tbsp. organic sugar
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice potatoes into wedges. Place them into a mixing bowl and set aside. Assemble powder ingredients by mixing them in a cup, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the potatoes with the oil, vinegar, and the powder then mix everything together. Line the potatoes on two trays with parchment paper, and bake them for 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the edges. Sprinkle with additional seasonings, S&P, and enjoy!
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White Alfredo Pizza (V & GF)

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This white Alfredo pizza is soft and crispy with a layer of savory garlic Alfredo sauce that is a delicious complement to the juicy bites of corn and sliced onions. The flavorful sauce is so creamy and satisfying that it completely makes up for any lack of cheese or meat. You can use a pre-made regular or GF crust for a quick and simple pizza recipe, but homemade crust is always delicious too. While there are endless topping options for pizza, white alfredo pizza is a refreshing twist on the traditional pizza with red sauce.

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White Alfredo Pizza
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White Sauce
  1. 4 cups frozen or fresh white corn
  2. 1/2 cup leftover cooking water
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  4. 3 cloves minced garlic
  5. 1 tbsp. butter or oil of choice
  6. 1 tbsp. lime or lemon juice
  7. Prepared pizza crust*
  8. Toppings: 1/4 tsp. basil and parsley, 1/2 cup corn, 5 basil leaves, 1/4 cup diced red onion, S & P, and optional sliced artichoke hearts
Instructions
  1. Start by making your pizza crust or baking the prepared crust for 9 minutes. Next, steam or boil corn, then add cooked corn to a blender or food processor with 1/2 cup of cooking water and salt. Blend on low and increase to high until mixture is very smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse or blend until the ingredients are mixed but not over-blended.
  2. Spread the sauce onto the crust and add the toppings. Bake the pizza for an additional 5 minutes or until the pizza is crispy on the edges and the toppings are warmed. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *pizza crust cooking times will vary, but cooking it for about 3/4 through the cooking time before adding toppings will help the crust become cook without over-cooking the toppings.
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Dill & Chive Potatoes

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Roasted potatoes are definitely delicious–especially mini potatoes, which are so creamy and tender. This particular recipe for mini roasted potatoes is based on the traditional Swedish potato recipe that prepares fresh simple potatoes with a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as dill, minced garlic, salt & pepper, and a drizzle oil. This preserves the rich and savory flavor from the fresh potatoes alone. These dill & chive potatoes are roasted along with garlic, chives, and shallots until the potatoes have reached a creamy softness; it’s a simple recipe that requires a bit of prep before and then letting them absorb the spices and roast in the oven until tender. Simply wash and slice the potatoes how you would like and then coat them with seasonings. These are tasty little tubers, especially when dipped in this garlic butter or whipped guacamole.

In addition to being super buttery and delicious, potatoes are high in fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and B-6. They’re also a great way to get in trace minerals like zinc, phosphorus, and folate. Basically, potatoes are full of nutritious elements that the body craves. It’s a good thing they are such a satisfying complex carbohydrate. So start eating and growing potatoes! They’re a great source of food that many ancient civilizations have thrived on for years. 

Now moving on to the recipe!

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Garlic & Chive Potato Fries
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 LBS potatoes
  2. 3 cloves chopped garlic
  3. 1/4 cup diced chives
  4. 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  5. 6 sprigs of fresh dill or 1 tbsp. dried dill
  6. 2 tbsp. oil
seasoning
  1. 1 tbsp. unrefined sugar
  2. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  3. 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Method #1
  2. Wash and chop the potatoes lengthwise then cut the halves until they are strips or wedges. Set the chopped potatoes in a large bowl of ice water to soak for about 30 minutes. Next add the seasoning ingredients to a cup and whisk with a fork. Drain the ice bowl and transfer potatoes to a steamer or pot of boiling water and steam/boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer back to the bowl and add the powder, oil, garlic, and chives. Mix around and add oil to evenly coat the potatoes. Transfer onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper so that potatoes are layered evenly. Bake for 20 minutes (or until crispy) at 375 degrees. Sprinkle with additional salt & pepper and extra herbs and oil.
  3. Method #2
  4. Wash and chop the potatoes lengthwise, then cut the halves. Transfer sliced potatoes to a large bowl. Add the seasonings, oil, garlic, and herbs, then evenly coat the potatoes. Transfer potatoes onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in an oven heated to 375 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden and crispy. Sprinkle with additional salt & pepper and extra herbs and oil.
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