The family that I cook healthy meals for recently received a new cook book for the holidays. It’s by Dr. Andrew Weil and Sam Fox who opened True Food Kitchen restaurant of which there are 2 in Arizona and they did so with a two-fold mission: every dish served must not only be delicious but must also promote the diner’s well-being.
While I haven’t been to a TRUE FOOD restaurant yet, I’ve definitely been cooking based on their awesome recipes. I do change a few things up for my particular taste but not only are these recipes delicious but that are nutritionally sound and chock full of healthy goodness.
Which brings me to this recipe. I was asked to make this recently and not only did I make it for my clients but I ended up making it for the hubby and I last night because it’s THAT GOOD!
This recipe is just for the soup because it’s Paleo and vegan but in the cookbook, they pair this soup with these incredible Bison Turkey Meatballs which I also made separately so if I’m not in the mood for meat, I just leave them out.
This recipe really is one of the healthiest and by far tastiest soups I’ve made thus far. It’s my new soup addiction and considering that it was unseasonably cold in Arizona this past week, the timing was perfect. But I’ll be making this soup all year long for sure!
The best tip I can give you is to chop and puree everything prior to starting because it all goes pretty fast which makes this recipe all the better.
Even though it’s Fall, it sure doesn’t feel like it here in Arizona. What a wonderful November day. So to make it seem more like Autumn, I needed to make something Fall-ish. I previously made and Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Apple dish so this time I wanted to make something more dessert like. This turned out awesome. Sweet and savory.
It reminds me of the sweetness of sweet potatoes and the tanginess of a walnut apple tart. Great combination of flavors. Top this with a scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream and you got yourself a dream dessert.
Not only is this dessert tasty tasty but it’s healthy (gluten free and vegetarian). You know how I love healthy disguised as delicious 🙂 Seriously, you do not need processed foods to have a satisfying sweet dessert.
The hubby said this tasted like a country apple pie, especially with a scoop of ice cream on top.
I mentioned in another recipe that my husband and I are in the process of packing up our house and moving from Illinois to Arizona in the next several weeks so I needed a super easy, hearty meal that would leave me with a good amount of leftovers so I could skip cooking for a day or two.
We eat soup all year long, not just in the winter. It’s a good thing too because there will be long snowy freezing nights in Arizona (really looking forward to that).
Behold Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup! I had a pound of chicken breast and veggies in the fridge because we had just hit the market the other day. I gathered my favorites, added some quinoa and garbanzo bean for even more of a protein punch. Lean protein and veggies was just what I needed.
Ever since being on vacation and missing my kitchen more than a normal person should, I have been needing to make a crock pot dish. Something about the crock pot makes me feel homey.
This super easy recipe has so much going for it. It has very few ingredients which of course warms my heart, paleo, protein dish, low-carb, and low calorie.
I made this and topped roasted brussel sprouts and added a slice of avocado and a squirt of lime over the top. Perfecto. I reheated the leftovers and had it in butter lettuce cups topped with a slice of avocado for a light lunch too.
I think I may have found a new love. Don’t tell my other love quinoa but jicama is quickly making it’s way into my regular rotation. I recently made jicama frieswhich totally satisfy my french fry craving.
Now I have a delicious healthy hash brown recipe. If you aren’t vegan, you can top this hash with an egg for a little protein. I love this hash all by itself, it’s got so much flavor.
I have to give credit to this awesome seasoning recipe I found at www.healthfulpursuit.com. I used their recipe as a great base for my own seasoning mixture. I made up a batch and kept it in a small mason jar to use for future recipes. I use this same exact seasoning mixture for this hash and my seasoned jicama fries. If you use lots of seasoning, double the recipe like I did.
2 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon dried ground sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
Combine seasoning ingredients in a jar with a lid and give it a good shake to mix everything up. Keep any leftover mixture for a future recipe.
When you compare jicama to potatoes, you can see why I love jicama so much.
Calories per 100g: Jicama has 38, Potato has 77
Carbs: Jicama has 9 compared to potatoes 17
Fiber: Jicama has 4.9 compared to potatoes 2.2
It’s a great low carb, low calorie alternative to potatoes. It also has vitamin C and potassium so jicama gets a thumbs up in my book. While jicama doesn’t get mushy like potatoes when cooked, I don’t mind the firmness at all.
Seasoned Jicama Hash with Onions and Bell Pepper - Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan