Jun 302012
 
Saturday Quick Post!

Tofy Satay

 
This was one of those dinners that came out so great that I wanted to save the list of ingredients but I hadn’t measured everything out.  If you typically follow a recipe to the letter (not mentioning any names, MOM), I encourage you to try this one out and just wing it by utilizing your sense of taste!
 
Mix the ingredients, taste it, and think – does it need more salt?  Add some more Braggs (or soy, or tamari). Too sweet?  Balance it out with some more vinegar.  Just experiment!
 
Also, my original intent was to skewer the tofu but cutting the block into tofu steaks saved time so I went with it – and it came out perfectly. Use the skewers if you are going for presentation.
 
Tip: This marinade can be used for any protein.  You can leave it over night, for just an hour or simply brush it on – so versatile!
 
Tofu Satay without the Skewer
 Tofu Satay with Steamed Broccoli
(Without the skewer!)
Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
 
Ingredients
 
Tofu
1 block extra firm tofu
Dark sesame oil (or any oil you have on hand)
Agave (or honey)
Sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter, or tahini)
Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy, or tamari)
Rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar or white)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
 
Broccoli
1 head broccoli, chopped
Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy, or tamari)
Rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar or white)
Agave (or honey)
Water
 
Directions
 
1. Press water from the tofu then slice in half and then through the center into “steaks” or however you like to slice your tofu – any way will work. 
 
2. Preheat grill to medium high.  Mix about 1 tbsp each –  sesame oil through vinegar; stir well; mix in garlic.  Adjust to taste.  Add tofu and coat all sides; save the remaining for dipping sauce.  Grill to desired temperature.
 
3. Meanwhile steam the broccoli, about 10 minutes; as that cooks whisk about 1 tsp each liquid aminos through agave and add about 1 tbsp water; adjust to taste. Pour over steamed broccoli. 
 
4. Serve one slice tofu and 1/4 broccoli mixture on each of four plates with a side of left over marinade.
Jun 272012
 
One of the best things in life is meeting new people and experiencing new things.  Last Saturday was one of the most fun and memorable.  My friend Gregg, who has been supplying me the wines for the Wine Down Wednesday posts, and his wife Kerry (I hope that is the correct spelling!) had us over for dinner.
  A dinner party turned Karaoke night around the piano.
Think Elton John. Rocket Man.


We wined and dined and had an amazing time.  He showed us around his vintage home in Riverside – complete with wine memorabilia from Bono no less!
Also in attendance were my friends Alyson and her husband Chip, who brought a meteorite from their back yard as a dinner conversation piece, and Mark and Sheri – we all do yoga together so it was great to meet up off the mat.  I can’t wait for us all to meet again.


To detox after a night of wine I got it into my head that I wanted to make a macro (macrobiotic) bowl with grains and veggies but when I looked at my acorn squash I just couldn’t remove the skin – it was too pretty – so I thought, why not turn the squash into the bowl? 

Secondly, I’m always looking for new ways to eat my Mila. Because I write about Mila a lot, I created this little info blurb.  That way any frequent visitors that already know the benefits can skip over that and head right to the recipe.

Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia seed that is cold pressed and sliced to make it more bio-available. 

It is RAW, GLUTEN FREE, AND VEGAN, perfect for cooking and baking.

It is super high in OMEGA 3s – equal to fish oil pills per serving.  

A single serving also has FIVE GRAMS OF FIBER, more antioxidants than blueberries, more iron than spinach and many more benefits.

This little seed has anti-inflammatory properties, is excellent for brain function, energy, elimination, sleep and the best part?  It’s a FOOD!

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Acorn Squash from KYV Farm
I got this unique acorn squash from Vivian at KYV Farm (CSA SIGNUPS ARE GOING ON NOW)  I’ve never seen such a thing in the grocery store.  I usually see the typical green acorn squash that has a tinge of orange but this one is the beauty queen of squashes.
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Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffing them with onions and garlic during cooking imparts a LOT of flavor.  This technique is perfect at Thanksgiving.  While everyone is stuffing their bird you can stuff your squash.
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Macro Acorn Squash Bowl with Mila, Massaged Kale and Tahini Sauce
Macro Acorn Squash Bowl with Mila, Massaged Kale and Tahini Sauce
Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients


Squash
2 acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
1 onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, crushed
Olive oil spray
Sea salt
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked black beans
4 Tbsp Mila (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste.


Massaged Kale
1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped
2 Tbsp ume plum vinegar (or sub any vinegar you like)
2 tsp olive oil
Sea Salt


Tahini Sauce
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp miso
2 Tbsp fresh lemon
1 Tbsp raw agave


Directions


1. Preheat oven to 375.  Arrange squash, cut side up on baking dish, stuff with 1/4 onion and 1 clove garlic; spray with cooking spray, sprinkle with sea salt; bake 1 hour.


2. Mix kale ingredients together in medium bowl, massage kale until wilted, about a minute.


4. Mix tahini sauce in a small bowl.


3. Remove squash from oven.  Remove onions and garlic; chopp and mix with rice, season to taste.  Mix Mila with black beans if using.  Stuff 1/4 cup black beans and 1/4 cup rice into each squash. 
Serve each half squash with 1/4 kale and 1/4 tahini sauce.


(**Rosted potatos on the side optional – roast along with squash)



Nutrition Facts (includes Mila)
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 392.8
Total Fat 11.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 67.0 mg
Potassium 1,423.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 63.5 g
Dietary Fiber 16.8 g
Sugars 3.3 g
Protein 14.0 g

Vitamin A 369.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.1 %
Vitamin B-6 31.7 %
Vitamin C 141.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 8.0 %
Calcium 30.4 %
Copper 30.8 %
Folate 33.4 %
Iron 31.9 %
Magnesium 34.4 %
Manganese 78.5 %
Niacin 14.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 11.7 %
Phosphorus 36.6 %
Riboflavin 11.9 %
Selenium 5.7 %
Thiamin 39.7 %
Zinc 11.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Jun 152012
 
The day I was reading through my VegNews magazine I happened to be relaxing on a sunny day, kicking back in a lawn chair, clad in bathing suit and floppy hat when I came across the recipe for tofu feta.  It sounded so intriguing that I got up and made it right then. Little did I know, the tofu I had in my fridge happened to be the pre-cubed version – what a time savings!
I threw it together and have been eating it on a whole variety of dishes; anywhere you would put feta cheese. The extra firm tofu and salty brine are really satisfying when eaten along with Greek dishes. It’s not real feta, mind you, but it’s a great vegan sub if you have cut out cheese. In addition, there are tons of benefits to eating organic, non-GMO soy in moderation. They have lots of the 9 essential amino acids, lots of lean protein and calcium.
As for the salad, I mixed an oil free version for my friend Suzanne at work to try as well since she is an oil free vegan. The sun ripe tomatoes and cool cucumbers were perfect with just a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper; I didn’t even miss the oil.
Enjoy!
Greek Salad with Herbed Tofu Feta
Inspired by Veg News Herbed Feta and Classic Greek Salad
Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients
Tofu Feta
1 16oz package organic, extra firm, cubed tofu (or you can buy the block and cut it into 1/2 inch cubes)
2 cups water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend (with basil and oregano)
Raw Tomato Salad
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 large cucumber, chopped
1/4 red onion, sliced
Handful parsley, chopped
Dressing
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
(2 Tbsp olive oil optional)
Directions
1. Heat all ingredients for feta in a saucepan heated over low heat; simmer about 30 minutes.  Cool and refrigerate overnight.  The longer you keep it in the fridge marinating the better it gets!
2. Toss the salad mixture in a large bowl.
3. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
4. Drain the feta and add to salad bowl, pour dressing over evenly and toss mixture gently.
*Alternatively you can mix the salad and dressing and simply add the desired amount of feta on top.
Salad Nutrition Facts
4 Servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 37.9
Total Fat 0.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 302.7 mg
Potassium 342.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 1.3 g
Protein 1.5 g

Vitamin A 20.9 % 
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 5.8 %
Vitamin C 30.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.4 %
Calcium 2.2 %
Copper 5.1 %
Folate 7.6 %
Iron 4.8 %
Magnesium 5.2 %
Manganese 8.4 %
Niacin 4.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.8 %
Phosphorus 4.1 %
Riboflavin 3.8 %
Selenium 0.6 %
Thiamin 5.2 %
Zinc 1.9 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.




Tofu Feta Nutrition Facts

4 Servings (Or you may get more depending on how much “feta” you want.)
Amount Per Serving

Calories 116.8
Total Fat 7.1 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 1,755.8 mg (sodium will actually be lower since you are draining the liquid but in creating the recipe in the builder I had to include the entire amount of salt)
Potassium 189.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Sugars 1.3 g
Protein 12.0 g
Vitamin A 0.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 3.2 %
Vitamin C 24.3 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.1 %
Calcium 12.0 %
Copper 10.9 %
Folate 8.4 %
Iron 10.9 %
Magnesium 20.7 %
Manganese 54.2 %
Niacin 2.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.0 %
Phosphorus 18.6 %
Riboflavin 3.0 %
Selenium 18.3 %
Thiamin 4.3 %
Zinc 8.6 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Mar 192012
 
Recently I got Brussels sprouts with my CSA. This was a first for me – getting them on the stalk. I have roasted them before and can’t say I liked them. Since they were from the farm I decided to give them another try. I roasted them and then smothered them in a creamy mustard sauce.
When I made this I had to be stopped from eating the entire bowl myself for dinner.
If you think you don’t like Brussels, I bet you’ll like this too!

Roasted Brussels with Creamy Mustard Sauce
Serves 4, about 1/2 to 3/4 cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

1 stalk of brussels sprouts, each sprout removed and halved
1 rounded Tbsp reduced fat Vegenaise
1 rounded Tbsp garlic roasted coarse mustard (or any course ground mustard)
1/2 Tbsp agave
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Oil a pan with a bit of oil and swish the brussels around so they are a bit coated; sprinkle a bit of salt and roast for 15 minutes.  Turn to broiler to high and broil for 1 minute.

2. Meanwhile mix the Vegenaise, mustard and honey in a medium bowl; add the hot brussels, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 62.4
Total Fat 1.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 131.0 mg
Potassium 349.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.6 g
Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
Sugars 4.1 g
Protein 3.1 g

Vitamin A 13.4 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 9.8 %
Vitamin C 124.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 4.2 %
Calcium 4.0 %
Copper 3.4 %
Folate 13.5 %
Iron 7.3 %
Magnesium 5.4 %
Manganese 15.5 %
Niacin 3.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 6.4 %
Riboflavin 4.8 %
Selenium 4.0 %
Thiamin 8.3 %
Zinc 2.7 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jan 162012
 
There is something about the Indian spice blend, garam masala that is so warm and inviting.  Cloves, nutmeg, star anise and cumin are a few of the sweet aromatics that make up this medley
When I thought of what I wanted to do with the golden beets I got from my farm, roasting came to mind.  Pairing the earthy sweetness of the beets with garam masala sounded like a match made in heaven.
These make a perfect side dish for some curried tofu or any simple protein of choice.  I chose to top the fries with some fresh cilantro as a compliment to the spicy sweetness but it can be left off if you prefer.
Keep an eye on them towards the last twenty minutes as they may cook faster, depending on how thinly the beets are sliced.
Indian Spiced Beet and Carrot “Fries”
Serves 4 to 6
Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

2 large golden beets, peeled and sliced into a fry shape
1 cup carrots, sliced into a similar shape
1 tsp garam masala (Indian spice blend)**
1 1/2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp agave (or honey for non-vegan option)
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
Fresh cilantro to garnish, optional

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Mix garam masala, coconut oil, salt, honey and cayenne.  Pour over sliced beets and carrots.  Bake 60 minutes; stirring every 20 minutes.  Top with chopped fresh cilantro if desired.

**If you don’t have Garam Masala on hand, curry powder will work just as well.

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings
Amount Per Serving


Calories 131.8
Total Fat 5.4 g
Saturated Fat 4.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 273.7 mg
Potassium 548.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20.4 g
Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
Sugars 15.0 g
Protein 2.5 g


Vitamin A 78.5 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 6.9 %
Vitamin C 14.4 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.9 %
Calcium 3.3 %
Copper 5.9 %
Folate 38.6 %
Iron 6.8 %
Magnesium 8.8 %
Manganese 25.0 %
Niacin 3.9 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.0 %
Phosphorus 6.6 %
Riboflavin 4.4 %
Selenium 1.5 %
Thiamin 4.2 %
Zinc 3.8 %



*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Sep 162011
 
One more day and I’ll be off; flying through the air, straight to San Francisco where we will be for four nights and then heading over to Sonoma for the next three nights for our 10th anniversary.  This is really the second major trip my hubby Chris and I have taken where we fly out of town (last one was to Mexico about 6 years ago) so I wouldn’t call us major out of state travelers; hence why I’m SOOO excited.  We will be there with another couple, our best friends Justine and Kerry that we have vacationed with before.  I promise to get back to blogging right when I return, but in the mean time I will try and tweet some good photos and updates.
As my parting gift I leave you with this salad.  But it’s not any salad.  It’s an almost raw salad (except for the chickpeas; they would be kinda hard not cooked), so it’s super easy to throw together, versatile; I ate this alone and then in two other recipes, and perfectly balanced.
Lightly sweet and very fresh.
Mango, lime and cilantro are such a classic and delicious combination, don’t you think?
(Almost) Raw Moroccan Mango Chickpea Salad
Inspired by Taste Space
Serves about 8 1/2-cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

3 garlic cloves
1 knob fresh ginger (about 1 1/2 inches long)
1 cup baby carrots
1/2 large red onion, quartered
Juice 1 lime
1 tsp garam masala
1 Tbsp agave
1/4 tsp of salt
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 ripe mango, seeded and chopped (1.5 cups)
1 cup cooked chickpeas  (this is the not-raw part so omit if you are eating raw)

Directions

1.  Mince the garlic and ginger in a food processor until very finely diced; add the baby carrots and onion and pulse until finely diced.

2. Mix the lime, garam masala, agave and salt in a small bowl and add to carrot mixture. Pulse to disperse through; add cilantro, pulse once or twice until combined. 

3. Pour mixture into a bowl, stir in mango and chickpeas. 

**Garam masala is an Indian spice mixture you can get in specialy grocery stores or on line at Frontier or Penzey’s.

Nutrition Facts

8 1/2-cup Servings (Perfect for side dish)
Amount Per Serving

Calories 68.2
Total Fat 0.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 174.6 mg
Potassium 173.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Sugars 5.3 g
Protein 2.0 g


Vitamin A 42.9 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 11.3 %
Vitamin C 19.5 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.0 %
Calcium 2.2 %
Copper 5.1 %
Folate 7.4 %
Iron 3.1 %
Magnesium 3.7 %
Manganese 12.3 %
Niacin 2.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.1 %
Phosphorus 4.1 %
Riboflavin 2.4 %
Selenium 1.8 %
Thiamin 2.8 %
Zinc 2.8 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Aug 312011
 
Did I mention that I made my own birthday cake for my birthday last weekend?
I figured eh…why not?  I wanted to try out a new recipe and I could make exactly what I was craving.
Coconut, banana and chocolate.

I can’t think of a better mix of flavors. 
It was so good I wrote my cake a little love letter. 
Oh Coconut-Banana Ice Cake with Chocolate Pecan Crust, how do I love the?
Let me count the ways.
1) You are sweet and creamy and luscious.
2) You are so easy to prepare even a 3-year-old can help.
3) You don’t involve any baking and opening of the oven door so you don’t crack (or other cheesecake techniques that always seem to elude me.)
5) Your crust is so nutty and chocolately delicious.
6) You contain no belly busting sugar or animal products but are still so rich and divine.
7) You have 0 grams cholesterol and so many less calories than regular cheesecake but are just as delicious.
8) You have fiber, protein and tons of vitamins and minerals from the healthy and minimally processed ingredients.
Ok, ok so I am not the best at love letters.
Tell me. What is your idea of the perfect birthday cake?  

Coconut-Banana Ice Cake with Chocolate Pecan Crust

Inspiration from Taste Space and My New Roots
Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves 10

Ingredients

Crust
1/2 cup raw pecans, toasted for a few minutes in a skillet over medium heat.
2/3 cup soft Medjool dates, pits removed
1/4 cup cocoa nibs (or dark chocolate chips for non-vegan)
1/4 cup finely shredded coconut, Lets Do Organic
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

Filling
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours, overnight is best
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract, divided
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup agave (or honey for non-vegans)  
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 super ripe)
1/3 cup shredded coconut, Let’s Do Organic 

Directions:

1. Place pecans, dates, coconut and chips in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop until they are just combined and stick together nicely.  Press into a small spring form pan (7 or 8 inch) or anything similar sized that can be frozen, (such as the microwave steamer I found and covered in plastic wrap.)

2. Heat agave or honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat until coconut oil melts, stirring frequently.  


3. In a Vitamix or food processor mix the soaked cashews, lemon juice, 1 tsp vanilla and melted coconut oil-agave mixture; process on high for several minutes until VERY smooth.


4. Pour about 3/4 of the mixture (does not have to be exact) out onto the crust and spread with a spoon or spatula.  Place into the freezer while you work on the next step.  

5.  Add the bananas, second 1 tsp vanilla and coconut to the remaining 1/4 mixture in the Vitamix or food processor; process or blend again on high until very smooth.  Remove cake from freezer and pour banana layer over the first cashew layer.  Place back into freezer until well frozen. Cover well with plastic wrap until ready to serve to prevent freezer burn.


6. Remove from freezer and place in refrigerator for 1 hour or at room temperature for just over 30 minutes prior to serving.  Cut slices with a knife run under hot water.  Rewrap any leftovers and place back in freezer.  

Estimated Nutrition Facts

10 Servings
Amount Per Serving


Calories 379.8
Total Fat 26.8 g
Saturated Fat 12.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 61.9 mg
Potassium 218.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 34.6 g
Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
Sugars 22.9 g
Protein 4.7 g

Vitamin A 0.6 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 10.4 %
Vitamin C 12.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.7 %
Calcium 1.1 %
Copper 6.1 %
Folate 2.5 %
Iron 2.4 %
Magnesium 5.0 %
Manganese 16.2 %
Niacin 1.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.9 %
Phosphorus 2.7 %
Riboflavin 2.9 %
Selenium 1.3 %
Thiamin 3.8 %
Zinc 2.3 %


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Mar 142011
 
One of my favorite salads at Native Sun is a curry sweet potato pear salad with walnuts.  There is something about the sweetness of the pear and sweet potato against the spice mixture of the curry and the nutty walnuts that makes it a perfect balance.  I recreated it once for my one-year bloggiversary and it came out so well I have been dying to do it again but never got around to it.

First thing Saturday morning I poached some eggs and then started chopping my butternut squash wondering what I would do with it. There are so many amazing recipes out there recently from other bloggers I couldn’t choose one.  On a whim, I decided to create a second version of the curry pear salad and use the butternut squash as opposed to the sweet potato. The result is almost like a dessert without any sugar or artificial sweetener. If you eat it warm it’s all gooey and somewhat buttery tasting.  The walnuts are coated with the sweet agave and then lend a nutty and satisfying crunch.

That’s it. I’m adding this one to “favorites”.

Sweet Curry Roasted Butternut and Pear Salad with Walnuts
8 (1/2 cup) servings
***5 very worth-it WW Pts Plus

Ingredients

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 firm Bosc pears, seeded and chopped
2 sweet onions, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp curry powder
2 Tbsp agave
2 Tbsp oil of choice, I used virgin pecan but canola would be fine
1 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Dash of sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F; prepare pan with cooking spray and add squash, pears and onions.  Bake for 1 hour, turning with spatula halfway through.  Set to broil for 5 minutes or until desired amount of browning occurs.  Remove from oven, place mixture into a large bowl and add walnuts.

2. Whisk the curry powder through sea salt in a small bowl; pour over the butternut squash mixture and toss gently.

Estimated Nutrition Facts (amounts will vary with size of vegetables)


8 (1/2 cup) Servings
**5 WW Pts Plus
Amount Per Serving


Calories 163.0
Total Fat 8.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 79.7 mg
Potassium 500.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.1 g
Dietary Fiber 5.9 g
Sugars 0.9 g
Protein 2.7 g
Vitamin A 180.2 %
Vitamin C 38.3 %


And if you eat a cup
Nutrition Facts

4 Servings
Amount Per Serving


Calories 326.0
Total Fat 16.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 159.4 mg
Potassium 1,000.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 48.2 g
Dietary Fiber 11.9 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Protein 5.3 g
Vitamin A 360.4 %
Vitamin C 76.6 %
Manganese 53.9 %

Feb 152010
 
Weekend visits with my grandmother while I was growing up were magical.  First on our list to do was a trip to Kings Castle Land.  Upon arriving at this small amusement park in Whitman, Mass you would cross a drawbridge over a moat.  As a child I found this sort of thing very entertaining. 
Nothing is better than a drawbridge and moat.  
Ok maybe there are a few things just as good.
Such as a roller coaster, petting zoo with very cute goats, play ground, slides, house of mirrors and the most wonderful gift shop you ever saw filled with all kinds of enchanting trinkets and toys.
Now for the Debbie Downer part.  Very sadly, the park closed in 1994 and became a used car lot and later a Stop and Shop but the memories from there are irreplaceable.  Is that even legal?  To crush childhood dreams for a used car lot and a Stop and Shop?  Well it most definitely should not be.
Back to the point.  Secondly on our list of things to do was to head for the local natural food stores.  My grandmother followed a macrobiotic diet which is grain and plant based and promotes whole, unprocessed foods. I love the smell of the small, local natural food stores.  Don’t you?  They just smell healthier.  Maybe because they don’t use harsh chemicals for cleaning.  While we were there she would buy me dates rolled in coconut flakes.  Have you ever had those?  There is no candy out there that can compare to how sweet and soft they are with just the right hint of coconut. 
Fast forward to 2010.  I came across a charming blog called Chocolate Covered Katie. Here I was reminded of those date rolls my grandmother always bought me because she makes what are called Fudge Babies.  Aside from the memory factor what appeals to me about them is they are raw and contain no butter, white sugar and white flour that severely tamper with my insulin levels.  And no one likes an insulin level that has been tampered with.
Raw Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cup Truffles
Vegan, Gluten Free


Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup dates
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp agave nectar
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp cocoa powder, I used Hershey’s Special Dark
1/2 cup rolled oats, I used Bob’s Red Mill
1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips sweetened with natural sweetener such as SunSpire
2 Tbsp PB2 Chocolate (optional)
Directions
1. Add the puree through rolled oats to a food processor; blend well, scraping down the sides of the food processor frequently until mixed to desired consistency.
2. Fold in carob or chocolate chips. 
3. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls into balls and place in small muffin cups. Sprinkle with optional PB2 chocolate and a few carob or chocolate chips.