Oct 102013
 

For anyone looking to cut gluten naturally this holiday season try this Apple & Mushroom Stuffing Hash! It has all the flavors of Thanksgiving but with all natural veggies and no bread.

Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Hash

Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Hash

There are so many of us that want to eat healthier but over the holidays it almost seems impossible – we love our traditional comfort foods and going without seems unimaginable.

I can tell you from personal experience that the first time you make a change from those once-a-year foods is a bit weird.  I made a walnut-tofu loaf and I remember eyeing the turkey thinking I really wasn’t sure I wanted to give it up so I took a little taste.  (Shh…don’t tell anyone.) Since I had already been eating a plant based diet for a while I was surprised that the taste of turkey was not as satisfying as I had remembered it in my head.  The only way I can explain it is that the thought that came to my head was…..muscle fibers.  I was biting into muscle and it is a firm texture that is unique and tough to duplicate in the plant world. Frankly it wasn’t as pleasant as I remembered.  Then I took a taste of my walnut loaf. It was moist and had a delicate crust on the outside with a nutty, semi-firm texture on the inside and had all the flavors of thanksgiving – sage, thyme, rosemary. When this was paired with some tart-sweet cranberry sauce and roasted veggies just like in this recipe I was in absolute heaven.  Even the leftovers made awesome sandwiches.  All it took was opening my mind that not only would a plant based food be an ok substitute, but that  I could like it even better and not have that stuffed, heavy feeling at the end of the meal!

Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Hash

Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Hash

This dish is the perfect cool-weather accompaniment for both every day dinners and Thanksgiving feasts.  Many stuffings traditionally have mushrooms, aromatic herbs and apples – so with this dish you will get all the flavors without any of the bread.  You can even throw some nuts in there to add an element of crunch – or, if you can’t go without any bread, make a panzanella out of this and throw a few toasted bread cubes in there so that the bulk of the recipe is veggie but you have the toasty bread you love.

Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Hash

Apple and Mushroom Stuffing Hash

Apple & Mushroom “Stuffing” Hash

with Roasted Root Veggies

Serves 6 (about 1-cup each)
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

**Ingredients on sale now at Native Sun Oct 7-Nov 6, 2013

Ingredients

1 Tbsp avocado oil (or other high-heat stable oil)
1 onion, chopped
1 sweet potato, chopped
2 apples, cored and chopped**
1 10oz pkg button mushrooms, sliced
6 fingerling potatoes, chopped**
1 Tbsp salt free poultry seasoning mix
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 beet, greens removed and chopped**

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Mix oil through fresh ground pepper in a large baking dish; top evenly with beets without stirring too much. (This will prevent the vegetables from turning pink.) Roast for 1 hour, gently turning half way through.

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 129.0
Total Fat 2.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 217.4 mg
Potassium 514.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25.4 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Sugars 9.0 g
Protein 3.3 g

Vitamin A 87.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.3 %
Vitamin B-6 9.8 %
Vitamin C 25.1 %
Vitamin D 9.0 %
Vitamin E 1.0 %
Calcium 1.9 %
Copper 11.8 %
Folate 11.2 %
Iron 4.8 %
Magnesium 4.9 %
Manganese 9.9 %
Niacin 12.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 8.9 %
Phosphorus 7.6 %
Riboflavin 14.7 %
Selenium 6.6 %
Thiamin 6.8 %
Zinc 3.3 %

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

Sep 252012
 

Roasted Potato, Onion and Cauliflower

Last Sunday was a special day…we celebrated my brother-in-law, Matt’s, birthday! We all hopped in the boat to head over to Whitey’s Fish Camp for lunch – was it not a gorgeous day? The mullet were jumping, it wasn’t too hot and Saturday afternoon I had gotten four hours of cleaning done on the house so we would come home to a nice, clean place.

While we were at Whitey’s, the discussion turned, as it usually does around me, to food.  The fact that my Matt and sister-in-law, Kathryn love potatoes but would like to cut back on the carbs.

Roasted Potato, Onion and Cauliflower

I had to jump to the defense of the potato.  If eaten in moderation, it is so much better than eating a processed, white carb out of a bag from the vending machine.

Tip: If you are working on making a switch to eating healthier foods but still love your white carbs, eat a potato.  You can poke a few holes with a fork, wrap it in a wet paper towel and put it right in the microwave at work – about 3 minutes for small potatoes and 4 1/2 minutes for medium.  I like this tutorial for detailed instructions.

As for the nutrition, just look at what your getting when you swap that potato for potato chips out of the vending machine!  This is a great graph from World’s Healthiest Foods.

Nutrients in
Potatoes
1.00 each baked (173.00 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value
 
vitamin C    27.6%
vitamin B    627%
potassium   26.4%
tryptophan 21.8%
manganese  19%
fiber             15.2%
Calories      (160)8%

For those of you that still want to cut your carbs and get even more nutrients into your diet, I have the recipe for you!  Roasted potatoes and onions is one of my family’s favorite recipes, so this time, I tried mixing in the cauliflower – this is for you Matt and Kathryn!

Here is the nutrient profile on the Cauliflower.

Nutrients in
Cauliflower
1.00 cup raw (107.00 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value
vitamin     C 85.9%
vitamin     K 20.7%
folate         15.2%
choline      11.1%
vitamin     B 610%
potassium 9.1%
fiber          8.5%
mang.       8.5%
molybd.    7.1%
vitamin     B 57.1%
trypto.      6.2%
phosph.    4.7%
protein     4.1%
magnes.   4%
vitamin    B 23.5%
vitamin    B 13.3%
vitamin    B 32.7%
iron          2.5%
Calories  (26)1%
 
This mixture came out so well – we may even have a new favorite. I loved the tender cauliflower along with the creamy potato. You won’t miss the extra potatoes!

Roasted Potato, Onion and Cauliflower

  Roasted Potatoes, Onions and Cauliflower

Serves 6
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small head cauliflower
1 Russet potato
1 large onion
1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375F; chop cauliflower, potato and onion into bite size pieces; mix all ingredients in a large bowl, (start with 1/4 tsp salt).

2.  Bake 30 minutes; set broiler to high, broil 3 to 5 minutes or until potato and cauliflower and browned and tender. Taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary.

 

Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 68.8
Total Fat 2.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 113.1 mg
Potassium 325.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.9 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Sugars 0.3 g
Protein 1.9 g

Vitamin A 0.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.0 %
Vitamin C 48.8 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.7 %
Calcium 2.0 %
Copper 3.7 %
Folate 8.9 %
Iron 3.0 %
Magnesium 4.4 %
Manganese 8.5 %
Niacin 3.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 4.2 %
Phosphorus 4.9 %
Riboflavin 2.6 %
Selenium 0.9 %
Thiamin 4.4 %
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.

Dec 072010
 
 
Here’s the thing about potato chips.  If you are gonna eat them, you have to try making them yourself.  Not only are they so much better tasting, but they are better for you if you bake them and buy organic potatoes.   I was so happy that my 2 year old loved these and couldn’t get enough.  Since she is allergic to so much I was really glad to give her a healthy treat she could actually enjoy without having a major eczema flare up.

As a bonus they are a great source of potassium and vitamin C and it’s important to buy them organic as conventional potatoes are typically treated with both a pesticide and fungicide.

This was the first time I’ve made them myself and when I googled them I found lots of recipes for frying and even baking with lots of butter.  Finally I came across am easy and light baked recipe at Teri’s Kitchen using only a bit of oil.  And yes, they were a bit time consuming, but the crunch was totally worth it!
 

Simple Baked Potato Chips

 
***Allergy Free
4 WW Pts Plus
 
Ingredients
 
4 small Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
 
Directions
 
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Set the mandolin to abou 1/8 inch thick and slice all potatoes.  Lay evenly on paper towels and pat as dry as possible.  Prepare three sheet pans with foil and spray with olive oil.  Use a paper towel to spread it evenly over the foil.  Lay the potatoes out on the prepared pans and spray lightly with olive oil.  Use the same paper towel used on the pan to spread the oil over the potatoes evenly. 
 
2. Bake for 25 minutes, turning the trays half way through.  Be sure to really keep an eye on them the last five minutes or so and remove any that are getting too brown.
 
3. Remove from heat and sprinkle salt and pepper.  Place on paper towels.  Place extra in foil in the refrigerator.
 
Nutrition Facts using:
4 small potatoes
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
 

6 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 166.8
Total Fat 9.1 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 394.4 mg
Potassium 477.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 0.9 g
Protein 2.3 g

Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 16.7 %
Vitamin C 37.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 5.7 %
Calcium 1.4 %
Copper 6.1 %
Folate 4.5 %
Iron 5.1 %
Magnesium 6.5 %
Manganese 8.7 %
Niacin 6.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.4 %
Phosphorus 6.5 %
Riboflavin 2.1 %
Selenium 0.5 %
Thiamin 6.0 %
Zinc 2.2 %