Vegetables & Sides

Grammy’s Roasted Maple Acorn Squash

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Blood Sugar Balance, Breakfast, Digestion, Entrees, Essential Fats, Just. Eat. Real. Food., Recipes, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Grammy’s Roasted Maple Acorn Squash

Ahhh, Fall is coming . . . . Crisp mornings, warm days, and cool nights. Leaves turning brilliant colors, the rain coming back to Oregon’s landscape, and WINTER SQUASH reappearing at the market! One of my favorite childhood dinners Mom used to cook was acorn squash baked with spicy sausage, butter and maple syrup. We gobbled them up! And, as I recently found out, this is a recipe passed down from my maternal grandmother. Talk about nourishing traditions! Acorn Squash Nutritional Facts  With its bright yellow-orange flesh, acorn squash is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory...

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Kale — the “Queen of the Greens”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Just. Eat. Real. Food., Recipes, Salads, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Kale — the “Queen of the Greens”

Growing up, I was always proud of myself for being like Popeye enjoying eating my spinach . . . though not out of a can! We cooked spinach out of the frozen Birdseye box, boiling it with butter and salt. I think that my love of spinach gave me a love of greens in general. And then I was introduced to KALE - THE “QUEEN OF THE GREENS”!!

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Call in the Cauliflower!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blood Sugar Balance, Essential Fats, Gluten-Free, Just. Eat. Real. Food., Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Call in the Cauliflower!

“How’s your cruciferous vegetable intake?” asked the doctor never. When concerned with anti-aging strategies, fighting off cancer, and reducing inflammation, cruciferous vegetables should be on your plate. In general, cruciferous veggies are jam-packed with dietary benefits. They are low in calories, and high in fiber, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and beneficial enzymes. Crucifers contain important disease-fighting phytochemicals that may help lower your risk of cancers.

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Zucchini Boats

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Zucchini Boats

Happy first day of summer! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we joke that summer doesn’t actually start until after the 4th of July. The last couple of years our weather has been so cold in the spring that tomatoes didn’t grow very well or produce much at all. Squash? Never a problem, is it? This year we’ve had bouts of warmer than usual weather . . . followed by bouts of chilly, wet days when we wish our tomatoes were getting more heat. I have my fingers crossed that this will be a great year for my heirloom varieties and I’ll be harvesting plenty of tomatoes to dry,...

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Have You Tried Delicata Squash?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in GAPS & SCD, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Have You Tried Delicata Squash?

Piled in front of the acorn and butternut squash, the distinctive dark-green longitudinal stripes of this winter squash’s creamy yellow body is what initially attracted me at the farmer’s market. Cooking that first beautiful delicata several years ago, I’ve been hooked ever since! I’m not sure if I had my eyes closed to them before, but they are in most grocery produce departments all fall, winter and into the spring. Why not pick one up next time and try one of the recipes below? Many of you may moan here thinking if the delicata is akin to the butternut, then you won’t bother . ....

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Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in GAPS & SCD, Mineral Balance, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes aren’t just for Thanksgiving! I found this recipe for Chili-Bathed Sweet Potatoes in the NYT. Drooling over this mix of hot and sweet flavors on a cold winter’s night made me want to share the benefits of enjoying this incredibly delicious vegetable with you. Keep it simple and bake one for dinner, or make some baked sweet potato fries with lunch, or have a bowl of left-over mashed sweet potatoes with crumbled bacon for breakfast. Sweet potatoes also make a great dip or spread for snacks, appetizers or even your morning toast. Check out some recipe ideas I’ve included...

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