The Perfect Roasted Potatoes

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It’s the season to do some roasting and I’ve been directing people to our Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb recipe in order to see the recipe for perfect roasted potatoes within it for too long. So here it is, plain and simple, very deserving of a post of its own. The way to make roasted potatoes that are super crispy on the outside yet still warm and soft on the inside. The trick is to parboil then “chuff” the potatoes (see translation below).

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Healthy Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so on the ball that we’re already planning your Thanksgiving leftovers for you – and yes, in a healthy way! Even if your Thanksgiving table was filled with fatty sugary carb-y options (basically unhealthy), I’m guessing you also had some nice veggies on the table too, right? Green bean casserole anyone? So use those green veggies, and add a few of your own at home after the big day and treat yourself to some leftovers that will be good for your taste buds and your waistline! Here are our favorites:

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Chinese Sticky Rice Stuffing (GF, DF)

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For many of us, stuffing is the icing on the cake of a holiday meal (if I may mix food metaphors). Growing up in a Chinese –American family, our stuffing wasn’t the bready, sausage-y kind, it was the Chinese sticky rice kind. You might recognize sticky rice from dim sum – it usually comes in a steamer wrapped in lotus leaves. For the holidays, it is perfect as a stuffing for a turkey or goose, or just as a delicious side dish. I hope you like it – I certainly do. In fact, for the entire year leading up to the holidays, I look forward to my annual sticky rice fix, and when the time comes, I somehow can’t seem to stop myself from “tasting” enough of it to fill up before the holiday meal is even served!

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Raw Witches Fingers (GF, V)

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Let’s face it – the season to indulge really starts on Halloween, am I right? With all the chocolate, candy and baked goods popping up on what seems like every desk, plate and table, it can be hard to resist the temptation of pure sugar at this time of year. One way to help stave off indulging in all those sugar cravings is to keep your taste buds and tummy satisfied with delicious food and treats. Keep the good stuff nearby and just as accessible as the candy, and you can even schedule a fun family project to make a yummy but not refined-sugar-laden treat together! 

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The Perfect Roast Chicken (GF, DF)

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Making the perfect roast chicken may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not. The trick to flavorful chicken with crispy skin and juicy meat is to salt it a few days in advance with a combination of sea salt and baking powder. This draws out the moisture and gives your chicken that extra juiciness, and the baking powder gives the skin that crispiness you usually get only with a deep fryer. I’m normally a strict dark-meat only eater (can’t stand the dryness of regular white meat), but with this roast chicken, I actually love the white meat just as much as the dark meat since it’s all flavorful and all moist!

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Fall Harvest Recipes (Pumpkin and more!)

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There’s only one thing better than crisp air, vibrant foliage and comfortable sweaters, and that’s hearty fall veggies! The colder weather allows us to reap the benefits of this colorful season, and enjoy pumpkins, apples, squash, and so much more. And the best part is that they’re all healthy too! They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Especially pumpkin, as it’s one of the best sources of beta-carotene which promotes healthy vision and cell growth!

As the earth begins to grow colder, it also releases its hearty bounty for us to enjoy – and you can bet we enjoy it! Below are 10 of our most loved recipes to enjoy this season:

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Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding (GF, V)

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DON’T FREAK OUT. I have to admit I did a little bit before making this, but it turned out that I had no reason to. This raw vegan gluten-free chocolate pudding is smooth, creamy, chocolate-y, and HEALTHY. I mean super healthy. Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6, not to mention full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Yes, the ingredient list of this recipe is a little unconventional, but I promise, the flavors all blend together to create a seamless chocolate pudding that takes about 5 minutes flat to make. Top it off with your favorite gluten-free granola, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, vegan dessert. And it’s really yummy cold.

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Khichri-Inspired Lentil Porridge (GF, V)

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I first encountered Khichri at a community gathering at my local meditation center. One of our community members had brought it and served it to us before our meditation practice, explaining that it has cleansing properties and is thus good to eat before spiritual practice because it is light and doesn’t weigh you down. I took a few bites and it was DELICIOUS. I was intrigued.

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Yam Ice Cream (GF, DF)

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It’s hot outside, and it’s back to school time! How about trying a new ice cream recipe that will cool everyone off, and provide a healthier treat at the end of a long day? Have you ever had or made dairy-free ice cream and felt that there was something missing? A creaminess, a thickness, a heartiness, that comes standard with every bite of dairy-full Haagen-Daz ice cream? Well we discovered the perfect ingredient to add this creaminess to non-dairy ice cream: yams! Although yams are one of the more starchy root vegetables out there, they contain complex carbohydrates and a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. Combine them with pumpkin-pie-esque spices and you’ve got yourself a wonderful pre-fall dessert that will remind your taste buds of the season ahead. If you can’t find yams, sweet potatoes work too!

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Bison Quinoa with Summer Squash (GF, DF)

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I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect lunch. Sandwiches get old, and too much gluten-free bread does not do a body (or at least mine) too good. Salads also get very old very fast. And both require some time to assemble right before you eat them. That’s why I love this easy dish that I can make in a large quantity on a weekend and eat during the week. It’s like a higher protein lower carb, all around healthier version of fried rice! Actually, I was inspired by Vietnamese red rice (“Com Do”), which often contains gluten. Of course, this is a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe. 

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