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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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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Southern Fried Chicken (GF, DF)

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This weekend, serve up the ultimate comfort food: fried chicken. Most fried chicken recipes call for some form of gluten (wheat flour) and dairy (buttermilk), but we’ve come up with one that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious. For many people, fried chicken is one of those foods that has a special place in our childhoods, whether or not we’re from the South. I know it does for me, even though I’m Asian and from LA. So I apologize in advance to all of you die-hard fried chicken eaters out there if this recipe messes with your memories of home. But for those of us who can’t have gluten or dairy, we don’t really have a choice if we want to share in the fried chicken love. So here it goes.

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Winter Blizzard Beef Chili (GF, DF options)

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If you’re caught in #blizzard2016, then firstly, we hope you and yours are staying safe and warm. Secondly, we want to offer you this special recipe that has been years in the making. We started experimenting with different variations of this slow-cooked beef chili recipe when we lived in London, making multiple versions over multiple winters until we got to this one. I won’t lie – this recipe is not a simple quick recipe. It’s quite involved and requires a few stages and lots of TLC, but if you’re stuck inside, this could be a fun way to pass the time with the family and produce a delicious meal while you’re at it. 

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Baked Sweet Potatoes…Mediterranean Style! (GF, V)

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It’s that time of the year where holiday menu planning has begun! I don’t know about you but I’m torn this year between loving the once-a-year classics and wanting to try something new. So that’s why I’m so excited to share with you this recipe for Mediterranean-style sweet potatoes from Minimalist Baker. This recipe allows us to keep a favorite classic Thanksgiving side dish, but gives us a chance to do something a little different with them.

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The Truth about Starchy Vegetables

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Starchy vegetables have made it onto many dieters’ blacklists lately. Let’s have a look at why and whether this is justified.

All vegetables have at least a small amount of carbohydrates. So-called “starchy” vegetables typically contain about 3 times the amount of non-starchy vegetables and therefore about 3 times the number of calories. Some examples of common starchy vegetables include beans, corn, green peas, parsnips, plantains, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, squash and pumpkin.

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Tortilla Chicken Drumsticks

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It’s the 4th of July this weekend, and we’ve got an easy, creative party recipe for you: Tortilla Drumsticks! This is a healthy play on crispy fried chicken, but instead of the crispiness coming from deep fried batter, it comes from baked bean & rice chips. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free, and it’s fun for the whole family and super delicious!

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Gluten-Free Cornbread with Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Sheep’s Cheese

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This delicious vegetarian gluten-free recipe is perfect for a gathering of family and friends, and just in time for Easter and Passover! The base is a gluten-free cornbread using oat flour, sweet white rice flour, stone-ground yellow cornmeal and bits of real corn. Plus kefir (yes probiotics!) or buttermilk, butter, delicious veggies, and two types of cheese. It’s a beautiful, heart-warming and flavorful dish that is a sophisticated take on a classic comfort food!

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