Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Cashew Creamed Kale
This is a paleo version of a classic American comfort food that traditionally uses lots of
dairy and fat. This version has all of the flavour, without the empty ingredients.
200 g  or 1 cup Cashews
Coconut/Cooking Oil
Coarse Salt
Black Pepper
4 Sweet Potatoes, cut in half
2 bunches of Kale, center stalk removed, coarsely chopped
1-2 tsp  Nutmeg
3-4 T coconut oil, ghee, or butter
10 Shallots, peeled and sliced thinly
Soak cashews in enough water to completely cover them, 4 hours
to overnight (the longer the better. If  needed, soak in hot water for
30 mins).
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper
Drizzle with oil and salt and pepper
Cut sweet potatoes in halves (or quarters if very big). Dredge and coat both sides of
sweet potatoes with oil and salt and pepper
Roast skin side up for 20 minutes or until soft
Bring a salted pot of water to boil and cook kale until tender (10-15 minutes)
Prepare cashew cream by draining cashews and rinsing well
Blend with 200-250 ml of water, or more until you have a toothpaste consistency
Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper
Drain kale and mix with cashew cream to warm and mix flavors
Saute shallots in 3-4 T of oil until they golden and crispy (can be done ahead of time and stored in an airtight container).  These totally make the dish so don’t skip this step!
Serve sweet potatoes with creamed kale on top and sprinkle them with the crispy shallots.
The creamed kale with crispy shallots is amazing as a Thanksgiving side too…just saying 🙂

Beef and Broccoli or Chickpeas and Broccoli (15 min dinner)

I’m trying to be better about only buying what I need and using what I have…In an effort to do something unique with some frozen organic beef cubes I threw this together after school on Thursday. I served it with rice for my kiddos. For us, I briefly sautéed carrot and zucchini noodles in sesame oil with crushed red pepper. I tossed tons of green onion and toasted sesame seeds on top and  called it dinner. For myself, because I am trying to eat more plant based I skipped the beef cubes and added chickpeas, there was enough sauce in the pan to season my beans.

Gluten Free, Paleo (beef version), Dairy Free, Grain Free, Vegan if you make the chickpea version 

1 lb beef cubes

1 big bunch of broccoli florets

1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

5 cloves, garlic, minced

1 large chunk garlic, grated in microplane

3 T coconut oil

1 T sesame oil

Whisk together following ingredients:

1/4 cup Tamari or coconut aminos (still haven’t found these in Dubai and am still wondering wtf they are )

2 T cider vinegar

1 T arrowroot

1/2 lime, juiced

Toppings 

Green onions, diced

Sesame seeds, toasted in a dry pan

  1. Heat oil in a non-coated pan
  2. Brown beef cubes
  3. Add broccoli, garlic and peppers to pan and sauté for a few minutes to soften
  4. Add liquid and arrowroot mixture
  5. Cook to desired temperature, sauce will thicken
  6. Top with green onions and sesame seeds

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I only got a photo of this while I was cooking so you’ll have to take my word for it, it looked pretty before I ate it.

 

 

 

Healthy Peach Cobbler

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This recipe was developed for a cooking demo at Cycle Hub Cafe in Motor City for Dinnertime and it’s one I am proud of. Quick, cheap (at the right time of year), easy, and healthy…and at least one of my kids liked it.

Ingredients:

1 can coconut cream, refrigerated to thicken cream, set aside
7 cups peaches, sliced  (about 10 peaches)
2 limes, zested and juiced (set aside zest)
1 tbsp. Arrowroot, mixed with the juice of two limes
2-4 tbsps. Honey, Maple Syrup, or Coconut Syrup (optional)
1/4 cup Coconut Oil +extra for greasing

1 cup Almond Flour
2 tsps. Vanilla Extract or scrapings from one pod
1/2 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut (desiccated coconut in Dubai)
1/4 cup Pistachios, chopped
1 Lime, juiced
Honey (optional), if desired
Preheat oven to 190 degrees C/375 F 
1)Slice peaches and set aside in a bowl.
2)Zest and juice the limes.
3)Whisk arrowroot and lime juice from 1 1/2 limes together.
4)Add honey and whisk again.
5)Pour over peach mixture.
6)Grease a baking pan with coconut oil, and pour mixture in the pan.
7)Mix oil, almond flour, vanilla, shredded coconut and pistachios in a bowl.
8)Top peaches with crumble mixture and place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes.
While it’s baking:
Juice the third lime and whisk the lime juice, zest and honey (optional) into the
the coconut cream.
Top peach cobbler with coconut cream. What I love about this dessert is you could change the fruits and nut combos for infinite possibilities.