Sweet Potato Apple Hash

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I first published a recipe for this years ago but it desperately needing updating, both with the method and the photos.  So about this dish, simply put it is all about Fall with my favorite 2 produce items of the season!  It only has a few ingredients and it’s easy to make so that’s a big win in my book.  I like the red onion in this for a little color but any onion will do.  Also, a favorite of sweet potatoes or yams (what is the difference anyway? Read this) is the Garnet Yam!

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 in cubes

Olive oil

1 apple, cored and diced

1/2 red onion, diced (about ½ cup is good)

1-2 Tbsp vegan butter (optional)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Heat iron skillet (or nonstick skillet) over medium heat with enough olive oil to coat the bottom.  Let warm for a few minutes.  You don’t want to throw your sweet potatoes into a cold skillet with cold oil – it should sizzle a little bit.

Add sweet potatoes and stir around a little to coat in the oil.  Let cook untouched for about 5 minutes.  Then give them a toss, bottoms should be a little browned, and cook another 5 minutes.  Add additional oil in needed to keep them from sticking.

Add onion and apple, cook 4-5 minutes until everything is tender and the sweet potatoes are browned.

Stir in butter if using, give a toss to melt it and coat everything.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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Lemon Garlic Kale

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Glorious green kale! Simply sauteed with just olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spritzed with lemon before serving.  One tip: don’t cook the hell out of it since we want to preserve some of those wonderful nutrients kale has to offer.  Just a few minutes until it lightly wilted is all it needs!

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Serves 4 as a side

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 bunch of curly kale, large rib removed, torn into pieces

3 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced or chopped

Water

Salt and pepper to taste

Juice of about half a lemon

Method

Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the a large skillet or sauce pan and heat over medium heat.  Add garlic and saute about 3 minutes.

Add kale and 2-3 tablespoons of water, cover and allow to steam just 2 minutes.  Remove lid and toss kale around to cook evenly.  If needed, return lid and let steam additional minute.

Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a dish and toss with lemon juice and also a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

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Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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I had a cauliflower tabbouleh at tapas restaurant and knew I had to remake it!  The only difference here from the traditional tabbouleh is that grated cauliflower is replacing bulgur wheat.  This gives you an extra dose of veggie goodness and nutrients plus makes it gluten free for anyone who can’t have wheat.

Tips: cut your cucumber inhalf lengthwise, use a spoon to scrape the seeds from center.

Serves 4 as a side

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Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove, grated or minced

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 head cauliflower,  grated

1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced small

1 medium tomato, cored and seeded

1/2 small onion, peeled and diced small

1 cup packed chopped fresh parsley, about 1 bunch

1 cup packed chopped mint, about 1 bunch

 

Method

Make the dressing by whisking olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir in dressing and toss.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Easy Mexican Rice

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Because sometimes it’s all about the sides. And even better when it’s easy and quick.  I think I made this is less than 15 minutes.  One super important note – use GOOD salsa!  By good Everyone’s idea of “good salsa” can be different but just make sure it’s one you love.  I used fresh pico de gallo from the refrigerated section (I’m not a fan of jarred salsa). I used the frozen Trader Joe’s packet of brown rice which I love!!  This makes a great side or filling in tacos or burritos, or even a base for a burrito bowl.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

Olive oil

1/2 medium onion, peeled and diced

1/2 bell pepper, diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 Tbsp ground cumin

4 cups of cooked rice

1/2 cup salsa

juice of 1 lime

Fresh cilantro chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

Method

Add enough oil to coat a large skillet and heat on medium.  Add onion and bell pepper, sprinkle with salt, and saute around 5 minutes or until softened and onions are translucent.

Add garlic and cumin and saute 1-2 minutes.

Stir salsa, lime juice, then rice.  Simmer a couple of minutes until desired consistency is reached (you might want to let some of the excess liquid cook off ).

Stir in cilantro – how ever much you want!  And season with salt and pepper.

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Southwest Black Bean, Corn, and Rice Salad

So many great things about this dish – it’s an easy mix some stuff together kind of recipe, it’s vegan and healthy, it’s delicious, and it doesn’t really require cooking if you get the kind of rice you can just microwave.  Oh and it’s versatile too.  You can switch up the grains (I used a combination or brown rice and barley), add avocado if you like, use it as a side or a main dish, in tacos or burritos, whatever you want.  The recipe makes 2-3 side dish servings but it can easily be doubled for a 4-5 person dinner or for a party.

You can also find this recipe featured on this Washingtonian.com article as a healthy Cinco de Mayo recipe back when I had my original blog The Single Bite.

 

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Serves 2-3 as a side dish

Ingredients

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne (optional)

1 Tbsp canola oil

1/4 cup vegetable broth

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 cups cooked brown rice, barley or another grain

3/4 cup cooked black beans (about half a can drained)

3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Mix spices, oil, broth and vinegar in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined and mixed with the dressing.  This is best if left to chill in the refridgerator 1-2 hours before serving.

Spiced Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is actually not grain but rather a seed. What makes it so wonderful is that it’s a plant-based, complete protein meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids (the ones your body can’t produce).  Yea, that’s pretty cool.  One cup cooked gives you 8 grams of protein with just over 200 calories and about 3.5g fat.  For long time I wanted so badly to love this little protein-packed wonder seed, but everytime I cooked it I found it tastless and mushy.  Yuck.  So, I decided to try using less liquid and swapped broth for water, threw in spices, garlic, etc. and voila, I was converted.

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Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients

Olive oil or cooking spray

1/2 medium onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped

2 tsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 cup quinoa

2 cups vegetable broth (water can be substituted)

Salt and pepper to taste

Pepitas (already roasted pumpkin seeds) or regular raw pumpkin seeds

Chopped cilantro

Method

Heat oil in a skillet.  Add onion and garlic with a pinch of salt and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.  Add vinegar, cumin, smoked paprika, quinoa; stir o combine everything and cook just a minute.  Add in broth and stir.  Turn heat up and bring to boil, then reduce to low and simmer covered 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  If there’s still too much liquid, you can removed cover and cook a few minutes longer.  Garnish with pumpkin seeds and cilantro. Serve as a side dish, add beans to make it a main dish, or add to a wrap with veggies.

*To roast pumpkin seeds just lay on a baking sheet, spray with cooking oil, and bake at 350 for a few minutes until they start to turn golden.  I’ve never actually timed it but they always turn out ok.