08:01 08:01

Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

By |2016-12-29T12:24:14+00:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: April's Blogs, Comfort Food, Dairy Free, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Squash and pumpkin, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

 

Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter.  You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots like turnips or rutabaga, winter squash or different herbs.  I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is for the next meal or as the base for a luscious winter root stew.

Enjoy!

Contributed by April Crowell

 

 

 Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage – – carrots, potato, yam or sweet potato or butternut squash, onions, beets, parsnips, garlic (optional), rosemary, sage, olive oil (start on the low side and add more just to coat–you don’t want oily vegetables), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, Prep your veg!: Preheat oven to 425˚.

Peel all vegetables and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic. Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated. Even vegetables back out on sheet.

; Roast vegetables: Roast vegetables in oven turning vegetables every 15-20 minutes. Add more oil or if they are too dry. Roast for about 45-60minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Energetics:  Roots are grounding, warming and nourish the earth element.  They drain dampness and strengthen the Stomach and Spleen and build blood. The vinegar lightly astringes. Rosemary and sage drain dampness and stimulate digestion.

Primary season: Fall/Winter

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09:43 09:43

Baked Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

By |2018-05-15T16:57:53+00:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Baked Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

I use a lot of squash and pumpkin in my diet.  And this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it, as I’m a bit of a lazy cook. You heat up the oven, poke a hole in the pumpkin and do other things while it cooks. Once the pumpkin is cooked you can use it in soups, stews, puree’s, baking or simply serve with a little butter, cinnamon and maple syrup.Baked Pumpkin – – sweet, baking pumpkins, Preheat oven to 350° F.
Wipe down pumpkin skins with damp cloth to remove any excess dirt.
Snap or cut off pumpkin stems–no fire hazards, please.
With sharp knife, cut 4-5 slits into the pumpkins to prevent them from bursting. No one wants to clean up an exploding pumpkin.
Bake pumpkins on cookie sheet for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into their flesh comes out easily.
Remove from oven.

; Once cool you can easily cut the pumpkins oven and remove the seed and strings and the flesh will separate from the skin.; – Healing Energetics:  Pumpkin is very nourishing and warming to the core, or the Stomach and Spleen.  It drains dampness, provides fiber and helps to regulate blood sugar.  Great for those with very compromised digestions or babies who are just starting out on solids.

Season: Late Summer/Transition, Autumn.  As an Earth food, pumpkin is appropriate pretty much all year long. – side – American – Blogs – Recipes – Vegan – Vegetables – autumn recipes – pumpkin recipe – pumpkins

06:06 06:06

Warm Squash And Proscuito Salad

By |2016-07-07T13:16:07+00:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegetables|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Best served while the squash is still warm, this salad is a lovely mix of all 5 flavors and delightful with the first hard squashes during late summer or autumn. I chose to cook the prosciutto to add a little extra warmth and crunch.Warm Squash And Proscuito Salad – – delicata squash (seeded and roasted (see below)), proscuito (fresh or crispened), mixed seasonal greens (I used spinach, arugula and baby kale), Parmesan cheese (grated or shaved), Herb balsamic dressing, Herb Balsamic Dressing: white balsamic, honey, extra virgin olive oil, dried Italian herbs (I used a mix of oregano, rosemary and thyme), salt and pepper to taste, Roast squash: Preheat oven to 400. Slice delicata squash into 1/2 inch wide strips. Seed and lightly coat squash with olive oil. Roast until squash is soft, about 30 minutes or until a fork inserted pulls out easily. Allow to cool slightly so you can handle it. Peel away squash from its skin. ; Cook prosciutto, if desired: While the squash cooks, cook prosciutto in a skillet over medium heat, until crisp. Be careful to not over cook, as it can burn easily. Remove from heat, drain on paper towels if necessary. ; Combine the salad: Clean and blot or spin dry greens, if necessary. Lightly toss the greens with balsamic dressing until just coated. Place greens on individual plates, layered with 2-3 slices of squash. Crumble on prosciutto. Top with shavings of Parmesan.; Make the dressing: Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl or dressing jar and thoroughly combine. Adjust seasonings. I like mine a little ‘herbier’ […]