08:10 08:10

Grilled Ratatouille

By | 2017-05-08T08:31:25+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Gluten Free, Recipes, Summer, Summer Recipes, The Seasons, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Grilled Ratatouille

Summer cooking at its best is easy, colorful and uncomplicated.  Ratatouille makes the most of the season’s vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  This grilled version can be prepared in two ways.  The vegetables are first grilled and you then dress them right at the table and serve them immediately or you finish marrying their flavors over the stove top.  Both are delish–it’s just a matter of choice.  I tend to prefer the first method, as it’s simpler and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Double this recipes or toss leftovers with cooked quinoa and a little extra dressing (if necessary) for a light, high protein dish. […]

22:12 22:12

Pumpkin Custard or Pie Filling

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 October 6th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Autumn, Blogs, Comfort Food, Desserts & Sweets, Late Summer/Transition, Main Ingredients, Seasonal Recipes, Winter|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Pumpkin Custard or Pie Filling

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

This recipe is a favorite of mine.  It’s wonderful as a custard for a breakfast or pour it into a baked pie shell for a delish, dairy free pumpkin pie.

 Pumpkin Custard (or Pie Filling) – – cooked pumpkin or squash puree, whisked, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice, sea salt, Heat oven to 425º.
Drain pumpkin drain off excess water is you are using previously frozen squash or pumpkin.
In large bowl, combine all all ingredients.
Pour into oven safe baking dish.

Bake at 425º for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 325º for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Yeah, really that’s it.
; – Healing energetics–Pumpkin nourishes the Earth element’s organs of Stomach and Spleen.  It helps warm the center, drains dampness and stabilizes the blood sugar.  Eggs provide some fat and protein and the spices warm and move the blood.

Primary season: Late Summer, Autumn and Winter

06:06 06:06

Warm Squash And Proscuito Salad

By | 2016-07-07T13:16:07+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegetables|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Warm Squash And Proscuito Salad

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’ […]