This is an ambitious meal, definitely for a day when you have some time to spend in the kitchen.
Your efforts will be well rewarded, though. Moist and flavorful, the turkey basks in a delicious and well-balanced sauce. Many healing ingredients comprise this meal. Fennel is closely related to parsley, carrots and dill. It has played an important role in the traditional food culture of France and Italy, dating back to ancient times. Supporting many of the body’s systems, fennel is particularly helpful for cardiovascular and colon health.
Roughly chop onions, fennel, mushrooms and chard. Peel and mince or press garlic. Grate ginger.
Grate ginger. Juice limes. In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, ginger, tamari, lime juice and pepper. Marinate turkey in this mixture for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, start rice; bring 2¼ cups chicken broth and 1 can coconut milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in rice and ½ teaspoon salt; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat, set aside.
When the marinating hour is nearly up, preheat oven to 350°. Oil a large, ovenproof skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
Remove turkey from marinade, discard marinade. Dust with coconut flour and fry about 1 minute on each side.
Cover and bake until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 170°, or about 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
For the sauce, whisk together fresh ginger, tamari, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, almond butter and 2 tablespoons water. Set aside.
Sauté green onions and garlic in coconut oil over medium heat. Add fennel and mushrooms, continue to cook, stirring frequently until mushrooms soften. Add broth and chard and cook until bright green. Toss veggies with some of the sauce.
Serve veggies and turkey over rice, with a drizzle of sauce.
Preparation: 1 hour and 45 minutes
My take on the traditional potato salad pairs the natural sweetness of cinnamon with the tanginess of Dijon mustard.
Letting the salad set up in the refrigerator for as long as 24 hours prior to serving allows the flavors to mingle perfectly. Cinnamon is one of humanity’s oldest known spices, dating back to at least 2,700 BC. Prized for its medicinal properties in ancient China, it is now used the world over. Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, which helps grow strong bones, maintains skin integrity, helps to control blood sugar and protects against free radical damage.
Thaw and shell edamame. Dice sweet potatoes. Grate ginger. Juice lime. Thinly slice onion and celery. Finely chop dill.
In a medium saucepan with a steamer basket and 1 inch of water, steam sweet potatoes until tender, 10 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
Whisk together lime juice, mustard, ginger, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
Combine onion, edamame, celery and dill in a large bowl. Stir in sweet potatoes and toss with dressing.
Cover and refrigerate at least two, and up to 24 hours.
Preparation: 20 minutes, plus 2 hours to set
Coconut oil is a healthy fat, which has been shown to have numerous beneficial effects on the aging brain.
Coconut oil is made of medium chain fatty acids that have been shown to help improve cognitive functioning in older adults with memory disorders. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins A and C and antioxidants. Ginger supports digestion and also has anti-inflammatory properties. This is a mild, lightly sweet soup that is popular with the whole family. I serve it over the holidays and it is always well received.
In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallot and a splash of broth and sauté about 2 minutes. Add ginger, sauté another 2 minutes. Add curry powder and stir until fragrant.
Add remaining broth, carrots, and sweet potatoes, and simmer on medium-high heat until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes). Add coconut milk, and salt and pepper to taste.
Use an immersion blender or blend in batches, making sure blender is not more than half full. Return to soup pot and reheat.
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges
Serve piping hot, in bowls, garnished with cilantro and fresh lime wedges.
Preparation: 30 minutes
The romance of northern Africa infuses these tasty patties.
The rich medley of textures and flavors blend beautifully, adding interest and delight to the ground turkey. Healing herbs and spices enhance turkey’s natural gifts. Turkey is rich in vitamins B3 and B6, as well as the protein, selenium and phosphorus. Turkey provides a fair amount of Omega-3 and works to lower the Omega-6: Omega-3 ratio. Turkey is associated with a decreased risk for pancreatic cancer, and aids in stabilizing insulin level.
Blend in a food processor, or use a knife to finely chop shallots, garlic, thyme, basil and chard. Set aside.
Juice enough lemon for 1 teaspoon and zest enough lemon for ½ teaspoon. Chop mint leaves, chives and green onions. Seed and dice cucumber.
Toss yogurt and salt with cucumber, mint leaves, chives and green onions. Mix well and set aside.
Mix lemon zest, turmeric, pepper and salt with chard mixture. Fold in turkey and mix well. Form patties and roll edges in hemp hearts. Refrigerate patties for one hour.
Fry patties in oil over medium heat, about 8 minutes per side.
2 cups mixed greens
Serve patties over a bed of greens, drizzled with sauce.
Preparation: 30 minutes active, plus 1 hour to set
Visually stunning, this recipe also provides a wealth of textures and health benefits. Farro is an ancient grain that has been used in Italy for centuries. Farro has twice the fiber and protein of modern wheat. While farro does contain gluten, the gluten molecules are reported to be weaker than modern wheat, so it is easier to digest. Farro has a nutty flavor similar to brown rice. Pumpkin seeds are a fantastic source of zinc, which supports immune function and skin health.
Cook farro in a medium saucepan with broth. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Continue to cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, allow to cool.
Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Finely chop cilantro, spinach and garlic. Slice celery and lemon.
In a small bowl, combine oils, salt and pepper, whisk gently. In a large bowl, combine cilantro, spinach and garlic. Toss with oil mixture. Stir in celery, salt, pepper, and pumpkin seeds. Stir in farro. Sprinkle with feta and cranberries. Toss again right before serving.
Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
Preparation: 45 minutes
This is a mellow yet pleasing curry.
This recipe is a lovely way to introduce cabbage into the diet. Cabbage has numerous health benefits, not the least of which is the abundance of vitamins K and C. You’ll notice that there are very few wheat-based products in this cookbook. Occasionally, though, I do like to offer couscous and other pastas for a bit of variety. Of course, if you are avoiding wheat or gluten, feel free to substitute quinoa. When paired with the bountiful benefits of the vegetables and healing spices in this recipe, couscous offers a delightful texture as well as the trace mineral selenium, which is essential for the body and difficult to find in food sources.
Cook couscous according to package directions to make 4 servings. Chop cashews and toast in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently. Set aside.
Chop onion, cabbage and cilantro. Finely dice sweet potato. Pit and chop dates. Grate ginger. Mince or press garlic. Cut lime into wedges. Rinse and drain chickpeas.
Sauté onion, cumin, coriander, turmeric and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat, until onion begins to soften. Stir in cabbage, sweet potato, chickpeas, dates, ginger and garlic. Sauté an additional five minutes. Add broth, reduce heat and cover.
Simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in coconut milk, warm a few minutes longer.
Serve over couscous, topped with cashews, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
Preparation: 45 minutes
The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes, along with the protein of black beans give this hearty soup a satisfying heft that will sustain you between meals.
This soup is loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Cabbage is also prized for its cholesterol lowering properties. Red cabbage offers additional nutritional benefits, including a high amount of protective phytonutrients. Enjoy this soup any time of year, and take it with you in a thermos for a burst of energy and protein during the day.
If you’re using dried beans, soak half a pound of beans overnight. Otherwise, drain and rinse two cans of beans. Peel and chop the shallot, garlic and sweet potatoes. Chop the cabbage. Juice the lime.
In a large soup pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add in the shallot, garlic, pumpkin seeds and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in sweet potato. Cook for 5 minutes. Add in broth, water, lime juice, black beans, and red cabbage. Stir well. Add the turmeric, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on medium-low heat until sweet potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.
Remove 2 cups of soup; blend with a countertop or immersion blender. Return to soup pot, stir in salt and pepper.
Peel and cube avocado, chop cilantro. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with avocado cubes and cilantro.
Preparation: 1 hour
Beets make a surprisingly delicious red sauce that pairs beautifully with spaghetti squash.
Spaghetti squash is a winter squash that has long, tender, noodle-like flesh that makes a fun alternative to pasta. Winter squash are prized for their abundant B-vitamins, including B1, B3, B6, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and folate. Their carotenoid content provides antioxidant benefits. Winter squash contains moderate amounts of Omega 3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, which plays a role in supporting cognitive function.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cut spaghetti squash lengthwise, scoop out seeds and spread coconut oil over cut sides. Place squash cut sides down in a baking dish and bake 45 minutes or until tender.
Peel and chop shallot, garlic, beets and cauliflower. Chop carrots and basil.
Heat coconut oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook until shallot is translucent, stirring frequently. Add beets, carrots, thyme, and rosemary, and cook for a few more minutes.
Add ½ cup broth, coconut milk and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat; use an immersion blender or carefully transfer to a countertop blender and puree along with 1 cup broth. Return to pot, add basil and warm for a few more minutes.
When squash is done, scoop out flesh and fluff with a fork. Divide among plates and drizzle with sauce.
Preparation: 1 hour
I like eggs and the protein they provide, but I’ve gotten a bit tired of them.
I find this dish more interesting and enjoyable, and I like the added dimension of red potatoes. Spinach is high in antioxidants and is a rich source of folate and vitamin C. Folate is the form of folic acid found in food. Folic acid is a member of the B vitamin family. Low folate levels are connected with poor cognitive function and dementia in the elderly. Spinach also contains a wide variety of phytonutrients, including flavonoids and carotenoids. Spinach’s flavor compounds have been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Finely chop shallot and cilantro or parsley. Coarsely chop mushrooms and spinach. Thinly slice sweet potato.
Beat together eggs, cheese, turmeric, and salt. Set aside.
In large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and broth over medium low heat. Add shallot, and stir often until soft (3–5 minutes). Add mushrooms and sauté until tender (3–5 minutes). Stir in spinach and cilantro and sauté 2 minutes, and then add mixture to egg mixture.
In large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat, fully coating bottom of skillet. Spread sweet potatoes over bottom of skillet in one or two thin layers and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Pour egg and vegetable mixture over potatoes; turn heat down to low medium, and cover. Cook about 20 minutes, periodically checking to see if eggs are firm.
When done, run rubber spatula around edge of frittata, cut in wedges, and serve.
Preparation: 45 minutes
This is simple and versatile recipe.
You will end up with flavorful meat for chicken tacos, taco salads, or even Mexican flavored stir fry. The chicken can last for more than one meal, giving you a base for multiple dinner options and lunches.
As we stay committed to wellness, we need to always adjust and be flexible without compromising nourishment essentials. We know how time-consuming life can be, and sometimes cooking just isn’t a top priority. That’s why we want to remind you this week to utilize that slow cooker so you can use cooking time to slow down and connect. Enjoy this recipe and have fun experimenting in your life integrating quality food and quality time.
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. This could be cooked on low all day, or you could set the slow cooker to high and cook for four hours. Once the chicken is cooked, use a fork to shred it, and stir well.
Peel & slice avocado, dice tomatoes.
Spoon chicken into soft sprouted tortillas or organic taco shells. Top with cheese, avocado, salsa, and tomatoes. Garnish with a few lime wedges.
Preparation: 10 minutes, plus 4 or 8 hours to cook