Spicy Sweet Potato Wedge & Kale Salad with Asian Tahini Dressing

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedge & Kale Salad with Asian Tahini Dressing
(Serves 6-8) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
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I love this recipe because it can be a salad or appetizer/snack. It is also great for dinner, lunch or as a side! This healthy salad is incredibly delicious and filling. The sweet potatoes can stand alone with the dressing, honestly it was hard for me to resist sampling the sweet potatoes and dipping before building my salad. 🙂 You can always kick the heat up to your liking. Speaking of heat… check down below I’m sharing some pics from my husband’s hot sauce! He has some pretty flavorful sauces. Well try my salad, I’m still working on it three days later. I anticipate that you will really enjoy this recipe! Enjoy.
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Ingredients:
2 ½ Lbs Sweet Potatoes, peeled/chopped
½ Tbsp Course Sea Salt
½ Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4-5 Cups Kale, stems removed/chopped (about 7 stalks)
1 ½ Cup Red Cabbage, shredded
1/3 Cup Peanuts, optional

Directions:
-Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes into wedges or cubes (I prefer wedges). Spread sweet potatoes evenly on two baking sheets and rub with olive oil, sea salt and chili powder. Bake for 30 minutes – toss about halfway through for even baking. Toss with dressing, kale, cabbage and top with peanuts. Enjoy!

Asian Tahini Dressing
¼ Cup Tahini
¼ Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
¼ Cup Rice Vinegar
2 Tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar
½ Tbsp Sriracha
-Whisk all ingredients to combine. Let stand for 10 minutes for flavors to combine.
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Day 3 and still delicious!!!
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My hubby’s hot sauce! -Great flavor, I’m not a big heat person but this sauce is amazing. I wonder if he’ll share his recipe one day.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Wedge & Kale Salad

  • Servings: 6-8 ~ Vegan/Gluten-free
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 ½ Lbs Sweet Potatoes, peeled/chopped
½ Tbsp Course Sea Salt
½ Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4-5 Cups Kale, stems removed/chopped (about 7 stalks)
1 ½ Cup Red Cabbage, shredded
1/3 Cup Peanuts, optional

Directions:
-Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes into wedges or cubes (I prefer wedges). Spread sweet potatoes evenly on two baking sheets and rub with olive oil, sea salt and chili powder. Bake for 30 minutes – toss about halfway through for even baking. Toss with dressing, kale, cabbage and top with peanuts. Enjoy!

Asian Tahini Dressing
¼ Cup Tahini
¼ Cup Tamari Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
¼ Cup Rice Vinegar
2 Tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar
½ Tbsp Sriracha

-Whisk all ingredients to combine. Let stand for 10 minutes for flavors to combine.

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Curried Chickpeas with Potatoes & Carrots

Curried Chickpeas with Potatoes/Carrots (Serves 4-6)

Vegan/Gluten-Free

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This curry chickpea recipe is truly simple and fragrant; I served it over basmati rice. The addition of potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots make this a hearty and flavorful dish. You can swap or add ingredients; this really is a versatile dish, throw in some kale or spinach for example. Monday was one of those days coming in from work I needed to make something quick; this is roughly a 30-minute meal. Enjoy and fill your kitchen with the aroma of curry.

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Shallot, chopped
1 Sweet Potato, diced
1 Quart (32oz) Vegetable Broth, divided
2 (15.5 oz can) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), drained/rinsed
5 small Gold Potatoes, chopped/quartered-smaller ones
2 Carrots, diced
½ Tbsp Curry powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
Salt/Pepper to taste (Abt 1 ½ Tsp Salt and ½ Tsp Pepper)

Directions:
-Heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté shallots for 2-3 minutes until softened.

-Add Sweet Potatoes and continue sautéing for another 2-3 minutes. Then add ½ of the vegetable broth. Bring broth to simmer – low boil, cook sweet potatoes for about 5 minutes.

-Add remaining ingredients: Chickpeas, Potatoes, Carrots, Seasonings and remaining broth. Heat to boil – then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes – potatoes and carrots should be fork tender.

-Serve over Basmati Rice – click here for recipe. Enjoy!

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup (Serves 4-6)
Vegan/Gluten-Free

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I was inspired to create this soup after a story my husband shared with me upon coming home from work just the other day. While at work a man sparked up a brief conversation with him in passing…“The gentleman at 58, retired, had a degenerative eye condition where he was losing his sight. He didn’t name the condition but mentioned how the doctor wanted to put him on medication. Instead, he began to eat a bag of carrots a day until he miraculously rejuvenated his eyes back to 20/20; he doesn’t even need glasses anymore. Since his vision was restored, he went from a bag a day to now a bag a week. The man added that the bible teaches that one must Eat to Heal.”

So what’s up doc? While I cannot prove the validity of the stranger’s story I was certainly intrigued. Seems logical…carrots are great for you! They are rich in antioxidants and beta-carotenes. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is important for immunity, eye health and promotes healthy skin. This carotenoid is also found in sweet potatoes, another ingredient in this soup. Along with the antioxidants and beta-carotenes, sweet potatoes are a good source of Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron, Vitamin C and D. The coconut milk in this recipe helps make it velvety smooth. Additionally, it is a good source of Iron, Potassium and Protein. This feel good soup would not be complete without ginger to spice things up. Great for immunity, digestion, blood circulation and it is popular for its anti-inflammatory properties.

As I listened intently and relished every word of Seth’s encounter, it truly made me re-evaluate my relationship with the frequently underrated Carrot…the star of this recipe. Thanks again to my hubby, the great narrator, for sharing that story.

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Ingredients:

1 ½ Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 stalks of Celery, chopped
1 medium white Onion, chopped
10 Whole black Peppercorns or ½ Tbsp
2lbs of Carrots, peeled/chopped
1 medium Sweet Potato, peeled/chopped
2 cans Coconut Milk, divided
2 Cups Water, divided
1 (2inch piece) Fresh Ginger, peeled
½ Tsp Garlic powder
½ Tsp Curry powder
½ Tsp Salt

Directions: – One Pot Meal

-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Sauté Celery, Onions and Peppercorn for about 5 minutes.

-Add Carrots and Sweet Potatoes and continue sautéing stirring occasionally for another 7-9 minutes.

-Add 1 can of Coconut milk plus 1 cup of Water. Continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes or until Carrots and Sweet Potatoes are tender.

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-In Batches: Add soup mixture to blender (about 2 ladles at a time). Blend until smooth adding remaining Coconut Milk and Water to blender to help thin mixture during blending. I blended entire recipe in three batches.

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-Add fresh Ginger during blending process. Note: You may grate the ginger first before adding to blender also.

-Once soup has been blended, return to pot. Bring to slow boil and add remaining seasonings.

-Reduce heat and simmer for another 5-10 minutes before serving. Add a drizzle of Sriracha for added heat, optional. Enjoy!

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Gnocchi with Sweet Potato and Kale

Gnocchi with Kale and Sweet Potato  (Serves 4)

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My son is extremely fond of Gnocchi. If I asked my children what they’d like for dinner I can always count on Josh to select Gnocchi or Ravioli, they are tied in his book. This recipe utilizes dry packaged Gnocchi but is so versatile you can make it with fresh gnocchi or add/change some veggies. For example, I make this with Swiss chard instead of Kale sometimes. This is definitely a simple recipe that should take 30 minutes or less. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love being in the kitchen, but there are times when you need to put together a quick meal and this is certainly one of my ‘go-to’ meals.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Sweet Potato, diced

¼ Cup Water

1 Turnip, diced

3 Tbsp Earth Balance Butter, divided

1 Shallot, diced

2 Pkgs (17.5 oz) Gnocchi

3 stalks Kale, stems removed, chopped

¼ Tsp Ground Pepper

½ Tsp Salt

¼ Tsp Chili Powder

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Directions:

-Sauté Sweet Potatoes in Olive oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add Water and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.

-Add Turnips and sauté for another 5 minutes.

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-Dice up Shallots while turnips and carrots are cooking. To pan add 2 Tbsp Earth Balance and Shallots, continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.

-Add Gnocchi to boiling water, cook for about 2-3 mins. Once gnocchi floats to the top they are ready to come out.

-Add Kale, Salt/Pepper and Chili powder and heat through for another 2 minutes.

-Drain Gnocchi then add to sauté pan with veggies plus remaining Earth Balance. Heat through until incorporated and golden.

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