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Roasted Squash and Kale Salad
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons agave
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound kale, thinly sliced
- 1 cucumber, peeled and julienned
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium tamari
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 400°. Peel, seed, and cut butternut squash into 1-inch chunks. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper; bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; cool. Toss with kale, cucumber, and red onion. In a blender, purée low-sodium tamari, fresh lime juice, sesame oil, agave, creamy peanut butter, fresh ginger, and water. Drizzle salad with dressing; serve.
Eating Orange Foods For the Health Benefits
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Power up with orange
Orange and yellow foods like sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, squash, cantaloupe are loaded with healthy carotenoids like beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that boosts your immune system.
Easy Pecan Agave French Toast Casserole
- 3/4 cup agave or 2/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- Cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 6 (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices Whole Wheat Baguette bread
- 6 tablespoons dairy free whipped topping, optional
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted
Combine agave and vegan butter in a small, pan over low heat. Warm 3 minutes or until warm stirring constantly. Pour agave mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly over bottom of pan. Set aside; cool completely.
Combine almond milk, vanilla, and eggs in a large shallow bowl; stir with a whisk. Dip 1 bread slice in milk mixture; arrange bread slice over sugar mixture in dish. Repeat procedure with remaining 5 bread slices. Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Let sit for 2-3 Minutes to soak.
Preheat oven to 350°. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
While casserole bakes, Place 1 bread slice, caramel side up, on each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon topping and 1 teaspoon pecans.
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Why it’s super:
Not only does flaxseed lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, but it is also a rich source of lignan, a powerful antioxidant that may be a powerful ally against disease and certain cancers, especially breast cancer. Just 2 tablespoons of ground seeds (which are digested more efficiently than whole seeds) contain about 20% of the recommended daily fiber* intake and more than 100% of the recommended intake for inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.
How to enjoy it:
Add ground flaxseed to baked goods for a nutty flavor or sprinkle it on top of your favorite cereal. It’s also delicious when blended with yogurt and fresh fruit for a tasty smoothie.
- Calories: 265
- Protein: 9 g
- Total Fat: 7 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 43 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 253 mg
- Fiber: 10 g
- Sugar: 13 g
Yield: Serves 4
Time: 30 minutes or fewer
- 2 cups finely diced sweet potato
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced (1 ½ cups)
- 1 cup fresh green beans, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbs. hot sesame oil
- 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 1 ½ cups cooked lentils or 1 15-oz. can lentils, rinsed and drained
- 4 Tbs. prepared mango chutney, optional
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 4 16-inch lengths of foil on work surface. Fold foil in half from short side. Unfold. Shape corners and edges of one half into semicircular “bowl” with 1/2-inch sides. Coat insides of foil with cooking spray.
2. Combine sweet potato, bell pepper, green beans, and raisins in medium bowl. Add oil, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Whisk together broth, ginger, garlic, and curry powder in small bowl.
4. Divide sweet potato mixture among packets; top with 1/3 cup lentils. Pour 1/4 cup broth mixture over lentils, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Fold other half of foil over ingredients, and crimp edges in overlapping folds until packets are sealed. Transfer packets to baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes.
5. Transfer to plates. Let each person open packet carefully—escaping air will be hot. Top with chutney, if using.
January is prime time for reinventing ourselves. New year, new me: sounds simple, right? This year, I resolved to eat cleaner—and less, exercise more, kick caffeine, read more books (OK, read more e-books), and floss every day. Piece of cake, right?
Yet by mid-month—just about now—my willpower starts to flicker and I fear my New Year’s resolutions are about to get kicked to curb like a dried out Christmas tree. Circa Valentine’s, I might be right back to inhaling Hershey’s Kisses to make it through an afternoon slump.
Couldn’t we all use a little help making our resolutions stick?
Enter Slim & Sage dishes, pretty porcelain plates designed to keep portions in check. Informed by experts and research from Stanford, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, NIH, and the American College of Cardiology, these stylish yet scientific plates vow to cut the calories you consume by 59 percent.
How? First off, they’re smaller: measuring a petite 9-inches compared to standard 12-inch dinnerware. Plus, they employ a stylish geometric pattern as a disguised blueprint for what to eat: one-quarter lean protein, one-quarter whole grains, one-half veggies.
Not only did I fall head over heels for the look and feel of these plates, but I was also inspired by the challenge of coming up with creative combinations to satisfy the recommended proportions. Here’s a helpful list of basic mix-and-match foods to experiment with.
Of course, the preparation and seasoning is up to you.
Tofu, tempeh, seitan, beans, lentils
Quinoa, farro, brown rice, whole wheat pasta
Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, kale, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, string beans, potatoes, squash