2. Regular Exercise
While it might be the last thing you want to do when your
joints ache, keeping things moving with a regular exercise program will help
ease pain and stiffness. Physical activity provides a multi-faceted range of
benefits for arthritis sufferers, including strengthening the muscles around
the joints, improved bone strength, maintaining a healthy body weight, more
restful sleep, more energy throughout the day, and better balance. Exercise won’t worsen your joint health
– in fact, lack of movement is what may be making your joints stiffer. Just a
few minutes of physical activity each day – such as walking, swimming, or using
a stationary bicycle – can have a huge impact on quality of life. It doesn’t
need to be rigorous – go slow, move gently, and if it’s too painful, take a
break. Here are a few low-impact
workouts that are arthritis-friendly.
3. Manage Your Stress
– Those living with chronic pain struggle with depression and anxiety at a
rate of two to ten times greater than the general population.
all types of arthritis can have a negative impact on your mental health, people
with rheumatoid arthritis are at a heightened risk of major depressive
disorder. It appears that these two conditions co-occur and feed off of each
other – feelings of depression and anxiety can lower your pain threshold, while
constant pain can worsen your anxiety and depression. The prevalence of depression
in arthritis patients may be related to elevated inflammation levels in the
body, since pro-inflammatory enzymes are implicated in both rheumatoid
arthritis and depressive symptoms.
you’re struggling with low mood, there are things you can do to help manage anxiety
and depression. Tending a garden or taking a walk are powerful ways to boost
mood that will keep you active. Supplementing with St. John’s Wort or herbal
tinctures may offer some relief, and aromatherapy with essential oils for
4. Avoid These
Limit or avoid these foods that are known to trigger inflammation
in the body:
– Consuming processed sugar releases inflammatory cytokines that can make pain worse. Here are tips on how to
quit sugar and natural sweetener alternatives.
Carbohydrates – White bread, white rice, and other kinds of refined grains
are high glycemic index foods that can fuel inflammation. Paleo and Keto diets have
healthy meal plan ideas that help limit carbohydrate intake.
Foods – Reducing the amount of fried foods can lower inflammation levels
and help restore the body’s natural defenses.
- Red Meat and Processed Meat – Eating a high
protein diet of steaks and hot dogs can induce inflammation and accelerate the
process behind inflammatory diseases.
Fats – An unsaturated fat widely used in the food industry, trans fats can
cause systemic inflammation. Avoid margarine, shortening, lard, and processed
5. Eat More Foods
that Fight Inflammation – Including anti-inflammatory foods is a natural
way to combat arthritic pain. According to Harvard Health:
The Top Foods That Fight inflammation:
such as tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, apples, cherries, oranges, and
pineapples are rich in antioxidants that help ward off inflammation.
Greens like spinach, kale, and collards.
like almonds and walnuts.
Fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines.
- Olive Oil
is a healthy substitute for trans fats.
To fight inflammation with food, try the Mediterranean diet,
shown to reduce inflammatory markers throughout the body.
6. Fermented Cod
Liver Oil is an excellent source of vitamin A and D, and omega-3 fatty
acids. Fermented cod liver oil offers a natural way to fight pain and
inflammation. If arthritis is complicated by depression, the omega-3s in cod
liver oil have been shown to lessen anxiety and boost mood.
7. Ginger is
aromatic and spicy, and contains compounds that combat both pain and
inflammation.Ginger possesses broad
anti-inflammatory action that shares many of the properties of NSAIDs, but with
better results and fewer side effects. Ginger interacts with genes responsible for encoding enzymes
involved in inflammatory responses, beneficial for those suffering from chronic
8. Turmeric root
has wonderful applications for the skin and overall physical health. For
arthritis, turmeric can provide relief from swelling and pain of inflamed
joints.Studies involving curcumin and
inflammation have found it is capable of inhibiting several pro-inflammatory
enzymes, including the “holy grail” of inflammation. Researchers found that turmeric improved pain levels when walking,
and had less morning stiffness, and better range of movement.
Mix fresh rhizomes or dried spices into a tasty beverage or make
turmeric paste and apply directly to achy joints for quick pain relief.
9. Collagen is
the most abundant protein in our bodies. Collagen is found in our skin, bones,
tendons, organs, and cartilage. With degenerative diseases like arthritis,
collagen supplements may help rebuild joint cartilage, strengthen bones, and
relieve pain.Oral collagen
supplements can significantly reduced pain and the stiffness of osteoarthritis and
improved the ability to carry out physical activities. Collagen has a similar
impact on swelling and joint tenderness in rheumatoid arthritis, without any
can only be sourced from the skins, tendons, marrow, and ligaments of animals.
Replenish collagen by making bone broth or using powdered collagen you can add
10. Eggshell Membrane
– the egg membrane is the thin, transparent layer that clings to the inside of
an eggshell after you’ve broken an egg. It is composed off all sorts of good
stuff for joint and tissue support: collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate,
and hyaluronic acids.
membrane was effective for people with joint and connective tissue disorders,
according to a study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging. Taking 500
mg of eggshell membrane daily resulting in a 28% increase in flexibility after
just 7 days, and a 72% reduction in general pain, 44% increase in flexibility,
and 76% decrease in pain associated with range of movement after 30 days of
treatment. You can harvest eggshell membranes yourself or by taking eggshell
11. CBD Oil is a
rather new entrant to modern medicine and has shown promising results in
treating a range of ailments. CBD possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and
interacts with brain receptors in the endocannabinoid system involved in
regulating pain sensation, the immune system, and mood. Preliminary findings suggest
it may be of therapeutic value for arthritic conditions.
– patients used an oral spray composed of CBD and THC in equal parts – daily
for five weeks and compared with a placebo group, and there were significant
improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest, and sleep quality.
Pure CBD helps protect the joints against damage and decreased
pro-inflammatory enzymes such as tumor necrosis factor. The researchers
concluded that CBD oil has a potent anti-arthritic effect due to its
immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory action.
CBD applied to inflamed joints reduces swelling and pain and the effects
were long lasting and without any adverse side effects.
12. Capsaicin gives
chili peppers their fiery heat. As food or used topically, capsaicin
selectively interacts with nociceptive neurons in the brain which are
responsible for how we perceive pain.
Capsaicin is sourced from chili peppers like jalapeno, cayenne, and
habanero or purchase a topical cream with capsaicin standardized at 0.1%.
13. Gamma-Linolenic Acid(GLA)
is an omega-6 fatty acid found in botanical oils like evening primrose, black
currant, and borage. Taken as a dietary supplement, GLA appears to be an
effective treatment for joint pain, stiffness, and swelling associated with
rheumatoid arthritis.It is capable
of suppressing inflammation at a daily dose of 2.8 grams. After one year of GLA treatment, researchers
found that 76% of participants experienced a meaningful reduction in overall
14. Healing Herbs – The
earth is abundant in plants that soothe and heal.
that hold great promise as treatments for rheumatic conditions:
Claw – The bark and roots of this woody vine have powerful
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that reduced pain and swelling in
both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Cat’s claw can be taken as a
– Native to India, frankincense has been shown to help curtail pro-inflammatory
enzymes, improve joint health, and reduce the deterioration of cartilage.
Frankincense is available as an essential oil and daily supplement.
Nettle is a weed that grows in the wilds throughout North America that may help improve inflammation and pain.
are one of the richest sources of vitamin C, rosehips have natural pain-relieving
properties that benefit people with osteoarthritis.
stems and juice contain bromelain, an enzyme that exhibits potent pain and
swelling relief in knee osteoarthritis.
1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
8 ounces green beans, trimmed
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/3 cup chopped parsley, plus more for serving
1/3 cup panko
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
1 cup golden or red cherry tomatoes halved
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Arrange racks in middle and upper third of oven; preheat to 425°. Remove leaves, and trim stem leaving the center root intact. To serve 4, use 2 heads of cauliflower.
Place core down on work surface and slice from top to bottom reserving remaining cauliflower for another use.
Place cauliflower on a baking sheet and brush sides with 1Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper and roast until tender (30 minutes.)
Toss green beans with 1 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper on another rimmed baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer, and roast until blister, about 15 minutes.
Whisk garlic, lemon zest, 1/3-cup parsley, and 6 Tbl. oil, 1¼ tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper in a medium bowl and transfer half of mixture to another bowl. Add panko and Parmesan to first bowl and mix. Add white beans and tomatoes to second bowl and toss to coat.
Whisk mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Remove sheets from oven. Spread mayonnaise mixture over cauliflower. Sprinkle 1/4-cup panko mixture evenly over cauliflower. Add white bean mixture to sheet with green beans and toss. Return sheets to oven and continue roasting until white beans are crisp and panko browns, 5–7 minutes. Top with parsley.
Baked Sweet Potato Latkes
2 pounds grated sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Drop by quarter-cupfuls onto the baking sheets and flatten with a spatula. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup water
2 stalks Lemongrass, cut into2 inch pieces
1 large green onion
1 cup of long grain white rice
Salt & Pepper to taste
Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in saucepan and heat on medium. Add onion andtumeric. Sauté 5 minutes until tender, add rice and mix. Add water, lemongrass, and salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat. Cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed – 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the lemongrass. Heat remaining oil and add green onion. Sauté just to heat through, and add to rice mixture.
Green Bean Casserole
1.5 lb. green beans
1.5 cups Coconut Milk
3/4 cups of almond meal (for topping)
8 oz mushrooms chopped
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Organic Tapioca Starch
Clean and steam green beans and put in cold water to stop cooking. Put green beans in medium size baking dish. Cook the onions, mushrooms and garlic until soft in the ghee or grass fed butter. Add to the green beans and arrange evenly. Mix Coconut milk and Organic Tapioca Starch and pour the mixture over green beans. Add salt and pepper over whole dish. Bake on 350 for 30 min, add almond meal to top then heat for 3-5 more min. Let dish cool 10 min before serving
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
For the filling:
3 large tomatoes (about 2 pounds), sliced 1/4″ thick
¾ tsp kosher salt, divided
All-purpose flour (for surface)
1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1½ cups grated sharp cheddar (4 ounces)
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, or thyme)
1 tsp mild hot sauce
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Mix salt, sugar, and 1¼ cups flour until combined. Add butter and mix until it resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining, Add ¼ cup ice water and mix until dough holds together. Squeeze a small amount of dough between your fingers; if it’s very crumbly, add more ice water, 1 Tbsp. at a time (2 Tbsp. max). Do not over-process.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and form a rough ball. Knead a few times and roll into a ball. Flatten ball into a disc with smooth edges, cover and chill 1 hour.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with several layers of paper towels. Arrange tomato slices on prepared sheet, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt, and cover with more paper towels. Let drain at least 30 minutes.
Position rack in bottom rung of oven and preheat to 350°F. After dough is chilled, lightly flour work surface and roll out dough to a 13″ round. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin and release into pie pan. Trim edges to leave a 1″ overhang and crimp as desired. Freeze dough at least 15 minutes.
Line crust with parchment paper or foil and fill bottom with baking beans or weights. Bake crust, rotating halfway through, 20 minutes. Remove weights, pierce bottom of crust all over with a fork, and bake again until very light brown and dry, about 10 minutes more. Heat a skillet and add onion, butter, and ¼ tsp. salt, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and browned. Let cool. Combine cheese, mayonnaise, herbs, hot sauce, pepper, onion mixture, and remaining ¼ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Blot tomatoes to remove remaining moisture. Arrange slices in pie shell and top with filling; smooth. Bake pie, rotating halfway through, until golden brown, 40–45 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before slicing.
Easy Broccoli or Spinach Casserole
Chopped broccoli or chopped spinach (cooked and drained). Add ½ stick of melted margarine or butter,1 egg, ½ cup grated cheese sharp cheddar, ½ cup of mayonnaise, 1 med chopped onion, and ½ cup cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. Combine above. Sprinkle Ritz cracker or Saltine cracker crumbs over top. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes
Roasted Red Pepper , Tomato, and Ricotta
4 red bell peppers, halved, seeds and ribs removed
6 oil-packed anchovy fillets, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup basil leaves, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup fresh ricotta
1/4 cup pitted small black and/or green olives
Flaky sea salt
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place bell peppers, skin side down, in a shallow baking dish and top with anchovies and garlic. Tear 1/4 cup basil leaves over top, season with kosher salt and black pepper, and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. oil. Bake until peppers are tender but still hold their shape and are slightly charred around edges, 35–45 minutes. Let cool.
Blend remaining 3/4 cup basil and remaining 1/3 cup oil in a blender until smooth; season basil oil with kosher salt and black pepper. Arrange bell peppers on a platter. Top with tomatoes, ricotta, olives, and more basil, then drizzle with basil oil and season with sea salt and black pepper.
Celery is a vegetable that we often eat raw as well as cooked and it has so many wonderful benefits for us. It is a strongly alkaline food that helps to counteract acidosis, purifies the bloodstream, aids in digestion, prevents migraines, relaxes the nerves, reduces blood pressure, and clears up skin problems. Celery contains compounds called coumarins that are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system. Celery’s rich organic sodium content has the ability to dislodge calcium deposits from the joints and holds them in solution until they can be eliminated safely from the kidneys.
It is a natural diuretic and has the ability to flush toxins out of the body. Celery also has significant anti-inflammatory properties making it an essential food for those who suffer from autoimmune illnesses. It contains significant amounts of calcium and silicon that can aid in the repair of damaged ligaments and bones.
Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron which all help to nourish the blood and aid those suffering from rheumatism, high blood pressure, arthritis, and anemia. Fresh celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices one can drink. Just 16 oz of fresh celery juice a day can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.
Beets contain important natural antioxidants and are rich in betaine, which stimulates liver cell function enabling the body to eliminate toxins properly. You turn it into a superfood with pickling.
Health Benefits of Fermented Foods
To reap the benefits, pickling needs to be done naturally – meaning no vinegar. Water and salt will do the trick. This produces lacto-fermentation. Lacto-fermented foods are vegetables placed in a brine of salt and water for a period of time at room temperature in order to let beneficial bacteria develop. You can ferment any vegetable and it will yield high amounts of probiotics, mostly Lactobacilli that creates lactic acid. Lactic acid protects fermented food from being invaded by pathogenic bacteria. The live organisms are naturally acid resistant and are able to repopulate beneficial organisms in your gut. Lacto-fermented vegetables are more easily assimilated. As well as creating a naturally occurring probiotic supplement, fermentation adds other nutritional benefits. Lactic acid keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation and promotes the growth of healthy flora in the intestine. Fermented foods are the most potent source of beneficial bacteria capable of cleaning your body of toxins and heavy metals.
How to Make Naturally Fermented Pickled Beets
6 medium beets
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups water
Optional Seasonings: mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves
Wash and dry the beets. Poke the beets in several places, place on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 3 hours or until soft. Peel off the skin and chop into julienne type slices. Pack beets firmly into a wide-mouth quart-sized canning jar. Make a brine of sea salt dissolved in water. Pour brine over the beets until the liquid is 1 1/2 inches from the top of the jar. Beets need to be submerged in brine.
Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to cold storage.
A simple recipe to make traditional, lacto-fermented, homemade sauerkraut using only cabbage, salt and time.
2 medium cabbage heads ( 4 to 5 pounds, cored and finely shredded)
2 tablespoons sea salt
Toss cabbage and salt together in a large mixing bowl and squeeze the cabbage and salt together with your hands to break up the cellular structure of the shredded cabbage. When cabbage is limp and releases its juice, transfer it to a sauerkraut crock. Pack the salted cabbage into the crock tightly, eliminating air bubbles, until the cabbage is submerged by liquid. Cover loosely and allow it to sit at room temperature, undisturbed, for at least a month and up to 6 months, testing the sauerkraut every few days until it is done to your liking. Transfer to the refrigerator where it should keep for 6 months and up to 1 year.
If scum appears floating in the brine of sauerkraut, spoon it off. The key to preparing any fermented food is that the solid materials rest below the liquid. Fermentation is an anaerobic process and to expose your ferments to air increases the likelihood of contamination by microbes, yeasts and molds.
1 (approx 2lb) head of organic green cabbage, cut into 1″ thick slices 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 large smashed garlic cloves
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375F and oil baking. Pull outer leaf off cabbage, cut cabbage from top to bottom (bottom being root) into 1″ thick slices. Rub both sides of cabbage with smashed garlic. Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the olive oil over both sides of the cabbage slices. Sprinkle each side with a bit of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast on the middle rack for 25 minutes. Carefully flip the cabbage steaks and roast for an additional 25 minutes until edges are brown and crispy. A very nice optional condiment would be adding balsamic vinegar on the top when finished cooking.
The Benefits of Sauerkraut Sauerkraut is a probiotic food. The lactic acid process that preserves sauerkraut is ripe with probiotic power. You will find is a product brimming with healthy probiotics that will help ensure good gut health. Because of antibiotic use, and even the chlorine in our water, the healthy bacteria in our systems are often beaten down. Including naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut is an excellent way to rebuild healthy gut bacteria levels.
Sauerkraut is a good source of vitamin C
Sauerkraut has cancer-fighting properties Most of us know that broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are excellent foods for helping prevent cancer. A Finnish study found that beyond the normal benefits of cabbage, sauerkraut has even more cancer-fighting powers. It was found that through the fermentation process, isothiocyanates were produced that prohibit the growth of cancer. Glucosinolates in sauerkraut were found to help activate the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, and the flavonoids in it are help protect artery walls from oxidative damage. The study concluded that sauerkraut is an even better choice than raw cabbage for cancer-fighting properties.
Sauerkraut is a traditional ulcer treatment
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin U, which can help heal peptic ulcers. Raw cabbage juice is an effective treatment for peptic ulcers.
SPICY WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 head cauliflower
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a small baking sheet and set aside. Trim the cauliflower to remove green leaves and woody stem. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.
Butternut Squash Gratin
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (2 -pound) butternut squash
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch baking dish. Peel and seed squash and slice thinly. Layer squash in baking dish, sprinkling some salt and pepper between each layer. When dish is half filled, sprinkle 1/2 of cheese and thyme over squash. Continue layering with salt and pepper. Pour cream evenly over top layer and sprinkle with remaining cheese and thyme. Cover baking dish with foil and bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Remove foil from baking dish and broil gratin until top is browned about 4 minutes.
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp real bacon bits
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp worstershire sauce
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper to taste
1 Medium Head of Cabbage
Preheat oven (or grill) to 425 degrees. Mix the olive oil, bacon bits, lemon juice, worstershire sauce, salt and pepper to make the marinade. Rinse cabbage under water, remove loose leaves, and cut the head in half on the core. Cut the halves in half again to make quarters. Lay each wedge on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to wrap it up in. Spoon about 2 tbsp of the marinade on top and wrap each wedge and bake for 20-30 minutes.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 T cream-style horseradish
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash ground black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1 giant Spanish onion (3/4 pound or more)
Vegetable oil for frying
Prepare dipping sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Keep sauce covered in refrigerator until needed. Beat egg and combine with the milk in a medium bowl big enough to hold the onion. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, peppers, oregano, thyme, and cumin.
Slice ¾ inch to 1 inch off the top and bottom of onion. Remove papery skin. Cut a 1-inch diameter core out of the middle of the onion. Slice the onion several times down the center creating the “petals” of the onion. Slice through the center of the onion about three-fourths of the way down. Turn onion 90 degrees and slice again in an “x” across the first slice. Slice the sections in half carefully until you’ve cut the onion 16 times. Do not cut to the bottom. Spread the “petals” of the onion apart. Onion sections tend to stick together, so you’ll want to separate them to make coating easier.
Dip onion in milk mixture, and coat it liberally with the dry ingredients. Again separate the “petals” and sprinkle the dry coating between them. Once you’re sure the onion is coated, dip it back into the wet mixture and into the dry coating again. Double dipping makes sure you have a well- coated onion because some coating tends to wash off when you fry. Let the onion rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes while you get the oil ready. Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep pot to 350 degrees. Use enough oil to cover the onion when it fries. Fry the onion right side up in the oil for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove it from the oil and drain on a rack or paper towels. Open the onion wider from the center so that you can put a small dish of the dipping sauce in the center.
Baked Bloomin’ Onion
1 large onion
For the Egg Wash:
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
For the Crumbs:
¾ cup cornflake crumbs
¼ cup parmesan cheese or corn starch
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
Cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to taste
A couple tablespoons of melted butter and/or oil
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
In a bowl, beat together the eggs, water, paprika, garlic powder, and mustard. In another bowl mix the cornflakes, parmesan or corn starch, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne, salt, and pepper and set aside.
Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of the onion and peel the skin off. Cut the tip of the root off so the onion can stand on it. Cut the onion into about eight wedges being very careful not to cut all the way through.
Dip onion in egg mixture, spooning it between each “petal”. Once completely coated toss it in the crumbs, once again spooning it between each petal. Repeat this process, coating the onion once more in the egg mixture and then a final time again in the crumbs (use every bit of the crumbs you can).
Place on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle with melted butter and/or oil. Then you can give it a final spritz of cooking spray to make sure the whole thing is coated. Bake at 425ºF for about 45 minutes. Serve with Remoulade Sauce.
1 cup real mayonnaise (or sour cream for a creamier version)
¼ cup ketchup or chili sauce
1 tablespoon pickle juice or ½ tablespoon vinegar
½ teaspoon creole seasoning
2 teaspoons paprika
¼ teaspoon mustard
1-4 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 large clove minced garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
A few drops of Tabasco
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Optional add-ins: Finely chopped green onion, fresh parsley, celery, tomato, and/or red bell pepper
Mix all together. Keep refrigerated. Serve with seafood, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, fries, onion rings, and Bloomin’ Onions.
(thinly sliced veggies topped with cheese and roasted)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
1 medium potato
1 medium tomato
1 tsp. dried thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Italian cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic and sauté in a skillet with olive oil until softened (about five minutes). While the onion and garlic are sautéing, thinly slice the rest of the vegetables. Spray the inside of an 8×8 square or round baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread the softened onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Place the thinly sliced vegetables in the baking dish vertically, in an alternating pattern. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and thyme. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown
Lemon-Parmesan Asparagus Spears in Phyllo
4 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 pieces phyllo dough, thawed overnight in the refrigerator
16 asparagus spears, coarse bottoms trimmed
Mint aioli (recipe follows) or mayonnaise mixed with minced mint and garlic
Mix Parmesan and lemon zest in a bowl. Oil a sheet pan and set aside. Place phyllo on counter and lightly rub each sheet with oil and sprinkle half of each with 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture. Fold each sheet in half and cut into eight 4-inch-wide pieces. Place an asparagus spear diagonally across a piece of phyllo and roll to wrap asparagus. Place wrapped asparagus seam-side down on the prepared sheet pan. You can tightly wrap the pan and chill for up to 24 hours before baking. Bake at 400 degrees until crisp and golden, about 20 minutes. Makes 16 asparagus spears.
Mint Aioli Recipe
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pinch cayenne
½ cup safflower or light olive oil (not extra-virgin olive oil)
½ cup fresh mint
Mince garlic in a food processor. Add yolk, lemon juice, salt and cayenne and puree. Gradually drizzle in oil while machine is running. Add mint and pulse to mix. Makes ½ cup mint aioli. If you prefer, mince garlic and mint and mix with 1/2 cup prepared high-quality mayonnaise.
Baked Sweet Potato Latkes
2 pounds grated sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Drop by quarter-cupfuls onto the baking sheets and flatten with a spatula. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Caramelized Onions in a Slow Cooker
6 large yellow onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
Cut peeled onions in halves then quarters pole to pole. Cut quarters into 1/4 inch slices. Coat slow cooker with cooking spray. Add sliced onions and olive oil, toss to separate slices and distribute olive oil. Cover and cook on high for approx. 12-14 hours, until browned to desired color. Keep an eye on them the last few hours of cooking time; if they begin to burn around the edges, stir, recover, and continue cooking until caramelized throughout. You may eat or freeze small portions for future uses: pizza topping , omelets, sandwichs, with baked or mashed potatoes,
topping for meat, in sautéed greens, with past, in dips, and added to soups
2 lb small potatoes, like Yukon Gold
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried
2 tbsp grated Romano or Parmesan
Place the potatoes in pot and fill with cold water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. When cooled, use your palm to carefully smash the spuds just enough to break the skin and flatten the potatoes. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes in a single layer, along with the garlic and rosemary. Cook until the potatoes are browned and crispy on both sides. Add cheese last, to melts on top. Season with salt and pepper.
2 pounds collards
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small to medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pinch of ground allspice or dash of hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Remove stems and midribs from collards and chop into 1-inch pieces. Rinse chopped collards in cool water and drain. Add oil to a large skillet and warm over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook over medium-low heat about 5 minutes until translucent and golden. Add the collards and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes. Add up to ½ cup water, if necessary. When collards are tender, pour off excess liquid and cook until the pan is almost dry. Stir in salt and pepper to taste, allspice or hot pepper sauce and vinegar or lemon juice. Sometimes I will add only a few spoons of hot pepper for seasoning. This is quick and delicious!
Herb Stuffed Tomatoes
4 medium tomatoes (ripe but firm)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
12 wrinkly black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 tablespoons chopped oregano
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped mint
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped capers
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Trim off the top of each tomato and discard. Remove seeds and most of the flesh leaving a shell. Lightly salt the inside of the tomatoes and place upside down in a colander, to drain off some moisture.
Put the onion, garlic, olives, and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium pan and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes, to soften the onion completely. Remove from the heat and stir in the panko, herbs, capers, and some pepper. Taste and add salt.
Wipe the insides of the tomatoes with a paper towel, then fill them up with herb stuffing, pressing down gently to get a nice dome of stuffing on top. Place the tomatoes in a greased ovenproof dish and drizzle lightly with the remaining oil. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the tomatoes soften.
Four large tomatoes
Freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (basil, thyme, marjoram, oregano, or rosemary)
4 teaspoons fresh breadcrumbs
4 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cut off a half-inch slice from the stem end of each tomato. Remove any remaining core. Season cut ends of each tomato with ¼ teaspoon salt. Place cut end down on a rack or paper towel and let drain for 30 minutes. Blot dry with a paper towel. Preheat oven broiler. Line a broiler pan with foil. Place tomatoes cut side up on the prepared pan. Season with pepper to taste and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs over the top of each tomato. Drizzle each tomato with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Broil until hot, and the tops begin to brown, 5 minutes.
Combine the breadcrumbs and cheese and divide evenly among the tomatoes. Broil until the cheese is melted, about a minute.
Cut the roots off and rinse the greens under running water. Cut the bigger leaves in half and put them into a pot with salted boiling water for about 10 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and sauté half a chopped onion and one sliced garlic clove until soft. Drain and rinse the greens and add them to the onion and garlic in the skillet till nice and hot. Salt and pepper to taste.
Dandelion greens are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese.
Saute Dandelion Greens
Sauté chopped onions (and maybe a little garlic) in a bit of olive oil until they become translucent, then add the greens with a little rinse water clinging to them and steam until the greens are soft. Add dandelions to soup. If you’ve never eaten dandelions, prepare and eat a small amount before you begin harvesting in earnest. Those who boiled dandelion greens in water often made a point of drinking the “pot likker” or cooking water, which was, in fact, loaded with water-soluble vitamins.)
Eggplant Mozzarella Rolls
2 medium eggplants, ends trimmed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup grated fresh mozzarella (1/2 pound)
4 ounces mild, soft goat cheese (montrachet) at room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
25 large fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup coarsely chopped, loosely packed basil leaves
1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped yellow tomato
Cut the eggplants lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle slices on both sides with salt and let drain in a colander to release excess moisture. Rinse the eggplant slices and pat dry with paper towels.
In a bowl, stir together mozzarella, goat cheese, 1-tablespoon chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Brush both sides of eggplant slices lightly with oil. Lightly coat a clean grill with cooking spray and heat to medium (or preheat broiler to high). Grill or broil eggplant 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and seared. Season with salt and pepper, turn over, brush with more oil, and grill or broil 3 to 4 minutes more, or until eggplant just begins to soften. Remove and let sit 10 minutes.
Transfer eggplant to a baking sheet. Arrange basil leaves in slightly overlapping pattern across each slice of eggplant. Place a heaping tablespoon of cheese mixture at the narrow end of each slice, roll up cigar fashion, and secure each with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining eggplant. Arrange rolls, seam sides down, in a lightly oiled 9-by-13-by-2 inch glass baking dish and broil 4 to 6 inches below high heat, 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is just melted and bubbling.
Puree 1/2 cup chopped basil, remaining tablespoon chives, and 1-cup oil in a blender until smooth. Season with salt to taste to taste. Transfer cooked eggplant to serving plates and scatter tomatoes around rolls and drizzle with basil oil.
Gingered Red Cabbage
4 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 TBS lemon juice
5 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic, chopped or pressed
Sea salt, and pepper to taste
2 TBS grated ginger
1 TBS sesame seeds
5 drops tamari soy sauce
1 TBS chopped cilantro
Few drops of rice vinegar/rice wine
Quarter cabbage, slice into 1/4-inch strips, and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out the health benefits. Chop or press garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Sprinkle cabbage with 1 TBS lemon juice before cooking to prevent it from turning blue. Heat 5 TBS broth over medium heat in a stainless steel skillet. When broth begins to steam, add cabbage and cover. Saute for no more than 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Toss cabbage with the dressing ingredients while it is still hot.
1 cup grated squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1/4 cup self-rising flour
1 egg, beaten
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Combine the squash, onion, cornmeal, flour and egg in a large bowl. Stir in enough milk to make a stiff batter. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Cook until golden brown. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
Swiss chard is a nutrient dense green leafy vegetable that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, & K, iron, calcium, and magnesium. It is important for bone health to help prevent breakage, fractures, and osteoporosis.
Swiss chard helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body making it great for those with diabetes or blood sugar issues. It is particularly beneficial for anemia, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, constipation, and breast, prostate, ovarian, bone, liver, stomach, pancreatic, and colon cancers. Swiss chard has powerful anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as cardiomyopathy, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lyme disease, and type 2 diabetes. It contains a large number of phytonutrient antioxidants such as betalains shown to help protect the body from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and COPD.
The nutritional benefits of Swiss chard are most readily available when eaten raw or juiced. Swiss chard is wonderful in salads, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and nori rolls and freshly made juices. It is a relatively easy vegetable to grow.
Vegetarian Foods That Have More Iron Than Meat
Spinach – Three cups of spinach contain about 18 mg of iron. Meet your daily RDA of iron with one hearty spinach salad.
Broccoli is jam-packed with iron and key nutrients like vitamin K and magnesium and is high in vitamin C, which helps encourage iron absorption in the body.
Lentils one cup of lentils has more iron than an 8-ounce steak and are a solid source for dietary fiber, potassium, and protein.
Kale- Three cups of kale contain 3.6 mg of iron.
Bok Choy will feed you a healthy dose of vitamin A and 1.8 mg of iron per cup.
Baked Potato – One large baked potato contains nearly three times the amount of iron as a 3-ounce serving of chicken.
Sesame Seeds – One tablespoon of sesame seeds contains 1.3 mg of iron.
Cashews have the added benefit of being very rich in iron. A ¼-cup serving contains about 2 grams of iron.
Soybeans – A single cup of cooked soybeans contains between 8 and 9 mg of iron. They’re also one of the 20 highest protein vegetarian foods.
Chickpeas – One cup of chickpeas contains 4.7 mg of iron.
Dark Chocolate promotes healthier skin and teeth, reduces anxiety, and contains 2 to 3 mg of iron.
Swiss Chard – One cup of Swiss chard has 4 mg of iron and valuable nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and K, and B folates.
Tofu boasts 3 mg of iron per half cup.
Kidney beans contain 3-4 mg of iron per cup.
Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding:
1 large sweet potato (cooked/skin removed) 4 medjool dates, pitted 1-2 TBS almond butter (any nut butter or coconut oil) 2-4 TBS cocoa powder 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon ½ cup milk (almond, coconut) Maple Syrup to taste
Place ingredients in a blender adding enough milk to get the desired consistency. You may need to adjust measurements depending on size of potato.
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ thick slices
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat Oven 450 Degrees. Take half of the sweet potato and cut it into large slices about 3/4 inch thick and then cut the larger slices into fries. Place potato slices in a bowl and coat lightly with oil. Mix in the chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper. Space the fries on a baking sheet. Make sure they’re not touching. They’ll get soggy otherwise! Put them in the oven for 15 minutes. Take them out and flip them and put them back in the oven for 10 minutes.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranks the sweet potato as one of the best foods to eat.
It would take 23 cups of broccoli to provide the same amount of vitamin A as one medium sweet potato!
Sweet potatoes are more nutritious when cooked with the skin.
1 cup baked Sweet Potato Nutrient %Daily Value
vitamin A 438.1%
vitamin C 37.2%
vitamin B6 16.5%
vitamin B5 10.1%
vitamin B3 8.5%
Calories (102) 5%
Sweet Potato Gratin
1 cup double cream (or heavy whipping cream)
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
1 small red chili, finely sliced, optional
2lb sweet potato, scrubbed
5oz crunchy peanut butter
Preheat your oven to 350F. Mix cream, garlic and chili in a large bowl. Season. Finely slice sweet potato into rounds. Toss sweet potato slices in the cream mixture. Layer half the sweet potato in an ovenproof dish. Scatter over the peanut butter and finish with the remaining sweet potato. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes until the sweet potato is tender and browned on top. You can replace cream with coconut milk and replace the peanut butter with a few handfuls of chopped bacon or pancetta. You might also combine the peanut butter with a few tablespoons Thai red curry paste if you like and serve with lime wedges.
Sweet Potato Fries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Sweet Potato, Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper, 1 cup plain yogurt, juice of one half lemon, 1 Tablespoon curry, 1 Tablespoon honey
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into eighths lengthwise. Toss with olive oil until lightly coated and salt and pepper to taste. Evenly distribute sweet potatoes on rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned.
Combine yogurt, lemon juice, curry, and honey in small bowl. Mix until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sweet Potato and Banana Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour (pastry flour preferred)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder (preferably aluminum-free, available at health food stores)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup honey
1 large cooked sweet potato, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup oil
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raisins, plumped in 1/2 cup orange juice
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together remaining ingredients and stir into dry mixture, stirring just enough to avoid lumps. Pour into an oiled and floured 9- by 9-inch pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Sweet Potato Graten with Pecan Crumb Topping
3 lb sweet potatoes
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground allspice
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 cup fresh whole-wheat bread crumbs
1/3 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped scallion greens
2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan
Heat the oven to 400˚F with the rack in center position. Prick the potatoes several times with a fork and wrap each in foil. Roast the potatoes until very tender, about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and halve the potatoes. Scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash the potatoes with the butter, zest, juices, garlic, allspice, and sea salt to taste. Toss together the bread crumbs, pecans, scallions, and Parmesan in a bowl. Reduce the heat to 375˚F and grease a 1-quart shallow glass pie plate or ceramic baking dish. Spoon the potatoes into the dish and top with the crumb mixture. Bake until the crumbs are golden and the potato mixture is hot, about 30 minutes.
Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pancake
½ cup sweet potato or organic canned pumpkin
½ cup coconut flour
2 eggs beaten
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice
1 tsp baking powder
Put all liquid ingredients together in one bowl. Mix up the dry ingredients in a different bowl. Slowly add the liquids to the solids and stir until mixed together well. Pour into an 8×8 glass or corning wear dish. Bake in oven on 325 about 25 minutes until it sets. Serve warm or cold as a dessert, breakfast or side item.
Sweet Potato Patties
with Spinach and Cranberries
3 cups cooked sweet potato
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mash sweet potatoes with a fork. Finely chop the cranberries. With a spoon, combine the cooked quinoa, brown rice, spinach, green onions, cranberries, sage, and salt, with the sweet potatoes. Prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Using an ice cream scoop with a lever, place a large scoop of the sweet potato dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Gently push the dough out into a “patty” shape. Bake for 45-60 minutes. For crispy patties, use convection, and a drizzle of olive oil. Be wary when flipping patties or removing from the cookie sheet too soon. Alternatively, bake for an hour, and then pan fry with a little olive oil.
Sweet Potato Pie
1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk (whole or skim)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 unbaked (10-inch) deep-dish pie shell
Combine the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, nutmeg, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat until well combined. Pour into the pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until the filling is set. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream.
Ginger Sweet Potato Cheese Cake
12 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
15 gingersnap cookies
3/4 cup fiber one cereal
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Neufchatel cheese, softened
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
3 egg whites
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9″ springform pan with cooking spray. Combine the potatoes in a large saucepan over high heat with enough cold water to cover by 2″. Bring to a boil; cook until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and mash; cool. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Remove from the heat, add the apricots and let stand for 10 minutes; drain. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cookies and cereal and process until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl and add the butter; mix well. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom and 1″ up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes; cool on a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, place the mashed sweet potatoes, cream cheese, and Neufchatel cheese and beat on high speed until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the yogurt, egg whites, sugar, ginger, flour, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt and beat well. Sprinkle the apricots over the bottom of the prepared crust. Pour the potato mixture over the apricots. Bake until the cheesecake is almost set, about 42 to 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and let stand for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow cooling to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours before serving.
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and then cut each half into four wedges. Toss the wedges with the oil, cayenne pepper, paprika, and salt, and lay the pieces on a baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until they’re browned on the outside and tender all the way through.
Apple and Sweet Potato Hash Browns
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large granny smith apple, peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks
1/2 C thinly sliced onion
3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into thin matchsticks (about 2 cups)
In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Add apple and onion and cook until soft. Set aside in a covered bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Spread potatoes in pan in an even layer and press them down lightly with a spatula. Cook until golden brown on the bottom (about 5 minutes). Drizzle with remaining oil and flip potatoes. Cook for about 5 more minutes. Add apple and onion mixture to potatoes and heat through. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add salt and pepper to taste.
Chili Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes
4 large sweet potatoes (3 1/2 lbs total)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder
Bake the sweet potatoes in a 425°F oven until soft, about 70 minutes. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and allow them to cool slightly. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, orange zest, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, and chili powder. Scoop out the insides of sweet potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour orange juice mixture over sweet potatoes, mash well, and serve.
Rosemary Sweet potato Wedges
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried)
3 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rosemary. Cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1 1/2-inch-thick wedges and place in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with the butter mixture. Toss gently. Arrange the wedges on a large baking sheet in one flat layer so they don’t touch. Bake in the upper part of the oven, turning once, until softened and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Season again with salt and pepper, and carefully remove from the sheet (wedges are relatively fragile after cooking).
Gingered Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 C low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
5 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp jarred ginger, chopped
Plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt (optional)
Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft. Add stock plus 2 cups water. Add sweet potato, carrot, and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Strain out vegetables and put them in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, adding a bit of broth if needed. (If using a blender, allow mixture to cool first. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches. Pour vegetable puree back into the saucepan and stir until well blended and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of yogurt on top.
Sweet Potato Soup:
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 1/2 to 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup creme fraiche
2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo puree
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
Blue Corn tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, for garnish
Whisk together the mashed potatoes, 1 1/2 cups of the broth, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Whisk in the 1/4 cup creme fraiche and more broth, if needed, and cook for 5 minutes. Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup of creme fraiche and chipotle puree in a small bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a dollop of the creme fraiche, cilantro leaves and tortilla chips.
Sweet Potato Soufflé
3 lbs. mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans
1 pinch salt
2 cups marshmallow topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 12 (6-ounce) ramekins with cooking spray. Divide the ramekins among 2 baking sheets and set aside. Empty sweet potatoes into a large mixing bowl, add butter and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Mix the remaining ingredients (except marshmallow topping) and beat until smooth. Pour into prepared ramekins and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and top each soufflé with a dollop of marshmallow topping. Place under the broiler until lightly browned.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
2 to 4 tablespoons milk (depending on the moisture of the potatoes)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate, large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes and butter. Add the flour mixture to the potato mixture and mix to make a soft dough. Then add milk a tablespoon at a time to mixture and continue to cut in. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and toss lightly until the outside of the dough looks smooth. Roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased pan and coat tops with melted butter. Bake for about 15 minutes. (If the biscuits are browning too fast, lower the temperature.)
Sweet Potato Turnovers
2 pounds sweet potatoes, whole and unpeeled
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 lemon, zested
2/3 cup whole blanched almonds, ground in food processor
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon anise extract
1 tablespoon honey
4 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Put potatoes in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil over medium heat and cook until tender. Drain the potatoes and let to cool. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin. Cut the potatoes into large chunks and add to a mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher or fork. Add the sugars and mix thoroughly. Stir in the lemon zest, ground almonds, cinnamon, anise extract and honey. Roll out 1 of the pastry sheets on a floured cutting board. Using a 3 to 3 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out as many circles of the dough as possible. Put a dollop of sweet potato filling on each circle and fold the circles in half to form a half moon. Press the edges together with a fork to seal and arrange on sheet tray lined with parchment. Brush the top of each turnover with beaten egg. Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes. Arrange on a serving platter, dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Sweet Potato Pie
4 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour in the oven on a baking sheet. When done, let cool. Scrape the pulp out of the skin, transfer to a large bowl, and mash. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Add evaporated milk and stir mixture into sweet potatoes. Beat together with mixer until smooth and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake on bottom rack of oven for 1 hour or until center of pie is firm. Serve warm. Add dollop of maple whipped topping.
Maple Whipped Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
In a medium bowl, beat together whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar. Add maple syrup. Beat together until soft peaks form.
Yams with Ginger and Cinnamon
6 cups yams peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 medium onion, cut in half and sliced thin
4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1-1/2 TBS finely minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 TBS honey
1 TBS + 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and white pepper to taste
Slice onions and chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties. Cut yams into 1″ cubes. Heat 1 TBS broth in a 12-inch or larger stainless steel skillet. Sauté onions over medium heat stirring frequently. Add garlic and ginger and continue to sauté. Add yams, cinnamon, honey, and 1 cup of broth. Mix and simmer over low heat covered for about 15 minutes, or until yams are tender. Season with salt and pepper.