Riced Cauliflower & Broccoli Saute

July 3, 2017
Riced Cauliflower & Broccoli Saute

I love cauliflower and broccoli – my favorite way to make has usually been to cut it up into small florets, toss in avocado oil, season it, and roast it in the oven….that is, until I discovered how quick and easy it is to saute riced cauliflower and broccoli.  This dish comes together in about 5 mins, and is delicious, satisfying, filling, and very nutritious!

Cauliflower and broccoli are members of the cruciferous family of vegetables which are high in sulfur compounds, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals – they support our cardiovascular, digestive, immune, inflammatory, and detoxification systems.  Consuming cruciferous vegetables at least once a week has been associated with lower risk of developing certain types of cancer, and supports healthy cholesterol levels and heart health.  Just one cup of broccoli has over 200% of the RDA for vitamin K, an important nutrient for bone building; it also has over 100% of the RDA for vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of each Riced cauliflower & Broccoli
  • approx. 1 tablespoon of avocado, olive or coconut oilRiced Cauliflower & Broccoli
  • you choice of spices to taste – I like Trader Joes 21 Seasoning blend, and crushed alleppo pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

You can ‘rice’ cauliflower and broccoli by grating it with a boxed grater; or you can roughly chop it and then pulse it in the food processor until “riced” – meaning it is broken down into rice sized pieces.  But I recently discovered already riced organic cauliflower and broccoli in the freezer section of Sprouts – which just makes it super easy when you don’t have time to grate it or pull out the food processor.  I think you can find it at Trader Joes too.

Warm saute pan on medium high, add oil and let it get hot.  Add in your riced cauliflower and broccoli, season and saute for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through to your desired amount.

Serve!   This dish can be a side dish, be added to salads or soups, and mixed with rice or pasta.  Enjoy!!

Sources:

  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=13
  • http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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Spaghetti Squash Garlic “Noodles”

July 12, 2016
Spaghetti Squash "Garlic Bread"

It’s official.  I’m obsessed with this recipe.  I seriously daydream about it.

Now, if we are being honest here, there are no actual “noodles” in this recipe…but when you taste it, you won’t care.

I almost called this recipe Spaghetti Squash Garlic “Bread“, because this recipe tastes just like garlic bread well, without the actual bread part. But since spaghetti squash is kind of like spaghetti, I thought calling it garlic ‘noodles‘ was less of a stretch than garlic bread in this case. 

Bonus – this recipe is super simple, it is great as a side or a main course, and it is also good leftover!

And did I mention…?  It tastes like garlic bread!!  Yeah, I think I probably already did mention that…

For someone who has been gluten free for a long time, getting to have garlic bread without the bread is the bomb.com!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squashReal Salt Garlic Salt
  • Approx. 2 tablespoons of avocado oil*- enough to coat the squash
  • Garlic salt (my favorite is Real Salt brand, because it is unprocessed, mineral-rich high quality ‘real’ salt) – to taste, but don’t be stingy!
  • Grass fed butter (such as Kerry Gold)  – to taste  (I used roughly 1 tablespoon per 1 cup serving)
  • Parmesean cheese- freshly grated –  to taste (I used about 1 Tablespoon per serving)
  • Optional – fresh chopped parsley or basil and Aleppo pepper flakes (or red pepper flakes) – to taste. 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice squash lengthwise, and coat with avocado oil (*you can use olive oil if you can’t find avocado, but I like avocado because it can withstand higher heats without oxidizing).
  3. Lay the cut side down on a glass baking dish or a sheetpan (you can use parchment if you prefer).
  4. Poke the squash a couple times with a knife (helps to cook faster this way)
  5. Put into the oven and cook until fork tender, about 30 mins.
  6. Scoop out the seeds, and then using a fork – pull out the flesh – it should look a little like noodles.
  7. Stir in some grass fed butter (olive oil if going vegan), sprinkle on some garlic salt, and grate some fresh parmesean cheese.  Add some aleppo peppers and some fresh chopped parsley or basil if desired.  What are aleppo peppers?  Well, they kind of like red pepper flakes, but milder – so they add just a touch of spice, but not too much.  I sprinkle them on pretty much everything – they are especially good on roasted veggies.
  8. Serve and enjoy!!
  9. Save any leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3 days.  To reheat, just warm up a saucepan with some grass fed butter, add in the squash and seasonings, and stir for a couple of minutes until warmed.  Serve & enjoy.

Two other great ways to top spaghetti squash are marinara sauce and pesto.

 

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Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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Super Simple Cream of Tomato Soup (Dairy Free)

June 24, 2016
Cream of Tomato Soup (Dairy free)

If you are growing tomatoes in the garden this summer – you might be looking for delicious recipes…

This cream of tomato soup is super simple – containing essentially just 4 ingredients. It is easy to make and the flavor does not disappoint.  And with the beautiful swirl of cashew cream – you would never guess that it is dairy free!!

Makes 2 main dish portions, or 4 side dish/appetizer portions. 

Ingredients:Red Tomatoes

  • 2 pounds of organic tomatoes (can be roma, vine ripe, grape, or a combination)
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of raw cashews
  • Avocado oil (can use olive or coconut oil)
  • Salt & pepper to taste – high quality like Himalayan or Real Salt
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Put cashews into 1 cup of water, allow to soak for 15 minutes – 2 hours.
  3. Slice tomatoes in half, coat in avocado or olive oil, sprinkle with salt, place sliced side down on parchment on baking pan. Put into oven.
  4. Cook tomatoes until just starting to get brown/roasted, about 25 – 30 mins.
  5. Heat a pot on medium on stove, add in about 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, add the chopped onions, and sauté until translucent, and then a little more to slightly brown – about 10 mins. Turn off heat.
  6. Drain the cashews and put into the blender with 1/2 cup of fresh water.  Add a pinch of salt, and blend for about 2 minutes.  You now have cashew cream. How easy was that?  Pour the cashew cream into a glass container, set aside. (alternatively you could use coconut milk if you prefer to not make the cashew cream).
  7. Take the tomatoes out of the oven, and put the tomatoes (with any juices released), the sautéed onions, and add 1 cup of filtered water into the blender.  Blend until smooth.
  8. Adjust the salt, add any additional seasonings or herbs that you like.  This all can be done in advance – just put the soup in a glass container and store in refrigerator – until ready to eat at this point.
  9. Pour the soup back into the pot, bring up to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for about 5-10 mins.
  10. Pour the soup into bowls, swirl in the cashew cream, top with extra black pepper if desired.  Add as much cashew cream as you like. 
  11. Serve & enjoy!!

Optionally – serve with sourdough or gluten free croutons. 

 

 

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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Detoxifying Dill Soup

March 31, 2016
Detoxifying Dill Soup

I love using fresh herbs – they really brighten up and transform a salad or soup.  As far as herbs go, dill is right up there with basil and mint at the top of my list!

This dill soup is very refreshing, and easy to make – it literally whips together in about 3 minutes! And besides the broth – this is totally raw!

Dill is a wonderful herb – and can be helpful to relieve headaches, which can occasionally happen when detoxing, it is a natural anti-fungal, and has even been found to have anti-cancer properties (learn more about dill in this article from Dr. Mercola).

Ingredients:

  • 1 big handful (about a cup) of organic baby spinach (could also use chard, kale, etc)
  • 1 cup of organic chicken bone broth (or vegetable broth for vegan) – use homemade or store bought
  • the flesh of 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional)
  • small handful of fresh dill (or about 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • Himalayan or celtic salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Warm up the broth on the stove for a couple minutes.
  2. Put the broth, garlic & greens, avocado, lemon, dill & celery the Vitamix and blend to combine.
  3. Taste & adjust salt. Add any other seasoning you desire (sometimes I add some Trader Joes 21 Spice blend).
  4. Pour into bowls – sprinkle on some alleppo peppers if you want to give it a little kick!
  5. Serve & enjoy!

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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Creamy Broccoli Soup (deliciously dairy free)

November 15, 2014
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My son loves soup.  You name it, he loves it.  Chicken noodle, clam chowder, beef stew, lobster bisque, miso, lemon artichoke chicken, and even cream of broccoli soup.  Sometimes we stop at Whole Foods for a snack, and more often than not he has – you guessed it – soup!  The other day we were stopping in for a cup of soup when I saw it – broccoli cashew soup!  Wow – what a cool idea, a dairy free cream soup made with cashews. We had a little taster, and both loved it.  The lightbulbs started going off – oh the things I could make with cashew cream – cream of broccoli, clam chowder, alfredo…. I couldn’t wait to put my chef hat on, and give it a go myself. In fact, we had had broccoli with dinner the night before, and as I always do – I made extra, so I had some steamed broccoli already in the fridge.  I grabbed some cashews, chicken stock (I love this new chicken bone broth from Pacific foods), and we were off.  This is the delicious result!

Creamy Broccoli Soup:

  • 1/2 onion – chopped
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil (or you can use ghee or avocado oil)
  • 2/3 cup cashews – soaked, drained
  • 3 cups chicken stock (can use vegetable stock for vegan version)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 2 tsp. 21 spice blend (Trader Joes)
  • 1 tsp. salt (taste & adjust as needed)
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbs. Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • Optional – Aleppo peppers or cayenne

Directions:

  1. Soak your cashews in water for 2-6 hours. Drain.
  2. Blend cashews in the vitamix with about 1/2 cup of water (if needed, add more to blend, it should look like cream).
  3. Steam your broccoli, until fork tender, but still bright green
  4. Chop 1/2 an onion
  5. Put your coconut oil into a large saucepan heated over medium.
  6. Add the onion to the pan and saute until translucent.
  7. Add in the chicken stock, spinach, 1 cup of the broccoli, salt, pepper and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 mins.
  8. Meanwhile – chop the other cup of broccoli to small pieces (if you do not want your soup chunky, skip this step and put all the broccoli into the pan). Reserve on the side.
  9. Using an immersion blender, puree the broccoli soup. Alternatively, you could put into a blender, or food processor).  Stir in about 1/2 cup of the cashew cream (reserve some for topping the soup).
  10. Add in the chopped broccoli, simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  11. Pour into bowls and top with more cashew cream, and optionally Aleppo peppers or cayenne.
  12. Enjoy!

Store any extra soup in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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Eggplant Parmesan & Roasted Tomato Stacks

October 11, 2011
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Eggplant Parmesan & Roasted Tomato Stacks – Great for Meatless Monday!

This is a lighter take on Eggplant Parmesan – requires no breading or frying. Because there is no breading, this is gluten free, and since you don’t fry it, it has fewer calories and less fat.

It is fun to make, so get the kids involved!

Ingredients:

  • 2 globe eggplants
  • 7-8 roma tomatoes (preferably organic)
  • fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzerella cheese
  • 1 container ricotta cheese (15 or 17 oz.)
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • parsley (fresh or dried)
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 and 1/2 cups marinara sauce (make your own, or use a high quality store-bought kind), plus more for serving if you wish.

Directions:

  1. Rinse and very gently dry (be careful to not bruise it) the basil.  Chiffonade the basil – you will want about 1/4 cup or more.
  2. Slice roma tomatoes about 1/8 inch thick, and spread out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle sea salt, pepper and some chopped fresh basil.  Put into a preheated 250 degree oven and let roast for about 1 hour.   (This step can be done in advance, or can be omitted if there is not enough time).
  3. Slice the eggplant crosswise about 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle sea salt on each one.  You will begin to see water collecting on top of the eggplant. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes.  Wipe off the water with a paper towel.  Brush lightly with some olive oil and add some fresh cracked pepper.
  4. Put the eggplant slices into a 450 degree oven for about 25 minutes, flip the eggplant slices over after about 12-15 minutes. Or you can grill it outside, about 5-7 minutes a side.
  5. Crack the eggs into a bowl and gently whip together with a fork.  Add the ricotta and about 1-2 teaspoons dried parsley (or 1 Tablespoon fresh), stir to combine, put back into refrigerator until ready to assemble the stacks.
  6. When the eggplant is out of the oven, allow it to cool a few minutes.
  7. Put enough marinara sauce to cover the bottom of a baking dish that has been lightly coated with olive oil.
  8. Lay out the eggplant slices to cover the bottom.  Spoon some ricotta on each eggplant circle, top each with a roasted tomato, some fresh basil, and then some shredded mozzarella. Repeat until all eggplant is layered.  Spoon some marinara sauce around the eggplant stacks, sprinkle with some Parmesan, cover with foil and put into a 375 degree oven.   Cook for about 30 minutes, then remove the foil and cook for about 10 minutes more.

Garnish with a spring of basil and additional Parmesan and marinara if desired.

This recipe is a delicious vegetarian meal.  Are you one of the millions of Americans going meatless one day a week?   “Anyone can do it, and it doesn’t require major sacrifice. Even if you eat a typical American diet replete with processed, junk and fast food the other six days of the week, going meatless on Mondays will still cut your carbon footprint, improve your health and reduce demand for factory-farm meat.” -Mark Bittman for More Magazine.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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Butternut Squash & Pear Puree & Soup

October 4, 2011
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Fall is here, and alongside the colorful leaves are a variety of colorful squash. Butternut squash is rich in fiber, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A & E.  A wonderful food for baby, butternut squash also makes a delicious soup.  Pears are also in season and make a wonderful first food for baby because they are less likely to cause an allergy, and are easy on the digestive system.

If you are planning to make a butternut squash & pear puree for baby, you are already halfway to making Butternut Squash & Pear soup – so the whole family can benefit from Fall’s bountiful harvest!  Making homemade baby foods and soups are a snap with the Baby Bullet, it makes beautiful fruit & vegetable purees.

Making the same food for baby and the rest of the family saves time and money, and it also means that the whole family can benefit from the nutrients and enjoy a meal together.  Eating together as a family has many benefits, read: The Importance of the Family Meal.

Butternut Squash, Ginger & Pear Soup

Ingredients:

  • Butternut Squash (approx. 2.5 lbs.)
  • 2 firm Barlett pears, peeled and cored
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh ginger – peeled & grated or finely chopped (about 1/4 teaspoon), you can use dried too if you prefer.
  • Low Sodium Organic Chicken Stock or broth (use vegetable stock for vegetarian version) – 3-4 cups
  • Fresh sage – 1 teaspoon finely chopped
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • So Delicious coconut creamer or half & half to taste
  • Salt & Pepper

Rinse & pat dry the outside of your squash, slice it lengthwise and place it cut side down on a lined baking sheet. Put it into a preheated 400 degree oven. Peel, slice and core the pears, cut the onion into large chunks and toss in a little olive oil, set aside in a bowl.

After the butternut squash has been in the oven for about 20 minutes, pull it out and put the pear slices, the onion and the garlic on the baking sheet.  Return the baking sheet to the oven.  After about 25 minutes, check to see if the squash, pears and onions are fork-tender.  Once they are fork-tender, pull the baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool a few minutes.  Return anything that is not fork-tender to the oven to cook longer.

  1. Baby’s Butternut Squash & Pear Puree:  Flip over the squash, discard the seeds, and scoop about 1 cup of the flesh into the large Baby Bullet bowl.  Add about 1/2 cup of the roasted pear, and about 3/4 cup of liquid (such as breast milk or formula). Turn on the Baby Bullet & puree the squash and pear.  Add more liquid as needed to puree the squash & pear.  If it is too runny, add a little more squash.  Once your puree is at the consistency that your baby likes it, put the puree into the date-dial containers, and set the date.  Double the recipe if you would like more puree for baby.  Rinse out the Baby Bullet and get ready to prepare the soup.
  2. Butternut Squash, Ginger & Pear Soup.  Note: You might need to do this in 2 batches.  Put the rest of the butternut squash, the pears, the onion, and garlic into the large Baby Bullet bowl, add approximately 1 – 1.5 cups of the stock.  Puree, adding stock as needed for a smooth puree.  Once the puree is the desired consistency, pour into a saucepan.  Add another cup of stock stirring well to combine, add more stock if you prefer the soup to be thinner.  Add the finely chopped sage, ginger, as well as the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer on the stove top for at least 15 minutes, up to an hour on a very low simmer.  Stir occasionally. Pour into soup bowls.  Optional: swirl in 1-2 tablespoons of half and half or unsweetened So Delicious coconut creamer (for non-dairy option).

The whole family can sit down to dinner to enjoy butternut squash and pears together!

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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