Rustic Roasted Potatoes with Orange Cranberry Relish


Perfect in time for your Thanksgiving menu planning..here is a fabulous side dish that will wow your holiday guests…a delicious spin on the classic roasted taters…

You’ll love my Orange Cranberry Relish, which pairs perfectly with these warm, rustic potatoes. I love the combination of smoked paprika, grapeseed oil and flax seed, which add a fabulous kick and flavor to your dish.

Rustic Roasted Potatoes with Orange Cranberry Relish

Rustic Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs. red potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. grape seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp. wheat germ
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange potatoes in a roasting pan; toss with grape seed oil.  Sprinkle with wheat germ, flax seeds, chili powder, smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 35 minutes, flip potatoes and roast another 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with orange cranberry relish (below).

Orange Cranberry Relish

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 orange, peeled, sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 lemon, peeled, sliced, seeds removed
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

Directions

  1. Blend orange, lemon and dates in a food processor
  2. Add cranberries and process for approximately 60 seconds or until mixture forms a chunky, ‘chutney’ consistency.
  3. Serve atop roasted potatoes.

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Nature’s Pride Honey Butternut n’ Goat Cheese Bread Pudding


I’m happy to introduce my tasty Nature’s Pride bread recipe for Foodbuzz. I created this tasty dish last night…September has me yearning for hearty meals and I thought this butternut squash bread pudding would be a great way to get you in the mood for Fall…the leaves turning…the pumpkins and corn stalks appearing…

I opted for a slight variation on the basic bread pudding, as I decided to include some extra fiber and nutrients in the Rainbow Swiss Chard, ground flax seeds and ground almonds which add a nice subtle yet extraordinary flavor to this sweet butternut squash.  I also used almond milk, which has a nice n’ sweet taste yet is not to heavy to weigh down the pudding base.  And why not top it off with a bit of goat cheese?  You simply can’t go wrong with this recipe..it’s sure to please a crowd and tastes great every time…

Happy Fall!


Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup blanched almonds, finely ground
  • 6 eggs
  • 2  ½ cups almond milk
  • 5 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. spicy mustard
  • 10 pieces Nature’s Pride Soft Honey Wheat bread, torn into 1-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
  • ¾ cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 lb. Rainbow Swiss Chard, chopped
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Gently toss squash with 2 Tbsp. olive oil; set on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt, chili powder, ground flax seeds and ground almonds; bake until squash is tender approximately 25-30 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs. Add almond milk, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and a sprinkle of sea salt; whisk to blend. Add Nature’s Pride Soft Honey Wheat bread pieces; gently fold into egg mixture. Set aside for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until soft, approximately about 5 minutes. Add Rainbow Swiss Chard; cover and cook 2 minutes. Uncover and stir until Swiss Chard is wilted, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Prepare a baking dish with nonstick baking spray. Transfer half of bread from egg mixture to the prepared baking dish, arranging to cover most of dish. Spoon half of Swiss Chard over bread. Spoon half of squash over bread and Swiss Chard; sprinkle with half of the goat cheese. Repeat with remaining bread, Swiss Chard, squash, and goat cheese. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread pudding.
  • Cover bread pudding with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered until custard is set and bread feels springy to touch, approximately 25 more minutes.
  • Preheat broiler; broil pudding for 2 minutes.  Remove from broiler and sprinkle with fresh basil.  Cool and serve.
  • Enjoy!

‘Sweet’ Sweet Potato Chips

This weekend, as I wandered through the food store, I came across a beautiful array of sweet potatoes…How could I resist?  I picked up a few large taters and headed home to make a new ‘chip’ creation.  These chips are the perfect nibble for an afternoon snack dipped into guacamole, Don Sabrosa Salsa and Greek yogurt or crushed atop a green salad for lunch…either way, they’re quite delish and I’m sure your taste buds will thank you when you’re reaching for these chippers and not a bag of Lay’s…

Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and scrub sweet potatoes.  Pat dry.
  • Slice sweet potatoes using a mandoline slicer or sharp knife into ‘chips.’
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; gently toss to coat all sweet potato ‘chips’.
  • Spread chips onto baking mats and bake one tray at a time for 25-30 minutes or until crispy.
  • Enjoy!

Emmer-Flour Zucchini Cakes

Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchini, grated
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 avocado, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp. emmer flour
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • Sea Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Topping: Greek plain yogurt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine zucchini, onion and garlic.  Add eggs and avocado; mix well.  Slowly add remaining ingredients; mix until combined.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat with nonstick cooking spray.  Using a ladle, pour batter onto hot pan making a pancake shape. Reduce heat and flip to ensure each side is golden brown and fully cooked.
  • Transfer to a serving platter.  Serve hot.
  • Enjoy and top with a dollop of Greek plain yogurt.

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Buckwheat Flax Pancakes to Celebrate National Pancake Day

This morning I woke up and was in the mood for my homemade good old fashioned buckwheat pancakes.  And what better way to celebrate National Pancake Day today than to create a fabulous gluten-free, dairy-free pancake breakfast?  These unique pancakes are packed with flax seeds, avocado and a deliciously healthy  grain, buckwheat.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 3 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. stevia
  • 1 1/3 cup rice milk
  • 1 egg (or egg substitute)
  • 4 Tbsp. ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Topping: Agave Nectar and fresh fruit

Directions

  • In a large bowl, sift together buckwheat flour, baking powder, salt and stevia.  Create a well in the center and pour in rice milk, egg and mashed avocado; mix until smooth.
  • Add cinnamon and flax seed; mix well.
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat. Pour batter onto the griddle; cook until lightly brown and flip to ensure pancakes are fully cooked.
  • Serve hot with a drizzle of agave nectar and fresh fruit.
  • Enjoy!p

Homemade Ketchup

Here is a fabulous recipe that I use to top my bean burgers and use as a dip with my veggie fries…this ketchup is a health alternative to the store bought, processed ketchup brands that are full of sodium, additives and HFCS!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. stevia
  • 1 (6 oz.) can organic tomato paste
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. brown rice miso paste
  • 1 tsp. of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Whisk together until fluffy texture.
  • You can also use a hand electric mixer; this will ensure a whipped ketchup consistency.
  • Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Vegetarian Chili

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Adding chocolate to your chili? Yes, you read the title correctly.  Did you know the polyphenols and flavonoids in chocolate can lower your risk of heart disease by 20% and keep LDL (Bad) cholesterol from oxidizing into an artery-damaging form?

Semisweet and dark chocolate have more beneficial compounds than other chocolates so toss in a healthy dose of antioxidants into your chili recipe.

Simply add a chunk of your favorite dark or semisweet chocolate (or 2/3 cups of chocolate chips) to your chili; continue to cook and  stir frequently until chocolate is completely dissolved.

Here’s a tasty Heart Healthy Chili recipe of mine that is perfect for a cold January day like today.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can green chilies
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Organic tomato sauce
  • 2 large fresh Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Toppings: plain Greek yogurt, nutritional yeast, ground flax seeds

Directions

  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, add oil; let warm for about 1 minute.
  • Add green chilies, garlic, red bell peppers and onion; saute until onions are translucent.
  • Stir in chili powder, chocolate chips, cilantro, allspice and cloves.  Slowly add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce; simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add all beans; continue to cook for another 25 minutes.
  • Transfer chili to bowls and serve warm;  season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Enjoy with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and ground flax seeds.