Sweet Roots

This recipe is one of my favorites to make on a Sunday afternoon…it’s quick, simple to prepare, and leaves you with a soothing tonic of sweet sauce once cooked to perfection.

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Ingredients

Use as many of the following sweet veggies as you wish:

  • Corn
  • Rutabaga
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Winter Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Yams
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Red Radishes
  • Daikon Radishes
  • Green Cabbage
  • Burdock
  • For added protein- add Beans and/or Tofu

Directions

  • Chop the hardest veggies (carrots and beets) into smaller pieces
  • Chop the softer veggies (onions and cabbage) into larger chunks
  • Use a medium sized pot and add enough water to barely cover the veggies. Check the water level while cooking and add more water if needed. The veggies on the bottom will cook faster than those on the top, therefore stir every few minutes.  Cook until desired tenderness. The softer the veggies get- the Sweeter they become!
  • You may wish to add tofu or beans for extra protein
  • Season your veggies with seaweed or spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, black pepper, white pepper, chili powder, and cayenne
  • When veggies are cooked to your satisfaction, empty the ingredients into a large bowl, flavor as desired.
  • The leftover cooking water makes a delicious, sweet sauce, and is a healing, soothing tonic to drink by itself.
  • Enjoy!

Resistant Starch

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Resistant Starches are powerful fat burners.  Researchers at the University of Colorado found that if you eat foods rich in resistant starch at just one meal per day, you will burn 25% more fat than you would otherwise.  Moreover,  resistant starch escapes digestion in the small intestine and acts like fiber by passing through the colon undigested where it is used as fuel for healthy bacteria.  Examples of resistance starch are beans, oats, brown rice, corn, whole grains, barley, green bananas, cold potatoes and yams.

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Here are some easy ways to incorporate these resistant starch-filled foods into your daily diet.

  • Add black beans to salads and side dishes
  • Incorporate hummus instead of mayo on sandwiches
  • Snack on chilled lentils mixed with plain Greek yogurt
  • Slice a banana and mix with your morning granola, cereal, and oatmeal 
  • Dip a banana into Greek yogurt, roll in chopped nuts, and freeze as an ice-cream alternative
  • Make a home-made chutney by chopping bananas and mixed with lemon/lime juice, honey, Nu-Salt, and onion.
  • Serve cold potato salad as a side dish
  • Add cooled, chunks of red potatoes to a salad
  • Puree cooked white potatoes and yams to make a chilled potato soup
  • Add lentils into tuna, salmon, chicken, or tofu salads
  • Toss lentils into your pasta sauce
  • Use cold brown rice in place of your cold cereal/oatmeal for breakfast.  Simply add soy milk to the cold rice and add cinnamon and honey.
  • Add chopped corn into salsas and chutneys
  • Mix corn into your salads

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What are your thoughts on Resistant Starches?  Try some of the above ideas and incorporate these great foods into your day.