Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Thai Curry Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup

Thai Curry Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup #glutenfree

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This comforting soup is also so good for you! Packed with sweet potatoes, lentils and carrots, spiced with curry paste, fish sauce and lime juice, and finished off with creamy coconut milk, this soup comes together quickly!
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, peeled & diced into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste {I like this brand}
  • 1 medium sweet potato {500g}, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups stock {veggie or chicken}
  • ¾ cup dried red lentils
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
After simmering:
  • 1 can light coconut milk {400mL}
  • ¼ tsp salt {or more; to taste}
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and cooked through. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the curry paste and cook until onions/garlic/ginger are coated and you can smell the curry paste, 30 seconds-1minute.
  4. Add the sweet potato, carrots, stock, lentils, fish sauce and lime juice. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, until lentils and sweet potato are cooked through.
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth and creamy. Stir in the coconut milk. Add salt and additional lime juice and fish sauce to taste.http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/

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Caramel Banana Upside Down Bread

caramel banana upside down bread cake recipe
 


Ingredients
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
  • About 2 bananas, sliced in ¼ inch rounds
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil or oil of choice
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the Caramel Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Spread the brown sugar on the bottom of the loaf pan. If using nuts, sprinkle them evenly over the sugar. Dot with the butter. Put it in the oven for about 8 minutes. Stir the mixture until dissolved and spread evenly on the bottom of the pan. Place a single layer of the banana slices on top of the sugar mixture along the entire bottom of the pan.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add all the remaining wet ingredients and beat just until combined. Do not over-beat.
  4. Pour the batter over the sliced bananas in the pan.
  5. In an oven preheated to 325 degrees F, bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean but moist.
  6. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before inverting it on a cake platter.
  7. To prepare the Caramel Glaze, place the butter, brown sugar and heavy cream in a small saucepan (you can also microwave the ingredients for a minute). Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for a minute. Pour the glaze evenly over the cake (on the upside down side with the bananas on top).http://www.daringgourmet.com/

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Zucchini Lasagna




Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/8 • Old Points: 8 pts • Points+: 9 pts
Calories: 345 • Fat: 17 g • Carbs: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 36 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 801 (without salt) 

Ingredients:  
  • 1 lb 93% lean beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8" thick
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta
  • 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargento)
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

    In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt. When cooked drain in colander to remove any fat. Add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes. Return the meat to the pan, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmeron low for at least 30-40minutes, covered. Do not add extra water, the sauce should be thick.



    Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/8" thick slices, add lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.

    On a gas grill or grill pan, grill zucchini on each side, until cooked, about 1-2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. Stir well. 


    In a 9x12 casserole spread some sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover. Then place some of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all your ingredients are used up. Top with sauce and mozzarella and cover with foil.


    Bake 45 minutes covered at 375°, then uncovered 15 minutes. Let stand about 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
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    Grain-Free Sweet Potato Brownies

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    Ingredients 
    1 1/2 cup of naked mashed sweet potatoes
    1 cup of Cashew Butter – or any nut butter of your choosing
    3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 Egg
    1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
    1 teaspoon of vanilla
    2 teaspoons of cinnamon
    1 teaspoon of baking soda
    Instructions:   Beforehand- Poke 3-4 Sweet Potatoes with a fork and bake them in the oven for 1 hour.  ( this can be done the day before and stored in the fridge) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Adding the egg last. Line an 8 by 8 pan with parchment paper Once all the ingredients have been mixed, pour batter into the baking dish Bake for 25 minutes. 
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    THE SERENITY PRAYER

    GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY
    TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE;
    COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN;
    AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

    LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME;
    ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME;
    ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE;
    TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD
    AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT;
    TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT
    IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL;
    THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE
    AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM
    FOREVER IN THE NEXT.
    AMEN.

    --REINHOLD NIEBUHR