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Thanksgiving Recipe

Today I thought I’d share a yummy and healthy Thanksgiving recipe, full of antioxidants, but mostly full of incredible flavor and it’s SUPER EASY to do!  A friend introduced me to the recipe probably 15 years ago and every time I make it, it’s a hit.  Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe (it had brown sugar and butter, previously) to suit our tastes and desire to enjoy healthy “comfort food”, but this Paleo treat is sure to woo the people around your table.  Here you go:

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Basil

Preheat oven to 350, use 9 x 13 baking dish

2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 large yellow or white onion, diced
2 – 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 – 2 medium sized apples (Granny Smith or Pink Lady are my go-to’s), cut and cubed
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup raw honey
4 T + 2 T melted coconut oil, divided (or butter if you prefer)

*See final picture for TWO ways to cook this dish.

Saute onions and celery in 2 T coconut oil over medium heat until onions are tender, add 1 tsp dried basil 

Peel and cut sweet potatoes, and apples, into approximately 1″ cubes

Put sweet potatoes and apples into a large bowl

Melt 1/4 cup of honey and 4 T coconut oil in pan or microwave until the coconut oil is liquid (this does NOT take long…do not over heat!)

Pour celery, onion, basil mix into bowl, toss with honey and coconut oil

Pour into 9 x 13 oven safe baking dish and bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
OR
Spread out onto a large roasting pan in a single layer and bake at 375 for approximately 30 minutes or until tender.

IF there are any of these puppies left in the morning, they are actually fantastic cold for breakfast 😉

Go Green

These are some veggies I’ve been juicing lately.  I couldn’t rotate the picture for some reason, which is annoying, I know, but what has stood out to me the most as I’ve juiced one or two times a day is how colorful the foods are and how great I feel.  For some reason when I eat a salad or a plate full of sauteed veggies, I don’t really notice that the colors are so vibrant!  This has GOT to be good for me!

Pretty much if you add lemon, lime, or fresh ginger to any juice recipe, it’s a winner!

The veggies pictured previously did not create this smoothie.  I got it from the Juice Lady’s recipe for Cherie’s Awesome Green Smoothie.  Here is a link to more recipes.

Yes, it’s thick.  I’m slowly chugging it as I post…

And just for fun, this is what I’m wearing as I post!  It’s a snow day here in Colorado, so that’s Em in the background with her friend, suiting up to head back outside for a second round of snow fun!  And me?  Well, several years ago I found that green treasure at the Goodwill Thrift Store.  You know you want one!  I couldn’t resist buying it because it was SO retro and out there!  Jason and I shoveled the driveway together earlier today…and this is what I wore…I’m so glad he loves me even though I’m a weirdo!

So, I’m not going to lie.  The smoothie by Cherie Calbom is delicious, but it’s thick going down.  Here’s the recipe and then I’ll share my thoughts:

  • 1 Avocado, peeled and seeded, cut into chunks (I forgot to cut it into chunks)
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled if not organic, cut into chunks (I used a regular one)
  • juice of one lime (I used 1 Tbsp organic lime juice from my fridge)
  • 1 Tbsp green powder of choice (I used Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW)
  • top with 2-3 tsp ground almonds (I skipped this as I am avoiding nuts right now…)

Then it says, place the top 5 ingredients in a blender and blend well, until smooth.

Let’s just say, I put it all in the blender and nothing happened.  I even have a high-powered blender.  I added a little water…this helped…for a little bit.  I added 8oz of water which finally allowed the ingredients to become a smoothie.

So, here’s the deal.  It actually tastes good.  It really does.  But.  But.  But.  I had what I think is a brilliant idea, since, really this drink is like trying to chug guacamole…

Add one or two more avocadoes, some fresh cilantro, a tomato and salt, up the green powder to 2 Tbsp and double the lime, then serve with fresh veggies sticks, yummy root chips or corn chips.

Seriously, your kids (or your husband) won’t know it’s got spinach, cucumber or the green powder in it.  It’s like that Deceptively Delicious book by Seinfeld’s wife…except taken up a notch.

And, always, always, always eat this wearing your green retro snowsuit from the 70’s.