Jamaican Sweet Potato Poutine
This is one of the most delicious dishes I have EVER made!! I'm always excited when I see Jamaican Sweet Potatoes in the grocery store, because I really prefer them to regular sweet potatoes. Their flesh is less orange, a bit sweeter, and really yummy. These are easy to spot in the grocery store because they have purple skin. You want to make sure that you buy them when the skin isn't too damaged because when they get old they become inedible.
I start by peeling, and cutting up, the sweet potatoes. I roast them in the oven around 375 degrees with a bit of oil. Keep an eye on them, because they will overcook and dry out really quickly.
I never thought I liked a mushroom gravy until I tried making one! I buy the big packages of 'imperfect' mushrooms from No Frills. I rinse them, chop them up into small pieces, fry them, and then add some water and tamari sauce (a few tablespoons, at least), and then boil them down some more. Right before it is time to put them on the potato, I thicken them with just a little bit with arrowroot powder (but you can use corn starch too).
The cheese is Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds.
Black Bean Brownies with Vegan Icing
This is the only way I can keep chocolate in the house! I can't easily dip into a container of cocoa powder when I get a craving. Forgive me for the terrible photograph, some things just don't love the camera. A word of warning, you can make a black bean brownie that will fool someone if you don't tell them, but not with this recipe! These are very good, but they definitely taste 'healthy.'
I used this recipe for the brownies, with the following modifications to the ingredients:
I made the icing using this recipe, with the following modification to the ingredients:
I've started making the applesauce for these recipes from scratch. It only takes about five minutes to peel and cut up an apple, put it into a small saucepan with a bit of water, and make your own applesauce. Homemade apple sauce tastes exactly 1000% better than the stuff you get in the grocery store, and it costs less too.
Hummus and Garlic Stuffed Olives
I don't know what I did before I had a Vitamix to make hummus AND I don't know what I did before garlic stuffed olives! You can make hummus in something other than a Vitamix, but I find it tastes a lot better coming out of a high-speed blender. I know that's not helpful if you don't have one; however, it is still infinitely cheaper, and better for your health, to make it yourself.
The garlic stuffed olives are available from President's Choice or Costco.
I make my hummus with a combination of the following ingredients:
* Organic beans taste A LOT better
** If you're like me, and you have autoimmune disease, you may find you digest canned beans much better than home-made ones. My theory for why that is happening is because the canning process reduces some of the problematic ingredients, such as agglutinin. I have experienced IMMEDIATE autoimmune flares from eating beans I had prepared myself, using all the best techniques to render them easy to digest. Want to learn more? click here!
Butternut Squash Pasta with Balsamic Glaze
It has occurred to me that perhaps I should sweep my porch before I take these photos. This is a great meal to make during times like this because it is quite fast, and all the ingredients come from your pantry and/or cold storage.
The ingredients are:
The instructions are:
That's it, just add all the ingredients together, and you have this delicious dish!
This a great lunch to make during a pandemic because almost all of the ingredients came from the pantry/freezer. I used Dempster's 100% corn tortillas, which I had in the freezer. I pulled a can of re-fried beans and a jar of salsa from the pantry. I used some cilantro that was about to go bad in the fridge, along with Daiya Smoked Gouda, inside the quesadillas. Delicious!
What I Eat
I want to give you an idea of how to eat healthfully on a restricted diet, without a lot of work, by showing you how I eat! I eat strictly gluten-free. You'll find A LOT of veggies in this blog! I eat both fish and meat a few times a week (local and/or humane, whenever possible), and dairy when I'm visiting family and friends, or eating out. I hope you find this blog inspiring and interesting!