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Fall Recipes

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Over the summer I started using a new produce box company, Papa Spuds, where I can order seasonal fruits and veggies in addition to recipe kits, meats, cheeses, eggs, and more and have them delivered on a bi-weekly schedule directly to my house! I love buying my produce this way because it helps me to eat seasonal and I get the freshest of the fresh! Papa spuds operates on a credit system allowing me to the pick the items I want and will use and gives the opportunity to pick the grower. I can choose local or out of state, organic or conventional, and can see ratings on different suppliers. My favorite thing is the recipe kits. These recipe kits normally highlight a specific seasonal ingredient giving you all of the ingredients you need besides minor things like olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and you get the point. The recipe is provided so your good to go! One of my most recent recipe kits was for Dijon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and they turned out great! I tossed them into a salad with chicken and other healthy ingredients to get this delicious dinner:

Dijon Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Superfood Salad

Dijon Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad
Dijon Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad

This was definitely as good as it looks and super filling! The teff in this is a new ingredient I have just started using for its amazing health benefits. A grain used as a staple in many Ethiopian dishes, teff is a very tiny grain that is so small that it can only be eaten in its whole form. Containing 123mg of calcium per cup, teff leads all grains in calcium content and has the same amount of calcium as 1/2 of a cup of cooked spinach. Additionally, it is high in resistant starch meaning that it is high in dietary fiber which can help control blood sugar and can be beneficial for weight management and colon health. Teff is also high in protein and it has been estimated that Ethiopians get about 2/3 of their dietary protein from it (Whole Grains Council). Teff cooks similarly to quinoa, absorbing the water as it cooks. It is prepared in a 3 to 1 ratio, liquid to teff.

Now on to my second new fall recipe, Cornbread Waffles with Kale Salad and Rotisserie Chicken. I love making waffles because of how easy they are to make. I also very much love cornbread so naturally I had to come up with a cornbread waffle! I wanted to make this waffle healthy so I could use it as a hearty whole grain carb to go with my dinner. I am often pressed for time at dinner because my stomach has no patience so I have found my ways of making uncomplicated meals that are quick, healthy, and nutritious. I always make it a point to include vegetables and greens in addition to a lean protein and whole grain carb source. I quickly threw together this cornbread waffle recipe by meshing a couple of recipes in Purely Elizabeth’s Eating Purely Cookbook. I am still perfecting this one but I will give you my recipe for you to tweak as you feel necessary! Then to finish out this meal I got a plain rotisserie chicken, removed the skins and pulled the all the meat off the bones for use in this dinner and meals throughout the week. Then I chopped some kale and tossed with some other yummy ingredients and a homemade vinaigrette to make this dish:

Cornbread Waffles with Kale Salad and Rotisserie Chicken

Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and Waffles
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Cornbread Waffle with Kale Salad and Rotisserie Chicken

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Yield: 7 waffles, 3-4 servings of salad, 6-7 servings of chicken

Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and Waffles!

Ingredients:

  • Waffle
    • 1 cup cornmeal
    • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
    • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
    • 1/4 cup buckwheat
    • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1.5 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 6 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt (buy one with only 6 or 7g of sugar!)
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 ounces pumpkin goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup raw cashew pieces or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (reduced sugar ones if you can)
  • Optional addition: 1/2 an avocado
  • White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
    • 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar (the one i used was white balsamic shallot vinegar but any good quality one is fine)
    • 3 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
    • pinch of salt
    • pinch of pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. agave nectar

Instructions:

  1. Start you waffle iron up to get it heated. While it is heating combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl (cornmeal through coconut sugar). In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, olive oil, greek yogurt and cashew milk.
  2. Add wet to dry and stir until combined. When waffle iron is ready spoon about 1/2 cup of batter into the iron (depends on your size of waffle iron here, I have to waffle iron that makes 2 square waffles so I do about a half cup for each waffle.)
  3. While the waffles are cooking combine the vinaigrette ingredients together in a mason jar and shake.
  4. Put all of the salad ingredients together in a bowl and toss together with however much vinaigrette that you desire.
  5. Once waffles are ready place one waffle on your plate, top with kale salad and some warm rotisserie chicken and enjoy! (can add extra dressing on top or top with my favorite maple siracha dressing which is a 3 to 1 ratio of siracha to maple syrup)

Dijon Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

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Dijon Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • Dijon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    • 1.5 lbs. sweet potatoes, unpeeled, cubed
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 medium shallot, chopped
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp. black pepper
    • 3 tbsp. dijon mustard
    • 1.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
    • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (rosemary is also a good substitute!)
    • 3 fully cooked chicken or turkey breakfast sausages, chopped up (optional)
  • 1/2 cup teff
  • 1.5 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 fully cooked chicken breast, sliced (I buy this from traders joes, they sell them individually sealed and already cooked so they make it easy for me to prepare quick dinners in a hurry!) Use 2 if you do not add the sausage above.
  • Maple Siracha Dressing:
    • 3 parts siracha (3 tbsp siracha)
    • 1 part maple syrup (1 tbsp. maple syrup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 with the rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Place cut potatoes, shallots, and sausage (if using) in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to combine
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, maple syrup and thyme leaves. Pour mixture over potatoes and toss well to combine and evenly coat the potatoes. If you need more sauce to evenly coat you can always make more!
  4. Pour everything onto a greased baking sheet and roast in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. You may want to toss the potatoes around about 20 minutes to make sure they roast evenly.
  5. While the potatoes are cooking, salt the water and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling add the teff and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook until the water has been fully absorbed.
  6. Now to assemble the salad! In the large bowl the potatoes were tossed in, add the chopped kale, goat cheese, potatoes, teff, and chicken (may want to warm the chicken in the microwave briefly before adding). Toss everything together and serve with as much or as little maple siracha dressing as you like!

Dark Chocolate Chili

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I know it sounds weird but honestly I think it could have used a little MORE chocolate. I created this recipe for the Crunchmaster Recipe Challenge because I have recently become obsessed with creating and entering recipe contests…don’t ask. Anyway, this chili was a perfect balance of spice and heat with the chocolate bringing out the smokiness in the chili powder and paprika. I like a little heat but in light of my roommate who was joining me for dinner I held out a bit. However, I can definitely tell you I wasn’t missing out. The smoky flavored developed by the addition of the chocolate made it taste mildly spicy without leaving your mouth burning and eyes watering. If you make this and want more heat I suggest a dash of red pepper flakes or using spicy Italian sausage as opposed to the mild version.

I ate this chili with multi-grain sea salt Crunchmaster crackers and some avocado cornbread. I love avocado and I love cornbread so I couldn’t wait to try this when I saw the recipe on food52. I replaced the flour with almond flour and used Saco buttermilk powder, adding it to the dry ingredients and adding 1 cup of water to the wet ingredients. In addition, when serving this cornbread I drizzled a bit of honey over the top and that really hit the spot! I have plans to tweak and create my own version of this delicious cornbread but until then see the link below for the recipe

Avocado Cornbread

Avocado Cornbread

My gluten free substitutions:

  • Almond flour in place of flour
  • Saco buttermilk powder added to the dry ingredients
  • 1 cup of water added to the wet ingredients

The best part of this whole chili recipe is how easy and quick it is to make. Good thing, because my stomach doesn’t have any patience after practice. So here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for, the recipe! ENJOY!

P.S. I included my regular gluten-free cornbread recipe for anyone interested!

Skillet Cornbread

Dark Chocolate Chili, Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 medium/large yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 12 oz. mild italian sausage
  • 2 tap. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cups diced red/green/yellow bell peppers
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz. can rotel tomatoes
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 15 ounces cans black beans
  • 12 oz. water
  • 1.5 oz. dark chocolate (go ahead and add a little more if you like I personally think I will add more next time I make it)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and salt and saute until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and stir. Let the garlic cook about 2 minutes and then add in the sausage. Break up the sausage as it cooks. Once the sausage begins to brown add the chili powder, paprika & peppers. Stir everything together and let cook about 3 minutes.
  3. Now add in the tomato sauce, rotel tomatoes, tomato paste, black beans, italian seasoning and the water. (I used the tomato paste can, filling it up twice to add the water. This helps to get more of the tomato paste out of the can). Stir everything together and let come to boil. Once the mixture has come to a boil reduce the heat to simmer and stir in you dark chocolate. Continue stirring until the dark chocolate has completely melted and has been thoroughly mixed in.
  4. Let the chili sit about 10min to let the flavors really come together. After 10min it is ready to serve!