Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Green Detox Smoothie with Kale and figs

green vegetable juice

Raw greens are known to help cleanse the body and help alkalize it : Two things needed for weight loss and optimal health.

Cleansing is like taking out the garbage. Our bodies accumulate toxins. Detoxing helps rid the toxins and take a burden off the liver ( which is our body's filter; if it is clogged, it can't work efficiently.

I saw this particular green detox smoothie  in the Nov 25 2013  issue of Woman' sWorld Magazine.  It was a great article about how to do a Smoothie Diet and take off 5 pounds in 3 days.

They had a green detox smoothie, a red detox smoothie, a detox soup for dinner, and an almond milk smoothie for a snack. I did it for 3 days, lost 4 and half pounds, and wasn't hungry.

I like the green detox so much that I plan to do it the day after Thanksgiving to rebalance and energize my system after the heavy Thanksgiving overindulgence. It's a great way to get rid of the bloat and re-energize.


Ingredients for Smoothie: 
1/2 large banana, frozen ( or not)
2 fresh figs, sliced ( or other fruit like berries)
2 cups curly ( organic ) kale
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ( contains fiber and blood sugar regulators)
16 ounces of cold water

Directions:
Place all ingredients into  large container of a blender or Nutribullet ( I use the Nutribullet and love it)Blend and enjoy immediately

There are lots of ways to detox-

Detox Soup is a great way to detox in the winter. I lost 5 pounds in 4 days 

vegetable detox soup



Kale and Blueberry Salad with a orange dressing is rich in chlorophyll for cleansing and has lots of antioxidants for building immunity. It's a great salad for spring when kale and blueberries are plentiful. The salad also has some seeds and a recipe for a delicious orange dressing. Eat a salad like this for dinner 
kale and blueberry
Kale and Blueberry Salad with a orange dressings is rich in chlorophyll for cleansing and antioxidants for building immunity
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Real Food Thanksgiving Roundup - Soup , Sides, Salads, Entrees -Desserts




Welcome to Blog Talk Radio Listeners from my recent show!
Looking for healthy vegan and gluten free alternatives for 
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas? 

Go no further!  I'm  providing you with healthy recipes that won't sacrifice taste and will help you maintain your waistline, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and your well being during the holidays 

The recipes are gluten free and most are vegan 
( some desserts and latkes are vegetarian)


 9 Easy Soup Choices:  

Pumpkin : This  Paleo Pumpkin Pie Soup  is a winner in my book. Use cooked pumpkin or any cooked winter squash for a delicious fragrant soup. Bursting with flavor, this rich golden soup is a favorite on the holiday.

Butternut : A bowl of this Savory Butternut Squash Soup   is only one point plus on Weight Watchers. What a great way to start off a meal. Satisfying and delicious.

Red Lentil Hearty Red Lentil Soup  is one of my favorites on a cold winter day. Red lentils cook quickly and melt into the vegetable soup making it hearty and creamy.

Chickpea:  Many Vegans eat this high protein  Spanish Chickpea soup on Christmas. Maybe it's the rich, red color.

Carrot :  Moroccan Spiced Carrot   adds a little kick to this otherwise mild carrot soup. Perfect to spice up any meal.

Mushroom: This Hot and Sour Chinese Soup  is my version of a hot and sour soup in restaurants. It's full of fresh mushrooms making it a mushroom lover's favorite.

Simple tasty broth type soup: : This is one of my soothing recipes Carrot Ginger Soup  . It's really fast.  Have some if you are under the weather - it acts like  some vegan chicken soup  - don't forget the gluten free matzo balls

Matzo Balls - Paula's recipe:  I included How To Make Matzo Balls 
( Gluten Free)  because they taste excellent in the clear carrot ginger soup instead of noodles. This recipe is easy and has a step by step pictorial tutor. Eat in the broth from carrot ginger soup.

Spinach Vegetable: This is my friend Paula's soup. I've had this Wilted Spinach Vegetable Soup  at her house on family gathering for various holidays. We love it.

Lentil; Tangy Tomato Lentil is a wonderful lentil soup with a tomato base. Cooks up quickly and it rich in protein too.

Spinach and Garlic: This beautiful green soup is easy to make and a must for spinach and garlic lovers. Fresh Spinach and Garlic Soup ( 1 PP on WW). Low in calories

Detox Soup - use this soup to fill up , cleanse and nourish- make this your plant based nutrient rich low fat go to soup when you need to cut back and restore balance in eating and your energy.


Vegan Holiday Sides: 

Squash and Yam Recipes
Cider Glazed Butternut Squash ( 1 PP on WW) is one of my favorites. The spiced cider cooks down making a sweet sauce for the squash. Mixed with added cinnamon for a real treat. 


Roasted Winter Squash for Thanksgiving is a medley of buttenut and acorn mixed with other roasted vegetables. Colorful and tasty.  This is really pretty with roasted beets and cranberries.


Apple Yam and Dried Apricot Casserole is yet another version of a yam casserole


Paleo Roasted Onion and Butternut Squash Bake . The onions caramelize and just a little cinnamon make this winter squash dish sensational.

Sweet Potato Tzimis ( sweet potato, dried fruits, nuts, etc) This is an old Jewish favorite that is a perfect side for Thansgivuakah this year ( Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving and calls for a shared menu this year only)

Apple and Berry Stuffed Acorn Squash is amazing and you can use a bag of frozen berries. I use the cherry berry combination from Trader Joe's which gives this a sweet wonderful taste without any sugar. The recipe calls for peaches , but substitute apples that are in season.


Stuffing Recipes: 
II'm not a stuffing eater, but the holiday calls for stuffing.  Hopefully these healthier versions won't make you too stuffed

Rice and bread: Wild Rice Stuffing ( Gluten Free)  This is a version that adds wild rice into the gluten free croutons.

Quinoa only : quinoa Stuffing    This recipe uses red and white quinoa, butternut squash and cranberries. ( no bread) makes a delicious, healthy, and gluten free stuffing. or side dish at any meal

Corn bread: Corn Bread Stuffing  This is a gluten free version, but use any cornbread for the recipe if you are not gluten free

Quinoa : Quinoa Chinese Style-  This is a great side dish substitute for stuffing 

Vegetable Sides: 

MushroomLemon Roasted Mushrooms with garlic and herbs  5 minute prep ( 12-14 minute cook time)  Everyone will love them.

Beet Lovers: If you are a beet lover, this easy recipe for Fresh cooked beets and orange slices  is a must at any holiday meal. The rich red color offset by the contrasting orange is just vibrant! A healthy dish for any occasion.

Sweet Potato: It doesn't get much easier , this Sweet Potato Smash is crispy and delicious. Each sweet potato is an individual serving of delight.

Sweet Potato:  Sweet Potato Fries ( baked)  Kids of all ages will opt for this old favorite. These are made with either a cajun seasoning or a mild cinnamon sprinkle.

White Potato: If you are a white potato lover and must indulge a little , these crispy potatoes add just the right touch to a holiday meal. White Potato Smash with fresh  Rosemary 

Cauliflower : Riced Cauliflower Pilaf is a low calorie alternative to grain. Easy and delicious, this recipe is must for anyone limiting carbs and calories. Tastes like a grain..


Brussel Sprouts: Roasted vegetables are sensational. Even if you think you don't like Brussel Sprouts, you will love Wendys. Wendy's Crunchy Vegetable Balls ( which is a disguised name for Roasted Brussels Sprouts )


Carrot : Moroccan Carrot Recipe is an authentic carrot dish that is found on the menu in many Moroccan restaurants. It's tangy lemon flavor makes a delicious side. 


Roasted Vegetable combinations: all vegetables taste good roasted. Roasting brings out its natural sweet flavors. Try roasting: winter squashes, potatoes, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes and garlic, onions, 


Latkes: 


My Best Ever Hanukkah Potato Latkes are baked not fried for the holidays. This version is based on a Swedish recipe that is baked. The latkes come out sensational ..


Weight Watchers: If you want something different that won't pack on the pounds, try my Weight Watchers style latkes  made with broccoli slaw instead of potatoes. It's interesting, tasty, and perfect for Hanukkah.

Old Fashioned Applesauce: What would latkes be without some good old fashined homemade applesauce?  Quick homemade applesauce 


Entree 

Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers







Salads :

Arugula and Cashew Salad- Make this for Christmas. The rich green arugala and sprinkling of fresh cranberries makes this a colorful favorite. 


Red and Orange Holiday Coleslaw is a must for cole slaw lovers. The colors and sweet flavors win everyone over.


These bright pinPickled Red Onions make a beautiful topping on any salad. The onions turn a beautiful hue of pink..

Desserts

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie ( vegan) - absolutely delicious - but uses cashew nuts for the creaminess which adds a little more calories. 

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies- These are healthy enough to eat as a breakfast. no sugar. My grandkids LOVE them. Makes a great dessert.. 
Add some dried cranberries t add some red to make into a Christmas cookie.


Pumpkin Cakes: Flourless   These little mini individual cakes are really delicious. Made with crunchy almond butter.. don't eat too many -- they are healthy but a little more caloric

Baked apples and cranberries- This was my mother's recipe that she made for dessert every Thanksgiving. Certainly a healthy and tasty dish... top with some Vanilla Greek Yogurt for an added treat..

Raw Cranberry Walnut Tart- This tart was featured on Veg news magazine. It requires no cooking and looks absolutely delicious.

Black Bean Brownies: These brownies are made in the blender and are quick and easy to make. They taste amazing! Healthy, flour less and tasty! 

All of the recipes are gluten free, most are vegan, and a few are vegetarian.

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This Thursday, November 28, 2013 officially kicks off the holiday eating season. Thanksgiving usually launches five weeks of indulging on holiday goodies,  too much sugar, too much salt, too many calories and too much fat. Statistics tell us that most Americans will gain anywhere between 3 to 10 pounds during this period.

Why Not Try some of my lighter and healthier recipes this year.

If you read my previous article, " It's not Your Fault" based on a study ....
you may remember that processed foods set up an addictive cycle. So when you eat sugar, you most likely will crave more sugar and when you eat salt and poor quality fats, the same will happen. No wonder once we start with the cookies, cakes, rich foods, etc. we want more and more. Not a good scenario.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mushroom Scampi


My lemon roasted garlic herb mushrooms are very simple to make, but YET outrageously tasty. If you are looking for a low calorie and nutrient rich light side dish for the Thanksgiving meal , this is it! Everyone will go crazy over them. The lemon and garlic kind of crust the mushroom and give it an exotic taste. AND it will please the vegan, vegetarian or gluten free guests are your table. One of my readers suggested I call it Mushroom Scampi ( see comments)

Roasting brings out the best flavor in any vegetable, and mushrooms are no exception. I used large plain white round whole mushrooms, but you could get creative and make a mixture of all varieties of mushrooms. They are an elegant enough to make for a side for the Thanksgiving dinner or fast enough to make for any night of the week. In addition, it makes a wonderful appetizer with toothpicks.

Mushrooms are very low in calories but high in nutritional benefits. They help boost the immune system with protective antioxidants and help increase your levels of Vitamin D, which most of us need. In addition, they contain B vitamins and protein. If you are eating consciously, 6 mushrooms have about 22 calories. On Weight Watchers a serving of this tangy mushroom dish is only 1 Point Plus!!

Ingredients
1 package of fresh white whole mushrooms, cut in half
coconut or olive oil spray ( or regular olive or coconut oil)
Juice of 1/2 large lemon
 a few shakes of Trader Joe's saltless herb mix 21 Salite ( or any salt free herb mix of rosemary, thyme, garlic, pepper, etc.  or   any herbal blend
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Lay mushrooms on cookie sheet
Generously spray mushrooms with cooking oil or put in a bag and toss in olive or coconut oil
Squeeze the lemon juice over the mushrooms
Sprinkle with 21 Salute ( from Trader Joe's ) or any other herbal blend
Top with minced garlic
Roast for about  12  minutes ( depends on size of your mushrooms)

Enjoy!!
roasted mushrooms
Before Roasting

Appetizers Anyone?
Delicious and not one letft






roasted mushrooms



My note: Dr. Mercola suggests purchasing organic mushrooms when possible since they absorb toxins easily, especially heavy metals. My local supermarket carries organic for just 50 cents more.







                                              
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Healtthy Cranberry Recipes for Thanksgiving







Looking for healthy cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving? So was I....
Thanksgiving is definitely a time when everyone is thinking traditional holiday foods, like cranberries. I found 8 recipes that looked good, were made from real food, and were gluten free and vegan. 

Cranberries are easy to work with and easy to find this time of the year. Why not make your own cranberry sauce? If you buy commercially made cranberry sauce, you are eating a really heavily sugared product that has been heated to the point of destroying nutritional value. And who wants to eat from a can and risk ingesting heavy  metals, and BPA when you can get fresh ( I got fresh organic for a reasonable price at Trader Joe's)  and easily make it yourself. 
I found these at Trader Joe's and very reasonable
                                      
I've rounded up some interesting real food gluten free recipes using cranberries including my fresh cranberry salad dressing. Add a few raw cranberries to a salad. They are tart , but delicious.



Salad with fresh tart cranberries , apples and sweet honey lemon  dressing
                     


Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Ginger   from Phoenix Helix 
( love the apple and ginger - she gives a great article about the benefits of cranberries too) 


Fermented Cranberry Sauce from Oh Lardy
( fermented foods provide tons of much needed probiotics for good health) Great recipe
Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce from Real Food Forager
Cranberry Fruit Salad from Life by Jeanie

Cranberry Cherry Applesauce from Real Food and Holistic Living

( looks amazing uses frozen cherries) 

Homemade Raw Cranberry Sauce  from 3 Boys and a Dog 

(made with dates for sweetener-  looks yummy)

Fresh Cranberry Salad Dressing for ...

Cranberry, Apple, and Almond Quinoa Salad from Oh She Glows

Cranberry Carrot Corn Muffins  ( not vegan, contains eggs)

** I found some of the links on a real food Thanksgiving roundup with a great variety of healthy recipes  at Yearning and Learning


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Roasted Winter Squash for Thanksgiving

                            butternut, acorn, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash

What is more appropriate for the Thanksgiving dinner than winter squash ? It's the perfect fall vegetable. Below is a recipe for a medley I made using acorn squash, but all winter squash are seasonal and plentiful right now and taste amazing roasted. Of course it's vegan and gluten free.

Acorn squash can sometimes be one of the blander squashes, but I find that it becomes sweet, meaty and tasty when roasted. It was easy to work with because I didn't remove the skin ( I don't eat it, but I'll explain later) Don't try to peel the acorn squash! It's too difficult , and there is no need to peel it.
               
Can you smell the fragrant apple and cinnamon? What a fabulous flavor it adds to the acorn squash and sweet beets . It makes a beautiful presentation and is absolutely delicious. Roasting brings out the best in all vegetables , and I wasn't disappointed with the acorn squash , beets, and apple mixture. I used this  medley because it happened to be what I had in the house, and it tuned out great. A perfect healthy side for Thanksgiving , especially a vegan, vegetarian or gluten free Thanksgiving.

                                

The acorn squash was succulent, the beets indescribable, and the apples and cinnamon  tender and delicious. I sprinkled some ruby red uncooked fresh organic cranberries ( Trader Joe's ) on top for some added color and a little tartness.
                           
Roasting veggies is easy. Just cut the vegetables up, spray with olive or coconut oil, lay them on a cookie sheet ( I cover with parchment paper) and put in the oven at 375 degrees until veggies are tender ( about 30 -45minutes depending on veggies and the size you cut them) , They are a low calorie side that is full of nutrients, fiber, and taste.


acorn squash

                            roasted winter squash

Ingredients:
1 large acorn squash, halved, seeded and cut into wedges ( and then in half again)
1 large fresh beet, cut into large chunks
2 large organic apples, sliced thick
1/4 cup of organic cranberries for decoration

Feeds two as a side for dinner ( make 1 squash recipe per 2-3 persons)  Directions:

Directions: Place acorn squash, beet , and apple slices on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Spray generously with olive oil spray or coconut oil spray. Sprinkle the squash and apple with cinnamon. Bake for 30-45 minutes. spray again if needed. Eat immediately..
** the peel with come right off the squash after roasting or sometimes I eat the peel too..

Tips for other squashes:  I usually peel butternut squash . If you have a really sharp peeler, it works best. However, if you don't want to mess with peeling it, you can bake it whole or cut it in half and steam it.   Spaghetti squash  is also great baked with skin or cut in half and steamed.



List of How to work with winter squashes  & Easy Real Food Recipes for Winter Squash

1-2-3 Easy Butternut Squash   ( How to )

 Easiest way to cook Spaghetti Squash  ( How to)

: Cider Glazed Butternut Squash ( 1 PP on WW)

Roasted Onions and Butternut ( zero PP on WW)

 Black Bean & Butternut Squash Dinner

Berry Stuffed Acorn Squash




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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Eggplant in Garlic Sauce ( WW 1 point plus)


vegan eggplant in garlic sauce

Whenever we eat Chinese, I order eggplant with garlic sauce. It's a great vegan and gluten free entree. Mixed with some brown rice , I love it! . As much as I have tried to duplicate the recipe at home, I was never successful in creating something I liked.

I found this recipe on  a blog I just found. CJ Huang is the author of  Morsels of Life, and I must say I really enjoyed browsing through her site. It's a blog I will be following because her recipes are global ,healthy, and easy. In addition, she has a picture step by step tutorial on most of her recipes.  Last week I tried her easy (orange zested) Sweet Potato Soup and Parmesan roasted acorn squash- both winners in my book.

The eggplant recipe was quick, easy, and flavorful providing another interesting way to prepare eggplant.

1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into sticks or large cubes
1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of fresh garlic , minced
3 Tablespoons chili pepper flakes ( I used 1/2 teaspoon- don't like things hot)
1/2 cup of dry red wine
2 Tablespoons of  Tamari sauce (GF)
Optional: 1 level teaspoon or less of corn starch ( GMO free is available)

Directions: 
Saute on a low heat the ginger and garlic in some olive oil or coconut oil spray ( Trader Joe's). Add the chili flakes and mix. Add the eggplant and mix well to coat and allowing to cook for a about 5 minutes- add wine mixture ( soy sauce, corn starch, and wine) and cook to let it absorb and until eggplant is tender.



chopped eggplant
ginger
Piece of fresh ginger to grate ( I used about 3/4 of it to grate) 
gluten free eggplant in garlic sauce
spicy , a little hot , and delicious

My notes: Personally, I'm not a soy sauce lover, so I cut it  down from 2 Tablespoons to 2 teaspoons which was perfect for me. I also cut down the chili pepper flakes. One note: if you choose to use the corn starch, I used a **GMO free  ( genetically modified free) corn starch which I purchased either in the supermarket or health food store. I added 1 level teaspoon of the corn starch to the wine and whisked before adding to the pan, The alcohol in the wine cooks off leaving a nice flavor.

**If you are not familiar with the GMO ( Genetically engineered organisms) issue, you can read about on the Internet or here is an article to read : What is GMO

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Paleo Roasted Onions and Butternut ( zero PP on WW)




Onions taste sweet, tender, and very delicious when roasted ( kind of like caramelized onions) . When roasted together with butternut squash, the mixture develops into a fabulous, filling side that is not only worthy enough to make for company, but it is also yummy enough to be served on Thanksgiving .

This gluten free, vegan, Paleo friendly recipe is easy to make, can be made in advance, and makes a lovely presentation . ( Perfect for when you have a mix of guests- and now-a-days who doesn't? : vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or nut free. You won't have to worry about allergies, and all can indulge.)
It's also great just for your family for dinner. Most kids love it because butternut is a very sweet squash .
Since it's now squash season, take advantage of these healthy seasonal vegetables that are loaded with nutrients and health protecting antioxidants. If you are intimidated about peeling and cutting up the squash, you could take a short cut. I've seen many supermarkets offer packages of fresh cut up butternut that you can just take home and use. If you are more adventurous, cutting up the squash is not difficult, and I prefer cutting my own. A butternut squash can be kept in a cool place ( not refrigerator) for at least 2 weeks. So, it's there when you need it.

Eating real food translates into real health.

If you are watching your weight, butternut squash  is lower in calories and a great substitution for yams in most recipes.


Use a sharp peeler and peel . It takes me about 5 minutes
Doesn't the rich orange color look fabulous?


I have to apologize, I forgot to take a picture of the vegetables lined up on the cookie sheet.. before and after roasting..

Ingredients: 
4 cups of uncooked butternut squash, peeled and sliced on cubed
1 large onion, sliced in half moons
optional: 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and sliced into strips ( I added it)
coconut oil spray or coconut oil ( I get the spray at Trader Joe's)
1 tsp of Cinnamon

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 400
Place a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet
Arrange the butternut squash on the parchment paper and spread the onions over the top. Add the red pepper strips too if desired.  Spray vegetables generously with coconut oil spray (Trader Joe's )
or generously brush with coconut oil. Dust with cinnamon (not too much)
Roast for about 30-40 minutes until the squash is tender checking after about 20 minutes and turn vegetables if needed.

I only have the after pictures:

Absolutely Delicious

Today's Quote: A true friend is someone who thinks you are a good egg even though he/she knows you are slightly cracked.   --Bernard Melzer 

Another side dish for a vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato "Tzimis" is also for Passover

Sweet Potato Casserole





Unlike many  traditional sugary Thanksgiving sweet potato casseroles, this sweet potato Tzimis is made with real whole unprocessed food. Which translates into - it's delicious and healthy at the same time!.

Tzimis is a yiddish words that means "  a big fuss" .   People use the yiddish word in coversation to say, " Don't make such a Tzimis over this" , meaning don't make such a big fuss over this! So, a sweet potato tzmis is a dish that you made a big fuss over.

But don't worry, Like most of my gluten free vegan recipes, my Tzimis is fast and easy to make.

My allergy friendly recipe calls for sweet potato and fresh and dried fruit.In addition, there is an optional step to add caramelized onions to the casserole . It tastes great either way.
Making it without the onions is quicker and keeps it relatively fat free.

This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. " They" have coined the word Thanksgivukkah for this phenomenon of Hannukah falling on Thanksgiving. It will only happen once in a lifetime. I read the following explanation in Today.com

" Because the Jewish and Gregorian calendars aren't calculated the same way, Chanukah shows up at different times each year. Usually the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights happens in December, but this year, it falls on Turkey Day. The convergence has only happened once before, in 1888, and won't be seen again until 2070 and again in 2165, according to calculations by Jonathan Mizrahi, a quantum physicist at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. After that, the two holidays aren't set to overlap until 76,695." ( quoted from Today.com)


Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thick
3 large apples, cored and sliced  into thin wedges ( I used organic apples, so I didn't peel)
10-12 pitted sweet prunes ( I soaked mine for about 1/2 hour to soften, but not necessary_
10-12 dried apricots ( I soaked mine for about 1/2 hour first to soften them, but not necessary)
1-2 large oranges, sqeezed for juice. Squeeze over the casserole and push out some pulp too.
Cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon or more to taste.
Optional: 2 large onions, sliced in half moons or rings, sauteed in olive oil until caramelized

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced sweet potato in an oblong Pyrex dish. Add apple, prunes, apricots, orange juice and top with cinnamon. If desired add the caramelized onions and mix into the casserole. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is nice and soft and mushy. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free.


Gather Ingredients

sliced sweet potatoes
Peel Sweet Potatoes, slice in rounds and lay in oblong pyrex dish
                               
Slice apples and add to casserole ( I used organic apples and didn't peel them)


Add prunes, apricots, and freshly sqeezed OJ- Dust top with cinnamon


Optional step: slice onions and sautee until carmelized
                 
( Optional: ) Add sweet carmelized onions to casserole and bake  

The sweet potato will melt together in this flavorful and healthy side dish.      
            
What else could you make on Thankgivukkah??? 
Sweet Potato Latkes of course ! Watch for the recipe in one of my future posts!           
 Enjoy this vegan Tzimmis for Passover.. You 'lll love it..
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