Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Harvest

Fall is an ideal time to take advantage of the bounty of fresh vegetables and take in an abundance of nutrient dense foods. Celebrate the first fall harvest with these delicious and nutritious dishes that showcase wonderful seasonal foods like root vegetables, apples and sweet potatoes!

Amazing Apple and Root Vegetable Slaw
Sweet hearty apples and slightly bitter root vegetables are the perfect combination for a fall-style slaw. Serve it alongside chicken, fish, grains and beans, or as a side with your favorite sandwich.

Preparation time: About 20 minutes
Makes: approximately 6, 1 cup servings

For the slaw:
2 apples (about 3 cups) (use sweeter varieties like winesap, empire, gala or fuji), cored and grated
1 1/2 cup turnip, peeled and grated
1 cup carrot, peeled and grated
1/2 cup rutabaga, peeled and grated
Juice of half of a lemon
1 tablespoon green onion, chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro or parsley leaves for garnish

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated with a microplane or zester
2 teaspoons high quality extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon rice syrup
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Coarsely grate apples, turnip, carrot and rutabaga by hand or with a food processor fitted with a grater disc. Toss together in a large bowl with lemon juice.

Whisk together apple cider vinegar, ginger, olive oil, mustard, rice syrup and salt until all ingredients are combined. Pour dressing over apple and root vegetable mixture and toss until fully coated. Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Copyright © 2011. Genevieve Sherrow. Original Recipe.

Asian-style Sweet Potato, Cabbage and Onion Stir-fry

A simple yet robust fall veggie stir-fry. Toss with brown rice or quinoa for a stand-alone meal or pair it with your favorite legumes!

Preparation time: 25-30 minutes
Makes about 3 servings

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil or high quality extra virgin olive oil, for frying
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large sweet potato, about 4 cups, cut into thin rectangular pieces (1/8 inch thick)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 cups purple cabbage
1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari (San-J Brand)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Sea salt to taste
Optional: 1/8 cup crushed raw cashews

Heat a large skillet to medium high heat, then add oil. Sauté ginger and onions and 1/8 teaspoon of salt until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in sweet potato and 1/4 teaspoon salt and sauté until potato softens, about 12 minutes. Add cabbage and sauté for another 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add tamari and vinegar. Salt to taste and serve warm.

Copyright © 2011. Genevieve Sherrow. Original Recipe.