Eat For Your Health: Sweet Potato Coconut Mash (V, GF)

This side dish has quickly become one of my favorites.  It is super simple and absolutely delicious.   Sweet potatoes, a naturally sweet vegetable, are packed with Vitamin A and antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and can help with blood sugar regulation, even in people with Type 2 Diabetes.  It is a much healthier alternative to your average white potato.  

This particular recipe was adapted from The Blue Zone Solution by Dan Buttoner.  I topped mine with unsweetened Dang toasted coconut chips to add a little crunch and extra coconut flavor, but this is obviously optional.  

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Eat For Your Health: Lemon Navy Bean Pasta (V)

My mom made dinner most nights when I was growing up and Wednesday was ALWAYS pasta night.  I don't eat pasta that frequently anymore, but it still holds a special place in my heart.  When I do make it, I attempt a healthier version that is still just as comforting.  This particular recipe is super quick and easy- perfect for a busy weeknight.  You can make it with any type of pasta you choose.  I used a gluten free, vegan version (it's Kosher and GMO-free too!) from Al Dente Pasta Company made with brown rice flour and white beans, making it high in fiber (6g) and protein (7g). The beans give this dish an extra protein punch.  

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Eat For Your Health: Roasted Eggplant and Chickpea Stew (V, GF)

I made this hearty stew for my mother's retirement dinner.  The recipe is adapted from Veganomicon. There are a lot of moving parts to get the timing right, but a lot of the time is inactive.  It was well worth the effort- perfect winter weather crowd pleaser. I served it with a green salad. This recipe dishes up 4-5 servings.  Whenever I am cooking something like this I keep vegetable broth on hand to add to the soup pot (in place of more oil) in case things look like they are drying up too much.  I added it to the ingredient list, although you may or may not need it.  I ended up using just a few splashes.  

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Eat For Your Health: Pumpkin Chia Pudding (V, GF)

I first jumped on the Chia seed bandwagon after reading the book 'Born to Run' in 2009.  The author, Chris McDougall, describes how the Tarahumara of Northern Mexico, who are renowned for their long distance running ability, use the magical seed to fuel their running adventures.  At the time I was just getting into distance running and was in search of an alternative to the chemical and sugar laden gels on the market.  Enter, Chia seeds.  

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Eat for your Health: Roasted Brussel Sprout Alfredo (V, GF)

My mom never goes for seconds. Like, ever. Tonight she went for seconds.  Enough said. 

I used gluten-free brown rice spaghetti and my pasta loving I-talian family was none the wiser.  Get yer whole grains!  Whole grain, gluten free pastas are easy to find in the natural food or gluten free section at any grocery store.

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