Monday, October 21, 2013

Crockpot Crumble

The crockpot is the most undervalued, underused, misunderstood of all the kitchen gadgets. Without the inherent sexiness of a Vitamix, novelness of a nano-ceramic wok or even the commonness of a pot or pan it always gets overlooked. I GET YOU CROCKPOT. Be my friend?

I use my crockpot on the weekly. Thankfully my mother set a good example--7 layer dips, veggies and roasts came from the crockpot at home. But it wasn't used too often. Once I got over my irrational fear of "it's going to burn the house down even though it's proven not to" the crockpot became a lifesaver.

Usually what happens is I buy lentils/splitbeans/dried beans from the bulk bins. Toss them in with some sweet potatoes/potatoes/carrots/parsnips/squash, add some spices, let it do it's thing for 4-6 hours, add greens and eat.

But for this month's Recipe Redux challenge, I decided to up my game and make a dessert/breakfast. Yes you can totally eat this either or. In Boston we have an abundance of delicious apples. Usually i just slather them with PB, but they make a pretty sweet dessert too.


Crockpot Apple Crumble

  • 1 lb apples (any variety except golden delicious)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
Instructions:
  1. Slice apples and toss them with salt, cinnamon and maple sugar
  2. Spray crockpot with olive oil spray
  3. Put apples in crockpot
  4. Make crisp by mixing oats, flour, oile and maple syrup
  5. top apples with crisp
  6. Turn crockpot on low
  7. Let it work it's magic for 6 hours
  8. Enjoy! (with almond milk, with non-dairy ice cream, with yogurt, whatever! morn and night)

Whole Foods has a list of delicious crockpot recipes, as does the amazing Oh My Veggies (including breakfasts and desserts. I kid you not) For more recipes, click on the links below



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lentil sweetpotato soup

Full Disclosure: I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
 
 
Fall screams soups and stews. I refuse to give them up over the summer, but I'm strange like that. You know another thing I'm strange about (1 of many I'm sure)? I will eat sweet potatoes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Toss them into a smoothie, top with coconut oil, make fries--but shockingly I've never combined soup and sweet potatoes. Thank goodness I made a new friend: the California sweetpotato. They're delicious, nutritious and versitle--perfect from sunrise to sunset!

As much as I love these red tubers, I must say I always get confused about yams vs sweetpotatoes. Well boy did I learn! Sweetpotatoes are sweet and moist, while yams are dry and starchy and not readily available in the U.S. Plus sweetpotatoes have more beta-carotene--your skin and eyes love that! Sweetpotatoes are also loaded with fiber and vitamin C.
 
I'm a sweetpotato lovah but I'd never seen a white one. Look at that! California O'Henry sweetpotatoes (yup grown in gorgeous California) have a pale skin, and sweet and creamy flesh that woeks great is soups and stews. Time to throw it and Covington (gorgous orange flesh) into a stew!

Into my crockpot specifically. I adore my crockpot--it makes life so much easier
Lentil Sweetpotato Soup
Makes ~6 servings
  • 2 cups green or brown lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 California sweetpotatoes
  • Any greens you have on hand (I used kale and green beans)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Sea salt
1. Thoroughly rinse your lentils
2, Dice sweetpotatoes and greens
3. Spice it up!
4. Toss in the crockpot on low for 8 hours, or on high for 5.
5. Enjoy with a hearty piece of fall bread.

Looking for more ways to enjoy sweetpotatoes? Check out these creations by Recipe Redux members:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Happy National Kale Day

Yes, this is TOTALLY a real holiday. You may think that Orange is the New Black, but really KALE GREEN is the new black. Kale is so hot right now. I'm sure you've noticed.

So here's how to celebrate National Kale Day in style
 
Wear Kale
Yes, seriously.
 
 
Eat Kale
Massage it, drink it, love it
I mean,every day is kale day, but let's take a little extra time to celebrate today!

What's your favorite kale recipe?