Smoky Sweet Corn Tofu Fritters
with Roasted Fennel & Lime Aioli .
💁🏻 As we grow older, our taste buds change and become more a matter of our minds and memories than our physical reaction to the different tastes; like bitter or sweet, for example. Because of this, I was finally able to overcome my aversion to a certain food, fennel. I use to loathe fennel, but these days, I can’t get enough of it! Fennel is a versatile vegetable, which plays an important role in the food culture of many European nations, especially in France and Italy. Its esteemed reputation dates back to early times and is reflected in mythological traditions. Greek myths state that fennel was not only closely associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of food and wine, but that a fennel stalk carried the coal, which passed down knowledge from the gods to men. Fennel's aromatic taste is unique, strikingly reminiscent of licorice and anise, so much so that fennel is often mistakenly referred to as anise. Fennel contains a unique combination of phytonutrients—including the flavonoids rutin, quercitin, and various kaempferol glycosides—which give it strong antioxidant activity. The most fascinating phytonutrient compound in fennel, however, may be anethole—the primary component of its volatile oil. In animal studies, the anethole in fennel has repeatedly been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent the occurrence of cancer. In addition to its unusual phytonutrients, fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium. If you’re not so sure about the taste of fennel, I suggest roasting it, since this cooking method is the best way to balance out the licorice notes that fennel boasts.
Pingu in olive, mozzarella and carrot form. Surely there is no finer contender for the best Christmas canapé?
Steel Cut Oats Topped with Cranberry Walnut Relish, Apple Slices & Pomegranate Arils
. 💁🏻When you think of the holiday season, lots of special foods come to mind, but one fruit stands out -- the crimson colored cranberry. Although they’re known for their ability to prevent and calm UTIs, cranberries were used by Native Americans for their healthful nutrients and phytochemicals long before they hit the Thanksgiving dinner table. Cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable--including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. What’s more, cranberries improve oral health, reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, increase immunity, and are cited as a food that fends off cancer. Their peak harvest season is November (with December being the last part of the season), but you can find them frozen or dried year round!
Remains of last month’s batch-cooked and frozen leek, celeriac, swede, parsnip and thyme pie filling topped with sweet potato mash. Could easily be vegan if, unlike me, you don’t use a sh*t ton of butter in the mash. 😋
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Lentil Oat Loaf
with Garlic Green Beans & Classic Gravy
💁🏻 This version of “meatloaf” includes all of the traditional flavors-even a rich gravy, which has a healthy oat flour base. Did you know that most recipes that call for conventional flour can easily be swapped out with oat flour?! It can be used in homemade bread recipes, waffles, desserts, the possibilities are endless really. When you consume oat flour, you get all of the awesome goodness contained in oats. I’m talking about a surprisingly high amount of protein, as well as fiber, all of the B vitamins, manganese, selenium, magnesium … the list really does go on and on. Although store-bought oat flour is better for you than the white variety, it can be pretty costly. To reap the benefits without going broke, toss some old fashion oats in a food processor and let 'er rip! The resulting mixture can be used exactly how you'd use white flour in all of your favorite recipes.
Rainbow Bagel with Beet Hummus, Avocado, Sprouts, Cucumber & Radish
💁🏻Ok, ok, I am not a fan of artificial food dyes, but I honestly couldn’t help myself this ONE time (I swear ☝🏼)! I blame it on the fact that I am an 80’s child (which means that I rocked lots of colorful/neon gear), grew up idolizing the ever colorful Punky Brewster, and couldn’t get enough of Rainbow Brite, Cheer Bear, Pretty Bit Popple & Starshine Pony. To say I am a fan of rainbows would be an understatement. Still today, I refuse to let go of my Hawaii drivers license, I mean why should I?! 🌈 lol
On the real, several studies have linked food dyes to learning and concentration disorders like ADD in children. In fact, Norway and Sweden have already banned the use of many artificial colors, and in the rest of the EU, foods containing these additives must be labeled with the phrase: "May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children." There are many animal studies demonstrating potential risks such as kidney, intestinal, and thyroid tumors. Some dyes have even been loosely linked to certain cancers. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends avoiding food dyes—and I completely agree. Eating more whole foods, and less processed foods is a great way to limit consumption of dyes in general. Don’t forget to check those food labels 😉
If you like it then you should’ve put an onion ring on it💍
Sage Mushrooms with Poached Egg and Grilled Toast .
💁🏻 Sage is a woodsy tasting herb that not only boosts the flavor of almost any dish, but can give your memory a boost too! What’s more, sage has been shown to significantly decrease the average number of mild hot flushes by 46% and very severe flushes by 100% in menopausal women. It also contains a good amount of Vitamin A and antioxidants, and according to Native American culture, sage can be used to clear negative energy.