A Middle-Age Pathway Recipe: Lazy Pot Pie Stuffed Squash (Vegan version available)

Today I have a whole food recipe which gives you a way to use up some of your leftovers. Here is my personal recipe for leftovers, which in this case was turkey. However, this  really isn’t a recipe, as much as a process, which is very versatile. In this instance, I used Delicata squash, along with other things I had on hand: the basics, turkey, of course as well as kale, carrots, celery, onion, along with homemade bone broth, white wine, a little Himalayan salt, and some spices. The Delicata squash, pictured below, is a small, slightly sweet squash, about the size of a large sweet potato.

 This recipe was born out of a craving for pot pie. Being gluten-free, I was too lazy to attempt the almost impossible “gluten-free” pie crust. So, I made the filling for the pot pie, and put it over a baked potato. Thus the lazy pot pie was invented. In this instance, I expanded the recipe by using squash instead of a potato.

 With this recipe/procedure, you are only limited by your imagination. Are you a vegan? Use beans instead of meat. For the rest, open your fridge and see what you have on hand. How about, Sweet Potatoes, with left over steak, zucchini and tomatoes, or, Acorn squash, rotisserie chicken, broccoli, and spinach…well you get the idea. Experiment! There is a huge variety of squash, potatoes or even ancient grains, such as quinoa, amaranth or millet.

Add some fresh herbs to liven it up. This is a recipe I developed several years ago. Looking back at it today, I’d add poultry seasoning herbs, such as sage, rosemary and/or thyme. Fresh herbs add life and wonderful seasoning to this dish. With that said, it’s all about using what’s on hand. If you don’t have fresh herbs, by all means, use dried instead.

Here are a few photos of the ingredients and recipe steps. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the complete recipe.

Gather your ingredients

Prepare squash

Bake squash

Prepare filling, while squash bakes

Pour filling onto baked squash and serve

Lazy Pot Pie Stuffed Squash

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is easy, super healthy, and completely whole food dinner.  It's also a great way to use up leftover meat/poultry.


Credit: Purple Almond Wellness

Ingredients

  • 4 Delicata Squash
  • 4 carrots-diced
  • 4 celery stalks-chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 medium onion-diced
  • 2 cloves garlic-minced.
  •  olive oil
  • 2 cups turkey/chicken-chopped (use cooked beans for a vegan version
  • 1/2 cup white wine-I used Pino Grigio
  • 1/2 broth (I used my bone broth. You can use organic broth from the store. DO NOT use bullion cubes, which are filled with salt, chemicals and MSG)
  •  Mrs. Dash
  • Himalayan salt, and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Line a baking pan parchment paper.
  3. Cut each squash in half, and clean out the seeds
  4. Drizzle each squash with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each half. Place cut side down on baking pan. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until tender.
  5. While the squash is cooking-prepare the filling.
  6. Wash and chop all vegetables. Chop them into a small dice, for quick cooking.
  7. In a large frying pan, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil, then add the carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until tender crisp.
  8. Add turkey, salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, and vegetables, except kale, to carrots. Cook for 5 more minutes, until turkey is heated through, and vegetables are tender.
  9. Add wine to pan. Cook for an additional 2 or 3 minutes, or until alcohol cooks out.
  10. Add Broth to pan. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  11. Add Kale and cook until just wilted. It cooks quick. When it’s bright green, it’s done.
  12. lace a half of squash in a dish, scoop some filling into the squash, and enjoy. This serves 4 to 8, depending on your hunger level.

Brain Talks ~ Recipes: 10 Goji Berry Recipes to Boost Your Melatonin and So Much More!

Anyone who knows me knows I am a whole food advocate. I feel we were meant to get nutrients from whole foods, not man made, highly processed supplements. Supplements have their place, when accounting for nutrient deficiencies. However, the average, healthy person, who eats a mainly whole food diet, doesn’t necessarily need artificially produced supplements.

Yesterday, I published a Brain Talks article on my main blog called:

FIGHTING TO REMEMBER ~

MELATONIN & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

In that article, I highlight the importance of melatonin in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. That article explains that melatonin is a master hormone that is not only necessary for sleep, but also:

  • a potent anti-inflammatory agent
  • inhibits the secretion of amyloid plaque, seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients
  • decreases insulin secretion
  • regulates the levels of all other hormones
  • a powerful and effective antioxidant and anti-toxin agent
  • reduces free-radicals
  • regulates the immune response
  • reduces toxins
  • protects the liver

Melatonin is produced naturally in the body, through proper sleep and a nutritious diet. However, research shows we can boost melatonin levels through supplementation or by consuming foods high in melatonin.

As part of my master’s thesis, I researched phytomelatonin, or melatonin found in plants. I discovered several researchers who calculated the melatonin content in plants. Below you’ll see a chart listing the top 13 melatonin containing plant foods.

SOURCE – (1)

Experts indicate typical artificial supplement doses of melatonin range from .20 milligrams (mg) to 5 mg daily. As you can see, the amounts in the chart are measured in picograms/gram of food weight. 1 picogram (pg) is a very small unit of measure and equals 0.000000001 milligram (mg).

Dried goji berries, the food which contains the most melatonin, contains 103,000 pg/gram. So, 100 grams of goji berries would then contain 10,300,000 pg of melatonin or .0103 mg. This is obviously a long way from a normal dose. However, the idea isn’t meant to replace supplements, as much as it is to reduce the amount of artificial melatonin needed, if someone is deficient. If an individual is healthy, simply adding in melatonin rich foods will eliminate the need for artificial supplements all together.

Goji, Berry, Dried, Fruits, Vitamins, Healthy

Other benefits of goji berries

Besides, goji berries are a super food and a wonderful addition to any diet. Benefits of goji berries include:

  1. Boost brain power and prevent neurodegenerative disease
  2. Detoxify the liver
  3. Boost fertility
  4. Ease mood and improve quality of sleep
  5. Improve eye health
  6. Balance blood sugar levels
  7. Boost the immune system
  8. Beautify skin
  9. Prevent heart disease
  10. Boost energy

Now, onto some healthy but delicious recipes to include in our diet, that will boost your melatonin levels and so much more!

Raw chocolate molten lava cakes with goji berries

Rawsome Vegan Life

Goji Berry Granola

SugarLaws Living Sweet

This recipe also contains melatonin rich almonds and sunflower seeds.

Banana Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake

One Green Planet

Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

Bon Appetit

PHOTO SOURCE

Goji Berry Lime Smoothie

Crystal Dawn Culinary

Chocolate Goji Berry Maca Truffles

Jessi’s Kitchen

Goji Berry Jam

Joe Cross

Spicy Goji Berry Soup

Wallflower Kitchen

Almond & Goji Berry Chocolate Snaps

Gormandize

Almond Goji Berry Protein Bites

Maria Marlowe Integrative Nutrition

Until next time, namaste my friends

Tamara

SOURCES

  1. Arnao, M.B., and Hernandez-Ruiz, J., (2018). Phytomelatonin versus synthetic melatonin in cancer treatments. Biomedical Research and Clinical Practice DOI: 10.15761/BRCP.1000170

Middle Age Pathway Recipes: 8 Healthy Holiday Recipes

Ahh, the holidays season is here! During this time of year, full of sugary treats and fattening snacks, it’s good to have a few healthy recipes in your box. Have no fear! I’ve got you covered. Today, I’m have 8 healthy holiday recipes, with videos and printable recipes! I hope you enjoy!

 BRIE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

From: What’s Gaby Cooking

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Have a dinner or cocktail party coming up for the holiday season? These delicious, creamy bites will do the trick

Credit: whatsgabycooking.com/brie-stuffed-mushrooms/

Ingredients

  • 12 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 1 small wedge of Brie cheese
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs (you can buy these gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbs olive oil

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean and remove stems from mushrooms, then place in a baking dish and drizzle with 2 tbs olive oil.
  3. Place 1 tbs Brie into each mushroom
  4. Combine remaining ingredients and place a small scoop of the mixture into each mushroom.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mushroom is tender.
  6. PHOTO CREDIT: https://whatsgabycooking.com/brie-stuffed-mushrooms/

CHRISTMAS SALAD WREATH

from: mealthy.com.

Christmas Wreath Salad

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you're looking for a quick and healthy side dish to your holiday dinner, this delightful recipe fits the bill.

Credit: mealthy.com/recipes/1642/christmas-wreath-salad

Ingredients

    CHRISTMAS WREATH SALAD

  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, cut into supremes
  • 1 green pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 Haas avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • POMEGRANATE-POPPY DRESSING

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise or yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions

  1. Arrange lettuce onto a large, circular platter into a wreath shape.
  2. Arrange grapefruit supremes, pear slices, and avocado slices in groupings onto the lettuce in a decorative pattern.
  3. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, feta, and almonds over the wreath.
  4. Blend dressing ingredients, and serve in a small bowl at the center of the wreath.

RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

FROM POPSUGAR FITNESS:

Raw Chocolate Truffles

  • Servings: 10-15
  • Difficulty: easy
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These tasty little morsels are bursting with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Plus, they're sweetened with dates and maple syrup, so, you'll find no processed sugar here.


Credit: PopSugar Fitness

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup soaked cashews (soak a minimum of 3 hours or overnight)
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • shredded coconut for rolling

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients, except shredded coconut, in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides as needed.
  2. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
  3. Coat balls in either cacao or shredded coconut.
  4. Freeze for a few hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Remove from freezer and set at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to serving.

PERFECT PRIME RIB RECIPE

from Food Wishes.

Perfect Prime Rib

  • Servings: depends on size of roast
  • Difficulty: easy
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The prefect main dish for your holiday table. It's so elegant and delicious! You'll never believe how easy this is to prepare!

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 pound Prime Rib of Beef, BONE-IN, fat cap removed (ask the butcher to explain)
  • kosher salt as needed
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence (this is just a dried herb blend – you can use any thing you like, or just salt and pepper)

Directions

  1. Leave prime rib on counter for at least 6 hours – preferably longer. (It must be at room temp, or the recipe won’t work.)
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  3. Mix butter, Herbes de Provence and black pepper together and spread all over prime rib.
  4. Sprinkle salt liberally over the buttered prime rib
  5. Cook the beef at 500 degrees for 5 minutes per pound. Multiply size of roast (from packaging) by 5. This is the length of time you’ll cook the beef at 500 degrees. For example, if your roast is 4 pounds multiply 4 X 5 = 20, so you’d cook the beef at 500 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. After the allotted time, turn oven off and leave for 2 hours. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve. Bones can be removed if desired prior to serving.

PALEO CARROT CAKE COOKIES

From: Meghan Livingstone

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now this is whole food goodness! Sweetened with dates, filled with fresh grated carrot...you don't get any better than this.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 nut butter (almond butter was used in the original recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 7-8 Medjool dates, pitted, diced into tiny pieces + soaked in warm water 10 mins, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Shape into circles if desired.
  5. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until firm to touch.
  6. For additional sweetness, add 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup to batter. For additional flavor/crunch, add 1/4 cup chopped pecans to batter.

    Photo credit: https://www.meghanlivingstone.com/paleo-carrot-cake-cookies/


Egg nog

that’s dairy free, paleo, gluten free

From: Kayla Chandler

Homemade Eggnog (Dairy Free, Paleo, Gluten Free)

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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An old fashioned holiday classic, with a healthy modern twist.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups full fat coconut milk in the can
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • a dash of all spice
  • 4 pasture raised egg yolks – (THE USE OF PASTURE RAISED IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – due to the nature of the recipe)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. Add first 5 ingredients to a pan, bring to boil, then remove from stovetop.
  2. Mix egg yolks and syrup together.
  3. Slowly pour egg mixture into coconut milk, whisking continuously.
  4. Pour into glass container and chill for several hours.
  5. If desired, serve with whipped coconut cream.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix

From: Cotter Crunch

Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix

  • Servings: 10 to 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Whether you need a quick, healthy snack for the kids or a tasty appetizer for holiday party guests, this quick and easy recipe fits the bill.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups raw walnuts, chopped (or use halves)
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 – 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (maple syrup is fine but it will be more like clusters when cooked)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • dash of sea salt
  • extra cinnamon if desired
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup or more of [url] dark chocolate ∞http://amzn.to/2f8VgqL[/url] and/or cacao nibs combined.
  • parchment paper

Directions

  1. Place nuts in a slow cooker, then add sugar, spices, coconut oil and salt. Combine thoroughly, until everything is well coated.
  2. Cook on high for 60 to 90 minutes (until the nuts are well cooked/roasted) – stir a few times while they are cooking
  3. Once the nuts have browned as desired, remove from cooker and spread on parchment paper.
  4. Allow to dry, then add to mixing bowl and stir together with cranberries and chocolate. – store in an airtight container.
  5. PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.cottercrunch.com/slow-cooker-paleo-pumpkin-spice-trail-mix/

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

From: Gordon Ramsey

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tired of Green Bean Casserole? Try this refreshing and tasty recipe from Gordon Ramsey


Credit: Gordon Ramsey

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 pounds fresh Green beans (cleaned)
  • salt
  • 2-3 tbs White wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 150 ml olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wrap the garlic for the dressing in foil and roast in the oven for 20–25 minutes until soft. Remove and leave to cool.
  2. While garlic is roasting, blanch the green beans by plunging them in plenty of boiling salted water for 1½ cooked, but still crunchy. Run immediately under cold running water, then drain and leave to one side.
  3. Toast almonds in a medium-hot dry frying pan for 2–3 minutes until golden.
  4. Squeeze the flesh from the garlic heads and mash with 1 tablespoon of the white wine vinegar until a smooth paste is formed. Add the mustard and honey and mix well. Pour in the olive oil in a slow drizzle, stirring constantly to thicken. Taste and season as necessary, adding a little more vinegar if needed.
  5. Dress the green beans, toss to coat well, top with toasted almonds and serve.
  6. SOURCE: https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/18242/green-bean-salad-with-mustard-dressing


Brain Talks ~ Recipes: 10 Unique Recipes to Boost Memory and Heal the Brain

On Tuesday, I published a list of foods to boost memory and heal the brain. The following recipes combine foods from list, which you can find below. For more detailed information on each food, you can find the article here..

  1. Avocado 
  2. Eggs 
  3. Coconut oil 
  4. Dark Chocolate 
  5. Pumpkin seeds 
  6. Kale 
  7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  8. Sea vegetables 
  9. Fermented foods 

For each of these recipes, I tried to combine more than one food from the list into each recipe. For the most part, I was successful, with a couple exceptions. Here we go!

Paletas de Aguacate y Coco

(Avocado and Coconut Popsicles)

Muy Bueno

This unique recipe combines brain healthy avocado and coconut in one wonderful recipe!

Green Goddess Juice

Zesty South Indian Kitchen

This recipe combines kale and avocado in a brain healthy detox smoothie/juice.
If you don’t like avocado or kale, smoothies are a great way to add them to your diet.

Creamed spinach and kale with fried egg

Food Republic

If you’re not a fan of leafy greens, you can’t go wrong with combining baby spinach and baby kale in a creamy sauce. Serve it with a brain healthy egg for a great meal!

Coconut Oil Keto Granola

The Keto Summit

This recipe combines 3 brain healthy foods: nuts (walnuts & almonds), seeds (pumpkin seeds, and coconut oil. Add this into some gut healthy fermented yogurt for a winning brain healthy combination.

Vegan Nut-Free Coconut Oil Kale Pesto

Natural Comfort Kitchen

This recipe is a wonderful and flavor packed way to add 3 important brain foods into your meal. This pesto includes pumpkin seeds, kale and coconut oil, along with cilantro, lime, garlic and ginger to make a delightful pesto sauce.

Paleo Dark Chocolate Bites

All Recipes

This recipes uses coconut oil and cocoa powder to make indulgent and delicious homemade dark chocolate bars. I would recommend replacing the cocoa powder with RAW CACAO.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Recipe

for Salad Dressing

Combining Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Turmeric, this salad dressing is the perfect addition to your brain healthy leafy greens salad.

Sea Vegetables.

I find the best way to add sea vegetables to the diet is to season foods, sauces, soups, etc, with dulsi granules, such as the ones below. You can find them HERE.

Korean Rolled Omelette With Seaweed

Kitchen Bowl

If you’re looking for more than just seasoning, how about this traditional rolled omelette from Korea, which combines brain healthy eggs AND Nori (a type of seaweed)

DIY Coconut Milk Yogurt

Joyous Health

What better way to get healthy coconut fat AND fermented foods than with coconut milk yogurt you make yourself? This recipe only has 2 ingredients and couldn’t be easier!! Serve this with your keto granola for a winning, brain healthy combo!

How to Make a Turmeric Bug

Grow Forage Cook Ferment

FERMENTED TURMERIC ROOT!!! Turmeric is a wonderful root with so many brain healthy and anti-inflammatory priorities. Fermenting it is a brilliant idea and, with just 3 ingredients, is SUPER easy. It just requires a bit of patience. Colleen recommends using it to make some homemade soda, like THESE. Or just add it to salads or smoothies for a gut and brain health boost!
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Closing thoughts

I hope you enjoyed reading through the list. As I always say, cooking healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It just requires a bit of creativity and ingenuity, like replacing an unhealthy ingredient with one of the brain healthy foods from this week’s list.

Until next time, namaste my friends

Tamara

Brain Talks ~ Recipes: 10 Recipes using The Best Brain Foods

Everyone wants a healthy brain right? On Tuesday, I published an article, on Purple Almond Wellness, discussing the basics of Alzheimer’s disease. You can find that article HERE.

Well, you’re never too young to take good care of your brain and that begins with the right foods. There are a lot of brain healthy foods, but today I’m focusing on 5 of them. See below:

5 Best Foods for Brain Health (Infographic)

Today, I have searched the internet for interesting recipes using these 5 foods. I have two recipes for each food, totaling 10 recipes in all. I hope you enjoy looking at them and maybe even trying them. Let me know if you do!

Black Bean and Salmon Tostada

Eating Well

Wild Salmon Cakes with Quinoa Salad

Good Housekeeping

Blueberry Salsa

Myrecipes.com

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

Clean Green Simple

Pumpkin Seed Spread

Chef John~ Allrecipes.com

Pumpkin Hemp Pesto

Raw Food Recipes

Egg Salad Stuffed Avocado

Laylita’s Recipes

Plantain Cups with Avocado and Shrimp

Simple by Clara~Dominicancooking.com

Double Chocolate Paleo Banana Bread Bars

Ambitious Kitchen

No Bake Omega-3 Brownie Bites

Ambitious Kitchen

(Note: This recipe calls for unsweetened cocoa powder.
For added nutrition, use RAW CACAO instead.)