We are on day 14 of social distancing and shelter in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of my silver linings is that I have time to get my recipes written and onto the blog. Plus, I have time to make and test them! I have been desiring something rich and delicious and also know that my nervous system is not up for any non-whole food sweetener. When I am in this place of sensitive digestion, emotions, and energy, the most nourishing sweetener for me is dates.
Dates are nourishing to the spleen (meridian) and boast lots of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, thiamine and complex of vitamin B, folate, vitamin C and vitamin E, vitamin K, along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Not bad for supporting overall health right now! I also use high quality raw cacao powder in this recipe. Cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. I notice that when I am craving chocolate, that what I am truly needing is minerals and particularly magnesium! The cacao butter is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, a great support for the nervous system and for absorbing minerals. Last, but not least, I add sprouted pecan pieces for crunch, protein, and overall deliciousness!
I am so thankful for my family, friends, and community and I love making amazing healthy food for family and friends on the holidays. The trick is to make gourmet, delicious food, that nourishes the body and soul, without adding sugar, toxins and inflammatory foods. My guests love joining us and don’t feel like they are coming over for a “healthy” meal. Here are several of my Thanksgiving recipes and a few from others that I love. I’m happy to finally be able to them put here all in one place! Each recipe is delicious, gluten free, and full of so many healing foods. The recipes here are mostly grain free, all are gluten free, and are processed sugar free. Much of this list is Paleo and GAPs friendly as well. It’s all super delicious and of course there's lot's of maple syrup. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
I love sweet potatoes all ways! This is a simple, but divine Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe. It is also amazing as leftovers. For additional crunch and flavor, add more pecans and maple syrup!
This little tart is so stinkin good. It's basically chocolate pecan pie, but the crust is only on the bottom like a tart or a cheesecake! No one can ever believe that it's full of nourishment, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and sweetened with honey. I make this recipe year round and have replaced my Thanksgiving Pecan Pie recipe with this one. Serve with vanilla cashew ice cream. It's a dream!
We like to roast or fry our turkeys for Thanksgiving! Our prep is the same no matter which way we cook the turkey. We love a caramelized maple turkey. Even with kosher turkeys, we brine our birds overnight. The meat is always moist and flavorful!
If you plan to use a brine start the night before. HERE is a great brining recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo. Be sure to remove the neck and giblets before brining.