Posts Tagged ‘ Pineapple ’

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I originally found this recipe while reading Dr Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live.  The book was interesting enough but this recipe by far was the best thing I got out of it.  I don’t actually remember the original recipe, so this is my own rendition of it.  I’m not sure at this point what the specific ingredients were but I like my version quite well.

This would make an excellent main course for a Thanksgiving dinner.  I like that it’s served in perfect single sized servings!  The acorn squash with nuts, pineapple and cranberry will make any plate look festive.  I also enjoy taking leftovers to work.  It makes a great lunch and people always comment on it.

Ingredients

2 acorn squash

1 can crushed pineapple drained

1/2 cup both cranberries and chopped walnuts

4 tablespoons of chopped dried apricots

A small amount of butter or vegan spread for each half

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom to taste

Directions

Gently prick each acorn squash in 2-3 spots and microwave them for 4 minutes to soften

Cut them in half and scoop out seeds, place face down in a baking dish with 1/2 inch of water and bake at 350 for 30 minutes

While that is baking mix together the rest of the ingredients and let them sit

After baking the squash, remove from oven, drain the water, turn over the squash

Rub a little butter or spread on each piece and then add 1/4 of the stuffing to each half

Top with a little additional cinnamon and return to the oven for 20 more minutes

~enjoy~

Fruit Smoothie

I can’t believe I haven’t shared my favorite breakfast yet.  I drink a huge smoothie almost everyday.  I believe my body actually craves them at this point but that may just be my brain saying so.  I have one basic recipe (if you can call it that) and I make many varieties from it.  A few things to note.  I have worn out several inexpensive blenders.  Currently I take out the frozen fruit 1 hour prior to making or refrigerate it the night before.  So far so good on my current model!

Costco sells a huge bag of frozen fruit called Fiesta Mix.  It contains papaya, mango, pineapple, and strawberries.  This is a favorite of mine because 3 of the 4 fruit have great anti inflammatory components.  My next favorite is just a 4 lb frozen bag of mixed fruit I buy at Publix which has peaches, pineapple, strawberries and other assorted fruit.  When blueberries are in season I purchase those separately and toss them in either bag of frozen fruit.

I always throw at least 1/2 a banana into a smoothie and sometimes 1/4ish cup of either soy or plain yogurt.  If I have spring mix for salad I toss a handful of that in.  You barely taste the greens and I figure you can’t get enough of them.  I do my best to pack as much nutritional value as possible into a smoothie so I also toss in a few walnuts for my omega 3s.

Speaking of omega 3’s I just had some blood work done and asked my Dr to test me for any deficencies that vegetarians may be prone to.  B vitamins, folate and all checked out fine, my one issue is vitamin D which ironically is a huge issue with omnivores as well.  So all the talk about missing important nutrients is garbage.  Also My cholesterol is in the low 180s with no medication, not bad for a 45 year old.  My 20 year old son’s cholesterol is in the 120s!  I wasn’t aware that number was possible!

Here is my basic recipe, it makes 1 meal sized serving for me.  2 servings for a snack sized serving.   Please adjust the liquid amounts to your preference of thickness.  Below are some links to other interesting smoothie recipes.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 Cups frozen fruit mix of your choice

1 small or 1/2 a large banana

A few teaspoons  soy or fat free plain yogurt

5-10 walnut halves (or  a few teaspoons of organic ground flaxseed)

1/3 cup of water (or I drain the juice from whatever cut fruit I have in a bowl)

1/2-3/4 cup soy, rice, almond, or dairy milk

1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey (optional)

sprinkle of cinnamon and carodomon (if you have)

Directions

Place all ingredients in the blender.  Start blender on a slow speed until the larger pieces of fruit are chopped then raise speed and blend until you see a small vortex in the middle of the blender.  Let it continue for about 1 minute and serve.

Cocoa Peanut Butter Smoothie http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=33099

Peaches and Cream Smoothie http://low-fat-cooking.suite101.com/article.cfm/peaches_and_cream_smoothie

Grapefruit (sounds really interesting!) http://vegetarian.about.com/od/breakfastrecipe1/r/grapefruitsmoot.htm

For those of you willing to try a salad smoothie http://deliciouslivingmag.com/food/recipes/dl_recipe_422/