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About My Real Dish

Sue Ellen is a mother, Spanish teacher, Young Living essential oil user, world traveler, and follows a strict wheat, dairy, and egg free diet loaded with veggies. So if you have food sensitivities and you are wondering what you can eat, here on this blog she will share not only recipes, but also her dish on health, essential oils, and life. Get ready to make some yummy foods and DIY essential oil products!

Munching For The Mind, Foods That Boost Brain Power

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With the risk of memory loss and disorders like dementia on the scientific community’s consciousness, a lot of research has been done in what really gets the brain ticking. In particular, many are looking at the foods that can help improve memory and reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life. Some even suggest that these foods can help dementia patients manage their symptoms and maintain their independence for longer. So, what are the foods that are supposed to help you build a healthier brain?

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Leafy greens and other veggies

Leafy greens, like spinach, collard greens, and kale have become a popular food group as of late. A big part of this is the B9 and folate within them that have been shown to improve cognition and have a role in battling depression. Broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables have a similar folate content, as well as ingredients that lower the amino acids related to memory loss. Kimchi is a recipe that takes quite a bit of time to prepare, but it contains lots of antioxidants that can stop the free radical damage so closely associated with cognitive impairment.

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Whole grains and legumes

High fiber foods are highly important for anyone who is, in fact, suffering from memory loss or related illnesses like dementia. For one, they tend to regulate digestion and make that process smoother which can help them more independently use the toilet. Quinoa is easy to make, easy to eat, and also contains a whole host of ingredients good for the brain. Zinc, phosphorus, and selenium, in particular, are hard to find in the average diet. Beans and other legumes also contain magnesium, potassium and more of that folate that can improve emotional health as well as mental health. Both grains and legumes can contain B vitamins that boost neurotransmitters which help maintain sharp brain function.

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Nuts and berries

Acai berries are something of a “superfood.” This doesn’t mean they are the cure-all for the world’s diseases nor that they are the only food you should eat. They are, however, jam-packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients, vitamin C, vitamin E, and those antioxidants that prevent free radical damage to the brain. Plus, acai berry smoothies are easy to make, simple to drink, and taste delicious. But most berries are good, it doesn’t necessarily have to be acai. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and cashews contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Contrary to what the word “fat” means to a lot of people, this doesn’t mean they are unhealthy. Rather, healthy fats are making a big comeback, and let’s look at why that is.

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Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 aren’t just a “good” type of fat, they are essential to the human body. When we lack them, we are at a much greater risk of heart disease, depression, arthritis, and much more. What’s more, they play a crucial role in preventing the lesions on the brain that can cause dementia in the first place. There are multiple kinds of omega-3s, too. The most important kinds are DHA and EPA, which tend to be found in fish, with salmon having some of the highest content on the market. ALA is another type of Omega-3 that is less important, and less efficiently used by the body, but just a small amount of vegetable oil or leafy vegetables can help you get your recommended amount. 

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Spice it up

Whether you’re eating to preserve your mental health or you’re trying to help improve a loved one’s diet if they have dementia, the flavor is very important. Vegetable purees might be easy to digest and very good for you, but they have what we will kindly call an acquired taste. A little cinnamon can do wonders for the taste, but it can also do wonders for your brain. Cinnamon, cumin, and recent superfood darling, turmeric, all help reduce inflammation in the brain and can break up the plaque (literally deposits that cling between and outside cells) that can contribute to memory loss. Turmeric, popular as it is, is another antioxidant, preventing that free radical damage we’ve already covered.

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Making eating accessible

The foods mentioned here have been suggested not only to reduce your risk of dementia but also to help slow the progress of such conditions. Whether or not that is true is not fully defined, but any changes to the diet of someone with dementia should be made carefully. If a loved one will need skilled nursing, make sure that all dietary changes are cleared with them. Ensure you include lots of fiber in their diet to help digestion and incorporate smaller meals that can reduce the need for concentration, which people with memory loss can struggle with. If your loved developed dysphagia, where they have trouble swallowing, avoid hard-to-chew foods and consider those options designed specifically to address that problem like vegetable purees.

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What you shouldn’t eat

There are some foods to avoid if you’re seriously concerned about your mental health which can even speed up memory loss. It should be no surprise that processed foods are on the list of things to cut from your diet, high in specific proteins and nitrosamines, a component that causes the liver to produce fats that are bad for the brain. Breads, in general, should be cut down as much as possible. White bread is particularly dangerous, but even whole grain bread can spike your blood sugar, which leads to the inflammation that other foods we have looked at are trying to prevent. Diacetyl and nitrates are two more unhealthy brain foods that should be avoided at all costs and most commonly found in beers, margarine, processed meats, and microwave popcorn.

There is still much we don’t understand about memory loss and dementia, and it’s safe to expect that other foods and lifestyle habits will be found to contribute as great a role as the dietary recommendations listed above. Dementia is far from simple and it will take more than a diet to fight it, but it can play a bigger role than you might suspect.

 

Strengthen Your Body Today With These Excellent Hacks

You need to do as much as possible to make sure your body is protected and looked after. As you get older, your body starts to deteriorate naturally. But, the more you can do to take care of it right now, the better it will function as you get older. The more your body is taken care of the better it will be moving forward. You want to strengthen the body and make sure all areas of it are working as well as possible.

You need to give some thought to what is involved in making your body stronger. This means tending to the internal and external aspects of your body and your physical conditioning. There is plenty you can do to make your body stronger, and these are a few of the things you need to consider if you want to achieve that.

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Eat the Right Foods

Eating the right foods is a big part of how you can help look after your body and make it stronger. There are lots of different things you can do that will help you to get the right diet for your body. Joint care is a big concern as you get older, and if you are interested in looking after your joints, it is possible even if you are adopting a vegan diet. Making sure your joints are strengthened is all about anti-inflammatories, and there are plenty of these found in the vegan diet.

Get a Physical

You also need to be certain you are keeping tabs on your body and your physical condition. There are many things that can combine in order to affect your body, and this is why you need to get a physical. Doing this on a regular basis is really important for helping you stay in top shape and take steps to make your body better. It is so important to make sure you are taking regular trips to the doctor in order to keep yourself in check. You have to make sure you get a physical regularly so you can work on strengthening your body.

Be Careful

It’s also really important that you are careful in day-to-day life. This means being careful about what you are eating, being careful that you don’t slip and fall, and being careful with your body. The more careful you can be the easier it is to look after yourself and ensure you keep the body healthy and strong. Avoiding accidents and being careful at all times will make you a much healthier and stronger person.

Exercise

It is so important to ensure that you keep active and do what you can to exercise as much as possible. You need to make sure you keep yourself in good shape because this will keep the body strong. This is why you have to take as many opportunities as you can to work out and spend time exercising. There are numerous opportunities that you will have to ensure you can do this on a daily basis.

These are just a few of the great ideas that will help you to strengthen your body as the years go by. If you can take the time to assess what you are putting into your body, and ensure you are sensible and careful, you will help your body get stronger.

Pull Off the Natural Look with Confidence

Even though your overall self-esteem depends on various different factors, the truth is that a lot of women link it to their physical appearance only. That’s why many of them feel frustrated and devastated since they don’t perfectly fit into the standards of beauty promoted by celebrities and the beauty industry in general. Needless to say, a large number of those women rely on various makeup tricks on a daily basis, which often includes tons of makeup that can actually do more harm than good to both their skin and their confidence. In case you didn’t know, you can also look and feel confident while rocking a natural look, so keep on reading because we have some useful tips and trick on how to make that happen. Check them out and enjoy!

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Take proper care of your skin in the first place

No matter what people may say, the fact is that no makeup product can help you if you don’t take proper care of your skin. So, if you still haven’t established your skincare routine, it’s about time you did it! The first product you should get is a cleanser which will remove all the dirt, oil, and makeup residue from your face and unclog your pores that way. Ladies with oily skin should pick an oil-free cleanser, whereas those with skin prone to acne should look for a product with salicylic acid. On the other hand, cream cleansers are a great choice for women with dry skin. Apart from a cleanser, you should also use a scrub two to three times a week, as it will remove the dead skin cells and help your skin appear rejuvenated and refreshed. Moisturizer is another must since it will replenish the lost moisture and hydrate your skin, which is crucial for a healthy and luminous skin that always looks and feels smooth.

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A Foundation shade that flawlessly matches your skin tone matters a lot

Speaking of natural makeup, it can be described as a no-makeup makeup look which enhances your facial features by covering some minor flaws and emphasizing the good parts. A spotless complexion is exactly what characterizes this look, and this means that you should pay extra attention to the foundation shade you’re about to pick. Finding your match can be a bit tricky, and you should remember that swiping shades along your jawline is what counts – and not along the back of your hand, which is what the majority of ladies do. This should be done because it’s likely that your neck is a bit paler than your face, and the right hue will flawlessly melt into the skin and disappear into it. You can also get color-matched by a makeup artist if there’s such an option, which is always a great idea as you can get some free samples, too. So, once you find the perfect foundation shade, you can proceed with your natural makeup look and feel confident about it.

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Nail the rest of your natural look like a true pro…

When your foundation is all set, the next step is doing your brows, as these are one of the most important facial features that actually give your face a beautiful frame – if groomed properly, of course. The first thing you should do is give them a trim, but if you’re afraid to give them a too-close crop, just brush the hairs up with a spoolie and trim one long hair at a time. Since plucking can irritate your skin a little bit, you should massage your favorite facial oil onto the brow bone, which will prevent your skin from getting too sensitive. If you still have some sparse spots after trimming and plucking, just take a brow pencil that matches their natural color and fill them in. Then comb through with a clear brow gel and voila – your brows are all done! Adding a touch of highlighter to your cheekbones, brow bone, and bridge of the nose is another must, as it will give your face a subtle glow that significantly contributes to a natural look. Once that’s done, just add a touch of matte bronzer to warm up your complexion, one coat of black mascara, and your favorite lip gloss for fabulous sparkling lips, and you’re good to go!

As you can see, being confident isn’t about applying tons of makeup to your face on a daily basis, as you can get it done in just a few simple steps that guarantee you a flawless natural look you can be proud of. All you should do is to stick to our beauty tips and tricks, and you’ll instantly see a fantastic improvement everyone else will notice, too!

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Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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Beauty Boosting Foods to Add to Your Diet

We all want to look our best, so when things start going wrong with our appearance it’s easy to start splashing out on expensive lotions, potions, and treatments. While some of these, of course, can be effective, often it’s changing your diet and lifestyle that will make the most impact. When your body is healthy and nourished on the inside, it will reflect on the outside leaving you looking your very best. Foods, herbs, and spices have been used for centuries to treat all kinds of issues, so if you’re suffering from any of the following- here are some tips on foods that you can add to your diet.

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For Brittle Hair and Weak Nails

Beautiful hair will never go out of style, and shiny lush locks are a sign of youth and vitality. As a woman, your hair is sure to be a large part of your identity too, which is why ‘bad hair days’ really are unpleasant. Tips like brushing carefully, avoiding too much heat, chemicals and using the right products can physically help your hair. I personally add 1 drop Young Living Lavender Essential Oil and Young Living Cedarwood Essential Oil to my shampoo and massage it into my scalp in order to improve the overall appearance of healthy-looking hair. However, as well as taking care of your hair externally, one of the most important things that you can do is to take care of your hair from the inside out. Protein is the building blocks of cells, and so it’s important to make sure you have enough in your diet. Adequate protein (from lean sources to avoid excess fat) such as soy, beans, and even vegetables! Peas, spinach, kale, and broccoli are also high in protein, and of course, any kind of vegetable is going to be packed with the good stuff that will benefit your entire body.

For Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins, you might wonder. Well, these are veins that have become enlarged and twisted, and can also be painful. They’re commonly seen on the legs and tend to occur more in older people although you can get them when you’re younger and even children can develop them in rare cases. There are excellent surgical treatments that can remove unsightly varicose veins, but before you go under the knife there are other things you can try first- or even prevent them from forming in the first place. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising but without standing for too long each day can be helpful. Eat foods that are anti-inflammatory, these include high-fiber foods, high-antioxidant foods, and natural diuretics. Add leafy greens, tomatoes, olive oil, nuts, and fruits to your diet. You can read more about anti-inflammatory foods here.

For Acne

In many cases, acne is hormonal. While your doctor will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment for you, to help reduce it naturally (or maintain healthy skin if you don’t have acne) there are a number of foods you should aim to eat and healthy skin care tips to consider. Probiotics can help to reduce inflammation and therefore reduce acne breakouts; my favorite Vegan and Gluten-Free probiotic is Life9 (you can buy it here). Foods like walnuts, avocados (my personal favorite), carrots and dark leafy greens are also great. Unprocessed fruits and vegetables will help your skin look its best, which is no surprise! Avoid certain kinds of dairy, sugar and fatty foods which can contribute to clogged skin and breakouts. Use herbs and spices to make food taste good, instead of things like oil, fats, and sugar.

Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

My father loves lemon meringue, so when I went to his house for Easter, I made one. The result is this creamy pie, with a hint of tartness, and a lemon poppyseed crust made from Bobo Bars.

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I wanted a little more lemon flavor but was concerned with the texture of the pie if I added more lemon juice. So instead I added 5 drops of Young Living Lemon Vitality.

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Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 6 servings
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A vegan, gluten-free, paleo creamy but slightly tart lemon meringue pie filling with a lemon poppyseed crust made from Bobo Bars.

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Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 1 ½ cup cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (the hard part + 2 tablespoons remaining liquid from the bottom of the can)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil (you can buy it here)
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

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Topping

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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the crust. Put Lemon Poppyseed Bobo Bars, maple syrup, and coconut oil in food processor and purée until well combined.
  3. Put the crust mixture in 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Cook crust for 10 minutes, set aside to cool.
  5. Put all of the ingredients for the pie filling in your Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth. Place on top of the crust.
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hours.
  7. Before serving, prepare the vegan meringue, and spread and decorate the top of the pie.

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DIY Beauty Serums

The lovely Mia Taylor started off my recent series on Prepare Your Skin for Spring in Time. I’ve been creating DIY recipes to help you get your skin ready for Spring!  I recently made an energizing Peppermint Lemon Sugar Scrub, which was lovely on my awful feet, and now we are moving onto Mia’s tip on face serums!

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Since not all skin types are alike, face serums are not a one-size-fits-all option. Once a friend recommended to a recipe of 10 drops lavender, purification, tea tree, and frankincense in a 10 ml roll-on, but it was way too strong for my sensitive, dry and acne-free skin. So I asked some of my friends from our essential oil chat group to describe their skin type and share the essential oil serum recipe that they use – and I’m sharing mine too!

One thing to consider is the carrier oil that you will have to include in your beauty serum. The most common are jojoba or rosehip oil. Rosehip oil has a comedogenic factor of 0, which means it is widely believed to be non-comedogenic and will not clog your pores. The following image can help you decide the carrier oil to include in your serum.

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First, I’ll present the very first face serum that is ideal for normal skin. Many start with this recipe because all of these oils are in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It’s simple, and if you’re looking for a good place to start – you can always add other essential oils that you’d like to try after you have played around with this combination. basic starter kit Sheet Skin Care

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For those of you not familiar with Manuka, it is a skin oil from the myrtle family that is said to be similar to tea tree, but some consider it to be stronger that tea tree.

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IMG_9332 Rocky's serum.jpgIn this recipe you may also use regular Cypress if your skin is oily or blue cypress if you would like additional moisturization.

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If you haven’t heard of Elemi, it is in the Frankincense family; we like to refer to it as the poor man’s Frank, because it’s cheaper but does a great job in a face serum blend!

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I created this serum because, in the summer, Lemon and citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, and are not recommended prior to spending time outside. I have never had a problem applying a blend in the evening before bed though with citrus oil, the night before. But, I wanted to make a citrus-free blend for the morning since my skin is dry and needs moisturizing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils and haven’t got your Premium Starter Kit, you’ll never regret the decision! The oils are very versatile and can be used for so many things! For example, the Lavender in your facial serum can also be diffused to create a calming, relaxing aroma before bedtime or for respiratory support. I’d love to add you to our chat group where we have a ton of great recipes to share! Please email me if you’d like to learn more about these amazing oils!

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Joint Care And The Vegan Diet

There are many reasons why we may choose to eschew animal products in our diets. For some, it’s merely a matter of practicality. They are intolerant to lactose or allergic to eggs or they have trouble digesting meat. There are many who see the ethical cost of a plate of chili con carne or a t-bone steak too great to justify. Why should animals live short and agonizing lives in order to sustain a species that can get by just as well without them? There’s also the issue of sustainability. We’ve become much better educated over the past few decades about the enormous harm we’re doing to our environment and documentaries like Cowspiracy have highlighted the enormous amount of water, energy, and resources that go into raising livestock for slaughter. Whatever our reasoning for turning to a vegan diet, we want to ensure that we are able to keep our bodies fit, healthy and youthful without causing suffering.

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Taking care of our joints

For this reason, here we’re going to look at maintaining healthy joints on a vegan diet. For years conventional wisdom has taught us that we should load up on oily fish for healthy and mobile joints and ensure that we drink lots of milk for healthy bones. The science behind the latter is contentious, to say the least. Aside from keeping your joints well supported with the kinds of products you’ll find at Arthritis Hope.com, it’s important to maintain good joint health through our diet. We should also make sure that we engage in regular strength training to strengthen the muscle tissue around our joints to reduce the stress and pressure on them, especially in exercise.

Here are some principles of joint care on a vegan diet;

It’s all about anti-inflammatories

Most joint pain is caused by inflammation whether it’s the result of a condition like arthritis or simply overexertion at the gym. As such your diet should be packed with natural anti-inflammatories to keep your joints healthy and mobile whatever your age. These include;

  • Basil – It not only adds some extra flavor to your sauce, but it also contains eugenol, which is anti-inflammatory and is important for health problems like arthritis or inflammation in your gut.
  • Garlic, onions, and leeks – Some of the most potent anti-inflammatories out there.
  • Ginger- Tasty, versatile and can not only help to combat inflammation but has also been proven to be a great immune booster.
  • Apples- They’re not just anti-inflammatory, they’re rich in antioxidants and quercetin which is important for developing new cartilage for healthy joints. Check out my tasty Sweet Potato Carrot Soup with garlic, leeks, ginger, and apples.
  • Squash– It’s naturally anti-inflammatory, it’s delicious and it’s oh-so-versatile. Check out this delicious squash recipe

 

What to avoid

While a vegan diet is free of the kinds of foods traditionally known to trigger inflammation like red meat, cookies, and pastries containing saturated fats like butter or shortening and dairy products, it’s important to remember that ditching animal products is not a panacea in and of itself. It’s perfectly easy to be unhealthy on a vegan diet, which is why you should avoid processed foods in general, particularly trans fats like margarine and high sodium foods like potato chips. You should also steer clear of refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta which are also chock full of hidden sugars which will increase your body fat ratio and put more stress on your joints.

Cheesy Ro-tel Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (vegan and gluten-free)

While I was in college at Ole Miss, I discovered Ro-tel Dip. For those of you that don’t know what Ro-tel is – it is melted Velvetta Cheese and a can of Ro-tel, which is a can of green chili and tomatoes. There are different varieties of Ro-Tel in varying degrees of hotness and spiciness. Anyway, I could sit and eat an entire bowl of Ro-tel Dip. The processed cheese dip is so bad for you, but I admit – it tastes so good. Of course, my stomach would be a mess after, but I was young and clueless!

The other day I was reminiscing about Ro-tel and picked up a can at the store. I had prepped a spaghetti squash on my Sunday food prep day to save time, along with all of my other veggies for the week; I highly recommend doing this to save yourself some serious time! So when I was wondering what I could make for dinner and felt like I had nothing in my house to eat, I got an idea when I saw this small spaghetti squash and a can of Ro-tel in my pantry. I created a vegan stuffed spaghetti squash with Mexican flavors. It’s a healthy Ro-tel dish!

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Cheesy Ro-tel Stuff Spaghetti Squash (vegan & gluten-free)

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A healthy version of a vegan Ro-tel Dip stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Mexican flavors.

Tip: (1) I’ve been playing around with vegan “meat crumbles”. My favorite is Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles. However, I feel like they still need some extra flavor. I added extra taco seasoning, If you’re not vegan you can just use regular ground beef if you’re not vegan, or just omit all “meat”. (3) Taco Seasoning – 1 teaspoons is mild and 1 tablespoon is spicy! (4) Be aware of the spiciness of your Ro-tel and buy the can best suited to taste/heat tolerance. I got the one with Diced Tomatoes With Lime Juice & Cilantro Mexican Festival. (5) Buy a large Spaghetti Squash and double the recipe. I made a large one (~7.75 cups of cooked squash) that served 10.

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Ingredients

Squash

  • 1 Small Spaghetti Squash (~4 cups cooked squash)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can Ro-tel (I used Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes With Lime Juice & Cilantro Mexican Festival, drained)
  • 1 cup “Meat Crumbles” or Ground Beef if not vegan (optional)
  • 1 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon taco seasoning depending on desired spice (I used Trader Joe’s see tips for more info)

Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for 4 hours, or soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon (~1 small lemon juiced)
  • 2.5 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon real salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock (gluten-free, MSG-free)


Directions

  1. Boil water for cashews and soak them in boiling water (if you didn’t soak them in advance)
  2. Heat oven to 400.
  3. Prepare your spaghetti squash next. Slice the squash in half, place the squash insides down into a roasting pan, add a little water (~1/2 inch) to the roasting pan, and cook squash for 30 – 45 minutes until it is tender when pricked with a fork. Begin prepping the rest of the meal while the squash cooks. Or, be like me and prepare the squash in advance so you can come home and whip together a healthy meal in 25 minutes!
  4. While the spaghetti squash is cooking, prepare the vegan cheese sauce. Rinse the soaked cashews thoroughly until the water runs clear (this helps you easily digest the nuts). Place Vegan Cheese Sauce ingredients in the Vitamix or high powered blender and mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  5. Scoop out the seeds and discard (I use an ice cream scooper), scoop the squash out of the shell and place in a mixing bowl, with cheese sauce, taco seasoning, can of Ro-tel (drained), meat crumbles, peas, and corn. Stir until evenly combined.
  6. Place squash back into the shells into the pan and cook for 20 minutes in the oven or until browned.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Raisins and Sweet Onion Dressing

Every day I am rushing. So when I accidentally bought three bottles of Wildtree Sweet Onion Dressing last week, I wasn’t surprised because I was in a hurry to get my order out since I was out of Chipotle Lime Rub and I thought I would FREAK. Now I’ve been creating new recipes to use finish this extra savory sweet tangy dressing. Today was a win! I present this roasted chipotle lime butternut squash with golden raisins, avocado, and cucumbers. You can buy the Sweet Onion Dressing and Chipotle Lime Rub here.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Raisins and Sweet Onion Dressing

  • Servings: 2 large servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This salad features roasted butternut squash with agave, grapeseed oil, and Chipotle Lime Rub from Wildtree, golden raisins, avocado, cucumber, and Sweet Onion Dressing.

Tip: This dish serves two large 5 cup portions or can be a side dish for 5.

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Ingredients

  • 2lbs butternut squash (32 oz, 907 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (I used Wildtree’s)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  •  2 avocados
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 10 cups romaine lettuce


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Chop the butternut squash
  3. Coat the butternut squash with 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, 1 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub, and 1 tablespoon agave syrup, place squash on a glass baking pan and roast for 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Peel and slice cucumbers and cut lettuce.
  5. Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with Sweet Onion Dressing and serve.

It’s no secret that my favorite spice blend is Chipotle Lime Rub by Wildtree – you can find these recipes with it on my blog: Peach Mango Rice with Chipotle LimeChipotle Lime Roasted Sweet Potato SaladChipotle Lime Chickpea Salad, and Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad (Vegan). What’s your favorite seasoning or rub?

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Purple Sweet Potato Soup

This crazy cold April weather made me take advantage of making a warm soup while I still can! Trader Joe’s has purple sweet potatoes and they called my name! This soup has only nine ingredients; it’s delicious and EASY! Sometimes the simplest dishes are the tastiest!

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Purple Sweet Potato Soup

  • Servings: 3 large servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Purple Sweet Potato Soup has only 9 ingredients, it's easy, filling, delicious, naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo.

Tip: This dish serves three large portions or can be a side dish for 6. I ate this as a main dish with Schar Gluten Free Baguettes. I love to dip the bread in the soup!

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized sweet potato
  • 1 bag baby carrots (16 oz / 1 lb)
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Wash, peel and slice potatoes about 1/4 inch thick
  3. Chop the onion and mince the garlic
  4. Place half of the onions, 2 teaspoons of garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sweet potatoes in a glass pan, add a pinch of real salt and pepper. In a second small glass pan, add the baby carrots with the remaining 1 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon garlic, and add a pinch of real salt and pepper.
  5. Roast sweet potatoes for 20 minutes (until they are tender), and remove them from the oven. Roast carrots for ~25 minutes or until they are tender. Turn after 10 minutes.
  6. Add roasted veggies (including the onion, olive oil, garlic) to slow cooker along with salt, pepper, and cinnamon (if desired) and vegetable stock – cook on low for 1.5 hours. Or, put roasted veggies in a pot on the stove, with vegetable stock, cinnamon (if desired), bring to a boil and then turn to simmer on low for 20 – 30 minutes stirring frequently.
  7. Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Or, transfer soup to a Vitamix or blender to puree.

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