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Raw Sunflower Seed Butter at Spiced Curiosity

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

raw sunflower seed butter – spread on spring!

  • 3 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil

Spring flowers popping up along the sidewalks are such an inviting way to start off the month. With the blustering wind and cold skies leaving us, the colorful buds take no time in brightening up the outside.

Spiced Curiosity: Raw Sunflower Seed Butter!

Spiced Curiosity: Raw Sunflower Seed Butter!

Bring on spring! In a small effort of my own to hurry up the season change, I’m using a yellow flower’s kernels to make something delicious: raw sunflower seed butter. Sunflower seeds are a great addition to my everyday eating and hopefully yours too. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, they’re packed with vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.

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Vitamin A & Sweet Potatoes with Ají Amarillo

Monday, April 1, 2013

vitamin a & sweet potato fries with ají amarillo

roasted sweet potato fries – serves 3 hungry friends

  • 3 medium or 5 small sweet potatoes – 4 cups chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil – not virgin
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • cracked black pepper

peruvian ají amarillo dippin’ sauce

  • 1/4 cup ají amarillo paste
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lime’s juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt to taste

Happy April 1st! As the last recipe post for National Nutrition Month, sweet potato fries are delicious and easy to prepare. Not only are they simple and tasty, but according to World’s Healthiest Foods, one cup of baked sweet potato holds a ridiculous amount of Vitamin A – 438.2% of your daily value. I mean let’s be serious, I’m adding it to many more dishes now.

I love the dense, slightly sweet texture. The roots feel hearty and also add a spot of bright red-orange to the meal. I try to vary my veggies in size and color, and sweet potatoes make it easy.

Vitamin A & Sweet Potatoes with Ají Amarillo @SpicedCuriosity

Vitamin A & Sweet Potatoes with Ají Amarillo @SpicedCuriosity

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Vitamin A & Garlicky Dill Carrots! @ Spiced Curiosity

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

vitamin a & garlicky dill carrots – savory side dish

  • 3 large carrots – 1 1/2 cut sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil – for cooking
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil – for dressing
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill – chopped
  • salt and black pepper

Hey there!

Excited to share great news – I’m growing the food photography business. Recently I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with the great Chef Elyse Bekins, who runs the Brooklyn Soup Club along with her own catering. We had a great time laughing, and I had a blast seeing her in action. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot.

Chef Elyse Bekins - Miachel Pruett Photography

Chef Elyse Bekins - Miachel Pruett Photography

Chef Elyse Bekins - Miachel Pruett Photography

If you’re in the Brooklyn area, I highly recommend feasting on Elyse’s soups. I tried out her Red Lentil, and it nearly blew my socks off. Flavorful and fresh!

Speaking of fresh, I can’t wait to share another National Nutrition Month recipe: Garlicky Dill Carrots! Carrots are a very fun way to brighten the table and add a tasty crunch. Along with the fact you can find them year-round, they increase your taste of Vitamin A. Thanks to World’s Healthiest Foods, I found out that just one cup of carrots yields 407% of your daily value for Vitamin A. What?!?

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Vitamin A & Spinach Quinoa Bites @ Spiced Curiosity

Monday, March 18, 2013

vitamin a & quinoa spinach cakes – dairy-free, gluten-free

    makes seven 2 1/2 in. patties
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach leaves – save stems another dish!
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion – 1/2 large onion
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic – about 3 medium cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh, minced oregano leaves
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast – certified gluten-free
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil – or other high heat oil
    Tasty on the side:
  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt

And on to Vitamin A!

This is one of my favorite vitamins to try to incorporate into more meals, for it calls for simple roots and vegetables that pair well with almost any dish.

World’s Healthiest Foods provides a wealth of information on this vitamin. For instance, there are many nutrients, all which fall under the group called “Vitamin A”. Here I’ll be sharing recipes for one sect, carotenoids, which are found in plant foods. These babies provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-enhancing activity.

Beautiful “green leafy…or brightly orange- or red-colored” vegetables carry heavy doses of Vitamin A: spinach (in season spring-autumn); collard greens (autumn); sweet potato, kale, turnip greens, winter squash (autumn-winter); mustard greens (winter-spring); and carrots (accessible year-round). Take your pick and dive in!

So here’s one of my favorite new recipes, to kick off the Vitamin A batch.

Quinoa Spinach Cakes! @ Spiced Curiosity

Quinoa Spinach Cakes! @ Spiced Curiosity

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