Curry…I love ALL kinds – whether it’s a main dish, snack food or even added to peanut or almond butter for an exquisite savory flare. You might say I’m addicted to the Thai curry cashews I get in the bulk section of our natural food store too…so add that to the list of my curry “loves”.
It was such a treat to get acquainted with Amy and her blog The Fearless Homemaker for this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment. She’s a “food lover, entertaining enthusiast + crafty DIYer”..and her recipes will make you want to eat your computer screen! To name just a few recipes on my list to try are her Sweet Tea Icebox Tart, Slow Cooker Coconut Chickpea Curry and Parsnip and Rosemary Risotto. Can you say yummmm!?
When I saw the recipe for Bollywood Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning, I was immediately intrigued…then I read the ingredient list and said “YESSSSSSSS!” (loudly in my head). I was all ready with ingredients on hand to make her chickpea curry until I spotted this seasoning recipe, and I am so glad I did. Wowza!
Not only does this coconut curry seasoning taste fantastic – it’s a rockin’ combination of sweet, spicy, nutty, texture, and savory…AND it’s versatile. I used unsweetened coconut instead of sweetened and added stevia powder and coconut sugar to the mix instead of table sugar but any granulated sweetener will do the trick.
Toss it with fresh popped popcorn (I made mine with coconut oil) for an exotic kettle corn. However, don’t stop there… this seasoning mix makes a great gift, and I’m always looking for homemade holiday goody ideas.
Sprinkle over roasted cauliflower florets (pictured)
Mix into your favorite nut or seed butter for a savory spread
Toss with your roasted veggies (brussel sprouts pictured) or sweet potato fries
Add it to stir-fries or skillet potatoes
Season tofu, chicken, eggs or lentils
Add it to your deviled eggs for an Indian twist…and the list can go on and on!
Bollywood Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning (lightly adapted from Fearless Homemaker)
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, Quick, Paleo-friendly, Nut-free, Vegan
1 3/4 cups shredded coconut (use unsweetened if you are sensitive to sugar)
7 tablespoons madras curry powder
3 1/2 teaspoons sweetener (coconut sugar works well for refined sugar-free*)
1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt
1 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon garlic powder
- In a food processor, pulverize the shredded coconut into tiny bits, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients. pulse to combine.
- Divide into jars or tins with tightfitting lids. This seasoning keeps up to 4 months.
Makes 2 cups
*For an anti-candida or sugar-free version, use stevia or your favorite sweetener to taste, and substitute unsweetened shredded coconut for the sweetened version. Use more sweetener if you prefer a sweeter seasoning, especially if you are going for a twist on kettle corn
Toss seasoning with roasted shredded brussel sprouts & flaked coconut
For other recipes in this month’s reveal, click the link below!
What’s a girl to do when the fridge is running on empty and she’s in need of a speedy meal? All I had besides a shelf of staples (coconut milk, chia seeds, tahini and coconut butter) was the following:
- half a container of roasted red pepper hummus
- half a carton of grape tomatoes
- several cups of cooked spaghetti squash
So that’s I made for my lunch concoction… the simplicity of the dish far exceeded the complexity of the taste. I added a tablespoon or so of hemp seeds with a dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper and it was a tasty dish!
I should have known hummus would be good with spaghetti squash…it’s compliments just about everything! I’ll be making this again on purpose with a few more add-ins for some additional bulk. I am thinking chickpeas or navy beans, sautéed greens and roasted broccoli or caramelized onions. (I have a weird thing about always wanting something green on my plate.)
4-Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Hummus “Pasta”
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Quick
drizzle of olive oil
4-5 grape tomatoes, cut in half or quarted
2-3 cups cooked spaghetti squash
1/4-1/3 cup of roasted red pepper hummus (or your favorite flavor – roasted garlic would be delish)
1 Tbsp hemp hearts
salt and pepper to taste
Your favorite add-ins if desired (roasted veggies, chickpeas, grilled chicken or crumbled sausage etc)
- In a small skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat.
- Add squash and tomatoes and saute until warmed through.
- Stir in hummus and hemp hearts. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
*This serves one person; for a weeknight family meal quadruple the ingredients. You could always microwave all of these ingredients for a 5 minute meal as well.
Although winter is already here in Montana, I am still holding onto fall. I could eat winter squash and pumpkin year-round but this time of year these ingredients particularly shine. This quick bread with warm autumn spices is another way of holding onto my favorite season.
Cant. Get. Enough
This bread can be a quick breakfast on the go, a sweet snack when you need a pick-me-up or part of a dessert. I’ve enjoyed slices straight from the fridge but have experimented with the following serving options to mix it up!
- Serve lightly toasted with a pat of Earth Balance (ghee or butter if you do dairy) or a spoonful of coconut butter
- Smear a generous spoonful of “cream cheese” (I love dairy-free cashew cheese, recipe to come) and drizzle with maple syrup
- Crumble the bread and layer it with toasted pecans or walnuts with your favorite vanilla yogurt or coconut whipped cream for a parfait
- Serve toasted or warmed with a scoop of vanilla or toasted coconut ice cream and sprinkle with dairy-free chocolate chips
I’ve also substituted the butternut squash puree for leftover mashed yams and pumpkin puree with success! I’ve made variations of this bread a couple times already this year…it gets eaten too quickly for me to snap photos…I finally kept my hands off to take a shot (after 1/3 of the loaf was already gone…oops!).
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Nut-free, Vegetarian, Refined-Sugar Free
½ cup sifted coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of cloves
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp maple syrup + 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract (or 1/4 cup of your favorite sweetener)
½ cup melted coconut oil (or ghee or butter if you are ok with dairy)
1 cup butternut squash puree (any winter squash or sweet potato puree can be used)
Add in options: 1/3 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate or carob chips
- Heat your oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease well.
- In a small bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
- In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add remaining liquid ingredients (vanilla though puree) and whisk until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth (the batter will be thick and thicken as it sits due to the highly absorbent coconut flour).
- Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife going into the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven to let cool, then slice and enjoy!
Healing is a journey. Besides the physical, it’s also emotional and mental, and just like seasons in life, it can be difficult while beautiful at the same time. I’ve learned to slow down and take time to really breath, or even have a good cry. I’ve learned to really appreciate sleep and listening to my body instead of my “normal routine”. My hope is that this doesn’t come off as complaining or whining, but more as a self-check and better understanding of myself and what my body wants and needs.
For the past 3+ years, I was up by 5 or 6 am and wouldn’t be in bed until midnight or 1 am. Even though I was making healthy food choices and working out, the constant rush-rush, go-go lifestyle and sleep deprivation finally caught up with me.
Add candida, adrenal fatigue, constant sinus infections, viruses and food allergies… my body hit a point and said “NO! Slow down!”. No wonder my body wasn’t keeping up…even though I tried to convince myself I was SuperWoman, that’s far from reality.
My priority now is healing… slowing down, and making sure I get a good night’s rest. If I don’t get enough sleep one night, I’ll take a nap or sleep longer the next night and call it an early evening.
Another thing I’ve enjoyed is simplifying, and that goes for cooking too. Batch cooking and making meals that don’t require 20+ steps or 30 different ingredients. I’ll get the urge to try out a more time-consuming recipe but simple recipes such as this roasted carrot and beet soup are tasty and no-hassle!
This soup is silky in texture, a bit earthy from the beets and cumin and comforting. It’s appropriate for this time of year too –looks a little like Halloween with the orange base and the green “cheese”!
Cumin-Roasted Carrot and Golden Beet Soup
Grain-free, Nightshade-free, Gluten-free, Vegan/Vegetarian Option, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Egg-free, Nut-free, Sugar-free, Soy-free
6-7 medium organic carrots, peeled (if desired) and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2-3 medium golden beets, peeled (if desired) and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes (can use red beets but will change the color)
2 shallots, chopped into chunks
1 Tbsp olive oil (can sub coconut oil or butter/ghee if you do dairy)
1/4 tsp ground turmeric, divided
rounded 1/4 tsp ground cumin, divided
1/2 tsp dried thyme, divided
1/2 tsp sea salt (I used smoked sea salt for a smoky flavor)
2-3 cups bone broth, low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock/broth (use veggie if vegan/vegetarian), or more to reach your desired thickness of soup, I prefer a thicker soup
2-3 tsp lime juice (or lemon juice for a different flavor)
For serving (optional)
chopped cilantro or parsley for serving, optional
Summer squash “cheese” or non-dairy cheese, optional but adds depth of flavor
If you like a little texture in your soup, cubed or sliced avocado
aluminum foil (to create foil packets)
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lay two large squares of aluminum foil down, placing carrots in the middle of one square and beets in the middle of the other. Divide the shallots evenly and place on top of each.
2. Combine herbs, spices and salt in a small bowl (turmeric through salt).
3. Drizzle each of the veggies with 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil, then sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the vegetables.
4. Fold the foil up, creating a seal with each packet and bake for 30 minutes or until tender, the carrots cooked a bit faster than the beets, so check them at 30 minutes.
5. Add roasted veggies and remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cilantro or parsley, squash cheese and/or avocado and enjoy warm!
*If you prefer to roasted your carrots and beets on a baking pan instead of in foil packets, that’s an option too. I like how the foil packets steam the veggies a bit first and then after opening the pouches, I can brown them a bit.
Stovetop Preparation: You can always sauté the carrots and beets first a bit in a dutch oven, add the spices for 30 seconds until fragrant. Then add broth and remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and let cook until the carrots and beets are tender and soft, about 15-20 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree or add soup to a blender on high until velvety smooth (Yay Vitamix!). Season to taste with more salt and lime juice if desired.