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Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

December 5, 2012
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With the cold and rainy days here in Ireland, this has been the perfect soul-warming kind of meal to cozy up to in front of the Christmas tree. The familiar flavors in this dish are reminiscent of the holiday season. This salad is something to savor with it’s mix of fresh greens, wheat berries, roasted sweet potatoes, pecans, cranberries and a few herbs and spices. Everything comes together for a good cause: feeding your body with warmth!

Wheat berries are the whole grain form of wheat – the whole complete grain before it has undergone any processing. They’re a high-fiber whole grain that can be used much like any other whole grain. When boiled, cooked wheat berries have a chewy bite and subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They are loaded with B vitamins for extra energy and battling holiday stress; as well as fiber, protein, folate, vitamin E, and calcium. Consuming whole grains can help lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Substituting whole grains for their refined counterparts can also help with weight control.

This dish combines some serious fall power-players when it comes to nutrition, and not coincidentally, are excellent choices for preparing the body as we head into a long winter. It can certainly be served as an accompaniment alongside a main course, but it is also hearty enough to suffice as a comforting dinner. It is delicious warm or cold.

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Wheat Berry Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked wheat berries
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into cubes
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • a few fresh or dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. pecans or walnuts

Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • pinch of salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook wheat berries according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).  Chop the sweet potato into bite sized cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, chili powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Place on a baking tray and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until they are soft and slightly browned.
  3. Stir the dressing ingredients together, set aside.
  4. Place washed greens in a large bowl. Place the wheat berries and hot sweet potatoes over them. Add the dressing and toss. Add in the cranberries and nuts or seeds of your liking. Gently toss again. Taste and adjust seasonings. Enjoy!

How are you staying warm during these colder months?

Lentil Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries

May 14, 2012
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A tasty burger patty that’s high in fiber and folate and easy to prepare. Serve on a whole wheat bun or pita with your favorite toppings. Even meat-eaters will find this dish to be a delicious and hearty veggie option.

Lentil Burgers

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds + 4 Tbsp. water
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup instant or regular rolled oats
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. dried mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook lentils and rice in 4 cups water for 35 minutes, simmering over low heat in a covered pan. Allow to cool.
  2. Mix the flax seeds and water together and let sit for about 15 minutes. (This will allow it to become sticky and will be a better binder for the patties.)
  3. Saute the onion in the oil in a pan over medium heat.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  4. Stir the onion and oats into the lentils and rice until mixed. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and cook on griddle or pan (may spray with non-stick spray) over medium heat, until nicely browned – about 6 minutes per side.

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I know a lot of people are fond of their fries, but have you tried oven baked sweet potato fries? Not only are sweet potatoes readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, these yummy vegetables provide some surprising health benefits. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, B vitamins, potassium and even iron. Antioxidants abound in sweet potatoes, which also have anti-inflammatory properties. The beta-carotene and vitamin C in these tubers work together to rid the body of free radicals. Diabetics can even eat sweet potatoes without worry as they have a low glycemic index.

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Coconut oil
  • Sea salt
  • Spices of choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F  (204° C).
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch strips or wedges. I like cutting them a little thinner so they turn out nice and crispy. I also leave the skins on.
  3. In a large bowl toss sweet potato wedges with coconut oil and spices. Be sure to cover all the potatoes.
  4. Arrange coated wedges on a baking tray and sprinkle with sea salt.  Place in oven for 30 minutes, turning once. Serve with ketchup or sauce of choice.

These dishes are a favorite in our house. We hope you enjoy them too!