Saturday, April 15, 2017

Set the Table 2017 | Week 15

Happy Easter Eve! I am posting a day early and I sure hope you are enjoying this gorgeous day. It's going to be 81 today on the Diamond!!! 

Tommy's Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Remembering this 2014 version with Tommy here

Guinness Stew recipe here (Vegetarian or vegan? Make it with BEETS + VEGE STOCK!)

2 lbs organic sweet potatoes (wrap in parchment paper and place in a lidded, medium sized dutch oven. Bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees or until fork tender. Let cool slightly)
1 egg
2 heaping tablespoons of whole fat vanilla yogurt (A buying "mistake" gone right!)
3/4 tsp nutmeg (eyeballed)
1.5 tsp sea salt (two good pinches)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Mix thoroughly

2 1/4-1/2 cups organic spelt flour (wheat flour or gluten free flour blend)
Add flour about 1/2 -3/4 cup at a time and mix until you get a workable dough (if you are using a gf blend you may need between 3 and 4 cups). Flour the surface of your cutting board and roll into logs, cut into squares, rectangles... roll into balls... go to town with your play dough self.

Cook 2-4 minutes in boiling, salted water. When the gnocchi floats to the top they are done. Use a slotted spoon to take out of the cooking water.

Dress in melted organic butter, a sprinkling of coconut sugar and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Coconut Whipped Cream & Organic Fruit Salad
Coconut whipped cream tutorial here.

1 mango
1 pint strawberries
1 pint blueberries
1 pint green grapes
3 mandarine oranges
3 apples
1 banana
1 can organic whole fat coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (or organic sugar/powdered sugar)

The night before refrigerate the can of coconut milk. Turn upside down and open the bottom of the can. Pour liquid out (you can reserve for smoothies). Put coconut solids into a chilled bowl (I throw my metal bowl and mixing whisks into the freezer for 10 minutes or so). Add the vanilla and maple syrup and beat on high speed with an electric mixer.  Add more sweetener to taste if needed. Dice up all fruit and pour the whipped cream over the top.  Mix and serve.

If you are wanting to prepare ahead of time, do not slice up the banana until you are ready to serve (so they don't brown). Keep the whipped cream separate from the cut fruit and keep everything chilling in the fridge until you're ready to go.  Be creative and use whatever fruit you want!

I can't wait to cook with Mom and gather the entire family together tomorrow! I'll be sure to post some pics and videos of what we prepare on my insta... then to "phone jail" you go... 

  • Each #SettheTable2017 post begins with a featured recipe(s) + upcoming week's game plan followed by a picture diary of last week's chaos. Warning: C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics and videos to keep truckin.
  • #CatchmyGrit on my Instagram throughout the week to capture the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad).
  • New to this series? Here's the STORY behind my #SettheTable2017 food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer.
*Note: The first underlined/linked recipe name corresponds to one of two chefs:
1. Jamie Oliver online recipe or to his Ultimate Recipes App (J)
2. Sarah Britton - My New Roots Blog or Naturally Nourished or RecipeApp (S)
Both of their apps help me to stay organized (their grocery list features are rad); However, IF I am unable to find a recipe/cooking technique online, I have linked to a similar recipe for those not using the apps. Here is a handy conversion link for any of J's online euro measurements (*Both apps use USA measurements).

  • Taco Tuesday (I have posted plenty of taco recipes... picking one from the last 14 weeks...)

*"Why We Need To Be Weirdos To Be Healthy" (My goal: 80% weird. Daily reality = 20-100%)
*How to Cook With Oils.
*Buy Antibiotic Free and Know the Source of Your Family's Meat.
*The EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen produce guidelines helps you save money + reduce the pesticides and herbicides (Antibiotics harmful to our gut microbiome + mycobiome) at home. 
*Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your gut-brain happy + healthy.
*Why, When and How to Eat Wheat. 
*50 Years Ago, the Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists to Point Blame at Fat.

Wrap it UP with last week's family table action:

I guess I was busy last week... I only cooked one night with Tommy and boy was it fun!

Onwards and upwards, let's begin again in week 15.

To the Mullies we go...

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