Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Foods and Halloween Decorating Ideas

Spiced Roasted Sweet Potato Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries
Cook's notes: Pomegranate arils can be substituted for cranberries. Do not roast but add in salad at the end. Salad serves 3. 
Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 large sweet potato, skinned, diced 2 inch cubes 
  • 1 TB. olive oil or Blood orange Olive Oil
  • 1 TB. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1 tsp. regular cinnamon or 1/2 tsp. Saigon Cinnamon
  • sea salt to taste 
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or pomegranate arils
  • 3/4 cup red onion rings
  • optional 1/3 cup toasted pecans
  • chopped romaine lettuce
Maple Balsamic Dressing Ingredients:
Cook's note: Double ingredients if serving 4 for salad.
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 TB.pure maple syrup
  • 2 TB. balsamic vinegar, Cranberry Pear Balsamic or Red Apple
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 TB. chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 tsp. dried Rosemary 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a bowl mix cubed sweet potatoes, olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice mix. 
  • Spread mixture evenly on parchment paper. Roast 20 minutes until fork tender. Add cranberries and pecans the last 5 minutes of cooking time. 
  • In a large bowl add roasted sweet potatoes, cranberries, pecans, cooked wild rice, onion rings and chopped romaine lettuce. 
  • Add all dressing ingredients in a blender and mix well.
  • Drizzle salad with dressing. 
Alternative Dressing Red Wine Vinaigrette
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 TB. minced shallot
  • 2- 1/2 TB. honey
  • 1- TB. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients in a blender.
A gift from the diet gods-spaghetti squash. When cooked, it miraculously transforms into low carb, golden, spaghetti-like strands. Yummy recipe site has several ways to creatively use spaghetti squash. Check out their link below for ideas.
Spaghetti Squash Gratin
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