• Zucchini Roll Up, Over a Bed of Arugula

    What’s for lunch? Chef Adam Kenworthy’s Zucchini Roll Up Over a Bed of Wild Arugula! These zucchini roll ups are stuffed with roasted garlic and sweet potato, served over a bed of wild arugula, topped with a Tahini vinaigrette, some chopped basil and toasted sunflower seeds. Explore the full recipe, then give it a try and let us know what you think!

    Ingredients

    1-2 Zucchini

    1 large sweet potato

    3 cloves of garlic

    1 Tbs Olive Oil

    Salt to taste

    Arugula

    Tahini Dressing

    Sunflower seeds

    Chopped Basil

    Directions

    1. Mandolin zucchini into thin lengthwise cross sections using the flesh on the outside and avoiding the center seeded area.
    2. Peel sweet potato and cut into small squares
    3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to a heated pan.
    4. When oil is hot, add sweet potato and 3 cloves of minced garlic.
    5. Once Sweet Potato starts to brown reduce heat, add salt to taste, stir well and keep cooking for another 5 minutes, then set aside
    6. Take approximately five zucchini slices and line them so they are overlapping. Put 2-3 tablespoons of sweet potato filling inside and roll up tightly and evenly.
    7. Put the zucchini roll ups onto a baking sheet and into the oven for 8-10 minutes at 300F.
    8. Remove from the oven, then place over a bed of arugula, top with Tahini dressing and sprinkle with sunflower seeds

    Tahini dressing
    Tahini
    Olive oil
    Apple cider vinegar
    Lemon juice
    Salt
    Cracked pepper
    Water (to thin)
    Sweetener (of your choice, optional —> to soften up the bitterness of the tahini.

    By Adam Kenworth

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  • Forbidden Curry

    Dive into this incredibly delicious curry recipe with fragrant spices, and rich flavours. Warming your body as the winter season approaches, this recipe is also packed with health benefits from it’s key ingredients. Black rice is extremely high in a class of flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanins, Black Rice is also rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered to nourish and replenish your blood. Curry and Turmeric are a great choice for people that are suffering from arthritis as Turmeric itself has long been known for it’s anti inflammatory traits. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 Organic Cauliflower
    • 2 Organic Zucchini
    • 2 cups of Forbidden Black Rice (makes extra rice.)
    • 2 cups Coconut Milk
    • 1 heaping tbsp of Almond Butter
    • 2 tbsp of your favorite curry powder
    • 1 tsp Coriander Seed
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • pinch of black pepper
    • pinch of pinch himalayan salt
    • Coconut oil

    Directions

    Rice

    It is best to soak forbidden rice overnight allowing the rice to remove surface starches that cause the rice to stick together.   If this is not possible be sure to rinse well 3 – 4 times.  Place the rice into a large pot with twice the amount of water.   I usually eyeball it to look where the water line falls on the pot.  Once ready put pot on the stove with rice in it.  Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 30 – 40 mins.  When it is close to finishing I usually add a little bit of Coconut oil, dash of pink salt and black pepper.

    Mixed Veggies

    I like the simplicity of pairing two types of seasonal vegetables.  Begin with chopping the Cauliflower into smaller pieces, prepare the pan by adding a little bit of water to cover the bottom.  Add chopped cauliflower and cover on medium.  Once The cauliflower is softening up a bit, add the chopped garlic and chopped zucchini.   The zucchini will cook very quickly so time with the cauliflower.

    Curry

    Begin the curry by add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the bottom of a sauce pan.  Put on low and add 1 tsp of coriander seed.  You will here the seeds pop once this happens turn off the burner.  Allow the oil to cool down.  good thing to do now is start prepping the veggies.  Once oil has cooled poor Coconut Milk in. Allow this to heat up.  Once it is close to boil add heaping tbsp of almond butter and curry powder.  Take the heat back down to med low.  Allow this to simmer for 15 mins, stir occasionally.  Finish it with a dash of pink salt and black pepper to taste.

    Plating

    Very simple plating.  Begin with a bed of the black rice.  Next add the Cauliflower, Zucchini and garlic.  Then pour a desired amount of curry over the top.  Finish with chopped cilantro.

    Health Benefits

    Forbidden Rice 

    This medium-size heirloom rice is treasured for its delicious roasted nutty taste, soft texture and beautiful deep purple color. Extremely high in a class of flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanins, Forbidden Rice is also rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered to be a blood tonifier.  A new study shows that a spoonful of black rice bran or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries.

    Curry Powder

    Curry powder is a mixture of spices. It is well noted that the most powerful healing herb in the powder is turmeric which gives it a yellowish color. Curry is most known to Fight Alzheimer’s and degenerative diseases. Curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry powder is being seriously looked at by scientists as a tool that fights Alzheimer’s Disease. One of the culprits in Alzheimer’s is a dangerous plaque that debilitates victims ability to function properly. Curcumin effectively blocks this plaque, subsequently protecting the brain. It should be noted that India, a country famous for its use of curry powder in several dishes, has an Alzheimer’s rate that is four times lower than the U.S. Curry is also known to block genes that are responsible for the trigger and spread of some forms of cancer. Curry and Turmeric are also a great choice for people that are suffering from arthritis. Turmeric has long been known for it’s anti inflammatory traits.

    Coriander Seed

    In addition to medicinal properties, coriander has many qualities that benefit general, daily health. It is great for digestion, relieves gas, prevents nausea and is an excellent source of fiber. Anti-inflammatory properties not only aid in digestion as well, but also alleviate arthritis. Coriander works to detoxify the body and also protects against Salmonella bacteria. Similarly, it can be used both internally and topically to ward of allergic reactions.

    Almond Butter

    The number one health benefit of almond butter is that it is good for the heart. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the type of fats that reduce levels of cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart ailments. Almond butter is a sweet and tasty dessert that will not do any damage to your blood sugar levels. In fact, it can even help control levels of blood sugar in your body by reducing the sudden increase in blood sugar and insulin which usually happens after you eat a carbohydrate-packed meal. This makes it an ideal part of the meal if you are suffering from diabetes. Oxidative stress is a common problem in today’s society. Free radicals that do cellular damage to your body are present everywhere. This is why it is important to have proper intake of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and flavonoids, which fortunately can be found in almond butter. Almond butter, thus helps protect cells from oxidative stress and reduces the risk of heart disease and other ailments associated with it.

    Cilantro

    Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, as this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the feeling of disorientation after regularly consuming large amounts of cilantro over an extended period. Cilantro is also antibacterial and antifungal.  It aids in lowering blood sugar levels, so it is very useful for people suffering with diabetes.  Cilantro has also been studied for it positive benefits as an anti anxiety remedy. Made as a tea or along with food, it helps reduce stomache gas and is a great option for bloating.

    Turmeric and Black Peppers synergistic effects

    Turmeric has long been studied for its anticancer properties, anti-inflammatory effects, and tumor-fighting activities known in nutrition-speak as anti-angiogenesis. The active agent in the spice is a plant chemical, or polyphenol, called curcumin. One problem with turmeric is its low bioavailability when eaten on its own.The solution is to combine with black pepper. Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine.

    By Adam Kenworthy

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  • Plant-Based Pizza

    Cauliflower crust baked with jalapeño & garlic. Topped with a pine nut & cilantro pesto. Butternut squash, shaved fennel, shiitake mushrooms. Finished with cracked pepper and truffle salt.

    CRUST

    1 head cauliflower
    1/2 cup almond flour
    1/2 cup Bob’s gluten free flour blend
    2 tbs olive oil
    1 tsp sea salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1 tbs finely chopped Jalapeño
    Pre heat oven to 350

    Turn cauliflower florets into “rice” by processing or using a blender. Blanch the cauliflower rice in hot water. Line a strainer with a nut milk bag. Drain hot cauliflower rice into strainer. Shock with cold water. Ring out the water by twisting the nut milk bag (you may also use a kitchen cloth or super fine strainer ). Once water is pressed out toss the cauliflower rice into a mixing bowl. Add all ingredients. Mix well and form the dough. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form crust on sheet. Bake for 20-30 mins at 350. Keep an eye on it. Key is to over bake it. The crust will rehydrate a bit after you pull it out. This will help you to have a successful cauliflower crust, that will stand up and hold all the ingredients like a traditional crust.

    Recipe by Adam Kenworthy

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