Simple Wintry Dinner

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This week I hosted a Goal Setting & Vision Boarding Class for a lovely group of women. We laughed, talked and focused our energy on life’s desires, goals and dreams both big and small. I cooked a simple, warm and inviting dinner to accompany the event.

I know I’m just a girl from So Cal but I love cooking winter foods and wearing winter clothes. Maybe its the longing for my years in NYC or SF A welcome change for me after a long Cali summer! Before I dive into the recipes I will educate you on the reasons I chose the ingredients for each of these dishes…

Beet Greens & Spinach Anti-Inflammation Salad

Bet you have thrown these beautifully colored leafs in the trash before and got right to bulb. However, the Health Benefits of Beet Greens include supplying good amounts of protein, phosphorus, and zinc and are also a great source of fiber. Packed with antioxidants, they're high in vitamin B6 (think ease depression), magnesium (sleep better) , potassium, copper, and manganese, and low in fat and cholesterol. A total win-win in my book!

Pumpkin Seeds with Turmeric pack a double punch of hormone balancing compounds and anti-inflammation support from the turmeric. I simply toast the seeds in my small cast iron pan with a drip of olive oil, dash to taste of Celtic Sea Salt & fresh pepper and a teaspoon of turmeric .

Serves 6-8

1 lb. or 1 Large Container of Baby Spinach

2 Stalks of Beet Greens (save those bulbs I’ll post a delicious side dish later this weekend)

1 cup of Raw Pumpkin Seeds

1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

Dressing

1/2 Cup of EVOO

1/4 cup of Organic Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt and Pepper

2 minced Garlic Cloves

1 teaspoon of Organic Dijon Mustard

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Raw Honey

To make the turmeric pumpkin seeds I simply toast the seeds in my small cast iron pan with a drip of olive oil, dash to taste of Celtic Sea Salt & fresh pepper and a teaspoon of turmeric . Then Combine all additional ingredients into your favorite salad bowl and toss with dressing for an excellent side dish or complete meal!

New Year New You Detox Lentil Soup

Serves 6-8

2 cups Butternut Squash

2 cups Carrots

2 cups Celery

5 Garlic cloves

1 Cup Green Lentils ( I used when they aren’t sold out Tru Roots Sprouted Lentil Trio)

3/4 of a up of Split Peas

2 tsp Herbs de Provence

1 tsp chili power

1 onion diced

2 cups of Sweet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes peeled, diced

10 cups of Bone broth or Mineral Veggie Broth

2 Tbls Celti Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

2 stalks chopped Lacinto Kale

This is a great soup to make when its cold and gray and your short on time. The ingredients are in a special combination to provide you with a nutrient-dense mix of cleansing, nourishing and satisfying veggies and broth. This soup’s contents will help gently detox the body, provide relief from inflammation and help heal your gut. When eaten in combination with the salad you’ll score your body a powerhouse of nutrients and you’ll feel satisfied by the protein, fat and fiber combo for hours.

With 3 kids, a business and house to run I love easy crockpot meals and this is one you can feel good about. Here’s my method to an easy dinner. After I get the kids dropped off I come home chop up and load all the ingredients into the crockpot including the seasonings listed. My crockpot has a High first then Low setting I can program which is great and since I’m not usually home after the morning its so helpful.. First, I set 5 hours on High and then 3 on Low. I go about my day and come home to a cooked soup. At this point I pullout about 5 cups of the soup and blend in my Vitamix for about 5 mins on low to high to get a thick creamy feel. Then I place that back into the crockpot and stir to combine. Last steps are to add chopped Lacinto Kale and season to your tastes. ENJOY dinner in a snap! And Leftovers too!

Product List

All -Clad Slow Cooker from William Sonoma and it happens to be on SALE!!!

Vitamix A3500 Also happens to be on SALE!! (Totally worth it I use this everyday in everyway)