Fall In Love With Whole Foods
Fall is here and farmers’ markets are ripe with an abundance of root veggies! Although I will miss my healthy supply of watermelon and fresh-picked strawberries, there are so many new and delicious fruits and veggies that come into season at this time of year!
This was one of the very first recipes that Dusty and I created when we were just beginning to transition to a plant-based lifestyle about 6 years ago, and it’s been a tried and true fall-favorite ever since! We’ve always loved this stew because it incorporates such an abundant variety of colorful, vitamin and mineral-rich veggies, and the natural flavors are so incredibly satisfying!
Orange You Glad?
The transition from summer to fall can be a difficult one, but this bold, bright stew will help lift your spirits, boost your mood, and nourish your body! This rainbow root veggie stew is high in Vitamin A, C, K, iron, folate calcium, and zinc, to name a few. On top of that, it contains all essential amino acids, making it a filling and fantastic protein source. If you’re feeling blue, serve up some of this bright and nutritious stew for an instant pick-me-up!
When you think about picking fruit from up high in a tree, it only makes sense that it provides an elevating boost to mind, body, and soul. In the same way, vegetables growing low to the earth, or in the dirt in this case, are very calming, warming, and grounding. It’s no wonder that we eat root veggies in the fall, when the weather gets cool, the leaves begin to fall, and our bodies innately want to slow down.
Pressure Cooker: A Plant-Eater’s Best Friend
Cosori was kind enough to send us their pressure cooker to try out, so we put it to the test against our Instant Pot! Here’s the verdict: The look is slightly more sleek, it has extra features & buttons, comes with a steamer rack, a clear lid, and even cooks faster! We’re SOLD!
The benefits of using a pressure cooker instead of boiling, frying, or baking your food, is that it retains nearly 90-95% of nutrients, according to the Journal of Food Science—which is far more than the other methods listed!
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Rainbow Root Veggie Stew
Fall is here and farmers’ markets are ripe with an abundance of root veggies! This warming and hearty vegan stew is low in fat and packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy carbs, and tastes rainbow-licious!
High in Vitamin A, C, K, iron, folate, calcium, zinc, & contains all essential amino acids.
gluten-free, oil-free, low-fat, nutrient-dense
serves: 4-6 // time: 40min
1 large, yellow or sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3-4 sweet potatoes (about 6 cups, cubed)
3 cups beets, cubed
4 carrots, sliced thinly
4 celery stalks, sliced thinly
1 cup red lentils, rinsed
green curly kale, torn
4 cups liquid (water, veggie broth, and/or light coconut milk)
salt + pepper to taste
Chop all veggies and rinse lentils.
Place all ingredients into pressure cooker, slow cooker, or stovetop pot and pour in liquid. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Give a quick stir and make sure lentils are entirely submerged.
Pressure cooker (Cosori): Place lid on and turn vent to sealed position. Click “Stew” button (25 minutes), and slick Start. Press stop, turn valve to vent position, and remove lid.
Stovetop pot: Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, stirring often, until all ingredients are soft and cooked through.
Slow cooker: Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, extra salt + pepper to taste, cozy up, and enjoy!
There’s something about second-day stew that’s even better—refrigerate or freeze and enjoy a second helping when you’re in a pinch!
Also tastes great with curry powder mixed in!
AS SEEN ON YOUTUBE
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Embrace The Seasons Of Life
With Baby S on the way, Dusty and I are a ball full of mixed emotions—excited, anxious, nervous, you name it, we’ve felt it! I’ve come to realize that the fear of the unknown is what’s been eating me, and future tripping helped no one ever. So if you’re feeling anxious or on-edge about something in your own life, remember to take the time to slow down, get present, be mindful, and focus on TODAY!
The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. —Japanese Proverb
You’ll soon notice a pattern—that each and every moment of each and every day isn’t so bad, despite our big-picture fears! We all go through different seasons in life, just like the weather, and the more flexible we can be, the better able to adapt we will become!