The Holidays are on the way and who doesn't like gathering with close friends, stuffing their faces, then napping off the extra 20 pounds!? Wouldn't it be nice to stuff your face without feeling sick? Try these three HEALTHY holiday recipes to transform any holiday feast into a delicious meal you won't have to work off for the next two months.
Whipped Sweet Potatoes
What you need:
10-15 Sweet Potatoes
1/2 Can Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (The good stuff!)
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
Crumbled Nuts (of Choice)
This recipe is so simple and so delicious, your family will be surprised at the unique flavors and you will be pleased at how much time you saved making it!
Boil a pot of water while you peel your potatoes. If you want to save even more time and get a little extra nutrition on the table, leave the skins on.
Once the potatoes are soft, drain out the water.
Now add your other ingredients.
Pour in half the can of coconut milk.
You can add the rest later if the potatoes need to get more creamy.
Add in your sweeteners*, approx. tbsp. of Salt and Cinnamon, and approx. 1/2 tbsp. of nutmeg. Everything can be seasoned to taste. If you like it sweeter, add more sweetener, if you prefer allspice instead of nutmeg, go for it. Just remember, you can always add more, but you can't take it out. Get your hand blender going and mix it up until smooth and creamy. Taste and modify as needed.
Once your potatoes are whipped, Pour them into their serving platter - a big bowl or casserole dish will do fine.
Mix in your cranberries until evenly distributed and top with the crumbled nuts of your choice. If you want something a bit more savory, think about adding some oven roasted pecans or if you want to sweeten it up, try some candied walnuts.
Violá! Sweet, decadent, dairy free sweet potatoes! Serve and enjoy!
*feel free to choose your own sweetener. Agave or honey are good alternatives to pure Maple syrup. Raw cane sugar could substitute for coconut sugar. The main thing I recommend is to avoid process white sugar. That's the sugar that can make your tummy feel sick.
What you need:
Veggies of Choice
The only thing easier than whipped sweet potatoes is roasted vegetables!
Chop your veggies up into bite sized chunks, coat with olive oil and salt, and spread evenly on a baking sheet.
Set your oven for 400 and throw those veggies in there.
Set a timer for 15 min.
At 15 min, pull the veggies out, stir them up a bit (so they don't end up stuck to the pan) add another sprinkle of salt and the other spices you want to use* and put them back in the over for another 15-20 min.
Just like that, you've got another savory, satisfying side to add to the buffet. Not to mention whatever else you were able to prepare while these veggies were roasting!
Cashew Coconut Cream
What you need:
1 Cup Raw Cashews
1 Can Coconut Cream
1/4 Cup Water
1 Cap Vanilla Extract (Organic)
2 Spoonfuls of Local Honey
1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
This one takes a little forethought, as you will want to soak your cashews overnight before preparing to make this irresistible sweet dipping cream. Other than that, this is another quick and easy recipe you and your family will love.
Add all your ingredients into the blender and mix until smooth.
If it is not blending well, add a bit more water, just make sure you don't add too much to make your cream runny.
You may adjust your flavoring - add more sweetener if you desire or a touch more cinnamon.
Serve with fresh fruit for dipping or alongside your pumpkin pie. You'll never miss the cream and this one always disappears!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season from our family to yours!