Sunday, May 26, 2019

Braised Red Cabbage Over Baked Sweet Potato- Rainbow YUM

Braised Red Cabbage over Sweet Potato
 I recently purchased Anthony William's Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables and although I am a skeptic around the "medical medium" tag, I was excited by the book's layout.  He introduces what he calls the Holy Four: Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs & Spices, and Wild Foods (Raw Honey being the only departure from the vegan whole foods listed as life-changing).

Each "life-changing" item, example: Cranberries, contains an Introduction explaining why the food is included, Conditions (such as allergies, staph infections, etc.) that eating the food can help with, a section on Symptoms (that could point to conditions that can be healed), Emotional Support and a Spiritual Lesson (for those who follow Louise Hay and other New Age gurus).

There is also a section on Tips and a RECIPE that uses the various life-changing foods, and highlighting the one that you have chosen to look up.

Soooo... we have tried a few delicious recipes and talked about some of the tips.  But the recipe-meal that has really excited us is this braised red cabbage over sweet potato.  Sweet Potato and Red Cabbage and a sauce that contains turmeric, ginger, olive oil and raw honey not only tastes exquisite, but it is power-packed with nutrition, and soooooooo beautiful to look at (remember, the deepest, brightest colours are the ones to go for with vegetables).  I have slightly modified the recipe, as happens with recipes-- you may do that also!


Here's one of the TIPS from the book's section on Sweet Potatoes: 'After you've cooked a batch of sweet potatoes (steaming and baking are the healthiest preparations), set some aside to save for later in the fridge.....a few bites of sweet potato when you are having trouble sleeping in the middle of the night will help get you some rest." p. 177
I would suggest that this recipe is well suited to anyone who has been vegan for quite a while, because chances are you will have most the ingredients on hand already-- and it also is a great choice for those transitioning to vegan who are looking for recipes that are simple to make, nutritious, and delicious.  Everything you see on the plate you can get at a nearby grocery store (with the exception of raw honey), or maybe from your back garden?



RAW HONEY??  Yes, this is the nutrient-packed sweetener that Anthony William recommends, and no, it will not work for many vegans.  For those who see honey as being flower parts merely passed through a bee's body, it is an acceptable choice. Our son (long-time vegan) calls himself "Beegan" when making the decision to eat a little raw honey.



So, here are the INGREDIENTS required for this recipe:

  • Makes 2-4 servings:
  • 4 Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, minced ( I put the Garlic in the Sauce instead-- see below)
  • 1 Onion, diced (I used a red onion to match the red cabbage haha)
  • 1 T. Coconut Oil (Optional-- we left it out and used water for the sauté)
  • 1 small Red Cabbage (goes a long way)-- shredded or finely chopped
FOR THE SAUCE:
    • 1 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 T. Raw Honey
    • 1 T. Lemon Juice (I used a cube of Lemon-Garlic.  See HERE).
    • 1 T. Grated Fresh Ginger

GARNISH:  4 T. Minced Parsley

(If you are feeding 4 people, double the quantity of  ingredients for the sauce)

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F/204 degrees C  
  2. Bake the potatoes on a bake sheet for 45-60 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  3. In a large pan sauté diced onion (and garlic, if you going to do that) over medium heat  5 to 10 minutes, stirring until the onions are translucent and soft. (Or follow directions for Instant Pot) 
  4. Add in the cabbage and sea salt, along with 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the cabbage is tender.  Stir occasionally and add a splash of moisture as needed.
  6. Split open the sweet potatoes and mash slightly on the sides.  Stuff generously.
  7. Make the sauce just before serving the potatoes.  Add the sauce ingredients (except for raw honey) and stir until bubbly (1-2 minutes).  Remove small pan from the heat and stir in the raw honey.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley.

You can grow your own sweet potatoes, even in Canada... I am.... see HERE.

Try Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Potatoes

Get Anthony William's book "Life Changing Foods" from Amazon HERE.



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