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  • Quick and Easy Pea Pods

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    1 1/2 pounds pea pods, trimmed

    1 large summer squash, peeled and thinly sliced

    1 1/2 cups cremini or white mushrooms, sliced

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    Coat bottom of large skillet with olive oil and heat to medium. Add pea pods, mushrooms, and squash. Sauté until vegetables are slightly soft.

  • Dal with Winter Vegetables

    3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 cup peeled and cubed
    butternut squash
    4 cups water
    1 tablespoon freshly
    grated ginger
    2 teaspoons turmeric
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1 teaspoon iodized salt (must be iodized on a sattvic diet)
    1 1/2 cups dried yellow lentils
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1 teaspoon brown
    mustard seed
    2 teaspoons cumin seed
    1 teaspoon fennel seed

    1. Add 2 tablespoons ghee (or oil), carrots, and squash to a large saucepan. Sauté for 8 minutes.
    2. Add water, ginger, turmeric, coriander, salt, and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for one hour.
    3. Add chopped broccoli and an additional cup of water (omit the water if you prefer a thick dal), and simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. While broccoli is cooking, toast brown mustard, cumin, and fennel in a skillet over high heat for 1 minute, or until spices become fragrant.
    5. Add remaining ghee or oil to the skillet, and sauté 1 minute. Combine with the broccoli and lentil mixture, and serve with basmati rice.

    nutrition info per serving: 158 calories; 7.8 g fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 6.2 g protein; 18.6 g carbohydrates; 7.1 g fiber; 417 mg sodium

  • Butternut Squash Soup

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cups chopped celery
    2 cups chopped leeks (white parts)
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups chopped parsley
    2 cups chopped carrots
    2 medium potatoes with skin, diced
    1 medium parsnip, diced
    4 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced
    6 small zucchini, sliced
    4 cups free-range chicken broth
    6 cups water
    Sea salt and pepper to taste

    1. Add olive oil to a soup pot over medium.
    2. Add the celery, leeks, and garlic, and sauté for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the leeks become translucent. Add the chopped parsley.
    3. Add carrots, potatoes, parsnip, and squash; cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
    4. Add in the sliced zucchini and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
    5. Add broth and water. Bring to a boil.
    6. Reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.

    nutrition info per serving: 124 calories; 4 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 21 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g fiber; 66 mg sodium