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Baked Sweet Potato with Spinach and Avocado

Think of a baked russet potato, only this version is made with sweet potatoes and the topping is a healthy mix of spinach and avocado. It’s different, healthy and delicious.  Whenever possible, we should really start substituting regular potatoes for sweet potatoes in our recipes.  I’ve been doing it when making roast chicken with vegetables, instead of potatoes I use diced sweet potatoes drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.  I’ve also tried sweet potato purée, mixed with carrots which I also drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  You get the idea, you can use other spices to enhance their flavor, such as cumin, curry, pepper, cayenne or paprika.  Here’s some nutritional benefits I found online to share with you:

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant known to give orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease and delay aging and body degeneration.

Keep the skin on! The color of sweet potato skin can vary from white to yellow, purple or brown but no matter what color it is, make sure you do not peel it off. A sweet potatoes skin contributes significant amounts of fiber, potassium and quercetin, which acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, and may help protect against heart disease.

Source: Medical News Today

Helga

Baked Sweet Potato with Spinach and Avocado

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Blueberry, Tangerine and Spinach Smoothie

For the past weeks I’ve been replacing most of my morning breakfasts (and coffee) with fresh smoothies. A few days ago, I found this recipe with spinach. Have to say, I’ve been skeptical about spinach in my smoothies, but since this is the year of changes… I’m up for it! Surprisingly… this smoothie does not taste bitter like spinach. The tangerine and orange juice do a great job masking the strong flavor.

Don’t get me wrong, I love spinach, but in savory dishes or salads… not sweet smoothies! But, this is just perfect. The tanginess of the blueberries paired with the juices make this smoothie a perfect match for a tough morning. After taking these smoothies, I’ve found no need of having a cup of coffee so early in the day. They keep me satisfied throughout the morning (and I am drinking more water than usual… yay!). I had a little mishap with the blender. The pitcher was starting to crack, so it leaked and I couldn’t blend it all the way to the consistency that I wanted: without all the bits and pieces you see in the photo. But, turned out great nonetheless. I’ve made it a few more times and with a new pitcher all is well again. The secret is to blend the spinach with the juice first, then the tangerines (as they have quite some juice in them) and lastly adding the blueberries. You could add ice, but since I am using frozen blueberries there was no need.

Don’t give the leafy greens the bad eye, give this Blueberry, Tangerine and Spinach Smoothie a chance!

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Blueberry Tangerine Spinach & Smoothie

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Pasta with Spinach Pesto & Peas

Recently,  I was in the  mood for pasta.  Particularly the flat and wide variety such as reginette.  I found some at the store, so all I had to find next was a recipe for a tasty sauce. I was planning to serve this to my family for lunch, so plain old tomato sauce was not going to cut it, especially for Mariano.
I scanned my usual food blogs and food sites and I came across this recipe which seemed like the perfect way to sneak in some greens. Plus, I had never tasted pesto made out of spinach before so it was the perfect opportunity to taste something new.

I didn’t have all the ingredients at home, so I was quite liberal about substituting ingredients, and also adding some.  In fact, I just used the recipe as an idea.   (You can click the link below to see the original recipe.)   If you get left over pesto, you can use on sandwiches!

Helga

Pasta with Spinach Pesto & Peas

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