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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Fall in a dish! Here’s our take on a classic roasted butternut squash. As you know, we like to keep it simple at Sweet Laurel, and here we let the flavors of the butternut squash shine amongst delicious cashew creme, pomegranate seeds and a dash of fresh parsley.

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate


 

Ingredients:

1-2 butternut squash

1 cup cashews

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon lemon

1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

1/2 cup pomegranate

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Chopped parsley for garnish


 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Place cashews in a bowl with 2 cups of filtered water. Set in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to soak.

Prepare butternut squash by washing the outside, cutting them in half and de-seeding. Lightly salt the squashes with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Rub the flesh of the squash with coconut oil. Optional: you can add cinnamon & maple syrup here for added flavor. 

Place butternut squash cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 1 hour, then remove pan from oven and allow them to cool.

Meanwhile, finish the cashew creme. After the cashews have soaked for about an hour, remove the cashews from the refrigerator. Pour the cashews into a high-speed blender or food processor, but do not toss the liquid just yet. You may need this during the processing. Combine the coconut milk, lemon and remaining salt in the blender. Blend the cashew creme on full speed until completely smooth, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of the soaking liquid, blending until desired consistency is reached. Pour the cashew creme into a container and store in refrigerator until serving time.

To serve, place butternut squash cut side up on plate. Drizzle cashew creme over squash, then sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and parsley. Enjoy!

Avocado Toast 6 ways \\ Sweet Laurel

It’s almost silly to have a series of recipes dedicated to Avocado Toast. It’s so pervasive out here. It’s on every cafe menu, pops up on everyone’s social media, it’s practically omnipotent. Simple things hardly ever go out of style, and avocado toast is equivalent to a little black dress. Always the right decision. We suggest making your toast on top of our grain-free Turmeric Bread, however, any bread will work just fine.

When something is so simple, you can get playful with the flavor combinations. Below are some of our favorites.

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Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways


 

The Classic


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, smashed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 pinch dried chili flakes

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Smash the avocado with the lemon juice, and spread over the toast. Top with a bit of chili flake, salt, and pepper.


 

Thai Inspired


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 tablespoon coconut cream

1 tablespoon cilantro leaves

1 pinch cayenne

1 teaspoon lime juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast, and drizzle with coconut cream. Top with cilantro and cayenne, and finish with a bit of lime juice. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

Breakfast


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 egg

1 teaspoon finely chopped chives

1 teaspoon olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

For a perfectly hard boiled egg, place an egg in a small pot of room temperature water over medium heat. Once the water is boiling, turn it off, and let the egg sit in it for 8 minutes, less time for a slightly looser yolk. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and run with cold water until you can handle it. Peel the egg and slice.

Place the avocado on the toast, top with sliced egg and finish with chives, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.


 

The Purist


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 slice of heirloom tomato

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast, top with tomato, and drizzle with hot sauce. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

The Fattoush


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, chunked

1 tablespoon tahini

1 radish, thinly sliced

2 slices cucumber

1 teaspoon dill

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Spread the toast with tahini. Place the avocado on the toast, and drizzle with lemon juice. Top with cucumber and radish, and finish with a bit of dill. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

The Nori


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 tablespoon nori, chiffonade

1 pinch black sesame seeds

1 tablespoon mint, chiffonade

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast. Top with nori, sesame seeds, and mint, and finish with salt and pepper.

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Summer in a bowl! This salad is so refreshing, and most importantly: simple to prepare! Enjoy this salad at your next BBQ or summertime gathering. Guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Grilled Peach Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Grilled Peach Salad

Serves 4


 

Ingredients:

4 cups arugula

3-4 peaches, sliced

1 shallot, sliced into thin strips

1/4 cup vegan cheese, crumbled (or make your own)

Lemon dressing (recipe below)


 

Directions:

Prepare grill.

Place arugula in a large bowl. Add pecans, shallots, and cheese. Set aside while you prepare peaches.

Grill peaches about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Toss with dressing and enjoy!


 

To prepare dressing


 

Ingredients:

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Pinch of salt

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients for dressing in a small food processor or blender. Pulse for 1 minute. Dressing can be made ahead and will keep in fridge for 3-4 days.

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Fajita Night \\ Sweet Laurel

These fajitas will keep everyone happy. You’ve got options here: veggie, chicken or beef, pending on your crowd and your palate. The tortillas are delicious, and even my husband, a Mexican food aficionado, adores these grain free tortillas.

Fajita Night \\ Sweet Laurel

Fajita Night \\ Sweet Laurel

Chicken, Beef and Veggie Fajitas with Spicy Cole Slaw and Tortillas

6 servings


 

For the chicken:


 

Ingredients:

4 chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 red bell pepper

1 green, yellow or orange bell pepper

3 tablespoons cumin (divided)

1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (divided)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

To prepare the chicken:

Cut chicken breasts in half and tenderize. Slice chicken into one-inch strips and place in a bowl.

Cut bell peppers in half and remove seeds and core. Slice into one-inch strips and place in another bowl.

Season the chicken with 2 tablespoons of the cumin and 1 teaspoon of the salt and stir. Add the remaining cumin and salt to the bell peppers and stir.

Heat coconut oil in large skillet.  Add chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes. Flip chicken strips and continue to cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet and place on a plate. Add bell peppers to the skillet and cook for about three minutes per side. Add to plate.


 

For the Beef:


 

Ingredients:

1 16 ounce skirt steak

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 shallot, chopped

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

To prepare the beef:

Place steak in a large freezer bag or baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

In a food processor, combine lime juice, shallot, garlic cloves, cayenne pepper, and cumin.  Blend until a sauce-like mixture forms.  Pour over steak and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.

Heat the oil in skillet.  Add steak to skillet and cook about 3-4 minutes per side.  Transfer steaks to cutting board.  Slice against the grain and add to chicken and bell pepper mixture.


 

Tortillas

Serves 3


 

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup basic almond milk

1 cup cassava flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

To prepare tortillas:

Whisk together eggs and almond milk together in a bowl.  Add flours and salt and mix well.

Heat skillet.  Pour 1/2 of mixture onto skillet and swivel the pan around so the mixture make a large circle.  Reduce the heat and wait until bubbles form on surface of tortilla.  Flip and cook tortilla on the other side until well browned.

Transfer to a plate and serve with fajitas!


 

Spicy Coleslaw

Serves 6


 

Ingredients:

I medium head of savoy cabbage

2 carrots

1 cucumber

1 bunch of cilantro

2 medium shallots (divided)

1 serrano pepper

1 avocado

2 limes

2 tablespoons coconut oil

salt and pepper to taste

To prepare colesaw:

Shred cabbage or slice thinly and place in a large bowl. Grate the carrots and cucumber into the bowl as well. Chop the cilantro and add to bowl. Thinly slice one of the shallots and add to the bowl.

In a food processor, blend the remaining shallot, serrano pepper, avocado, lime juice and coconut oil.

Pour over coleslaw and toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

This mouth watering, one pot wonder has the perfect combination of sweet and savory and is topped with a slight tartness from cranberries, another superfood sensation. Slowly braising the chicken leaves a delightful aroma in the kitchen and a moist and tender chicken dish all will enjoy on a lovely winter day.

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash

Serves 4


 

3 tablespoons coconut oil

6-8 chicken thighs, chicken thighs (with bone and skin)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes

1 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

2 tablespoons chopped sage


 

In large dutch oven, heat coconut oil. Add chicken thighs and brown on each side. Once browned, remove chicken from pot and place on a plate.

Add onions to the pan and gently saute. Add apple cider vinegar to pot, followed by chicken or vegetable broth. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Return chicken thighs to the pan, and place butternut squash and cranberries over chicken. Sprinkle chopped sage on top. Cover the pot and allow to simmer over medium/low heat for thirty minutes. Remove pan from heat. Allow chicken and vegetables to cool uncovered.

Enjoy!

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

To prep for Thanksgiving this year, I teamed up with the hostess with the most-ess, Molly Sims, to bring you one of my favorite savory recipes: Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart. This tart is so delicious and versatile, and can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner! I love popping in other flavors here too! I have made a version of tart with spinach, leek, dill, mint and feta for a spanakopita flavor, also delicious. Try this fall favorite of mine, and check out the video on Molly’s channel for step by step process! Enjoy!

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

 

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart with Zucchini Lattice 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo


 

Filling:

2 cups butternut squash, chopped into one-inch cubes

1 tablespoon coconut oil, avocado oil or ghee

2 cups of swiss chard, chopped

2 shallot

3 eggs

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves

2 teaspoons chopped chives

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 – 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 zucchini

1 prepared crust recipe (recipe below)


 

Steam butternut squash for about 20 minutes until cubes are tender. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chard and cook for 4 minutes. Set aside.

Peel 8 – 10 ribbons from the zucchini, set aside.  Chop shallot in quarters, then separate each layer.

In a bowl, crack the eggs and beat until egg whites and yolks are blended. Add herbs and spices, followed by shallot. Add chard and stir. Season with pink salt.

Pour into crust. Place cubes of butternut squash into veggie and egg mixture throughout tart.

To make lattice topping, peel 8 – 10 ribbons from the zucchini, set aside. Place four strips of zucchini across tart. Take another ribbon and slowly weave zucchini under and over the four strips. Repeat with remaining zucchini.

Bake for 30 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes for added crisp if desired.


 

Crust:

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

2 tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil

½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 egg


 

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix together all ingredients and press into tart pan with parchment paper. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool, then fill with tart ingredients.

Enjoy!

Zucchini Pasta \\ Guest Post By The Kitchy Kitchen

Fresh Zucchini Pasta // Sweet Laurel

Today’s recipe is from Sweet Laurel’s own Claire Thomas and her blog The Kitchy Kitchen. Hope you enjoy! xoxo Laurel

Don’t you just love it when something good for you tastes wonderful? Zucchini “pasta” has been a pasta sub forever, and with good reason.  It’s tender/toothsome quality, plus its absorbency makes it a great stand in for pasta. The thing to look out for though, is over cooking it. Too much heat and you’ll get a mushy, though still tasty, mess. For this version, I kept things simple and topped it with zucchini flowers, pesto, and some pine nuts, but feel free to dress it up with your favorite ingredients. This recipe would be wonderful with some fennel sausage if you wanted to make it a bit heartier. Enjoy!

Fresh Zucchini Pasta // Sweet Laurel

Fresh Zucchini Pasta // Sweet Laurel


Fresh Zucchini Pasta


INGREDIENTS

For 2 dinner servings

3 medium zucchinis

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons pinenuts

6 zucchini flowers

1/4 cup pesto

Garnish with Nutritional Yeast

DIRECTIONS

Grate the zucchini sideways on a cheese grater. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a big pinch of salt, and then the zucchini, cooking for 1 minute. If making the finished dish later, remove the zucchini and shock in an ice bath. Drain the zucchini and lightly dry on a paper towel, holding until ready to use. If making the finished dish right away, just drain the zucchini and add to the sauté pan, when directed to.

To serve, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, then the pine nuts.  Cook, stirring every now and then, until lightly toasted, then add the zucchini flowers.  Cook for about a minute, until the zucchini flowers are wilted, then add the pesto and the zucchini. Sauté for a few minutes, until everything is combined and hot. Pour into plates and top with nutritional yeast if you like. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS (PESTO)

2 cups (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves (about 2 bunches)

2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

1/2 garlic clove, coarsely chopped

kosher salt

1/4 cup mild extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling

DIRECTIONS

For bright green pesto that never goes brown, try blanching your basil in boiling water for 8 to 10 seconds, then shocking it in ice water.  Dry the basil completely with paper towels before popping in the food processor.

Combine the pine nuts, garlic, and a big pinch of kosher salt. Puree until a thick paste forms. Add basil and blend, drizzling in the olive oil.