Creamy Pumpkin Soup Topped with Curried Pecans

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Yields: 4 people

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons curry powder
15 ounces pumpkin, pureed
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pecan pieces
1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion. Cover and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the curry powder and the pumpkin puree, then whisk in the broth until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow flavors to develop, stirring occasionally.
While the soup is simmering, make the curried pecans. In a small bowl, combine the pecan pieces with the remaining maple syrup and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the remaining curry powder, tossing to coat. Place the pecans in a small baking dish and bake until toasted, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, use an immersion blender to puree the soup right in the pot. Otherwise, transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Stir back into the pot. Return the soup to the stovetop, turning the heat to low. Whisk in the coconut milk, taste to adjust seasonings. Heat until hot, do not boil. Serve the soup garnished with the pecans.

Recipe Courtesy of Chelsea Fyrberg

Curried Millet

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
Yields: 4 people

2 cups stock or water
1 cup dry roasted millet
1/2 cup crushed cashews
3 tablespoons pumpkin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sea salt

1. Boil the stock or water in a pot.
2. Add all ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
3. Fluff with a fork and serve warm.

Wild Rice

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Yields: 4 people

1 cup wild rice
4 cups water
Pinch of sea salt

1. Wash and drain rice.
2. Bring rice and water to a boil.
3. Add salt.
4. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes.
5. Grain is ready when black seeds open up.
6. Mix and serve.
• Try half wild rice and half long grain brown rice

Millet with Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4 people

1 cup millet
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 cups water
Pinch of sea salt

1. Wash and drain millet.
2. Dry-roast sunflower seeds in a skillet over medium heat until they smell nutty, approximately 4 minutes.
3. Bring water to boil and add millet and seeds.
4. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
5. When done, fluff and let sit for 10 minutes. Mix, serve and enjoy.
• If millet is too dry for you, add more water when cooking. Or add a tablespoon of olive oil when it is done.

Brown Basmati Pilaf

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 people

1 cup brown basmati rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1. Rinse rice in fine mesh strainer until water runs clear.
2. Boil water in a sauce pan. Add rice and salt. Cover and reduce heat.
3. After 15 minutes add cranberries and walnuts on top, do not stir.
4. Cook 15-20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.
5. Remove from heat, add parsley and fluff with fork.
6. Cover and let sit for 3-5 minutes then serve.

Basic Polenta

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yields: 3 people

3 cups water or stock
1 cup polenta
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Bring water or stock to boil.
2. Add polenta and salt, stirring gently.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep polenta from sticking to bottom of pot.
4. Polenta is done cooking when the grains are soft to taste and most of the water is absorbed.
• Try grilling or frying polenta. Pour it into a baking dish and let it chill in the fridge for one hour. When it has solidified, slice it into triangles and fry in a hot pan with a little olive oil, or brush with oil and grill for 2 minutes on each side. Try it topped with pesto or marinara.

Basic Brown Rice

Prep time: 5 minutes
Soaking Time: 1-12 hours
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4 people

Pinch of sea salt
2 cups water
1 cup brown rice
1. Presoak and rinse rice
2. Add water and salt to a pot and bring to a boil.
3. Add rice. Cover and reduce heat to low.
4. Simmer for 50 minutes if it is short grain, and 35 minutes if it is long grain.
5. When done, pull from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes.
6. Fluff rice with fork before serving.
For extra fluffy rice, heat water to a boil. Then put the rinsed grains in a dry skillet. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the grains are dry. Add hot dry rice to boiling water, add salt and continue cooking

Barley with Toasted Cumin and Mint

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Yields: 6 people

1 cup barley
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons lemons juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Wash grains. Bring water to boil.
2. Add barley, salt and turmeric.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 45 minutes or until grains are cooked and water is absorbed.
4. Fluff with a fork and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
5. Toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until they turn golden brown and their aroma comes out, about 3 minutes.
6. Transfer grains to a large bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix gently.

Ginger Halibut with Shredded Daikon Radish

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Yields: 2 people

2 8-ounce halibut fillets
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup daikon radish, shredded
1. Wash fish and place in a shallow baking dish.
2. Mix tamari, sesame oil, ginger juice and water in a small bowl.
3. Cover fish with marinade and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
4. Heat olive oil in a pan.
5. Add fish and cook for about 7 minutes until fish is almost done.
6. Add remaining marinade and cook until fish is completely cooked and marinade is heated.
7. Serve with shredded daikon radish.