Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Fresh sage has high antioxidant abilities, and you don’t want to miss out. Because it can help protect your body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals, which most often results in cell death, impaired immunity, and chronic disease (Link here to consider: Helping Your Immune System Function Smarter).

Medical studies using sage extract with Alzheimer suffers, showed an improvement in cognition as well as less agitation compared to the placebo group. Other studies have reported that sage can improve memory in young, healthy adults also.

Another medical study using forty volunteers who had diabetes and high cholesterol. The patients were given sage leaf extract for 3 months, and at the finish of the study, the participants had lower fasting glucose, HbA1c, total cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol), and the HDL (good cholesterol) had risen.

Sage, as well as many other herbs, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial effects.

Those are just some of the great reasons to enjoy making: Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon, which involves fresh sage. This meal cooks in about 30 to 40 minutes.

Here is what you will need:

2 cups butternut squash (about a 1 3/4 pound squash), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

gluten free penne rigate12 oz. Penne Rigate, gluten-free pasta (our favorite brand to use is Jovial – bought at Whole Foods Market)

4 to 5 thick sliced Apple Wood smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch slices

2 shallots, thinly sliced

12 fresh sage leaves, torn

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

black pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese, plus more for serving

In a pot of boiling water, cook the gluten free pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Most Jovial pasta instructions do not say to rinse, but we do, so the pasta will not stick, while it sits waiting to be used.

roasting butternut squash on the BBQ

Now you can roast the butternut squash coated with olive oil in a preheated 425 degree oven (that’s great for colder weather) or you can do what we did and roast the diced squash coated with olive oil (1 tablespoon) on a hot BBQ grill using a BBQ basket. Just add the squash to the basket and close the lid for about 15 minutes or until the squash is browned and tender (but not to soft or mushy).

roasted butternut squash

When butternut squash is brown and tender, remove and set aside.

adding fresh sage

Heat on the grill remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large ceramic coated skillet (or skillet of your choice), and add the smoked bacon and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Next add the shallots, crushed red pepper and a generous pinch of black pepper and mix in. Next add the sage, mix in and cook until the shallots are soft, about 4 minutes.

a large ceramic coated pan on the BBQ  making Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Next add the squash, rigate, and the reserved cooking water and cook over heat, tossing gently, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.

adding Pecorino chesse to Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Next add and mix in the 1/2 cup of Pecorino cheese.

sitting and enjoying Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon - Topped with some more Pecorino cheese

Plate and serve, passing extra Pecorino cheese at the dinner table, or enjoy out on your back patio during a warm summer evening.

 

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Enjoying the Benefits of a Fermented Breakfast

Enjoying the Benefits of a Fermented Breakfast

We all want to jumpstart our day when we arise from sleep. The best way to do that is with a power packed breakfast. Many express though, that they don’t have much time.

Breakfast is important to start out your day with. Eating the right foods for breakfast can help you control a healthy weight, keep cholesterol down, helps left your mood, and can control cravings for junk food.

Check out the breakfast ideas below that are fast, easy and delicious. The recipes contain fermented ingredients, making them even healthier, as fermented or cultured food adds good bacteria (probiotics) to your diet.

The lack of good bacteria has now been linked to digestive problems, asthma, obesity, diabetes (type II), and many more chronic disease.

Good bacteria also needs food to eat and thrive. That is where prebiotics come in. The following breakfast ideas contain prebiotic foods, like bananas, blueberries, garlic, and onion.

Other prebiotic sources to consider eating are jicama, artichokes, asparagus, leeks, chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, and leafy greens including dandelion greens.

Avocado and Mango SmoothieAvocado Mango and Kefir Smoothie

2/3 cup avocado flesh (1 medium avocado)

2/3 cup mango (1 medium mango)

2 cups plain kefir

Procedure:

Blend everything together until smooth and pour in two serving glasses. You can add one banana or a handful of blueberries for added sweetness and flavor.

Scrambled Tempeh

1 pound cubed tempeh

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 small bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or sea salt)

Freshly grated black pepper

Preheat a large pan over medium heat. When the pan is warm enough, add in the oil then sauté the cubed tempeh for about 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Make sure you keep stirring for even cooking.

Pour in remaining oil and add bell pepper and onion. Sauté for another 5 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. Add garlic and stir for another minute.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve the scrambled tempeh with wheat toast.

Fruity Muesli with Yogurt

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup muesli

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

1/4 cup diced bananas

1/4 cup diced apples

A teaspoon of organic raw honey-cinnamon, organic maple syrup

Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy. Easy, right? What’s great about this recipe is you can make it the night before and put it in a mason jar so you can grab it and go in the morning if you are pressed with time.

Salami and Cheese Frittatas

Salami and Cheese Frittatas

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1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil

6 eggs

100 grams of chopped salami

1/2 cup green peas

1/2 cup cream cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 6-cup muffin pan with oil.

Mix together salami, cheese and green peas in a bowl. Divide the mixture between 6 holes in muffin pan.

Whisk the eggs and cream together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg and cream mixture over salami mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes. Cool slightly before removing the frittatas from the muffin pan.

The recipes above are all good for you, not to mention delicious. These are a great way to add fermented foods into your diet. Enjoy!

 

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10 Best Spices And Their Health Benefits

10 Best Spices And Their Health Benefits

10 of the most common spices used to cook with. They have benefits for two reasons, adding flavor to your recipes, and better health.

Chili Peppers

Benefits: Antioxidant, anti-irritant properties, cold remedy, helps with weight loss, hearth health, digestion, balances LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
(Source: webmd.com)

Turmeric

Antioxidant loaded with nutrients: Protein, Dietary Fiber, Niacin, Vitamins C, E and K, Sodium Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.
Benefits: Cancer Prevention, Arthritis Reliever, Diabetes Control, Heals Wounds, Alzheimers Prevention, Improves Digestion, Natural Liver Detoxifier, Weight Management, Reduces Cholesterol, Boosts Immune System.
(Source: cnn.com)

Garlic

Benefits: Atherosclerosis, High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, and Hypertension.
(Source: WebMD)
Oregano

Benefits: Antioxidants for Immune System Support, Antifungal, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory Properties, Cancer-Fighting Effects And Upper Respiratory Infections.
(Source: Mercola.com)

Basil

Also Known As Saint Joseph’s Wort, This Spice Is Rich In Antioxidants, Vitamins A, K, C, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, and Calcium.
Benefits: Reduces Inflammation and Swelling And Anti-Aging Properties.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Thyme

A Wonderful Herb With Culinary, Medicinal and Ornamental Uses.
Benefits: Acne, High Blood Pressure, Protection From Foodborne Bacterial Infections, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer and Yeast Infections.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Rosemary

Great Source of Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Elements.
Benefits: Improves Digestion, Engances Memory and Concentration, Neurological Protection, Prevents Brain Aging and Helps In Cancer Treatment.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Parsley

Nutrients: Vitamins K, C, A, Folate, Fiber, Iron, Anti-Oxidant Nutrients,
Benefits: Heart Health, Protection From Rheumatoid Arthritis.
(Source: WHFoods.org)

Ginger

Used In Antacid, Laxative and Anti-Gas Medications
Benefits: Muscle Pain From Exercise, Chemotherapy Nausea, Ovarian Cancer, Asthma, High Blood Pressure, Painful Menstruation and Migraines.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Clove

Benefits And Uses: Diarrhea, Upset Stomach, Expectorant, Hernia, Bad Breath, Intestinal Gas, Nausea, Vomiting, Tooth Ache Pain, Topical Remedy for Pain, Mouth and Throat Inflammation.
(Source: WebMD)

 

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