Roasted Turkey Sausage with Apples and Butternut Squash

Roasted Turkey Sausage with Apples and Butternut Squash

Doesn’t this look wonderful. So you can brag about it you need to make this all organic ingredients recipe. It has a spice that is usually only found in German breads. Can you guess which one? If you guessed caraway seeds, then you were right.

I have never seen the seed used in any North American dish, but it is used in traditional European cuisine, and is one of the dominant spices featured in several savory dishes.

The seed or herb is very aromatic. The caraway is a member of  the Umbelliferae family, which includes other herbs and spices like parsley, dill, anise, fennel, and cumin.

An herbal tea prepared with caraway seeds is used as a remedy for digestive disorders, heartburn, loss of appetite, and to dispel intestinal worms.

Now for our featured recipe: Roasted Turkey Sausage with Apples and Butternut Squash.

Here is what you will need.

Prepared vegetables to roast for Roasted Turkey Sausage with Apples and Butternut Squash

2 cups butternut squash, diced

2 apples, sliced (any apple but Delicous)

1cup seedless red grapes

1 small red onion, halved and cut into thick slices

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed

3/4 teaspoon himalayan salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a roasting or baking dish combine squash, apples, red grapes, and onion.

Sprinkle with olive oil, crushed caraway seeds, sea salt, black pepper and toss to coat.

Ready to roast Roasted Turkey Sausage with Apples and Butternut Squash

4 to 6 Sausages or Bratwursts (any flavoring of sausage, turkey or chicken)

Arrange sausages over the top.

Roast until sausages are browned and hot all the way through (165 degrees), and squash is tender, about 25 to 35 minutes.

Roasted Turkey Sausage with Apples and Butternut Squash

Plate and serve. No side dish is really need, as this roasted dish provides vegetables and fruits. Enjoy!!

 

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Chicken Curry Soup

Chicken Curry Soup

This dish was really painless, effortless,  and simple to prepare. First for the painless part, it was cooked in a slow cooker. Just effortlessly add your ingredients to the slow cooker, and leave on low for 6 hours. How simple is that?

Chicken legs, thighs, and quarters are a low cost, versatile source of protein, chicken has long been a staple of diets around the globe. In fact, it is the world’s leading source of animal protein and has been a healthy alternative to red meat.

Thigh meat though by many who frown on fat, prefer not to consume it. Keep in mind that thigh meat is also high in protein as breast meat is, and the fat in the meat is needed by your cells for their protection from oxidation.

Also power builders will eat thigh meat over chicken breast because of the fat and protein content that help to build muscle and actually loss fat.

You can also remove the skin of the chicken before cooking it to reduce the fat content.

Nutritional Content of Chicken Quarters

100 grams or roughly ¼ pound of chicken quarters with skin has:

Calcium    880 mg

Phosphorus   500 mg

Potassium    210 mg

Sodium    8.0 mg

Zinc       0.2 mg

Here is what you will need:

3 pound of chicken leg quarters, skinless, if desired

2 ounces leek and potato soup mix

1 tablespoon curry powder

zest of 1/2 a lemon, grated

8 ounces green beans, trimmed and blanched

chicken-leg-quarters-added-to-slow-cooker-for-chicken-curry-soupTrim chicken of any fat, and remove skin (optional), and place into a 4 quart or bigger slow cooker.

Dried potoate leek soup mix and prepared organic Creamy Potato Leek soupNext the recipe calls for combining the curry and soup mix and sprinkling it over and around the meat, and adding water until chicken is barely covered. We found a dried soup mix at Albertson’s for $7.00, we felt it was expensive, but did buy it.

Then we made a trek over to the Whole Foods Market, and found a prepared organic Creamy Potato Leek soup for only $3.99 and on sale for $3.69. We went with the prepared soup from Whole Foods.

adding curry powder to Chicken Curry SoupAfter placing the chicken leg quarters in the slow cooker, add the soup, and 1 tablespoon of curry powder, and mix in thoroughly.  Turn your slow cooker to high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours, and place the lid over the slow cooker.

blanched green beans for Chicken Curry SoupThe beans are added to the slow cooker 1 hour before the meat is cooked. Trim the fresh green beans and blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes only. Remove from water and drop beans into some ice cold water for 3 minutes, to stop them from continuing to cook. Remove from cold water, and add to slow cooker, and mix in well.

Chicken Curry Soup in slow cooker ready to plateNext add zest from 1/2 a lemon, and mix in well. Cover slow cooker with lid, and continue cooking one hour more.

Chicken Curry Soup with a side of white ricePlate and serve the Chicken Curry Soup with a side of rice. You can also top with more lemon zest. Enjoy!!

If you have any questions about the use of a slow cooker, such as are they safe to cook with, view our article: Slow Cooking, is it Safe?

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Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?

Is Organic a Food Trend Movement

 

Today we are more interested than ever in what we eat and where our food comes from.

The food trend forecast for 2014 is:

  1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. Locally grown produce
  3. Environmental sustainability
  4. Healthy Kids Meals/Children’s nutrition
  5. Gluten-free cooking

What is the organic movement? Can it be called a food trend?  First, a trend is something that appears, and in time disappears. Like chocolate fondue in the 1970’s, swiftly was introduce and excepted, and later was swiftly pushed off the food seen.  Now to answer the first question, let’s consider when we the consumer’s started thinking about organic foods.

Spice n Nice Natural foods Virmonts oldest natural foods storeThe organic movement had sprung directly from the customers’ demand as they became sick of the health hazards associated with the use of chemicals in food, and including household products. This started in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and back then it was the “be natural” approach.

Here in the image shows Vermont’s oldest natural food’s store. Their mission began in 1970, and has been ever since to offer alternatives that improve health and nutrition, support farming, advocate for our environment, and sustain our economy.

Organic products were offered only through health food stores in the 1970s and 80s, which have spread to the corners of supermarkets in the 1990s. Today (since about mid-2013), organic products, including organic foods, occupy prime shelf space in the big chain supermarkets.

Whole Foods Market selling organic foodsBut since the later parts of 2013 and until now (July 2014) you can buy organic produce and meats in Wal-Mart and Costco, and as stated in other market chains occupying their prime pace. Don’t forget about “Natural Foods Market” (has been around since 1950’s) and the ever popular growing “Whole Foods Market”.

The organic trend or movement has always been around. People have always been interested in organic food due to concerns over non-organic foods containing harmful substances like additives, preservatives, and now days we can add the concern over GMO foods.

Wikipedia says, “In recent years, environmental awareness has driven demand and conversion to organic farming [more so than ever before]. “ They go on to say, “Organic production and marketing have grown at a fast pace.”

The Organics Institute says, “Until the 1920’s, all agriculture was generally organic. It was not until the Second World War that farming methods changed dramatically. In 1939, Paul Muller developed DDT, the first of a new class of insecticides – chlorinated hydrocarbons to counter the pest problems.  This led to the outright dismissal of organic farming methods.”

The institute also says that the organic movement [today] is more of a renaissance than a revolution (or a food trend movement).

Is the desire by many to eat organic foods just a movement or tend that will soon pass? What is your opinion? Please leave your comments below, join in the conversation, “Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?”

Check out our new page here at  -Splendid Recipes and More-  featuring recipes that use organic foods: Recipes Using Organic Foods 

Read our other posted articles on the subject of Organic (link here).

 

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Eight Reasons Eating Organic is Important to You…and the World around You

This is the second post of Going Organic with guest speaker Grace Simpson. If you missed the Introduction please link here to read: Going Organic

Now for -Eight Reasons Eating Organic is Important to You…and the World around You- with Grace Simpson. way-of-life

It seems like everyone is talking about organic foods like it’s some kind of buzz word or status symbol. I suppose for some, it might be. But for many of us, it’s a way of life that takes us back to a more natural way of living and farming. One that has been destroyed by the machine food production has become today.

Now, I don’t mean to sound like one of those doom and gloom, anti-establishment types. I don’t disparage anyone for choosing the foods that they do. Sometimes it’s an economic necessity. Other times it’s simply not having enough information about what’s really going on with our food. Sometimes it’s just apathy.

“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.” ~ Helen Keller

I’m not sure what I can do about the apathetic, but for people like you who may have budgeting obstacles or are trying to find more information about what’s going into you bodies, I am here to help.

So the first natural question is…why go organic?

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Organic eating has a number of benefits and here are just a few of them:

– Organic produce is free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Even if you wash your produce, you cannot remove all these harmful chemicals that can affect your nervous system, cause cancer and more. Also consider that conventional farming which uses harmful chemicals can contribute to the contamination of our water supply, so supporting organic, you are also supporting a cleaner water supply for all.

– While people may not be quite as concerned, eating organic can help you avoid foods that have been irradiated. Government bodies tout the irradiation process as helpful in reducing harmful bacteria, preventing spoilage and increasing shelf life of foods. However, irradiation reduces the nutritional value of your foods and there is growing concern by researchers that the process may not be as safe as previously thought.

– Avoidance of genetically modified foods or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). While huge biotechnology companies like Monstanto will have you believing that they are increasing the viability of crop growing, there are long-term dangers in GMOs that have caused them to be banned by much of Europe and Japan.

– Organic livestock is fed its natural diet, rather than potentially contaminated grains, antibiotics and hormones. This is in contrast to conventionally-raised livestock that get hormones to help them grow faster and antibiotics are given en masse as a preventative measure to illness. The scary thing is that the preventative measure may be necessary given the poor hygienic conditions of the animals. With organic, animals are raised more humanely and more naturally, eliminating the need for these potentially dangerous situations for both livestock and human.

– Organic growing contributes to improved soil quality. A lot of people don’t realize it, but our soils are so depleted that we no longer get the nutrients we did from our foods a few decades ago. In order to obtain the certified organic label from the USDA, soil must be free of prohibited chemicals for three years and the increased soil quality is a necessary goal for organic farmers. To learn more about a variety of soil studies, check this out.

– Organic farming is more wildlife friendly. From animals to plant species, a more natural ecology is supported through organic methods. There are many studies supporting this including a study from the University of Oxford that found that there is increased biodiversity on organically farmed land.

– Buying organic allows you to support your local economy and farmers. This is good for you because you get fresher foods and also reduces the pollution that results from food transport.

There are so many reasons to go organic and this post touches on just a few of them. Here’s the most immediate one that people can really appreciate. Organic foods simply taste better. This is real food, free of all unnecessary human interventions and inventions. It’s nature’s perfection and once you try it, you probably won’t want to go back to your other options.

Of course, this still leaves the issue of cost and how organic food seems unaffordable to many families today. Well, that is exactly what we’ll be talking about in my next post: How to Eat Organic, Even if You’re on a Budget.

Next post click here:  How to Eat Organic on a Budget and What Organic Really Mean

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